Meet Pierre SCHUFFENECKER!
Meet Pierre SCHUFFENECKER, Practice leader Digital & Mobile at Sogeti Switzerland!
Pierre was born in France and currently live in Alsace, with his wife and his 3 children.
He joined the Capgemini group in 2000 and he is currently the Digital & Mobile Practice Leader for the German speaking part.
Tell us about your studies and certifications
I have a scientific and technical background. Once getting my bachelor’s degree, I started with some scientific studies in the university, but I finally choose a more technical way. I concluded my studies with a diploma in Mechanical & Production Engineering. Nothing to do with IT, but not incompatible. There are a lot of similarities between mechanical engineering and IT: everything starts by analyzing and understanding some needs or problems, you need rigor and, sometimes, a bit of creativity.
Since I started my IT career, I had experiences in a lot of domains: Business Intelligence, SOA, software development and cloud. I am mainly specialized in Java technologies.
What is your professional background?
During my studies, I was able to meet some ERP consultants and this gave me the chance to begin my professional journey as an IT consultant dedicated to the automotive sector. My scope was two hot topics at this time: Data Warehouse and Online Analytical Processing (OLAP). I mainly acted as a coordinator between IT and Business. Each side had its own requirements and priorities, and my main objective was to satisfy both. I had a lot to learn, but I was very motivated and excited by this new world. This was the starting point of my journey.
Later, I had the opportunity to join the Capgemini group and started a mission for a big Pharma company, as BI consultant. I discovered the object-oriented programming, the Java world, and the web development. During the following years, I switched between different roles like Business analyst, Project manager, Java developer or Architect.
Within Sogeti, I had (and still have) the opportunities to engage different missions, in different contexts such as institutional organization, transportation, banking or pharma. This flexibility may be challenging but is always very rewarding.
I am leading the Digital & Mobile practice in Basel since 2016.
Why did you choose to work for Sogeti?
I came in my first interview more by opportunity. But, 30 minutes later, I was sure I will join this company. The bullet was the team spirit and the intimacy we create with our clients. These are two key drivers for Sogeti.
We think global, due to the group size and worldwide presence. This means that the team is not limited to Switzerland, but to Capgemini (this means around 1800’000 peoples).
Most important, we act local, close to our clients. The better you know them, the better you are able to help them. We have a long-term vision and always try to build a partnership instead of a client-provider relation.
On what kind of project do you usually work on? And on what kind of project you would like to work on?
I am still involved in all projects and missions, but with a different approach. My duty is now to facilitate and coordinate everything between the client, the sales people and our teams. I have to ensure that we propose the most suitable solution and service for the given context and constraints, in a technical and organizational point of view.
I am very excited by all projects around cloud technologies, DevOps concepts and concrete utilizations of Artificial Intelligence .
Can you describe the most interesting project you’ve done recently?
All my previous missions were interesting. There is always something to learn and keep.
But I really enjoyed the latest project where I acted as a senior Java developer. We had the opportunity to use modern frameworks and concepts, and the whole team was in a real active dynamic of innovation. These help us to reach some successes, even in some difficult context.
I am really convinced that the human factor is a key for a project, not only technical skills. As soon as you create a “safe” environment, where all team members feel equal and trust each other, you have a synergy and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Which challenges do you meet in your work?
Every day comes with its new challenge, if not challenges.
I need to ensure that we can provide the best and most appropriate services, to answer clients’ needs and the market development. Also, I have to follow the coming trends and identify which ones are not only marketing buzzwords but real added values.
A lot to do, but very exciting and enriching.
In your opinion, what trends will revolutionize company’s way of work?
In my opinion, digitalization is the hot megatrend.
Classical “brick & mortar” companies have to start their digital journey if they want to compete the new generation of enterprises and reach the new customer’s expectations (just look at the banking sector and the FinTechs). Evolve or disappear.
The digital transformation will help acting on two key factors, reactivity and productivity. Reactivity is the “time to market”. Productivity is not only cost reduction but also better way-to-use of resources (materials and people). You have to provide quick and reliable answers to your customers’ needs and competitors’ offerings, at the lowest cost. This implies a lot:
- To take care of the feedbacks and expectations from external and internal users (automatized 24h/24 7d/7 support & bots, social networking analysis, Big data, …)
- To have an agile organization and reliable processes (DevOps, …)
- To have a lean but flexible infrastructure (Cloud, containers, …)
- To allow all users accessing to the tools/data they need, everywhere and at any time (Cloud, smart workspaces,…)
- Pierre SchuffeneckerPractice Leader Digital, Mobile & IoT for the German Speaking Part
+41 (0) 76 811 11 92
Pierre SchuffeneckerPractice Leader Digital, Mobile & IoT for the German Speaking Part
+41 (0) 76 811 11 92