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INVENSITY assists its clients with technological challenges through providing a wide range of competences. We always keep up-to-date through a continuous exchange of knowledge, professional development opportunities and close cooperation with our clients.
The interdisciplinary expertise of our staff ensures access to innovative topics. The international composition of our team enables projects to be realized on a global level. Our expertise is embodied in our Centers of Excellence.
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" - Aristotle
Even Aristotle, the father of taxonomy amongst philosophers, understood that a system not only consists of individual subsystems, but also of their interlinking – thereby creating complexity.
The systems engineering approaches are used for the market-oriented development of complex technical systems on time and within budget while incorporating the necessary roles and disciplines. The approach is therefore interdisciplinary and covers a wide spectrum of areas.
Today more than ever, companies are forced to make their products better, faster and more cost-effective, while the products are becoming more complex due to an increase in interdisciplinary challenges.
High-quality development processes can help organizations to face today’s challenges and to sustain their position in the market against their competitors. The systems engineering CoE methods are aimed towards improving an organization’s processes.
Requirements management (RM or REQM), the first step in system development, has a considerable influence on the success or failure of a project.
Requirements management comprises all aspects of working with requirements. It includes requirements engineering (RE) and measures for the controlling, monitoring and management of requirements. Requirements engineering is a step-by-step process. The individual process steps - collecting & analyzing, structuring & refining, agreement, verifying and evaluating requirements - can be repeated in several iteration steps within this process.
High-quality test management can determine the success or failure of a project. The question of whether a test process is actually necessary as such is no longer asked today. The importance of consistent quality assurance has long been known and recognized by the industry.
Quality creates confidence. This is particularly true when the quality of products over a longer period is maintained at a constant level or is even increased continuously. Because this is the only way for customers to make predictions about the quality of future products to be acquired. By a continuous level of quality, companies then provide reliability, creating trusting relationships.
„Configuration management is a management process for preparing and maintaining a consistency of product performance and the functional and physical characteristics of the product with the requirements, product design and operational information throughout the entire product life cycle." ANSI & EIA
The purpose of configuration management is to manage the technical description of a system (and its various components), as well as all of the changes that were applied during the development of the system.
Many sub-processes in configuration management work together to successfully complete development and above all to keep the whole time an consistent overview on the workproducts.
Alongside the important management disciplines, INVENSITY also offers services and operational support in the area of technical implementation. The systems engineering CoE offers diverse methods and skills for the successful development of complex systems. As a member of the Gesellschaft für Systems Engineering (GfSE, Society for Systems Engineering), the SE CoE always keeps up-to-date with global advances in structured development and is constantly increasing its knowledge.
Our technical expertise includes the INVENSITY experts’ existing knowledge in the field of software, hardware and functional development, as well as knowledge and experience with a wide range of tools. INVENSITY undertakes its development work using state-of-the-art methods and techniques, such as MBSE or SOA. We also use knowledge management and detailed training courses to further develop our skills in order to be able to apply them effectively.
The work group Hardware Engineering develops efficient and effective methods to merge the separately developed hardware and software. Furthermore the working group works on topics like circuit board layout and hardware description languages.
Using the experience we have gained through previously completed tool evaluations, we have developed a standardized approach which can be individually adapted to meet your needs.
"Project Management - Plan your work, work your plan." - Unknown Author
Projects bring together a variety of resources, technologies and competencies for a temporary timeframe to create validated products on the basis of ideas and business strategies. The success of projects is, therefore, crucial for the creation of value of a company.
For the success of a project there are a variety of factors needed. In addition to clear processes, structures and methods, the effective use of IT-supported tools is reasonable up to a certain project size. The ultimate success depends substantially on the persons and organisations that are active in the project. These can be outside of the company as well, for example suppliers.
The INVENSITY Center of Excellence Project Management offers its customers a comprehensive range of processes, methods and tools that can be adapted to needs, situations and business areas. To fulfil the high customers demands, consultants of the CoE PM certify themselves with the international standard PRINCE2:2009. In Addition, the approach with BPM and PMI is familiar and applied.
A structured and professionally performed project management has become indispensable in today‘s world. The complexity and the planning and controlling cost increases continuously.
For years, agile development methods gained more and more acceptance in software development. The benefits of agile methods versus traditional methods are well known: flexibility of development in projects and deployment of high quality products.
The transmission of this story of success to the greater context of hardware-development and involvement of production is not possible with the exact same conditions, though.
Planning of resources should be processed in a fast, consistent and comprehensible way. Development departments that carry responsibility for more than one product face the challenge of organising efficient planning of resources. The responsibility for many products results in a variety of parallel working projects. Most of the time matrix management consisting of lines and projects can be found in such organisations, where a dynamic adjustment of resources poses a challenge through distributed responsibilities and competences. Especially in prospering business areas a transparent data basis for the evaluation of resource occupancy rate and resource planning is missing.
Supplier relationships have changed from a top-down-approach to partnerships throughout the intensified competition. Newer approaches in the field of supply chain management can be ascribed to two developments inside of the companies: On the one hand side, the complexity of to-be-developed systems increased throughout the last years. On the other hand side, the trend to focus on core competencies furthers the outsourcing of stages of production. Supply chain management therefore gets more and more important. Especially in complex production processes suppliers can’t be exchanged as easily any longer; close relationships with suppliers, a good working atmosphere with the supplier and more accurate selection of suppliers are the consequences. Supply chain management provides the needed tools to fulfill this task.
“Don't find a fault, find a remedy.” - Henry Ford
Could you imagine driving a car without knowing that the brakes were developed according to the highest safety standards? How can a manufacturer of medical equipment ensure that its products at no point harm patients? How can new systems be safely integrated into an aircraft without negatively influencing the old systems? Today, we are surrounded by complex technologies in almost every aspect of our lives. In fact, it is not uncommon for people’s safety to depend on them.
Many modern technologies were developed to make our lives easier and more pleasant, and in many cases even to save our lives. With increasing demands on such systems, their complexity is also rising with each further development, making increased expenses to ensure functionality unavoidable. The solution to this is clarification, training courses and the use of more efficient and more standardized safety management methods.
The safety management CoE has gained extensive experience in various areas of safety management and is constantly building on this.
Our experts in the field of functional safety management assist their clients in the introduction and implementation of projects relating to ensuring functional safety. This includes, in particular, the general designing and establishment of safety management projects with regard to the methods and processes to be employed and the planning and preparation of assessments and audits.
The drafting and implementation of safety-related requirements is a necessary, if time-consuming, task. Before the company's own staff can be deployed, it is necessary to give them extensive training in the area of safety management and in the use of the tools employed.
System Safety Development is glad to support you in meeting this challenge and, if required, will take over part or all of the specifications for safety-related requirements.
Inadequate market research can limit innovation when technology-driven innovations are assigned to the wrong clients or fields of application.
The Market Research & Development working group monitors the safety market and identifies new trends, methods and standards at an early stage. A systematic investigation of the market highlights innovations worthy of development. These new developments are assigned to the right standards, industries, clients and fields of application, taking into account synergies and premises.
While quality management improves and optimizes the quality of a product, the role of reliability management (RM) is to guarantee this quality over the longest possible period of time. It ensures that components, equipment and systems function with no malfunctions throughout the whole life cycle, while taking into account the specified maintenance intervals. The life cycle extends from conception to disposal. The Reliability Management & Engineering (RM&E) working group supports projects with the help of methods and tools based on experience, in order to identify potential faults or risks at an early stage in the life cycle.
“Those who always do what they already can will always remain what they already are.” - Henry Ford
Innovation is the catalyst of growth
The unique potential of innovation is indisputable. Innovations should not only contribute towards the improvement of the range of services. They must also increase revenue over the long term, i.e. they must be profitable.
Having that in mind it is clear that an innovation management system has to aim at useful results. Therefore INVENSITY has developed a specialized approach which facilitates a systematic and efficient way of producing innovation.
We offer our innovation-support in three core areas which reflect your need. You can find the whole innovation-portfolio at the end of this site.
You want to boost growth in your company by innovation?
Read more about our unique method for systematic idea generation. It is the only method to produce repeatedly high-quality innovation.
You want a methodology for choosing the promising innovations and so ensure the efficiency of your development?
Find out how we can assist you with our minimal-risk innovation management approach. It will boost the success rate of innovations. At the same time we offer an approach for efficient innovation management systems that delivers innovation with minimum resources.
You would like to base your innovation decisions on long-term goals, thus plan your future strategically?
Performance measurement systems and innovation roadmaps offer you a better basis for decisions. You can find out more in our example of performance measurement systems. In addition it is possible to derive future requirements as a basis for today decisions.
You have a specialized question that is not listed in the offers above?
INVENSITY offers a broad variety of innovation services in all areas of the innovation management life cycle. You can find an overview here:
Each innovation can only be as good as the idea behind it. This is why it is more important to generate high-quality ideas than simply a large number of ideas. Targeted and systematic idea generation techniques offer particularly great potential here. They narrow down the vast field of possibilities to such an extent that the limited resources can be directed towards the promising directions. Typical mental blocks and well-worn paths are thus avoided. The positive side-effect: fewer resources are needed for idea generation and evaluation, as the time-consuming task of filtering out the really good ideas from the mountain of poor ones is no longer necessary.
Performance figures enable statements to be made as to whether or not innovation activities have had a positive effect. In doing so, one only concentrates on tracking the efforts that have actually resulted in added value creation. Money is freed up which can be used for other innovation topics.
RIMINO, minimal-risk innovation management, is a method developed by INVENSITY to systematically reduce innovation risks.
While systematic risk management has long been standard in other areas, there has so far been none for innovations. This is all the more astounding, as around 2/3 of all innovation projects fail. Given that, on average, around 50% of the R&D budget is invested in innovations, around 1/3 of all R&D expenditure is lost. Even if the success rate for innovations is only increased marginally, this still translates into great financial potential.
"If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near." - Jack Welch
INVENSITY´s technology consultants have gained expertise in organizational change processes in various R&D projects. We realized that increasing complexity and diversity of product portfolios confront organizations with new challenges and questions for development processes and guidance.
The Center of Excellence Organizational Change has experts to analyze, embed and moderate or mediate necessary changes for the customer’s future needs.
The Center of Excellence Organizational Change is a discussion forum for structural optimization in R&D in INVENSITY's client industries. Experts with wide reaching consulting experience derive innovative methods of change consulting within this center. The members come together every two weeks for a briefing and meet once a quarter for Center-Days to discuss new methods.
Analysis contains the systematic investigation of your current situation as well as the so far unused potentials. They deliver the foundation for the definition of objectives and the deduction of focused areas of activity.
Support in the Analysis is useful in the following cases:
- you don’t have resources for a thorough potential analysis
- an unbiased point of view shall deliver new ideas
- you are looking for best practices of other enterprises
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The embedment of changes contain planning the change processes as well as deducting concrete measures, work packages and tasks. In the further course it contains the continuous surveillance of the project’s progression and the initiation of suitable measures in case of challenges.
Support in this implementation is useful in the following cases:
- daily challenges take up a lot of time
- you have little resources for demanding projects
- you need support for your change projects
Moderation is support and organization of communication in teams in such a way, that resources are used in the best possible way. They form the foundation in shaping the success of demanding projects as a team.
Moderation is useful in the following situations.
- motivating your employees is difficult
- employees regard you as biased
- independent moderators enjoy a higher acceptance
Mediation is reconciling positions and interests of all parties and interest groups participating in the development process. Through elimination of conflicts it creates the basis for and effective and efficient cooperation in product development.
Mediation is useful in the following situations:
- personal conflicts create an unfavorable working atmosphere
- vaguely defined roles lead to schedule delay
- inadequate acceptance of hierarchical order sharing
Nowadays innovations and functional improvements in the technical area are realized in many cases by software solutions.
The INVENSITY Center of Excellence Software Engineering (CoESW) provides methods and tools for a successful realization of software development projects. The success of the project can be guaranteed by expertise in methods, the skilled handling of architecture- and draftdesign, the suitable tools and the experience in many programming languages.
INVENSITY is able to adjust the procedure of software development to the circumstances of the project due to various expertises. In this way the standards like V-Modell XT or AUTOSAR can be considered during the development while in the same time agile methods, e.g. Extreme Programming or SCRUM, are feasible.
The foundation of the CoESW are the expertise of the consultants in planning, implementing, testing and maintaining the software. The constant/continuous growth of these skills are guaranteed by trainings and defined internal goals.
All relevant steps of development in software engineering are considered:
In addition the processes of support, for example the configuration management are regarded. Furthermore the software quality and metrics are important topics of software engineering.
AUTOSAR is a layer model, that basically splits the software into an application software, a run-time environment and a basic software. In between the basic software (dependent of the control device) and the application software (independent of control device) the virtual function bus (VFB) is located. The VFB connects all software components even if they are not located on the same hardware. In this way software components can be switched without changing anything in the software component itself. The Result is an optimization of computing power, memory consumption and load of communication.
Software Systems in the automotive sector are getting more and more complex, while the system life cycle is getting noticeably shorter. OEMs and suppliers are forced to rapidly launch their products due to the increasing pressure of time on the automotive market. In consequence of this fact, there is an emerging trend to step back from the classical V-Model, turning towards the agile software development.
Due to the long-time experience of software development the source code is "historically grown". The consequences are structural weaknesses and the missing documentation of architecture and design. This type of code is called Legacy Code.
The migration of new technology (e.g. AUTOSAR) or requirements of standardization (like ISO 26262) direct to the necessity of architecture documentation of that Legacy Code.
The CoE Software Engineering recognized this need and developed a method to derive the "Architecture from Legacy Code" (ArLeCo).
The practice of Continuous Integration (CI) aims at developing complex software systems in a timely and cost-efficient fashion across teams of varying sizes. Continuous Integration provides rapid and automated feedback regarding correctness of a developed product for every change that is made in the software.
INVENSITY uses a Staged Continuous Integration (StaCI) model to evaluate and improve how Continuous Integration (CI) is implemented as a practice. It covers tooling and automation as well as adaptation of organization and culture.
This results in reduced risk during releases and increased efficiency and dependability and ultimately an increase in quality of delivered software and systems.
The development of systems is getting more complex as years go on. To manage the complexity, more and more engineering processes and tools are being used, which become heterogeneous fast. Thereof an unclear number of tools, processes and interfaces which handle the data transfer accurse. The engineering tools and its corresponding IT will blend together even more in the future, so the development gets more efficient.
The INVENSITY Center of Excellence (CoE) Data Systems offers standard solutions for data transfer between tools. The CoE gathers all necessary skills for developing tools and applications in different technologies (mobile apps, office macros, SharePoint, web and desktop applications) and programming language.
Thanks to many successfully implemented projects in different industries, a wide field of expertise in the scope of engineering tools was formed. This enables INVENSITY to give optimal consulting to their customers. The goal of consulting is to implement an ideal tool setup configuration from the heterogeneous scenery.
As base of the consulting is the "Tool Competencies Map". With the "Tool Competencies Map" standard solutions can be documented and spread easily. INVENSITY can show their clients a fast way out of the heterogeneous scenery.
Development of web based applications, for supporting processes and an active knowledge management. For instance, we put together a complete Tool-Suite at disposal for knowledge management; spreading the company knowledge to your entire employee.
Smartphone appliances can be used in projects as an advertiser. We develop those and the interfaces to other systems to increase your efficiency.
The agile method "Continuous Integration" is used currently as complex software development in projects of different sizes. Therefore a high number of scripts and tools are used, which are either developed by the CoE or taken out of the Tool Competencies Map completely. INVENSITY evaluates the used Tool-Chain and customizes it with your wishes. INVENSITY uses its wide knowledge of interfaces and development tools.
We use our wide knowledge of the tool and interface area to develop customized applications, which support customers with their project development.
Many companies use SharePoint increasingly. INVENSITY is capable of bringing the world of TI and engineering together. We develop for you SharePoint specific applications or develop your own customized SharePoint.
The INVENSITY Center of Excellence Cyber Security gathers our expertise on everything relating to IT security in embedded systems. Its focus is on sustainability and traceability. We believe that to arrive at a secure system you need to systematically analyze existing systems and design security concepts. Systematically identifying and evaluating risks allows us to define appropriate countermeasures. When we implement our systems, we utilize the methods of software and systems engineering and those of cybersecurity, such as secure coding and threat modelling.
Authentication, authorization, availability, confidentiality, and integrity are the aims we pursue using cybersecurity methods – and sometimes privacy, too.
Embedded systems are exposed to the same cybersecurity threats as other IT systems – a simple, long underappreciated truth. Many industries now recognize that using familiar, widespread technologies makes attacks easier. Defining and implementing a few obvious measures makes things seem better, but it is deceptive. Only a systematic approach can achieve satisfactory system security. The INVENSITY Cyber Security Development Process offers a standardized, needs-based way of identifying risks and defining suitable countermeasures. First the assets that need protecting are identified, and then the relevant threats and vulnerabilities are examined. On that basis, the likelihood and effects of incident scenarios are described and evaluated. The resulting risks form a foundation from which to define measures for reducing the calculated risk level. Comprehensive documentation and the backing up of generated knowledge so that it can be used again are primary features of this software-assisted process.
The INVENSITY Security Assessment Tool (ISAT) is the result of our far-reaching experience in performing security assessments. It supports workflow in the INVENSITY Cybersecurity Development Process, which makes it easier to sustain that process. Easy reutilization, clean documentation, and a systematic, standards-compliant approach were the core requirements in developing this software. ISAT helps us and our clients to perform product-related security assessments. Another of the software’s strengths is that it can be adapted and upgraded to suit each situation.
Hackers try to identify every possible attack vector. They don’t have to face any limits. Even systems using a cryptographically safe process are not necessarily free of by-channel attacks. Besides, vulnerable hardware security gaps are common due to negligent implementation. Even programs that seem unappealing to invaders can offer an opportunity to infiltrate a system, if they dispose of increased rights as well as a digital network interface, for example. Therefore it is important, to let safety aspects slip into coding, stick to certain rules and to test programs for bugs like buffer overflows.
A Threat Model is a structured representation of all system information related to safety. This information is identified, organized and analyzed by the process of Threat Modeling. The aim is to reveal all threats and weak spots of a system. Additionally, lists with prioritized improved safety, requirements, designs and/ or implementation will be issued. Depending on threats and their impact, counter measures will be planned and implemented. The Threat Model is supposed to monitor a product throughout its entire life cycle and to be improved and refined in each in every stage of the cycle.
A Penetration Test helps identifying all possible system threats. Therefore all important resources that could become the aim of an attack are registered as well as possible side effects of an attack. If the aim of defense is defined, the method of how an offender can access protected resources and/ or obtain control over the system and how an offender can evoke unwanted behavior will be decided. Therefore the system will be analyzed and possible threats will be categorized. Tests will be performed based on found threats. When doing these tests, it’s important to view several attacker models to not only find out about the possibilities offenders have, but also to find out how likely attacks are. In the course of these tests new threats, that haven’t been thought of, can be identified. After the data is evaluated, protective measures can be planned and implemented.
Automobile systems become more and more connected among themselves and with the environment. Therefore it becomes necessary to deal with safety questions in a systematic way since software safety exists in two dimensions. Functional Safety purports the protection of environment ahead of the vehicle. Cyber security on the other hand has its focus on the protection of the vehicle ahead of the environment. When developing modern vehicles and their software, functional safety has been an important part for a long time. Ever since 2011 when ISO 26262 („Road vehicles – Functional safety“) came into effect the topic gets more attention. However Cyber Security has been strongly neglected in the automotive sector. A coherent strategy like the J3061 of SAE is in the making. We support our customers based on our long-term experience in implementing ISO 26262 and on our established cyber security know how to introduce and implement these new standards.
Technology and innovation thrive on the expertise of people who work on them every day. The continuous increase in knowledge and the sustainable professional development of our staff are the key to our company’s success. To this end, the INVENSITY academy offers an extensive program of training courses and workshops.
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“We owe progress to people who have either asked ‘why?’ or ‘why not?’.” - Robert Lembke
To provide new knowledge, new ideas have to be generated and there must be scope for creativity. To this end our innovation center was founded: to make the most of being able to try things out that may be unfamiliar or to simply start again, but this time applying different angles.
INVENSITY independently works on developing practice-oriented innovations. In its innovation center - partly in cooperation with universities, institutions and associations - topics that aid technological advancement are worked on as part of innovation projects. INVENSITY systematizes the knowledge generated in projects using an internal knowledge management system. The newly-gained expertise can then, thanks to INVENSITY’s cross-sector organization, be made available to companies from various industries within the framework of client projects.
The term „Augmented Reality“ describes a Man-Machine Technology, with which virtual objects (computer generated 3d models of Objects) are overlaid in a real environment. The real world is recorded with a video camera and the picture is made visible in real time together with the computer models overlaid at defined positions on the screens. The positions, where computer models should be displayed, are defined with a so called “marker” in the simplest case. Every marker is then uniquely mapped to a model and has a pattern, often very simple and rich in contrast, which is not or very seldom displayed. A lot of markers can be printed on normal printers. In order to define the position on which the virtual model should be displayed in the picture, the marker should be placed in the desired place in the real world. The recognition and mapping of the marker is called “Tracking”.
The virtual models complement and extend the real image of the environment and deliver added value of information to the viewer. To sum up, Augmented Reality Applications strive to complement Reality and to supply the viewer with additional information about a defined position in a real environment.
The contrary term is the virtual reality. The goal of virtual reality is to place the viewer in a totally virtual world. This means that while in Augmented Reality where the real world with partly virtual objects is seen, in virtual reality the viewer is in a completely computer generated environment with which he can interact.
During an INVENSITY innovation project new application areas were explored, discussed and rated with the help of different creativity techniques. The best rated ideas were investigated in a feasibility study, unveiling their potential and risks, thus helping to come to a sound decision about the start of a following phase of the innovation process.
More and more medical devices depend on software. Therefore the number of reports about problems caused by software is rising dramatically (BfArM 2007). It is necessary to develop software which is error free and safe from the beginning as well as to consider all risks and hazards.
A structured and traceable development is essential, because even the smallest mistake during the development of medical devices can result in fatal consequences. For the software development there are no safety instructions and the software for medical devices can be a very complex system. The Assurance Case is used to structure and divide this complex system in parts that are easier to handle.
The Assurance Case is a documented line of evidence method which uses a convincing and valid argument to proof the accumulation of critical claims by significant evidences.
The structured argumentation and evidence support the reliability of the main claim: e.g. „The device is safe”. If the main claim refers to the safety of the device (like in the given example) the Assurance Case can be called Safety Case.
Assurance Cases were initially used in the nuclear technology, aerospace engineering and the defense industry where they are mainly used as Safety Cases.
The Assurance Case is sub-divided in three main categories which are characterized by symbols:
The claims have to be in a specific context, which can be in relation to the environment, application, behavior, risks or hazards.
The main claim: „The device is safe“, is on the top level. Sub-claims which are built hierarchically can characterize the claim further and have to be argued and proven as well.
Arguments are the link between claim and proof. There are three kinds of arguments:
- Deterministic: predetermined rules are applied for a true/false claim (e.g. demonstration of a safety requirement, formal proof or exhaustive test of the logic).
- Probabilistic: quantitative statistical reasoning in order to establish a numerical level (e.g. reliability testing, mean time to failure).
- Qualitative: observation of rules that have an indirect link to the desired feature (e.g. staff skills and experience, compliance with QMS standards).
Evidence can be based on product analysis, on development processes and reliability testing for a new design, field experience for an established design or product review.
Assurance Cases are illustrated as diagrams with specific symbols. Like mentioned above, every symbol is assigned to a certain level. This graphical illustration is called Goal Structuring Notation (GSN) (T. Kelly, 1998). Thereby goal is used simultaneous for claim. In its simplest form the Assurance Case consists of the three main levels:
The advantage over other procedure models is its easy traceability due to the graphical illustration. This kind of graphical demonstration can refer to the principle of the software modeling language UML (unified modeling language) or SysML (system modeling language) respectively. UML is a standardized graphic modeling language which is used for graphic construction and specification of software-parts, but also other types of systems can be represented. Notations which are language elements that are demonstrated as symbols are used.
An advanced modeling language for more general systems is SysML, which is more flexible and variable in its appearance than UML. It can be used for analysis, specification, verification and validation of many systems.
Next figure shows an example of a typical structure of an Assurance Case:
Assurance Case application for medical devices
In the field of medical technology the Assurance Case has been developed for generic infusion pumps (GIP) (Figure 3). GIPs belong to the risk class II and III, depending on their usage. Therefore they have very high security and safety requirements. In the US alone, 56.000 incident reports on infusion pumps have been reported between January 2005 and December 2009. 1% of those reports resulted in loss of life (FDA, 2010). Due to this enormous error rate the FDA has chosen the Assurance Case as a process model in order to minimize the risk and afford better safety quality.
The FDA report “510(k) Working Group- Preliminary Report and Recommendations” released in August 2010, advices the use of the Assurance Case for premarket notification (510(k)) by the FDA division CDRH (Center for Devices and Radiological Health). 510(k) is an approval regulation for risk class II products, which have to be tested by a premarket review before market launch. The CDRH expects a better traceability of the development and safety examination due to application of the Assurance Cases and therefore a faster approval time. In the case of infusion pumps belonging to class II all risks and hazards as well as safety implementation have been described and demonstrated for Assurance Cases.
For other medical devices the CDRH has to determine the conditions how to develop the Assurance Case and what is needed to guarantee a good comparability and simplified management.
The guidelines have to contain detailed product descriptions of all medical devices with requested approvals and also user descriptions. Furthermore, all modifications since the first release have to be described again. Additional the CDRH has to tutor its reviewers and managers for evaluation of Assurance Cases.
This shows some of the challenges for the introduction of Assurance Cases. The Assurance Case refers to very complex systems and the demonstration of evidence is very work-intensive. Further it is hard to generalize or reuse the case for different medical devices.
The creation of the Assurance Cases and its handling is very labor- and time intensive, but on the other hand safety and elimination of errors are the greatest challenges and should have highest priority. It has to be considered that recalls and error reports are not only cost intensive, but also cause damage of the company’s image.
Assurance Cases are an efficient process model, which in the future can speed up the process of approval and assure highest safety standards at the same time.
INVENSITY would like to support and advice you in introduction and implementation of Assurance Cases for your medical device and questions on functional safety.
Example of an Assurance Case
The claim described on the top level is: The GIP is safe for the patient (C1). A strategy that results from this assumption could be to argue all risks and hazards (S1). This strategy can be considered in different contexts, for example: risks due to user errors by programming (Ct1, Ct4) or wrong application to patients (Ct2, Ct3). Due to the different sub-claims and contexts, more and more specific sub-claims (C18-21) can be considered.
On the second level the GIP is categorized in different hazards: operational hazard, environment hazards, electrical hazards, hardware hazards, software hazards, mechanical hazards, biological and chemicals hazards as well as use hazards. Those categories divide in more detailed sub-claims. All sub-claims have to be proven (E1-14). The evidence can be performed in different ways: user testing (E14), description of behavior if critical situation occurs (E13) or it can be addressed to documentation (E3).
Our daily lives are full of informations that we exchange constantly with our surroundings. Parts of those data are of private nature with the rights and user confidentiality protections that apply to it. The other part of those data belongs to the public domain. In the past, the later was not easily available or simply not usable without limitations or copyright fees. Today, the OPEN DATA trend tries to promote the free access, use and distribution of those public data in order to unlock innovation of new services and products.
The first sources of open data are the public administrations. They gather information from citizens, companies and offices.
Some examples are:
- Department statistics
- Publications (Open Access)
- Library databases, Archive databases
- General health statistics
- Geodata (Maps as well as enriched map contents)
- Weather data and environmental statistics and data
- Public transport routes and time plan , traffic
- Legislation and civil codes
"Europe's public administrations are sitting on a “goldmine of unrealized economic potential” in the form of data"
The recent increase of IT-ressources from offices and administrations rendered those data easily available.
Until now, data originating from those offices were only available as “pay-to-use” basis or would be only used internally. In the last years, the administrations started to recognize this “goldmine of unrealized economic potential”. They also realized that they didn’t have time or resources (human as well as financial) in order to maximize the potential benefits of those data.
As a consequence, the OPEN DATA Initiative was created in 2008 and was taken in various political programs by politicians of various institutions, states and countries around the world. They started then to publish eligible data on a “free-to-use” license in a machine readable format in order to let others find or invent a use for the data they gathered.
The OPEN DATA definition was then born and set as follow: “Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.”
The diffusion of data as OPEN DATA has a lot of advantages:
- First, the OPEN DATA trend is an interesting vector promotes government transparency as well as encourage citizen interest and involvement in administration processes.
- Second, OPEN DATA is a promising vector for the development of innovative products and services. Those will not only improve living standards but will also provide economical growth and competitiveness of various companies and sectors.
The European commission published in December 2011 its OPEN DATA strategy. It estimates that this strategy could lead to a 40 Billion Euros GDP increase. In the meanwhile, OPEN DATA is already present in the German government official agenda since 2010!
Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda
As an example, in Germany, different states and cities already set up their own portals like Berlin and Munich. Different ministry and government offices also created their own website dedicated to OPEN DATA. Good examples are the databank of the federal statistics office (Datenkatalog des Statistischen Bundesamtes) and the databank of the federal education ministry (Datenkatalog des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung).
Those website are still in a development phase and competitions are regularly being held in the scope of European projects in order to make them know to the public and encourage their further development.
Through the work of its Innovation Center (IIC) and its Center of Excellence CoE Systematic Innovation, INVENSITY is holding innovation workshops and conducting research work in order to bring forward the OPEN DATA trend.
All together, contrary to other data, OPEN DATA have the advantage of being already available and free of use. It is a promising vector of innovation that INVENSITY identified as of strategic value: OPEN DATA is a practice and philosophy that will modify the way we collaborate with our governments and enrich our interaction with our environment.
High rates of growth of the photovoltaic (PV) market within the last 10 years helped Germany to be the most important player in the global market, with market shares of at least 50% in most years. PV systems have evolved within a few decades from a niche to a successful mass product. However, these systems are mainly used for stationary operation. Against this background, there are also significant market opportunities for applications on vehicles (passenger and freight transport). However, there are no clear system requirements for such mobile PV systems.
This study realized by INVENSITY closes this gap. In the first time and across industries unique demands on solar panels for use on mobile systems (cars, commercial vehicles, aircraft, yachts / boats) are defined. The attractive market potential for new application of solar cells is shown. In this study, cross-industry interviews were conducted with experts from industry and research.
If you have questions about the study, you can contact INVENSITY Innovation Center at any time.
“Those who always do what they already can will always remain what they already are.” - Henry Ford
INVENSITY consultants are exceptionally well-qualified, dedicated and creative engineers and scientists. The combination of their creativity with experience in highly diverse industries leads to ideas which are taken up and further developed by the innovation center. This creativity is the most important source for INVENSITY innovation projects. After joining INVENSITY and at regular intervals, each consultant takes part at innovation discussions. In these discussions ideas get addressed, discussed and after a brief evaluation phase, will get stored in an ideas repository. This ideas repository is regularly searched to discover new innovation projects.
The INVENSITY innovation center enjoys having a large playground to pursue some wacky and unusual ideas. Certainly we follow our clients’ wishes, or research areas and findings from universities and new innovations by other companies. Besides the innovation discussions with our consultants, there’re four other sources for INVENSITY innovation projects.
Innovation projects, too, must be effective and efficient
The systematic management of innovation projects is not just crucial for their success. The efficient execution of projects always means creating scope for further projects and investigating ideas quickly in terms of their marketability. The process of executing innovation projects is divided into five steps.
Research and assessing the topic is a key role on this topic. An innovation’s innovative strength and market potential are derived from these two steps. This is the crucial step from idea to innovation. The processing of projects is carried out by team members of the innovation center, which receive expert support from INVENSITY staff and external cooperation partners. A final report and final evaluation ensure that INVENSITY learns from every innovation project and improves its own innovation management process.
For consultants, the documenting and utilization of previous results is confirmation of their achievement
The results of the innovation center’s work are compiled in innovation reports. These will be presented to clients and partners. Development partners and clients can use the results to advect them to their own specific products or processes. We´re happy to provide you with information about the current topics, handled by the innovation center, via press releases the INVENSITY newsletter and at conferences.
The project „Elektrischer Kinderwagen – ELKIWA“ is the first internal hardware innovation project of INVENSITY.
The goal of the project is a pram, supported by an electrical engine, which offers additional convenience for the user. ELKIWA is equipped with sensors and an intelligent regulation so that it is intuitive to use and surprises with varied functions.
The efficient handling of all available resources, e.g. the use of potential energy when going downhill, stresses the innovative approach at the highest technological level.
The finished product is not the sole objective of the project. In addition, ELKIWA serves a playground for new and experienced consultants to express themselves creatively and realize extraordinary ideas. The implementation of innovative ideas requires a professional requirement management, a convincing safety concept and as well as an organized project management. Today’s customers except special skills of our consultants, which will trained with internal innovation projects like ELKIWA. Imagination, engagement and willingness to implement extraordinary ideas lead to success of ELKIWA and other innovations made by talents.
All the major car manufacturers are trying new technologies, such as improved aerodynamics, or development of hybrid engines, to reduce the consumption of fuel. The approach of the economically efficient shifting of gears can not only greatly reduce the cost of fuel, but also helps to saves the environment. In this case a less fuel consumption also means lower emissions of combustion gases. The gear shift indicator would show the driver the right time, to shift gears energy efficient. For this the characteristics of the engine and the number of revolutions are crucial. Unfortunately, most of the in-use vehicles have this help not installed.
During a thesis at INVENSITY a gear shift indicator app for the iPhone, which recommends the driver visually and audibly for the in-time gear shifting, was created. The right gear is calculated through the speed which is determined by GPS and the number of revolutions which is determined by the number of gears of the vehicle. The application is independent from a mobile service and a mobile telephone network is not needed. For audible output in the app, there are four languages. Furthermore, the color of the gear selection indicator, the sleep mode and the speed unit can be changed. A demo mode allows you to test the app without a vehicle.
In the decision process of switching to an electric car the consumer raises the question of practicality. A road test may take the uncertainty only in part. A simulator that emulates an electric vehicle during the runs of a car with a combustion engine could provide a remedy for this uncertainty. A solution with a smartphone and a related application would be self-evident because it provides an integrated acceleration sensor and a GPS for the recording of the daily trips. In addition, an electrical car model should be integrated in this application for realistic simulation. In this way, the user can see the behavior of the electric vehicle (consumption, operating costs, possible acceleration, and range). The user could furthermore compare between different electric car models if they are implemented in the simulation. The resulting data can be used by manufacturers of electric vehicles and infrastructure for their optimization. For example the placement of charging stations for electric cars can be determined. The basis for the decision is enormously increased by such a simulator.
The intended project had the following objectives:
- Facilitate decision to buy electric vehicles
- Delivery of objective information directly to the consumer
- Increasing the acceptance of electric vehicles among consumers
At first a model of an electric vehicle was created through an innovation project of INVENSITY. In the next step an iPhone app “eMobil Simulator” was created as a successful collaboration with the Technical University of Darmstadt, as part of an IT internship. The electric vehicle is very well simulated through various settings in the model of the electrical car and the usage of GPS, accelerometer of the iPhone and the height data. Further, various display options, the price of electricity and the behavior of the application can be changed. If the app is configured, the simulation can be run directly by pressing a button. There are three views with lots of useful informations during the simulation. The list view shows dynamically the data of speed, distance, fuel consumption, range and nearby charging stations. In the next window, the course of the simulation and closest charging stations are displayed on a map. The last view shows the remaining range, battery level and status of energy recovery. If the battery of the electric vehicle reaches a low level, a loading
Next, real vehicle data will be integrated into the application and it is intended to publish the "eMobil Simulator" in the Apple App Store.
Our clients and us face the same challenge: How can knowledge be managed in such a way that core competences are not lost? How can new employees quickly acquire the necessary expertise and skills? How can knowledge be developed for the pursuit of strategic aims? How can all this be realized with the optimal use of resources?
Hivescout is a web-based knowledge management and information system that is available for use by INVENSITY consultants in their daily work. By connecting Web 2.0 technologies and a semantic interlinking, the consultants obtain information, knowledge and skills in a targeted manner and in a structured format in order to efficiently execute projects for their clients in a target-oriented way. Hivescout is integrated into the INVENSITY processes and assists the management in the coordination of projects and the processing of client enquiries. A test version of the Hivescout knowledge management system can be submitted email@example.com.
“Knowledge management is defined as the process of continuously creating new knowledge, disseminating it widely through the organization, and embodying it quickly in new products/services, technologies and systems” – (Nonaka and Takeuchi)
INVENSITY develops high-quality solutions for the challenges its clients face - but how do these solutions come about? INVENSITY employs experts who can demonstrate exceptional expertise in various areas. So that every consultant can benefit from this knowledge pool, INVENSITY provides its consultants with a tool called the Hivescout system, which makes each individual’s expert knowledge available as formatted information.
Hivescout has been developed as a web-based knowledge management system and uses modern and innovative Web 2.0 technologies. The knowledge, which is stored in Hivescout in form of numerous knowledge objects, is linked up semantically. In this way, each knowledge object relates to its predecessor, thus enabling our consultants to think outside the box to develop innovative solutions and thus create added value for our clients. INVENSITY’s employees are always able to access and use this knowledge via the Internet using their iPhone, notebook or any other computer of their choice.
The principle behind Hivescout is based on the classic ‘SECI’ knowledge management model (fig. 2) by Nonaka and Takeuchi. By publishing knowledge in Hivescout, each INVENSITY employee’s implicit knowledge is continuously transformed into explicit knowledge. By combining a range of explicit knowledge and internalization of it results in this explicit knowledge, in turn, becoming implicit knowledge again. In this way, knowledge within INVENSITY is passed on and developed from each employee to a group of employees in a kind of spiraling process. This process assists our consultants, continually develops them and makes day-to-day project work significantly easier.
What does Hivescout offer the consultants of INVENSITY?
Knowledge is stored in Hivescout in the form of knowledge objects, which can be interlinked semantically; for instance, it is possible to create relationships from one knowledge object to another. Let’s take the Employee knowledge object as an example. This knowledge object is linked to another employee - but what does this connection reveal? Not much at first, as the connection is unclear without any context. However, thanks to the semantic connections integrated in Hivescout, the two employees’ relationships with each other can be shown, thus providing added value for the consultants. An employee may, for instance, be the mentor or mentee of the other employee. Thanks to the iPhone app created by INVENSITY, this knowledge network can also be accessed while on the move and at any time.
The technological backbone of Hivescout
Benefits at a glance
- Access to information anywhere, any time
- Knowledge is available to every member of staff
- Continuous professional employee development thanks to knowledge spiral
- Semantic connections and the added value that these create
- Process assistance for employees and the management
“You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it” - Samuel Butler
The business ideals of INVENSITY form the framework for business relations with our clients, which are characterized by trust and respect. We also live by our convictions within the company, which serves to produce a holistic corporate culture.
We define strategies and aims in accordance with our vision and mission; our actions are based on corporate values
- The mission and vision reflect the aim of our actions. Our strategies and, ultimately, our aims, are derived from them. The overriding aims are broken down further and represent the objectives of each individual member of staff during half-yearly appraisals. In this way, each INVENSITY employee has the opportunity to make his or her own contribution to the overall company objective.
- The values ultimately form the basis of our actions. They shape how we treat each other and shape our conduct towards clients, suppliers and the general public.
Sincerity means always saying what you mean, and meaning what you say, all the while practicing the culture of feedback, listening to others in an open way without preconceptions.
Respect means showing everyone by my actions that I appreciate their worth, regardless of their career status, their experience or performance and ensuring that my actions are always informed by the principles of care, being interested and wanting to be involved.
Trust means that I express my confidence in INVENSITY employees and colleagues when dealing with customers and that I gain credibility through my own actions which are based on integrity and honest intentions. For us, trust is the basis of all cooperation. It grows with time and with shared experience.
Fairness means treating INVENSITY employees and clients in a fair, decent and honest manner while taking into consideration their individual abilities and situation, as well as observing the rules that have been put in place.
Responsibility means standing by the consequences of your own actions at INVENSITY and standing by clients, and actively doing all you can to ensure that tasks that fall under your area of responsibility are fulfilled completely.
Commitment means taking on tasks and responsibilities with energy and enthusiasm as well as being actively involved in achieving both your own objectives and those of INVENSITY.
Our mission is geared towards our external stakeholders with an emphasis on added value, and is also aimed at internal stakeholders, referring here to freedom for growth.
- We offer professional support to our clients with regard to technological challenges and together achieve optimal solutions thanks to our expertise.
- We are valued by our clients as a top-class consultancy and are held in the highest regard.
- As an employer extraordinaire, we offer our excellent employees a diverse range of opportunities to contribute to achieving excellent results in high-performing teams.
- So as to enable our employees to fully develop and apply their abilities and talents, we create an environment of opportunities and freedom in which our staff can learn from each other, undergo continuous professional and development and fulfill their full personal potential.
We believe in the achievability of our vision and orient our strategy and actions towards it:
It is INVENSITY’s vision to become the company of reference for innovations, technologies, talents and trust in the global consulting market.
"One cannot tie a knot with just one hand" - Saying from Mongolia
People at INVENSITY are individual personalities and experts at their field. However, the more different characters and abilities are, the more we all have one thing in common: passion for technology. That's why we are standing behind our actions.
Frank Lichtenberg (Director)
Born in Berlin, Frank Lichtenberg completed his international studies with an MBA, attending the European Business School, Schloss Reichartshausen, the École Supérieure de Commerce, Dijon, France, and the University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Over the course of his career Frank Lichtenberg got to know his trade, i.e. management, consulting and technology business, from various perspectives. As a member of the management in a venture capital enterprise, he has been instrumental in the founding and development of primarily technology-oriented companies, which, in some cases, progressed to become the market leaders in their segments. He was the founding member and CEO of the famous Frankfurt-based VentureLab, which turned out to become the “hotbed” for a wave of start-ups in Germany.
He gained extensive consulting experience in a responsible position in an international technology consultancy and gained experience in the area of corporate strategy & organization in leading strategy consultancy projects.
Christopher Seinecke (Associate Director)
Born in the German city of Ingolstadt, Christopher Seinecke studied Business Administration in Lyon and Rouen, France, after graduating from high school in Geneva, Switzerland.
After his subsequent MBA in Los Angeles, USA, he transferred as a systems analyst to one of the best-known IT system houses for quality management. There, he was responsible for setting up and implementing quality-relevant processes in automobile and medical technology.
Between 2006 and 2007, Christopher worked for an international technology consultancy. He enjoyed success in diversifying the client portfolio by opening up new industry sectors and bringing forward industrial best practices.
Since the summer of 2007 he has been in charge of the diversification strategy of INVENSITY and has been leading the development of the Business Development Center of Excellence.
Utz Täuber (Senior Managing Consultant)
Born in Großenhain in Saxony, Germany, Utz Täuber studied physics in Halle an der Saale and Berlin. His studies focused on solid-state physics and quantum optics. He completed his formal qualifications at the Institute of Optics at the TU Berlin. He gained his PhD in pigment degradation in solid-state dye lasers in the physics department at the Fluminense Federal University in Niterói, Brazil.
Even as early as during his studies, he gained experience at the Berlin-based INPRO in the field of plastics testing for companies such as Daimler, ThyssenKrupp and Ticona. While working at mcm Prüfsysteme, he led numerous development projects in the field of acoustics testing and modal analysis, from the project initiation phase to the maturity phase.
As a consultant at an internationally-operating corporate consultancy, he was responsible for requirements management and test management, and for organization structures in development departments.
Utz Täuber has been the head of the INVENSITY innovation center since 2007. In this role, he coordinates the INVENSITY competence areas, manages innovation projects and is responsible for the company’s knowledge management. He has been a member of the management of INVENSITY since 2010.
Christian Beul (Associate Manager)
Born in Düren (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), Christian Beul studied at the University of Cologne and the Corvinus University of Budapest in Hungary, graduating with a degree in business informatics.
Following his studies, Mr. Beul began working at INVENSITY as a consultant in the summer of 2008. Since then Mr. Beul has successfully implemented numerous R&D projects in the areas of process optimization, project management and safety management for renowned companies in the automotive & defense industry. He also gives regular lectures for the Gesellschaft für Systems Engineering (GfSE).
Motivated by the desire to combine the technical expertise gained with economic background knowledge, Mr. Beul has been working as a business consultant in the area of business development since 2011.
Christian Friedrich (Principal Consultant)
Born in Bernkastel-Kues in Rhineland Palatinate, Germany, Christian Friedrich completed the International Studies in Electrical Engineering at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences with a degree in electrical engineering. He also spent a year at Coventry University (UK) and graduated in Master of Science in Control Engineering.
Christian began his professional career at Jaguar / Land Rover Research where he was responsible for the development of a complex system. After his return to Germany, he worked as a consultant for an internationally-operating corporate consultancy, where he was responsible for the model-based development and the required processes.
After joining INVENSITY Christian was able to bring in his valuable experience in various industries like the automotive industry, defense industry and medical industry and headed e.g. organization-wide process improvement initiatives.
Since 2008, Christian Friedrich is Head of the INVENSITY Systems Engineering Center of Excellence. In this position he coordinates the activities of INVENSITY in Systems Engineering. The issues of process and quality management are particularly close to his heart. As the management representative for quality management he is responsible for the continuous improvement of the company. As a managing agent of the GfSE (German Society on Systems Engineering), Christian represents the interests of INVENSITY in this body. He has been a member of the management of INVENSITY since 2012.
Matthias Welge (Principal Consultant)
Matthias Welge obtained his Industrial Engineering qualification at the TU Darmstadt. He has specialized in implementing complex development projects in the automobile industry. What’s more, Matthias has also defined product development processes in various industries and is highly regarded as an author of professional articles in this field.
Volker Lippitz (Principal Consultant)
Volker Lippitz studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Siegen, Germany. He first worked on cross-sector projects in the department for innovative vehicle concepts at Daimler before implementing a similarly cross-sector technical market research for innovative lightweight materials at ThyssenKrupp. At ZF Sachs, he worked in multi-project management for numerous development projects. Internally, Volker Lippitz is developing the field of innovation management. His interests lie in technology transfer across sectors, in resource-saving innovation management and systematic idea generation.
Fabian Koark (Principal Consultant)
Fabian Koark gained his expertise at KMW, Daimler, BMW, ZF, TRW Continental, KSPG, SAIC and Dräxlmaier in Germany, USA and China, after his studies at the TU Darmstadt and the University of California. As consultant for engineering projects and organization, he is an asked expert for system and product rating, as well as process and organization optimization in R&D. Besides that, he is well-regarded as referent and author for publications. He manages INVENSITY’s Center for Organizational Change since 2011.
Paul Arndt (Principal Consultant)
Paul Arndt is responsible for cyber security activities at INVENSITY. He obtained his diploma in informatics at the TU Darmstadt with focus on the development of embedded systems and IT security. He specializes in implementation and optimization of development processes, particularly in projects with high software share. A special focus is made up of methods and tools around cyber security. He carried out projects at Daimler Busses, TechniSat, DIEHL Aerospace, KMW and Continental. Furthermore, he is the responsible IT safety officer for IT security strategies at INVENSITY.
Björn Engelhardt (Principal Consultant)
After studying at the University of Göttingen and the Technical University of Darmstadt Björn Engelhardt has obtained his diploma in industrial engineering / mechanical engineering. The focus of his studies was in the topics of product development, project management and innovation management.
His focus at INVENSITY is in the areas of project management and cooperation & supplier management. He gained experience in projects with leading companies in the automotive, aerospace and defense sector in Germany and abroad. Findings of his consulting projects can be found in various professional articles again.
Daniel Pfeifer (Senior Business Consultant)
Born in Wiesbaden (Hessen), Daniel Pfeifer studied at the Technical University in Darmstadt graduating with a degree in business informatics.
In 2011 Mr. Pfeifer started as Consultant for INVENSITY and has successfully implemented numerous R&D projects in the areas of requirements- and test management, as well as innovation and safety management for renowned companies in the automotive, transportation, IT and aerospace industry.
Motivated by the desire to combine the technical expertise gained with his economic background knowledge, Mr. Pfeifer has been working as a business consultant in the area of business development since 2013.
Günes I. Korkmaz (Senior Business Consultant)
Born in Recklinghausen (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), Günes I. Korkmaz graduated 2011 in Business Administration at the Ruhr-University Bochum.
He gained experiences in technical business development as a sales advisor for companies like Intel & Brother International.
Moreover he has worked for Vodafone, a multinational telecommunications company, where he focused on internal consulting in the department organizational change management.
Since 2012 Mr. Korkmaz is working for the INVENSITY company in Düsseldorf, Germany
Stefan Marquart (Business Consultant)
Born in Aichach (Bavaria), Mr. Stefan J. Marquart finished his studies at the TH Ingolstadt (Germany) and University of Borås (Sweden) as a Bachelor of Enigneer in Business and Engineering after his apprenticeship as an electrician. Subsequently he passed his Master of Arts in Business in Strategic Management at the FH Wiener Neustadt (Austria).
Mr. Marquart gained first project experience in a market leading company in development and manufacture of special founding machinery and mining equipment. He was responsible for activity-based accounting, process analysis and optimization for a newly built Power&Free enamelling line, as well as for production planning and scheduling procedures of the steel production.
In 2012 and 2013 Mr. Marquart was working for a management consultancy in Vienna, which is specialized on the field of Innovation Management, particularly the Lead User method. As a research agent he was in charge of establishing trend- and market studies, customer needs analysis and identification of Lead Users, as well as development of new project formats.
Since 2014 Mr. Marquart is working as a Business Consultant for INVENSITY, where he combines his technical experience and economical knowledge.
Charles. A. Walczynski (Business Consultant)
Born in Leonberg (Baden-Wuerttemberg), Mr. Walczynski studied at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz and received his diploma in economic geography.
Mr. Walczynski gained considerable project experience as managing assistant in an engineering office specialized in national wide construction projects. He was co-responsible for the costumer management as well as the closing of several projects. In 2012 Mr. Walczynski founded a start-up-company for IT & communication design and gained expertise in the area of sales, recruitment and costumer acquisition.
Since 2014 Mr. Walczynski is working for INVENSITY, where he applies his experiences as an Associate Business Consultant in the Business Development Department
Henrik Spinn (Associate Business Consultant)
Born in Papenburg (Niedersachen), Henrik Spinn passed his apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic before he started his studies in Business Management and Sales Engineering.
During his studies and in different Jobs, he gained experiences in Sales and Project Management. Among others he supported companies in Taiwan expanding their business to Germany and was in charge for company networking at Volkswagen one of the largest multinational automotive manufacturing companies to ensure the knowledge transfer between regional companies. Up to that he supported the sales department of a company for special machinery.
Since 2016 Mr. Spinn in combining his experience in technology, business and consulting as an associate business consultant at INVENSITY.
Marvin Edelkamp (Associate Business Consultant)
Marvin Edelkamp (born in Hoya, Lower Saxony) graduated in mechanical engineering with focus on international project management at the University of Siegen as a Bachelor of Science.
Prior to his consultancy work, Marvin Edelkamp was already able to gain industrial experience abroad. For example, he worked in the quality management department at the Volkswagen AG in Mexico.
Since 2015, Marvin Edelkamp has been working as a consultant at INVENSITY in the Center of Excellence Project Management. In 2016, he joined the business development department as an associate business consultant, combining his technical background with knowledge in economics and project management.
Christian Schubert (Senior Consultant)
Christian Schubert has achieved his diploma in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology with a specialization in Information and Communications Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Giessen-Friedberg.
As a technical consultant at INVENSITY, he has gained interdisciplinary expertise in the entire range of systems engineering at various companies in the automotive, aerospace and defense sector. Internally, he is the head of the INVENSITY Academy.
Dr. Marc Großerüschkamp (Senior Consultant)
Marc Großerüschkamp studied physics at the University of Leipzig. The diploma thesis in the field of biophysics is focused on the investigation of cancer cells by means of optical laser traps. During his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research he studied functional proteins using spectroscopic methods. At INVENSITY Marc Großerüschkamp is focused on quality management, process development and innovation. Within the INVENSITY Innovation Center he is responsible for the topics technology monitoring, studies and academic cooperation.
Ulf Stocker (Senior Consultant)
Ulf Stocker has a degree in technical computer science - an interdisciplinary bridge course between electrical engineering and computer science - graduated from the University of Kaiserslautern. The studies placed emphasis on embedded systems and distributed software.
His main subjects at INVENSITY are the design and development of software, considering classical as well as agile methods and including requirements engineering and support of processes. He applies his knowledge in the areas of automotive, aerospace and defense in customer projects.
Since 2012 he is one of the executive leads of the CoE Software Engineering and together with his colleagues he creates new methods to current challenges of software engineering.
Jan Zutter (Senior Consultant)
Jan Zutter completed his studies in the field of Information Technology at the University of Kaiserslautern with diploma. He focused on embedded systems and hardware/software co-design.
Jan Zutter is an expert in Systems Engineering at INVENSITY. The introduction and optimization of development processes for requirements and test management are especially important to him. With his experience he manages projects in the sectors of aerospace, automotive and defense.
Kai Hardy (Senior Consultant)
Kai Hardy obtained his B. Sc. in computer science at the University of Applied Sciences Rhine-Main. His focus during the academic studies was on Software Engineering und Image Processing. His focus at INVENSITY is on agile software development methods, IT and tool development. He accompanied successful projects at KMW, Qiagen, DIEHL und Continental.
INVENSITY internal Kai Hardy is responsible for the work group knowledge management and for the development of the INVENSITY knowledge management tool Hivescout.
Sebastian Hetzel (Senior Consultant)
Sebastian Hetzel has finished his study at the University of Technology Dresden as well as the University of Southern Queensland Toowoomba, Australia by reaching the Diploma in Business and Engineering. The core subjects of his study were Electrical Engineering, Automotive Engineering and International Project Management.
At INVENSITY, his focus lies in project management. He is skilled in research and development agitations based on his engagements in the utility vehicle- and the defense sector. His knowledge in project management is based on his positions as technical project manager as well as project leader. Besides, he earned leadership skills as result of his position as site-leader.
Juliane Kläs (Senior Consultant)
Juliane Kläs studied biology at the University of Düsseldorf, Würzburg and at SUNY, NY, US. Her major was microbiology. During her PhD at the IPMB, Heidelberg University and at the Tokyo University she specialized in pharmaceutical biotechnology and focused on the transport of active substances into the brain.
At INVENSITY Juliane Kläs works on projects in the fields of process development, project-, safety- and quality management. Furthermore she is a member of the Mentoring Board which defines and configures the INV- Mentoring program. She is also a trainer for internal trainings like communication skills, conflict management and project management. In the CoE PM she is responsible of the topic supply management in the medical field and published some professional articles.
Barbara M. Bschorr (Managing Assistant HR)
Barbara Bschorr graduated in Business Administration at the university of applied science Rosenheim, Germany, in 2007, with key study areas personnel management & international management (geographical specialism: South-East Asia). Ms Bschorr also had her dissertation on talent management published. She can draw on many years of professional experience in the field of personnel management in engineering, and works as HR team assistant at the Munich branch, where she is responsible for HR, recruiting and college recruiting.
Alissa Fiedler (Senior Managing Assistant HR)
Alissa Fiedler graduated in Sociology and Pedagogy at the Technical University in Darmstadt in 2012. Her major fields of study were adult education and analysis of disadvantaged persons. Her dissertation topic was about change of management trainings and learning in organizations. After successfully completing her degrees she gained professional experience in personnel management in engineering. At INVENSITY she works as Senior Managing Assistant Human Resources at the office in Wiesbaden, where she is responsible for HR Management, which includes recruiting and college recruiting. Furthermore she is Deputy Head of INVENSITY Academy and develop employees.
Dragana Milic (Team Assistant HR)
In 2012 Dragana Milic completed her studies as Bachelor of Science in psychology at RWTH University in Aachen. Her major fields of study were work- and organizational psychology as well as industrial engineering and ergonomics. Her interest for recruiting and HR topics developed during practical activities in the study. After successfully completing her degree she gained work experience in the HR department of an international concern.
At INVENSITY Ms. Milic works as HR team assistant at the Düsseldorf office, where she is responsible for HR, recruiting and college recruiting.
Tatevik Mkrtchyan (Managing Assistant HR)
Tatevik Mkrtchyan graduated in Pedagogy and Sociology with the thematic priority on adult and media education at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz in 2012. Her bachelor thesis was about the role of lifelong learning and the differences between qualification and education in the context of vocational education and training. After completing her B.A. she gained professional experience in personnel management in one of the greatest financial institutes in Germany. As Managing Assistant Human Resources Mrs. Mkrtchyan works at the office in Wiesbaden and is responsible for the recruiting and people development at INVENSITY.
Gisela Wier (Team Assistant HR)
Gisela Wier graduated in Business Administration with the thematic priority on Human Resources Management and Service Management at the University of applied Science in Stuttgart in 2015. Her bachelor thesis was about the concept of Retention Management and to show out the action fields. During her study she gained experience in personnel management in the manufacturing industry in Germany. As Team Assistant Human Resources Ms. Wier works at the office in Stuttgart and is responsible for the recruiting and people development at INVENSITY.
Manuel Sollbach (Senior Managing Assistant Corporate Communication)
Manuel Sollbach completed his degree in media & oeconomics spring 2010 at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany. His specialisms included corporate and personnel management, and knowledge and information management. His dissertation topic, investigated in cooperation with INVENSITY the field of knowledge management for development projects. Mr. Sollbach is responsible for communication, press and recruiting at INVENSITY. He is also very dedicated to social aspects in particular, for example in the kindergarden contest or the child engineers’ academy.
Aysegül Cildir (Team Assistant IT)
Aysegül Cildir completed her studies Bachelor of Computer Engineering 2013 at the University of Applied Science Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Her bachelor thesis was about a webshop which has been programmed for a company in Hong Kong. While her study she collect experiences about IT- support and webdesign. As Team Assistant of the IT- Department at the office in Wiesbaden she is responsible for the IT- security and the IT- support.
“One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.” - Marie Curie
INVENSITY shares its wealth of expertise in high-end technology gained over many years with its customers in a solution-orientated and flexible way. INVENSITY's employees deliberately make use of the bundled knowledge of a sector or a technology and also check applicability of this knowledge in other industries. Thus added value can be created beyond the core industries of INVENSITY.
The automobile industry is one of INVENSITY’s core industries – here INVENSITY works closely with OEMs and their suppliers. The commercial vehicle industry is also part of this client segment.
The requirements of these three client segments can differ significantly.
Nonetheless, thanks to its experience in all three client segments, INVENSITY is able to offer its clients a wide range of solutions, both with regard to development management and project management. These include, for instance, taking over development tasks in the mechatronics field, project management/partial project management in the development and the optimization of R&D processes in accordance with the current standards in the automobile industry (e.g. IEC 61508 and SPICE).
With annual growth of 3% the rail industry is a core area within the manufacturing industry in the high-tech sector, and sees itself confronted by changing framework conditions and increasing competitive pressures based on an internationalization of production, the expansion of the EU and a liberalization of markets. As the transport sector with the fastest-growing transport performance and the best environmental balance, the rail industry is an industry with a promising future and an excellent growth prospect and is therefore an area INVENSITY is paying particular attention to.
With far-reaching experience, INVENSITY offers assistance in the 3 core areas
1. locomotives and rail vehicles
3. signaling equipment and telecommunications
and in large-scale projects of operating companies, making best use of our expertise in project management/partial project management, safety management in accordance with the required standards and in the optimization of research and development processes.
The aerospace industry has become one of the catalysts of innovation in Germany. With continuous growth and industry turnover of around €20 billion, the industry has become an important economic factor.
The high level of innovation in the sector makes it an attractive client segment for INVENSITY. The structure of INVENSITY corresponds to the high client requirements that rely on technical know-how, experience and communication skills. The cross-sector approach, which is based on transferring best practice from other industries, proves to be rather interesting here as well.
INVENSITY’s experience enables it to offer customized solutions, both in development and project management. These include, for instance, taking over development tasks, investigations into material properties, project management/partial project management in development and the optimization of maintenance processes.
The defense field is characterized by increasing innovation pressures and internationalization. In particular mobility and the development of mechatronic systems are at the very fore of investment.
The technical challenges are similar to those faced by the other industries within the INVENSITY client circle, with maintenance and the need for safety naturally being of greater significance in the defense industry. With INVENSITY’s experience in this industry it can provide highly bespoke solutions for this industry in particular.
INVENSITY managed to attract much attention due to its ability to develop in accordance with the V-Model XT conforming to IEC 61058 and AQAP 2210 while taking into account MIL-STD 882. As a result, companies in the field of defense regularly make use of our process consulting and book training courses, and entrust us with challenging operational implementation projects.
Overall, the global markets for energy technology have good prospects for growth. In view of the rising crude oil prices, especially the demand for renewable energy is increasing significantly and, according to estimates, will reach approx. 30 percent p.a. for solar energy plants and around 15 percent p.a. for wind power plants.
German companies are proving to be particularly innovative in the field of fuel cells, where the number of registered patents is showing a double digit growth rate. Thanks to its cross-sector experience, INVENSITY offers customized solutions in this industry in the areas of development, optimization of processes and project management.
A typical feature of industrial plant construction is, that the plants are specific to the individual client. In general, they are individual constructions or small batch types, which are associated with very high investment costs. Plants of this kind can be found in process engineering, power engineering, supply engineering, production engineering, machine construction and electrotechnology.
The many competitors against whom companies must compete with their core competences are not the only challenge this industry is facing. The tremendously high pressure of keeping to budgets and deadlines, also requires matured management processes.
Our extensive expertise in project management means INVENSITY can assist plant manufacturers and plant operators in all project processes, from defining the requirements to initial start-up and process optimization for the plant.
Germany is one of the world’s leaders for medical technology, with two out of the ten largest companies globally being German companies. Medical technology is characterized by an increasing interconnectedness of a wide range of systems and by great diversity. German companies are in addition increasingly putting their efforts in developing technologically challenging components and are investing substantially in R&D.
Based on INVENSITY’s experience across all sectors, we are ideally positioned to offer tailored solutions in this industry, especially in the areas of embedded software, supplier management and software development/testing.
Telecommunications is an important industry in Germany. On one hand the sector has great economic significance, as its innovations lead to a productivity increase in industry, and on the other hand because it represents a catalyst for innovation due to its short development cycles.
Challenges are in particular caused on the back of an ever-increasing interlinking of different technologies and as a result of constant changes in technology. Thanks to its cross-sector experience, INVENSITY offers bespoke solutions in this industry, particularly in the areas of IT development, change management and in the optimization of processes.
Light is a tool with unparalleled properties. Precision, speed, and high energy and information densities make the control of light a key technology.
Optical technologies as a technological area, is a sector of indispensible importance for an innovation consulting company. It comprises nine areas, which are found in everyday and high-tech applications in the photonics industry, and which also form key technologies in other industries:
* Optical equipment and components
* Energy management
* Medical technology and life sciences
* Flat-panel displays
* Lighting engineering
* Image processing, measuring equipment and analytics
* Information technology, office automation and consumer electronics
* Communications technology
* Industrial production
"Handle stets so, dass weitere Möglichkeiten entstehen" - Heinz von Förster
INVENSITY supports a variety of social responsibility projects.
Amongst others we organize every year our "Kindergarten Contest". Kindergarten and nursery schools around our office locations (Düsseldorf, Wiesbaden, Stuttgart, München, Detroit) have the opportunity to win a prize money to realize their kids dreams.
With our own Children-Engineering-Academy we show children in a playful way the backgrounds of all-day technology.
Furthermore we are active with several local an regional social events.
Due to our engagement in social activities we were decorated with the "Golden Lily" in 2013 and 2015.
Do you have an special need or idea for a social project? Please contact us!
INVENSITYs goal with the Children Engineering Academy is to show even the small ones how all day technology is all about.
In a playful way the children learn, how the daily things work. Especially these kinds of technology, that are in use every day without thinking about it:
How das a GPS work? In which way is it connected with the magnetic field of our earth?
Why does the sound come out of an MP3 player? How does my ear hear the music?
Wie jedes Jahr an Weihnachten möchten wir Kindern eine Freude bereiten. Aus diesem Grund veranstalten wir seit sieben Jahren unseren Kindergartenkontest.
Unser Kontest richtet sich an lokale Kindergärten, Kindertagesstätten und Kinderkrippen in und rund um unsere Bürostandorte Düsseldorf, Wiesbaden, Stuttgart und München: Sie haben eine Idee, wie Sie Ihre Einrichtung für die Kinder verschönern möchten, aber Geld- und Sachmittel fehlen? Oder Sie haben einen anderen kreativen Einfall, der die Kinder in ihrer Entwicklung weiterbringt? Dann schicken Sie uns Ihr Konzept, wie Sie das Preisgeld von 2.000 € einsetzen würden! Im Falle des Gewinns unterstützen wir Sie neben dem Preisgeld gerne aktiv bei der Umsetzung des Projektes mit unserem Wissen und unseren Kontakten.
Bitte senden Sie uns Ihre Idee bis zum 14. Oktober 2016 an die unten angegebene Adresse zu. Die Unterlagen sollten auf etwa ein bis zwei DIN-A4 Seiten (oder drei bis vier Präsentationsfolien) kurz darstellen, was Ihren Kindergarten ausmacht, warum sich die Kinder besonders über die Erfüllung dieser Idee freuen würden, wie genau die Idee lautet, wie Sie sich die Umsetzung des Wunschprojektes vorstellen und wie wir Sie konkret in der Umsetzung unterstützen können. Ihrer Fantasie sind dabei keine Grenzen gesetzt!
Aus allen fristgerechten Einsendungen wählen wir die drei spannendsten Projekte aus: Diese Einrichtungen haben dann die Gelegenheit, uns ihre Idee detaillierter vorzustellen. Die Bewertung der eingesendeten Projektvorschläge erfolgt nach den Kriterien Innovativität & Kreativität, Realisierbarkeit und nachhaltiger Nutzen für alle Kinder Ihrer Einrichtung.
Die Bekanntgabe des Gewinners erfolgt Anfang Dezember, pünktlich zu Nikolaus.
Wir sind gespannt auf Ihre Ideen und freuen uns auf Ihre Einsendungen! Für Fragen stehen wir selbstverständlich gerne zur Verfügung. Bitte kontaktieren sie hierzu unser Team am entsprechenden Standort.
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- In Düsseldorf erhält das “Kinderforum e.V.” von INVENSITY Unterstützung bei der Konzeption und dem Umbau verschiedener Spielbereiche, damit diese auf mehreren Ebenen nutzbar sind.
- In Wiesbaden hilft INVENSITY der Elterninitiative “Die Rübe e.V.” bei dem Bau einer modularen Fühlwand zur spielerischen Entwicklung des Fühl- und Tastsinns.
In Stuttgart erhält die Eltern-Kind-Initative “Weissenhofkindergarten e.V.” ein “Zahlen- und Buchstabenland” mit Sitz- und Leseecke zur mühelosen frühen sprachlichen Förderung.
In München hilft INVENSITY beim Wiederaufbau der Kreativhütte bei der Eltern-Kind-Initiative “Osterwald e.V.”. Sie bietet Rückzugsräume für ein konzentriertes und kreatives Arbeiten.
- Kindertagesstätte Anna Siemsen - Neugestaltung der Freianlage zum Toben und Spielen
- Kindergarten "Kleiner Elefant" - Ausstattung eines Medienraumes zum spielerischen Erlernen des Umgangs mit Medien
- Kinderhaus Wiesbaden - Bau eines Barfußpfades im Außengelände
- Kindertagesstätte der ev. Hauptkirchengemeinde "Regenbogenland" - Kurs für die Kleinen zum Thema Gewaltprävention sowie Selbstwertgefühl "Selbstsicher und Stark"
- Kinderkrippe Krabbeleck - Umbau eines Raumes für eine dauerhafte Experimentierecke zum spielerischen Experimentieren und Entdecken
- Eltern-Kind-Initiative Würmchen e.V. - Bau einer Entdecker- und Tobelandschaft für die neugierigen Krippenkinder
INVENSITY is characterized by a well-balanced mix of professionalism, innovative power, internationality and social responsibility.
There are a variety of challenging tasks waiting for you – the level of the challenge is in your hands. In any case, our down to earth working atmosphere, a thorough integration and our team spirit contribute to a good working environment. To find more about the working atmosphere, please refer to our employee testimonials.
Our INVENSITY – values affect all of our actions and thus are also essential in our the search for new team members.
We joined the “Fair Company”- initiative and received the seal “Top Company” as well as “Open Company” by kununu, that are testimonial to our values. Users on these sites rate us with top ratings for our good working environment as well as our transparent business culture.
Join our team! We are looking forward to your application, whether unsolicited or in response to one of our vacancies.
Please feel free to contact us, should you have any questions. Kindly refer to the FAQs for our answers to the most common questions and please find our recruiting system:
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