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Technology is a factor. But humans are what make it work.


For years, we have been supporting companies in tackling their individual challenges – be it in moving to digital processes or business models, serving as a source of inspiration or in making technology tangible and identifying suitable use cases.

However, these complex and multi-faceted subject areas require the right blend of technological expertise and sound understanding. We believe that this is best achieved in diverse teams. That's why we’re committed to getting more girls and women interested in pursuing careers in IT.


How do companies approach a topic whose effects range from the payment process at the supermarket checkout to the depths of medicine, and that have a profound impact on business and private life alike? By keeping an eye on what’s feasible. That’s because just talking about artificial intelligence (AI) doesn’t help. It’s about finding use cases – and building the right systems.

Our ‘building AI-based system’ process model is our answer to the unique nature of developing AI systems. They take data as their basis and aim at identifying relationships hidden in this data.

Such systems do not magically emerge by themselves. They are the result of flawlessly planned and implemented projects.

Find out more about what AI means for your industry and take a look at what AI is already changing here and now.

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Every path to the digital transformation is different. But the reasons for it are similar: dissatisfaction with the status quo meets the will to change.

Systematically developing a company’s own potential for digital transformation in the Interaction Room and paying particular attention to cyber-physical systems when implementing this potential will allow companies to benefit from the possibilities opened up by digital transformation.

Talking to each other and understanding each other, as trivial as it sounds, is the beginning of all transformation.

From start-ups to global players – learn how other companies have handled the challenges of the digital transformation and download our free whitepaper.

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She for IT

16 per cent of the IT professionals we employ at present are female. The proportion of women in IT professions throughout Germany lies at 17 per cent according to the industry association Bitkom. Our goal is to first increase the number of female computer scientists, IT consultants and IT executives at adesso in the coming years.

In the long term, we also want to contribute to more girls and women becoming interested in a future career in IT. We want to create the suitable conditions and framework for this with our ‘She for IT’ initiative.

Men and women working together in a team achieve better results. Diverse teams make better decisions, are more successful and more efficient – and also foster a better atmosphere.

We have to make much better use of this potential because diversity is a key to success. We no longer want to be satisfied with the fact that our quota of women in operational areas has only been average up to now.

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About Prof. Volker Gruhn

Prof. Volker Gruhn, born 1963, co-founded adesso SE (formerly adesso AG) in 1997 and is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He is Chair of Software Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Since 2017, he has also been member of the DAK-Gesundheit digitalisation committee, and has been a member of the university council of Leipzig University since 1 March 2019. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering.

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You can find a detailed overview of all publications of Prof. Volker Gruhn on the university chair page.

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Prof Volker Gruhn is a regular speaker at various events.

IT Congress 2020 | GDV DL | Cologne

Keynote | RWE Discovery Day | Essen

Panel discussion | Alumni meeting | Vienna

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