Development successes clearly visible
"During the past three years, we have grown considerably in terms of personnel," reports Anne Ebeling. The industrial engineering graduate has supported both platforms – FAIR@Link and INFr8 – as project manager from the very beginning and has been head of the air freight team for the last three years. Her management style is characterized by committed, dynamic and equality-based cooperation.
The youngest developer on the team is Lorenz. The 20-year-old successfully completed his work-study degree in business informatics in mid-March and is now a full-time developer. In his thesis, "Optimizing the User Experience in the Import Area of the Cargo Communication System Fair@Link," he analyzed the air cargo import process for its user-friendliness. His observations on how to make the platform more intuitive and appealing for the future have been well received by the team. "We are now progressing on our work using this input," Anne says, as if it were the natural thing to do.
Many paths lead to a team
Similarly, Thilo completed a combined work-study degree program at DAKOSY. While working as a full-time Java developer, he then completed a master's degree at the Nordakademie for IT Management and Business Informatics, which he finished in September 2022. Tim has also followed a similar career path. However, the 28-year-old first started his training as an application developer and has been working as a full-time developer ever since, while last year he began his studies towards a master's degree in business informatics via distance learning at the University of Hagen.
Anne both encourages and inspires her young team. In her view, having the perfect qualifications isn't nearly as important as enjoying the challenges, being curious, and having a strong desire to keep learning. It quickly becomes clear in the day-to-day work whether someone is the right fit. She was fortunate to recruit two career changers for the team, Judith and Nino. Judith had studied marketing before switching to a dual degree program in business informatics, and Nino, currently doing a work-study program, had already completed a law degree before deciding to tackle a second degree in software systems development.
To get a better idea of the processes at the airport, the team left the virtual world to go on a visit to the Frankfurt air cargo hub. During the two-day excursion, the developers followed the path of the cargo - from the cargo plane to the apron to ground handling. "Our customers and partners also opened the doors to exclusive backstage areas, such as the airport control tower," confirms Anne and elaborates: "When you can have the live experience of all the processes that take place around check-in and see them interlock like the pinions in a clock, it also helps you later on while you’re programming at your desk. Our focus is on jointly navigating the complex processes in reality as the first step before we start with the software programming. From our point of view, this is the guarantee of a successful project".
The team leader expects the team to continue to grow this year. "Our development successes for the air cargo community are quickly evident to our colleagues. Anyone who wants to actively shape the airport's digital transformation is definitely in the right place. Our results directly improve cargo processes. For example, through digitalization, we have reduced waiting times for drivers at the airport," says Anne.
"Anyone who wants to actively shape the airport's digital transformation is definitely in the right place. Our results directly improve cargo processes."