Apprenticeship as an IT specialist for system integration at spo-comm

Next to the commercial trainings the spo-comm also offers non-commercial ones. Since September 2020 our IT specialist for system integrated-to-be Felix supports his colleagues in the production and service department. He told us a little bit more about his apprenticeship and to do’s.

Chiara: Hi Felix, what are your tasks as a trainee in the field of IT system integration?

Felix: Hello Chiara, although some tasks are of course repetitive, my training in general is very versatile. It starts with picking the components from our warehouse and goes on with preparing delivery notes and finally playing the operating system onto the harddrive. Then, one whole PC can be built and customized with all these little pieces. Next to the daily business tasks I worked on some projects with my colleagues. For instance, we organize our server room, and also installed our new telephone system in a virtual machine. In doing so, I can learn things that are not that common.


Chiara: And what do you learn in the business school?

Felix: There are subjects that probably every trainee knows, like “Politics and Society” or English. But the system integration training also includes “information technology systems”. Here you get a good overview of the basic electronics of a network and also the software that’s based on this. Also virtual machines were a part of our schedule. In each of the information-technological fields application development plays a role: We are learning with the base of C++. No worries, it doesn’t have that much to do with math as many think, but without it it’s also not possible.   


Chiara: What do you like most about your work at spo-comm?

Felix: I am generally interested in technology, old and new. In my private time it's mostly the audio editing field, production and retro technology. I was very young when I came in touch with PCs. Since Pentium 2 times I had the chance to experiment with, first with invalided out computer parts, and try stuff out. I had fun doing this back then and now doing this as my profession makes me very happy. I get along with my colleagues very well. The most different challenges are being mastered flexibly and together.


Chiara: What’s your favourite Mini-PC?

Felix: That's pretty hard to tell. As a fan of 19" racks the first one that comes to my mind is our NINETEEN. In my opininion it is the most unique system of all. In regards to the mini PCs it would be the CORE 2: It's really impressive what is possible on such small space. If I had to choose one for gaming I would take the KUMO V with its Nvidia graphics card. I think our product range has a PC for every different application.


Chiara: We are very happy to have you in our team!


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Julia: Hi Chiara and thank you for taking the time for a short interview. You have already completed your apprenticeship in marketing communication. Tell me, why did you want to work in this field and why at spo-comm of all places?

Chiara: Hi Julia :) to be honest, I needed a bit of time after school to find out what I wanted to do. After working in sales and an abandoned training as an event manager, I came across the marketing department. Advertising and the various media have always interested and fascinated me, so this training was in a way made for me. I came across spo-comm in the classic way via an online job advertisement. On my trial day something clicked between my colleagues, bosses and me. I immediately got on really well with everybody and I also found the activities very interesting.

Julia: What were the topics of your apprenticeship?

Chiara: The content in the vocational school was broad, from marketing basics to print advertising and social media. Everything that goes with marketing. My practical activities at spo-comm were more specific. Mainly it was about SEO and SEA, i.e. Google Ads, maintaining the website and creating articles for our blog. I was also involved in the design of flyers and various photo shoots. And then I helped with the planning of our booth at the ISE and was even allowed to fly to Amsterdam with my colleagues. That was a really cool experience. In the beginning I also supported the sales department by creating offers and order confirmations. Like that, I was able to learn the ropes about Mini-PCs.

Julia: And what are your tasks in the marketing department of spo-comm?

Chiara: I mainly take care of the website and social media channels. That means I make sure that on the one hand the products with photos and their technical details are displayed correctly in our online shop. On the other hand, I provide our customers and followers in general with the latest content, from blog articles about our products or company news to a look behind the scenes. After I finished my training in February, I reduced my working hours to 30 hours a week in order to have enough time for my bachelor's degree.

Julia: That's right, you're still studying on the side.

Chiara: Exactly, I'm doing a distance learning bachelor's degree in marketing at iubh. Since I graduated from high school (“Gymnasium” in Germany), it was always my goal to study at a university. After I enjoyed the training in marketing so much, I decided to study at iubh. The whole thing takes place online and is therefore completely independent of location and time. But it is also very time-consuming and you need a lot of self-discipline and have to be able to organize yourself well. That's why I'm all the more happy that I had the opportunity to reduce my working hours at spo-comm and that I am always supported here.

Julia: That sounds really exciting. When do you plan to finish this?

Chiara: The standard period of study is 36 months, i.e. 3 years. Thanks to my IHK apprenticeship, I was able to have some of the content credited to me, which shortens my overall study time somewhat, as I no longer have to take certain modules. I started in April 2020 and should be finished with my studies by the end of 2022.

Julia: How do you like it in the spo-comm?

Chiara: Very good :) In addition to my tasks in marketing, which I really enjoy, I also get on really well with my colleagues. We are a colorful mix and it never gets boring. You can always count on support here. I also think it's great that I can contribute my ideas and that we can work independently here.

Julia: And we are happy that you are part of our team :)

Chiara: I am also happy to be here :)

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Apprenticeship in marketing communication at spo-comm

In February Chiara Murana completed her apprenticeship as a management assistant for marketing communication at spo-comm. Now it’s time to look back and talk about what’s next. We asked Chiara how her apprenticeship was and what she's actually doing now.
5 Nov 2020 Array ( [id] => 616 [title] => Apprenticeship as a management assistant in IT-systems at spo-comm [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => Already since July Kim Schrickel supports the spo-comm sales team. Initially she started as a trainee, but since September she can officially call herself an apprentice as a management assistant in IT-systems. What does someone in this position do and what is on Kim’s daily schedule at spo-comm? We asked her. [description] =>

Chiara: Hi Kim, please tell us: What does a typical day at work look like for you?

Kim: Hi Chiara. I usually start working at 8 am. First of all, I start my PC, check my e-mails and get a quick overview of what’s to do. Of course, one thing can’t be missed: coffee! In our daily meetings we talk about the running projects and assign our tasks. My main responsibilities are the making of offers, order confirmations, but also invoices. Being in contact with our customers via e-mail or phone is my daily business. I keep an eye on the current testing samples and as well look after the the sales and production key figures. 

Chiara: Next to your actual work at the spo-comm headquarters in Nuremberg you also have to go to the vocational school in Fürth. What subjects are part of your timetable?

Kim: Next to the standard subjects such as politics and society, English and the plus program D there are job-related subjects like IT systems, technology or application development and programming. Since I’m doing a commercial apprenticeship there’s also a subject called “business processes”, which connects the theoretical and the practical part probably the most. At the moment the hardest for me is AWP (application development and programming). But I think that’s normal when you’re confronted with programming a so-called “Windows Forms App” overnight. Two years from now I’ll probably wish for tasks like these! (laughs) Overall, I like the vocational school. 

Chiara: How did it come about that you want to do an apprenticeship as a management assistant in IT-systems?

Kim: I had my first touching points with video games when I was a kid. I guess it was with the NES and later on the SNES, with the classic Mario-, Zelda- and Sonic-games. By that, my interest in consoles and later in computers became bigger. I am a typical 90s kid and grew up with all of that jazz. Like that, I developed a normal sympathy with IT but also wanted to know what stands behind it. That’s how I chose an apprenticeship in the IT field.

Chiara: What do you like most about spo-comm respectively about your job here?

Kim: What I like most here is that, since the first day, I get to see every division of spo-comm. Like that, structures and processes are easy to understand and very transparent. For me, my everyday work is a good combination of classic routine tasks and other exciting to do’s which make every day different. I get along with my colleagues very well. The whole spo-comm team is like a small family and next to our work we laugh a lot together.

Chiara: What’s your favorite Mini-PC?

Kim: I find the idea of a Mini-PC itself very interesting, since I only knew the classic desktop tower PCs before I started my apprenticeship. The most interesting PCs for me are probably the passively cooled ones, such as the RUGGED series or the best-selling WINDBOX II Quad. This system may look unremarkable but is nevertheless high-performant and can be used in various application fields.

Chiara: We all are very happy to have you in our team. Thank you for taking time for this little interview.

Kim: Thanks Chiara. I am also very happy to be part of this team :)

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Apprenticeship as a management assistant in IT-systems at spo-comm

Already since July Kim Schrickel supports the spo-comm sales team. Initially she started as a trainee, but since September she can officially call herself an apprentice as a management assistant in IT-systems. What does someone in this position do and what is on Kim’s daily schedule at spo-comm? We asked her.
16 Dec 2020 Array ( [id] => 637 [title] => With positive thinking into the new year – a look back at 2020 [authorId] => [active] => 1 [shortDescription] => This past year 2020 has probably been one of the craziest ones with one or another unforeseen twist and turn all over the world. How did the year for spo-comm go and what is going to happen in 2021? We asked CEO Michael Sporrer and CMO Bernd Moosmüller for a recap. [description] =>

spo-comm Marketing: Hi Michael, hi Bernd, and welcome to this year's interview. The mere fact that we are sitting together via Teams this time and not in the spo-comm meeting room speaks volumes. Tell us how did you get on?

Michael Sporrer: I have probably never seen as few people in the office as I have this year and it was very challenging in all respects. The whole Corona issue really had a significant impact on the way we work. With the beginning of the lockdown, our sales and marketing teams started to work from home. Fortunately, we started rolling out Microsoft Teams back in October last year. That makes communication much easier in these difficult times. And there was also a lot to consider in our production. The required distancing regulations meant that fewer people could work at the same time. This in turn had an impact on the entire production planning. Nevertheless, our production is doing everything it can to deliver the orders in the usual time and quality. I'm really excited about that.

Bernd Moosmüller: 2020 was really a challenge for everyone, especially for the employees. But everyone reacted extremely flexible, so that we could actually work from home almost exactly as before. And we could continue to deliver. Our customers didn't notice any difference: prices and delivery times stayed the same and we didn't have to cut back on our services either.

Michael Sporrer: I think we got a good balance. It is important to us to protect the health of our employees. At the same time, however, business had to continue, not least to keep the jobs. Some of our regular customers are struggling with enormous losses, as industries such as event technology and exhibition stand construction are suffering from the crisis. At the same time, we were able to win new industrial customers with great potential, so that by and large, and especially given the circumstances, we are satisfied with how the year went for us.

Marketing: And we were even able to hire new colleagues!

Michael Sporrer: Yes, exactly, Victor Mention replaces our previous executive assistant and Kim Schrickel, who is doing her apprenticeship as an IT system management assistant with us, is a great support for our sales team. It is of course difficult for a trainee not to sit with the direct contact person in the office but to work from home, but Kim does it really well. I am very happy with the new ones.

Bernd Moosmüller: Me too! And that although it was definitely not easy for them at the beginning. It's wild when you come to the office and everyone runs off (laughs). But they both get involved really well and work independently. They were really lucky!

Marketing: Let's take a look back: In February we exhibited at the ISE in Amsterdam for the last time. How did you experience that?

Bernd Moosmüller: Our participation was good, but now the fair has lost its appeal twice. Even before Corona we had more or less decided not to take part anymore because Barcelona is logistically difficult. Now it is questionable whether the ISE will still take place next year, yes, whether the topic of face-to-face fairs has not been dealt with anyway. We have therefore been looking for new ways of communicating with customers for a long time, be it virtually or, if allowed again, on site.

Marketing: And what about new product launches?

Bernd Moosmüller: Unfortunately, there were only a few new product presentations last year. This is in large part because Intel is increasingly struggling to deliver and fails promises. Therefore, there are only a few developments at board level. The successor to the Windbox II Quad will definitely come next year. And maybe also products for new markets and other successors.

Marketing: For example?

Bernd Mossmüller:(laughs) Do I have to give you names now? Ok, so there is sure to be something new in the RUGGED series, possibly also in the KUMO series.

Michael Sporrer: We're thinking about a passive KUMO model, but let's see. In addition, we are still thinking about introducing a completely new series with panel PCs again. That would also be of interest to the manufacturing industry.

Bernd Moosmüller: The prerequisite is that we can run our spo-comm system, which means that the panel PCs must be individually configurable for the customers.

Marketing: We all hope that the Corona crisis will be over one. What will happen to home office at spo-comm then?

Michael Sporrer: In the current situation, I think home office is great as a flexible instrument, it is necessary and it works well. But in my opinion it is good for the whole company structure to be more in the office. For me, face-to-face communication is extremely important and I think the company lives through the presence of the employees. But that's also a personal thing. My home is my castle (laughs), I just need an external workplace to be able to separate work and private life.

Bernd Moosmüller: I think the flexibility we gain through home office is great. With us it was born out of necessity and it's going great. I also believe that it will continue to be with us in the future. Of course, it always depends on the particular activity. It has great advantages for conceptual work, for example, because you are simply undisturbed. And it is also practical for employees with children or long journeys to work. At the same time, we have to remember that it looks different at everyone's home and that we as an employer cannot influence it either. Not everyone has their own study with a desk and ergonomic chair. Overall, however, I am very positive about it and I am curious to see how it will develop further.

Marketing: We still have one topic, our long-running favorite: the new website ...

Bernd Moosmüller: At the moment I am somewhat optimistic and dare to make the forecast: We can still do it this year!

Michael Sporrer: I would be happy when it starts. It would really be a huge improvement because we have so many new ways to make the shopping experience more enjoyable for our customers.

Marketing: Is there anything else on your mind?

Michael Sporrer: This year I saw that I can rely on our employees even in difficult times. I am optimistic and positive about the new year, and hope that normality will return to some extent in the second half of the year!

Marketing: These are nice closing words. Thank you for the interview!

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With positive thinking into the new year – a look back at 2020

This past year 2020 has probably been one of the craziest ones with one or another unforeseen twist and turn all over the world. How did the year for spo-comm go and what is going to happen in 2021? We asked CEO Michael Sporrer and CMO Bernd Moosmüller for a recap.