Ready for a new decade - this was 2019 at spo-comm

As in 2018, this year we asked the spo-comm management, CEO Michael Sporrer and CMO Bernd Moosmüller, again for an interview, to look back at 2019 and to give a little forecast for 2020.

spo-comm: Hello and thank you for taking your time. Please tell us, how was 2019 for you?

Michael Sporrer: Pleasing, yes and also quite successful. Our business figures are impressive. We gained exciting customers and deepened existing relationships. We owe this not least to our employees. The whole team did a really great job.

spo-comm: Speaking of the team ... we have grown again!
Michael Sporrer: Exactly. Two new trainees, Fabian and Felix, have started working in our production and service department in September. It has already been shown that those two are pretty capable. Our marketing has also grown and was able to perform several large projects ... But maybe Bernd would prefer to tell that himself.

Bernd Moosmüller: (laughs) With pleasure. After exhibiting at the ISE in Amsterdam in February, we held an event at the spo-comm headquarters for the first time in summer. As part of the Nürnberg Digital Festival, we invited to hear lectures on artificial intelligence and Nvidia CUDA. You shouldn't praise yourself, but we, or rather, our marketing department, did a really good job in organizing the event. The feedback from the participants was also very positive. That has really whetted our appetite.

spo-comm: It was definitely a great event. Are there already concrete plans for further events?

Bernd Moosmüller: I have a lot of ideas. Let's see what we can do about it. By all means, we will attend the ISE in February.
spo-comm: Unfortunately, this takes place in Amsterdam for the last time and then moves to Barcelona. What can we expect to be shown on our stand?

Michael Sporrer: We will present two great innovations with us. For one thing, the successor to our WINDBOX 2 series is already in the starting blocks. Secondly, there will finally be a new model for ultra-high-performance, high-end graphics. Anyone who knows our products can certainly imagine what it is. Starts with "K" ...

spo-comm: ... and ends with "UMO", right? I heard something about Nvidia Turing?

Michael Sporrer: (laughs) You're not entirely wrong. More details will be released at the beginning of 2020. We are all very excited about it!

spo-comm: Are there any other new products planned for next year?

Michael Sporrer: Yes, we are planning to add panel PCs to our product range again. During our visit to Taiwan in October, we already spoke to various existing and potential partners.

Bernd Moosmüller: Of course it's not that easy. As with all of our products, in the end we want to have a PC that is configurable and can be individually tailored to the applications and needs of our customers.

Michael Sporrer: But we are on the right track and hopefully will be able to present something new soon.

spo-comm: And what else can we look forward to in 2020?

Michael Sporrer: In the background people are busy working on other topics. We are currently renewing our entire internal IT infrastructure. In addition to faster servers, this also includes switching to cloud-based solutions. This enables our employees to work more and more independently and flexibly. This is essential, especially for home office and business trips.

Bernd Moosmüller: And then there's the big topic “new website”. We have been developing, testing and designing for months. We hope to be able to go live with our new web shop at the beginning of next year. And we can not only look forward to a modern and above all responsive design. There will also be some new features that will make our customers' lives a lot easier.

spo-comm: We are already very excited!

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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.
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After a very successful year 2019, we want to thank each of our customers and partners for working with us. From the 7th of January 2020 the spo-comm team will be back and looks forward to realize the next exciting projects in 2020.

Until then, we wish you happy holidays and a happy new year!

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spo-comm wishes you a merry christmas 2019

From the 23rd of December 2019 up to and including the 6th of January 2020 spo-comm goes into the yearly company holiday. We wish you some relaxing days!
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While enjoying the virtual bonfire, we listened to Michael Sporrer, our CEO, who reviewed the year 2019 with a little speech and rewarded all employees with a gift. Then the dinner was served. Just like in the last few years, we had some delicacies from perls:  From celery cream soup with cinnamon croutons and beef salad as the first course, over to duck, salmon and chestnuts as the main course up to cookie spiced tiramisu and gingerbread mousse as the highlight. There was something for every meat lover and veggie freak! :)

The evening was topped off with laughter and many, many conversations. Here are some impressions:

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Annual spo-comm Christmas party 2019

An elk, some fir-branches and a bonfire on a video wall - that possibly means it's time for the Christmas party at spo-comm! With good food and one or other beer we celebrated the year 2019 together.