Life at Virtual Forge is multifaceted; our tasks are widely spread between IT, Support and Marketing. We would like to give you a better insight: What does the work day of, e.g. an employee in the Support department look like? Which qualities does one need to become a dual student in our IT department or what do our Sales employees associate with our company?
We have asked our colleagues and will now introduce a new employee to you in our blog series “Life @ Virtual Forge” on a regular basis.
What's your life motto?
Trust no one.Who are you and what do you do at Virtual Forge?
I am Christian Fein and am a Security Consultant at Virtual Forge. I have been mainly advising customers regarding the implementation and use of our products CodeProfiler and SystemProfiler for 4.5 years. However, as we also offer our whole product portfolio as an all- in-one package, I also advise customers holistically as far as possible.
What is your job about?
Implementing, executing, demonstrating. Just the usual consulting business.
I implement the products or services together with the customer, execute them with the customer and show and explain again what exactly we did regarding the solutions in the end since not everything does always appear logical to the customer at the first glance.What can you tell us about your team and the collaboration within Virtual Forge?
The collaboration is efficient, pleasant and where necessary also very communicative. When specific expertise is required, one is always able to find the most fitting contact person within a short time.What's on your schedule today?
Right this moment, I am sitting in Southeast Asia and am advising a customer regarding the implementation of the Virtual Forge SystemProfiler. In the end, it is about tailoring our product as a service in such a way that the customer is able to work with future releases without applying too much additional effort. Accordingly, we attempt to always orient ourselves according to a certain standard and best practices that have been defined over the years.What do you like most about your job here?
The project cycles are unusually short for the SAP® industry. Technical topics, like HCM projects, usually take between 3 to 12 months; At Virtual Forge, the product implementation and the rollout on average take about 1 to 2 months. Therefore, work at and with the customer is more efficient. Obviously, depending on customer requirements, there are also exceptions.
How did you get your job?
I searched Google for SAP jobs in Heidelberg or Mannheim. There I found Virtual Forge and sent an initial application. Within a short time, I was invited to a job interview. It seems as if it went well in every sense. Otherwise, we would not be having this conversation right now. ;-)
How did you experience your time at Virtual Forge so far?
I have been experiencing the company as very interested in the development of the staff. Virtual Forge does not just grow as a company but also as a group of people. Being at the company for as long as I have been at Virtual Forge – 4.5 years – it is likely that one experiences quite a lot in any company. Respectively, I would say that there is a constant endeavor to find a middle ground that is in the best interest of the company, as well as of the employees while still going along with trends, such as home office, flextime and other new flexibilities of the working world. For example, if it were possible for me, I would sign up for a membership with our local gym in Heidelberg as the company helps to subsidize the membership costs.
Which qualities should one have for your job?
Being able to stay calm, just stay calm. If something is on fire, it just is on fire. When it happens, being stressed doesn't help you anyway.
Which development perspectives are there in your department?
Junior, Senior, Principal or professional development.
What was your highlight at Virtual Forge until now?
Humility during the growth periods of the company.
What do you associate with Virtual Forge?
The ambition to make the world a bit more secure.
What has been your worst job so far?
My 1/365th of a consulting job with my previous employer. Effectively, I worked one day out of two years as a consultant. The remaining time, I was just a better paid support for SAP solutions.
What do you do to keep busy when you're not at Virtual Forge?
At the moment, I am working on establishing a non-profit organization that aims to reintegrate people into society, who for example have become involuntarily lonely due to digitalization. I think it is one of the most important future tasks in a humanitarian context to reflect on what defines us as humans and as a society. Further information can be found on twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #KeinerBleibtAllein or on www.keinerbleibtallein.de starting on May 5, 2018.
Thank you Christian!
Should you be interested in the other entries of our blog series 'Life @ Virtual Forge', please refer to the links below:
Leonard Ertel, Student
Simon Skalik, Inside Sales
Constantin Hocke, International Sales
Hella Speidel, Assistant
Philip Wulsten, Working Student
Fridolin Hanf, Head of Support
Pouwedeou Tcha-tokey, Support Team
Mariana Lasprilla, Quality Assurance