On August 23, 2018 four IMAs and guests met at the H4 Hotel Frankfurt Messe to learn more on collaboration platforms from Dr. Alexander Grube, Personnel Officer and Head of Digitization at the Verband der Chemischen Industrie e. V. (VCI German chemical industry association). Following a brief welcome by Lilian Helbig, head of the IMA regional chafter in Frankfurt, Dr. Grube started his intriguing presentation with a short introduction of the VC and his role there). Named project „VCI 4.0“ the board of the association decreed the implementation of a so-called collaboration platform. The objectives of this project were:
Based on the following criteria and strategically supported by KPMG Tixxt was eventually selected as platform:
The entire implementation process has been and is characterized by multiple trainings and surveys to ensure maximum user acceptance.
Following the theoretical overview Dr. Grube presented the live system. The surface layout is similar to that of Facebook. The users receive information from the various groups they belong to via a feed. Calendars can be created for and tasks can be assigned to the groups. Files and links may be attached and shared outside the network. Members may directly exchange private messages. The integration of OFFICE is planned for 2019. Groups are only established following a board decision. Moderators in cooperation with the legal and compliance departments monitor netiquette and compliance. There is a digital bulletin board where hobbies may be pursued together. Members may also be tagged.
During the presentation and the live-demo an animated discussion between the attendees and Dr. Grube ensued. At the end of a fruitful and informative evening Lilian Helbig thanked Dr. Grube and presented him with some wine.
On August 17, 16 IMAs and guests made their way to Schloss Reinhartshausen in Eltville to attend the Summer Networking of the Frankfurt regional chapter. They were warmly welcomed with drinks and snacks by Floriane Canton and her team of IMA-business partner Châteauform as well as Florian, the host. Following a brief welcome by Floriane Canton, Lilian Helbig, head of the Frankfurt regional chapter greeted the attendees and introduced them to Nicole Stigler who was elected Chairman of IMA Germany during the general assembly in Hamburg in May 2018. She provided a brief preview of the upcoming events of the regional chapter in Frankfurt on August 23, 2018 and in Wiesbaden on September 8, 2018. She informed the participants that 250 people had already registered for the international IMA Fall Conference in Frankfurt on October 26, 2018, but that some seats were still available. Nicole Stigler added that in November 2018 a national training would take place in Stuttgart and that details would follow shortly. Afterwards the participants toured the Paris-themed facility with its 11 meeting rooms that are equipped with the latest technology and 60 bedrooms. Following the guided tour the participants enjoyed a delicious BBQ-menu on the patio overlooking the beautiful park and ended the evening with good conversation. Martin Umbach won a bottle of wine in a small raffle.
The sun was shining brightly when 13 IMA- and bsb-members and guests met on June 30, 2018 to tour the Palmengarten in Frankfurt which was founded by Heinrich Siesmeyer 150 years ago. Following a brief welcome, Lilian Helbig, head of IMA’s Frankfurt regional chapter, gave the floor to biologist Petra Jung. At the beginning of the tour that covered only a small part of the 54 acres the park encompasses, Ms. Jung presented the coco-de-mer, at up 55 lbs the largest seed in the world. The fruit of a palm that grows only on two islands of the Seychelles is able to form plant ivory on its inside which, as the participants found out, cannot be distinguished from animal ivory. The next stop was the American sweetgum which is not only responsible for the rich coloring of the Indian summer, but whose gum and fibers were used for dental care by the Native Americans. Ms. Jung illustrates the variety of woods by presenting same-sized pieces of balsa and lignum vitae, the most light-weight and the most heavy-weight types of wood. At the Palmenhaus which is home to a selection of the 2,600 species of palm trees the group learned more about the multitude of palms and the assorted products obtained from the various species. The group went on to the roses which featured a species whose green flowers that only consist of sepals could only be seen at a second glance. The informative and fascinating tour ended with a walk through the vegetation zones subtropical dry evergreen forest, xerophytic forest and semi-desert. Along the way, there was a lively exchange of gardening tips. After the tour the participants enjoyed delicious cake while networking on the patio of Café Siesmayer.
On June 8, 2018, 11 members and guests of the Frankfurt IMA-regional chapter visited the Hessischer Rundfunk (HR - Hessian state radio and TV). Prior to the tour, Jonas Reinhardt provided information on the HR, one of the biggest organizers of cultural events in the state of Hesse. The approx. 1,800 employees in Frankfurt do not only look after 6 radio stations and a TV-program as well as two or-chestras, but a car workshop, a facility to build stage sets and a cafeteria which is also open to employees from the surrounding companies. With its multitude of vocational trainings the HR is one of the biggest providers of vocational training in Hesse. Within the ARD (network of public TV and radio stations in Germany) the HR produces movies for the popular German crime show series Tatort (crime scene) set in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt, movies and - due its proximity to the German Weather Service in Offenbach – the weather forecast. The ARD-administration and the broadcasting center are also located on the HR-premises which comprise 13 soccer fields. IMA Germany chairman Nicole Stigler made her debut as a weather forecaster in front of the blue wall, before the group continued to the TV-studios. Following a live show with cooking segment studio 2 was being converted for another show. In studio 1 five quiz shows are recorded up to six months in advance using varying stage sets. In a separate corner of the studio soccer experts regularly analyze matches. In the studio of HR1-radio host, Doris Renck offered tips for the weekend before Sebastian Korff took over the microphone after news, weather and traffic. There also was a chance to learn about the complex computer-controlled technology behind the broadcast.
Following the tour and a group photo the evening ended with a dinner.