CeBIT 2017 – A Newcomers Perspective

Danijel Soldo, entered the technology industry after acquiring his Master’s Degree in Information Technology at the University of Split in Croatia and a year after beginning his working life decided to leave everything behind and pursue his ambitions at IBM. Danijel joined IBM Research & Development Germany in October 2015 as a Software Performance Analyst for Linux on z Systems. Currently he is responsible for Linux Crypto performance.

In this blog, Danijel shares his experience in the recently concluded CeBIT event.

By Danijel Soldo

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Danijel Soldo

For every one of us in the technical world, IBMer or non-IBMer, solely the mentioning of “CeBIT“ has a special sound and importance – representing the largest and most important world’s fair of digital business nowadays. Even before joining IBM and moving to Germany, I couldn’t miss the CeBIT highlights even if I wanted. So I was well aware of what awaited me. At least I thought so. Flashing lights, various languages slicing the air, thousands of unknown people buzzing around and Tuxedo outfit. It is quite obvious that I am not describing a regular day in the Boeblingen Research & Development office, isn’t it? Such a huge working environment change comes of course with its consequences and I won’t lie, at the end of the day I was literally dead tired. But I must admit I liked it all – it was some kind of challenge and excitement. I am often asked these days to describe my CeBIT week and every time I try my best to avoid repetitive answers but maybe some things are better when repeated.

First of all, great mentors. I’ve spent the week sharing a demo point together with colleagues about Linux Open Ecosystems – LinuxONE and all the numerous open source technologies revolving around it. We showed demos of how complex infrastructure scenarios can be set up on a LinuxONE machine using open source technologies. I felt like a huge sponge – constantly absorbing great amounts of technical knowledge and observing various skills by dealing with customers. Experiencing a week like this one, for a 26-year-old IBM newcomer who is still calibrating his career navigation system, this was priceless.

Secondly, a broader view of our business. I find it very interesting having a chance to get personal insight into a variety of our job roles (Sales, Marketing, PR, Academic Initiatives), different departments (Storage, Power, Cloud, IoT) and being confronted with a lot of customer feedback. Joining IBM in the Research & Development centre Boeblingen allows you to gain these views but in a much less direct manner.

And finally, the CeBIT experience showed me a different dimension of the company I am working for. A dimension which usually takes time to familiarize with because of its complexity – the people. Having the opportunity of meeting such a wide variety of IBMers in a short period of time made me feel proud and realize how grateful I am to be surrounded with the top-notch employees in the industry. People easily take that for granted and forget to be proud of themselves.

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Danijel during CeBIT 2017

Being a newcomer at the CeBIT often feels like being a child sitting at the table with adults. On one hand, you spend most of your time struggling to keep up with the pace of information delivery but on the other hand, you manage to handle it and improve much faster than you would if you just kept playing with other kids and you feel proud for being a part of something big and important. It is the special feeling that sticks with you and doesn’t blur with the return to everyday job activities – indeed, it was an experience I will live to remember.

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