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Oliver IT's Technical Conscience

Oliver IT is a specialist in application development, integration and cloud solutions. This industry is subject to developments and changes on a daily basis.

Oliver IT's goal is to ensure that you take many of the trends into account when advising clients and then offer the right mix. The "Technical Conscience" has been created in order to provide clients with up-to-date and well-fitting advice at all times. We talk to René van Mil, chairman of the Technical Conscience of Oliver IT.

How does Oliver IT guarantee the objective of the Technical Conscience?

René van Mil, Technology Officer and Developer, has been with Oliver IT for three years now. He talks about his presidential role within the Technical Conscience.

"Within Oliver IT we have put together a team of professionals who together form the Technical Conscience. Each member represents one of the focus groups within Oliver IT, namely SAP, Integration, Development and Architecture. All members have a high level of technical experience and contribute their knowledge, skills and vision from that specialism," says René. "The purpose of this Technical Conscience is that, when faced with challenging customer issues, we think together to find the best solution. Everyone looks at these from their own specialization and point of view. This keeps us on our toes and ensures that we don't just look at one solution. It may just be that colleagues within a specific focus group have already developed something interesting for such an issue. This keeps us up to date with each other's specialisations, it keeps our teams sharp and cooperative".

René carries two functions with lots of variety

René is a Developer and since this year also Technology Officer. Within this position, he shapes Oliver IT's technological strategy. "As a Developer I am mainly involved in the development of apps and our own cloud platform Oliver Elements. Oliver Elements is an alternative to the emerging SAP Cloud Platform," explains René."I'm also a Technology Officer. From that role I look at what, in the technical field, there are for developments in the market. I assess whether these developments are interesting for Oliver IT and discuss them internally. One issue I am currently studying is how we should deal with the rise of SAP Cloud Platform and how we can best offer this to customers. For example, there are also various developments in the area of integration. I get these developments and knowledge from the market, but I also get tips and experiences from my own colleagues," says René enthusiastically. He continues: "I really enjoy doing it. We have a lot of ideas, which is characteristic of the Oliver IT team. If I have an issue within a specific subject, my colleagues are happy to help me find it out".

The issues within the Technical Conscience are diverse

"An example of an issue we deal with within the Technical Conscience is whether we upgrade or phase out an existing SAP system at a customer. In doing so, we weigh the long-term vision of the customer against the expected technical developments in the market. Are we going to 'buy time' with an upgrade or interim solution, or are we going to phase out and completely renew parts of the solution, and is the customer going to earn that investment back in the long run? Because at such a moment we look at the issue from all four focus groups, we look beyond one specialisation. And that results in more solutions. In this case, we came up with four different possibilities, each of which would have a different impact on the company. Both technically and financially. Such an issue could lead to different conclusions within each company, because many business factors always depend on it". explains René.

The shelf life of an app

Not only something complex such as whether or not to upgrade an SAP system can lead to a major impact and various solution directions. Also something seemingly as small as an app can have a big impact on a company. Take, for example, a Struyk Verwo Infra or Redsun in which two apps are central to their business-critical logistics process.

When a company has an app developed, it should be borne in mind that such an app involves more than a one-off investment. What is the shelf life of such an app? René agrees: "A customer should see an app as a service, instead of a one-time purchase. When you buy a car, it also needs continuous maintenance. An app is developed on the basis of the technological circumstances of that moment. In the following years, the environment continues to evolve at a rapid pace, but the app itself often does not. As a result, it becomes more and more expensive to modify the app and it can also happen that an app of one person does not work on the other day. Because we often see that companies do not understand the risks of this, we are working on a program to make companies aware of this. Maintaining an app, for example with a maintenance contract, is certainly advisable. It saves time and costs in the long run. If an app suddenly leaves you in the lurch, you still get the bill," concludes René.

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