Impressions from Business Plan Presentations in PROD

Below, please find some photo impressions from the project presentations in PROD, our software product management course. Students were given key use-cases from FAU startups and presented their findings in the form of an investor pitch. Thanks, teams, for all your hard work!


Impressions from Talk on Cluster Management at Google

Today, Christian Nester, a team lead on Google’s GMail team, taught us about cluster management at Google. Below, please find some photo impressions. Thank you, Christian, for teaching us (again!).

Course Evaluations WS 2016/17 Posted

We posted the course evaluations on our course evaluations page.

Thank you to every student who provided us with feedback. Positive feedback is welcome and makes our day. Critical feedback that helps us improve our courses is equally welcome and appreciated. We will discuss this feedback in class.

At this moment, I can’t help to add a personal note. We made major changes this semester and naturally, not everything worked out perfectly. We see this in the constructive criticism that we will use to improve our courses. Still, one (anonymous) NYT student cared to write: “Prof. Riehle is the nerdiest, geekiest, coolest professor I’ve had at this university. Kudos for using xkcd and phdcomis to illustrate topics.” I don’t know about cool, but I’ll take nerdy and geeky in a heartbeat. Thank you to whoever wrote this!

Pricing of Enterprise Software Products

Today, Nikolay Harutyunyan taught his first teaching case in PROD, our software product management course. The case was on pricing enterprise software products. Also present was Ernst Haagsman of Jetbrains, the original case author. Both Nick and Ernst are graduates of FAU’s International Information Systems program. Congratulations, Nick, for a job well done!

Final Thesis: Integration und Erweiterung eines Visuellen Editors in Sweble Hub

Abstract: Sweble Hub ist eine Kollaborationsplattform, die eine anwendungsneutrale Verwaltung und Bearbeitung von Wiki-Inhalten auf Basis des Wiki Object Models (WOM) ermöglichen soll. Die Bearbeitung von Inhalten mithilfe eines visuellen Editors soll dabei plattformunabhängig innerhalb eines Webbrowsers erfolgen können. Hierfür wurden bereits im Vorfeld verschiedene Basistechnologien evaluiert und dabei der Visual-Editor der Wikimedia Foundation ausgewählt, sowie prototypisch umgesetzt. Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit wird der visuelle Editor um die Unterstützung des gesamten Wiki Object Models erweitert. Außerdem wird das Fundament für eine spätere Erweiterung hin zu einem kollaborativen Editor gelegt. Hierzu wird der aktuelle Stand der Forschung und Technik im Rahmen einer Literaturrecherche zu den verschiedenen Möglichkeiten der Bearbeitung von Inhalten innerhalb von Groupware Systemen untersucht und eine geeignete Methode ausgewählt.

Keywords: Wiki, Visual Editor, Wiki Object Model, Groupware

PDFs: Final thesis, Work description

Reference: Michael Haase. Integration und Erweiterung eines Visuellen Editors in Sweble Hub. Master Thesis, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: 2016.

Newsletter (to FAU Students) 2017-02

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Amazon Echo and Echo Dot Have Landed

Below, please get a first glimpse of some of the tech we will be using in the upcoming summer 2017 AMOS projects.

Alexa, beam me up!

Upcoming Interview Workshop with Christian Nester

We will host a (technical) interview workshop at FAU:

  • by: Christian Nester
  • about: Technical Interviews at Google
  • on: 2017-02-06, 10:00 Uhr (max. 90min.)
  • at: Martensstr. 3, 02.152-113

Abstract: This is an workshop for practising technical interviews at Google. It gives you an overview of interviews and hiring at Google and offers an opportunity to practise some interview questions and get feedback. The material is from Google, but other software companies use similar interview processes as well. If you are interested in attending the workshop please signup here goo.gl/Ae96w8.

Speaker: Christian leads a Gmail development team in Zurich. In this role, he focuses on server side software as well as client development. Before joining Gmail he worked as a software engineer in the Google Shopping team. Prior to Google, Christian was a software developer at SAP in Germany and Skyva International in the US. Christian has a diploma degree in computer science from the University of Karlsruhe.

Upcoming Industry Talk on Cluster Management at Google by Christian Nester

We will host an industry talk on “Cluster Management at Google” in ADAP, our course on advanced design and programming (free and open to the public):

  • by: Christian Nester
  • about: Cluster Management at Google
  • on: 2017-02-06, 13:00 Uhr
  • at: Cauerstr. 7/9, Room 0.154-115
  • as part of: ADAP

Abstract: This talk gives an overview of the cluster management system used at Google. The cluster management system runs virtually every server side application at Google. This means it runs thousands of different tasks in a large number of data centres across the world. This talk gives an overview of the system, its architecture as how the user sees it. The talk also gives some insights into the challenges of workload distribution and using clusters efficiently.

Speaker: Christian leads a Gmail development team in Zurich. In this role, he focuses on server side software as well as client development. Before joining Gmail he worked as a software engineer in the Google Shopping team. Prior to Google, Christian was a software developer at SAP in Germany and Skyva International in the US. Christian has a diploma degree in computer science from the University of Karlsruhe.

Newsletter (to FAU Students) 2017-01

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  1. “Wissenschaftlicher Anspruch”
  2. Lectures on Youtube
  3. Upcoming startups
  4. Studying in China
  5. Letter to stakeholders

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