The Eneco team, in which Stefan Holdermans works, is a good example of the transition within Schuberg Philis. When this experienced software engineer was contacted by Schuberg Philis early in 2016, he thought at first that we had not read his resume carefully, because he saw us as infrastructure providers. Now he is Customer Director of the Eneco team, and he meets the software development leads of other teams every month, to extend their capabilities together.
The Eneco team consists of fifteen colleagues from Schuberg Philis who meet with fifteen from Eneco, two days per week at our premises in Schiphol-Rijk and the other days at Eneco’s offices in Rotterdam. Holdermans is the contact point on behalf of Schuberg Philis. They work on two projects: the first is to transfer the application landscape that the Energy Trader section at Eneco uses to manage the demand and supply of energy to the cloud. This involves a considerable number of applications that are interdependent, so it is a complex landscape. Previously the connections were managed manually, in a datacenter. In the cloud, a smarter approach is possible, for example by automatically testing and deploying the new versions. Stefan says: “Every task you do a second time should be eliminated by automation.”
READY TO PROCESS DATA
The second project involves developing a data analytics platform. This was born in a joint brainstorming session to answer the question: “What more can we do with the data that the Trade section generates? Stefan: “We have developed a completely new hub where fragments of ready-to-process data are combined. This is a true greenfield project. It has enabled us to expand our capabilities to microservices – many small applications that are easy to replace, without too many complex interdependencies. Instead of ‘the weekend of the big migration’, we now have an organic environment that evolves continuously. I get a real kick out of working on this.” Last year, Eneco extended its contract with Schuberg Philis until 2021, because we both realize that, for real innovation, we must invest in a long-term partnership.