Finally, at the 25th and 26th of April, the so called „IT-Solutions Day“ took place in Maastricht (Netherlands) and I (Simon), IT-specialist system integration in the second year of training, was allowed to participate as well. On those two days our whole group „IT-Solutions“ got together there to get to know each other’s and discuss several projects. But at first, obviously, we had to get there. Our colleagues from Munich arrived a day earlier in Cologne so nothing could interfere with our 1.5 hours trip to the Netherlands. It was my first visit to our location in Maastricht so we first were shown around. We were not only shown the usual offices but also the server rooms, which I personally was super excited to see. After we finished our quick tour through the building we discussed the different phases of projects and how they are already realized in the IT-Solutions team.
Since that was a very dry and theoretical topic we had to do a long and extensive lunch brake, in which we had sandwiches, all kinds of fruits, sweets etc. All the meals had been organized by the colleagues in Maastricht. Sadly the lunch was over pretty fast and they presented us two different products, which are being developed there. Afterwards the differences and commonalities had been discussed to be able to summarize certain features for the future.
That had been the last topic this day so we first quickly stepped by our hotel to throw our stuff into our rooms and to refresh ourselves. 15 minutes later we met in the lobby again and drove into the cities center to have dinner in a Tapas-Bar located directly next to the river Maas, from which the city, obviously, got its name.
The second day started exactly as the day before ended. A lot of reviews on finalized projects, but a special focus was set on the project „replacement of the outdated monitoring system“ because it affects all the locations in Europe. After we finished the discussion, we had an experience exchange about the topics ‚cloud-computing‘ and ‚virtualization‘ which was really nice because each and every single one could contribute his or her knowledge, so everyone was able to learn something.
The last topic of the agenda was the planning and preparation of the next team meeting. That didn´t take very long and we were finally released and headed back home to Cologne.
I´d like to thank my team to give me the opportunity to participate at this really interesting meeting and all the colleagues in Maastricht for their affability, sincerity and the catering 🙂 on behalf of IT-Solutions!