Startupinformatik Testimonial by Netdosis AG

Netdosis was a successful FAU startup that we helped initiate. Its CEO writes to us:

Netdosis was a software startup that evolved out of the 2010 AMOS Project. Netdosis developed software and a database for drug dosage information for children, a severely underserved market. In 2013 we successfully sold the company to an established vendor. We were the first showcase for Prof. Riehle’s Startupinformatik process. Using his extensive network, he helped form the team and introduced us to business angels for advice and financing. We received EXIST and FLÜGGE funding and Prof. Riehle hosted us at the university. He invested in the company and accompanied us along the way, supporting us in sales and technology strategy, among others.

Markus Stipp, Vorstand (CEO), Netdosis AG

Congratulations, guys, on your successful exit!

Startupinformatik Testimonial by My Möbelstück UG

My Möbelstück was a successful FAU startup which took part in our AMOS course. Its CEO writes to us:

My Möbelstück was a startup that allowed customers to design their own furniture using a 3D configurator. When ordered, the furniture was produced by traditional carpenters which worked together with us. in 2013 we visited some lectures at Prof. Riehle’s Chair and discovered software engineering and agile methods in the AMOS course. After this we decided to use this methods to create our own business. Prof. Riehle provided us with substantial feedback on our business model and helped fine-tune our pitch to investors. He also connected us with an potential investor. We won several business plan competitions and finally sold our company in 2015.

Dominic Lindner, Geschäftsführer (CEO), My Möbelstück UG

Congratulations on your successful exit!

Startupinformatik Testimonial by Appwork GmbH

Appwork is a successful FAU startup that we support. Its CEO writes to us:

Appwork is a software product company. We are mainly known for the JDownloader file downloading application, but have been increasing our product portfolio with enterprise applications like software update services. In 2010 we participated in Prof. Riehle’s course “The Firm” in which we learned about and discussed business models for software product companies. We continued the collaboration and received guidance and support from Prof. Riehle and his network of business angels. In 2014 we (the founders of Appwork) finished our Master Theses under Prof. Riehle’s supervision and have since been focussed full-time on growing Appwork. We are grateful for the support and guidance we received and strongly recommend to other startup teams that they seek out his support as well.

Thomas Rechenmacher, Geschäftsführer (CEO) Appwork GmbH

Appwork is profitable and intends to grow over the next years (ask us about job opportunities or contact Thomas directly).

Congratulations to the Thomas Rechenmacher and Daniel Wilhelm, the entrepreneurial founders of Appwork!

Einladung zur “Decode & Discover” CryptoRallye der DATEV eG

Die Young Targets Marketing Agentur schreibt uns im Auftrag der DATEV:

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Unternehmen DATEV veranstalten wir dieses Jahr die Decode & Discover – Cryptoralley welche am Dienstag den 17. und Donnerstag den 19. März statt findet. Es handelt sich hierbei um eine Bustour von Nürnberg nach Hannover zur CeBIT. Neben jeder Menge Entertainment gibt es ordentlich Fachliches in frisch verpackter Form. Und natürlich eine Gaming-Area zum Zocken über unser Wifi im Tourbus.

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Final Project Presentations in Nailing your Thesis (NYT), our Course on How to Perform Research

Today, students presented the results of the 10 ECTS research project in Nailing your Thesis, our course on how to perform research. Here is the line-up.

  1. Anja Pohan on “The Motivations and Preconditions for Participating in an Open Source Project in an Early Phase”
  2. Michael Dorner on “Validating a Qualitative Model of Inner Source Tool Needs”
  3. Kiran Bonu on “Cohorts Contribution Behavior in Open Source Projects”
  4. Ralf Spengler on “Where is China in Open Source?”
  5. Leonard Hösch on “Using Machine Learning to Find Open Source Software Categories”
  6. Stefan Nottrott on “How to Retain Episodic Volunteers in Open Source?”
  7. Martin Fleckenstein on “Improving Bug Report Quality and Speed Using Automated Usage Reporting”
  8. Sabrina Klett on “Dealing with Information Overload in Information and Communication Technologies”
  9. Christian Siedelmann on “Who Dominates Code Contributions: Frequent or Infrequent Contributors?”
  10. Qufang Fan on “Practices of Commercial Open Source Marketing”

Below, please find some photo impressions.

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Final Thesis: Design of a Reflective REST-based Query API (in German)

Abstract: In this thesis a prototypical implementation of the Open Data Service is performed in order to solve the problem of data and information overload. After a reflection and evaluation of related and existing solutions the requirements for the Open Data Service and the reflective REST-API were gathered and a conceptual solution has been developed. Thereby quality attributes for a well-developed interface were elaborated and the benefits of metadata were illustrated on the example of the metaobject protocol. These two aspects have been incorporated into the design of the Open Data Service and the reflective API. The service makes use of publicly available data sources, processes them and makes them available through a uniform interface. This facilitates easy access to freely available and usable data from heterogeneous data sources. A major emphasis of this thesis has been put on the design and implementation of the reflective REST-API, taking into account the data structures and metadata.

Keywords: Open data service, query-API, REST, reflection, meta-object protocol

PDFs: Master Thesis, Work Description

Reference: Konstantin Tsysin. Design of a Reflective REST-based Query API. Master Thesis, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: 2015.

Statement of Positioning of Professorship

The purpose of this professorship is to perform software engineering research and teaching. Within software engineering, we pay particular attention to software product development with the goal of turning University innovation into software product startups. Together with our colleagues of the applied software engineering research and teaching alliance (PSWT), we cover the whole space of software engineering, including both standard software and client-specific projects. Within software engineering, the professorship emphasizes the open source paradigm, because it is the most innovative, cost-effective, and society-beneficial business model for developing open as well as proprietary software and knowledge known today.

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Final Thesis: Definition of a Domain-Specific Language using Qualitative Data Analysis (in German)

Abstract: The design of a domain-specific language, DSL, requires extensive technical and professional know-how. Essential is not only the creation of syntax, semantics and related tools of language, but also an extensive knowledge of the domain. In order to acquire the knowledge of domain experts, we present an approach based on qualitative data analysis (QDA). We illustrate the process of creating a DSL based on the derivation of a domain model of qualitative analyzed interviews with domain experts. We then present the integration of the acquired specialized concepts and activities in a DSL. Qualitative feedback from domain experts could confirm the successful implementation of the DSL and according to that also the entire process.

Keywords: Qualitative data analysis, QDA, domain-specific language, DSL, requirements engineering

PDFs: Master Thesis, Work Description

Reference: Benjamin Mempel. Definition einer DSL mittels QDA. Master Thesis, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: 2015.

Back at our Old Offices at the Südgelände

As of today, we are back to Martensstr. 3, the “blaues Hochhaus”. Please come see us in our new old offices for some coffee and sweets. Below please find some photo impressions.


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