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Life at Datategy: Hermann KUETAT
Hello, my name is Hermann and I am a Project Manager at Datategy!
I have a passion for finding solutions to real-world problems, and that’s why I pursued an education in the energy field as an engineer. However, during my final internship, I discovered a whole new world of opportunities in the data field. The idea of being able to extract valuable insights from data, regardless of the industry, and help companies improve their performance was a concept that truly captured my imagination. So, I decided to expand my skill set and enrolled in courses to become a data expert. After one year as a data analyst in the energy field and several years as a data engineer in the bank field, I work now as a product Manager in the transport field. Let me tell you, the journey so far has been an absolute thrill ride! I’m loving every moment of it and can’t wait to see where this path takes me next.
What's your role at Datategy ?
At Datategy, I work as a product Manager of an app called Octocity Transport. This position gives me the opportunity to improve my decision and organizational skills since I have to organize, prioritize and manage the work of a team. It also allows having a global vision of the business and a better understanding of the client’s needs. My ultimate goal is to solve issues that customers encounter by developing new features while defining and leading the implementation of the product’s roadmap.
What does your typical workday look like?
My day usually starts at 8h30am by reading my email box and JIRA board to update the list of the actions to perform during the day. Then I work as much as I can on python development tasks before all the interactions with customers and team members starts.
At 10 am the other team members and I are having our daily meeting for about 20 minutes, followed by a personal meeting with some teammates when needed.
During a part of the day, I attend meetings with either customers to get more feedbacks on the solution we provide them or with sales leads to pre-sale Octocity transport Solution. After those meetings I generally need to maintain the backlog, have the UI/UX expert draw mock-ups, and write user stories.
Ultimately at the end of the day (around 5h30 pm) I prepare the list of actions I have to perform the following day.
Tell us a little about the Datategy Octocity Transport solution
Octocity Transport is an app designed to accompany public transport operators in their fight against fraud. Our solution is composed of a Web application a Machine learning algorithm and a Mobile application. The Web application allows managers to deploy their teams, centralize data gathered from the field, and monitor key indicators. We build and maintain a machine learning algorithm that leads transport agents to the right place at the right time to catch a significant number of fraudsters. The Mobile application allows agents on the field to make reports efficiently and receive instructions from our algorithm.
What's your favorite part of your job?
The best part of my job is the satisfaction we can feel after being able to come up with a solution to a client’s issue. This is even more enjoyable when the feature to develop was a huge one, but we succeeded to deliver it on time. Nothing is more gratifying than witnessing a new feature successfully address a customer’s need.
What's your next challenge at Datategy?
One of the main challenges for Octocity Transport is to be able to export our solution abroad. Since the application has been used in the French context for several years now, we need to allow public transport operators from other countries to be aware of what we can do to improve the way they work. To reach that goal the application is growing in many aspects like new data collected to enhance the performance of algorithms, challenge our current algorithm with some brand new approaches, improvement of UI/UX design, and collecting/understanding customer’s needs.
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