"Mastering Current GSD Challenges"
The financial crisis  has led  to increased cost  pressure on software development.   The complexity of software solutions has also increased  due to customer needs .  This increased complexity  can impact  the price  of software development which may make it unaffordable. Our  challenge is to increase the productivity of GSD  and to decrease the cost by an increase  in the share of low-cost sites.  We also need to  reduce traveling costs, even if the complexity of the software development is higher than in the past.  One step  to  GSD improvement is in  project collaboration  and with the maturity of this collaboration.   This  presentation  gives an overview of methods and skills which leverage collaboration and increase its maturity in GSD.  

Dr Heiss  focuses in detail on three aspects:

1) the impact of mature project communication including new technologies like unified communication, 2) mature global knowledge networking,  within,  and outside the company,  including technologies  such as  Web 2.0,  and,  
3) maturity  in managing complexity.

A short  description of an inverse offshoring model will also be discussed  where the headquarters of software development is in a low cost country and domain experts and requirement engineers are located near customer sites ( i.e.,  in high-cost countries ) .

Assoc. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Michael Heiss
VP Knowledge, Innovation, Technology (globally)
Siemens IT Solutions and Services

Michael Heiss was born inSalzburg, Austria, 1963.

He received the master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1986 and the Ph.D. degree in 1989, both with first class honors from the University of Technology, Vienna, Austria. In 1995 he earned the habilitation degree.

From 1986-1990he was with BOSCH, from 1990 to 1991 he was Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1991-1995 he was with the University of Technology with a position of associate professor since 1995.

Since 1996 he has been with Siemens AG Austria, Program- and System Engineering where he became Vice President Technology Management in 1998. He is responsible for knowledge networking, innovation management and technology management. Since 2007 he became also Vice President for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology at the globally operating Siemens IT Solutions and Services. 

Dr. Heiss received the Eugen-Hartmann-Award 1992 (VDI/VDE), a prize for the best Ph.D. thesis in 1990, and an Austrian Innovation Award for young people in 1988. Since 2007 Michael Heiss is Vice-Chair of the IEEE Technology Management Council Chapter Central Europe.

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