Alumni

Mission

Our mission and objective is to guarantee the iimt Alumni's Network's sustainable development. At the same time, we want to keep our pioneering spirit. We leverage the iimt's activities with inputs from our own professional experience and network. At present, our objectives are:

  • to promote social relationships & contacts among iimt graduates
  • to promote contacts with members of other alumni associations
  • to promote contacts with key players of the industry
  • to act as a supporting network for current iimt participants
  • to involve iimt Alumni members in the development of the iimt

The iimt Alumni's Network will be a platform for all iimt graduates to strengthen their knowledge gained throughout their respective executive programmes. Furthermore, the value-added from networking activities will provide them with great professional opportunities. Besides, multiple social and private aspects are to be promoted. The aim is to establish a basis for a relaxed and informal environment for dialogues.

 

Next events

 

3:septembre

 

IoT Konferenz “Mehr IoT order Nightmare IoT”

Keynote Speakers: Giulia Fitzpatrick, Mitgründerin Zetamind AG, Verwaltungsrätin Elmar Grasser, CTO, Sunrise Communications AG Jan-Peter Meyer-Kahlen, Vice President, Head of ICT Development Center Eurolab Aachen, Ericsson GmbH Marc Nägeli, CEO der Hinni AG Oscar Pallarols, Innovation & Product Strategy Director Cellnex Telecom, Spain Thomas Röder, Head of Marketing & Sales Secure Products & Systems, SGS Digital Trust Services Egon Steinkasserer, Chief Product Officer B2B, Swisscom (Schweiz) AG Thomas Wunderli, Leiter Business Prozesse & Systeme, M Logistik Transport

Price for Alumni 100.- CHF in lieu of 590.- CHF

7:septembre

 

FRISAM, Understanding Machine Learning with KNIME

by Prof. Dr Martin Huber.
This training is designed for anyone who wants to understand the basic concepts of machine Learning.
This lecture introduces data analytics and machine learning, including applications in the easy-to-use software “KNIME”. Data analytics aims at analysing data to detect informative patterns and draw conclusions about specific processes (like customer behaviour, production, turnover…). One subfield is (supervised) machine learning, which aims at predicting an outcome in the future, e.g. sales, based on analysing patterns of potentially relevant factors (or “predictors”) like price, quality, etc. in past data. This lecture discusses important tools for prediction (such as regression and decision trees), focusing on the intuition of the various methods rather than technical details. The tools are applied to the analysis of commercial data in “KNIME”, which is an open source software that is free of charge. “KNIME” is based on a graphical interface that represents all analytical steps by an intuitive flow chart and does not require programming skills. “KNIME” is therefore ideal for those interested in applying data analytics and machine learning without learning a programming language.
http://www.frisam.ch/de/understanding-machine-learning-with-knime/

  • Other 2020 upcoming events and courses

     

      

     15th-16th September 

    Big Data & Interactive Systems

    Price for Alumni 700.- CHF instead of 1,400.- CHF


     

    17th September

    Stammtisch

    Please join us and our students for an afternoon at L'imprévu Café, Boulevard de Pérolles 93, 1700 Fribourg. It is a great opportunity to catch up and share your experience and knowledge with our students or just have a nice beer in a casual setting. We are looking forward to seeing you!


     

    TBC in November

    Stammtisch

    Please join us and our students for an afternoon at L'imprévu Café, Boulevard de Pérolles 93, 1700 Fribourg. It is a great opportunity to catch up and share your experience and knowledge with our students or just have a nice beer in a casual setting. We are looking forward to seeing you!


     

    3rd – 4th November

    Artificial Intelligence for Managers
    Price for Alumni 700.- CHF instead of 1,400.- CHF


     

    10th – 11th November 

    Competition
    Price for Alumni 700.- CHF instead of 1,400.- CHF


     

     

    12th – 13th November

    Competitiveness
    Price for Alumni 700.- CHF instead of 1,400.- CHF


     

    18th November

    Swiss Telecommunication Summit - 46. asut-Seminar

    Thema: Hallo Veränderung – mit Technologie in die Zukunft
    Keynote speakers: Bundesrätin Viola Amherd, Judith Bellaiche, Nationalrätin, Barbara Frei, Executive Vice President Europe Operations, Schneider Electric (Schweiz) AG, Edith Graf-Litscher, Nationalrätin, Franz Grüter, Nationalrat, Sanjana Hattotuwa, Researcher and Citizen Journalist, Oli Hess, Gründer / CEO, Wiesenschwein AG, Jeannine Pilloud, CEO Ascom Holding AG, Andri Silberschmidt, Nationalrat, Suzanne Thoma, CEO BKW AG, Thomas Vellacott, CEO WWF Schweiz, Prof. Martin Vetterli, Präsident EPFL

    Price for Alumni 100.- CHF in lieu 850.- CHF

     

 

Success stories

 

Grégory Leproux

 

Grégory Leproux, Senior Manager, Solution Engineering, at Salesforce, leading Salesforce’s pre-sales organisation in Switzerland

The studies at the iimt helped me get a broader understating of what it takes to manage a large company, the inter-dependency between different departments and understand the various frameworks that have been used to govern enterprises. It provided me with tools and skills that I could directly use in my job. The leadership and management course at the iimt gave me a good understanding of the concepts that are in use in most companies. This foundation was extremely helpful to allow me to analyse and embrace the evolution of new methodologies (lean enterprise, open leadership, etc.)

 

Compared to some other MBA programs available in the market, the iimt has a strong focus on leadership and management courses for technology companies. The use cases we had tightly related to the problems we faced and sometimes, if needed, we would also draw parallels with others industries to get the full picture (e.g. in Marketing).Studies at the iimt provided us with a great balance between theory and practical use. It was fun to interact with the team around the various challenges we had to solve together. It is great for people coming from technology companies. There was a family feeling as we spent 3 years together.If you want to get clarity of what is needed to manage and develop an enterprise then You should consider the iimt. The practical examples and the curation of the latest developments in leadership and management makes it really interesting. It is an accelerator to your own research on management. I was impressed how a three-year program really gave me the opportunity to apply and practice what I learned and to make it stick, which is much better than some other short-term programmes.

If you are considering joining the iimt make sure you define your long-term objectives and see how the iimt will help you achieve your goals, then you can get the best of the different modules. Finally, I’d like to thank the iimt’s staff for their flexibility, for listening to our feedback and for continuing developing the program.

 

 

 

Michael Lehmacher - Head of Group Market Infrastructure & Derivatives / Senior Vice-President in a large Private Bank internationally active

Michael Lehmacher

Head of Group Market Infrastructure & Derivatives / Senior Vice-President in a large Private Bank internationally active

Thanks to my new degree I was able to secure a position and join one of the Big Four (E&Y) as a Risk Management Consultant 

 

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Michael Lehmacher 


Getting an EMBA at the iimt has opened many opportunities for me. Prior to my EMBA, I had a bachelor’s degree in engineering in Telecommunications. When I finished my studies at the iimt, I held a position as the Head of Business Development at a Telecommunications Carrier. My role at the time already has a strong footing in many commercial and financial aspects of the business (business plan, company valuation, M&A activities etc.). As many may remember the IT and telecom market suffered a very significant crash in the early 2000s. At the time it was very difficult, if not impossible, to find opportunities in the sector. Thanks to my new degree I was able to secure a position and join one of the Big Four (E&Y) as a Risk Management Consultant. I believe my degree at the iimt has helped me in getting this position, as it would not have been possible with only an engineering degree. It’s a practice-oriented diploma. I liked the work with other students in works groups and the going through practical case studies. Despite the IT orientation of the teaching, which is almost very similar as to every other MBA, what takes the iimt apart from the other similar degrees are the skills I got and that allowed me to see immediate value in my job as well as a consultant. Furthermore, it gave me a sound basis and all the necessary building blocks to embrace a new career in the field of finance. As an expert in a very technical area of finance in the field of derivatives and related regulations, I have ventured away from IT while still able to leverage my former engineering skills. The studies at iimt definitively helped me to transform my technical skills into business skills, which gives you a unique profile and a competitive advantage in many areas of the industry such as consultancy, business development, or like in my case new technologies applied to the future of financial market infrastructure like blockchain, big data analytics, etc.



Matthias Rieder - Projektleiter Geschäftsentwicklung, Die Post

Matthias Rieder

Projektleiter Geschäftsentwicklung, Die Post



My thesis (Executive CAS Lean Innovation) allowed me to dive even deeper into the Brot-Post project 

 

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Matthias Rieder


For a few weeks now the Brot-Post delivery service has been a success with the population. Our CAS Lean Innovation alumnus, Matthias Rieder, was involved in the development of the project and wrote his Executive CAS thesis on "Prüfung eines flexiblen Angebots für die Brot-Post. Handlungsempfehlungen für zukünftige Innovatoren". He kindly accepted to answer 3 of our questions about this project and its current and future developments.

 

How does the COVID situation affect your daily work? In the middle of March, I was still enjoying my holidays in Australia and at the same time I followed the events in Switzerland. Fortunately, we could get on board of our return flight and travelled home on time as planned. On Monday 23.03.2020, without any coffee chit-chat with my colleagues about my holiday experiences – as advised I took off to the home office. In the first week of work-from-home I missed the personal contact and verbal exchange in the office. However, we quickly adapted and set up conferences for online meetings and project task forces in order to create a roadmap and prioritize our current and future activities. Unfortunately, some of our customers either completely cancelled or indefinitely postponed many of the projects. Fortunately, the COVID measures implemented by the Swiss Government allowed for a real boom in Swiss Post with our “Brot-Post” service, the delivery of regional products and various home delivery services.

How has the Brot-Post project developed since you completed your Executive CAS at the iimt? The project Brot-Post was initiated by my teammates. When I wrote my thesis, they were in the validation phase and wanted to gain more knowledge about the customers. My thesis (Executive CAS Lean Innovation) allowed me to dive even deeper into the Brot-Post project. This enabled me to apply the methods and knowledge I learned directly to my daily work, which in turn allowed me to explore and recognise the customers' need for flexible offers. Subsequently, I created novel product development measures and incorporated them into the current project. At present, the number of orders per week is rapidly increasing. Every week, more and more regional bakeries are being added, which now have their broad range of fine products delivered to Swiss households via Brot-Post. For the bakeries, this represents an additional distribution channel complementary to the usual store-based trade. The Brot-Post service is also being continuously developed, independently of my thesis. The service also benefits from the present situation, which has increased the demand for home-delivered regional food. Furthermore, we are also in contact with regional bakeries in French-speaking Switzerland and looking into making the range of products available to an even broader clientele.

Where do you see yourself and the Brot-Post in one year? I see Swiss Post's Brot-Post as a firmly established Swiss Post service that enjoys a high standing among the Swiss population by offering great benefits. When I look through my “future telescope”, the service should be available in all towns and villages across Switzerland, from Aarberg for A to Zuoz for Z. Should this not happen by next year, then hopefully it will in the year after. Via www.brot-post.ch you can already check whether you live in a baker’s delivery area. Personally, I still see myself acting in an innovative and customer-oriented environment. This will hopefully include numerous exciting projects with solution variants developed through iterative processes, offering direct added value for our customers.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduation Ceremony 2019

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