The COMAN Software GmbH team develops software to record and document the progress of large plant construction projects
At COMAN Software GmbH
Internet expansion for more innovation
Mats-Milan Müller works for the COMAN Software start-up, which benefits above all from Stendal’s good transport location. However, to be able to work and live here successfully in the long term, serious and comprehensive measures are needed in infrastructure and economic development, especially in broadband expansion.
The majority of COMAN Software GmbH’s staff consists of homecomers. Highly qualified, usually academic skilled workers who travelled far beyond Saxony-Anhalt’s borders for professional reasons after studying. "By starting a family, many of us realised that we wanted to return home. We consider the Altmark to be a very attractive place to live – it is not for nothing that many of our employees have already built their homes and settled here.”
In this innovative start-up company, which develops and sells software to record and document the progress of large plant construction projects, the IT experts have found an employer that can offer both the freedom and internationality that they have known and grown to love from their previous careers. Part of the team even includes commuters who travel from Berlin to Stendal just for work – the company head office right by the main station was therefore chosen quite deliberately. The company has a modern, open office concept and supports flexitime models. While customer acquisition still mainly takes place in person at the customer's premises or at events, customer care and service support is handled exclusively digitally via online meetings. For COMAN, it is usually irrelevant whether the customer service representative is in the office, working from home or on the road – this offers employees a high degree of flexibility.
For them, the basis and absolute necessity for successful work is a blanket and reliable broadband Internet service, which leaves a lot to be desired today. Mats-Milan Müller would like to see a digitisation officer or even a separate office for Internet development. Otherwise, it would mean the end of innovative software companies such as those in the Altmark region in the medium term. "We have to be in direct customer contact with a growing number of employees every day from morning to night. How can this work if we cannot guarantee a stable Internet connection throughout? And not in the countryside but right in the heart of the Hanseatic town of Stendal. We are already getting to the point where we need to coordinate our appointments internally to ensure smooth online meetings. We want to grow to 25 employees and we already know that we cannot hire the planned 10 employees in Stendal because we cannot provide them with the necessary information due to the lack of Internet connection. This is where there is a need to take up cudgels and incur costs on behalf of the companies. A 25k DSL connection can no longer be called broadband in 2020."