SER headquarters recognized as a “Green Building”
The SER headquarters, the Rheinwerk 3 Office Campus in Bonn, has passed the strict sustainability criteria of the DGNB (German sustainable building council) with flying colors and was presented with the DGNB Certificate in the category “Gold”. It was certified by the DGNB upon building completion as one of the best new buildings in Germany. The building meets criteria regarding ecology, efficiency, as well as sociocultural and functional qualities. The ecological quality is particularly evident in the environmentally friendly and pollutant-free building materials and resources, as well as the high degree of energy efficiency. The headquarters has a high-tech building and communication infrastructure to handle the system needs of a world-class software developer and vendor.
The SER Group is proud of its in-house training program and our excellent hands-on learning environment. The well-known German business and career magazine for young people, Handelsblatt Junge Karriere, has certified SER as a “fair company” that practices a modern set of ethics in its working environment, providing graduates and trainees equal opportunities.
Around 25% of the workforce at the SER Group are women – a high percentage compared to the rest of the male-dominated IT sector. The SER Group aims to increase the representation of women in both technical and managerial positions. The SER Group is also actively involved in initiatives to encourage the number of women studying and working in IT. Read more about this below.
University cooperations and student aid
The SER Group has a long history of working closely with universities to not only develop innovations and technologies, but also to assist in the hands-on training, education and financial support of future IT professionals. We cooperate with a long list of universities, many of which are listed below. Furthermore, the SER Group is a premium sponsor of the prestigious German scholarship program, Deutschlandstipendium.
The SER Group is a dedicated premium sponsor of the Deutschlandstipendium. This German scholarship program is a great opportunity for SER to help out college students studying for a career in the IT world. SER has been providing scholarships in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research over the past decade. Past recipients have been computer science students at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences and high-achieving students at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University who major in computer sciences and technical journalism.
SER supports the WHU's 25 x 25 campaign
In 2009, SER was one of the supporters of the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management's “25 x 25” campaign. The WHU is a private, nationally accredited, scientific business school. It was founded in 1984 through an initiative by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Koblenz and was awarded its national accreditation as a scientific business school in the same year.
Cooperation with Hungarian university
SER has formed a cooperation with the Hungarian Széchenyi István University in Győr. In a special lecture series about Doxis4, crowds of students filled lecture halls to learn about market trends, ECM and BPM, and their importance for companies. The course teaches students of computer sciences and business information systems both general theory and practical application through real ECM software, Doxis4, which is provided by the SER Group.
IT project and mentoring for women studying computer sciences
The SER Group partnered up with the University of Applied Sciences Berlin to conduct a project for women who are studying computer sciences and economics. The project gave female students an opportunity to implement real ECM projects. Based on SER’s Doxis4 ECM platform, the students also created a web portal application. Furthermore, SER has offered internships and a mentoring program just for women. The goal is to make it more attractive for them to study IT and easier for them to start a career in the IT industry.
SER partners up with the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences
The SER Group has worked with the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences on several projects over the past years. One is a research project entitled “ECM meets Enterprise 2.0” in the field of computer science media design. The aim of this project is to develop and implement new application scenarios which arise from combining enterprise 2.0 (web 2.0) technologies and traditional content management solutions.
Another research area of the RheinMain University in Wiesbaden delves into deep content analytics. The university has partnered up with SER as an expert in the field. The project is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The new approach of this joint effort brings together deep learning technology with content analytics. The goal: to help people find information and to free up capacities. This can happen if, for example, an ECM system learns from every search and utilizes the results to proactively provide users information.
Educating and promoting youth and schools
Whether it’s encouraging girls to pursue a career in the IT sector, teaching school kids about computer sciences, helping schools to improve their IT infrastructures or supporting initiatives to boost digital literacy among youth – the SER Group is passionate about educating and promoting youth and schools. Find out more below.
Encouraging girls to pursue IT careers
The SER Group believes that to increase the number of women working in the male-dominated IT sector, you need to reach them at a young age. For this reason, SER is enthusiastically involved in Girls' Day, an initiative of the German government to encourage girls and young women to take up careers in the IT sector. Every year on this day, SER opens its doors to girls and young women to come in and speak to women working in technical positions, hear about the diverse range of career opportunities in the IT world, and experience a typical workday at an innovative software vendor.
“Smart Camps”: Boosting the digital literacy of youth
Most kids these days are active in digital media and social networks. But do they fully understand the security risks and demonstrate good "netiquette"? So-called "Smart Camps" for school kids turn passive consumers into active media designers and teach them network etiquette. SER supports this interactive education format at the Independent Bonn International School (IBIS). "Boosting the digital media literacy of children and youth is something we care about deeply as a software vendor. This is just one of the many activities for schools and universities that the SER Group supports," Kurt-Werner Sikora, Spokesman and Managing Partner of the SER Group.
Student internships promote interest in IT
The SER Group constantly offers internships to encourage students to consider careers in IT, particularly in the areas of software and programming. They also have the opportunity to experience work in all departments (professional services, sales, marketing, etc.) of a software vendor. The student internships are not only offered at the headquarters in Bonn, but also in several of the regional offices such as Hamburg, Munich or Berlin. If you are interested in an internship at one of our German-speaking offices, please visit our student portal: schuelerportal.ser.de
Better IT for Collegium Josephinum Bonn
A total of €10,000 were raised in SER's 2015 Christmas fundraising campaign. With the theme "1 euro per click", SER asked its customers to donate in an online campaign. The secondary school Collegium Josephinum Bonn was the lucky recipient of the donation. It is expanding its IT infrastructure with the funding.
Joint computer science project between SER and Wiedtal secondary school
The SER Group supports the Wiedtal Gymnasium, a secondary school in Neustadt/Wied, with donations of both a financial and material nature. By lending its support to computer science courses, SER encourages children of school age to explore the fascinating world of digital communication and information technology.