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Prof. Dr. Frank Schönefeld
Deutsche Telekom MMS GmbH

NEXT “In the spotlight: Software”

Dear Readers,

Saxony’s software industry is growing rapidly and developing innovative and in some cases highly specialized solutions in a dynamic environment. However, the challenges are not only manifold for Saxon players: companies that oversleep generative AI and other trend topics and are not prepared for regulations such as the EU AI Act will be left behind tomorrow. Products, business models, teams, compliance and the securing of urgently needed talent must be constantly rethought and adapted.

Software is eating the world. This issue of NEXT shows that Marc Andreessen’s quote from 2011 is more true than ever, and why, with exciting success stories, podcasts, videos and deep dives.

Enjoy the reading,

Yours, Prof. Dr. Frank Schönefeld
Deutsche Telekom MMS &
Member of the Silicon Saxony Executive Committee

Software location Saxony

The niche as a recipe for success

By 2030, more than 50,000 people will be working in the software industry in Saxony. The Saxon players are particularly strong in niches such as cloud, web services, security and energy. With a great deal of entrepreneurial skill, they occupy markets and thus create a major impact.

In an interview with Prof. Uwe Aßmann (Chair of Software Technology, TU Dresden), we talked about Saxony’s strengths, missed opportunities, necessary measures and the power of InnoTeams.


Putting the EU AI Act to the test: objectives, potential and unresolved issues

Are we able to safeguard democratic values, human rights and the rule of law in an AI-powered world and what exactly does the EU AI Act mean for Europe and its position in the world? We take a closer look at the law, which is also referred to as the “blueprint for trustworthy AI around the world”.

Julia Nitzschner’s guests this time are: Stefanie Baade (KI Bundesverband) and Gregor Blichmann (elevait).

Software company in Saxony

Software in the semiconductor industry – challenges and innovations in a specialized sector

Why are software products for the semiconductor industry so complex? How can software support fabs’ sustainability efforts? Which technology trends will shape the coming years and why are software service providers focusing on cooperation despite all the competition?

Read this and more in the double interview with Thomas Leps (Director Hightech Verticals, SYSTEMA) and Frank Geißler (Director Sales, Kontron AIS).

Customized solutions for hidden champions

How Saxon software providers are digitizing technology companies

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ESG-compliant corporate behavior is not only gaining in importance because legal requirements must be met, but also because young professionals in particular are increasingly making their career decisions dependent on the sustainability of potential employers. The topic is therefore extremely relevant for SMEs in particular. In the upcoming NEXT, we will therefore be highlighting targeted ESG strategies and best practices that not only reduce the ecological footprint, but also strengthen competitiveness.