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Strengthening the digitalisation of administration

New professor at Landshut University of Applied Sciences is committed to the digitalization of public administration

"He will bridge the gap between IT and organization," expects Prof. Dr. Fritz Pörnbacher, President of Landshut University of Applied Sciences. "Because the digitalization of our society is omnipresent." Dr. Markus G. Jakob will join the Faculty of Computer Science as a professor on the "Digital Administration Management" course from the winter semester 2023/2024. The married father of three has been active as an honorary city councillor in Plattling since 2014. Among other things, he fulfills the role of digital officer there and is involved in various projects relating to Smart City and Digital Twin. Jakob has an insight into political decision-making processes, acts as a link between the administration and consulting companies and identifies areas for action. He would like to impart this knowledge to students as part of his professorship.

Prof. Dr. Jakob strives for progress in Bavaria and Germany

Jakob is certain that, in addition to the right concepts, you also need the people to create, develop and implement them. These people, in turn, must have the necessary know-how. He wants to get students at Landshut University of Applied Sciences excited about the digitalization of administration and equip them with the tools they need to catch up with Bavaria and Germany.
Jakob completed his internship abroad at Siemens in the USA and developed a concept for a service-oriented view including an outsourcing scenario for data exchange between OEMs and service providers, such as design engineers, as part of his diploma thesis at BMW. After gaining a taste of administrative work in software development at the State Office for Statistics, he gained more than seven years of practical experience at fortiss, the State Research Institute of the Free State of Bavaria. He completed his doctorate at the Chair of Information Systems at the Technical University of Munich under Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar and designed a strategic action guide that is intended to serve as an effective tool for small and medium-sized municipalities. He would like to put this into practice as part of his professorship.

Jakob focuses on change through agile approaches

His work as a Scrum Master in the area of product development also left its mark on him. "Based on my experience, I am certain that agile approaches can also be beneficial in public administration," reports the business informatics graduate. His credo is one of the agile principles: Welcome change! Jakob believes that this is only possible "if you approach things without fear!" Prof. Dr. Fritz Pörnbacher welcomes this approach and extends a warm welcome to Prof. Dr. Jakob at Landshut University of Applied Sciences.

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