Month: May 2018

Episode 08: Workforce Management, Work-Life Balance & Deductive Intelligence

We had Dr. Jörg Herbers, senior VP of the workforce management division at INFORM Software as our guest in episode 8. The interview starts with some details about what workforce management entails and covered some of the trends and challenges within the space. Jörg presented the topic of deductive intelligence and talked about how it can help address the numerous challenges associated with workforce management. Jörg talks about some of the benefits for companies associated with deductive intelligence and how it differs from classical programming techniques. As always, we ended the interview with a look into what the future may hold for workforce management. So without further ado, here is my interview with Dr. Jörg Herbers:

Show Notes

Introduction Jörg Herbers (3:05)

Buzzer Beater Round (3:37)

Workforce Management defined (5:52)

What are the major trends and challenges in the workforce management space? (7:50)

What is Deductive Intelligence? (10:05)

Where does Deductive Intelligence have its roots? (10:52)

Why did you decide to coin the term? (12:16)

What makes Deductive Intelligence so interesting for the workforce management space? (13:22)

How is Deductive Intelligence different than classical programming techniques?  (14:46)

Practical Examples for the use of Deductive Intelligence (18:12)

What does the future hold for Deductive Intelligence? (21:22)

How do you see the workforce management space developing in the coming years? (24:30)

What are the top 3 benefits of Deductive Intelligence for planners in workforce management? (26:10)


Visit Jörg Herbers on LinkedIn.

Episode 07: Ridesharing

We had Russel Olinger, CEO of Whipster, as our guest in this episode. Whipster is a service that allows ride sharers to compare fares, arrival times and availability of ride share options, all in one app. The interview starts with some details about what ridesharing is and how the industry is developing. We talked about how ridesharing is much bigger than the two companies that come to mind, Uber and Lyft, when the topic is being discussed.  After that, we got into some more details about the role Whipster is playing in the ridesharing industry. Russel also provided some great insights into what it takes to launch a successful app. As always, we ended the interview with a look into what the future may hold for the ridesharing industry.

All in all, Russel provides some great insights into the ridesharing industry and I would like to thank Alexandra Wilkinson, a member of my LinkedIn network, for connecting me with Russel and suggesting the topic of ridesharing for the show.

Show Notes

Elevator Pitch: what is Whipster (3:04)

Buzzer Beater Round (3:50)

The importance of the human connection in ridesharing (5:43)

Russel’s background/official introduction (7:00)

What is ridesharing and how is it different than carpooling and car sharing? (9:18)

State of the ridesharing industry (10:44)

Would you get rid of your own car? (12:42)

Who is benefitting most from the ridesharing tech? (14:45)

What role is Whipster playing in the ridesharing space? (16:30)

Impact on public transportation (19:08)

Competitors for Whipster (21:00)

Biggest hurdle so far getting an app established in the ridesharing space (22:52)

Tips for the successful launch of an app (25:50)

How will the rideshare market develop in the coming years? (28:22)

Visit Russel Olinger on LinkedIn

Download the Whipster App.