Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Trends und Konzepte in der Software Industrie II - Entwicklung von Geschäftsanwendungen (Wintersemester 2014/2015)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner (Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts) , Martin Boissier (Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts) , Stefan Halfpap (Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts) , Franziska Dobrigkeit (Enterprise Platform and Integration Concepts)
Website zum Kurs: https://epic.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/Home/TrendsandConcepts2014

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 24.10.2014
  • Lehrform: BS
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

IT-Systems Engineering BA
IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • IT-Systems Engineering A
  • IT-Systems Engineering B
  • IT-Systems Engineering C
  • IT-Systems Engineering D


  • Lecturer: Prof. Hasso Plattner
  • Teaching support: Martin Boissier, Stefan Klauck, Franziska Häger
  • 6 ECTS (graded)
  • Initial seminar introduction: Oct 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM (House D, E-9/10)
  • Enrollment until Oct 31, 2014. The contents of this lecture is new to a large extent, so students who have participated in earlier versions of this lecture may participate again.
  • Schedule:
    • Design thinking workshop: Nov 20/21, 2014 (D-School HPI main building)
    • Intermediate presentations: Feb 04, 2014 at 1.30 PM (House D, E.9/10)
    • Final preparations for seminar week: Feb 11, 2015 at 1.30 PM (House D, E-9/10)
    • Block seminar: Feb 16, 2015 - Feb 19, 2015 (D-School HPI main building)
    • Group work on individual schedule in December, January and February, meetings with team tutors as needed

For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://epic.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/Home/TrendsandConcepts2014 the course site on our chair's website.

This lecture will be held in a Stanford-like teaching approach. The course is composed of two interwoven parts: Technological discussions and a design thinking project.

The idea is to look into immutable concepts illustrated by real world examples. Topics related to the contents of Prof. Plattner's lecture "Trends and Concepts in the Software Industry I" will be taken up and reflected upon. The participation in "Trends and Concepts in the Software Industry I" is recommended as a preparation for this lecture, but not mandatory.

From the design perspective, topics include the design thinking process, innovation and prototyping methodologies, need finding, human factors, and team dynamics. Participants experience a design thinking project embedded in the technological topics of this course.

The seminar schedule consists of the following:

  • We start with a 2-day design thinking workshop at the end of November where the basics of the design thinking methodology will be taught and applied in the context of our challenge. Students will experience a fast forward move through the design thinking process thereby establishing confidence in this process to go out to real company contacts and conduct interviews.
  • The above mentioned interviews and following brainstorming, need finding and prototyping sessions will be scheduled individually per team and compose the second part of the seminar.
  • The third part of the seminar comprises the block lecture with Hasso Plattner where ideas and prototypes will be tested through more interview sessions and finalized. The lecture concludes with the documentation of the prototype.

This year's challenge will look into the next generation of retail systems from a user centric perspective as well as a store centric perspective and with the background of new technologies.


Knowledge of in-memory database technology, either through:

  • having attended the previous lecture "Trends and Concepts in the Software Industry I"
  • having attended the online lecture "In-Memory Data Management" on openHPI.de
  • or self-study of the online course material until November. Please register at openHPI.de


Please familiarize yourself with the general material:

  • A Course in In-Memory Data Management: The Inner Mechanics of In-Memory Databases by Hasso Plattner (please contact Andrea Lange in order to borrow the book for seminar preparation).
  • Book Chapter: Design Thinking by Plattner, H., Meinel, C., Weinberg, U., design THINKING – Innovation lernen, Ideenwelten öffnen. Pages 101-135 (please contact Andrea Lange in order to borrow the book for seminar preparation).
  • David Schwalb, Martin Faust, Jens Krüger, Hasso Plattner: Leveraging In-Memory Technology for Interactive Analyses of Point-of-Sales Data, BDCA in conjunction with ICDE 2014, 2014


During the block lecture several team presentations and discussions will be held. The grade of the seminar will be determined by

  • Engagement to discussions, the project and team work, intermediate presentations (30%),
  • Viability, feasibility, and desirability of project results in the final presentation (40%),
  • Documentation of the results (a written report - 20 p. LNCS including a screen cast/video/description of the prototype per team, 30%).