Dr. Frank Simon

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Frank SimonQuality assurance is a holistic task, and it has something to do with competitiveness” – that is beyond question for Dr Frank Simon. This is because holistic quality assurance ensures that software does not “just” run, but also has other facets, such as being user-friendly, secure, easy to maintain, portable, efficient and so on. Those who can offer such software give themselves and their customers a clear advantage in global competition.

Quality assurance guided Frank’s graduate and business very early: He wrote his diploma thesis on the ergonomic quality of IT systems and his doctoral thesis focussed on the technical view of systems. After graduating, he moved into the world of business – and thus also into the world of software testing: Dr Frank Simon joined a large management consultancy, where he became familiar with the various facets of quality management and testing. There, he developed new business areas relating to the quality assurance of very technology-related services (“code quality management”) and managed corresponding international research projects as well as the entire innovation division of a globally active company.

After 11 years, he moved to the executive board of a medium-sized service provider for 4 years, where he successively worked on the area of security as an exposed quality characteristic in addition to classic business development.

He was then responsible for IT security at Zurich Insurance Company Germany for 5 years.

Today, he is responsible on executive level for the entire IT and the services based on it within Bank-Verlag, the IT service provider of German private banks.

Dr Frank Simon repeatedly makes one important point: “Outstanding training and further education are essential for sustainable corporate success. This is particularly true in the extremely fast-moving field of IT security, which for many seems to be a constant cat-and-mouse game between hackers and IT operators”. Dr Frank Simon is involved in the GTB in order to promote this type of education throughout the industry and because he likes the ISTQB®’s holistic view of quality assurance. He sees the association as an important organisation for the training of suitable specialists for holistic quality assurance – and thus as an important pillar for ensuring the competitiveness of software “Made in Germany.