Looking Ahead

Upcoming events can be found e.g. on the homepage of the charitable Elephants Club, which aproxito supports by volunteer work.

If you are interested, please register on the homepage of the Elephants Club


29.-30.10.2019 – Save the Date: Also at this year’s DIGITAL X main event in Cologne, there will be an opportunity to meet in an exclusive round. Further information to follow …

05.11.2019 – Save the Date: Meeting with the Elephants Club in Frankfurt on a topic that combines IT and sports

With the CIO of the DFB (German Football Association) and Oliver Bierhoff. Further information is available already here


Looking Back

27.06.2019 – Meeting with the Elephants Club on the topic of “Successful Customer Experience – Digital Transformation in Print”

Participants of the Elephants Club event at idee Druckhaus GmbH

Participants of the Elephants Club event at idee Druckhaus GmbH

Again, aproxito supported an exciting event of the Elephants Club about digital transformation. The event took place in a printing house, the idee Druckhaus GmbH. The print sector is gaining more and more importance due to the ever shorter attention span of customers because of overloading with more and more digital impressions. However, the print sector must also transform itself digitally and become more agile and individual.

The event was opened with a competent keynote address by Sandro van Es, Marketing Lecturer at the Berufsakademie für Medienberufe in Cologne and former Head of Online Marketing at REWE Group, on the subject of digital transformation and its significance for the customer journey for potential customers. In his lecture, he impressively explained the challenges faced by companies as a result of ever-increasing digitalisation and networking.


Handover of the golden pin to a new member of the Elephants Club

Handover of the golden pin to a new member of the Elephants Club

Afterwards there was the possibility to visit the shop floor of idee Druckhaus GmbH with ultramodern printing machines and to get a small insight into the printing and production processes.

It was a special pleasure to welcome a new member of the Elephants Club and to present him with the golden pin of the Elephants Club.

As usual, this event also featured the presentation of a charitable project proposed by the host.

The event was rounded off by the opportunity to network together.




05.02.2019 – With the Elephants Club at the BMW Group IT on the subject of “Agile Working” (“Agiles Arbeiten”)

Vortrag von Klaus Straub, CIO von BMW, zum Thema

Presentation of Klaus Straub, CIO of the BMW Group, on the subject “Agile Working”

By volunteering, aproxito supported a new event of the Elephants Club, which took place right at the beginning of the new year at the BMW Group IT in Munich.

The event was opened with a keynote address by Klaus Straub, CIO and Senior Vice President of the BMW Group, on the topic of agile working and transformation. The event gave an insight into how this transformation was managed at the BMW Group IT. Another presentation dealt with the question of how a service provider adjusts to working with an agile customer. Then, in two workshop rounds of 30 minutes each, special topics such as Agile Tool Chain, BizDevOps, Blockchain, Cloud, UX Design and VR/AR were worked on together with experts of the BMW Group IT. In this way, each of the 150 participant was given the opportunity to deepen two topic areas in small working groups, and it was shown how an agile corporate culture is driven in an industrial environment by innovative processes, tools and new technologies via IT and into the specialist areas of a major DAX company. Because agile working is a topic not only for the IT people!

Donation to a Charitable Project

Dr. Dietz überreicht ein Dankeschön an den Gastgeber und CIO von BMW, Klaus Straub

Dr. Dietz presents a thank-you to the CIO of the BMW Group, Klaus Straub (from left to right: Marlene Zierheim, Dr. Ulrich Dietz, Klaus Straub, Karl Hecken)

Fully in the good tradition of the Elephants Club, a charitable project proposed by the BMW Group IT was presented at the end of the event: The donations will go entirely to a school and education project for street children in Kenya. The charitable project was presented with slides and videos to the participants by Marlene Zierheim, chairperson of the supporting association “kidsneedfuture e.V.”.

As treasurer of the Elephants Club, Dr. Dietz, together with Klaus Straub, was able to present a donation cheque for 8,000 EUR to the German association kidsneedfuture e.V. Since the Elephants Club, as promised by its treasurer, doubled again all cash donations collected during the event, even a total of 10,000 EUR could finally be transferred for the school and training project in Kenya!

After the official presentations, there was as usual a lot of opportunity for personal and professional exchange. Special thanks go to the BMW Group IT and Mr. Klaus Straub as well as to all participants, supporters and donators.


27. + 28.11.2018 – BIM World Munich

BIM World Munich

BIM World Munich

The event in Munich clearly showed that BIM (Building Information Modeling) is increasingly establishing itself in the German-speaking world – not only out of academic interest, but also with concrete projects, tools and processes. The exhibition was primarily supported by vendors who presented the breadth of the existing offerings.

In addition, there were many opportunities for subject matter discussions and for collecting recent information.






07. + 08.11.2018 – Digital2018 in Köln

Eingang zur DIGITAL2018

Entrance to DIGITAL2018

After the end of CEBIT at Hanover, also with its modified concept, new possibilities open up for other formats and locations. DIGITAL2018 is surely one of the most interesting ones. It was attended by well-known politicians (e.g. Prof. Dr. A. Pinkwart and Sigmar Gabriel) as well as internationally renowned speakers and personalities (e.g. Steve Wozniak) and well-known stars (e.g. Oliver Bierhoff and Dr. Wladimir Klitschko).

The programme ranged from exciting lectures on the main stage and several other stages to exhibitions and demonstrations of innovative products and solutions. The range was impressive, see e.g. the topic Digitization & Innovation in Sports.

Last but not least, there was the opportunity to meet and network with many business friends at this event.


Prof. Dr. Pinkwart

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel








Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak

Bierhoff & Dr. Klitschko

Oliver Bierhoff & Dr. Klitschko










04.07.2018 and 14.08.2018 – GDPR (DSGVO)

The GDPR (in German: DSGVO) had fully tied up aproxito GmbH as well as many other companies and organizations over the last few months. In the meantime, the Data Protection Declaration has been adapted, the web pages have been modified and the documentation has been updated. However, still some questions remain open.

Elephants Club bei avocado rechtsanwälte

Elephants Club hosted by avocado rechtsanwälte

On July 4th and August 14th, the Elephants Club was guest of avocado rechtsanwälte in Frankfurt for the topic GDPR (Thanks!). The large number of registrations (the first event was fully booked and hence was repeated on 14th of August) showed that there is generally still a great interest in this topic, not only for possible unresolved requirements, but also for future developments and potential risks. The opportunity to exchange experiences with colleagues was definitely certainly helpful for the participants.

Elephants Club Mitglieder zu Gast bei avocado rechtsanwälte

Elephants Club members (f.l.t.r.: Dr. Oliver Janzen, Dr. Ulrich Dietz, Ralf Stankat)

Especially in the area of software development and existing applications, the topics “Privacy by Design” and “Privacy by Default” will certainly keep us occupied for a while longer …

handing over a donation cheque for the Panaoramaschool Frankfurt

Handing over a donation cheque for the Panaoramaschule Frankfurt. F.l.t.r.: Guido Stratmann (President of Elephants Club), Ralf Schulten (Member of Elephants Club, Partner at avocado rechtsanwälte and host of the events), Guido Kerbsties (Chairman of the Friends of the Panoramaschool Frankfurt), Dr. Ulrich Dietz (Treasurer of  Elephants Club)

As usual at the events of the Elephants Club, donation cheques for charitable projects were handed over again.

On July 4th, Dr. Dietz handed over a donation cheque for the project #checkdeinphone to the Friends of the Panoramaschule Frankfurt. The project #checkdeinphone is an initiative of the Parents Network Hessen “Integration Network” and is especially dedicated to pupils of special schools with a special focus on intellectual development. The aim of the project is to enable mentally handicapped children to develop basic skills in the safe use of digital media at an early age in a playful and child-friendly manner. Further information can be found in the Integration Network press release.

At the repeat event on August 14th, 2018, avocado rechtsanwälte proposed a project with a local focus that was ideally suited to the Elephants Club’s statutory goals of “education” and “youth welfare”. The sponsored association “Main Kind – Initiative gegen Kinderarmut in Frankfurt e.V.” supports education and children in the city of Frankfurt am Main and is under the patronage of the Lord Mayor of Frankfurt a.M., Peter Feldmann. The chairman of the association, Ms. Sandra Schellhase-Bender, introduced the association and its goals and gladly accepted the donation cheque of the Elephants Club.

Donation cheque handover to MainKind

Donation cheque handover to MainKind (v.l.t.r.: Dr. Ulrich Dietz, Sandra Schellhase-Bender, Ralf Schulten, Guido Stratmann)

A goal of the association and the association’s work is to provide the possibility for the participation in education and maintenance also to those children, who could not participate otherwise. Therefore, the Elephants Club specifically supports an educational project in which school tuition is combined with food supply. Dr. Dietz was able to present a cheque from the Elephants Club for an initial EUR 3,000. Subsequently, the donation amount provided by the Elephants Club was increased by the cash donations received from the participants during the event and by another donation from avocado rechtsanwälte, so that he was finally able to transfer a higher amount to the account of Main Kind.




28.06.2018 – IT-Innovation Summit

Finaki IT-InnovationSummit

Finaki IT-Innovation Summit

A highly interesting event at Munich during which more than 20 mostly young companies and start-ups could present their innovative approaches and solutions. Very interesting also the impuls lectures about criteria and preconditions for successful innovations.

Good input for all “old” and established companies!






13.06.2018 – CEBIT

CEBIT 2018: Europe’s business festival for innovation and digitization in a creative atmosphere

The Elephants Club traditional meeting at CEBIT was this time hosted by SAP. It provided the opportunity to visit some of the special highlights at the SAP booth during a guided tour.

Blockchain bei SAP

Blockchain at SAP

At its large booth, SAP had invited a number of business partners to present innovative solutions and topics related to digitization on the way to becoming an intelligent company, such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Cloud, and many more, in several joint booths, as if in a showcase.

Stand von SAP und IBM

Booth of SAP and IBM






Each participant received a headset so that everyone could hear the explanations well and questions could be discussed and clarified directly.

Intelligent Entertainment Park


At the latest stage of our tour we were introduced to the concept of an “Intelligent Entertainment Park”, including the “Digital Twin” of a Ferris Wheel. So it was a good fit that we could end our tour with a ride on the SAP Ferris wheel.

Blick aus dem SAP-Riesenrad auf die CEBIT 2018

View from the SAP Ferris wheel onto CEBIT 2018



This “Ferris wheel of innovation” at the centre of the new CEBIT has the potential to develop into an impressive new CEBIT landmark. And for the participants of our event there was the possibility to get a lasting impression of the new CEBIT and its event area from above.


As treasurer of the Elephants Club, Dr. Dietz then took on the pleasing task of handing over a donation cheque to the ReDI School of Digital Integration. “Using technology to break down barriers and connect the leaders of tomorrow” is the slogan of the ReDI School for Digital Integration at Berlin. It is important and necessary to challenge and support young people, especially in times of a shortage of skilled workers. The founder and CEO Anne Kjaer Riechert (left in the picture) had come to the presentation herself and brought Hussam, one of the students. Both presented the concept of ReDI School of Digital Integration: To do good, to act sustainably, young, diverse and innovative – it was shown how it all fits together and can be “lived”.

Scheckübergabe an die ReDI School for Digital Integration

Handing over the donation cheque to the ReDI School for Digital Integration

06.06.2018 – India Days

The annual India Days in Cologne have established themselves as a fixed date for exchanging views on current business developments in India. In addition to current facts and figures from and about India, there were reports from German companies active in India – not only in the areas of IT and software, but also in production and sales. The reports were supplemented by the views of Indian participants – hard facts (economic data) and soft facts (intercultural insights).

India Days im Stadion des 1. FC Köln

India Days in the stadium of 1. FC Köln

17. – 19.04.2018 – conhIT

conhIT at Berlin is probably Europe’s most important trade fair for health IT. It combines trade fair, congress and networking. It was again a good opportunity to find out about current trends and innovative ideas, but also to refresh existing contacts with potential customers.

conhIT 2018

conhIT 2018






End of 2017

At the end of the year, aproxITo says “Thank you” for all the joint efforts, for all suggestions and fruitful discussions and for trust and support during the past year.

aproxITo wishes all customers, business partners and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


At this year’s Elephants Club General Assembly, Dr. Dietz was confirmed and re-elected as a member of the board and as the treasurer of the Club.



Again an opportunity to hand over a donation on behalf or the Elephants Club, this time to a primary school in the greater Cologne area for the implementation of an IT/media concept.


Thanks to additional donations to the Elephants Club, an augmented donation could be handed over to Shangilia e.V. and their patron Frank Plasberg. This was a good opportunity to take a look again behind the scenes of a TV studio.

Augmented donation to Shangilia e.V. (f.l.t.r.): Dr. Oliver Janzen, Anja Faber, Frank Plasberg, Dr. Ulrich Dietz


Deutscher Ingenieurtag 2017 of the VDI (The Association of German Engineers) at Düsseldorf: More Chances than Risiks through Digitalization!



Challenges of the Digital Transformation” presented by well-known speakers at a meeting of the Elephants Club at Frankfurt. In particular, Dr. Kurt Servatius, HR Director in the Allianz SE, presented the “Digitalization as a Catalyzer of the HR Transformation” and Helmut Gerhards, Chief Digital Officer of DAK-Gesundheit, explained, why the patient is the winner of the digitalization in health care.


As the last item on the agenda of the event, a donation was handed over to the charitable association Shangilia e.V. for the support of a childrens home and school in Nairobi, Kenya.

Handover of donation (f.l.t.r.): Dr. Ulrich Dietz, Dr. Oliver Janzen, Guido Stratmann, Anja Faber (chairwoman of the board of Shangilia e.V.), Andreas Dripke, Ralf Stankat


Visit of the conhIT fair at Berlin – opportunity for many good discussions around exciting innovative IT solutions for the health care business.


With Cloud Ecosystems e.V. at the Spring Meeting in the Google Development Centre at Munich. Impressing presentations about cloud solutions, fascinating insights into a very special working culture at Google and a good opportunity for business networking accompanied by Google’s own beer, the “gBräu”.

Thanks to Cloud Ecosystem for this invitation!



Participation at the International IT&BPO Germany Forum of the German Outsourcing Association in the Microsoft Atrium at Berlin. Highly interesting presentations about business strategies and various service offerings in the outsourcing and offshoring business.


This year again, CeBIT provided an opportunity for a personal meeting at the event of the Elephants Club – this year at the booth of the German BusinessCloud.

Together we could hand over a donation to a Kindergarten at Hamburg Billstedt for a “Magic Carpet”, a projector which takes the children into a virtual environment.


A small chocolate elephant was given to Ms. Türling as a Thank You for great organization and support of the Elephants Club event.


With the Elephants Club guest of PwC at Frankfurt for a presentation of the Daimler group. Dr. Stefan Eberhardt, Director IT Cross Functions & Service, Daimler AG, presented the Cyber-Security strategy of the Daimler group.


It was a pleasure to hand over a donation of the Elephants Club to Mr. Ulrich Wickert („Mr. Tagesthemen“ until 2006), voluntary member of the Board of Trustees of the Plan-Stiftungszentrum, in favour of the goals of Plan International.

And last but not least, the splendid view on the Frankfurt skyline from the premises of PwC in the 48th floor of Tower 185 was absolutely impressing. Thanks to the great host PwC!



aproxito wishes all customers, business partners and friends a great new year filled with happiness, success and health!

14.11. – 17.11.2016:

Medica at Düsseldorf provided the opportunity for meeting Dr. Dietz and one of the Indian partner companies of aproxito. Thanks for all the exciting discussions with exhibitors and visitors of the fair!


Interview with Dr. Dietz about “The Three Sides of IT-Sourcing in Germany” in the “Interview Edition” of the Outsourcing Journal of the German Outsourcing Association.
The Journal with interview is available for download: http://www.outsourcing-journal.org/Special-Editions/outsourcing-journal—interview-edition.html


Visiting the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) for “Virtual Reality” with the Elephants Club – today HLRS is the most performant computing center of Germany and worldwide in the TOP 10. Thanks to imsimity GmbH for making this visit possible. It was a pleasure to hand over a donation of the Elephants Club to a school together with the Head of the Visualisation Department of the HLRS, Dr. Wössner.

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Dr. Dietz was invited to the ITO&BPO Germany Forum of the German Outsourcing Association in the Microsoft Atrium, Berlin, to participate in the panel discussion about “The Buyer Side – Requirements, Problems and Experiences of Users in Germany”.



At CeBIT 2016 guest of T-Systems together with the Elephants Club. Thanks to the gorgeous host T-Systems! During the event the Elephants Club could hand over a donation to the DRK (German Red Cross). The donation was made for an infrastructure project in which Elephants Club member Dorothée Appel (see pictures) had actively volunteered for several weeks – a great example of the volunteerism of the club and its members!

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Dr. Dietz will support the Innovationsnetzwerk Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg e.V. as a member of the Advisory Board.



Dr. Dietz was elected again as a member of the Section Board of the section Villingen-Schwenningen / Donaueschingen of the Economic Council (Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V.).

vlnr – Prof. Manfred Kühne, Dirk Beil, Dietmar Böhnke, Dr. Michael Fritz, Stella Molitor, Wolfgang Beyer, Ralf Dreher, Dr. Ulrich Dietz