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IBCS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2015-06-19 in Amsterdam


(Conducted in English language) 

The 2015 conference
was kindly hosted by



June 19, 2015

Royal Philips Global Headquarters

Amstelplein 2
Breitner tower
1096 BC Amsterdam
The Netherlands 




The IBCS Annual Conference is the place where IBCS professionals exchange experience. Employees from finance and IT departments on the way of implementing the IBCS Standards meet their peers, thought leaders, consultants, and software developers.


People without any knowledge and experience in IBCS might benefit from attending the introductionary one-day seminar HICHERT®SUCCESS ‒ Successful design of reports and presentations the day before, see here.




The conference fee is EUR 1,000 per person, plus VAT.

The fee covers all content and conference materials. 

The invoicing will be handled by our partner JUGO.


Members of the IBCS Association and HICHERT®IBCS Certified Consultants benefit from a reduced fee of EUR 900, plus VAT.


There are special rates for prospects and customers of HICHERT®IBCS Certified Consultants (HCC). Please contact your HCC.


If multiple attendants of one company register at the same time, then the second and any further person will benefit from a group discount of EUR 200 per person.


Participants will receive a protocol after the conference.


Business casual



Thursday, June 18, 2015: General Assembly of IBCS Association

6:00 pm  General Assembly for all IBCS members

7:00 pm  Get together


Friday, Juni 19, 2015: Conference

8:30 am  Check-in and coffee


9:00 am  Welcome and opening

N.N., Executive from Royal Philips

9:15 am  IBCS - Where do we stand today?

Rolf Hichert, IBCS Association, Kreuzlingen


9:45 am  How IBCS improve the value of CCİ’s management reporting?

Recognizing the need to establish a thorough process of standardizing business communication

Ilkay Furmaz, Coca-Cola İçecek, Istanbul

+IBCS standards tailored to our KPIs and business dimensions
+An agile proof-of-concept project resulting in quick wins and top management support
+Equipping Excel users with Zebra BI
+Hands-on training and mentorship

+Future plans: Spreading IBCS across the enterprise information architecture

  10:15..10:45 am  Coffee break

10:45 am  Implementation of IBCS at the Otto Group

Ulrich Siegel, Otto Group, Hamburg

+Advantages and benefits

+Implementation procedure

+Live presentation of 5 IBCS compliant reports from condition management

+Challenges and key learnings


11:15 am  Improving transparency in a public organization of 100.000 employees

Michael Schopf, Bundesagentur für Arbeit, Nürnberg

+Bundesagentur is The Federal Employment Agency with 700 offices nationwide

+The president himself started a three year change project

+The change process to the new IBCS Standards

+Excel solutions in use today, future challenges in the SAP and BI world


11:45 am  Update on IBCS implementation at Philips: Deployment and continuous improvement 

Maurice Verhagen, Royal Philips, Eindhoven

+Project conclusion

+Annual report

+IT solution support


12:00 am  Elevator pitch of IBCS Sponsors 2015

What is the USP of every vendor in the market for IBCS compliant software? 

  12:30..1:30 pm  Lunch break
  1:30 pm  Breakout sessions 1

A   IBCS charts in practice - real world examples and dilemmas

+Dilemmas in selecting the most appropriate chart based on the structure of data and intended message
+Time-series analysis: When to use columns, dots/"pins", lines, areas? Multiple series or small multiples?
+Dilemmas with waterfall charts: multilevel hierarchies and calculations, achieving consistent color codes for "neutral", "good" and "bad", notation of scenarios in chart series vs. semantic axis, etc.
+Shape coding details: applying markers, semantic axis and patterns consistently across different chart types and for different KPIs

Preparation and moderation: Andrej Lapajne, Zebra BI, Ljubljana


B   Successful SUCCESS projects - how do we convince top management?

What are necessary pre-requisites for a successful change process?

These elements must be considered: notation concept, communication, training, quick wins, templates, software tools, ...

Preparation and moderation: Heinz Steiner, Trivadis, Glattbrugg



C   Learn from Designers and Developers when creating business communication products

IBCS Standards have been created to make business communication more understandable. The need to understand information in an easy way is also known in other businesses - it's the daily business for UX Designers. Let's take a look what we can learn from them.

Preparation and moderation: Jörg Decker, Densio Software, Düsseldorf


  2:30..3:00 pm  Coffee break
  3:00 pm  Breakout sessions 2

A   The concept of scaling indicators - a general solution for the comparison of scales?

Preparation and moderation: Rolf Hichert, IBCS Association, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland


B   Table standards - necessary or only nice to have? Discussion of the IBCS table concept version 1.0

In this breakout session we want to discuss 

+Status quo: Necessity and concept

+Controversial topics 

+Conceptual gaps 

Preparation and moderation: Jürgen Faisst, HICHERT+FAISST, Hilden


  4:00 pm   8 minutes summary of each breakout session by the five moderators

4:40 pm  IBCS - Where do we want to be next year?

Jürgen Faisst, HICHERT+FAISST, Hilden


5:00 pm  End of the conference

  5:05..6:00 pm  Apéro




PARTICIPANTS (as of June 19, 2015)

Mohamed Abouyakob, JUGO, TH 's-Hertogenbosch

Thomas Bauer, MCG GmbH, Mannheim

Lars Bayer, HighCoordination GmbH, Radolfzell

Mathias Besser, HI-CHART GmbH, Berlin

Dietrich Betz, Knauf Gips KG, Iphofen

Mitja Bezenšek, Zebra BI d.o.o., Ljubljana

Raphael Branger, IT-Logix AG, Bern

Arno Cebulla, Oraylis GmbH, Düsseldorf

Jörg Decker, Densio Software GmbH, Düsseldorf

Norbert Engelhardt, pmOne AG, Unterschleißheim

Jürgen Faisst, HICHERT+FAISST GmbH, Hilden

Armin Fehr, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Melsungen

Ilkay Furmaz, Coca-Cola İçecek, Istanbul

Holger Gerhards, gmc² gerhards multhaupt consulting GmbH, Bonn

Holger Gerths, HI-CHART GmbH, Berlin

Simone Gerths, HI-CHART GmbH, Berlin

Ralph Ginzinger, HighCoordination Schweiz GmbH, Kloten

Michael Gniffke, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Urdorf

Tilman Hagen, Braincourt GmbH, Leinfelden-Echterdingen

Holger Handel, SAP Deutschland SE & Co. KG, Walldorf

Rolf Hichert, IBCS Association, Kreuzlingen

Ronny Hoffmann, PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Frankfurt

Harry Hol, DDC Group, Rijen

Beat Honegger, plus-IT AG, Winterthur

Serdar Inceköse, arcplan Information Services GmbH, Langenfeld

Meinert Jacobsen, marancon GmbH, Bonn

Stefan Kersten, b.telligent GmbH & Co. KG, München

Gunnar Knoch, Woodmark Consulting AG, Grasbrunn/München

Marita Köpper, Sybit & Peers AG, Tägerwilen

Femke Kooij, Philips Electronics, Eindhofen

Matthias Krämer, Jedox AG, Freiburg

Andrej Lapajne, Zebra BI d.o.o, Ljubljana

Carsten Leminsky, steercom GmbH, Hamburg

Severin Leuenberger, IT-Logix AG, Bern

Nico Licht, SAP AG, Walldorf

Timo Linde, blueforte GmbH, Hamburg

Daniel Meier, ifb international AG, Zürich

Mladen Meter, Business Effectiveness Ltd., Zagreb

Velora Meyer, Morpho Cards GmbH, Paderborn

Nina Michels-Kim, IMA, Zürich

Stephan Multhaupt, gmc² gerhards multhaupt consulting GmbH, Bonn

Dietmar Pascher, Controller Akademie AG, Wörthsee

Tobias Piecha, blueforte GmbH, Hamburg

Alexander Pröm, IT-Logix AG, Bern

Dirk Proff, blueforte GmbH, Hamburg

Grischa Rehmer, gmc² gerhards multhaupt consulting GmbH, Bonn

Tobias Riedner, flyeralarm GmbH, Würzburg

Julia Röhling, HighCoordination GmbH, Radolfzell

Kristian Rümmelin, avantum consult AG, Filderstadt

Bojan Šćepanović, MCB Management Centre Belgrad

Christian Schneider, b.telligent GmbH & Co. KG, München

Michael Schopf, Bundesagentur für Arbeit, Nürnberg

Lars Schubert, graphomate GmbH, Kiel

Arne-Kristian Schulz, blueforte GmbH, Hamburg

Torben Römer, B. Braun Melsungen AG, Melsungen

Michael Schwanz, HighCoordination GmbH, Radolfzell

Ulrich Siegel, Otto Group, Hamburg

Heinz Steiner, Trivadis AG, Zürich

Matthias Storck, ceteris AG, Berlin

Thomas Terbuch, consultnetwork GmbH, Klagenfurt

Ronald van Lent, Jugo, TH 's-Hertogenbosch

Maurice Verhagen, Royal Philips, Eindhoven

Johannes von Mulert, IBCS Association, Kreuzlingen

Dennis Walbrecht, International Card Services BV, Diemen

Thomas Wegner, arcplan Information Services GmbH, Langenfeld

Markus Wolff, chartisan GmbH, Potsdam

Jan Zeides, blueforte GmbH, Hamburg


(Please tell us if you do not want to disclose your attendance. We will delete your name immediately.)



Here you find a protocol of the conference.




The last IBCS Anual Conferences took place on

Jun 24, 2014: Here is the program as well as a protocol.

Jun 17, 2013: Here is the program as well as a protocol.

Sep 4, 2012: Here is the program as well as a protocol.




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