Mr Bernd Hoffmann, who, even before the foundation of productware GmbH back in 1988, was working for our then parent company, Controlware GmbH, and who has headed up the quality management department of our company over the past 15 years, is, following the successful changeover and certification of our quality management system to version 2015, now finally taking retirement, well, almost.
After his long service at productware, Mr Hoffmann, officially a retiree since February 2017, wanted, with the changeover to the ISO quality standards to version 2015, to ensure an orderly and well-defined transition to his successor, Mrs Anne Kopp, formerly Matting, in order to then hand over the responsibility for this to Mrs Kopp.
He achieved this in impressive style at the end of August 2017 with the successful certification without any minor non-conformities whatsoever.
For the assessment of the management system in accordance with version 2008 in August 2016, productware, Mr Hoffmann, that is, decided to change over a year earlier than required by the standard, from August 2017, to the new standard, version 2015.
The new standard differs significantly from the old version 2008 in terms of risk management and risk assessment.
The purpose of risk and process analyses is to gain a clear and extensive a picture as possible of the processes within the company and the associated risks. Numerous factors relating to all the individual processes under consideration, such as material resources, including the risks in the supplier chain and failure of machines and buildings, human resources, available expertise and performance indicators are for this purpose collated and evaluated, and contingency plans drawn up.
productware has been very well placed in terms of risk consideration, assessment and prevention, as well as emergency management for many years, since large enterprises and corporations with exacting requirements are amongst productware's circle of customers.
It was thus mainly a question of structuring, adapting and supplementing productware's existing and proven risk management system in line with the new standard.
However, even after the successful ISO certification, Mr Hoffmann cannot quite take leave of productware and will thus also be available to productware in future as a technology consultant and for availability checks relating to technical equipment; but by arrangement on a flexible time basis so as not to impinge upon Mr Hoffmann's private life.
"We are delighted that the business contact with Mr Hoffmann is not breaking off entirely and that we can still enjoy access to his wealth of knowledge, which we appreciate greatly for the further development of our company", says Marco Balling, Managing Director of productware.
"At this juncture, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for the excellent and always extremely reliable working relationship with Mr Hoffmann.
Mr Hoffmann is always loyal to our company and has performed his varied and challenging duties in our company with tremendous personal commitment and in exemplary fashion.
Particularly the setting up and further development of our quality management system to the standards ISO 9001 and 14002, in addition to the excellent and close contacts in the area of quality assurance through to our customers as well as with our internal departments, were the guarantees for an efficient and successful quality assurance system, which is also greatly appreciated by our customers", says Herbert Schmid, Managing Director of productware, who has shared a long professional career spanning over 35 years with Bernd Hoffmann and who appreciates more than anyone the services and commitment from Bernd Hoffmann.
"We wish Mr Hoffmann all the best for his future, especially happiness and good health, so that he can go on to achieve all the things he has set out to do in his retirement" adds Marco Balling.