September 9 & 10, 2020

Rethink IT

The Future of Software Development & the Future of Cybersecurity


Each of our ThinkTanks produces one future study over a period of 12 months. That is a total of 6 futures studies per year, the contents of which are available to our partner companies in advance.  Before we publish the results of our research, we bring together corporate leaders in the DACH region with like-minded people and experts. In these strategy sessions, the participants reflect, evaluate, select and work on real challenges in order to return to their companies with viable solutions. At these sessions, international guest speakers provide impulses for possible starting points.

Day 1:

The Future of Cybersecurity

In the last five years, cyber-attacks have increased by 67%. On average, the cost of such attacks is up to $13 million per company per year, an increase of 72% over the last five years. The financial services industry is the hardest hit, with annual costs of $18.4 million. Because the impact of cyber-attacks is so severe, organizations are being forced to rethink their cybersecurity strategies. Cyber criminals are taking advantage of the ever-growing list of touch points, new technologies and ill-informed employees to grab millions of dollars and countless amounts of private information.

While many organizations still leave everything to do with cybersecurity to the IT department, it is becoming clear that this is no longer sufficient. It is time to bring cybersecurity out of the basement and create new ‘awareness landscapes’ that take into account not only internal aspects but also external security developments. Only by implementing cybersecurity activities at every level will organizations have a chance against cybercrime. With the current study, we aim to understand what cybersecurity will look like in 2030 and, in particular, what impact the topic will have on the finance industry.


Day 2:

The Future of Software Development

‘Rethink IT’ examines the future of software development. On the one hand, analysts say that the global demand for software will reach 500 million applications in the next 5 years. That is precisely the number of programs that have been developed in the last 40 years. And this is in the face of a decline in qualified IT specialists. The answer seems to be found in companies that are increasingly relying on the use of low-code engines and organizing their teams according to "citizen development" principles.

Our researchers are currently working on a study on this topic and will present the interim results of this work to an exclusive circle of IT managers in September to develop strategies for companies.


Karsten Noack

Founder and CEO of Scopeland Technology GmbH

‘Like it or not, there’s no way around low code’

Karsten Noack is founder and CEO of Scopeland Technology GmbH. As a visionary, he developed the basics of the technology as early as the mid-1990s, which is now known as low-code and as the key technology of digitization. Karsten Noack has extensive experience in the use of low-code platforms in large companies and public authorities.

He is a member of the main board of BITKOM and several BITKOM working groups.

Markus Bernhart

Sales and Marketing Manager at Necara GmbH

"‘Tomorrow programming won’t be a job; it will be a step"

Markus Bernhart is responsible for growth at Necara. In the rapidly growing low-code ecosystem, Necara focuses on the consistent further development of technology towards ‘no-code’ engines and applications.

Jan Berger

CEO bei 2bAHEAD ThinkTank GmbH

"In 2030, agile and DevOps will feel so `90s!"

Jan Berger is the CEO of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank. He personally leads our project ‘Future of Software Development’ and will present the interim results of our future study. He used to lead software development projects himself. What fascinates him about low code is its potential to revolutionize the scope of tasks and workflows in IT departments of companies.

Nick Mayencourt

CEO bei Dreamlab Technologies AG


Dr. Rachid ElBansakhani

Founder and managing director of QuantiCor Security GmbH

Dr. Rachid ElBansakhani is the founder and managing director of QuantiCor Security GmbH, a developer and supplier of quantum computer resistant security solutions. With his company he won several awards for innovative quantum-safe technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in post-quantum cryptography and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at TU-Darmstadt. He focused on constructing and designing post-quantum primitives such as encryption schemes and digital signatures. One of the developed encryption technologies is currently being standardized as a DIN SPEC.


Markus Meißner

Host / Managing Director AEB

Markus Meißner has been Managing Director of AEB SE since 2011. The company is an internationally oriented provider of software-based cloud solutions for logistics, foreign trade and supply chain management. In this position, his responsibilities include the company's portfolio strategy and the internationalization of the AEB Group. He is also responsible for the company's subsidiaries as the director or board member in England, Switzerland, Singapore and the USA.

Markus Meißner joined AEB in 1995, initially as project manager for the introduction of IT solutions at various companies in Europe, Asia and the USA - including Siemens, Infineon, Epcos, Honeywell and VW. From 1990 to 1995, he worked as a freelance consultant for IT-based communications management during and after his engineering studies at the University of Stuttgart.



Sigmaringer Straße 109

Day 1

The future of


September 9, 2020

9 am


9.30 am

Business Speed Dating

10 am

FishBowl Session with Experts

Future of cybersecurity

11.15 am

Coffee break

11.30 am

Presentation of the study the "future of cybersecurity" (EN) 
With ensuing discussion. Presentation by James Hoefnagels, Researcher, Strategist.

1 pm


2.30 pm

Futures Methods
Strategy Development

4 pm

Strategic Outlook
Results and Discussion

6 pm

Dinner | Speaker
Markus Meißner, CEO AEB

Day 2

The future of
Software Development


September 10, 2020

9 am

Arrival and Greeting, Summary of Day 1

9.30 am

Speaker on Topic ‘No and Low-Code’

11 am

Coffee break

11.15 am

Presentation of the Study "The Future of Software Development"
Jan Berger, CEO 2b AHEAD ThinkTank

12.30 am


1.30 pm

Alternating Presentation on Cases of Application
Scopeland (Scopeland Engine) & Necara (No Code)

2.45 pm

Coffee break

3 pm


4 pm

End of the strategy session

Impressions of the last session

To IT ThinkTank Session 2019 on ‘Quantum Computing’

2b AHEAD ThinkTank GmbH

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D-04179 Leipzig
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