IT Infrastructure Architect Interview with Patrick Fröger

What are the duties of an IT infrastructure architect? How does Daimler support you to balance your career and family life? We spoke about these and other questions with Patrick Fröger.

Hello Mr. Fröger, please introduce yourself briefly to our readers.

My name is Patrick Fröger. I'm a graduate IT specialist and studied Computer Networking at Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences, majoring in IT Security. I started to work at Daimler in Stuttgart in 2010 - the sixth year of my career. I work as an infrastructure and IT security architect in the Cloud & Datacenter Networks Team in the Global Network Department.

Why did you choose Daimler as your employer?

A globally active group was the next logical step for me following jobs in a small consulting firm and a medium-sized manufacturing plant. On the one hand, a large company offers a diverse scope of duties with a high level of responsibility, on the other hand, it also offers many opportunities for development.
My family and I wanted to stay in the Stuttgart area, and as a native of the region, Daimler is simply the first port of call for me.

How does Daimler support you in reconciling job and family?

As a father of two children, I can't always plan my day one hundred percent. It is therefore important that I have flexibility when it comes to my work hours. I had this freedom at Daimler right from the beginning with flexitime and the arrangement with my boss that I can work from home one day a week.
Since December 2016 we have an extended provision regarding mobile work that allows every employee to work away from the office and flexibly regarding hours, as long as the task permits it. This allows me to occasionally take a few hours out during the day to spend with my family or attend a doctor's appointment.

Tell us some more about your team and your job.

The team I work in is responsible for the architecture of the network infrastructure in the global Daimler datacenters, which includes not only the networks themselves, but also all services relating to our internet connections as well as a lot more. My tasks include creating and continuously developing a security concept for these environments.
The most interesting things are, on the one hand, the size and the geographical spread of the Daimler datacenters, on the other hand the demands on an architect to be an expert in several fields – but always with an eye on the overall structure. Having a close working relationship with our suppliers' developer teams is part of the job. There are hardly any repetitive tasks in our team.

The use of Cloud services is very much a hot topic at the moment as the auto industry continues along the path of digitalization.

What challenges are you now facing?

The use of Cloud services is very much a hot topic at the moment as the auto industry continues along the path of digitalization. Services with external Cloud providers balance out with the development of an internal Cloud infrastructure. We offer support to our internal customers so they can use Cloud offers in a meaningful way and successfully implement Cloud projects. Success with Cloud projects heavily depends on a holistic approach of the particular project architecture.
One of the greatest challenges facing us is planning the infrastructure elements.
This topic is usually shown in a simplified way in Cloud marketing. However, in the context of meaningful development of the architecture, the topic has to be taken seriously and understood in detail..

What kind of people are you looking for most in your team?

We are currently mainly looking for IT infrastructure architects to strengthen our team. Not to mention automation and visualization experts. In general, we are interested in people who have sound basic knowledge in the area of IT infrastructure as well as the willingness to work out solutions in an environment that is constantly developing.

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