Internship/Thesis vacancies at KPMG

The Information Systems group is often contacted by industrial organizations with assignments that could lead to student projects at various levels (master thesis project, bachelor completion project, etc.) Through this website we make these topics available to our students. In this post, we announce one such project, involving company: KPMG

Vacancy titles for the semester starting in August/September 2016:

Primary Contacts

  • within TU/e: Pieter Van Gorp
  • within KPMG: Wesley van Renswouw

The organization (in Dutch)

KPMG Nederland biedt hoogwaardige dienstverlening op het gebied van audit en advisory – KPMG Meijburg & Co is specialist in tax. Zo adviseren we onder meer over prestatieverbetering en risicobeheersing, begeleiden we transacties en zijn we actief op het gebied van controle en verantwoording. En we zijn onderdeel van een groot internationaal netwerk.

KPMG – IT Advisory – In de afgelopen jaren is de IT-agenda steeds omvangrijker en complexer geworden. De aantrekkende economie zorgt ervoor dat organisaties weer nieuwe initiatieven nemen en oog hebben voor de mogelijkheden die de nieuwe technologieën bieden. In tijden van verandering is het niet alleen belangrijk om op de kosten te letten, maar tevens om de complexiteit te reduceren. Zodat je als organisatie wendbaar bent en eenvoudig in kan spelen op diverse ontwikkelingen.


Technologische ontwikkelingen gaan snel en er wordt steeds meer mogelijk. Het is zaak om vragen die in de business leven te vertalen naar relevante IT-toepassingen. Daar ondersteunt KPMG in. We maken het technische landschap van een organisatie minder complex. En helpen haar beter voorbereid te zijn op de toekomst.

Specific Areas of our KPMG contact:

Preparations for GameBus are heating up!

While work on the GameBus project will officially start in January 2015, we are already making various preparations.  The most important preparation is the recruiting of two new group members.  One group member has been selected from the User System Interaction pool of PDEng trainees.  This member will focus on the end user experience as well as on the business model aspects of GameBus.  A second PDEng trainee was selected from the Software Technology pool.  This member will focus on the integration of game components on the bus.

Besides PDEng projects, we have defined two master thesis projects on GameBus.  One student will focus on GameBus business model aspects as part of a graduation in Innovation Management.  A second student will focus on GameBus backend aspects as part of a graduation in Business Information Systems.

A GameBus kick-off meeting will be organized as a side activity of the EIT ICT Labs Health and Wellbeing End-of-Year Event 2014.  In this way, we involve also our Italian partners in the preparations such that in January 2015 we can take a flying start!

Stay tuned…

Colloquium Heiko Ludwig IBM Research Almaden

On Tuesday May 28th, Dr. Heiko Ludwig of IBM Almaden Research Lab (San Jose, CA, USA) will visit us. Heiko will give a presentation at 14:00 (in the field of business/IT alignment, business modeling, service management).

Title: Modeling and Measuring the IT Business Relationship

Studying the relationship of IT on a business is not novel. All organizations are interested in learning about the return of an investment decision in IT and many researchers and practitioners – in particular equipment vendors – develop models that provide a return analysis. While these models were often sufficient to address the decision-making needs of an organization, the increasing degree of outsourced services – cloud or on-premise – and the changing competitive landscape for many IT clients requires a more fine-grained understanding about how IT impacts a business and how a business impacts IT. This colloquium will discuss approaches to measure the impact of a change in an IT system on an organization and the impact of business behavior on IT consumption. We will also discuss how insights gained can inform service design decisions.

Heiko Ludwig is a Research Staff Member with IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA and manages the Outcome Based Business Modeling team in the Almaden Services Research department. His current work relates to business impact modeling, business architecture, reasoning on data veracity and machine learning. Prior work addressed issues of service management and service management platforms, including large-scale, loosely coupled, cross-domain distributed systems, including service outsourcing and cloud computing. Specifically, this includes the issues of managing cross-domain processes, service catalogs and service requests as well as managing the variability of process and configurations. Other recent work includes SLA and policy management.
Heiko published about 100 refereed articles, conference papers, and book chapters as well as technical reports. He is a managing editor of the International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems and frequently serves in editorial capacity, as conference organizer, PC member, research program reviewer, on standards bodies and as conference reviewer. Heiko is also the author of numerous patents. Prior to the Almaden Research Center Heiko worked at the TJ Watson Research Center, IBM’s Delivery Centers in Argentina and Brazil, and IBM’s Zurich Research Laboratory. He holds a Master’s (Diplom) degree and a PhD in information systems (Wirtschaftsinformatik) from Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg, Germany.