Monday, 15 January 2018

happy 2018

‘May we all have a vision now and then’
(Benny Andersson, Bjoern Ulvaeus)

Happy New Year by ABBA on VEVO.

This new year just headed into week 3 and the velocity at what about kate feels great. We submitted version 1.2 of our amazing QEPTR App for iOS and Apple was kind enough to approve the release within a few days. Now we are pushing to get version 1.3 ready, which will be a much more vivid experience compared to the rather basic 1.2. If you are an advertiser or run any kind of venue, get in touch to find out what QEPTR can do for you. In addition to that we set up a new instance of Jira Service Desk back in December for a global client and it will go into review early this year. We would share a link as well, but since it is password restricted we could as well link you to a blank page. And, last but not least, we started to send out our New Year Mail which holds splendid news. Check it here.

All, a Happy New Year! The team at what about kate, Berlin.

what about kate new years mail 2018

what about kale

Have you had your daily dose of kale yet? When you are in need of some extra strength and brain power, kale is a good friend at your side. Not only does it contain large amounts of vitamin K. It is also a rich source of vitamins A, C, B6, folate and manganese and a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E and several dietary minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Say that again? It’s true! Kale empowers you to do the extraordinary and go that extra mile.

Speaking of the extraordinary, consulting in 2018 will focus even more on the virtuous of the digital transformation along with its catalysts like AI. We will remain to be ‚process driven‘ since we strongly believe that the process at a very granular level is the basis for change towards a digital future. That covers all of your departments, from procurement to production, from HR to R&D. Which of your processes will soon be obsolete due to digital innovation? How can we help to change or re-invent the process to make it future-proof? This requires disruption and great ideas which brings us back to brain power and kale.

Starting February 2018, stop by our new office what about kate ‚satellite east‘ to learn more about the way we massage raw kale to get the most nutrition out of it. And make it even more delicious. For those of you who haven’t gotten into kale yet, we will also have beginner classes. And if you just want to stop for a coffee and have a chat about your company’s processes, totally fine with us. We look forward to you in 2018 and encourage you to eat more kale.

The team at what about kate, Berlin 2018

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

listed on coupa

coupa supplier portal

in case you want to do business with us and your procurement is using coupa’s supplier portal solution, we are listed! this will help make things easier for both sides. need a reason to do business with us? check our humble services or performances. or simply tell us what your challenge is and we will sketch a concept that will help you advance.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


it happened – and we are extremely happy with it! as announced in out initial pattern-post ‘on patterns‘ back in may 017 we are committed to changing the background pattern of our website. every once in a while. to be honest, we planned to have it changed more often. every two months seemed like a pretty decent schedule. not too wild, not to boring. turns out, reality messed it all up. a detail called workload in relationship with something called work-life-balance simply did not allow to perform this change any earlier. and as much as we like patterns and freshing up the website with a little something, we believe in life after work. lots of it.

the new pattern is titled octopattern – since we are in the lovely month of october and we worship bond, james bond (that would be octopussy). it has a less clean approach to it, giving the site a far more organic look than the previous pattern. the white rectangles are not perfectly shaped and have a very subtle texture, reminiscent of cushions and making you want to lie down. at least that is what it reminds us of. and that also reflects the meaning that we transport with this new pattern. don’t take things too hard! the pattern originates from the inside view of the sunshade in an 86 rv. the original photo was taken in berlin with the sun shining strong, eating up the seam and providing a little light inside the vehicle. the image was aligned horizontally and a piece was cut out that would make a nice repeating pattern. inverting the image provides this light, white version. slightly shifting the black seam to a light grey helps the readability and gives the pattern a nice overall look and feel. and again, we are extremely happy with it!

admin’s advice: acquiring +30y old recreational vehicles can be challenging and should be considered thoroughly.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

what about kate project march - september 2017

mobile optimized web application | august 017

concept and realization of a web-based application for a client in Indonesia. content pulled via a (bit dusty) SOAP API and automatically scaled into three quality versions. mobile optimized design interface to place content in print frame. generation of qr code containing print frame meta data. enabling qr code scanner equipped printer to decipher data in code and render it into print image. including options for desktop usage. providing documentation for client to setup own frontend design.


Friday, 23 June 2017

what about kate project excerpt april 2017

web-based application | april 017

concept and realization of a web-based application for a client in Japan. automatic distribution of orders in a network of printing stations. creating orders from external sources (sftp, local files, aws api). rendering meta data into actual print images. realization of a central administration unit and decentralized operation units. integration of operation unit’s web views into an existing iPad app.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

on patterns

we love patterns!

and the great thing is: patterns are everywhere. from acoustic patterns in music to visual and physical patterns in architecture, digital patterns in software architecture and problem solution to more general patterns in life.

find patterns in your daily business. patterns can be recurring across projects and clients. when discovered, patterns help us save time and can be the basis for fast progress. patterns provide us with confidence. and at the same time patterns are always creating options. with the main option being not to follow the schematic path that is inherent to the pattern, but re-think, re-consider and approach things differently. hereby possibly creating a new, even better pattern.

we started this website with a visual pattern of a topographical map as a repeating background image. today, we changes this to a new pattern. and we plan to change this every once in a while – since we do not provide the world with a sophisticated content creation plan we deeply believe a new background will compensate this loss. the very first topo pattern was a visual reminder for ourselves that there is always ‘up & down’. this second pattern has more street cred to it. we created this one ourselves based on the pattern we found on the south-west side of a local block. we hope you enjoy!

admin’s advice: keep your eyes open and see if you can spot a pattern that is so close to you but hasn’t caught your attention yet. in any case, don’t submit it to us.

Monday, 24 April 2017

banana buckwheat pancakes – a recipe inspired by Donna Hay

input/output. ‘you are what you eat’ and if you want to shine, nothing beats maple syrup pancakes. it’s true! when we have a tough week ahead, here is how we prepare:

120 gr buckwheat flour
100 gr whole spelt flour
3 tbsp. aluminum-free baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 pinch of salt

200 gr mashed banana (about 3 ripe bananas)
1 egg
180 ml almond milk
butter for frying
serve with maple sirup and banana slices

try to get as many of these from an organic source.

mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. add mashed banana, egg and almond milk. blend well.

heat a skillet and add a little butter. add three large spoonfuls of batter. let the pancakes cook until the upperside looks opaque – this should take about 3 minutes. then flip the pancakes.

repeat with remaining batter. enjoy warm, drizzled with maple sirup and banana slices.

admin’s advice: the greatness of your pc derives from your skillet’s heat management system.