Innovation means leaving the comfort zone

comfort_zoneImagine yourself in this predicament. Since finishing university over a dozen years ago, you’ve worked for the same software company. All your professional experience is tied to this one company, as are the strong bonds you’ve formed with your colleagues by overcoming seriously demanding projects.
But from time to time, you wonder what life would be outside of this company and what other options are out there?

These thoughts usually tend to quickly dissipate when you think of all the security and conveniences that come prepackaged with your current position. However, at times you let these thoughts take you a bit further and you question if there is really something worth exploring?

And then one day, your former co-worker proposes to start a new IT company. His idea is very interesting but it would mean a complete shift in your life. You would have to work harder, longer, travel more and give up the nice salary you currently have. Plus, this new business could potentially tarnish some of the great friendships you have built over the years in your current job. Hmmm… Makes you think. Eventually you decide that this is neither the right time nor the perfect opportunity and you retract back to your comfort zone.

Some time passes… Unexpectedly, you learn that the company you work for will go through some serious reorganization. Whether you like or not, this reorganization will also mean a change in your life. Question is: should I just go with the flow or do I want to take destiny in my own hands?

This serves as a serious ‘kick in the a*$’ and it makes you think again about the startup idea. You reach out to your friend and he tells you that now there is a larger group of people interested in starting a company. You listen to who these people are and quickly come to realize that these are friends that you truly respect and like. Subconsciously, you know that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

A few months later you wake up as a partner in a startup full of talented individuals that have bright ideas about the future. You know that some bumps lie ahead, but working with these people makes you feel confident that your new venture will be successful.

I have started this blog to share the story of Andea Solutions. A company of friends and professionals that share the same vision – to innovate the world of IT solutions provided for manufacturing…. And at the same time have fun at it.

Your comments, suggestions are welcome and please be on a lookout for our next blog.

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About Tadeusz Dyduch

Tadeusz Dyduch is responsible for Strategy and Solutions at Andea. He has over 17 years of experience in creating innovative applications for the manufacturing sector. Prior to joining Andea Solutions, Tadeusz was working at Apriso (currently 3DS) where he was in various positions including; Solution Architect, Project Manager and Senior Product Manager responsible for Plant Applications suite. His passion is to apply modern information technology to address various challenges in manufacturing and logistics. Tadeusz earned his MSc degree in Computer Science at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.

6 thoughts on “Innovation means leaving the comfort zone

  1. jmok007@gmail.com'James Mok

    Great to hear that you are grasping a what you called once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I believe the future landscape of MES is changing fast and many new opportunities are emerging. High value -added consulting services is definitely one of these opportunities that a small, agile and talented group could be in a better position to succeed. Have a great ride!

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    1. Tadeusz Dyduch Post author

      I appreciate your feedback James. I couldn’t agree more with you that MES world is dynamic and has high potential for growth. The fact that we are a small and agile company provides many opportunities that we can take advantage of.
      Above all, the people that joined Andea Solutions are our greatest asset and together we can provide our customers with excellent service.

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  2. lkutrzeba@gmail.com'Lukasz

    Nice story, and very true. Although, leaving your comfort zone in a long shoot is a good thing, you need to ask yourself what will be your value proposition, that is going to be different form this what you former employer provided to a customer. Beginning a start-up company must always begin with defining its value proposition, around which the team must build an effective business model. Good luck guys!

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    1. Tadeusz Dyduch Post author

      Thanks Łukasz for your valid comment.
      Andea Solutions market positioning / value proposition is focused on our high quality and high value (not high volume) services for MES. Our team has unmatched experiences in certain platforms, and this is our key differentiator.
      Manufacturers increase their investments in MES solutions because they realize this is the key enabler for their growth and competitiveness. These manufacturers need assistance from someone with a deep understanding of the software capabilities combined with business needs and manufacturing best practices.
      Here is where our skills and experiences come in-handy.

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  3. jberkley17@gmail.com'Jordan

    Thanks for sharing your story. Best of luck and success with your new company. I am confident you will do great things.

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    1. Tadeusz Dyduch Post author

      Thanks Jordan.
      It is pretty encouraging to receive all these support from our Apriso friends.
      The world is small so I hope we will have a chance to work together again.

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