I studied Physics and ended 1998 with a Diploma (something worth a Master degree today). Instead of continuing towards a Ph.D. thesis I preferred to work with a friend at a Software Vendor, my minor study of Computer Sciences and my personal experience with programming gave a good foundation as a software developer, too. Technically it started with Perl knowledge which was missing the foremost company Setmics and which were necessary for the customer Jungheinrich (Machining Manufacturer).
1999 Setmics lifted off via a big contract with Beiersdorf for the department Research & Development - die product development of world famous cosmetics articles.
Profit from my analysis experience from such a complex working environment, as Beiersdorf represents it. I repeatedly make the experience, the requirements analysis phase alone helps to turn down "business myopia" through the necessity of specifications and explanations and the outside view I can add to get to a practical solution, even if you have on own IT department.