Big international deal for Telekom: Georg Fischer AG counts on German cloud
Jun 04, 2012
- More than 6,000 workplaces are operated, over 2,000 employees use private PCs or terminals.
- Agreement with a volume of EUR 90 million.
- Cloud services from the T-Systems data center in Munich, Germany.
- Global corporate network connects locations in 30 countries.
Deutsche Telekom will implement one of its most globally diverse integration projects for the Swiss group Georg Fischer. The big deal with a value of EUR 90 million and a term of five-and-a-half years stipulates that T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom's corporate customer arm, bundles Georg Fischer’s IT infrastructure: For this, the IT infrastructure of the three independent group subsidiaries - GF Piping Systems, GF Automotive (cast components) and GF AgieCharmilles (tool machinery) - will be integrated into the newly created corporate IT department of the industrial group and the global data network will be expanded.
Furthermore, the Telekom subsidiary will transfer the SAP systems and other business applications of the global company to the data center in Munich. In future, Georg Fischer will use SAP from the cloud to manage business processes. The basis for this is Georg Fischer’s global corporate network which connects 130 locations including 50 production sites in 30 countries.
The new big deal for T-Systems also comprises the integration of Georg Fischer employees into the corporate IT infrastructure via their own devices. In the future, more than 2,000 employees from the Swiss group will be able to securely access the corporate applications via terminals or private laptops and tablet PCs. Therefore, Georg Fischer is one of the first groups worldwide to introduce the so-called "bring your own device" technology. According to a study conducted by the market research institute IDC, the number of mobile employees will increase to approximately 1.3 billion by 2015.
"By concentrating our global IT infrastructure on a central data center and one ICT service provider, we expect to achieve end-to-end integration, transparent cost structures and a future-oriented platform for our business processes," said Dr. Helmut Elben, Head of Group Planning/IT at Georg Fischer AG.
All SAP services from the cloud
With SAP from the cloud, Georg Fischer only pays for the actual consumption of network, computing and storage services. The required resources can be easily adapted to the standard seasonal fluctuations in worldwide business. "We would like to adapt our IT costs more flexibly to the course of business by means of dynamic services. Furthermore, we would like to pass on the monthly costs to our three corporate groups based on exact consumption," said Elben.
As part of the new agreement, T-Systems is transferring diverse data centers worldwide and a large part of the applications to the dynamic IT platform at the Munich data center. Moreover, the Telekom subsidiary is responsible for over 6,000 workstation systems of Georg Fischer worldwide and is providing the group with a new, web-based customer portal ("myGF store") for product orders and service inquiries.
"More and more large corporations like Georg Fischer are obtaining their data worldwide from the cloud and making a conscious decision for data privacy and IT security in accordance with German law," said Dietmar Wendt, Director Sales at T-Systems, who bears responsibility for international growth. "At an international level, Germany is a pioneer and offers the highest level of data security," said Wendt.
About Deutsche Telekom
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 129 million mobile customers, around 34 million fixed-network lines and nearly 17 million broadband lines (as of March 31, 2012). The Group provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has over 235,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenue of EUR 58.7 billion in the 2011 financial year - over half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2011).
Drawing on a global infrastructure of data centers and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. On this basis, Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer arm provides integrated solutions for the networked future of business and society. Some 48,200 employees at T-Systems combine industry expertise with ICT innovations to add significant value to customers' core business all over the world. The corporate customers unit generated revenue of around EUR 9.2 billion in the 2011 financial year.
About Georg Fischer AG
Georg Fischer focuses on its three core businesses GF Piping Systems, GF Automotive and GF AgieCharmilles. Founded in 1802, the company is headquartered in Switzerland and has 130 companies, 50 of them production facilities, in 30 countries. Its approximately 14,000 employees generated sales of 3.6 billion Swiss francs in 2011. The Corporation makes a direct contribution to the quality of life. Comfort, mobility and precision are the key market requirements that Georg Fischer satisfies with its products and services. You'll find further information at www.georgfischer.com.
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