May 19, 2020

Deutsche Telekom wins €100mn+ deal to manage Sparda-Bank's digitisation

Deutsche Telekom
Digital Transformation
Digital Disruption
technology transformation
Johan De Mulder
2 min
Deutsche Telekom wins €100mn+ deal to manage Sparda-Bank's digitisation

Deutsche Telekom has agreed a seven-year contract worth over €100mn to oversee the digitisation of German bank Sparda-Bank.

Through its T-Systems IT services subsidiary, Deutsche Telekom will take over the IT infrastructure of Sparda's banks, linking mainframes and landscapes to state-of-the-art data centres in Germany.

One of the biggest deals to have been brokered in the market in recent months, the contract - valued in the 'mid three-digit million euro' range - could be extended to last ten years if the partnership flourishes.

"The Sparda Group's win demonstrates that clients continue to need help in managing their complex IT infrastructures," said Adel Al-Saleh, T-Systems CEO. "As a digitisation partner, we help our clients drive more productivity and efficiency in their IT infrastructures, as we help them get on the journey of digitisation."

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Sparda-Bank's CEO Burkhard Kintscher added: "The IT outsourcing contract with T-Systems offers potential cost savings in the triple-digit million euro range and we are thus taking the next consistent step in our on-going digitization strategy. We made a conscious decision in favor of T-Systems because we value the partnership-based cooperation and because the company also enjoys an excellent reputation in the market with regard to compliance and IT security."

In addition to IT infrastructure services, T-Systems will also provide the network infrastructure services for the entire Sparda Group. These include the secure connection of the approximately 400 branches of the 12 regional cooperative banks of the Sparda Group to the computer centres, the local networks at the locations of the Sparda banks as well as the call centre technology and the workstation systems of the approximately 6,000 employees.

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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