Jul 28, 2020

SAP and E.ON partner to build new technology platform

SAP
Technology
E.ON
Cloud
Georgia Wilson
3 min
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SAP announces new partnership with E.ON to develop a platform based on the SAP S/4HANA Utilities solution...

The development of the platform will make processes for billing and exchanging information with energy market participants in the future. 

As part of the partnership, SAP and E.ON plan to build a new process and technology platform for E.ON’s network operations. The intention of the two partners is to set a new standard in Germany’s power grid business, by harnessing SAP’s cloud solutions. 

As a result E.On’s will make its billing and information exchange more efficient and consistent, allowing energy suppliers, grid operators and metering point operators to share information faster, accurate and easier. 

Moving to the new platform will allow E.ON to standardise its processes when it comes to its energy billing and data exchange systems, to provide consistent data. Having this capability will enable the company’s operations to deploy standard solutions, follow best practices and reduce the cost of developing custom software. The new platform will also benefit E.ON’s customers with leaner and standardised processes for a faster and more efficient response to requests. 

The decision to develop this new platform was triggered by the integration of Innogy SE into the E.ON group. Those within the group will see process efficiency benefits from the project as early as 2022. The implementation of such innovative cloud solutions could save E.ON over 40% in long term costs.

As part of its operations, E.ON has to meet regulations set by the German Federal Network Agency - Bundesnetzagentur. The company’s partnership with SAP and its capabilities will help it to maintain compliance with new regulatory requirements, such as standard data exchange formats.

In addition, having its business processes running on SAP Cloud Platform will provide the company with an easier way to extend its processes due to its capability to continuously evolve, which provides E.ON with the opportunities to innovate.

“Partnering with SAP enables us to redesign processes and structures, especially following our acquisition of Innogy,” commented Thomas König, board member in charge of energy networks, E.ON SE. “This project will set a new standard in the market. Having maximum automation and standardization on the new platform will make our processes much more efficient.”

Christian Klein, CEO, SAP SE also highlighted that “the close partnership with E.ON is not only a powerful example of how technology can simplify business decision-making, bring about new business models and generate sustainable value. Today’s decision is also a strong commitment to industry cloud solutions from SAP and demonstrates that, when it comes to digital transformation, we are our customers’ partner of choice.”

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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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