RESTON, Va.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Software AG today announced that Deutsche Bahn Netz (DB Netz) is implementing an IT and business technology transformation to better support Germany’s ca. 390 rail companies. DB Netz took the decision to introduce a business processes approach to supporting both day-to-day business and in driving future IT development. This unified approach, from business requirements to technical execution, transforms departmental IT projects into company-wide business projects. DB Netz will showcase its business model to IT execution methodology at Software AG’s Innovation World customer event in San Francisco on October 8-10.
“It is far more about ensuring that this process-oriented approach is widely accepted and implemented. This is the value-add we get from Software AG. The depth of business process experience and support they provide has enabled us, as partners, to plan and implement this transformation.”
DB Netz is facing many business challenges, including increased European regulation, network traffic growth, rising demand for a flexible approach to ad-hoc freight traffic and meeting customer expectations, from the rail companies, for innovative IT solutions. Increasing the pace of innovation within a limited budget framework can most easily be achieved by reducing the cost of the maintenance of existing systems. Currently most large organizations spend up to 70 to 80 percent of IT budget on maintenance.
“Our spark of inspiration was to take a business process approach to IT development,” said Holger Ewald, CIO, Deutsche Bahn Netz AG. “Every project is now a business project. We start with business objectives, model the required business processes and translate these into technical execution as a last step. This unified model-to-execute approach ensures that the solutions we deliver are exactly what our customers need.”
DB Netz is Europe’s largest railway infrastructure provider and has around 34,000 employees. The company is responsible for approximately 33,500 kilometers of rail network handling, 20,000 service facilities, 25,000 bridges and 700 tunnels handling 39,000 trains per day.
“We have turned this into a digital infrastructure,” according to Holger Ewald, “and can now plan end-to-end process solutions across this entire network.”
DB Netz is also simplifying its IT infrastructure to handle the increased project demand and development speed it expects to be generated through this new approach. Re-use of IT services and components and sharing of these resources in an “invent once, use everywhere” principal will significantly reduce solution development and maintenance costs and delivery times.
“There is more to this transformation than installing software,” said Holger Faltinsky, Project Leader at DB Netz. “It is far more about ensuring that this process-oriented approach is widely accepted and implemented. This is the value-add we get from Software AG. The depth of business process experience and support they provide has enabled us, as partners, to plan and implement this transformation.”
Full details of the business process approach taken by DB Netz will be presented at Innovation World 2013 in San Francisco on October 9 by Holger Ewald.
For more details see: http://www.innovationworld2013.com
More information about DB Netz can be found at: http://www.db-netz.de/fahrweg-en/start/
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