August 1, 2018
Pliezhausen, August 1, 2018. DATAGROUP and its subsidiary DATAGROUP Financial IT Services GmbH have won the tender for the Next-Generation-Outsourcing of NRW.BANK over a period of ten years. The order volume is in the high double-digit million euro range. This is the largest single order in the history of DATAGROUP.
As published on July 11, 2018, in an ad-hoc-announcement, DATAGROUP will take responsibility for the supply and operation of the entire IT infrastructure of NRW.BANK as a managed service from July 1, 2019. After expiry of the statutory complaint period, DATAGROUP now publishes further details on the order. The range of services covered includes the supply and operation of the entire network and the server infrastructure, the applications management of the individual applications as well as the PC workplaces. Overall, DATAGROUP will provide comprehensive support for some 2,000 IT workplaces.
The transition services will start on August 1, 2018 and are planned for a period of 11 months.
As the state development bank of North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW.BANK supports the country in its structural political and economic policy tasks. As such, it is under public responsibility, competition neutral, and offers the full range of financial development products – from conventional loans and equity financing to customized advisory services.
“We are delighted we score with our specific range of services tailored to the needs of the financial sector and that we managed to win this tender”, says Max H.-H. Schaber, DATAGROUP CEO. “The strategy to build up expertise in the banking and financial services sector was impressively confirmed for the first time”. In August 2017, DATAGROUP had acquired ikb Data GmbH – today’s DATAGROUP Financial IT Services GmbH – with the aim to establish it as internal center of competence for DATAGROUP’s activities in the banking and financial services sector. A vertical integration in this sector makes sense for several reasons: The regulatory requirements to a bank’s IT operations are high and specified by particular laws and guidelines, especially by the German MaRisk (“BAIT“, Regulatory Requirements for IT Systems). The expertise of DATAGROUP Financial IT Services GmbH is documented by numerous relevant certifications, e.g. ISO 20000 and ISO 27001, as well as the reporting standard ISAE 3402 Type 2. On the other hand, the actual requirements in the banking and financial services sector, i.e. in relation to IT security monitoring but also operations of applications, are very customer-specific. This is where DATAGROUP Financial IT Services GmbH has a wealth of experience because of its specialisation and perfectly meets these high requirements.
“We are proud that NRW.BANK has entrusted the operation of its IT infrastructure to us” says Jörg Pauseback, Managing Director of DATAGROUP Financial IT Services GmbH. “It is an important milestone for us to have won this order. As a company of DATAGROUP we convinced them with the full-service concept – i.e. services from a single source – and with the support of our affiliates, especially DATAGROUP Köln GmbH”, adds Sandra Kiemes, member of the management.
“The awarding of the contract by NRW.BANK demonstrates that we have become even more attractive for our customers and stakeholders”, says Dirk Peters, DATAGROUP COO. “We are confident that we will continue to win interesting orders in the financial sector in the future as well.”
DATAGROUP is one of the leading German IT service companies. Over 2,000 employees at locations across Germany design, implement, and operate IT infrastructures and business applications such as SAP. With its CORBOX product, DATAGROUP is a full-service provider, supporting over 600k global IT workplaces for medium and large enterprises as well as public authorities. In other words: We manage IT. The company is growing organically and through acquisitions. The acquisition strategy is particularly noted for its optimal integration of new companies. DATAGROUP is actively participating in the IT service market’s consolidation process with its “buy and turn around” and its “buy and build” strategy.
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