From electric airplane to the next lunar mission: At the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the technologies of tomorrow are being researched today. To ensure the transition of elementary business processes continues on the precalculated course, the DLR is relying on the practical focus of the service provided by T-Systems in the implementation of preliminary projects for the SAP S/4HANA transformation.
The DLR is one of the world's leading aerospace research institutions. Extraordinary work is being done here: The center not only conducts research into sustainable kerosene and satellites for Earth observation but is also responsible for planning and implementing Germany's aerospace activities. The DLR's budget is as vast as its fields of research: Housed within the DLR, the German Space Agency alone received an annual budget in excess of one billion euros in 2021. These aspects, coupled with the international significance of the DLR, make transparent and efficient management of business processes a must.
Currently, this is still done using SAP ECC 6.0 EHP8. However, since support for the ERP system is due to end in 2027, the DLR is soon to migrate to SAP S/4HANA. The many customer-specific programs that are currently operated using the SAP ECC system represent a particular challenge here. This will make the transition even more time and resource intensive since they must all be adapted during the SAP S/4HANA transformation. Planning, keen instincts, and know-how are required here, as the IT service provider must work hand in hand with all departments, including IT.
To ensure that the course is set for success right from the start, the DLR issued a public invitation to tender for consulting services regarding technical transformation issues in the lead-up to the transformation. T-Systems secured the tender for the SAP Finance, Materials Management, and Sales modules. This is not the first time that T-Systems has impressed the DLR in a tender process: The transformation from SAP R/2 to R/3, maintenance of SAP systems over many years, and the conversion to the euro were all facilitated with the help of T-Systems experts. As a certified SAP partner and established end-to-end service provider, T-Systems has the necessary product expertise at its disposal, in addition to experience gleaned from 1,000 successfully completed SAP transformation projects each year.
This well-founded SAP experience is essential for the success of this type of resource and time-intensive transformation project, as IT service providers need a deep understanding of the customer's processes, framework conditions, and stakeholders – in the case of the DLR brief, a successful match for all involved.
We have been working alongside the experts from T-Systems for many years already. Tasking them with the implementation of the SAP modules Finance and Controlling, Materials Management, and Sales was the logical step."
Torsten Nagl, Transformation Project Manager at DLR