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Tackling the Crisis Together

Now more than ever, companies are becoming creative and making their contribution to successfully tackling the crisis

April 15 2020Hermann Hänle

Necessity is the mother of invention

Since the beginning of March at the latest, the priorities in our lives have changed dramatically – in companies, who have to protect their employees and master economic challenges, and in the personal lives of each individual: since March 10, my wife and I have been working from home, like many other employees. An additional challenge is presented by the shared homeschooling of our children and the restructuring of everyday family life.

New forms of solidarity

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The threat of the coronavirus has led to noticeable new forms of solidarity: people are contributing their creative ideas and talents to society in order to face the challenges of the pandemic together. Neighborhood help has reached gratifying new dimensions, whether it be shopping, walking the dog, volunteering as harvest workers, or medical students working in hospitals...

Newly awakened inventive spirit

I have observed that companies also have the desire to help society tackle all future challenges, coupled with a newly awakened inventive spirit. In my opinion, there are many examples worth mentioning:

  • Mercedes AMG is building components for ventilators in their Formula 1 workshop.
  • DAIMLER's sewing lines at the Sindelfingen site are producing breathing masks and medical equipment is being printed in the 3D printing area.
  • Textile manufacturers such as Trigema, Mey, Eterna, and Speidel are helping by producing reusable mouth and nose protection masks.
  • Osram is preparing disinfectants to supply hospitals in the region.
  • The Stuttgart supplier Mahle is cooperating with underwear manufacturer Triumph to produce FFP3-compatible respiratory masks

Creating opportunities for creativity and innovation

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These examples clearly show the potential of companies: "Necessity is the mother of invention." In my role at T-Systems, I too am aware of the current increased demands on our company: we operate critical infrastructures for our customers in the public and medical sectors and, of course, for our customers in the automotive industry. We are meeting the increased demand for digital resources for working from home, video conferencing, and online tutorials. In addition, we are supporting our customers in continuing with key business-critical projects and helping to restart production and sales. Hopefully the crisis will be over soon... but you can count on T-Systems as your long-term digitalization partner. During this time we are also offering "Virtual Innovation Workshops" from our Innovation Center – we are also happy to develop innovation projects with you.

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Hermann Hänle

Senior Manager Sales Marketing Automotive, T-Systems International GmbH

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