Everything went according to plan in this project for Landesbetrieb Information und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia’s central statistical and IT services provider – IT.NRW. Both IT.NRW and the Landesamt für Besoldung und Versorgung NRW (State office for salaries and pensions – LBV) were very satisfied with the project progress. As planned, the entire migration to SAP HANA was completed within a tight timeframe of only 16 months and on budget. The business-critical migration for LBV was carried out smoothly and efficiently over a long weekend. On Monday, staff were able to work as usual with their SAP HCM system, which was now much faster. Today, the state benefits from time savings in payroll processing: the core payroll processing time was reduced by 50 percent. The maintenance costs have also been reduced to a minimum. They reached a return on investment after only 12 months. Overall, the state's SAP HANA solution is not only economically sound, but this future-proof technology also protects the state’s investments as the Waldorf-based software manufacturer plans to run all its products exclusively on its SAP HANA in-memory database starting from 2025. North Rhine-Westphalia is proud of its new HANA environment. In the global ranking, there is only one with more monthly payroll transactions.
To me, the project is like the next level in Super Mario: we’ve left the old level. Using ERP HCM on an IBM mainframe meant we were far outside the mainstream, which made getting support difficult. By going to a new level with SAP HANA, we’ve opened the door to the future and can now optimize the application, as well as use evaluation options that weren’t available in the old setting.
Dr. Jan Mütter, Head of Division “IT solutions”, IT.NRW
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North Rhine-Westphalia’s state administration consists of three levels. Ministries and state authorities are on the top level, the civil service on the middle level, and regional administrative bodies are on the third level. They comprise regional councils, tax authorities, and local police forces. There are also state authorities that provide marketable services in competition with other public bodies and private-sector companies. One of NRW’s top level state authorities is the Landesamt für Besoldung und Versorgung NRW (state office for salaries and pensions – LBV). Every month, it processes approx. 676,000 transactions, which break down as follows: around 279,000 civil servants, 190,000 payees, 207,000 pension recipients. Each transaction requires a separate calculation and authorization process. Among other things, the state enterprise Information and Technology North Rhine-Westphalia (IT.NRW) is responsible as service provider of the country for IT and statistics.