From studio to stage: revamping Siemens Gamesa’s internal IT landscape
Brande / 13 January 2021
In the wake of the merger that the company went through in 2017, Siemens Gamesa had a pressing need for a new and modern IT landscape to help uphold its prominent position in an ever-increasing competitive market. However, this isn’t just your average digital transformation. This is a huge and complex task, and the ambition in Siemens Gamesa is clear; to cut through the clutter and fully embrace new technology and state of the art solutions while also creating a unified, refreshed and strengthened internal IT landscape.
With those first moves, an intense and complex road to become one united company began. With an internal programme ‘SGRE.One’ at the core, Alan Feeley and the rest of Siemens Gamesa is revamping just about everything - from manufacturing floors to back office. It is a digital transformation from within and a complete and total reconstruction of the entire internal IT environment and the foundation on which Siemens Gamesa, and its more than 26.000 employees, are able to work and unfold the company’s potential.
Because of the far-reaching nature of the internal transformation everything is interrelated, and all initiatives and changes must fit a bigger picture and a future mode of operation. The sheer quantity of topics, the complication of the interdependencies and the necessary continual alignment with many different internal departments is challenging and don’t just happen overnight.
Another essential key vision of this highly intricate journey is the use of off-the-shelf applications. For a company with a prior preference for customizing everything, this is a giant step and an important change of mindset. From a technical perspective, however, untangling essential business processes from the web of deeply ingrained customizations is a further addition to the complexity of Siemens Gamesa’s transformation.
To support this implementation, partnering Infosys, global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, has been selected. Ruchir Budhwar, Senior Vice President & Region Head, Europe, Manufacturing, Infosys, who is also the executive sponsor for the SGRE.One program at Infosys, says following about the journey, “SGRE.One is a Lighthouse program not just in Siemens Gamesa but also in the entire manufacturing industry. Leveraging our technical prowess and knowledge of Siemens Gamesa’s business strategy, we have been able to deliver best-in-class DIGITAL infrastructure for the 25000+ employees. Given the complexities involved due to the scale and breadth of the program, we are extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve in a very short time. Working on this project has been exciting, challenging, and ultimately, very rewarding.”