High accolade for polymer specialist

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Proud of being honored with the bronze “Digital Leader Award 2016” (left to right): REHAU project manager Christian Baier, REHAU Head of Integrated Business Solutions Thomas Wölker, and project team Alice Lottes, Benedikt Wiesnet, Alexander Mietzke and Alexander Heinold at the award ceremony in Berlin.

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Small REHAU project team does great things: Alexander Mietzke, Alice Lottes, Alexander Heinold, Christian Baier and Benedikt Wiesnet (left to right) from Rehau head office created an exemplary pilot project for company digitization with their development RAU-INVENTORY.


REHAU wins bronze "Digital Leader Award 2016"

As a pioneer for the digital transformation in companies, REHAU has been honored with the “Digital Leader Award 2016”. On Wednesday evening, the global polymer specialist based in Rehau/Upper Franconia won against tough competition at the award gala at AXICA, Berlin, directly at Brandenburg Gate. With the “RAU-INVENTORY”, the specially developed digital solution of a complete mobile IT inventory tool, a small agile team took bronze in the category “Create Impact”.    

In the age of big data, cloud computing and Industry 4.0, digitization is the big staple of progress. Companies worldwide need to tackle it in order to become quicker, more efficient and more mobile, i.e. smarter. Even REHAU, a company with around 20,000 employees worldwide, is rising to this global challenge, for which it set up the “smart REHAU” initiative. “Our focus is on further advancement of technical developments in all areas and continuously checking company processes for quality, transparency and efficiency,” Thomas Wölker, Head of Integrated Business Solutions at REHAU, said on the edge of the award ceremony in Berlin. As a pilot project, the award winning RAU-INVENTORY project, the digital transformation of IT inventory processes, is an excellent example of this. It demonstrates how, with relatively simple means available, the path to digital transformation is being taken and progress shaped with a practiced culture of innovation, Wölker continues.

The eight prestigious jury members from business, science and the media, as well as “Digital Leader Award” patron German federal minister of economic affairs Sigmar Gabriel, considered this exemplary aspect itself to be worth the bronze award. RAU-INVENTORY by REHAU achieved top ratings for the criteria of technology, agility, innovation culture and customer benefit. 

Everything in view: With smartphones, mobile applications and data glasses, manual data collection and analysis are things of the past. With RAU-INVENTORY, the digital transformation of IT inventory processes finds its way into companies.

RAU-INVENTORY is based upon the simple idea of optimizing the sequence of an IT inventory process such that it becomes simpler, quicker, more efficient and more reliable. With smartphones, mobile applications and data glasses, manual data collection and analysis are things of the past. The REHAU development now allows simplification of foresighted cost planning processes, visualization of information in real time, and remote control of services. To date, no system of a similar nature is available on the market. “RAU-INVENTORY has a positive impact not only on time and cost-saving but also on master data quality and on response and recovery times in service,” Christian Baier knows, as the project manager and IT specialist responsible at REHAU. He managed the young, five-person, interdisciplinary team of engineers and economists on the Rehau site with “agile project management practiced in every phase,” as he says proudly. ”The motivation to create something new was the driving force for each of us – and not an end in itself,” Baier emphasizes.

In effect, with RAU-INVENTORY the team created a “use case”, i.e. an application example, that is adaptable to various areas within the company and internationally. “The journey is the destination,” says Christian Baier, meaning that the potential lies in the digital development work. The aim is to multiply the application as an example, in order to generate the efficiency even in the areas outside IT services and to advance digitization processes in the whole company.

At the initiative of IDG Business Media and Dimension Data in collaboration with Computerwoche, ChannelPartner and CIO magazine, the “Digital Leader Award” honors business managers and leaders who are exemplary in shaping the digital transformation in their company. In 2016, the successful “Best in Cloud”, “DATA+” and “Best in eCommerce” IDG awards flow into the “Digital Leader Award” for the first time.