Around 1K services for 330K employees
DB Systel is currently in the process of moving all services and products to the new Digitalportal based on ServiceNow. “We started with simple, less complex services and are gradually expanding the shop,” explains Christoph Netthorn. “Eventually, between 800 and 1,000 services will be available to order from the new portal.
“Every product or product group we want to migrate is checked to determine whether the existing functionalities are sufficient and can be standardized and automated, or whether they will need customizing in liaison with our customers,” says Christoph Netthorn. This is extremely complex, as all requirements of the more than 100 companies within DB Group must be considered. DB Systel has to balance the needs of all of these, which means mapping everything in the Digitalportal. In addition, a variety of interfaces must be created between the new portal and various other IT systems.
In the future, external IT providers will also be connected to the portal. “The aim is to fully automate all deployment processes, whichever partners are involved,” explains Karl Gallardo.
Adding to the complexity is the fact that the ServiceNow portal not only allows the IT divisions of the Group companies to order, manage, and unsubscribe, as the previous shop system did, but also, in principle, all employees within the Group, which is more than 330,000 people. If, on the other hand, a customer wants all orders to go through a central person, this also has to be mapped by DB Systel. In other words, suitable user rights and roles, including approval and ordering workflows, have to be stored in the ServiceNow portal.
A modern portal
“Mapping such complexity within the Digitalportal is only possible because ServiceNow is a highly integrated platform that offers many basic functionalities, workflows, and connection options as standard,” says Christoph Netthorn.
“With ServiceNow, we have a very modern and flexible portal from the outset,” enthuses Karl Gallardo. “We are thus able to offer our customers a shop system with a front end, and therefore a user experience similar to that of an online consumer shop, as well as a much more extensive back end. Ultimately, we are making it possible for our customers within the Group to enjoy a much faster time to market for new services and products. In the long term, we also expect the increased standardization to reduce the cost of products and services. Moreover, ServiceNow fits perfectly with Deutsche Bahn’s cloud strategy.”