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Digital Leader Award 2016: Jury honors eight digitization projects

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Executives and their teams at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Novum GmbH, Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG, KUKA Roboter GmbH and EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG have been awarded the Digital Leader Awards 2016 in Berlin / ING-DiBa AG and MSC Germany SA & Co. KG received the special prizes “Innovation” and “Disruption” / 300 top decision-makers celebrated the best digitization projects and discussed the importance of leadership in the digital age with representatives from politics, business and society

Berlin / Munich, June 30, 2016 – The winners of the first Digital Leader Award have been announced. At the award ceremony in front of around 300 business decision-makers, the jury honored eight outstanding digitization projects and the project teams behind them at the AXICA Congress Center at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin last night. In her keynote, Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), emphasized the importance of leadership in the context of digitization.

“It is important for leaders to be committed to the digital transformation of their businesses,” said Zypries. “Only then can we take the technological and economic leadership of German companies into the digital age. I am pleased that the winners of the Digital Leader Award set a good example and presented innovative design approaches. Such role models are very important for the acceptance and implementation of digital models in your own company. “

During the gala the winners of the different categories were awarded. In the “Create Impact” category, in which the nominees had submitted holistic, company-wide digitization strategies, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG was able to prevail against strong competitors with the digitization platform “Heidelberg Assistant“. Through the “Assistant”, the company relies on the transformation of its own processes in the form of innovative applications, networking and integration at all levels. Numerous services that used to run on different platforms are bundled for the first time into a direct customer channel that combines all the relevant data and information on a scalable platform. For example, the value chain has been expanded from sales to maintenance and proactive consulting services with measurable customer benefits. Behind this is a long-standing digitization story, in which the company systematically equipped machines with sensors to bring the printing press industry into the digital age.

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Novum GmbH accepted the award in the “Invent Markets” category, in which the applicants submitted digitization projects that opened up new markets and customer groups. The software provider for the insurance industry was able to establish itself with the establishment of a platform for the introduction of new cloud services for insurers. With the new solution, a completely new business segment – Insurance-as-a-Service – has been opened up and customer communications fundamentally improved.

In the Shape Experience category, projects were honored to enhance customer experience through digital products and services. Digital Leader 2016 in this category was Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG with the Internet of Things (IoT) project “Kärcher Fleet Management”, which significantly improves the service for building cleaners and redesigns the customer experience with an innovative user portal Has. By networking machines and an associated service app, digital interfaces to the customer are redesigned in terms of user experience, quality and performance.

The “Spark Collaboration” category highlighted projects that have revolutionized the world of work with digital tools and established a digital “working culture”. Here, too, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG was able to assert itself with a second digitization project. The jury was impressed by the “View2Connect” platform solution, which significantly simplifies corporate processes in mechanical engineering. The innovative software solution creates new possibilities for cooperation in the value chain between development, purchasing, manufacturing, assembly and service.

The “Empower People” category focused on projects that improved human resources development through digital technologies and processes and transformed the fields of recruitment, employee retention, internal knowledge management, and employee development. KUKA Roboter GmbH emerged as the proud winner of the evaluation process, which was able to prevail in the competition with the knowledge database “KUKA Xpert @ work 3.0”. The data-driven solution as a digital, web-based, and mobile knowledge base helps the company’s service personnel solve problems worldwide and significantly improves technical support through simplified access and distribution of expertise.

In the “Digitize Society” category, companies had applied for digitization projects in public space, in the social context, as well as in public authorities and state institutions. EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG received the Digital Leader Award in this category. The intelligently networked infrastructure “SM! GHT – smart.traffic.lights” in cities and municipalities convinced the jury and prevailed against the strong competition. Behind the project is the idea that a new generation of street lamps can combine efficient lighting with far-reaching functions for a modern, smart city. Equipped with intelligently networked technology for storing and analyzing measurement data, additional benefits are offered to the public, such as emergency buttons, traffic flow control using environmental sensors, WLAN infrastructures, charging stations for electric vehicles, congestion and parking recognition and much more.

Digital Leader Awards 2016: Special Awards “Innovation” and “Disruption”

In addition to the regular competition, the jury also awarded two special prizes to honor outstanding projects that did not meet all the requirements of their category due to the project structure. For example, ING-DiBa AG received the “Digital Leader 2016: Innovation” award for the project “Digital Customer Communication in Real Time”. With the help of an innovative big data system, the company optimized Customer Relationship Management (CRM), allowing real-time processing to take current data into account in addition to traditional data sets.

In addition, the shipping division of the cruise operator MSC Germany SA & Co. KG received the “Digital Leader 2016: Disruption” award. The “Cloud Bill of Lading” project shows how digital transformation can completely disrupt processes. Following the original digitization of key freight documents, the company fundamentally changed the traditional reconciliation process based on lessons learned and new opportunities. The custom-developed collaboration solution is unique in the traditional shipping industry today and shows particular courage to break through traditional structures and processes.

In total, more than 90 digitization projects had been submitted in advance of the event. An expert jury then nominated 18 companies in six categories and honored the winners at the ceremonial gala in the presence of Brigitte Zypries, the parliamentary state secretary of the BMWi.

About the Digital Leader Award
With the Digital Leader Award, IDG Business Media and Dimension Data Deutschland want to offer a broader platform for digital leadership. In six categories, awards will be given to executives who will accelerate the digital transformation of their business, ensuring the competitiveness of their business in the future digital age. The decision is made by an independent jury of renowned experts from business, science and media. Patron of the Digital Leader Award 2016 is Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.