T-Systems wins 7-year IT outsourcing deal from Sparda Banks

T-Systems, a part of Deutsche Telekom, has bagged a seven-year technology outsourcing deal from Sparda Banks.

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T-Systems will take over the IT infrastructure of “Sparda-Datenverarbeitung eG” (SDV-IT), the central IT service provider for Sparda banks, and migrate all mainframes and server landscapes to T-Systems data centers in Germany.

The Sparda banks’ internal service provider operated two computer centers in Nuremberg on their own.

Employees of Sparda-Datenverarbeitung eG continue to manage the applications such as the core banking system or solutions for payment transactions as well as the further development of the software. The deal also involves the takeover of around 120 employees.

“We constantly increase our efficiency, reduce costs and at the same time drive innovations in order to strengthen our currently good competitive situation. The IT outsourcing contract with T-Systems offers potential cost savings in the triple-digit million euro range and we are thus taking the next consistent step in our on-going digitization strategy,” said Burkhard Kintscher, CEO of SDV-IT.

T-Systems will also provide the network infrastructure services for the entire Sparda Group. These include the secure connection of 400 branches of the 12 regional cooperative banks of the Sparda Group to the computer centers, the local networks at the locations of the Sparda banks as well as the call center technology and the workstation systems of the  6,000 employees.

T-Systems will operate a central firewall service and provide a Security Information & Event Management (SIEM) system that enables real-time analyses of threats and attacks to IT systems in order to detect and avert them before any actual damage occurs. Identity & Access Management (IAM) and PKI Services (Public Key Infrastructure) complete the security package.

The Sparda Banks is a group of currently twelve regional cooperative banks with around 6,000 employees in over 400 branches serving 3.6 million members in Germany.