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IT architecture

Our new IT infrastructure is designed to reduce technical complexity, and to accelerate our speed of adjustment – thus supporting our business strategy in the best possible manner.

IT architecture: An interview with Holger Spielberg, Group Managing Director Group Technology

Mr Spielberg, how important is a company’s IT infrastructure in today’s digital age?

"IT is definitely very important if a company not only wants to embrace the challenges presented by digitalisation, but also wishes to use them for establishing its own pioneer role. IT has to support agile work, and drive innovation processes, it has to be customer­-focused and allow a high degree of variability in its interfaces, while, at the same time, being extremely flexible itself. Thus, a modern IT infrastructure is characterised by modules with low interdependence. It goes without saying that such an IT infrastructure also has to be developed according to the newest technical requirements."

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How will Aareal Bank position its IT for the upcoming years?

"Our goal is to further increase the agility of Aareal Bank Group. Therefore, we continuously align our IT architecture with that objective. We establish new cross­-divisional cooperation models, support autonomous results orientation, enable the anticipation of our clients’ needs and behaviour and, with the help of our structures, encourage our employees to collaborate with each other. The IT structure design is developed to fit these strategic goals."

Aareal Bank Group's forward-looking IT

Where do you currently see room for improvement?

"A modern IT architecture is never complete, but rather in a state of constant change. Within the scope of Aareal 2020, we thus decided on a strategic realignment and further development of our IT. Three dimensions are especially important. Firstly, we want to dissolve existing technical complexities, e.g. the depen­dency of system components. Secondly, we want the IT archi­tecture to support our Group’s business strategy even better, e.g. with higher data quality, improved data exchange, and higher modularity. And thirdly, we want to increase the speed of adjustment in IT itself – in order to be able to respond even faster to any changes."

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