The definition of digitalization in the corporate context is only seemingly simple: One understands the automation of processes and procedures. These may be in development or production, but also in administration. However, digitalization means much more: it also concerns the intelligence of products and can open up new business models. Digitalization is therefore not only about switching to automatic processes, but about a logical alignment with future ways of working. Skilled workers should be deployed specifically where human intelligence is needed.
There are several digitalization initiatives within the BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding. They are based on the knowledge that exists in the holding company and the individual business groups. “Transparency is important for defining projects and orchestrating cooperation,” says Bernd Eckl, CEO of the BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding. This is the only way to ensure that tasks are not carried out two or even three times.
Digitalization is one of the cornerstones of a sustainable and livable future.
CEO BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding
Basis for all initiatives
One of the joint projects is the “Introduction of SAP S/4HANA,” a new software for corporate resource planning that is being launched in the largest business groups.It serves as the basis for all other digitalization initiatives. The software is intended to standardize various IT platforms and automate processes to a large extent. Eckl: “This creates efficiency and cost effects that ensure faster development of new products and business models.”
Smart production, innovation, and growth, and, last but not least, a stable and effective supply chain are the stated aims of the BLANC & FISCHER-Group. To safeguard these in the long term, there is another joint project called “Future IT”. The roads defined in the previous program phases of “Future IT” for the strategies of the individual business groups are to be taken in unison. “Future IT” aims to support the competitiveness and long-term success of the BLANC & FISCHER Family Holding and its companies through effective business processes and the most flexible and efficient overall IT landscape possible.
Digital and sustainable
With the war in Ukraine, rising costs, and regulation, the current pressures on companies are varied and great—also and especially for medium-sized companies. An interview with CEO Bernd Eckl about integrity, bureaucratic requirements, and potential in the BLANC & FISCHER-Group.
Long-term thinking and responsible action have been part of the DNA of our family business for almost 100 years now. We face the ethical, social, and environmental issues of our time with an unshakable awareness of our corporate responsibility. To manage this in the long term, economic success is needed.