What are the results?
Maria Witsch: In principle you can imagine "Gira Connect" as a large house with different rooms. Each room is home to an application system, such as document management, workflow control or the intranet. The individual systems are interconnected by the hallway, i.e. cross-divisional functions. In addition, all systems can be accessed through the front door, to stay with the analogy. This means that you only need one key for all applications. "Gira Connect" is therefore the central digital entry point for everyone at Gira. Everyone has their own personal area in this house where they can organise their own space as they would on their own desk. Functions such as chats and desktop sharing or the possibility of integrating other users makes communication easier.
So what's next?
Michael Hachenberg: As "Gira Connect" unites a number of application systems under one roof, setting up and moving into our "digital house" is quite a major project. For this reason we will move forwards step by step and take the needs of the different user groups into consideration in its implementation. The start will be made in the summer of 2017 with the introduction of a cross-company e-mail and chat system. By then the decision will also be made as to on when and which workflows will be available and which team and department pages will be online. It is important that our colleagues have enough time – closely accompanied by the project team – to get used to the new technologies and discover their advantages for themselves.