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Standardized IT: Siemens Business Services to handle IT for DIN


Munich, Aug 25, 2006

As of October 2006, Siemens Business Services will run all IT operations for the German Standards Institute (DIN). The corresponding outsourcing contract is worth a total of around 32 million euros and is set to run for six years. Under the terms of the contract, Siemens Business Services will take over the Berlin-based DIN IT Service GmbH and its 29 employees. From the deal, DIN is looking for improved IT services at lower costs and the freedom to focus on its core business.

Siemens Business Services will run all IT operations for DIN as well as for its publishing house subsidiary Beuth Verlag and DIN Software. This includes the data center and all servers, networks, PCs and a help desk for providing users with rapid assistance for their IT problems. Siemens Business Services will ensure that the software used within the company is always available and is constantly further developed. This covers programs such as Livelink, which is used jointly by some 550 DIN employees and 26,000 external users to develop international standards, and the online portal, via which information on standards can be checked and purchased round the clock. The transaction is pending approval of the German cartel authority.

DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, is a registered association, founded in 1917. Its head office is in Berlin. Since 1975 it has been recognized by the German government as the national standards body and represents German interests at international and European level. DIN offers a forum in which representatives from the manufacturing industries, consumer organizations, commerce, the trades, service industries, science, technical inspectorates, government, in short anyone with an interest in standardization, may meet in order to discuss and define their specific standardization requirements and to record the results as German Standards. Standardization as undertaken by DIN is a service that aims to benefit the entire community. The results of its work have a significant influence on economic performance at both company and national level. A research project completed in 2000 confirmed the annual benefit to the German economy as being 1% of GNP, or approx. US$15 billion. Further information at

Siemens Business Services is an internationally leading IT service provider.
This Siemens Group offers services all along the entire value chain – from consulting to systems integration, right through to the management of IT infrastructures. Thanks to its comprehensive know-how and sector-specific expertise, the company provides measurable added value for its customers. With regard to outsourcing, Siemens Business Services is among the top ten providers worldwide. With around 39,000 employees, the Group posted sales in fiscal 2005 (ending 30 September 2005) of EUR 5.4 billion, 75 percent of which was achieved outside the Siemens organization. Further information at

Information number: SBS 250806.32e


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