Interview – Dr Daniel Spindler – Director – Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Services


Dr. Daniel Spindler, Director of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Services, has been liable for the Siemens Finance and Accounting Shared Service Center in Brussels since first May, 2009. He originally joined Siemens in 1994. His areas of obligation covered different Controlling capabilities for Industry in Regensburg as well with respect to Global Procurement and Logistics in Munich. Two stays abroad in China and Canada empowered intercultural experience. In 2004 he was conceded a doctorate by the University of Regensburg for his examination in the field of Fair Value Accounting under IFRS. From 2005 to 2007 he was liable for the execution of IFRS at the Siemens Energy Group Power Transmission and Distribution in Erlangen as well with respect to the Automotive Group SiemensVDO in Frankfurt. Moreover he was engaged with the readiness of the IPO for SiemensVDO.

Before his arrangement at Siemens Healthcare, he worked for north of two years for Audi in Ingolstadt, where he took over liabilities in outside Group Reporting. Besides he was accountable for the gathering wide execution of a SAP BCS union framework.

SSON: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostic Services (SHDS) has gone through a great deal of progress, particularly with the post-consolidation incorporation. Might you at some point expound on the change program?

Dr. Daniel Spindler: Siemens overall have exceptionally elevated requirements and thorough rules on Compliance and Corporate announcing. There are exceptionally serious necessities which must be followed concerning the month to month Corporate answering to our HQ in Munich. Siemens likewise have definite post-consolidation rules that permit new elements to get to know the Siemens scene; there is a rundown of around 16 pages framing what each substance needs to carry out and to satisfy. At the point when all directions are carried out and followed then an element is fit to turn out to be essential for the Siemens world.

After a consolidation, individuals likewise should be welcomed on target. To accomplish this we led numerous gatherings, similar to invite days for rookies or Town Hall gatherings for the whole group. SIMOTION Furthermore, it was significant for the comprehension of the Siemens culture and its qualities to move to the Siemens Regional Company office in Brussels. Before the move, we were separated from Siemens yet felt and acted like various organizations. Presently we can undoubtedly reach out to every one of our partners, for example the corporate divisions of Siemens Belgium like Legal, Tax or Real Estate.

SSON: Daniel, what are the critical drivers in the change program, and how did Capgemini Consulting uphold this?

DS: The critical driver of the change program was the adjust of mentality. It was a change towards the Siemens world and its IT frameworks, where we benefitted incredibly from the help by Capgemini Consulting. One major undertaking was for example the execution of the Siemens Chart of Accounts (CoA). Before we had the Dade Behring CoA, yet mid October 2009 was the go-live for the Siemens CoA. We presently likewise have in our nearby SAP framework the Siemens CoA and we don’t need to change over any longer from the previous Dade Behring records to the Siemens accounts. This was one vital stage in satisfying the focal prerequisites, as Siemens asks all elements overall to utilize the equivalent Corporate CoA.

Besides we are going through the 3D program, and that implies that all the organization acquisitions that Siemens made throughout the course of recent years, to develop the Diagnostics business, are moved into single elements. In each affected country the three previous elements – DPC, Bayer Diagnostics and Dade Behring – must be combined. In this setting in addition to the fact that there are a few lawful consolidations that should be performed, yet in addition on the Finance side the substances should be blended. We have likewise gotten a great deal support from Capgemini Consulting on this task.

SSON: What cycles were normalized through Capgemini Consulting when Siemens gained Bayer’s symptomatic division, Dade Behring and DPC?

DS: A serious level of normalization was completed on the Finance and Accounting side, such as executing the Siemens CoA and through the 3D program, where Capgemini Consulting worked with us to make this a triumph.

SSON: How long did it require to coordinate and to normalize the two existing shared assistance communities, in heritage country exercises?

DS: The shift of the exercises from the Global Shared Service (GSS) Center of Siemens is as yet continuous. The previous Bayer Diagnostics part, which is right now overhauled by GSS, will be cut out by mid 2010.

SSON: Can you make sense of the set up that was there, and how lengthy did it take to coordinate and normalize that?

DS: As referenced above, Siemens procured the three elements DPC, Bayer Diagnostics and Dade Behring up to the furthest limit of 2007. After the securing, the Bayer Diagnostics part was adjusted by GSS while the previous Dade Behring substances have a place with the Shared Service Center in Brussels. Presently very nearly two years after the fact, we are still during the time spent movement and combination. Nonetheless, to start with in everyday the main thing to do was to coordinate, yet this additionally offers the valuable chance to normalize and we are taking the risk to do so presently.

SSON: How long did it require to incorporate the common help community and heritage contract exercises procedures?

DS: To date we have chipped away at this for approximately two years and it will be finished in 2010. At the point when the 3D program is done everything elements will run on one SAP stage. Moreover, all Siemens consistence necessities and SOA prerequisites are now set up.

SSON: I accept this is probably going to be completely finished by the center of 2010 – is that right?

DS: Yes, the 3D program is as yet continuous, however there are only a couple of additional nations which actually should be relocated. We intend to conclude the movements in June 2010. We move country by nation and this requires some investment, in light of the fact that each relocation should be ready and directed definitively. In all out it will require around over two years.

SSON: What were the primary difficulties in doing as such, and how did Capgemini Consulting help?

DS: The principal challenges were IT and Finance variations, and furthermore the related increase of Headcount. As currently referenced, it is urgent to satisfy all necessities which Siemens requests, yet the gained substances didn’t satisfy this large number of prerequisites previously (for example extremely broad and severe Compliance rules). Siemens has a ton of explicit prerequisites connected with Compliance as well as SOX404 and, as is usually known, Siemens was going through an extremely unpleasant season of pay off and defilement. In this setting Siemens has now introduced extremely high boundaries to forestall pay off and debasement in future. This implies that a ton of cycles are extremely severe and require a great deal of desk work and a ton of mark authorisations. To execute this large number of requires some investment and Capgemini Consulting was supporting us in doing as such, for example inside the 3D program.

SSON: Would you say that the difficulties were transcendently specialized or individuals related (when I say “individuals related”, I mean change the board)?

DS: I would agree that that the difficulties were above all else in fact related, however the progressions must be driven by individuals, so the difficulties were likewise a lot of individuals related. Individuals need to see all new mechanical prerequisites, which particularly in the SAP frameworks can be exceptionally muddled and complex. In the main years we are utilizing the purported eConverter device as a manual connection point between our nearby SAP framework and the Siemens SAP Business Consolidation System (BCS specifically Esprit in Siemens). Because of these specialized changes, individuals had obviously to be prepared and ready, for example giving the fundamental information and background was fundamental. It was an immense errand to prepare a ton of new individuals coming from a wide range of nations. Thus the immense specialized changes likewise profoundly affected individuals included. One is connected to the next.

SSON: And did you cause any significant difficulties while arranging administration level arrangements?

DS: We as of late went through the most common way of refreshing our SLAs, on the grounds that they were obsolete after right around a decade set up. These SLAs don’t satisfy any longer the legitimate, assessment or move estimating necessities of Siemens. Hence we are presently adjusting our SLAs to Siemens and began a drive to refresh our SLAs with the assistance of Capgemini Consulting. We have worked out a new charging model for our expenses, which was concurred with our clients. In the past we had a simply Sales based charging model, while we presently change to a volume or conditional based model. This model is a major change and we are expecting large effectiveness gains out of it.

SSON: Daniel, how would you deal with negative response while arranging the SLAs?

DS: First of all we rolled out all improvements and particularly the charging model extremely straightforward; we have additionally directed market correlations where we examined market costs of contenders. We moreover adjusted our value-based charging costs to GSS of Siemens. Hence, we are currently lined up with in house costs as well similarly as with market costs. Our generally charging expense depends on our genuine expenses and contains a sensible increase.

In general how much our expenses significantly affects Siemens Group level, since it is absolutely an inner charging. With the new SLAs we simply change the allotment between our clients while the by and large charging sum actually stays unaltered. While creating some distance from a business based to a value based model, unquestionably a few substances will in future have lower charges while charges to others increment. However, altogether for our Division nothing transforms, only the distribution between the clients changes. This prompts individual conversations with our clients, particularly when they will get higher charges in future. As the costs depend on GSS and outer market assessments they are serious costs and mirror the administrations delivered.