Industries we focus on.

We founded ThiemeBieg & Associates because we believe that “classic” management consulting is no longer sufficient as a response to dynamic changes and sometimes radical upheavals in the economy.

Our “asset-based consulting” approach provides our customers with the added value that we not only develop concepts for their issues, but can also provide assets for our customers based on our experience and through our tools.

Example: ThiemeBieg not only provide the strategy to analyze supplier risks, but we directly execute this risk assessment through our tools and templates generated by us on existing and potential risks. Gerade in Zeiten von schnellen Veränderungen und fortschreitender Digitalisierung können wir durch asset-based Consulting wesentlich schnellere Projektzyklen und somit schnellere Mehrwerte für unsere Kunden realisieren.

Automotive & New Mobility

With our broad expertise in automotive value creation, we support automotive manufacturers holistically: from automotive development, through component and vehicle production, to delivery and after-sales. Vehicle development and vehicle production in particular are undergoing profound structural change as a result of electromobility: New drive processes, integration and development of new platforms, interaction between software and hardware, and even the vehicle as a digital ecosystem.

Automotive Use-Cases

Automotive production takes place along the trades of press shop, body shop, paint shop, assembly and finish. The metal parts machined in the press shop are processed with the use of various In the body shop, the components are first joined to form individual assemblies and finally to form a body-in-white. In the paint shop, the paint is applied, followed by assembly, where not only the bodyshell is fitted with equipment, but also the powertrain is connected to the body – the marriage. This is followed by a final quality inspection as part of the finishing process.

We have in-depth expertise in the core and support processes of vehicle manufacturing, particularly in the optimization of individual sub-processes.

In this way, we can provide sustainable support for the automotive manufacturing process, particularly in the area of start-up management when fitting new models or vehicle derivatives, through our asset-based consulting approach:

    • Reduction of start-up costs through software-based monitoring of all project risks that occur during start-ups
    • Reduction of legal risks by monitoring legal risks in the context of product launches, e.g. impact of delayed production starts in combination with new regulations (e.g. UN-ECE etc.)
    • Optimized start-up control by recording, evaluating and prioritizing measures as part of the risk management of start-ups, aggregation at plant and product level
    • Evaluation of the impact of risks on downstream trades as well as the planned start of production up to possible delivery risks to dealers and customers

We support the automotive manufacturer with an end-to-end solution for intelligent quality management:

    • Maintenance and monitoring of legal requirements, standards up to their controls in the individual model-related processes in the individual production sections – of course individually per approval room, plant or model.
    • Recording as well as technical, financial and legal evaluation of damage cases, in each case for production as well as damage cases at customers and dealers, end-to-end linkage and impact analysis from production to customer
    • Presentation of quality management information transparently in a mobile dashboard, each with different views for quality representatives, production, finance

Global risks such as Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, and trade wars are impacting supply chains in component manufacturing as well as vehicle manufacturing. Due to just-in-time (JIT) deliveries, high parts availability is required in automotive production, which is partly increased by consignment stocks – but what is the effect here of a border closure in Italy by Covid-19, for example?

Even small vendor parts such as missing trim strips significantly delay the delivery process.

Our intelligent supplier management supports automotive manufacturers in:

    • Analysis of existing risks in single-sourcing and multi-sourcing strategies, especially with regard to costs and impact of partial unavailability
    • Identify supply chain risks from subcontractors, and transparently map the supply chain to comply with the upcoming supply chain law
    • Early detection of risks by monitoring external influences (e.g. laws, economic situation, local restrictions)

In the context of e-mobility, insourcing of previous supplier activities is taking place, particularly in the development of control units and their software. The shift from previous hardware-based development platforms to e-mobility and digital ecosystems means increased complexity in vehicle development. The management of dependencies of certain vehicle components on legal requirements or legal restrictions of the software (e.g. use of open source components) will be in focus in the future.

This requires new control and testing systems throughout the vehicle development process, and especially at the interface between software and hardware, both in the internal vehicle release processes and up to the homologation of the complete vehicle.

With our intelligent solution in the area of control and release management, which is also used in critical infrastructures, for example, we can master complexity here and document processes in an audit-proof manner.

German industry is largely made up of long-established companies that have grown over many years. In the course of expansion into new sales markets, the establishment of new production facilities and the increase in product complexity, the existing IT systems were constantly overhauled, converted and upgraded to meet the new requirements.

This leads to heterogeneous IT application landscapes and complex interface architectures. In the course of digitalization, the introduction of IoT or IIoT technologies, and with a view to cost efficiency, automotive manufacturers are striving to transform their application landscapes both in the area of store floor IT and central IT.

We support the management of the transformation of legacy IT environments with our asset-based consulting approach as well as our intelligent software platform:

      • Recognition of dependencies between the systems and plants, analysis of the effects e.g. of system failure production country 1 on delivery capability country 2
      • Financial and operational assessment of transformation risks, recording and monitoring of measures, transparent presentation of risks to responsible parties on a real-time information basis
      • Linking of systems and processes, comparison of processes at different locations and efficiency of the underlying software
      • Complete Enterprise IT Asset Management, for 360 degree view over software systems, including license agreements, contracts, subcontracts & subcontractors

Banking, Payments & Crypto

Consolidation has been taking place in the German banking sector for years, with the number of banks falling by 2-3 percent per year. At the same time, new digital payment providers are emerging which provide fully digital and automated services and thus achieve a competitive advantage over established banks in terms of cost and effort. Our focus is on supporting the optimization of internal bank procedures and processes, as well as the establishment of legal certainty and compliance with requirements through intelligent control systems. For example, we not only provide support in the implementation of MaRisk, but can also automatically identify any need for action in the event of changes to the law, thus significantly reducing internal effort.

Use cases in the area of banking, payments & crypto

Standardization and digitization will continue to make progress in internal processes that are not differentiated by competition. Neben reinen Automatisierungen der bestehenden Prozesse durch Bots, wie z.B. der Einsatz von Robotic Process Automation für repetitive Tätigkeiten, sehen wir ein großes Potential in der Standardisierung der Prozesse. Based on a digital banking reference model, we can identify deviations in standard processes and quickly define measures for process optimization. Through our digital process , asset and control management, we link processes to assets, enabling immediate impact analysis of process changes on software solutions and responsible parties.

Process optimization can thus also be carried out, for example, as part of the implementation of the KRITIS regulation or as part of the introduction of business continuity management.

Banks that are classified as systemically important on the basis of their business volumes according to defined thresholds must fulfill the requirements of the BSI Criticality Ordinance (BSI-KritisV) as operators of critical infrastructure. This applies in particular to operators of cash supply and payment services, but also to securities and derivatives settlement companies. The implementation of the KRITIS requirements, as well as the necessary documentation for traceability vis-à-vis BaFin as the operational control authority and the BSI as the technical control authority, entails considerable additional expense for banks.

We support banks and other financial service providers in the efficient implementation of the requirements through our asset-based consulting approach in the subject areas:

      • ISMS / Information Security Management Systems
      • BCM / Business Continuity Management
      • Risk Management
      • Asset & Supplier Management

In the regulatory area, the greatest challenge is to identify the need for action as a result of changes in the legal framework. This could, for example, be a further development of the MaRisk amendment, from which action requirements are derived. With our ContentService, we offer a tool-supported procedure for identifying needs for action and taking measures.

In this way, we save our customers up to 90% effort in monitoring changes in legislation.

Due to the evolved structures as well as mergers of local banks – especially in the branch banking business – heterogeneous system landscapes are often found at banks. The application landscapes partly consist of functionally duplicated systems, as well as a majority of legacy applications and historically grown transaction systems on mainframes. The continued operation of historically grown landscapes is becoming increasingly risky due to often insufficient documentation of systems and interfaces, as well as outdated technologies and head monopolies (e.g. Cobol applications).

We support our customers with a holistic landscape design of banking application landscapes based on risk considerations. The implementation is carried out according to our asset-based consulting approach with the help of intelligent IT construction and IT asset management tools. In addition to the optimization of enterprise architecture landscapes, the complete transformation of the landscape can thus be controlled operationally on a tool basis.

The focus of the activity is in particular

      • Long-term optimization of cost structures, especially in the core banking area
      • Post Merger Integrations, Vermeidung von doppelten Systemen & Funktionalitäten
      • Deployment of digital services and integration of digital ecosystems into existing landscapes

Supply & municipal operations

Energy and water supply are in the public spotlight, especially in the context of the global climate debate. While mainly the business model of energy producers is changing towards renewable energy, local energy and water suppliers are facing the challenge of stronger regulation and a growing threat from cyber attacks. We contribute our expertise in the area of regulatory affairs as well as the partially necessary reorganization of the IT building, and support the development of defense mechanisms to increase resilience in the area of cyber security.

Use cases for municipal enterprises and energy utilities

Water and energy suppliers that are classified as systemically important on the basis of their supply volumes according to defined threshold values must fulfill the requirements of the BSI Criticality Ordinance (BSI-KritisV) as operators of critical infrastructure. In addition, there is an obligation to implement the IT security catalog for CRITIS and non-CRITIS providers in accordance with §11 of the Energy Industry Act (EnWG).

Smaller and medium-sized utilities in particular face a major challenge in implementing the EnWG because, as non-critical network operators, they receive no support for implementation from the BSI.

We support water and energy utilities with our asset-based consulting approach in the implementation of the necessary threat analyses, the development of emergency plans and the execution of complex business impact analyses on the utility structures.

In addition to KRITIS and the EnWG, water and energy suppliers are subject to further complex regulatory ordinances. With our ContentService, we reduce the time and effort required for regulatory maintenance and linkage with internal control systems by up to 70% in the energy industry. Energy suppliers can thus automatically recognize the effects of changes in legislation, e.g. in energy trading, and which risks occur at locations that carry out energy trading.

Consolidations at local and municipal level are adding further business units to municipal utilities as energy suppliers. Subsidiaries often include not only energy supply companies, but also local bus companies, municipal waste disposal companies, or operating companies for leisure facilities such as swimming pools.

The control of the distributed companies and the role of the group, which goes beyond a mere holding structure due to the actual core operation of the energy supply, requires extended control instruments.

We support municipal utilities and energy providers with municipal group structures by providing intelligent tools forreal-time control of the connected companies. Compliance with internal requirements can be demonstrated throughout the Group by means of consistent control systems, and similar processes can be centralized to leverage cost benefits.

Railways

As part of the global trend toward sustainable mobility, rail transport is being expanded in Germany and other countries. Rail operators face the challenge of scaling traffic volumes with new trains without simultaneously increasing management and maintenance costs in the same proportion. This can only be achieved through greater automation and digital scaling of activities.

We support rail operators and maintenance facilities with our digital services.

Use cases in passenger and freight transportation and rail operators

We offer an intelligent software solution for the digital documentation of all necessary maintenance activities. The rail operator can thus transparently and audit-compliantly track all activities during maintenance, as well as determine the costs and efforts per wagon.

With our intelligent service solution, train crews can directly detect and categorize damage to individual wagons, and the data is then digitally provided to maintenance in real time. This enables prioritization for repairing damage, improved scheduling of maintenance and repair visits, and faster disposition of needed spare parts.

Our solution integrates with our digital maintenance management as well as digital supplier management to provide a 360 degree view.

Management of the entire construction of new train maintenance facilities as well as the conversion of existing train maintenance facilities with a view to the introduction of new engine models and passenger cars. The project and risk management tool is multilingual and can be used internationally.

Coverage of the sub-areas:

      • Projektmanagement includes Time, cost, capacity management
      • Risk management for early detection of delays in conversions and superstructures, incl. financial assessment of the risks
      • Possibility to assign the status of the trades in the form of images to milestones and risks, thus improved documentation of damage
      • Export of standardized reports
      • Assignment of control instances and e.g. linkage with purchasing processes to avoid outflows of funds
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