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Feb 2012Present

Business Information Officer / Operations Senior Manager

As the Business Information Officer of SAP's development organization (Products & Innovation (P&I); 22,500+ FTEs), Dirk is heading a team of experts being responsible for all IT related topics, including

  • budget and controlling processes
  • infrastructure lifecycle
  • IT security and data privacy 
  • drive strategic projects

Key projects / initiatives:

  • Implementation of the P&I Data Protection Management System
  • EU data protection
  • IT cost transparency
  • Utilization transparency
  • Feb 2012 - Dec 2013: Dirk heads the Board Area Process Office (BAPO) as representative for development related processes

SAP AG, SAP Research

Aug 2009Feb 2012

Executive Director / Chief Quality Expert

As the Executive Director to Herve Couturier, Head of SAP's development organization and SAP Research, Dirk is member of the Senior Management team, supporting Herve in daily business and acting as his deputy. Dirk is also responsible to lead and drive strategic cross company projects.

Strategic Projects:

  • Simplification of SAP's product standards
  • SAP Open Source strategy
  • Business Web (Research, Evaluation of several IOT projects)
  • Innovation to Solution (restructure and simplify SAP's development processes)

Key Initiatives / Highlights:

  • Restructure SAP Research (Change Management project)
  • Keynote speaker at DSAG (German Speaking SAP user group) Technology Days
  • Keynote speaker at JAX
  • Special contacts and projects with Economic Development Board (EDB) Singapore
  • Special contacts and projects with German Government (Deutsche Bundesregierung) and European Union

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Dirk is heading the Lifecycle Management (LM) Operations team. The team is responsible for all operational tasks, ensures smooth daily business processes and drive strategic initiatives.

Highlights and key initiatives:

  • Heading the team of 15+ FTEs in Walldorf (Germany) and Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • Strategic cross company project to simplify and optimize SAP's development and quality processes
  • Establish operations processes and improvements in LM 

Quality Manager

As Quality Manager in SAP's Lifecycle Management development unit, Dirk is leading an international team (30+ FTEs) of Quality Specialists and Quality Experts in Walldorf (Germany), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Bangalore (India).

The team is responsible to meet SAP quality specifications, SAP development standards and SAP compliance regulations. 

Highlights and key initiatives:

  • Establish the QM team (started with 6 FTEs in Germany; built up the team in Bulgaria and India).
  • Application Layer Owner (responsible for development and quality processes for 600+ developers)
  • Context Owner for NetWeaver 711 & Application Context (responsible for development and quality processes for 700+ developers)
  • Establish production environment for JAVA development

Software Developer

As Software Developer in SAP's unit "Lifecycle Management", Dirk is part of a Core Technology development team.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Software development "Batch" (SAP's background processes)
  • Software development "Monitoring" (Monitor and organize SAP infrastructure)
  • Development Support (3rd level support) for "Batch" and "Monitoring"
  • Development in ABAP and C++



Leadership / People Management

Change Management

Project Management


Quality Management

Software Engineering

Controlling Processes


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