REWE Systems kümmert sich um die IT-Belange von ungefähr 200.000 Anwendern und führte, im Sinne der konzernweiten Digitalisierungsstrategie, ein Performance-Support-System für über 800 Anwendungen ein.
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Performance support – from office workplace to the supermarket

The REWE Group takes care of the IT needs of approximately 200,000 users and, in line with the group-wide digitalisation strategy, introduced a performance support system for over 800 applications.
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Uniform user support did not exist

During their training sessions, the IT trainers realised time and again how much their colleagues needed support - be it in transferring what they had learned to the workplace or in completing tasks that rarely arise. The reasons for this: there was no uniform user support. The storage location, quality and timeliness of the learning materials were different for each software. Most of the time, the search for support ended with one or more colleagues who, when asked, proved to be a reliable but not exactly efficient source of knowledge.


61 Mrd. Euro
IT Anwendungen
Performance Support for
800 Anwendungen

Bundle knowledge in one central place

In 2015, the comprehensive roll-out of SAP Retail in purchasing offered a way out of this situation. This quickly inspired the idea for a lighthouse project that could be efficiently implemented with the help of a blended learning concept. The management was also impressed by the suggestion of linking classroom seminars and online learning to performance support. Together, the vision was formulated of bringing together the combined expertise about every IT application in a single place rather than creating yet another isolated solution.

Context-sensitive support with the QuickAccess

Integration of all sources of knowledge in a "single source of truth".

Supporting staff during the process

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Staff in the supermarkets don’t have time to undertake long searches for answers. They have to be able to access what they need to know quickly and straightforwardly.
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Mareike Heidemann-Jarosch
IT Business Analyst at REWE Systems

Over 6,500 documents in four years

Based on this strategy, REWE Systems developed a comprehensive performance support concept. At its core was the idea that experts who have systemic or departmental responsibility for an application should create help content for the staff members who work with that application operationally. “Not everyone is able to put themselves in the shoes of someone who is new to the application. We therefore both train the experts in using the author tool and provide them with advice about creating the content and selecting the correct formats,” explains Dany Rousseau, who has been looking after the tt performance suite with Mareike Heidemann-Jarosch since the project started. The two REWE Systems employees fulfill a kind of governance role, acting as expert contacts for everything relating to performance support. They support the internal authors, are responsible for the technical operation of the software, and look after the system requirements of the various business units.

Thanks to a comprehensive internal marketing campaign and positive feedback from end-users, the number of in-house experts has kept growing. In the four years since the project was launched in 2016, the number of approved documents has risen to more than 6,500.

Performance support in the supermarket

Making the jump to the supermarkets was always a firm part of the plans, but didn’t happen till the fall of 2018. “The IT infrastructure of our markets is very specific, so the implementation took a bit longer. Of course, the use case there is much larger than in our headquarters,” says Mareike Heidemann-Jarosch. “First and foremost, the content has to be right! Staff in the supermarkets don’t have time to undertake long searches for answers. They have to be able to access what they need to know quickly and straightforwardly.”

Complex needs in the “moment of need”

After the rollout on the supermarkets’ back-office PCs, anonymous analyses of the search terms entered quickly showed that, when they clicked on the “Orange” – as QuickAccess is commonly known in the REWE Group – staff were looking for lots of information that wasn’t actually available in the system.

The “moment of need”, which is where performance support usually comes into play, is about more than instructions for IT-based processes. In actual fact, users search for a wide range of information to take care of all the tasks that arise – from templates to the details of the correct contact person. These complex needs, which had already been identified with end users at headquarters, became even clearer in the supermarkets.

More information and mobile access

To design the communications landscape in the supermarkets with the highest possible level of user-friendliness, those responsible at REWE Markt GmbH and REWE Systems decided on a wide-ranging expansion of the “Orange communication channel.” The aim was for all information documents (legal guidelines, working procedures, forms, etc.), not just IT systems, to benefit from the fast search and user-friendly output formats. A project was therefore launched at the start of 2020 to migrate documents from the supermarket intranet to the “Orange.” In doing so, REWE is remaining true to the expert approach, as the respective specialist departments are responsible for the content and check to make sure the approximately 12,000 documents are up to date before migration.

Ahead of this, REWE Systems and tts therefore worked together to develop an app version of the “Orange” for Android-based MDE devices, and this was rolled out across Germany in March 2020. Since then, the devices are no longer simply used for ordering and stocktaking, but also as mobile sources of information. This ensures that, after migration, the knowledge can be used where it is needed – directly with the staff in the supermarket!

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