Digitalization @ Konrad Adenauer Foundation

As a political foundation, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung e.V. (KAS) is active beyond German borders – it also supports more than 200 projects in over 120 countries around the world. KAS maintains multifaceted relationships with stakeholders from politics, business, the church, society and the scientific community. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation evaluated the market for the use of new digital infrastructures and customer-oriented communications platforms in 2016 and invited tenders for a master agreement for the development, maintenance and operation of a grantholder portal. The legacy system was no longer able to meet the foundation's requirements in terms of stability and performance. Following a detailed and intensive selection process, KAS's management selected USU as its expert technology partner. USU won the tender thanks to its status as a Liferay platinum service partner, making it a one-stop shop for the full range of services, including analysis, design, technology and, in particular, application management, as well as its successful track record of realizing similarly complex projects.

The aim was to support all participants in the next grant application phase in late 2016/early 2017 with a professional, user-friendly service portal, thereby ensuring smooth, error-free application and processing. The design phase with analysis and planning began in May, followed by the establishment of the infrastructure and technical development based on the Liferay Enterprise Edition from July. Data was migrated by the end of November. Following performance tests and the connection of the new portal to the central transaction processing and document management system, the complete system went live in early December as scheduled. And it came through the intensive application period with flying colors.

USU realized this challenging project on time, on quality and on budget, thereby enabling a smooth application phase. The grantholder portal gives us a platform that we can use to realize additional digitalization projects.

Dr. Frank Müller,
Head of Student Sponsorship