Operations Management

The first aspect to point out is that «The Savings Bank of the Russian Federation (Sberbank)» and «Computacenter Plc» completely

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Operations management is concerned with managing the resources that directly produce the organizations service or product. The resources will usually consist of people, materials, technology and information but may go wider than this. These resources are brought together by a series of processes so that they are utilized to deliver the primary service or product of the organization.

The term operations management refers to the direction and control of the processes that transform inputs into products and services. Broadly interpreted, operations management underlies all functional areas, because processes are found in all business activities.

According to Professor Jaume Ribera Operations Management can be considering as the art and science of getting things done, i.e., the way organizations produce goods and deliver services. Everything a customer pays for is the outcome of the job of operations managers who organize its production. For example, a laptop purchased through internet, a new book, a financial service, a trip in a bus all have been produced. People who are response for these different kinds of products and services really manage operations.

Operations and operation management are really important for the organizations.

For the operations manager, the range of products and services on offer has to be managed in order to satisfy the mix of volume and variety for customers. This is achieved by having appropriate process technology in place, which can deal with customer requirements of volume and variety.

Many organizations are involved in three fundamental activities:

  1. Identifying potential customers, seeking to understand their needs, and persuading them to use the product or service
  2. Providing the product or service efficiently and effectively
  3. Managing the organizations finances to ensure continuing success.

We can refer to these activities as marketing and operations. Both, in general, should be taken seriously, whatever they are called. Classically, marketing looks to improve service and to offer a great number of product choice to the customer; while operations seeks to improve efficiency by longer runs of fewer products and by reducing inventories.


  1. Description of the company «The Savings Bank of the Russian Federation (Sberbank)».


The Savings Bank of the Russian Federation, or Sberbank, is the largest bank in Russia. The Bank is a joint stock commercial bank established in 1841 and operated in various forms since then. Today Sberbank is an absolute leader in the Russian banking sector. Sberbank is several times larger than its immediate competitors by its market position, assets, capital, financial results and scale of infrastructure. The scale and stability of the Bank are particularly visible during periods of instability in financial markets The Savings Bank is the biggest taker of deposits in the country and the key lender to the national economy. According to The Banker magazine, as of July 1, 2009, Sberbank was ranked 38th in the world in terms of Tier 1 capital.

Sberbank has the largest countrywide branch network with 18 regional head offices and more than 19,050 retail outlets with about 265,100 employees.

Among the Banks clients are private individuals from all over Russia, companies and enterprises of various ownership structures and sectors of the economy, and government agencies.

The mission and core values of Sberbank are to make peoples live better, helping them to fulfill dreams and aspirations.


Current ratings assigned to Sberbank by international rating agencies

01.01.201001.01.2009FitchMoodysFitchMoodysLong-term currency rating:SberbankBBBBaa1BBB+Baa1Russian FederationBBBBaa1BBB+Baa1Rating of international obligationsBorrowings under MTN ProgramBBBA3BBB+A2Russian EurobondsBBBBaa1BBB+Baa1

Through the use of a balanced credit policy, the Bank helped many customers to survive the challenges of a crisis time and contributed to stabilization of Russias economy and financial markets. The Bank provided around RUB 4,000bn worth of loans to domestic corporate customers and over RUB 400bn to individuals.

Sberbank is continuously and systematically introducing new products and services to meet the needs of its commercial and retail customers. To enhance its domestic operations, Sberbank continued to develop its branch network throughout Russia. The bank has also continued to expand internationally. Sberbank has built one of the worlds most respected financial institutions based on its 165 years of rich history and deep-rooted tradition combined with world-class experience and expertise. The bank has grown from a network of cash savings offices to the largest full-service financial institution in Central and Eastern Europe.

The goal is to deliver customer service with maximum efficiency, and to streamline processes through greater standardization and skilful time management. As part of the reform program, the Bank pays particular attention to training highly professional and proactive staff.

The main customers for Sberbank we can divide for several groups:


Small and medium business

Corporate clients

Credit institutions

The key elements of the Marketing Strategy include:

  1. Retail customers
  2. An integrated offer, based on cash& payment services
  3. Intensive development of all service channels
  4. A new SPS-based operational model for retail branches.
  5. To improve customer service
  6. Building systematic sales skills within all of the Banks service channels and building industrial skills to manage customer relationships and cross-sales as part of targeted campaigns.
  7. develop and strengthen its brand to change customer perception


  1. Corporate Customers


  • Building the best country-wide corporate customer sales service organization system.
  • Differentiating the operations model and value proposition for the three key segments: large, medium and small.
  • The product range will be developed to ensure offering a comprehensive product line matching segment specific requirements
  • Internal processes will be streamlined through simplification, standardisation and IT development.

The analysis of implementation of the marketing strategy:

Retail Business

  • launched a new product (multi-functional current account) introduced in Moscow and St. Petersburg
  • Credit insurance product introduced.
  • Full functionality of Mobile and Internet bank implemented in Moscow, preferential pricing implemented for remote channel services. First stage of the country-wide contact-center launched.
  • Setting-up a federal call center for contacts
  • Launching a line of innovative products (e.g. Grant life)
  • Launching a new Internet bank and website. Currently actively developing ATM and payment terminal network
  • VIP customer service pilot

Corporate Business

  • First version of Customer Relationship Management and major

corporate customer model

  • Product development program for corporate customers
  • Model for working with small businesses
  • Specialized products for small business segment

Other Work Streams

  • New organizational structure introduced, IT and operational function consolidated
  • Upgraded credit monitoring and work out functions
  • SPS implemented in several thousand branches
  • First wave of headcount optimization

Sberbank has made the right choice and correctly identified areas for improvement. Most of the strategic goals are being met in line with the scheduled completion timing. The network of ATMs and payment terminals was greatly expanded, and the «Sberbank Online» service is rapidly gaining ground. Sberbank has changed its style and methods of work. Implementing new philosophy of meeting customers needs the bank are changing all aspects of the Bank. Sberbank are driven by the desire to help their customers realize their aspirations and dreams.


  1. Description of the company «Computacenter Plc»


Computacenter plc is the parent company of a group of European companies which provide computer services to public and private sector customers. Despite the spelling of the word «center», it is a UK company based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.

Set up by British Harvard graduates Philip Hulme and Peter Ogden in 1981, who are both still involved in the group's management.

Computacenter today has over 10,000 employees across Europe and Group revenues of over £2.5 billion.

The mission of the company

«To deliver IT services and solutions that enables our customers to achieve their goals».

The strategy of the company

«Our strategy is to achieve long-term earnings growth. To help measure our success, we have five key strategic initiatives against which to benchmark our performance».

The main activity falls into the broad categories:

  1. Outsourcing:
  2. Infrastructure management
  3. Application management
  4. Service desk
  5. IT Security
  6. Managed Hosting
  7. Dusaster recovery
  8. As

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