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Entertaining more than 40 million TV-viewers every day is the basis of ProSiebenSat.1’s success. At the same time, the Group successfully networks the wide reach of its TV business with a strong digital unit. The digital transformation of all our divisions places high demands on our in-house IT infrastructure. To be properly equipped for the future, we have restructured our workplace IT landscape with the help of Microsoft Partner Premier Experts within the last year deploying Microsoft 365 as a cloud-based solution.

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Based on Agile and DevOps principles, many IT functions are moving towards an organization that consists of small, autonomous teams. By doing so they hope to simplify decision-making, ensure end-to-end responsibility, increase business-IT-alignment, and speed up development. Given this trend, you may ask if there is still a need for a central Enterprise Architecture (EA) function. And if so, how does it need to adapt?

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ProSiebenSat.1 distributes video content to more than 25 linear TV channels including ProSieben, SAT.1, and kabel eins, and more than 200 non-linear channels such as 7TV, maxdome, YouTube (Studio71), and various TV channel websites. As such, ProSiebenSat.1 manages the content of over three million videos for linear TV and the content of nearly half a million additional videos for our non-linear platforms. At the end of last year, our storage volume for video files reached 10 P-bytes and without regular monitoring it would likely grow by at least 2 P-bytes per year, if not more.

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Since 2006, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of the most successful independent media companies in Europe, operates its own video-on-demand portal: maxdome. The online video library generates revenues via pay-per-view and subscriptions and is available via Smart TV and PCs as well as mobile devices. maxdome offers over 50,000 titles in various genres. Our recent launch of deep integration in Google Home Devices took us a step further toward increasing our reach and number of supported devices, and we are one of the early adopters of what many believe to be a new user interface (UI) paradigm.

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In the ProSiebenSat.1 Media group a lot of software is written by different development teams, but all of our tech teams face very similar issues. A prime example of this is having to deal with local secure development environments and the changes to .dev domains in the Chrome 63 release.

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How much more enjoyable could a train ride be with more to do than merely watching the countryside pass you by, or reading a book or magazine? This article is a brief insight into how we enabled the Maxdome Video on Demand (VOD) service on board trains. At first, this may not sound like much of a challenge but bringing this project to life forced us to completely re-think all we knew about IT operations, monitoring, and deployments.

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