The first layer comprises application development, which is based on automated pipelines (such as the CI/CD pipeline = continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous deployment). This also includes the provision of the application itself so that it is available to users. All developed software artefacts run through standardised pipelines which, for example, ensure code quality and security, and also ensure functionality through fully automated test scenarios. Simply put: It is constantly being developed in small and manageable increments . All these small increments are also continuously being made available in production as well. This leads a more rapid availability of features and an improved rectification of errors compared to classic, semi-annual Deployments that are too large and burdened by dependencies to be able to fully assure their quality. This also improves the capacity to react to new requirements as well as the specific needs of our IT projects and processes. This is also increasing software quality, enabling efficient development approaches such as DevOps, and further promoting established methods of agile software development (e.g. Scrum). Another important feature is that development teams can resort to a fully automated "construction kit" for application development and concentrate on the integration of technical requirements. The "construction kit" itself is provided in standardised form, ensures minimum standards with the help of quality gates, and does not have to be redeveloped for every development project. The platform offers the end user a high level of performance and reliability, as well as good handling and rapid availability of technical features thanks to its high level of standardisation.