On March 3rd, our respected cooperation partner, Prof. Rimantas Gatautis from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania, passed away. We would like to express our sincere condolences on behalf of the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The death of professor Rimantas Gatautis is a terrible loss and we wish you and all his friends, family and colleagues strength and endurance to continue his ideas and vision. In our fruitful cooperation, Prof. Gatautis was always the leading example and the source of inspiration we needed. With his support, we established the double degree for the EuroMPM Master programme, our PhD cooperation, and innovative projects in the field of the digital transformation. He supported our activities with the Dortmund International Research Conference and Summer School and several successful international workshops and block teaching units. Under his guidance, we established a comprehensive memorandum of understanding between our two universities. We will always keep his memory in high regards. He was a true modernizer in the digital transformation and a close friend and supporter in the European community of scientists, students and practitioners. The news came as a shock. Our thoughts are with his friends, colleagues and family in Kaunas.