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Bosch IT: Information Systems and Services corporate sector

Facts and figures

Main officeIT campus in Stuttgart-Feuerbach
(official opening: October 2017)
Associatesroughly 7,500 (as of December 31, 2016);
77 nationalities; high proportion of women for
the industry (23 percent globally, more than
30 percent in China); average age 42
ManagementDr. Elmar Pritsch, chief information officer (CIO)
Main locationsEurope (Stuttgart), Asia Pacific (Shanghai and Singapore), North and South America (Chicago and Campinas); 261 locations worldwide in total
From cost factor to core competenceWeb-enabled products and data-based services are becoming increasingly significant for Bosch growth. Bosch IT’s role is changing accordingly. While this was previously mainly concerned with extending Bosch’s global IT infrastructure, user support, and providing PCs and monitors, the sector is now focusing more and more on driving innovative IT and software solutions.
PortfolioThe portfolio ranges from infrastructure services and consulting, software development, and software applications to the management and support of platforms, portals, and operating systems. Another central element is the Bosch IoT Cloud and the IoT ecosystem.

Bosch IT as an employer

Associates20,000 software engineers throughout the Bosch
Group – a figure that is growing all the time
OccupationsThese range from commercial occupations such
as economists, business information specialists,
and sociologists to more technical jobs such
as software engineers, computer scientists,
IT systems engineers, and specialists for applications development and systems integration.
Work environment and equipmentHighly attractive working environment: agile,
efficient, and transparent tasks in globally connected teams; innovative formats such as hackathons; state-of-the-art IT equipment and communication infrastructure
PartnersIoT innovation hubs near global start-up
communities (e.g., Connectory in Chicago,
Bosch’s Hub, and 1871, a network of roughly
500 technology start-ups and founders)

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 428,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which roughly 48,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust.

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