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Bosch opens IT campus in Stuttgart-Feuerbach

Central hub for development of digital business models

  • IT campus is new headquarters of Bosch global IT
  • Growth driver: IT goes from cost factor to core competence
  • Campus provides highly attractive working environment for IT and software experts
  • Prof. Asenkerschbaumer: “The new campus is a clear sign of our commitment to Stuttgart as a technological location.”
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Stuttgart, Germany – With its new IT campus located in Stuttgart-Feuerbach, the Bosch Group has opened a center of competence that is dedicated to the coordination of global IT activities at Bosch. Around 2,000 of the operating unit’s 7,500 associates work at the state-of-the-art campus, which is set to further accelerate Bosch’s transformation process into an IoT company. “Web-enabled products and data-based services are making an ever stronger contribution to our growth. Accordingly, the role our IT plays is also changing. In the past, the unit’s main focus was on expanding Bosch’s global IT infrastructure, supporting users, and providing PCs and monitors. But today its tasks increasingly include promoting the advancement of innovative IT and software solutions,” says Prof. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, deputy chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, who is also responsible for IT. “The campus is our new central hub for the development of digital business models. It combines the best of both worlds: the products and experience of a technology company that has been an established presence for decades, and the dynamism of a young IT company. The new campus is also a further clear sign of our commitment to Stuttgart.”

The campus is our new central hub for the development of digital business models. It combines the best of both worlds: the products and experience of a technology company that has been an established presence for decades, and the dynamism of a young IT company. The new campus is also a further clear sign of our commitment to Stuttgart.

Prof. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, deputy chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH

Transforming IT at Bosch: faster projects, shorter time to market

“Our IT is going from cost factor to core competence. It is becoming part of the product and its accompanying services,” says Dr. Elmar Pritsch, chief information officer and head of IT at Robert Bosch GmbH. The company has set itself the goal of making every new electronic product connected and developing related services by 2020. To make it even easier to achieve this goal, every business sector will place its digital activities in the hands of a business chief digital officer in the future, who will work with his or her partner in IT at Bosch to launch new innovation projects that will subsequently be implemented by globally networked teams. The close relationship between IT and specialist departments will help further accelerate the development of data-based business models and reduce time to market.

Campus motto: customer, team, and associate focus

The architecture and equipment at the IT campus reflect a clear focus on customers, teams, and associates. “Everything is focused on developing the best solutions for our customers. This requires our campus associates to have access to an inspiring work environment, IT-specific facilities and methodologies, and state-of-the-art hardware and software,” Pritsch explains. “The campus also provides new associates with a highly attractive working environment. In my department alone, we have filled some 500 positions in recent months, many of them at the new center of competence.”

First key to success: an inspiring work environment

The five-story building with its striking curved glass facade was designed according to the inspiring working conditions (IWC) concept, which has already proven its worth at other Bosch locations. As a result, the campus features open-plan offices with zones for teamwork and working alone, including creatively designed workshop rooms (with simulated jungle, beach, or mountain environments), flexible group-work tables, and traditional meeting and conference rooms. For tasks requiring concentration, a variety of focus and phone spaces have been set up in addition to the desks, which are not assigned to individual associates. The IWC concept also calls for exchange and relaxation zones, as indicated by the presence of lounges, quiet areas, and a light and airy cafeteria with live cooking.

Second key to success: IT-specific facilities and methodologies

The lobby of the campus makes it immediately clear that the focus here is on bits and bytes: a big-screen display with facts and figures on IT at Bosch, along with 128 interactive mini-screens and exhibits, provide an insight into the innovative solutions that the IT and software experts are working on with colleagues from Bosch’s business sectors. Associates can make also use of a user experience (UX) studio for their projects. Using simple prototypes, the experts can work with customers and users at a very early stage of the project to evaluate whether the planned solution is a step in the right direction based on the design thinking innovation method, which is common in the IT world and involves understanding customer needs in creative and structured processes, quickly generating a large number of ideas, and testing them directly with future users.

Third key to success: state-of-the-art hardware and software

At the new IT campus, Bosch has invested heavily in equipping workstations, which feature state-of-the-art equipment such as high-end laptops and smartphones, conferencing and desk-sharing tools such as Skype for Business, and the complete communication infrastructure for user-friendly teamwork across national borders, time zones, and divisions. The IT space gives associates an opportunity to gain an overview of the entire range of hardware and software and get expert advice.

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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