Bosch IT Head Elmar Pritsch Named CIO of the Year

The outstanding efforts of Bosch IT head Elmar Pritsch and his team have not gone unnoticed. The trade journals CIO and Computerwoche named the 48-year-old executive “CIO of the year” in the large company category at its gala in Munich.

With their selection, the jury acknowledged the contribution that the computer scientist has made in his role as chief information officer (CIO) to Bosch’s digital transformation into a leading IoT provider. “Bosch is regarded as having a globally leading IoT platform. The cloud service that runs in the background and is indispensable for the platform’s operation was developed by Elmar Pritsch and his team,” the judges said.

“The importance of IT solutions in the connected world continues to grow, because they are becoming an essential part of the products and their related services. This is why we have systematically realigned our in-house IT department over the past several months. We used to primarily ensure efficient in-house IT infrastructure, but today, we are focusing more on advancing digital business models created by Bosch,” said Pritsch.

By 2020, Bosch plans to make every new electronic product web-enabled and to develop related data services. Bosch is in a better position to achieve success with the IoT than most other companies, since in addition to software and services, it also provides sensors and develops solutions for all core domains: smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and Industry 4.0.

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