“The IT department only functions as a team. One person alone has no chance.”

When Jörg Walter started working at HUGO BOSS he was one of six IT staff in the company. “We worked with two MB main memories. This was when information technology was in its infancy,” he says. That was in 1983. Today, more than 35 years later, he is the IT Director and in charge of around 380 employees worldwide, 280 of which are at the Metzingen headquarters.

IT, which is made up of nine divisions in total, has grown into a key player at the center of the business. The digital transformation is taking place across the whole organization. It involves product development and the supply chain alike. Connecting with, and emotionalizing customers plays a big part, as digital solutions like the MOCCA app become available in stores. These provide support for the store employees during the consultation conversations, and directly connect offline sales with online sales.

Speed and Stability
High tech and tradition, progress and reliability, future and heritage: at HUGO BOSS they go hand in hand. The IT department provides a vital contribution to the business with its innovation. “IT sees itself as a partner. We can only develop the best solutions for HUGO BOSS together.” This self image is also reflected in the IT strategy. Speed is one of the key factors in a constantly evolving market. It is about using digital possibilities and tools to make the value-added chain quicker and more flexible. At the same time, safety and stability must be guaranteed. A modular IT architecture helps to speed up processes and to remain particularly agile and efficient.

From the visionary all the way to the technician
This calls for manpower and relevant skills - from the online store operators to the internal data center, from the visionary to the technician. “It is very diverse. The support and service staff are as important as the developers.” It is important to note how much know-how is built up and maintained internally as part of this. The advantage: “We want the technology to be firmly in our hands.”

The IT department only functions as a team
Jörg Walter places a lot of value in good cooperation in an inter-disciplinary environment. “The IT department only functions as a team. One person alone has no chance.” However, this does not mean that they have to all sit together in one location. With the help of advanced technology HUGO BOSS is defining a new working culture. Through digital platforms and the most modern cloud computing solutions it is possible to work together in virtual and global teams - at any time, independently, and from anywhere. Flexibility is not negotiable. For good reasons: “The business is like driving a rally. It is getting faster and faster. And we want to be in pole position.” Fasten your seatbelts.