Bernd Groß is CTO of Software AG and CEO of Cumulocity GmbH, a Software AG company and the world's leading independent Internet of Things (IoT) software platform provider based in Düsseldorf, Germany. With nearly 25 years of international experience in the IT industry and in management positions, including in the UK, Finland and Silicon Valley, USA, Bernd Groß is one of Germany's pioneers and thought leaders in the areas of digitization, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.
Born in Düsseldorf, he co-founded Cumulocity in 2012 as part of a management buy-out of Nokia Siemens Networks. Prior to that, Bernd led innovation management and technology rollout projects at Nokia Siemens Networks in Silicon Valley. Bernd completed his master's degree in information and communications technology with an MBA from London Business School.
What is the pop in your job?
"A truly connected world – everything will be connected with everything, that’s the current mega-trend. Digital transformation has changed so much over recent years. What matters most today is if companies can keep pace with digitalization and survive in a data-driven environment. Our task is to free their data and turn it into value."
What drives you?
"I am an enthusiastic team player, and my aim is to empower teams. I am pragmatic, with a strong focus on business outcome. Technology is the enabler, and value creation is the driver. In other words, technology has to be driven by customers and their needs. This is what makes the business grow and prosper."
What is your passion?
"Technology is one of my biggest passions – and for me, software has always been the most fascinating part of it. As you know: “Software is eating the world!”"