Bernd Gross

Bernd Gross

CTO of Software AG and CEO of Cumulocity GmbH, a Software AG company, 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 is one of Germany's pioneers and thought leaders in the areas of digitalization, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.

Recent posts

  • Executive Voices

    How to unleash the superpowers for your connected enterprise

    Everybody loves superheroes. After all, superheroes are powerful characters with the ability to control wind or fire, even to save the world. In the real world, of course, there are no actual caped crusaders or Flash Gordons. But, in the world of technology you can become a superhero. Your superpower? - The truly connected enterprise. Driven by connectedness Eventually enterprises,…

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  • News

    The future of racing is connected

    Mario Andretti once said: “If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.”  The Electric Racing Academy (ERA) in Zolder, Belgium disagrees. With help from the Internet of Things (IoT) and Software AG, its electric racing cars can go as fast as they like and still be in control. The ERA is shaking things up in motorsports with…

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  • Executive Voices

    Blockchain and IoT: The future of supply chain

    Imagine a manufacturing company that has factories, assembly plants, warehouses and offices in over 100 locations in 20 countries. Now imagine that this manufacturer has thousands of suppliers, third party engineering and logistics partners and customer. Supply chain visibility is critical, because each step - from design, manufacture and sales to distribution and tracking repairs – must be approved, stamped and documented. This…

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  • Executive Voices

    Sustainability in water supply: Every drop counts

    Just 2.5% percent of the world's water reserves is fresh water. And most of this is not available to humans at all. It is icebound in glaciers of the Arctic and Antarctic or lies deep underground. For us humans, that leaves only a tiny fraction of it: 0.3%. According to Unicef, one in three people has no regular access to clean drinking…

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  • Executive Voices

    The world needs more geeks

    People love toys that make their lives easier, faster, smarter. After all, why use two clicks when one will do? So, today, on Geek Pride Day, give thanks for all the geeks who have made your lives easier. Where would you be without Tim Berners-Lee or Steve Wozniak? You would have to go to an actual bookstore to get the latest science fiction…

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  • Executive Voices

    Myth or fact? Understanding IIoT

    5G, hybrid cloud, edge computing, data sovereignty - the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can sound like a baffling jumble of buzzwords, making it hard to know where to start. Manufacturers are rightly excited about the prospect of IIoT; it can lower costs, improve compliance, reduce risk and – maybe best of all – stimulate innovation through data. But they also…

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  • Executive Voices

    2020 IoT trends that ring true in 2021

    When you think of 2020, what springs to mind? Lockdowns, social distancing, empty shelves, online shopping, companies going out of business? It seems that 2021 will not be radically different and some of the business trends that resonated last year are still going strong. Our top trend from last year: #1 Safety at work The Covid-19 pandemic dominated Board agendas, as…

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  • Executive Voices

    IT called the shots in 2020

    IT departments made most of the tech decisions in 2020 and customers were the largest beneficiaries, in a year of significant digital transformation. This is according to Software AG’s 2020 Situation Report*, which noted that 97% of those surveyed went through “some” digital transformation with almost 60% going through a “large” amount. There were some common goals for transformation, such…

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  • Executive Voices

    The spider economy and technology innovation

    Large technology companies are growing larger by copying or gobbling up innovative predators. I call this the “spider economy,” and it could be killing innovation. On the one hand, tech giants buying clever start-ups to fill perceived gaps in their offering can leave room in the market for other newcomers. On the other hand, copycat behavior is squashing true innovation. Global tech…

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  • Executive Voices

    Three steps to business resilience

    When events threaten to disrupt your company’s future, building resilience into your business becomes a top priority. Resilience is formally defined as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties” and the challenge has rarely been greater. What has become obvious in the last six months is that technology can have a bigger positive impact than many people expected. The good news…

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