05.02.2019 – With the Elephants Club at the BMW Group IT on the subject of “Agile Working” (“Agiles Arbeiten”)

By volunteering, aproxito supported a new event of the Elephants Club, which took place right at the beginning of the new year at the BMW Group IT in Munich.

The event was opened with a keynote address by Klaus Straub, CIO and Senior Vice President of the BMW Group, on the topic of agile working and transformation. The event gave an insight into how this transformation was managed at the BMW Group IT. Another presentation dealt with the question of how a service provider adjusts to working with an agile customer. Then, in two workshop rounds of 30 minutes each, special topics such as Agile Tool Chain, BizDevOps, Blockchain, Cloud, UX Design and VR/AR were worked on together with experts of the BMW Group IT. In this way, each of the 150 participant was given the opportunity to deepen two topic areas in small working groups, and it was shown how an agile corporate culture is driven in an industrial environment by innovative processes, tools and new technologies via IT and into the specialist areas of a major DAX company. Because agile working is a topic not only for the IT people!

Donation to a Charitable Project

Dr. Dietz presents a thank-you to the CIO of the BMW Group, Klaus Straub (from left to right: Marlene Zierheim, Dr. Ulrich Dietz, Klaus Straub)

Fully in the good tradition of the Elephants Club, a charitable project proposed by the BMW Group IT was presented at the end of the event: The donations will go entirely to a school and education project for street children in Kenya. The charitable project was presented with slides and videos to the participants by Marlene Zierheim, chairperson of the supporting association “kidsneedfuture e.V.”.

As treasurer of the Elephants Club, Dr. Dietz, together with Klaus Straub, was able to present a donation cheque for 8,000 EUR to the German association kidsneedfuture e. V. Since the Elephants Club, as promised by its treasurer, doubled again all cash donations collected during the event, even a total of 10,000 EUR could finally be transferred for the school and training project in Kenya!

After the official presentations, there was as usual a lot of opportunity for personal and professional exchange. Special thanks go to the BMW Group IT and Mr. Klaus Straub as well as to all participants, supporters and donators.