With its “freelancernetwork” portal, Bosch is one of the first companies to offer freelancers a quick and efficient means to take on attractive projects. ITK Engineering and Connectory of Bosch developed the platform.
Pick up the phone and call around, research social networks, connect with companies at trade shows – these are some of the conventional ways freelancers try to win new clients and contracts. But old-school door-to-door canvassing is a time-consuming and largely analog chore. Today, freelancers need a quicker, more flexible, and digital way of finding the next right job. A new digital service is here to help with that. The “freelancernetwork” platform provides highly qualified freelancers direct and free access to currently available projects of the Bosch Group. Bosch project managers are looking for specialists in application software, cloud applications, cyber security, data analytics, embedded systems, functional security, artificial intelligence, system architecture, user experience, and web and mobile applications. “freelancernetwork” is the gateway to the Bosch world for highly qualified freelancers seeking direct access to search for exciting projects and get in touch with project managers (https://freelancer.technology).
A fast, efficient way of connecting experts with project managers
Two partners in the Bosch Group developed this digital service – the Connectory and ITK Engineering. The Connectory brand is both a co-innovation community and an ecosystem. Its initial mission was to build physical co-creation spaces around the world to establish an interdisciplinary IoT ecosystem. Recently, it also started offering various digital solutions. ITK Engineering is a wholly owned Bosch subsidiary specializing in software engineering, embedded systems, and model-based development. An international technology company, it provides customer-specific consulting and development support services as well as system solutions. These two partners joined forces to set up the freelancer platform. Bosch is thus among the first companies worldwide to afford external experts direct access to internal projects. Freelancers with the right skills and credentials can use the platform to land attractive jobs – without having to pay recruiter or agency fees.
“A fundamental change is underway in our working world,” says Martin Kröger, founder and head of the Connectory l Digital Solutions. “We are seeing much greater demand for short-term, flexible, and sometimes highly specialized services. This is where we enter the picture. With “freelancernetwork”, we can quickly and efficiently connect highly qualified professionals with our project managers who are seeking precisely these skills.” This freely accessible platform puts freelancers in touch with international projects pursued by Bosch and its customers.
Free and easy for freelancers to use
“New projects get underway every day at Bosch worldwide and we often bring in outside expertise,” says Dennis Böcker, Head of Global IoT Innovation at Bosch and founder of the Connectory Spaces and Innovation Network. Currently, interested freelancers could choose from around 40 Bosch projects, which stemmed from 14 different Bosch business divisions, subsidiaries, and strategic project teams. The number of projects on offer since the portal’s launch has been increasing daily. Services are only available in Germany for now, but they will be offered worldwide. The launch in Japan and China is slated for early 2022. Quality control is still a top priority. The customer evaluates each freelancer at the end of a project. Freelancers can make their profile more attractive to customers as they move up the ranking with positive ratings and a rising number and quality of completed projects to their credit.
A combination of freelancers and experts from ITK Engineering
The platform offers another great advantage for very complex projects. Clients can draw on the freelancer pool as well as on ITK Engineering’s workforce to staff their project teams. Around 1,200 ITK Engineering employees can contribute skills that have been honed over many years. “The freelancer network’s launch marks an important milestone in the digital services that ITK Engineering offers in the area of software and systems development,” says Kröger.
This platform managed and operated by ITK Engineering is but one of several digital offerings. Customers can get a picture of the various services available now or to be launched in the months ahead at http://digitalsolutions.one. The company intends to roll out a platform for specialized micro companies and a student portal to promote the development of creative innovation.