The Stuttgart auto group wants to concentrate on software development. Data centers and workplace IT could be outsourced to service providers.
Daimler is considering outsourcing large parts of its IT to external service providers. In the areas of data center, networks and workplace IT, one can benefit from the economies of scale and innovative performance of global IT companies, a spokeswoman for the Stuttgart-based automaker told heise online. Therefore, it is checked “whether we will partially hand over these items to an external partner”. Daimler wants to continue to focus on software development.
Works Council: “Unhappy”
The works council said on request that the group had informed the employees about the considerations. It’s about hardware, networks and the user help desk. A works council spokesman emphasized that the company could not force any employee to switch to another employer. “The job security and the promise of transformation apply.” If functions are dropped, the company has to offer alternative jobs.
The employee representatives described the considerations regarding the outsourcing of IT areas as “currently unfortunate”. The focus must be on securing employment and on considerations for developing software know-how through professional development. Moreover, outsourcing is not always the right economic decision. “You have to buy these activities expensive,” said the works council spokesman.
Areas affected with thousands of employees?
Neither the Group nor the works council wanted to comment on the question of how many employees work in the areas mentioned. In employee circles it was said that Daimler’s Chief Information Officer Jan Brecht wanted to gradually outsource large parts of IT with “thousands of employees”. A year ago, Brecht denied any considerations in this direction.
Like most other car manufacturers, Daimler is suffering massively from the corona crisis and has recently announced new austerity measures, but explicitly not with future issues such as electrification and digitalization.