Lisbon gains VW IT centre

In Lisbon, Portugal, Volkswagen inaugurated the Software Development Centre Lisbon (SDC Lisbon) in the presence of the president of the Portuguese republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

In Lisbon, 300 IT specialists are to develop software mainly for the digital ecosystems and internal corporate processes of VW. 100 of these specialists are to work on cloud-based services specifically for the commercial vehicle sector for MAN Truck & Bus.

‘Software development for new digital services is to become a core competence for Volkswagen,’ said Martin Hofmann, CIO of the Volkswagen Group. ‘We are building up the know-how required for this purpose in a decentralized configuration. To recruit the best people, we must go where the best people are located.’

At the SDCs, specialized project teams focus mainly on added-value services for the digital ecosystems of the brands. Security-relevant structures, including those needed for the authentication of customer profiles for such services or the encryption of databases, are also developed at the SDCs.

Volkswagen and MAN Truck & Bus will recruit IT specialists mainly on the Portuguese labour market. As an IT location, the Lisbon metropolitan region features an administration with an affinity for digital matters, a closely meshed network of technology companies and start-ups and a high-performance academic environment with qualified graduates.

Fernando Medina, mayor of Lisbon, said, ‘We are very happy that Volkswagen has chosen Lisbon to install one of its Software Development Centres. This investment will enable us to foster innovation, creativity and to employ and retain highly skilled people in the city.’