Digital Breakfast

19 March 2019

Who our partners are

DigitalLab@HSR is possible thanks to our partners:


Since 2003, Cognizant successfully supports companies in making their business processes more productive and efficient. Therefore we rely on the experience of local and international markets and we count some of Switzerland’s best established global players from sectors like financial services, insurance, life sciences and pharmaceutical, manufacturing and retail & consumer goods among our client base. Moreover we have strong working relationships with federal and cantonal authorities as well as productive partnerships with leading universities.

We want to empower our customers' business by helping them to create an agile working environment. This enables companies to respond better to changing and more complex customer needs and to transform their business, operations and technology models for the digital age. The key for a successful collaboration lies in our unique two-in-a-box partner model.


The Institute of Technology Management at the University of St.Gallen was founded in 1988. It maintains close links to industry through intense collaboration with Swiss and European organizations by means of major research and consulting projects. An experienced team of 60 researchers supports firms in order to increase future competitive advantages, from identifying the greatest improvement opportunities to their implementation.

The Division Production Management offers industrial organizations both industry and functional expertise, advisory and benchmarking competencies, and academic research. From a research perspective, new concepts and solutions in the field of digitalization (Industry 4.0), production management as well as Smart Services are being developed.

Furthermore, the institute supports industrial organizations in different industries and regions in their strategic planning, process optimization and the implementation of improvement initiatives. From process mapping to the (re-)formulation of a production strategy and recommendations for the use of digitalization solutions, the division offers a variety of research and consulting projects.


The University of Applied Sciences in Rapperswil (HSR) is active in the fields of education, training and application-oriented research and development (aF&E). Since its founding in 1972, the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil has developed into a strong brand. The HSR stands for practice-oriented teaching, innovative research and the constant transfer of knowledge with industry, and trains around 1,600 students in 8 technical bachelor's degree programs. In addition, HSR offers the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in 8 research areas.

In application-oriented research and development aF&E, the HSR runs active technology and knowledge transfer. HSR's 16 institutes are successful in the market with their services and make HSR a strong partner for business, industry and the public sector. With around CHF 30 million in third-party funding and currently more than 400 research projects, HSR is one of the largest research institutions in Switzerland.


We are visionaries providing new ideas for the social, economic and technological development of Eastern Switzerland. Innovation, quality and dynamism shape our university, elevating it to an outstanding position in the Swiss education landscape. We are an interdisciplinary university of applied sciences with a strong focus on practice and application.

Around 3,300 students are currently enrolled in our Health, Social Work, Technical Science and Business Administration departments, as well as in executive education courses. We oversee seven research and consulting institutes and are actively involved in the national and international knowledge community.


Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company with the mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft Switzerland GmbH is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Redmond USA). Since its establishment in 1989, the subsidiary has developed into a typical Swiss SMB with 620 employees.

Microsoft Switzerland is connected to the country's economic and political institutions and maintains an active social dialogue on the topics of innovation, security and education. The partner network comprises 6’000 local business partners and 14’000 certified product and solution specialists nationwide.

Microsoft Switzerland GmbH has its headquarters in Wallisellen near Zurich. Further offices are located in Wollishofen, Berne and Geneva.


Innovation is not optional. It's a must. The acceleration of change and scale of disruption from data, digital technologies, globalization and other forces means organizations have to evolve to survive. We innovate to incubate to implement.

For EY Advisory Switzerland, a better working world means solving big, complex industry issues and capitalizing on opportunities to help deliver outcomes that grow, optimize and protect our clients' businesses. We know that because we've helped countless clients to innovate. EY is subject to the same threats though. And we've also had to adapt. So we've taken our heritage of entrepreneurship and innovation, reinvented it, and put it at the heart of our services – so you, and we, can stay on top. We call it Innovation Realized.

Our innovation approach is based on the premise that innovation is the art of making hard things easy. We work with you to build new business offerings by sharing, honing and deploying new approaches, tools and services, and turning local practices into global best practices. We're constantly evolving to help you drive your business forward, turning threat into opportunity. Working together, we can help you design better outcomes and deliver long-lasting results. EY’s organization is represented in Switzerland by Ernst & Young Ltd, Basel, with ten offices across Switzerland, and in Liechtenstein by Ernst & Young AG, Vaduz.

Contact Us

Let's share ideas

Experience digitalization at our premises located within the University of Applied Sciences in Rapperswil. Just drop us an email, phone call or you can stop by the HSR building 3, first floor, room 3.109.

Simon Erdmann: +41 79 397 66 31
Prof. Dr. Roman Hänggi: +41 79 312 12 03
HSR Building Nº3
1st. Floor, Room 3.109