Boots opens tech workspace to build ‘start-up’ culture

Boots is opening a new technology workspace which aims to create a “start-up culture” within the organisation.

Boots hopes that the workspace, which will be located at the company’s headquarters in Nottingham, will drive opportunities to use emerging technology in the business.

The UK health and beauty retailer is working alongside Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on the new workspace, which is called INNOVATE.

The new space was designed to be an “agile incubator” that combines creative space with top talent and emerging technology.

It will use TCS Pace “innovation architecture” to provide mechanisms for creative problem solving, digital toolboxes to ramp up collaboration and the design of new Boots experiences, technology sandboxes to develop proofs of concept, and a physical workspace.

“INNOVATE offers the chance to revolutionise the way we think about technology at Boots and push the boundaries of what we can achieve with agile thinking and a fearless test and learn approach,” said Rich Corbridge, chief information officer, Boots. “The opportunity to be creative, solve problems and be seamlessly connected with our tech partners is key to positioning Boots at the forefront of innovation in the industry.”

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