automotiveIT Congress – Hanover

Around 500 automotive and IT executives each year attend the Hanover Congress (Photo: Claus Dick)

The automotiveIT Group will host its annual Congress during the CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover March 19, 2015. The event will focus on the new role IT is playing in tomorrow’s car industry. It is the 7th time the automotiveIT Congress takes place in Germany. The conference brings together around 500 executives from the automotive […]

Deutsche Telekom chief casts wary eye on Google

Hoettges sees the balance between infrastructure providers and service companies disappearing (Photo: Telekom)

Deutsche Telekom’s CEO doesn’t fear¬†Google, but he closely watches any moves the California-based internet giant makes in the traditional telecommunications space. “I’m not afraid of Google; I take Google seriously,” Tim Hoettges¬†told Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung in a recent interview. “Especially when they muscle into our core business, like when they offer free video-telephony or instant-messaging […]

Cisco sees data-center traffic tripling in 5 years

(Photo: Cisco)

Data-center¬†traffic will nearly triple between 2013 and 2018¬†and cloud-based interactions will represent 76 pc of that traffic, according to a study by Cisco. The US-based networking specialist also predicted that, by 2018, half of the world’s population will have residential internet access and 53 pc of them will use some kind of personal cloud storage […]

Interview: Opel’s Neumann is committed to affordability

Neumann became CEO of Opel in March, 2014 (Photo: GM)

With a new CEO, a revamped strategic plan and a strengthened commitment from parent General Motors, Opel believes it is on the road to a sustained recovery. The European GM brand has for years suffered losses and weak sales, but its newest models are finding buyers and the company is improving its position in the […]

Salesforce expands offering, provides more integration with Microsoft

This year's Dreamforce gathering has 140,000 registered participants (Photo: Arjen Bongard)

SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce.com opened its annual mega-convention here with a series of announcements that underscored the business software group’s¬†determination to continue to grow its business sharply. The company announced at its Dreamforce event here how it plans to offer tighter integration with Microsoft productivity software. Salesforce and Microsoft signed a strategic cooperation pact in […]

TomTom cites big fuel-efficiency improvement at Toshiba fleet

TomTom's Webfleet dashboard lets fleet managers monitor a range of variables (Photo: TomTom)

A UK-based¬†Toshiba division has improved its fleet fuel efficiency by 27 percent using a TomTom telematics solution, the Amsterdam-based navigation specialist said in a press release. TomTom said Toshiba‚Äôs TEC European retail and sales and service support division increased fuel efficiency across its UK fleet by using TomTom’s Webfleet system. The technology monitors employees’ driving […]

carIT Congress: Daimler CIO’s personal agenda

Daimler's Gorriz (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Daimler CIO Michael Gorriz provided some insight into his personal agenda Tuesday, when he told the annual carIT Congress here what the priorities for his department are. “Providing the best customer experience is at the center of all our activities,” he said, adding that, with the Mercedes me platform launched earlier this year, […]

Study: Automotive suppliers lack well-defined social media plan

Suppliers can benefit from greater use of social media (Photo: LinkedIn)

The world’s biggest automotive suppliers only rarely have a clear social-media strategy, according to a study conducted by German PR agency vibrio. They need one, says the agency, because supplier content is becoming ever more important for automakers. As the auto industry changes, new competitors enter the market and the car culture changes to a […]

Porsche unveils movable “pop-up” store

Porsche's pop-up store will move to London and Shanghai at later dates (Photo: Porsche)

Porsche, attempting a new approach to attract younger customers, opened a temporary “pop-up” store in New York. The store, which will move to London and Shanghai at a later date, supplements existing marketing activities and aims to increase awarenss of the Porsche brand, the sports car maker said in a press release. “The new marketing […]

Porsche acquires 10 pc of Inrix

Volkswagen Group wants to invest in connectivity (Photo: VW)

Porsche Holding has acquired a 10 pc stake in Inrix, underscoring the importance of connected information for the¬†Volkswagen Group. Citing the quickly growing need for traffic-related information and data-based solutions, Porsche board member Philipp von Hagen said: “We see a tremendous potential in this segment of the automotive value chain.” Von Hagen, who is in […]