Study: German CIOs and CTOs see IT as decisive for competitiveness, growth

Robert Half sees high demand for IT security experts (Photo: Symantec)

CIOs and CTOs in Germany see IT as key for their companies’ growth plans, according to a new study. In a survey of 200 corporate IT and technology executives, IT recruitment specialist Robert Half Technology found that 91 pc believe IT is “important” or even “very important” in companies’ efforts to stay competitive in an […]

T-Systems executive: Telecoms and automotive have grown closer together

Heinz Egeler (Photo: T-Systems)

Heinz Egeler has been in charge of the Connected Car business of T-Systems since June 2015. In written answers to questions, Egeler explains the strategic priorities of the German IT service provider and discusses some of the characteristics of the changing personal-mobility industry. automotiveIT: Mr. Egeler, you’ve been in your new position for just a […]

Worries grow over security of cloud data transfers

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Enthusiasm was high at the outset, but now a survey shows that companies are beginning to have second thoughts about relying on cloud-based architectures. Many experts, for example, are increasingly questioning whether cloud computing centers in fact can control production facilities or manage logistics centers without difficulties, as the providers promise. IT managers are especially […]

Nokia HERE: Accenture consultant sees more acquisitions

Axel Schmidt (Photo: Accenture)

Following news that Audi, BMW and Daimler are set to jointly acquire Nokia HERE, automotiveIT asked Accenture automotive expert Axel Schmidt three questions about the implications of the transaction. automotiveIT: What’s in it for¬†Audi, BMW and¬†Daimler to acquire Nokia HERE? Schmidt:¬†The carmakers are first and foremost interested in a platform that can be the foundation […]

Study: Automotive patents up 7 pc in 2014

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The world’s carmakers registered 7 pc more patents in 2014 than the year before, with Toyota alone accounting for 26 pc of the total. According to Germany’s Center of Automotive Management (CAM), the 18 biggest global carmakers registered more than 57,000 patents in 2014. Honda came second after Toyota and General Motors was in third […]

US regulators impose 105 million dlr fine on Fiat Chrysler

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) accepted a 105 million-dlr penalty for failing to meet US federal requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects. The US-Italian auto group will have to buy back some of the vehicles and will have to submit to “rigorous” federal oversight, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement. […]

WTO members to lift tariffs on more than 200 IT products

IT products may become cheaper as tariffs are eliminated (Photo:Thorben Wengert / pixelio.de)

Fifty-four countries have agreed to eliminate tariffs on more than 200 IT products, freeing up¬†global trade flows worth more than 1.3 trillion dlrs a year. The agreement was reached under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO). “Today’s agreement is a landmark,” WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said in a press statement. The volume […]

Bosch CIO: New office software meets high data-security standard

Fritsch became CIO of Robert Bosch in early 2015 (Photo: Bosch)

Robert Bosch is spending 800 million euros on a company-wide upgrade of its office productivity systems. Answering questions put to him by automotiveIT, Elmar Pritsch, who became CIO of the German automotive supplier in early 2015, recently provided some more details of the project. automotiveIT: Mr Fritsch, Bosch is putting new office software on 240,000 […]

Fiat Chrysler acts on hacking report, recalls 1.4 million cars

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is among the vehicles getting a software update (Photo: Jeep)

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) recalled 1.4 million vehicles in the US following a report on the wired.com web site that two hackers had successfully manipulated the in-car systems of a Jeep Cherokee. FCA said the voluntary recall will update software, which “insulates connected vehicles from remote manipulation.” Wired reported earlier that the two computer experts had […]

Audi, BMW, Daimler jointly acquire Nokia HERE

Maps will be more important for autonomous cars (Phote: Nokia)

A consortium of German carmakers is buying Nokia’s digital mapping business for 2.8 billion euros. Audi, BMW and Daimler confirmed in a press release that they will jointly acquire Nokia HERE and will run the mapping company as an independent entity that will provide a platform open to all customers. The three, which will hold […]