Daimler’s switch from Catia to Siemens NX moves into higher gear

Daimler's change is driven by compatibility issues between its CAD and PDM software

Daimler’s preparations for its planned switch from Catia to Siemens NX are progressing and the carmaker has, in the words of one insider, entered the “hot phase” of the transition. Two-thirds of CAD software users still need to run through their prepatory training before the changeover takes effect April 2015. Daimler announced in 2011 that […]

automotiveIT Congress: Qoros CIO cites greenfield advantages

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HANOVER – Chinese newcomer Qoros has one advantage over all other automakers: the company started five years ago from a clean sheet of paper and didn’t have to deal with antiquated plants, outdated machinery, old software or a difficult product history. “We took a greenfield approach to everything,” said Qoros CIO Wolfgang Grottke. “We have […]

automotiveIT Congress: Dudenhoeffer: Connectivity important for premium sector

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HANOVER – Connected cars will be important differentiators for makers of premium cars, but those manufacturers should be wary of potential data security issues, university professor Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer said Thursday. Dudenhoeffer, who heads the CAR research center at Germany’s University Duisburg-Essen, said that, while the auto industry can successfully develop a model for connecting cars, […]

automotiveIT Congress: T-Systems exec says digital transformation is a must

T-Systems executive Spreitzer….. (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – Companies have no option but to embrace new digital technologies, a senior T-Systems executive said at the automotiveIT Congress on Thursday. “Transform or Die” was the title of a presentation by Thomas Spreitzer, senior vice president marketing at the German telecommunications service provider. Spreitzer said that companies failing to adopt 21st century business […]

automotiveIT Congress: eCall seen cementing automotive IT ties

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HANOVER – The ties between the automotive and IT industries will get a major push from the introduction in Europe of eCall, a senior German government official said Thursday. “At the latest with the firm introduction of eCall the connection of all cars with the internet can no longer be stopped,” said Cornelia Rogall-Grothe. Rogall-Grothe […]

automotiveIT Congress: GM’s MOTT says “IT is a strategic corporate asset”

GM CIO Randy Mott is insourcing 90 pc of IT services (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – General Motors CIO Randy Mott said IT is a “strategic corporate asset” for the automaker. It can play a key role in boosting the speed of innovation, he said. Mott, who joined GM two years ago, has embarked on a complete IT revamp at the company, insourcing most services that were previously handled […]

Dassault Systemes CEO sees big changes in car engineering

Dassault Systemes' Charles says in-car electronics are too complex (Photo: Dassault Systemes)

Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles expects big changes in car engineering as the industry deploys new product design and development technologies. In a telephone interview with automotiveIT, Charles, who has headed the Paris-based maker of 3D design and product lifecycle management software since 1995, said engineering and manufacturing will increasingly focus on the experience provided […]

Executive Report: GM CIO confident of progress in IT overhaul

Randy Mott is a keynote speaker at the 2014 automotiveIT Congress (Photo: Larry A. Peplin)

  General Motors CIO Randy Mott is confident he’s making progress in his three-year drive to overhaul IT operations at North America’s largest automaker. In an interview with automotiveIT, Mott cited “a lot of blocking and tackling” he had to do in 2013, referring to the often unglamorous work handled by American football’s defense players […]

Big-data market expected to soar in Germany

Big Data analysis makes sense of large amounts of information (Photo: Wikimedia)

The German market for big-data analysis is set to jump 59 pc to 6.1 billion euros this year, according to a study by  Crisp Research. The consultants see the market growing to 13.6 billion euros by 2016. The study was commissioned by Germany’s high-tech industry association, Bitkom, which highlighted the far-reaching potential of big data. […]

Nvidia GPU Conference, San Jose

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is one of the keynote speakers at the GTC (Photo: Nvidia)

Nvidia is hosting its annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, California, March 24-27. The event is billed as the world’s biggest and most important conference for GPU developers. Nvidia is a leader in graphics processing and the California-based company says the conference provides a broad range of opportunities to discuss the latest GPU technologies. […]