MES investments seen growing as part of Industry 4.0

MES can help improve efficiency in production (Photo: Kuka)

Companies are planning to step up investment in management execution systems (MES) as production environments get ready for Industry 4.0. According to a study by technology consultants BearingPoint, 88 pc of companies polled say MES is becoming increasingly important and two-thirds plan investments in the next three years. These companies said¬†the resulting transparency in production […]

In automotive management ranks, a lack of digital expertise

Study concludes digital technologies require different management skills (Photo: Technical University Chemnitz)

Automotive companies need to change the makeup of their executive suites if they want to lead the trend toward electric powertrains, connected cars and autonomous driving, according to a new study. The “Automotive Executive Study 2015″ by headhunters Russell Reynolds Associates analyzed the profiles of top managers of global carmakers and suppliers and found that […]

Audi production boss sees big changes in car manufacturing

Waltl says the traditional assembly line will stay, but it may not always be used (Photo: Claus Dick)

Digitalization is not just changing the car; it is changing every aspect of the car-making industry as well. Hubert Waltl, who has headed production at Audi since April 1, 2014, recently discussed the digitally driven changes in car manufacturing at Audi and elsewhere in the industry. “We are willing to go new ways in production” […]

Worries grow over security of cloud data transfers


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 […]

Daimler IT Exec: Standards will help manage engineering complexity

Daimler R&D CIO Haasis says standards are key in exchanging technical information with suppliers (Photo: Daimler)

As vehicles grow in complexity, coordination between carmakers, suppliers and other partners ¬†faces increasing challenges. In answers to written questions,¬†Siegmar Haasis, CIO Research and Development at Mercedes-Benz Cars, discusses the growing relevance of standards and lifts the veil on some of the initiatives Daimler is undertaking in this area. automotiveIT:¬†Mr. Haasis, you are a strong […]

WTO members to lift tariffs on more than 200 IT products

IT products may become cheaper as tariffs are eliminated (Photo:Thorben Wengert /

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 […]

Sources: Adidas executive to become next Daimler CIO

Jan Brecht is set to succeed Michael Gorriz (Photo: Adidas)

A senior¬†Adidas executive, Jan Brecht, will succeed Michael Gorriz as CEO of Daimler, industry sources say. Brecht is currently in charge of IT and global supply chain at Adidas, a Germany-based maker of sporting goods. He is expected to assume his new position at Daimler in September. The new CIO already worked for the German […]

BMW tests hydrogen fuel-cell drive

BMW says its fuel-cell electric-drive technology results from a cooperation with Toyota (Photo: BMW)

BMW is testing a hydrogen fuel-cell electric drive vehicle, but isn’t making any predictions about a possible market launch. The German premium car maker, which showed journalists a 5 Series GT model with a fuel-cell powered electric motor, said the project is one result from the strategic collaboration it formed with Toyota in 2013. That […]

Software problem triggers recall of 433,00 Ford vehicles in N. America

Common architectures have led to more cars being recalled (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor is recalling about 433,000 vehicles in North America to address a software problem that could leave the cars’ engines running even after drivers turn¬†the initiation key to the off-position. The US carmaker said the recall resulted from “an issue with the body control module” of the ¬†the various models, which include the 2015 […]

Salesforce raises ambitions in Europe

CEO Marc Benioff is the key speaker at the World Tour sessions (Photo: Salesforce)

MUNICH – With 7,100 guests registered to attend the German part of its World Tour, is sending a clear signal that it aims to grow its presence in Europe. The San Francisco-based business software group has been on a roll worldwide, with sales jumping 32 pc in 2014 to 5.37 billion dlrs.¬†Co-founder and CEO […]