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 […]

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 / 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 […]

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, Salesforce.com 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 […]

Siemens PLM expands partner program

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Siemens PLM and the German engineering group’s Technology to Business (TTB) division are expanding a manufacturing partnership program¬†to include robotics startups. Until now the so-called “Frontier Partner Program” made available Siemens PLM software to startups keen to develop 3D printing innovations. Now, however, entrepreneurs with a focus on robotics technologies can also qualify for the […]

Made for Daimler suppliers: a CAD bridge for NX and Catia

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T-Systems is offering suppliers to Daimler a program that can convert 3D CAD data created with Catia into a format that can still be used following the company switch to a new Siemens NX based software system. The German business services group said its Com/Fox software will be able to handle the conversion without any […]

Interview: Daimler China CIO Marc Lampe discusses CRM

Greater China CIO Marc Lampe (Photo: Daimler)

Marc Lampe moved to Beijing as regional CIO of Daimler’s operations in September of 2013. Before taking charge of the carmaker’s IT operations in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, he was responsible for IT in the German company‚Äės vans segment. Lampe’s primary job in China is to support the growth of Daimler and its Mercedes-Benz […]