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 […]

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 […]

Connected Car Expo – LA

The LA Auto Show features a range of new model introductions (Photo: LA Show)

The Connected Car Expo (CCE), an exhibition combined with a conference program, kicks off the annual Los Angeles Auto Show November 17. The event aims to promote connectivity in the auto industry and bring together players from all industries involved. The CCE will host a one-day conference at the Marriott Hotel on the first LA […]

Study: Automotive patents up 7 pc in 2014

(Photo: Toyota)

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Continental develops electric drive for China

Continental expects strong EV demand in China in coming years (Photo: Continental)

Continental has developed an electric drive for China in anticipation of an electric-vehicle boom in the world’s largest car market. The German automotive supplier said it will introduce the compact, cost-effective, and high-performance system at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The drive, which will combine an electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a […]