Salesforce expands offering, provides more integration with Microsoft

This year's Dreamforce gathering has 140,000 registered participants (Photo: Arjen Bongard)

SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce.com opened its annual mega-convention here with a series of announcements that underscored the business software group’s¬†determination to continue to grow its business sharply. The company announced at its Dreamforce event here how it plans to offer tighter integration with Microsoft productivity software. Salesforce and Microsoft signed a strategic cooperation pact in […]

Daimler’s Zetsche to keynote CES 2015

Zetsche earlier delivered a CES keynote in 2012 (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, keen to affirm the his car company’s connectivity credentials, will deliver a keynote address at¬†the 2015 International CES consumer electronics fair in Las Vegas in early January. Zetsche will discuss “autonomous vehicle technology and its impact on society, mobility and environment,” the¬†Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which organizes the annual gathering, said. […]

carIT Congress: Daimler CIO’s personal agenda

Daimler's Gorriz (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Daimler CIO Michael Gorriz provided some insight into his personal agenda Tuesday, when he told the annual carIT Congress here what the priorities for his department are. “Providing the best customer experience is at the center of all our activities,” he said, adding that, with the Mercedes me platform launched earlier this year, […]

carIT Congress: HP executive warns for energy crunch

HP's Bahns (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — A senior HP executive warned Tuesday that the internet of things, which includes cars as participating devices, may consume more energy than the world can muster. “In five years, there will be 30 billion devices networked in the internet of things,” said Oliver Bahns, director automotive at HP Enterprise Services. “The energy requirement […]

carIT Congress: BMW executive sees electric future

BMW's Frickenstein (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — BMW, which has a fleet of 2.5 million connected cars on the world’s roads, expects an automotive future with highly automated vehicles that are propelled by electric motors, Elmar Frickenstein, vice-president electrics/electronics at the German premium car brand, said Tuesday. Frickenstein said connectivity is already bringing a broad range of new functions to […]

carIT Congress: VDA president confident in German connected-car leadership

VDA President Wissmann... (photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Germany is catching up in the area of connected cars and hopes in coming years to assume a leading position globally, the country’s automobile association (VDA) president, Matthiass Wissmann said at the annual carIT Congress here. But he warned that the industry’s leadership role can only be assured if it is as committed […]

carIT Congress: Audi’s Hackenberg vows to reduce complexity

Hackenberg... (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Audi’s connected-car strategy is moving to the next level as more powerful processors make it easier for drivers to operate increasingly complex functions, said Ulrich Hackenberg, the brand’s head of technical development. In an address to the annual carIT Congress here, Hackenberg said Audi’s strategy is designed to deal with the three megatrends […]

Study: Automotive suppliers lack well-defined social media plan

Suppliers can benefit from greater use of social media (Photo: LinkedIn)

The world’s biggest automotive suppliers only rarely have a clear social-media strategy, according to a study conducted by German PR agency vibrio. They need one, says the agency, because supplier content is becoming ever more important for automakers. As the auto industry changes, new competitors enter the market and the car culture changes to a […]

ZF takes over TRW

ZF will continue to be headquartered in Friedrichshafen. TRW will be a separate division (Photo: ZF)

Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen is taking over TRW Automotive to form a new global supplier group that, with combined annual revenue of around 30 billion euros and 138,000 employees, will be among the world’s 10 biggest automotive suppliers. The two companies have complementary strengths, with ZF occupying a leading position in driveline and chassis technologies and […]

EU’s designated digital boss doesn’t want Google building cars

Oettinger will become the EU's digital chief in November (Photo: EU)

Europe’s designated commissioner for the digital economy¬†says Europe has to modernize faster to avoid being overtaken by high-tech companies such as Google. “We shouldn’t get to the point that Google in future builds products such as cars or TVs and European companies are left with a supplier role,” Guenter Oettinger said in a German newspaper […]