Like automotive firms, agricultural equipment maker AGCO is planting the seeds of transformation, implementing a common global IT infrastructure, more digital manufacturing processes and an agile approach to IT service and development. By Christopher Ludwig Manufacturers of passenger vehicles are not alone in implementing technology that will change the way their products and business Read More..
Dr. René Deist (pictured) is leading a transformation of Faurecia’s global IT systems and processes to digitalize the supply chain and develop products faster – as well as to support new business models. By Christopher Ludwig The automotive industry faces clear challenges in a slowing global economy, geopolitical risks and technological disruption. Across the supply Read More..
CIO Raman Mehta is leading a dramatic modernization of Visteon’s IT and IS architecture and enterprise systems, helping the cockpit electronics supplier to further digitalize its engineering, production and supply chain. By Christopher Ludwig Every company in the automotive industry today is concerned with the transformation of their business models, from manufacturing and value chains, Read More..
German business software giant SAP and its US based competitor Oracle are locked in a fierce head-to-head competition. SAP has had the edge for a while. Now the pendulum could be swinging the other way. ERP systems are the dinosaurs of business IT. They emerged in the late 1980s and have, since then, been progressively expanded, converted Read More..
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 saidÂ the resulting transparency in production Read More..
Companies often have many – some more than 100 – enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, but most would like to settle for just one, according to a study of German mid-sized and bigger corporations. The poll, conducted by consultants Detecon among German companies, found that more than 20 pc of them have more than 50 Read More..
Despite their dominant market share in ERP systems, the top three software providers are facing new competion that may erode their strong positions. According to a benchmarking study by ERP specialists Panorama Consulting, the three companies together have a 47 pc share of the global market. “But the market is shifting,” Panorama warned in the Read More..
Purchasing departments at German companies more often than not manage without IT systems that are tailored to their requirements. According to a survey conducted last year by Germany’s RAAD Research, fewer than 20 pc of 230 German companies interviewed use software that specifically supports the purchasing function. Instead, many use a mixture of Excel spreadsheets Read More..
Rafael Engelhardt has reduced IT expenditures at US-based automotive supplier TRW by imposing a range of restrictions on, among other things, employees’ use of smartphones.Â He also took action to curb expenses in other areas. That has helped bring down TRW’s IT costs to one of the most competitive levels in the supplier industry. In Read More..
Jamal Farhat, CIO of BorgWarner, is working on more than 1,000 projects this year, as the U.S. based automotive supplier expands its global business operations. He needs to make sure the groupâ€™s engineers have the IT tools they need, that the companyâ€™s 17,500 worldwide employees can communicate and share information easily and that BorgWarnerâ€™s information Read More..