German automotive supplier Mahle is in the middle of a digital transformation. Electric/electronics, software and networks are extremely important to the company’s new products, and its information technology has to be converted companywide. In an interview, CIO Markus Bentele discusses the art of juggling all the changes and the new collaboration between Mahle’s IT and Read More..
Digital transformation may be high on the agenda of just about every company, but few have made the organizational changes needed to effectively execute the required processes. That is one of the outcomes of a survey by Germany’s high-tech association, Bitkom, which found that two-thirds of companies polled admitted that they have not yet created Read More..
Audi CIO Frank Loydl has been on the job since February of this year. One of the first decisions he made was to launch an IT transformation project called NEXT:IT. It centers around a reorientation of the IT organization at Volkswagen Group’s premium brand. With a restart planned for January 1, the pace is high. Read More..
Artificial intelligence is one of the top five topics on the agenda of many CIOs and CDOs in the auto industry. It’s not unusual for them to sit down with Wolfgang Wahlster, the head of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and get first-hand information on the latest technologies. Then they jointly develop ideas for innovative Read More..
Audi appointed Abraham Schott interim CEO following the arrest of Rupert Stadler earlier in the week. The German premium car maker said Schot, who has headed sales and marketing at Audi since 2017, is taking over immediately. Audi said Stadler had requested to be relieved of his duties, both as head of Audi and as Read More..
Daimler and Hubject have concluded their pilot trial of the Plug&Charge digital certificate system, which enables electric vehicle drivers to access public recharging facilities without the need for a smartphone app or RFID card. The latest Smart EQ Fortwo and Forfour models, now in production, are the first to support the Plug&Charge system. Hubject has Read More..
In an interview, Daimler’s head of innovation discusses agile processes, the potential of new technologies and the new business models under consideration.
MHP and Actano are cooperating to build a scalable cloud-native platform for project management in the automotive industry. The two companies said they will offer a so-called platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model that lets customers choose the components they need for a particular situation. Customers also decide how many users need access to the service and for Read More..
Porsche CIO Sven Lorenz already is investing one-third of his project budget in connected-car technologies and the amount of investment is rising. Like other automotive companies, the premium sports car brand of the Volkswagen Group is streamlining processes all along the value chain. It also is developing new, digital products and functions, and is forging Read More..
A German poll finds that many companies feel they still don’t need help with digital transformation. But there are indications that more will be recruiting consultants in the near term.