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..
DETROIT – Whether General Motors or Toyota or, before too long, Volkswagen is the world’s biggest automaker is a subject of debate. What’s not in dispute is that GM, with 176 plants in 31 countries, 20 engineering centers and more than 200,000 employees worldwide, is a complex, multifaceted global corporation that commands a top position Read More..
BMW Financial Services depends for all its IT needs on the group’s internal service division. IT at BMW is run by Karl-Erich Probst, CIO, while financial services at the German premium carmaker is headed by Erich Ebner von Eschenbach. Probst and Ebner von Eschenbach explain in an interview with automotiveIT what their common goals are Read More..
Sven Lorenz, Porscheâ€™s CIO is a busy man. Not only does he have to manage integration with new majority owner Volkswagen, he also has to deal with the increasing role of social media, continued tight budgets andthe need to get dealers to use one dealer management systems. Lorenz spoke recently with automotiveIT about these and Read More..
Europeâ€™s biggest software maker, SAP, would like to cooperate more closely with HP. â€œHP has been a good partner to us for many years and we are open to expanding that cooperation,â€ said Jim Hagemann Snabe, co-CEO of SAP. In an interview with Germanyâ€™s Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Snabe said cooperation with the US-based technology group makes Read More..
Daimlerâ€™s r&d boss says IT will play a key role in tomorrow’s passenger cars. In an interview with automotiveIT, Thomas Weber cited driver-assistance systems, comfort features and new media as areas where IT will play a central role. â€œThe car will offer increasingly web-based services, individualization and connectivity,â€ Weber said. â€œYesterday, car manufacturing was mostly Read More..
Christian Ley, 42, began his professional career in 1995 as a trainee at the Brose Group and after 12 months moved to corporate IT as an applications developer. In 2000, he took over the management of the â€œlogistical application systemâ€ corporate department of the German automotive supplier. In this position, Leyâ€™s responsibilities included numerous SAP Read More..
Klaus Draeger began his career as a scientific staff member at the university before earning his PhD. In 1985, he joined BMW as a trainee in the manufacturing area. He passed through various posts at the German premium carmaker, including manager of purchasing for special models. In the second half of the 1990s, Draeger was Read More..