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IT and software keep Daimler ahead in China

2019-05-18T13:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The vehicle manufacturer has a dedicated IT organisation in Greater China, led by Stefan Eberhardt, which is focusing on front-end development, improving digital customer experiences and benefiting from the country’s huge tech and startup scene – all of it strategic to Daimler and Mercedes-Benz growth in the world’s largest market.

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Vehicle production: Stay connected, stay safe

2019-05-16T14:48:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Automotive production networks have become far more connected but also more exposed to problems with IT and OT network security and compatibility. Nick Boughton, digital lead at Boulting Technology, explains how manufacturers should be more aware and prepared

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Salesforce: "At no time in history have business and IT been as closely connected as today"

2019-05-14T10:36:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Markus Ehrle, senior vice president enterprise business at Salesforce Germany, speaks to automotiveIT International about the Audi e-tron project, digitalization in the manufacturing industry and the role of the software company in improving customer service.

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automotiveIT International to host Detroit event

2019-05-02T14:24:00+01:00By automotiveIT International

automotiveIT International will host its inaugural Go innovate! Live event in Detroit in September, bringing together key players from the automotive, IT and high-tech sectors to discuss the transformation of the global automotive industry.


Poll: Culture change the biggest challenge in digital transformation of car industry

2019-04-29T11:10:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Changing the corporate culture remains one of the biggest challenges faced by the automotive industry as it attempts to implement its digital transformation.

Carla Gohin, CTO, PSA

At PSA, new top execs for quality, engineering, R&D

2019-04-29T10:04:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Nicolas Morel and Carla Gohin (pictured) are taking over top roles as Gilles Le Borgne steps down as CTO.

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Ford names new leaders amid shake-up

2019-04-17T17:44:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Joe Hinrichs takes on more responsibilities across product and technology; former CIO Marcy Klevorn to retire.

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Aptiv safety chief: "We've seen a big adoption curve in safety technology"

2019-04-16T10:07:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

David Paja, head of advanced safety at Aptiv, talks about IT and technology for safety are spreading across the automotive industry

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Analysis: Dual role for Porsche CIO Ulbrich combines IT operations and digital strategy

2019-04-12T12:01:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Mattias Ulbrich’s dual role, and the departure of previous CDO and head of Porsche Digital, Thilo Koslowski, suggests that digital transformation at many OEMs might be most effective by those with hands-on IT roles.


Daimler CIO: "Data analysis and data management must be a core competency"

2019-04-11T14:24:00+01:00By Hilmar Dunker, Ralf Bretting

Daimler’s global chief information officer, Jan Brecht, spoke to automotiveIT about speed, data, open-source software and other corporate IT priorities.


AGCO harvests more value from IT

2019-04-05T16:02:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

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.

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Analysis: Plan for supply chain attacks

2019-04-05T14:04:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The US Department for Homeland Security sees risks in the supply chain increasing, including for the aumotive industry

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AWS looks to fast movers in the auto industry

2019-04-02T16:43:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

AWS vice president Dirk Didascalou talks about could opportunities across the automotive supply chain.

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Faurecia looks to digital services, underpinned by IT and data

2019-03-25T23:44:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Dr. René Deist 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.


Opel CIO: IT decoupling from GM ahead of schedule

2019-03-22T09:59:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

BERLIN – The decoupling of Opel IT from previous owner General Motors is ahead of schedule, Thomas Kuelpp, CIO of the German car brand, told the automotiveIT Congress.


BMW CIO targets 50 new software releases daily

2019-03-21T14:04:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

BERLIN – BMW is moving full steam ahead with a company-wide project to embed agile development in all processes involving corporate IT.

Mattias Ulbrich, CIO, Porsche

Porsche CIO: Digital experience will grow in importance

2019-03-21T11:23:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Customers’ digital experience will equal vehicle design in importance in coming years, Porsche CIO Mattias Ulbrich said in Berlin on Thursday speaking at the automotiveIT Congress.

Daimler CIO Jan Brecht

Daimler CIO: Speed is a top priority

2019-03-21T11:01:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Daimler is counting on faster IT, better customer interaction and the digitalization of development and production as tools to improve efficiency and profitability.

Falke Bothe, head of digital transformation, VW

VW digital chief: Digital transformation works better with more responsibility for functional departments

2019-03-21T08:52:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

BERLIN – Digital transformation at Volkswagen Group has for years been a core part of the carmaker’s strategy, but executives are constantly adapting the way the changes are implemented.

Harald Krueger, CEO, BMW

Digitalization set to help BMW cut costs

2019-03-20T15:43:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

BMW’s CEO is pointing to digital technology, including virtual simulations, as a means to save huge amounts of money.

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