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A program of change for Volkswagen Group IT

2019-09-16T06:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Over the past two years, Volkswagen’s central Group IT division, led by CIO Martin Hofmann, has been expanding staff numbers, investment and digital projects across the group’s business processes, and working more closely with brands like Audi, Porsche and Skoda. In the first of a multi-part article special on Group IT, automotiveIT International explains the evolving shape of the organization.

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Map: Volkswagen’s growing network of IT expertise

2019-09-16T06:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen Group IT has opened or expanded global IT and software centers, with growing significance across the company’s IT research and operations. Check out a map of their key locations and functions.

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Building Volkswagen’s Industrial Cloud

2019-09-16T06:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen Group’s landmark project with Amazon Web Services will help to connect all its global factories, and eventually the supply chain as well. At the core of the project is a drive to establish a standard software stack that will transform the way production IT is developed and implemented across Volkswagen locations.

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At the center of change for Volkswagen Group

2019-09-16T06:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Martin Hofmann, chief information office of the Volkswagen Group (pictured, right), explains to automotiveIT International how the carmaker is transforming its IT system backbone and legacy infrastructure across purchasing, production, supply chain and engineering – and how Volkswagen is now able to attract top software talent.

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Augmenting intelligence: How BMW’s US IT center is putting AI into the hands of workers

2019-09-15T04:00:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The BMW IT Technology Innovation and Research Center in the US is both a research lab and closely aligned to the carmaker’s production in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Bennie Vorster, who leads special projects there, talks to automotiveIT International about industrializing new tech, and making sure AI assists workers. 

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Brecht and Brecht: Daimler’s CIO and the chairman of the group’s works council discuss digitalization

2019-09-12T19:08:00+01:00By Ralf Bretting, Hilmar Dunker

For the first time ever, Daimler CIO Jan Brecht and his namesake Michael Brecht, chairman of the company’s general works council and deputy supervisory board chairman, are sitting down together to speak with automotiveIT about the consequences of the digital transformation at the Stuttgart-based automaker. Whether the issue is employees’ “digital readiness,” complexity management or new platform-supported business models, Daimler is making its way through rough terrain.

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Robert Bosch gets a new CIO

2019-09-05T11:06:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Vijay Ratnaparkhe is the new CIO of Robert Bosch, succeeding Elmar Pritsch, who has taken on new responsibilities at the large German automotive supplier group.

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The outlook: Global challenges grow for automotive suppliers

2019-08-30T11:48:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Automotive suppliers are facing a tougher environment as vehicle production declines, the Chinese market weakens and growing efforts to electrify powertrains are reshaping demand structures.

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Schaeffler to work with SAP to improve digital efficiency

2019-08-29T10:57:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Schaeffler plans to work with business software group SAP to further develop its IT systems and step up digital transformation to improve efficiency.

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Study: German logistics sector fails to benefit from startup technologies

2019-08-27T10:05:00+01:00By Werner Beutnagel

German companies transporting goods all too often ignore the potential of digital technologies developed by startup companies, a new study found.

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Bain study: US shortage of data engineers, architects to persist

2019-07-29T13:39:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

US companies will face persistent shortages of experienced data specialists as well as data engineers and data architects as digitalization becomes the new normal across the industry.

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At Audi, going virtual in preparation of e-tron GT production

2019-07-18T11:15:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Audi is embracing virtual reality (VR) and other digital technologies as it gets ready to build its first electric sedan, the e-tron GT.

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​Fiat Chrysler starts building new assembly line for Fiat 500 BEV production

2019-07-18T09:11:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

FCA starts building a new assembly line at its Mirafiori plant in Turin to prepare for the arrival of the electric Fiat 500 in 2020.

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Toyota signs pact with CATL for EV batteries

2019-07-18T08:43:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Amid growing expectations that electric-vehicle sales will grow sharply, Toyota announces an agreement with CATL to get access to a steady supply of batteries.

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Bosch plans for an almost fully digital supply chain by 2021

2019-07-11T09:01:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Robert Bosch wants to handle 85% of its global purchasing using cloud and platform technologies by 2021.

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Seat’s Martorell plant gets first parts delivery by drone

2019-07-10T17:16:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Seat’s car plant in Martorell, Spain, received its first parts delivery by drone Wednesday, as it works to improve efficiency in its manufacturing operations.

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Study: Automotive supply chain lacks transparency

2019-07-10T07:35:00+01:00By Werner Beutnagel

Automotive companies are among the biggest spenders on the digitalization of their supply chains, but a new study finds that they suffer from a lack of transparency when it comes to capturing costs.

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Volvo Cars signs pact with Capgemini on digital transformation

2019-07-08T11:11:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Volvo Cars has locked in the services of Capgemini to digitalize its operations and modernize its IT landscape, the consulting and technology services company said.

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FCA’s North America CIO to speak at Detroit automotiveIT event

2019-07-05T10:29:00+01:00

Fiat Chrysler North America CIO Mamatha Chamarthi will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming Go innovate! Live conference in Detroit in December

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Automotive Production Summit: Focus on electrification, sustainability

2019-07-01T17:53:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Electrification, high investment costs and environmental concerns are major factors driving changes in automotive manufacturing, executives said at an industry gathering here Monday.

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