The Mercedes-Benz Formula E racing team will use the SAP Hana platform and other SAP software as it prepares for the first all-electric race of the season November 22 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, the German business software group said.
Bill McDermott is stepping down as CEO of SAP with immediate effect, the company said Thursday. He is succeeded by management board members Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein, who will serve as co-CEOs of the world’s largest business software group.
The Volkswagen brand is the first car manufacturer to have a board member in charge of software. In an interview, Christian Senger talks about the sea change within the company, software as a core competency and changes in supplier management.
Volkswagen is reorganizing its global R&D operations in a new division to be called “Volkswagen Group Innovation.” The unit will bring all international innovation-related activities, including research centers in California, Europe and Asia, under one roof.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digitalization is a core part of the corporate strategy at Trumpf and IT plays a big role in the plans. Thilo Press, CIO of the German maker of machine tools since 2015, recently talked to automotiveIT about the digitalization of products and processes, the potential of artificial intelligence and the need for IT to be a fully integrated part of the company’s business. Following are edited excerpts from the interview: