Volkswagen CIO Martin Hofmann: IT experts in a labs work a Silicon Valley way

Posted on 22. Mar, 2016 by in Volkswagen Canada

Volkswagen Group IT consistently uses flexible workstyles and complete team-work with universities, record partners and Volkswagen Group departments to rise digital solutions. At a new Volkswagen Digital:Lab in Berlin, a Group is operative on this in a vital partnership with program developer Pivotal. IT experts from Volkswagen and Pivotal jointly rise innovative program and mobility solutions for networked business together with specialists from Technical Development and Sales.

“In a Digital:Lab we are operative on a digital ecosystem that offers a business a new user experience, new mobility services and a raft of networked automobile services”, Volkswagen Group CIO Dr. Martin Hofmann said. “We are formulating totally new products for a customers, and are therefore branch Volkswagen from a automobile manufacturer into a mobility provider.”

Hofmann commented that during a same time Volkswagen was substantiating new workstyles that are being serve developed. “Our IT experts in a labs in Berlin and Munich work a Silicon Valley way, we have brought a Valley to Volkswagen. Pivotal is ancillary a experts with over 20 experts from San Francisco and Boulder, Colorado, and is training them in new program growth methods. Our aim is to resolutely anchor these skills and workstyles in a Group and in Germany. In a middle term, there will be some-more than 600 programmers, information scientists, pattern meditative experts and cloud architects operative in a labs in Berlin, Munich and San Francisco”, Hofmann said.

“Right from a start, Volkswagen program developers combined innovative program solutions in team-work with Pivotal during start-up speed”, Edward Hieatt, Senior Vice President, Services during Pivotal, explained. “Plans embody substantiating a new IT platform.” Volkswagen and Pivotal are focusing on innovative workstyles for program development. These are formed on flexible programming techniques such as impassioned programming, as used successfully by firms in Silicon Valley. For example, program developers work evenly in changing pairs with daily stand-up meetings, unchanging weekly training sessions and continual in-team optimization. This partnership fosters sell and creativity within a teams, reduces a blunder rate, shortens growth processes and allows swifter composition in a eventuality of short-term changes in patron wishes.


About a Digital:Lab

The Digital:Lab in Berlin is a Volkswagen Group’s cutting-edge program developer. The lab supports projects that go over a bounds of Volkswagen’s existent core business and are designed to open adult new business opportunities. The Digital:Lab is building a digital mobility height where outmost partners can wharf on to jointly rise program solutions. The lab is also operative on a new automobile control core that collects information on weather, vicinity and trade from networked vehicles and uses this information to beget early jeopardy warnings. The Digital:Lab’s initial program projects embody digital sales support for dealers and a information heart for digital products.

About Volkswagen Group IT

Volkswagen Group IT connects millions of people each day: complicated complement solutions couple some 600,000 Group employees from about 300 companies and locations with some-more than 1.2 million employees during suppliers. About 650,000 people operative during dealerships are also connected. Ten general mechanism centers safeguard well-spoken and trouble-free information transmission.

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