Volkswagen Group expands IT competence: Digital Lab in Berlin inaugurated

Posted on 25. Oct, 2016 by in Volkswagen Canada

The Volkswagen Group is serve expanding a IT competence. The association inaugurated a Digital Lab in Berlin on Tuesday during a rite attended by a Parliamentary State Secretary during a Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Dorothee Bär, a CEO of a Volkswagen Group, Matthias Müller, Member of a General Works Council Heinz-Joachim Thust, and a CIO of a Volkswagen Group, Dr. Martin Hofmann. The lab is where program experts from Volkswagen and specialists from a US program house Pivotal will be operative on a digital ecosystem charity new mobility services as good as networked automobile services.

Speaking during a coronation ceremony, a Parliamentary State Secretary during a Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Dorothee Bär, said: “Digitalization offers a German automotive attention good opportunities for development. Our carmakers are already pioneers in programmed pushing and intelligent mobility services. This hard-won advantage contingency be strengthened and expanded. That is usually probable with first-class expertise in program development. The leaders in this margin will guarantee their creation care in a digital era.”

Matthias Müller, CEO of a Volkswagen Group, commented: “We are harnessing a opportunities offering by digitalization and will be stirring a business with tailored intelligent mobility solutions. We are branch a Volkswagen Group into a globally heading mobility company. IT plays a pivotal purpose in this process. With a labs in Munich, Wolfsburg, San Francisco and now also Berlin, we are formulating informal thought consider tanks outward of determined structures and processes. The labs are a ideal interface with a startup universe and they are a profitable catalyst. They are where we mix a cunning and knowledge of a vast association with a pragmatism and speed of a startup.”

The Digital Lab in a German collateral is partial of a tellurian network of IT labs and other cunning centers in a Volkswagen Group that a association has set adult to expostulate a efforts in a destiny areas of IT, digitalization and unconstrained driving.

The services grown in a Digital Lab are accessible to all Group brands. The lab also supports dilettante departments such as Sales and Technical Development to pattern tailored program products. The Volkswagen Group is thereby strengthening a in-house cunning in a margin of program solutions.

The Digital Lab was founded with financial support from a creation account for a Volkswagen brand, a corner beginning of a association and a Works Council. The creation account supports projects going over Volkswagen’s prior core business.

Heinz-Joachim Thust, Member of a General Works Council, said: “Our colleagues during a Digital Lab are operative tough on program solutions for new business models distant private from automobile manufacturers’ benefaction core business. Our labs therefore not usually emanate ideas for wholly new patron offerings, though also lay a substructure for new areas of employment. That is because a activities of a Digital Lab have a full subsidy of a Works Council and because financial support from a creation account has been forthcoming. The Digital Lab will assistance safeguard we brand record trends during an early theatre and that we turn some-more active as an innovation-driven colonize in digital areas as well.”

Dr. Martin Hofmann, CIO of a Volkswagen Group, explained: “Programmers, information scientists, pattern meditative experts and cloud architects all work together in a labs. We place a importance on Silicon Valley-style flexible operative methods such as span programming, where program developers frequently work in teams of two. That fosters sell and creativity, accelerates development, and enables swifter composition in a eventuality of short-term changes in patron wishes.”

The Volkswagen Group labs are IT growth centers with a start-up format, and yield a sourroundings to examination with new technologies outward of a line organization. Working in tighten team-work with universities, investigate institutions and record partners such as a program dilettante Pivotal, a German labs in Berlin, Munich and Wolfsburg come adult with new IT solutions for areas such as Industry 4.0, large data, modernized analytics, appurtenance learning, synthetic intelligence, connectivity and a internet of things. The labs also duty as catalysts for new work models and crew recruitment methods.

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