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Digital Transformation: Leveraging DXC’s Automotive Center of Excellence

Auto manufacturers face an important challenge today: How do established and successful companies adapt and become fully-digital organizations at the same time the industry moves to hybrid, electric and autonomous cars?

Automotive has experienced stunning technology advancements in the last few years: Some of these innovations include driver-assistance systems such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and Comfort functions such as gesture control or remote park control.

Today, premium vehicles have more than 50 computers and 100 million lines of code versus a jet fighter that has approximately 24 million lines of code. Mechanics have to be as computer-savvy today as a developer in Silicon Valley. Add to the mix that hybrid vehicles are more affordable, autonomous cars are on the rise and car makers are embracing new business models to satisfy the mobility needs of their customers (car/ride share and mobility solutions such as car2go, MAVEN, Lyft) it’s clear we’re going through a monumental industry transformation.

At DXC, we are working closely with our partners to create a virtual Automotive Center of Excellence (COE) that’s focused on solving all of these complex challenges for auto makers. The COE has core competencies in the following areas: Analytics, Production and Agile Development and Operations. Working closely with our customers, our automotive consulting expertise helps them define and implement their strategic roadmap for becoming digital organizations. We also rely on our partner ecosystem that includes large corporates as well as start-ups to drive and inject innovation. While we base most of this expertise in the Northern and Central regions of Europe, these core business competencies are available to clients worldwide.

Here’s a quick rundown of how each core competency contributes to solving automotive issues:

  1. Analytics. DXC has analytics capabilities and solutions to support the auto industry along its value chain. In R&D, for example, we have solutions that handle and analyze multiple petabytes of data that works to improve testing activities. With analytics, auto manufacturers can also better manage their supply chains, gain a deeper understanding into consumer needs and preferences and assess how best to price their parts and products.
  2. Production. DXC helps its customers set up new production lines or plants with the latest Industrie 4.0 standards concepts. Through solutions and capabilities we have developed, our clients can achieve their key plant objectives: efficiency, stability and increased collaboration. Our Automotive consultants develop and operate complete “factories-as-a-service,” or key functional parts of the production facility, such as Manufacturing Execution or Product Lifecycle Management Systems. Our experts also work with our clients to define their roadmap for becoming digital companies. For example, our “Industrie 4.0 Platform” enables significant progress toward achieving the vision of the connected factory. Of course, in production everything is increasingly data driven and our manufacturing analytics solution offers insights into the production processes.
  3. Agile development and operations. DXC Agile Development and Operations services support our clients’ software applications needs from the formation of the idea and strategy through prototyping, testing and putting it to life, as well as maintaining and improving. We support all of this by proven agile methodologies and highly dynamic processes that reflect the increased speed of the market. DXC accomplishes this by using the appropriate computing infrastructures such as public, private or specifically hybrid cloud offerings, depending on our clients’ needs and the best fit for the application. DXC offers this end-to-end or by components, whatever is best for the customer.

Building on DXC Digital Transformation capabilities we use the Automotive COE to focus on our automotive clients’ needs in their current transformation from pure car producers to providers of mobility solutions. Specific solutions around the added value of analytics – effective production environments and agile operation methods like Dev Ops, hybrid cloud and future virtual workplaces can be leveraged by our global OEM customers and suppliers. The Automotive Team at DXC has the means and skills to get the specific needed tasks for automotive customers done.

Next Up: In future blogs, we will explore the DXC Automotive Center of Expertise in more detail.  Find all the related article here.

Dirk Schürmann

Author: Dirk Schürmann

Dirk Schürmann, Director Automotive & Steel, Head of Automotive Center of Excellence, DXC Technology North and Central Europe