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GlobalCareer took part in the Automotive IT Kongress 2016

GlobalCareer, an international executive search agency, attended the CeBIT 2016 and Automotive IT Kongress in Hannover, Germany on March 14 – March 18. Over 800 000 people from many companies across the world attended the five-day event. Kristian Schilling, Senior Consultant from GlobalCareer’s Frankfurt office, represented the company at the exhibition. 

CeBIT 2016

“Following this year’s CeBIT slogan “Digital Transformation” we could see what “smart” and connected devices mean for today and our everyday life in the future. It will affect all aspects -from kitchen devices to mobility to manufacturing solutions. At the same time, the calls from industry to policy makers get louder, demanding more initiative for high speed networks, the deployment of broadband networks and 5G technologies to enable this development,” said Kristian Schilling, Senior Consultant, GlobalCareer - Germany.

Corporations such as Telefónica, TomTom Bridge, Eurotech, OSGi Alliance, SAP, and Intel were in Hannover to present their latest developments in Internet of things (IoT) area. Companies like Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft were on hand to display design concepts of Big Data and the Cloud as pillars of digital transformation. Airbus’s Cyber Defense Center and Kaspersky were in Hannover to showcase new technologies for increased IT security. There was also interest in the future of robotics and virtual reality (VR). Many visitors were looking to finding out more about humanoid robots and VR-solutions for use in different areas.

It is worth noting that German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel was at CeBIT to have a first-hand impression of the newest solutions and innovations in information technology area. She stressed the need for faster progress. "Time is of the essence," she remarked.

Automotive IT Kongress 2016

This year the Automotive IT Kongress took place during CeBIT on March 17. Around 200 people attended the conference that was devoted to new developments in information technology within the automotive industry.

“When the industry wants to use “Big Data” to deliver better services, for drivers and third party stakeholders like insurance companies while guaranteeing data safety in the cloud and ownership to the users; when Ford says, they are not anymore merely car manufacturers, but also a software company and Daimler declares that the ultimate challenge is not to lose the interface to the customer, we can get a slight understanding of the current debates in the automotive IT sector.

Schilling Kristian

While the definition and understanding of future mobility is changing, the first project for autonomous driving of connected vehicles started this year: a test track on a German highway, the ‘Digital Test field highway' is currently technically equipped to enable communication between road and vehicle (c2x), as well as car to car (c2c). Talking to stakeholders and managers of the OEM and TIER 1, suppliers makes one thing clear: with only few exceptions, the industry is currently far away of having the know-how and manpower to manage the future needs of digitalization relying only on in-house resources. Many follow-ups to developments were seen and discussed during CES LasVegas, the automotive fair in Geneva and IAA in Frankfurt.

Kristian Schilling, Senior Consultant

Speakers from Continental AG, Daimler AG, MHP and HP Enterprise presented the most interesting topics. The main themes of the conference were transforming mobility, data ownership, the Internet of things, digitalization, etc. Also, one of the most popular discussions was on the digital transformation with regard to its impact on efficiency. In this connection, it will show how new technologies affect existing processes within the industry.

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According to the results of the conference we can outline the following overall trends in the automotive industry:

1. Digitization is adjusting established business models

Digitization results in a large change in the professional world. Through the rise of information technology once physically demanding work becomes less necessary, as machines and robots take over numerous tasks. Along with the digitization development, new jobs and functional responsibilities have been created: IT-engineers handle the programming of machinery and automotive software modules. This has also an impact on functional know-how and leadership skills of the management, as processes internal processes and external stakeholders and structures changes along with optimized manufacturing.

2. Vehicles will be part of a dynamic and flexible mobility system

The car can no longer be regarded as the key mode of transport in the future. Differently structured urban areas show different needs, while the ‘use-not own` mindset of the younger generation paves the way for new sharing deals. At the same time, increased connectivity enables a “smart”, efficient transport system. The intelligent networking of vehicles and intensive integration of individual mobility enables individuals to move from A to B in comfort, combining a bicycle, car and public transport using the most efficient, fastest and / or cost effective way.

On the industry side, this development will increase interaction between stakeholders of former distant industries like automotive, software, railway, and even the sports industry.

3. Is traffic on the data highway significantly increasing due to connected cars and Internet of Things?

Carrier experts from Cisco, T-Systems and others expect a sevenfold increase in mobile data traffic the next five years, with "18 percent of total mobile traffic” being machine to machine (M2M) communication. It is worth noting the impact of M2M as “new mobility”-related transport may increase by a factor of 24 in Germany by 2020. Yet, another aspect needs to be considered by the players in the industry: M2M communication limitation is less about more bandwidth than to availability, range and cost of wireless modules and related “over the air” (OTA) solutions.


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