The Future of Driving: Accelerating towards a data-driven customer-centric mindset

The automotive industry is currently experiencing a period of unprecedented turbulence and uncertainty. On the one hand, the convergence of emerging and disruptive technology-driven trends is driving a seismic shift in business models and changing customer expectations.

On the other, policy makers around the globe are pressuring manufacturers to cut emissions, while making sure consumers pay a premium when it comes to parking, driving or insuring their fossil-fuelled vehicles – especially in heavily congested cities and urban conurbations.

It all adds up to a considerable degree of uncertainty as to what the future holds for the industry.

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Why It’s Critical for Women to Take the Lead in Automotive Technology

Automotive businesses need to find ways to bring new thinking and perspectives to the table if they are going to meet the needs of the changing consumer marketplace. Gender diversity is an essential part of building the workforce of the future.

Today, women make up only 27% of the U.S. automotive workforce, compared with 47% of the overall U.S. workforce. Obviously, there is work to be done to close the gender gap within the industry. That’s why the Best Practices in Automotive Conference will include an ASUG Women Connect lunch panel to inspire discussions among women leaders in the sector.

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Top Reads: Innovation in Automotive

The automobile is a transformative invention that changed the technological, social, and economic fabric of our society. Now, we are witnessing a new era of accelerated automotive disruption, which according to McKinsey is likely to be far more impactful than the previous 50 years.

While industry analysts are not entirely clear what the future of automotive technology holds, we know that SAP customers in the industry are focused on three central trends: driving the business with artificial intelligence, applying automation everywhere, and moving to autonomous vehicles. These trends are putting pressure on automotive businesses to make their operations fully digital, organize and manage their data more effectively, and integrate and connect their critical business systems.

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Top Autotech Influencers on Twitter and LinkedIn

The automotive industry is undergoing more technological transformation now than it has in the past 100 years – and it’s not going to slow down anytime soon. With steep competition from global manufacturers and new market entrants, the industry is being pressured to consider digital strategies, manage costs, source materials through a global supply chain and remain compliant with local regulations.

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Indus Motor Company Uses SAP S/4HANA to Meet Industry Demands

Indus Motor Company Ltd., a Toyota manufacturer in Pakistan, needed to update its legacy ERP to meet growing consumer demands. Like other automakers, the company was challenged with managing costs, being efficient, and understanding customer needs. Indus knew it needed technology that would connect its teams from production to sales through one source of truth.

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Imagining Innovation with Frank M. Rinderknecht of Rinspeed

To Frank M. Rinderknecht, founder and CEO of Rinspeed, Inc., innovation is more than just a buzzword. Rinderknecht and Rinspeed have been pushing—or you could say, pulling—the automotive industry into the future for more than 40 years. The company’s newest project, a modular, fully automated vehicle called the “Snap,” is much more than pods on wheels. It’s a whole new way of thinking about transportation.

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First Annual SAP Excellence in Automotive Award Winners

On Thursday, September 13, SAP announced the winners of the first annual Excellence in Automotive Awards at the Best Practices for Automotive conference. The three awards; Breaking the Mold, Digital Disruptor and Excellence in Operational Performance were hotly contested. Each nomination was evaluated by a panel of industry experts on how they meet and exceed the pre-defined standards listed in each category, as well as ranked against their competitors.

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Meet the Keynote: Who is Frank M. Rinderknecht?

Frank M. Rinderknecht, founder & CEO of Rinspeed, will be a keynote speaker at the Best Practices for Automotive conference September 11-13, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.

Who is Frank M. Rinderknecht?

Frank Rinderknecht is the founder and CEO of Rinspeed. He started this company in 1977 as a student at the Technical University of Zurich. Rinderknecht is an innovator, a revolutionary, a disruptor, and maritime enthusiast. But really, he’s best known best for Rinspeed’s concept vehicles.

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Venue

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive Detroit, MI 48243
Phone: +1-313-568-8000

Venue

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive Detroit, MI 48243
Phone: +1-313-568-8000