(From left) Capgemini head of market unit automotive Henrik Ljungström and Audi chief information officer Frank Loydl.
INGOLSTADT: German carmaker Audi announced that it and Capgemini have officially launched their joint venture - dubbed XL2, with the sole aim of supporting the automotive industry in digital transformation tasks.
The new company, headquartered Heilbronn, Germany - close to Audi’s production site in Neckarsulm, will help to provide digital technology and consulting services.
This includes, in particular, the fields of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) and cloud services for Enterprise Resource Planning which Audi and the entire Volkswagen Group will fully exploit.
For the next five years, the new company (XL2) will look to expand its business while focusing on consulting and technology services for cloud and SAP S/4HANA which also includes industry solutions such as SAP Leonardo.
SAP Leonardo is a new digital innovation system from SAP that delivers software and microservices that enable customers to leverage future-facing technologies like the Internet of Things, machine learning, blockchain, analytics and Big Data.
The new company will help to enable end-to-end digital manufacturing, covering all central processes, including production planning, logistics, finance, maintenance, quality and materials management - including projects for Audi.
The first focus areas are SAP projects for production and master data management, as well as development in the context of cloud-based applications while looking into addressing the rapidly changing requirements of digital transformation in the automotive sector.