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Group IT.

We connect millions of people around the world. Every day.

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Volkswagen IT-City in Wolfsburg.

Overview.

Our wide range of system solutions connects millions of people around the world every day: from around 610,000 employees in the Volkswagen Group and its 12 brands to our customers. At Volkswagen Group IT, we promote the digitalisation of Volkswagen and its products at our headquarters in Wolfsburg, at all production plants throughout the Group and in our IT labs around the world.

Our IT also supports the core business segments of the Volkswagen Group at all sites. We provide, maintain and continuously develop the Group-wide IT infrastructure together with the central data centres and worldwide networks.

We work with a motivated and committed IT team on the integration of the value creation process with our systems and accept the challenges inherent in competitive pressure, managing resources and the dynamism of the IT market.

Working better as a team.

Modern forms of cooperation.
Kernbestandteil vieler agiler Arbeitsmethoden: Eigenständig organisierte Teams bearbeiten alle Projektteilschritte. Hier: Einblick in das Data Lab München.
Key element of many agile working methods: Independently organized teams process steps in the project: Pictured: Insight into Data Lab in Munich.

Volkswagen IT makes intensive use of agile working methods, especially in software development. The main benefits: Unbureaucratic procedures, increased speed and improved results.

We therefore consistently adapting workplaces and entire office concepts to agile working methods in order to foster collaboration and to strengthen a corporate culture of cooperation. The newly constructed IT City in Wolfsburg is an outstanding example. The office campus for about 1,500 employees is oriented towards agile working. Features include work islands for project teams, meeting points, fully networked meeting rooms and retreat rooms for concentrated working.

The pair programming (pairing) approach at Volkswagen is based on the project work of Silicon Valley IT companies. In our Digital:Lab in Berlin, software architects, designers and developers work on the basis of the pairing method. They form teams of two and always work on the same content of the project. This division of knowledge accelerates progress with the project, reduces errors and allows rapid adjustment to short-term changes in customer requirements.

Methods and experience in this area are now being transferred to the core IT organization in Wolfsburg. Increasingly, the possibility of "cross pairing", cooperation between IT colleagues in Germany and India across national and time zone boundaries, is being considered.

In addition, we use the pairing approach for the recruitment of qualified IT graduates. Instead of attending a conventional interview, international applicants spend several days working together with a Volkswagen employee and are fully integrated in project work – this is a first step in getting to know the team.

In a globally active organization such as the Volkswagen Group, our departments and specialists are no longer located solely at company headquarters but are distributed throughout the world. This is why we already launched the Group-wide knowledge network Group Connect in 2014 with a view to fostering dialog between its employees from different regions, departments and hierarchical levels.

Group Connect accelerates and facilitates the transfer of knowledge within the Group. Users can work together, find experts on specific topics throughout the Group, and request and obtain the information they need. They can call upon knowledge that has already been developed, take their orientation from best practice examples or provide such examples themselves. In addition, Volkswagen also uses Group Connect for intensive direct interchange between managers, including Board of Management Members, and employees. In the meantime, all the Volkswagen Group's 620,000 employees can use Group Connect.

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Create Future Mobility.

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At the Volkswagen Group IT Data Lab, an international team of experts is forging ahead with machine learning.

Can computers or robots think? Could they have a consciousness? When specialists from the Volkswagen Group IT Data Lab talk about their work, they often hear questions like this. Here, at the Data Lab, an international team is working on the development of self-learning programs. In future, their development work could provide better support for their colleagues at the office and factory in many corporate processes. However, one thing is important for the Volkswagen specialists: if you are looking for machines that can think, you will find them in Hollywood rather than in the Data Lab.

Its the development of algorithms that independently learn how to detect and predict specific patterns and laws so that optimum decisions can be made. The key is machine learning or, to put it in simple terms, the ability of a program to link data, analyze interconnections and make predictions. Their work is based on deep neural networks. For neural networks of this type, the Data Lab specialists combine information science with mathematics, or more precisely with probability theory. Their algorithms learn by always independently taking the optimum decision from the mathematical point of view in real-time, i.e. the decision that corresponds to the greatest probability.

Overview:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • AI Research
  • Quantum Computing
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Machine Learning/Deep Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
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IT experts from the Volkswagen Code Lab in San Francisco are working on a research project for traffic flow optimization.

Overview:

Dealer Solutions at the pulse of Silicon Valley.

  • Cloud technologies
  • Research/Development
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Quantum Computing
  • Self-Driving Vehicles
Peter and Jochen present you the Digital:Lab in Berlin.

The Digital:Lab is one of the six innovation labs of the Volkswagen Group IT. Our passion: software development and the corresponding platform as well as the digital ecosystem. Our team includes are around 80 developers, UX designers and product managers. We work together to develop apps and software for our customers in order to make the future of mobility truly come alive. We work with lean, UX and extreme programming methods in non-hierarchical teams. This ensures we are in a position to make quick decisions – that are not based on conventions, but rather on the greatest advantage for our customers. Throughout it all, we work in a transparent and open manner and regard feedback and support as an integral part – and so is English. After all, our employees from more than 17 countries have an impact on our daily social interactions.

The social commitment also belongs to a multifaceted and international culture. Therefore, in our spare time, we teach for example children programming languages, share information with each other and always focus on people. Furthermore, we frequently discuss topics with user groups and communities, which we welcome as guests during meet ups, workshops or fireside chats.

The Ideation:Hub is a creative unit and Volkswagen Group IT's start-up gateway. Our job: mentoring digitalisation projects in a solutions-focused, creative manner by contributing new, innovative ideas and technologies. We actively involve start-ups in this process and at the same time create the necessary interfaces with the company for them.  For this purpose we have offices in Wolfsburg and Berlin.
Start-ups can register initially at our website www.ideationhub.de. The "matchmaking" process starts after a selection procedure has been completed. During this process we establish contact with interested departments. This establishment of contact may involve a first pilot project or a referral to our partner incubator at the "Gläserne Manufaktur" in Dresden as an option. The objective is to pool the power of innovation from start-ups and established companies and shape the digital future together.

Our core activities include:

  • Service design
  • Product visions
  • UX
  • Start-up assessments
  • Other methods & tools

 

 

Our mission at Volkswagen Group IT's Smart.Production:Lab is nothing less than driving the digitalisation of production and logistics forward. Here we act as a driver of innovation at the Production/Logistics/IT interface. We develop innovative software solutions as a team together with different divisions, group brands and selected start-ups and then roll these solutions out.  We are thus making an important contribution to shaping Volkswagen AG's Production IT future. Our skills are reflected in our four fields of activity – Intelligent Robotics, Future Production Ecosystems, Internet of Things and Data Analytics:

  • Intelligent Robotics (iRob): Intelligent Robotics involves the manufacturer-independent programming of skill sets for autonomous service and industrial robots.
  • Future Production Ecosystems (FPE): at Future Production Ecosystems we focus on researching, conceptually designing and developing software solutions for the planning and management of future production systems using artificial intelligence.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): our IoT team addresses the issue of the industrial application of the Internet of Things (IoT). Here the focus is on interlinking production facilities and systems to create networks. Furthermore we help to formulate the IoT platforms strategy for the Volkswagen Group.
  • Data Analytics (DA): at Data Analytics we develop predictive maintenance models for the above-mentioned networks. Furthermore we trial new methods of data analysis to support specialist Production and Logistics teams.

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The specialists from the Group IT's Virtual Engineering Lab are working towards the next goal of the virtual concept car. A system of pressure-sensitive pins simulates all the shapes of the interior. This will allow the user to feel the surfaces and controls.

Digital Transformation of Technical Development.

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Digital Prototypes
  • Software-based Function Development
  • Collaborative Infrastructure
  • Generative Design

Concepts connected with high-performance intelligent mobility and developing apps.

  • Smart Mobility
  • Leveraging Barcelona's smart city data for SEAT and the Volkswagen Group

The inside story.

Who could be better qualified to provide a clear and credible report about the Volkswagen IT than colleagues working in the Volkswagen IT? It's obvious, don't you think?

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