After working with Microsoft, you’ll soon be starting a second collaboration with a US-based digital giant by working with Amazon Web Services. What distinguishes the Industrial Cloud from the Automotive Cloud?
Hofmann: Volkswagen uses the Automotive Cloud to focus on creating an automotive ecosystem. This will enable us to offer our customers digital value-added services in their vehicles. The Industrial Cloud is used for production processes, networking machinery, plants and systems in our factories, and potentially for integrating the full supply chain with our subcontractors.
Why aren’t you working with Microsoft to develop the Industrial Cloud as well?
Walker: We are taking advantage of the individual strengths of both cloud providers. We have a strong partner at our side with Amazon Web Services. It has exceptional technological skills and innovative cloud technologies for production environments. They are among the top for logistics and supply chain solutions in particular.
What will Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services each contribute?
Hofmann: We are developing everything together – both the DPP cloud-based support architecture as well as the services to be built on top of that architecture. Both partners bring their own strengths to the table: Amazon Web Services comes with the skills described above and Volkswagen has expertise in developing production-related IT solutions. But we are coordinating on structure and strategic orientation.