BMW South Africa is set to treble the number of software engineers it employs, after it was selected to become one of only three centres that will supply specialised information technology (IT) services to the
The BMW SAP Competence Hub, which was launched at its site in Menlyn,
Kilfoil said IT was the biggest enabler of business for the group. "We've decided the IT drives business and that we will run IT like a business."
He said the hub would not grow
The distribution of the competence centres across the global regions makes it possible to understand and fulfil the local demands of markets, production locations and in some cases, customers, even better, according to Probst.
The company said the pooling of specific application-based software at the competence centres, which will share the global responsibility, promoted further industrialisation of BMW IT and further development of the IT organisation from a federal IT structure, among other things.
Pfungwa Serima, the chief executive for SAP Africa, said the applications being developed at the competence hub, based on the SAP real-time platform, would enable better-informed decision-making and transformative innovation in the automotive market.
"When you can increase quality and manufacture efficiently while delivering excellent sales and service, you can significantly increase profitability and secure a competitive advantage. SAP is thus effectively powering the
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