Daimler AG transforms IT operations model

Move affects regional offices including APAC

German automobile company, Daimler AG will transform its IT operating model and infrastructure landscape across workplace services, service desk, data centre, networks, and SAP Basis.

Daimler will partner with Infosys to enable the company to deepen its focus on software engineering and to establish a fully scalable on‑demand digital IT infrastructure and anytime-anywhere workplace. The collaboration will “empower” Daimler to strengthen its IT capabilities, and Infosys, its automotive expertise.

As software becomes modular, digital infrastructure continues to play an important role in defragmentation. Daimler will work towards a model that ensures a robust IT infrastructure across its plants and regions, and supports consolidation of its data centres, scaling its IT operations, and bringing innovations to the fore. Some of the key deliverables from this partnership include:

  • A smart hybrid cloud, leveraging Infosys Cobalt and leading cloud providers, accelerating the multi-cloud journey with a focus on open-source adoption.
  • A carbon neutral solution, by consolidating and rationalising data centres across all regions
  • Standardized technology stack by bringing in an eco-system of best of breed partners
  • Creation of a state of the art Zero Trust network with seamless technology upgrades
  • Persona-driven and cognitive, AI powered anytime-anywhere workplace solution that empowers the end-users

As a part of this partnership, automotive IT infrastructure experts based out of Germany, wider Europe, the US, and the APAC region will transition from Daimler AG to Infosys.

The transfer will also enable Infosys to bolster and grow its automotive business, while offering employees strong prospects for long-term career growth and development, said Jan Brecht, CIO of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz.

“Software becomes modular and IT infrastructure becomes big. Daimler will take three steps at once to transform its IT infrastructure: consolidation, scaling and modernization. We need to think infrastructure beyond the size of our company,” he said. “With Infosys we found a partner to scale, to innovate and to speed up.”

In the first week of 2020, after six years as the CIO of Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific, Oliver Schmill, announced he was heading to Europe in a new role.

Schmill posted a LinkedIn thank you to former colleagues, as he plans to head to Europe in a new role.

Previous to his role as CIO, Schmill was the senior manager IT after sales and parts, at Daimler China. He was responsible for IT project lead for SPM@China delivering new IT-landscape and parts business model for four legal entities.


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