SAP ENABLES HYPER-GROWTH FOR RIVIAN

WALLDORF — SAP SE is helping electric automaker Rivian advance its production and growth capabilities with a tailored systems solution deployed across the company’s operational footprint. This includes procurement, manufacturing and supply chain operations enhancements for the rapidly growing business.

Rivian will begin producing fully electric pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles in 2020. To facilitate and enable its product development and procurement needs during the preproduction phase, the company selected SAP S/4HANA on SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud to use for financials and procurement. SAP’s proven success in the automotive industry and ability to address the speed and agility demands of a company such as Rivian will allow the company to start small and fast while retaining unlimited growth potential.

“Over the next few years, Rivian and the automotive technology industry at large will continue to transform rapidly and significantly,” said Greg Petraetis, SAP North America’s head of Mid-Market and Partner Ecosystems. “The company needed a foundational ERP system in place that would support it well into the future, allowing it to both grow and pivot when the industry changes. We’re thrilled Rivian chose SAP as a partner.”

To further support its production and growth, Rivian will continue to work with SAP to increase transparency and traceability across the global manufacturing process, while improving efficiencies and delivering visibility across Rivian’s network with real-time information.

SAP AND PROAXIA TO DELIVER AN INTELLIGENT ENTERPRISE SOLUTION FOR AUTOMOTIVE RETAIL BASED ON SAP S/4HANA

WALLDORF — SAP SE and proaxia automotive solutions ag today announced that they are expanding their collaboration to serve customers in the vehicle and heavy equipment dealer business as well as the workshop service business.

SAP and proaxia signed agreements to accelerate the availability of an intelligent enterprise solution for automotive retail based on SAP S/4HANA.

The next-generation vehicle sales and service solution will help customers face the challenges of future trends.

“Connectivity, autonomous driving, flexible use and electric drive systems are shaping future mobility concepts and require the automobile industry to develop new business models,” said Stefan Krauss, SAP general manager for manufacturing, mining and mobility industries. “A new buyer generation expects buying, leasing or subscribing to a vehicle to be as easy as streaming music to their smartphone. The partnership with proaxia will accelerate our customers’ journey toward an intelligent enterprise in the automotive retail market for dealerships.”

“Our vision for an integrated vehicle sales and service management solution is to help dealerships to transform and succeed in this wave of disruption,” said Dr. Peter Lindtner, CEO of proaxia. “Enriched with SAP’s latest intelligent enterprise technologies within SAP S/4HANA, this next-generation vehicle sales and service solution will not only help customers face the challenges of today but will provide data-driven insights that enable dealerships to confidently embrace new business models.”

The agreement includes co-innovation with SAP. proaxia will build and market a new vehicle sales and services solution based on the SAP Dealer Business Management 8.1 application, which helps accelerate the transition from the SAP ERP application to SAP S/4HANA and safeguards the customer’s IT investments. The new solution will be named proaxia Vehicle Sales and Service (VSS) on SAP S/4HANA; it will include business functions from proaxia DBM|E and will provide additional innovation leveraging SAP Cloud Platform.

proaxia plans to provide proaxia VSS by Q3 2020 for pilot users, and also plans to establish a global partner network to ensure coverage and serve customers globally.

MAHLE AND SAP: STRONG PARTNERS FOR DIGITALIZATION

Stuttgart/Germany - MAHLE and SAP have decided to cooperate closely on the implementation of the MAHLE Group’s digitalization strategy. The “Digital Backbone” will serve as a new, central digital platform for MAHLE, with the specific aim of standardizing data and processes.

>> Strategic cooperation and co-innovation
>> “Digital Backbone”: MAHLE plans to launch new digital platform

The SAP-based platform brings together a total of six strategic projects along the entire value chain of the group. For example, the complete product development process will be standardized across the globe, and modern purchasing solutions—both direct and indirect—will continue to be rolled out. “Digitalization is the key to securing MAHLE’s innovative edge in the global competitive field—in IT as well as in vehicle technology,” explains Dr. Jörg Stratmann, CEO and Chairman of the MAHLE Management Board.

The new platform will be continuously developed in accordance with the principle of co-innovation and optimized specifically for the automotive industry. The competences of the two groups will be combined in the most effective way, with both partners benefiting from the progress achieved. “The strategic partnership between MAHLE and SAP brings together two innovation drivers. Together, we’ll set new standards in terms of standardization as well as agility,” says Michael Frick, CFO and as a member of the MAHLE Management Board also responsible for IT Services.

“The automotive industry is showing impressive momentum in its digital transformation, and we as SAP can support our customers with our in-depth knowledge of the sector. The joint development of best practices and co-innovations also gives customers and partners in the industry valuable insight into how companies can make themselves future proof,” says Thomas Saueressig, Member of the Management Board of SAP SE responsible for the Board area SAP Product Engineering

 
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