SAP BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION STUDY | AUTOMOTIVE | ZENUITY AB

How Does a Software Developer in the Automotive Industry Go About Saving Lives?

The world is moving toward a future where intelligent vehicles assist people in avoiding collisions or drive completely autonomously. To make this a reality, Volvo Cars, a premium carmaker, and Veoneer, formerly a part of Autoliv and a worldwide leader in automotive safety systems, established a joint venture called Zenuity AB. To meet the challenges of a changing automotive industry, the new company needed to quickly establish business operations that would help it deliver new technology and software features while helping ensure robustness and safety at all times.

With offices in Gothenburg, Sweden; Munich, Germany; and Detroit, Michigan, and a smaller hub in Santa Clara, California, Zenuity is on the cutting edge of software development for autonomous driving and driver-assistance systems. Such an agile company requires an agile business solution to accomplish its mission, which is why Zenuity is basing its business operations on the SAP® Business ByDesign® solution. Although a young company, Zenuity is working with SAP to build on its parent companies’ extensive experience in developing state-of-the-art technology for real-life safety. Now, its software is out on the streets saving lives every single day.

Originating from the safety leaders of the automotive industry, Zenuity builds modular platforms for complete, advanced driver assistance software and autonomous driving systems. Working with SAP to simplify and standardize its business processes, the company can now focus on providing the latest and greatest autonomous driving features while maintaining the highest standards of safety and reliability.

Saving Lives on the Road with the SAP® Business ByDesign® Solution

Originating from the safety leaders of the automotive industry, Zenuity builds modular platforms for complete, advanced driver assistance software and autonomous driving systems. Working with SAP to simplify and standardize its business processes, the company can now focus on providing the latest and greatest autonomous driving features while maintaining the highest standards of safety and reliability.

Before: Challenges and Opportunities

> Establish a fully productive, stand-alone company from day one in five locations across the globe – including full compliance with required accounting standards and business relationships with suppliers
> Continue seamless business operations while the joint venture is being founded
> Find a complete business solution that not only provides full business coverage at the beginning but also has flexibility to adapt as the company grows and evolves

Why SAP

> Offered a full, ready-to-use ERP suite that could be deployed within a single quarter
> Provided an opportunity to leverage best practices without limiting the possibility to stand out in key competency areas
> Brought an effective total cost of ownership

After: Value-Driven Results

> Doubled the workforce and the pace of software development within one year
> Allowed a greater focus on software development due to the simplification of day-to-day operations
> Conducted a comprehensive organizational adjustment without the need for additional personnel
> Strengthened integration across company locations
> Simplified accounting structures and processes, providing transparent analytics for employees on all levels in the company

“We are rapidly approaching a future with completely new rules of mobility. SAP Business ByDesign allows us to be an agile, self-steering organization that continuously shapes the future – saving lives every single day.”

Carl Önnheim, Business Controller, Zenuity AB

 
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