VW & AMAZON'S INDUSTRIAL CLOUD B2B
|Source: VW Industrial Cloud|
Digitizing Factory Processes
Volkswagen is greatly expanding its cloud based software and data portal system. The world's 3rd largest automaker has a vision and goal to build it into an industrial cloud. The cloud would serve as an industry wide marketplace where business customers could buy and sell industrial applications. VW envisions it as an Amazon built B2B marketplace. VW and Amazon Web Services are designing and partnering on the Industrial Cloud factories of the future concept.
App Store Approach
The plans for the industrial cloud are bold, innovative and ambitious. For VW itself, it will eventually link VW's 120 factories around the world, their 1500 suppliers and their 30,000 plants. VW wants it to be a place to exchange data and software. The purpose is to accelerate the digitizing of factory processes right down to painting vehicles. One of the VW suppliers already engaged in the effort is Siemens. The partners will share software apps with each other in what VW calls an App Store approach. It's a new look at the future of global factories operating in the Cloud.