Panel - The Sovereign Cloud: Open and collaborative software platforms in a GAIA-X enabled automotive industry
Organizations founded before the internet era were left behind emerging software players and, as a consequence, struggle to deliver products and services in a digital economy. This development led incumbents from the software industry to enter the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) market; enabling the representation of physical devices and their business processes in a digital world.
Also in the automotive industry, new players have realized the immense potential for digital solutions in a connected car market. Where tech companies a decade ago already understood that cloud infrastructure is necessary to build scalable internet platforms, the automotive industry still struggles to embrace software technologies as an integral part of their business models.
Fortunately, first automotive players have entered into strategic partnerships with cloud providers to stay competitive in the connected car market. Just recently, Bosch announced their collaboration with Microsoft on an open software platform to connect cars to the cloud. Also Google and T-Systems recently announced their collaboration to support the digitalization of European companies through more sovereign cloud services.
In short, a mindset shift towards more sovereign, flexible and collaborative software platforms has started in the automotive industry. In this context, GAIA-X promotes the development of standards for an open data infrastructure for Europe, where data and services can be made available, collated and shared in an environment of trust.