Stuttgart success for auto-gration
The Stuttgart event fully demonstrated the business benefits that auto-gration can bring to SMEs.
The 'Growing the Extended Enterprise' Conference and Exhibition was the culmination of the first phase of the auto-gration project - carried out by a consortium of industry players under a contract awarded by the European Commission. The subsequent phases of the auto-gration initiative, described by Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General - DG Enterprise and Industry as a 'perfect example of public and private partnership,' will now progress and evolve independently, as a combined effort of major automotive industry stakeholders.
The message delivered in Stuttgart was: auto-gration has the support and active endorsement of the major representative bodies in the automotive industry, and their weight is behind its planned progressive rollout. In a ceremony witnessed by the entire conference, 3 bodies - ODETTE, CLEPA and FIGIEFA - signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to guarantee the future development, maintenance and promotion of the auto-gration Architecture.
Key outcomes of the event:
- Over 200 attendees.
- Opening speech from Mr Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General, DG Enterprise and Industry, EC.
- 18 conference presentations from 27 highly-qualified presenters.
- 10 different proven use-cases demonstrated in detail, embracing 7 SMEs, a major international vehicle manufacturer, and a major tier 1 supplier.
- Under the banner ‘Ensuring a Durable Future’, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between industry bodies Odette, supplier organisation CLEPA and aftermarket organisation FIGIEFA, committing the parties to promoting and maintaining the auto-gration solutions.
- Also under the banner ‘Ensuring a Durable Future’, a parallel MoU publicly endorsed by 25 IT services and software companies as co-signatories.
- The open-source auto-gration software ‘Connector’ publicly released to the industry.
- Public commitment from Odette to drive the creation of auto-gration training materials to promote adoption, and use industry conferences to highlight emerging use-cases.
- Two major international automotive companies—Vehicle Manufacturer and Tier1 Supplier —outlined plans to integrate auto-gration to their ongoing business-to-business supply chain processes.