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Volkswagen aims for 'rolling computer'

Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld | May 26, 2011
The road Volkswagen wants to take in building cars is one that infuses them with intelligence, connectivity and new kinds of capabilities.

Ritchie said in an interview that he is responding to these changes by creating a layer of people within his IT organization who are focused on understanding the business and its direction, and knowing how to architect future needs to emerging technologies.

Ritchie has created a "business technologist" position, someone who fills a consulting role to help people on the business side make technology decisions.

A business technologist needs to have an IT background, coupled with an understanding of integration and the ability to speak the language of business.

Ritchie agrees that self-provisioning capabilities are helping to change the role of IT and that the trend is here to stay. "That's the reality of what's taking place," he said.

 

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