Cloud collaboration between Amazon and VW

Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced they will develop the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud to combine the data of all machines, plants and systems from all 122 facilities of the Volkswagen Group. The global supply chain could be integrated in the future.

Both companies’ Services announced a multi-year, global agreement to jointly develop this project.

This should enable optimisation of processes in production and allow productivity improvements at the plants.

Volkswagen is creating its Industrial Cloud as an open industry platform which other partners from industry, logistics and sales may use in the future.

Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of Porsche AG and member of the board of management of Volkswagen, said, ‘We will continue to strengthen production as a key competitive factor for the Volkswagen Group.

‘Our strategic collaboration with Amazon Web Services will lay the foundation. The Volkswagen Group, with its global expertise in automobile production, and Amazon Web Services, with its technological know-how, complement each other extraordinarily well. With our global industry platform we want to create a growing industrial ecosystem with transparency and efficiency bringing benefits to all concerned.

Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS, added, ‘Volkswagen’s industrial cloud, which will reinvent its manufacturing and logistics processes. Volkswagen’s and AWS’s collaboration will have a profound impact on efficiency and quality in production throughout Volkswagen’s global supply chain, as Volkswagen gains access to the broadest and deepest cloud with the most functionality, the most innovation, the highest performance and security, and the largest community of partners and customers of any other infrastructure provider.’

 Meanwhile, IT at the production level of machinery, equipment and systems – for example for production planning and inventory management – is to be standardised and networked across all 122 production plants of the Volkswagen Group.

The goal is to put the Industrial Cloud and the first concrete services and functions into operation by the end of 2019.