Cloud computing, i.e. the use of IT services such as computing power and storage but also machine learning and cyber security tools via the Internet, is increasingly playing a role for the Volkswagen Group. Gradually, IT functions and systems are being moved to the cloud, new applications are being developed in the cloud, and tasks are being solved with applications from the cloud. To ensure that this runs smoothly, so-called cloud architects work in the IT City in Wolfsburg – including Hischam Abul Ola and his team. “The opportunity to work on exciting solutions in the Industrie 4.0 space excites and motivates me,” explains Abul Ola.
“I am particularly proud of the extended virtual community that we have been able to establish across departmental and divisional boundaries,” says the cloud architect. Many employees have embraced new technologies, future-oriented architectures and mechanisms that go hand in hand with the transition to the cloud, he adds.
Cloud computing not only ensures that data and programs are operated more efficiently and securely in the cloud and are developed further in shorter cycles. It also brings with it, new ways of working. “Agile methods and continuous delivery allow quick adaptations to our solutions. Our motto is: plan less, do more”, one example: using IoT and machine learning for efficient production. It all requires a lot of communication, spontaneous meetings and discussions. “We make sure it runs, everything meshes and plays together,” he explains.