Mercedes-Benz extends contract with Capgemini for software development till 2024

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 30 Jul 2021


French multinational information technology company Capgemini has been awarded a contract extension by Mercedes-Benz until 2024 for the development and maintenance of the core Electric/Electronic Product Data Management (EE-PDM) application in an R&D environment.

The EE-PDM application is used for the development and documentation of electronic vehicle components and was implemented by an international team of Capgemini experts over a period of several years. By securing the contract extension, Capgemini says it will now support the OEM in migrating the application to the cloud and further transforming it in a microservices environment with DevOps.

Following the transformation of the EE-PDM application into a distributed agile delivery model, Capgemini says it will further evolve the EE-PDM core system. This will keep pace with rapidly changing requirements and incorporate multiple business departments in various workflows driving collaboration. Mercedes-Benz aims to establish a more flexible and efficient deployment process, which requires further innovation to ensure minimal time between application updates and a faster time to market of electronic product components. In order to achieve this goal and support the client’s #TwiceAsFast strategy aimed at streamlining its IT processes, Capgemini will leverage its deep expertise in cloud technology, microservices architecture and DevOps.

To enable the same, a total of five agile teams in Germany and India will deliver the latest requirements for the application. The contract is extended until 2024 with an option for extension in the future. As a key supplier for the German OEM, Capgemini says it has been developing and maintaining the EE-PDM application with a proven model since 2008.

Michael Schulte, CEO of Capgemini’s Northern Europe Strategic Business Unit and Group Executive Board Member said, “Since we began our collaboration on the EE-PDM application, digitisation has rapidly evolved the way vehicles are developed. Transformation to the cloud and the evolution to microservices will take the application to the next level for even greater speed and higher flexibility, both of which are crucial factors in today’s automotive industry.”