For years, automakers have outsourced software development in order to efficiently manage costs. However, recent strategic shifts by automakers such as Ford tapping Blackberry talent to double its in-house mobile engineering team focusing on mobility and connectivity shows that Automotive OEMs are seeking to take control over their embedded software development by creating their own Software development centers.
To seize the growing opportunities in new connected car experience, automotive OEMs are looking to adopt the flexible, agile, and collaborative software development approaches. Global In-house Software Centers were conceptualized and initiated to enable OEMs to foster global talent expansion and cost leverage while ensuring quality, control and governance. These Software Centers are focusing on activities such as IP-creation, advanced analytics, building competencies around emerging connected car technologies, setting up centers of excellence and more.
HARMAN Connected Services (HCS) has a wealth of experience and well-guarded frameworks in helping OEMs establish In-house Software Centers around the world. HCS embraces the OEM’s vision of owning software platforms to enable rapid innovation and differentiate it from the competition. Harnessing the in-depth experience in strategizing, building and operating software development centers and flexible engagement models, HCS enables an OEM to start their Software Center Operations in the most expedient manner.