Establishing complete In-house Software Development & Management Teams at OEMs and Suppliers

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.


  • Fostering innovation: Experienced team with automotive expertise and ability to develop OEM specific solutions. Supports rapid development of new features to meet market needs.
  • Software services experience: Help build large teams to develop end-to-end leading edge next-generation software platforms. Utilize best practices and process excellence to develop scalable, upgradable, secure and reliable software platforms.
  • Global footprint: Global footprint to ramp up regionally or globally as needed. HCS possesses the ability to support variable capacity and can support rapid ramp up and down.
  • OEM delivery experience: Rich product and platform development experience based on QNX, Linux and Android. Strong relationships with SoC and 3rd party SW Vendors.
  • Industry leadership: Leadership in industry forums like GENIVI, AGL, AVNU, OAA, OHA and more.
  • Delivery excellence: Proven governance model adopting Agile software development methodology. Metrics driven delivery approach. 
  • Flexible transfer options: Complete handover to OEM as required. Key Performance Indicator (KPI) driven handover triggers with transparent and flexible commercial models.

Top-line Benefits

  • Leverage the rich product development, software development and OEM delivery expertise and experience
  • Proven success in developing reusable software platforms based on QNX, Android and Linux
  • HARMAN’s global footprint and experienced talent pool to interface with OEM’s Development Centers worldwide
  • Build robust Software development centers with the help of domain experts, advanced engineering teams and strong training programs through HARMAN University 
  • Long term sustainable differentiation along with lowered Total Cost of Ownership