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Axel Fischer

What I can do for you

The goal of every business is to achieve better results through more effective and efficient use of IT. My particular ability is to tailor IT strategies and initiatives to drive bottom-line results in your core businesses. With experience in all automotive core processes – engineering, manufacturing and supply chain management, marketing, sales, and after sales – I have successfully supported IT management teams such as yours to position IT as an innovation driver rather than a cost center.

IT has become truly pervasive, connecting individuals and things in all kinds of ways. The question facing companies is how to generate and capture value with new, technology-driven business and IT approaches.

Who I am

My broad experience in business and IT strategy gives me the “big-picture” view on the urgent issues facing the automotive industry. I specialize in helping you reduce costs, drive innovation, and create more successful partnerships between business and IT.

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Process Efficiency

I enjoy being seen as an expert in a broad range of automotive industry processes. I’m able to leverage this expertise to help you enhance efficiency in your manufacturing and supply chain processes. For example, one large manufacturer was able to reduce the total order-cycle time for new vehicles in the domestic market from 60 to 15 days. They also reduced the total manufacturing-cycle time at a first-tier supplier from one week to one day, by introducing new processes and planning systems.

Best Practices

One of the greatest challenges in any large organization is bringing IT and business together to address the organization's business problems. The key is instilling mutual understanding and trust. A way to instill that trust and a more productive process is by encouraging agreement on common objectives and by establishing solid program-management practices, with individual empowerment and progress tracking.

Market Dynamics

I see a number of market dynamics impacting the automotive industry within the next few years. For example, social media and networks – and the upcoming "connected vehicles" – will result in dramatic changes in vehicle use patterns, as well as brand perception and loyalty. It will also shift power parities among OEMs, suppliers, retailers/workshops, IT service providers, and new media companies. I have the comprehensive knowledge of relationships among industry participants to enable you to explore opportunities in this new landscape.

IT Challenges

Auto companies face a number of IT challenges, including modernizing legacy applications and consolidating platforms. Cloud computing is another major driver of IT spending. Hence, data security will be an even more prominent issue for organizations that need to safeguard their precious data. Your customers and their dealer networks are also exploring the next generation of remote diagnosis and maintenance solutions, which will require robust networks that can manage their data transmission needs. Let me help you with expert advice and opinions on the best ways to address these challenges and use them to trim your costs and increase profits.

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