Capgemini and Audi establish new XL2 joint venture

Capgemini and Audi have announced the start of their XL2 joint venture. After the official approvals had been granted, the company was founded at the end of April.

Contract negotiations in February 2020: Henrik Ljungström (left), Head of Market Unit Automotive bei Capgemini, and Frank Loydl, Chief Information Officer at Audi. – (photo by Audi)

The new company will provide digital technology and consulting services with a focus on SAP S / 4HANA® and cloud services, in particular for Audi and the entire Volkswagen Group. XL2 combines an agile start-up culture with the strength of two global industry leaders. The company’s goal is to gradually expand the project business and to build a high-performing workforce over the next five years.

XL2 was founded by Audi and Capgemini to support digital transformation in the automotive industry. The joint venture focuses on consulting and technology services for cloud and SAP S / 4HANA®, including industry-specific solutions such as SAP Leonardo®. XL2 is intended to enable continuous digital development that covers all central processes such as production planning, logistics, finance, maintenance, quality and material management. The legally independent company is to provide projects for Audi. Priority areas are SAP projects for production, master data management and development in the context of cloud-based applications.

XL2 embodies the agile innovation culture of a start-up – with two international brands in the background.

Capgemini and Audi have been working together for many years to develop solutions for digital transformation and co-innovation. The new joint venture strengthens this collaboration and enables optimal use of the common skills. The establishment of XL2 takes the partnership to a new level and continues the successful collaboration in solution development and joint innovation for digital transformation. XL2 benefits from the combined expertise and experience of two global market leaders. The independence and agility of XL2, combined with the stringent and broad structure of large companies, aims to meet the rapidly changing requirements of digital transformation in the automotive industry.

Frank Loydl, Chief Information Officer of AUDI AG: “The flexible and scalable working method of XL2 and the focus on important key technologies are part of our vision and our needs for the further implementation of the digital transformation. In view of our longstanding business relationship and its proven automotive and SAP competencies, Capgemini is the right partner. ”

The joint venture will be headed by Géraldine Aubert, previously Vice President of Packaged Based Services at Capgemini, and Felix Spitznagel, previously Project Manager SAP Acceleration Center at Audi, in the form of a double head. Over the next five years, the agile, innovative company plans to build a high-performing workforce so that it can implement further projects in the future. The company is currently looking in particular for SAP consultants, software developers, data analysts and data engineers – from young professionals to experienced experts. XL2 is based in Heilbronn – very close to the Audi production site in Neckarsulm. This proximity is another important aspect and an additional enrichment of the ecosystem.

Markus Winkler, Global Head of Automotive at Capgemini, says: “XL2 is an exciting new brand that stands out from the market by combining an agile start-up culture with the skills and experience of two international industry leaders. Your employees will shape the digital transformation in the automotive industry with the latest key technologies. We are therefore delighted to be joining forces with Audi, a technology leader in its industry.”

Author: Nabeel K

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