Volvo Car Corporation

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Volvo saw a need to develop a new IT infrastructure so they could provide better business intelligence, increase communication capabilities and improve collaborations. Volvo has a worldwide clientele so in order to provide the best performance; it obtained an internationally distributed infrastructure that would place storage capabilities and computer processing within close reach, regardless of a customer’s location. Their efforts led to reduce technology costs, achieving critical levels of scalability, freeing creativity and eliminating technology limitations. (Volvo Car Corporation, 2012) Volvo was successful in their attempt to interface the cloud infrastructure into its networks by manufacturing vehicles that are connected to data-rich information technology environments. Containing computer processing units and sensors embedded over the vehicle, from the brakes to the central locking system, data is captured within the vehicle itself, and the transmission, via the cloud infrastructure and directly sent to the manufacturer. Most of all, it is utilized to improve client relations and improve manufacturing processes. (Twentiman, J., 2011) Volvo’s ability to collectively utilize the amount of data being collected was significant to their success. Volvo collects terabytes of data from embedded sensors in their cars, from their customer relationship management systems, dealerships, product development, design systems, production and factory floors. Volvo by using the cloud transfers and archives all this big data to its Volvo Data Warehouse where it can be stored for long term archival and retrieval or it can be accessed by the employees. The platform used to link employees at the business units, support and production plants together are done with Volvo’s cloud utilizing SaaS software for user interface and display. Employee web portals, supplier web portals and

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