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11 February 2014

Jaguar Land Rover builds data sharing infrastructure

Jaguar Landrover (JLR) has used a proposed data-sharing standard to improve car development within its product lifecycle management (PLM) system. The luxury carmaker has revamped its business systems after Ford sold the company in 2008 for £1.15bn to Tata Motor. Through the acquisition, JLR needed to migrate from Ford’s IT and PLM systems. Addressing delegates at the recent IBM Innovate 2013 event in London, Dave Sharrat, senior manager PLM at Jaguar Land Rover, said: "We had a blank sheet to create new systems for the business." He said the company needed simple integrated technology, which could provide a single source of the truth for the design of new cars. Sharrat said: "We started with existing applications like CAD (computer-aided design), CAM (computer aided manufacturing) and CAE (computer aided engineering) and created a technical architecture to build a new PLM system with single version of the truth. Where appropriate, this is connected to our ERP system." Complexity of in-car IT Software development is becoming a ...

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