Rethinking automotive from its core

Capgemini empowers global automotive companies, OEMs and suppliers, to create agile business models and a connected mobility ecosystem that can adapt rapidly to change. It can do this while ensuring sustainability goals drive profit growth and customer advocacy. There is a race to lead the new automotive era as the industry embraces its software-driven, customer-centric future – and Renewable Enterprises will be in pole position to leap ahead into the future they want.

Together, SAP and Capgemini are bringing ‘Digital Core for Automotive’ to life, an automotive-specific architecture around a new SAP S/4HANA digital core that includes cloud-native solutions and intelligent technologies from Capgemini, SAP and third parties.

This provides our customers with all the key ingredients for the Renewable Enterprise: ​

  • A highly industrialized implementation of SAP S/4HANA and other SAP core applications that delivers a clean and touchless ERP with industry best practice processes.
  • Automotive-specific cloud extensions that enable smart connection with partner ecosystems in the industry for superior performance in the core value chain and customer experience. ​

Enabled by the right architecture that allows agility in introducing innovation.

2020 saw double-digit declines in car sales in most geographies. However, in 2021, retail demand bounced back quickly, although sales have been impacted by supply chain shortages. This V-shaped recovery, however, is not the biggest story – it is underpinned by huge changes that will transform the automotive industry over the next decade.

Following eras of industrialization (1920s to 1970s), globalization (late 1970s to 2015), and digitalization, a new era of change is emerging, driven by three megatrends that automotive companies are recognizing as critical to their future.

These megatrends are:

  • Customer-centricity
  • Intelligent industry
  • Sustainability

The industry’s response to these megatrends will depend on three critical success factors:

Technology and software competency
Automotive companies must focus on software as much as hardware, eventually resembling technology companies, with competency in cloud, data, connectivity, AI, and cybersecurity.

People and organization
New hard and soft skills are demanded; new leadership styles and collaborative ecosystem ways of working. More data and technology-driven cultures must be embraced without sacrificing customer trust.

Operational excellence
A disciplined approach to efficiency will be vital: achieved by using analytics and AI to improve processes and developing a continuous change culture to resiliently react to disruptions – internal and external.

Capgemini’s unique perspective enables transformation of the digital cores of automotive companies – impacting all three success factors – using industry-specific frameworks plus transferable knowledge from other sectors.

Our automotive experience spans from complex migrations for global OEMs, to helping rapidly launch new EV companies. Delivered by the world’s largest base of strategists, process consultants and certified SAP S/4HANA and classic SAP experts.

We have deep domain knowledge, distilled into specific automotive-oriented solutions and accelerators. We don’t force a choice between greenfield implementations or full brownfield migrations but offer a tailored and flexible rightfield approach that allows for selective data transition – right for the demands of real-world automotive.

“Understanding the customer’s point of view and putting their feedback at the center of every decision are key prerequisites for success in the digital age. These insights must be applied not only in the sales department but also to determine which products are built, how customers are treated, and what services or mobility options are offered. Together with Capgemini we are well positioned to deliver the most customer-centric approach in the automotive industry.”
Hagen Heubach, Global VP – Industry Business Unit Automotive, SAP SE, SAP

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Capgemini delivers for automotive

CX and Sustainability

  • Subscription models, ‘fleet as a service’, in-car upgrades
  • Green core enables ecosystem sustainability
  • Sustainable transportation tracks and cuts CO2
  • Opex efficiency with reduced interruptions
  • Procurement cost savings

Fast time-to-value drivers

  • Automotive operating model definitions
  • AutoPath and SAP S/4HANA® Cloud for automotive suppliers
  • Enables agile software-driven transformation
  • A foundation for the Renewable Enterprise

Deep industry expertise

  • Automotive-specific cloud architecture
  • Target operating models for new businesses
  • We support all major global automotive OEMs
  • Working across the supply ecosystem
  • Unmatched SAP S/4HANA transformation experience

Thriving in a time of disruptive megatrend demands; leveraging cloud technology for resilience balanced with agility. Accelerators preconfigured for automotive suppliers means you can get up and running on SAP S/4HANA fast.

SAP S/4HANA® Cloud for automotive suppliers

SAP S/4HANA® Cloud for automotive suppliers

A growing need for agility and speed.

Experts Speak

Markus Winkler, Executive Vice President – Global Automotive Sector

“The world is learning that innovation in sustainability demands co-operation, and the same is true in Automotive. Mobility ecosystem thinking is critical to the industry’s transformation as it becomes software-driven, and deep partnerships – like Capgemini’s with SAP – are key enablers as the industry becomes more data-driven, resilient and customercentric.”

Josean Mendez, VP SAP Partner and Ecosystem Lead

"Capgemini and SAP have created market value together across industries for many years. The shared experience and wealth of expertise we have nurtured with clients have enabled us to create highly innovative SAP-based solutions. For the automotive industry, we have jointly developed intelligent systems, operations and services to deliver customer-centric and sustainable value to our clients”

Elisabetta Spontoni, Vice President Global Head of SAP Operations Group Offer Leader for Digital Core with SAP S/4HANA® Capgemini

With a combination of state-of-art cloud technologies, smart use of data, innovative process models and strategic consulting and change management capabilities, Digital Core for Automotive helps organizations grow in a continuous evolving market, setup agile business models, connect with their ecosystem and excel in operations. This is the Renewable Enterprise in Automotive.”


Markus Winkler

Executive Vice President – Global Automotive. I am passionate about helping Automotive companies in their transformation towards end-to-end sustainable mobility .

Josean Mendez

Josean is the SAP Partner and Ecosystem Lead, Global Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships at Capgemini. He combines his over two decades of leadership experience in the Mobile Solutions and Software Development industry with his passion to drive Digital transformation for the benefit of our customers. His constant endeavor is to devise agile solutions in order to facilitate a future-proof digital enterprise.

Elisabetta Spontoni

Elisabetta Spontoni is the Group Offer Leader for “Digital Core with SAP S/4HANA” and is responsible for driving the offer lifecycle end-to-end, by orchestrating SAP CoEs around the world in achieving their missions: pre-sales/solutioning, offer promotion in the market, build Go-To-Market tools, Talent Management, Support project delivery.