Redefining collaboration in auto companies: the Mobility Center of Excellence


There’s no question that digital transformation has altered the way we do business worldwide. Today, digitization, the process of transforming analog information into digital form, influences all business functions. In order to thrive in this dynamic, fast-paced environment, we need to change how we think about building and delivering products. That’s why Xapix is suggesting the idea of introducing a Mobility Center of Excellence (CoE) to organizations.


The facts

According to a 2019 LinkedIn analysis, hard skills, such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence, are increasingly in demand. However, as technology and automation advance, employers are more interested in a combination of hard and soft skills. That means that “human” skills, such as creativity and initiative, are also increasing in value, since they can’t be automated. 

Restructuring the digital mobility world

We realize that in order to succeed, the digital world must deeply integrate with the customer’s world. This way, companies can focus on key assets and partners when creating digital business models. For many companies, this may require moving from a ticket-driven organization to being a product-driven organization. To do so, digitization and the creation of digital products and business models should also be integrated and product-focused.

IT tools can help expand the product to new user groups. These tools should mainly focus on the impact of the product, rather than the interface. By doing so, the focus remains strictly on the purpose, strategies, and business goals of the product.  In order to properly implement these tools, a team of experts is required. 

We face some obstacles

The challenge for this structural evolution is retraining. Currently, many companies do not have the resources for a designated department lead, putting a lot of pressure on developers. As technology evolves, there is a “growing skills instability”, where it is anticipated that over half of all employees will require significant retraining in the upcoming years (Future of Jobs Survey 2018, World Economic Forum). That means that in order to build a digital product, all workforces must come together to help the developers without direction and potentially without the skill.

Center of Excellence to the rescue! 

For all of this to run smoothly, we’ll need a CoE to lead the goal and mission of the company. This team will combine specialists of technical skills with those of “human” skills. This may shift company structures from the traditional waterfall method to the agile method when developing projects. The agile method provides faster iterations and creates an operational loop with developmental teams. 

This integration and introduction of a CoE will empower product teams. Developers will be a part of each team, along with business functions. Additionally, the teams will feel supported by having a key CoE staffed with experts.

Where Xapix comes in

At Xapix, we help our customers manage digital transformation with the help of our product. Data orchestration enables partner orchestration. While this is inherently steered by the business side, scaling relies on the IT and software engineering organizations to develop a structure to supports faster iterations. This organizational versatility and deep integration of the different angles is what we reflect at the core of our product with the goal of providing a toolset for both non-programmers and programmers alike (arguably both within a technical audience) which is inherently versatile, performant, robust and secure.

Xapix allows for partnering and data exchange with internal AND external stakeholders at scale, with reduced technical complexity. The CoE will take over the remaining complexity. This increases key metrics such as

  1. developer productivity

  2. time to market

  3. number of iterations in a given amount of time

  4. more robust and secure products.

The organizational structure shift towards a CoE will also support those who excel in microservices as they become increasingly popular as functions. In the end, the CoE involves experts in each stage of product development, supporting team members who have the best functional knowledge in their field.

Christian Umbach