Apps Run The World

BMW Group Digital Transformation Initiatives

Apps Run The World

About the Customer

BMW originally an initialism for Bayerische Motoren Werke in German, is a German multinational company which currently produces luxury automobiles and motorcycles, and also produced aircraft engines until 1945.

The company was founded in 1916 and has its headquarters in Munich, Bavaria. BMW produces motor vehicles in Germany, Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2015, BMW was the world's twelfth largest producer of motor vehicles, with 2,279,503 vehicles produced. The Quandt family are long-term shareholders of the company, with the remaining shares owned by a public float.

Scope and Challenges

BMW Group needed a backbone solution to support vehicle production globally while retaining greater flexibility and higher quality.

Aside from the solution for their production, they also needed an answer that will solve the challenges they had with test data management. 

On the 28th of January 2018, PTC announced the BMW Group chose PTC Windchill as PLM Platform as an enabler for globally configuring and releasing cars to production. 

On the 21st of February 2018, Aras made a statement that BMW will use their Aras PLM Platform to support planning, scheduling, execution, and documentation of vehicle tests and test results at various stages of vehicle development.

Outcome and Implications

The award-winning Windchill PLM solution will support the BMW Group in improving efficiency and achieving a leaner global production planning process. In addition, BMW Group has selected the ThingWorx NavigateTM role-based solution for fast and easy ecosystem access to product data. BMW Group will leverage robust Windchill capabilities in configuring large and complex vehicle structure data. ThingWorx Navigate supports concurrent production planning, enabling BMW Group to shorten overall time to market.

The Aras PLM Platform will enable traceability of results and play an important role in the development of production vehicles. Aras' high degree of flexibility to meet specific requirements associated with the tests was a significant factor for the BMW Group. As part of the implementation, the Aras platform will connect a large number of existing IT systems to exchange data. More than 5,500 employees from the BMW Group's Engineering division are anticipated to be using the Aras platform. 

The go-live date on both of the platforms has not been precise yet.


“We take pride in helping BMW Group to improve efficiency in the planning and production of their world-class vehicles,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC.

Andreas Mueller, Senior Vice President EMEA at Aras, said, "The automotive sector thrives on bringing new models - and new vehicle technologies – to market as quickly as possible. With a flexible platform for managing the product lifecycle, manufacturers can gain a clear advantage over the competition. We're delighted that the BMW Group has chosen Aras." 

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Enterprise Software & Cloud Applications Purchased by BMW Group

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IT Decision Makers and Key Stakeholders at BMW Group

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