Digital Conference Agenda

1:00 pm - 5:30 pm CET      |      7:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

* Please note that the following agenda timings are Central European Time.  

For Eastern Daylight Times, please download the full event guide here

ADVANCING DIGITALISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION

1:00 pm OPTIONAL NETWORKING

Synopsis

To kickstart the 2nd day, this is your opportunity to book 1-2-1 or group meetings with industry peers and take a tour of our virtual exhibition to see what solution-provider can solve your greatest challenges.

1:50 pm Chair’s Recap & Opening Remarks

2:00 pm Collaborative Panel: Automating the Process of Cost Engineering: Integrated Systems for Workflow Efficiency

Synopsis

• Building a software infrastructure customised to your business that integrates with your cost engineering process
• Improving the project lifecycle management to stay interconnected through one database
• Developing stable results that answer speculations early on using product validation methodology

2:30 pm Enterprise Product Costing Beyond the Product – The Importance of Project, Service and Software Costs

Synopsis

  • The automotive software market will grow rapidly by the impact of the ACES trends.
  • Cost calculation is already complex today: New aspects such as the lifecycle approach to software development, XaaS and MRO must be considered for valid cost estimates and quotations.
  • A global costing approach helps to understand cost structures, achieve cost transparency, and increase the profitability of projects, services, and software.

2:40 pm Utilising Innovation to Transform the Role of the Cost Engineer from Doing Repetitive Tasks to Challenging Business Partners

  • Dirk Drechsel Head of Digital Transformation at Cost Controlling, Mercedes-Benz

Synopsis

• Highlighting the advantages of automating data to improve cost estimation and maximise the cost estimation team’s time
• Transitioning from Excel, PowerPoint and manual tasks to automated processes and a digital cost controlling infrastructure to focus all attention on negotiation with production and service units
• Refocusing the work of a cost engineer away from simple cost aggregation to have a prominent role in steering financial targets and outcome

3:10 pm SPEED NETWORKING/BREAK

Synopsis

Grab a quick cup of coffee from the comfort of your own kitchen and jump straight into this exclusive virtual speed networking! This session is the ideal opportunity to meet face-to-face and establish meaningful business relationships.

3:30 pm In-Depth Case Study: A Practical Approach to Cost Engineering for Electric Components: How Semiconductor Cost Calculation Affects Value Engineering

  • Juergen Betz Cost Management Connectivity & Driver Assistance, Audi

Synopsis

• Reducing hardware costs to increase functional values for electronic components
• Moving towards autonomous vehicles: a deep understanding of future devices to find the best semiconductor approach
• Tackling the challenge to deliver cost calculation for semiconductor and working with Tier-2 and IP Providers to optimise results

4:00 pm Understanding Development Costs for Software Calculation

Synopsis

  • How to calculate costs for new software, software development and understanding the different inputs that affect software
  • Dealing with decreasing market prices and increasing development costs in electronics: how to stay competitive
  • Approaching each software with a unique cost method: why embedded software, security software and entertainment software should have a different method of cost analysis

4:30 pm Closing Keynote: The Future: How Autonomous & Electric Vehicles will Impact Cost Engineering

Synopsis

• Looking into the future automotive industry
• Understanding the potential cost drivers and cost savers for autonomous and electric vehicles
• Comparing data on the cost of electronic components

5:00 pm Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:10 pm HAPPY HOUR

Synopsis

Whether you are looking for your late-morning caffeine fix or something to end your day, grab a beverage of your choice from your home bar and use the final networking opportunity to follow up on connections made earlier, ask that burning question to a speaker whose talk got you thinking and build relationships with industry peers.

5:30 pm End of Conference Day Two