Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) procure systems, sub-systems, components, software and hardware from suppliers in the supply chain. The OEM has a huge task of integrating what’s provided by the suppliers into the vehicle, and multiple levels of testing is needed before the vehicle hits the roads.
In fact, each partner is a large corporation in itself, with well-established home-grown processes, using institutionalized and often unique toolchains to support product development. Hierarchies of suppliers only add to this complicated and diverse development landscape.
The OEM, suppliers and sub-suppliers have multi-way dependencies, and each of them have a stake in making the vehicle program successful. For the success of the product, it is essential that all of them work together efficiently and effectively.
Besides the softer aspects of the relationship, it is necessary to streamline the process approach to work together to have a smooth and efficient approach for interaction and exchange of data.