About Digital Transformation and Cultural Change.
In almost every area of our lives, an immense amount of information and data is created every day. Dr. Vincent Dekker knows the potential of analysing these data streams and how this treasure of data can be used with the help of innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI). In the Data Analytics and AI Powertrain team, he and his colleagues develop data-based solutions to further improve production processes and make Mercedes-Benz's vehicles and services even better. In his interview, the statistics expert tells us why the digital transformation is a huge opportunity, and how important a culture of data-based decisions can be for companies.
For digital transformation to succeed, we need to practise a culture of data-driven decision-making throughout the organisation. I find it very exciting to drive this process forward.
Dr. Vincent Dekker (30) discovered mathematics as a play area for himself at an early age. While his parents eagerly watched the Formula 1 races on TV, the teenager compared the lap times and thought about what the perfect pit stop strategy could look like based on data. Born in Alkmaar in the Netherlands, the fan of numbers decided to study in Germany and first completed his bachelor's degree in economics followed by his master's degree in economic science at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. After his studies, he remained at the university as a doctoral student and research assistant, until starting at former Daimler AG in 2019 in the Data Analysis and AI Powertrain team. Today, when Dr. Vincent Dekker is not finding opportunities to use the full potential of data streams for the Group, he enjoys being involved as a youth leader at his tennis club and lives his passion for cooking. "If it doesn't work out with the data, I'll open a restaurant," he jokes.