A few lines of code…

Published: 9 October 2015

The global implications of the VW Group emissions scandal are staggering. The potential fines for the 11 million vehicles, in the US alone, amount to billions of dollars. As VW Group stock has nose-dived by 30% already, the implications for customer and investor confidence is going to be far more costly.

In a world where the ‘truth in engineering’ is now an insurance write off at the side of the road, consider the infamous ‘few lines of code’ that have so relentlessly delivered on its purpose . While its intention was devious, the reality has been a really effective piece of technology that has faultlessly delivered upon its mission in the field and in the lab.

Let us agree that this has been a despicable deception for customers and the environment. But there is as part of me that has a quiet admiration for the few lines of code that this whole scandal has hinged upon. Technology is, after all, a simple manifestation of business desire and ambition. I hope the tech talent that delivered on this nefarious plan, can now exert their talents to deliver on something more worthy, they clearly have the ability!

Matt Cockbill is a Partner, and Head of IT Leadership and Technology Leadership Practices for Berwick Partners.

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