Tesla is suing a recently hired software engineer who the company claims has stolen critical automated software from its WARP Drive ERP system.
Tesla WARP Drive
While most automakers use commonly known enterprise software from third parties like SAP, Tesla instead decided to build its own from scratch.
Tesla’s longtime chief information officer Jay Vijayan, who quietly left in January 2016, is credited for leading the development of the system, which Tesla calls “Warp.”
Vijayan discussed what pushed them to develop their “Warp” system in-house during an interview with CIO Insight in 2014:
Elon’s vision is to build a vertically integrated organization where information flow happens seamlessly across departments and where we have a closed feedback loop to our customers. By doing this, we can provide the best possible product, service, and overall experience to our customers in the fastest way possible, while also operating efficiently as a business to bring this vision to life, we had to have simple and central business operations software that could connect all departments and enable information flow seamlessly across departments. Again, we couldn’t find one software program in the market that satisfied this need.
Elon Musk has since pushed his companies to develop even more new enterprise engineering systems to be used across his multiple companies.
For example, we previously reported on Tesla and SpaceX sharing some custom software platform developed for materials research.
WARP englobes a lot of important backend software