NIO Inc. | Case Study

nio value stream management case study

NIO Inc. | Case Study

Optimizing efficiency and accelerating smart electric vehicle time-to-market through value stream integration with Tasktop Hub

Industry: Automotive

Headquarters: Shanghai

Location: China Employees: 7,000


NIO Inc. (NYSE: NIO) is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of premium smart electric vehicles in China. NIO designs, develops, jointly manufactures and sells high-end electric vehicles, while driving innovations in next-generation technologies in autonomous driving, digital technologies, electric powertrains and batteries.

NIO differentiates itself through its continuous technological breakthroughs and innovations, such as its industry-leading battery swapping technologies, Battery as a Service, as well as its proprietary autonomous driving technologies and Autonomous Driving as a Service.

With demand for electric vehicles in China surging (boosted by the country’s national subsidy policy for new energy vehicles), NIO began using Tasktop Hub to improve efficiency across all its R&D processes.

Solution highlights

faster delivery

Achieved faster delivery times

Automated traceability

Automated traceability for compliance

Error-free collaboration with suppliers

Error-free collaboration with suppliers

"Tasktop provides NIO with enterprise value stream capabilities that greatly improve the efficiency of business data exchange and the coordination across multiple departments, while reducing IT data maintenance costs and shortening project delivery times."


Vice IT Director, NIO Inc.

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Integrating the Software Supply Chain for Maximum Efficiency

In the increasingly competitive electric vehicle market, time-to-market is everything. But by its very nature, developing and manufacturing an EV involves complex R&D collaboration within the company itself and with its third party suppliers.

NIO’s commitment to premium vehicles and premium service dictates that the quality and efficiency with which they design, develop, manufacture and service its EVs is impeccable. The ability to launch new EV models and new services depends on optimized end-to-end value streams. For that very reason, NIO set out to integrate its entire software delivery supply chain, which spans multiple tools, locations, suppliers and partners.

“We wanted to remove any friction, delays and miscommunications from our processes and value streams,” says Jack Longyun Zou, Vice IT Director at NIO. “Tasktop has automated flow and traceability for us, correlating data from multiple systems and sources. Our technologists and business users can now view and associate relevant data, each in their respective system.”

A Robust, Scalable Platform to Support Future Growth

Tasktop’s Value Stream Management Platform was an easy choice for NIO. With connections to 60+ Agile and DevOps tools, NIO could easily integrate its internal systems, like Jira and Polarion, as well as its suppliers.

“Tasktop is extremely easy to install, configure and operate, and we started seeing the return instantly. Our leadership is thrilled with the improvements to our speed, throughput and quality,” says Zou. “Moreover, we now have the flexibility to integrate additional endpoints and use cases as our enterprise toolchain and supplier landscape evolves. We’ve freed ourselves to make any necessary changes to our environment, while keeping data flowing consistently across our value streams.”

Flexible and Secure Architecture for Supplier Integrations

Collaboration with third party suppliers can be slow, error-prone and risky when it relies on offline communication, manual data duplication and asynchronous handovers. In addition, visibility into the health of an overall product or project can be a challenge when data is siloed and fragmented.

Tasktop has broken down those silos to allow NIO and its partners to work as a single well-oiled machine. Each party keeps its own tools and workflows, but the data they need is delivered directly to their systems nearly instantly. Taskstop’s Flow FabricTM makes the data exchange effortless, with simple plug-and-play connectors. A flexible and secure architecture keeps each organization’s data safe.

Flexible and Secure Architecture for Supplier Integrations

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"The most innovative companies in the smart electric vehicle space have to choose their partners carefully, as the industry is completely reinventing itself. Tasktop has been the wind in our sails, helping us innovate faster and accelerate our time-to-market so we can deliver premium user experiences and expand our leadership in the smart electric vehicle market."

Jack Longyun Zou

Vice IT Director at NIO Inc.

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About Tasktop

Tasktop transforms traditional businesses into high-performing tech companies by instantly providing an outside lens for accelerating software delivery. Many organizations are flying blind when it comes to digital transformations because the tools used to do the work provide limited views and proxy metrics. Tasktop’s Value Stream Management platform sits above the entire toolchain, integrating all the underlying tools and objectively measuring flow. Within days our customers are getting insights into where their real bottlenecks are, automating workflows and using Tasktop data to implement changes that reduce time-to-market.