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Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning: The digital transformation has long since arrived in mechanical engineering. However, the associated dynamics repeatedly present every company with the challenge of recognizing and successfully exploiting existing digitization potential.

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Auf den Punkt Zitat Digitalization

Prof. Claus Oetter,

"The platform economy follows a holistic rationale, as potential or actual distinct value networks become apparent."

Prof. Claus Oetter,
Prof Claus Oetter, Managing Director VDMA Software and Digitalisation

Auf den Punkt Zahl Digitalization

6.4

billion euros

the annual amount of damage due to product piracy amounts to

Source: VDMA Study "Product Piracy in Mechanical and Plant Engineering" 2022

Auf den Punkt Zusammenfassung Digitalisierung

Summary
"Future Skills in Mechanical and Plant Engineering" study
  • 90 percent of the companies surveyed are undergoing change processes
  • The majority of companies know how important future skills are for the long-term success of the company.
  • Future skills are scarce: Four out of five companies face a "skills gap".

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