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2017 the year of the cloud
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Numbers are showing that 2016 will go down as another year to have registered remarkable growth in the Enterprise cloud software platform. It saw 31 publicly held cloud software companies command a market capitalization worth around $1 billion. These companies registered a combined growth of 30% in share valuations and an annual growth of revenue nearing the 25% mark. These cloud software companies eclipsed gains established by market heavyweight giants such as Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ.

Large software companies also came out to buy out some of the lucrative cloud software...

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Software of crucial importance to Industry 4.0
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The 4th industrial revolution, in short Industry 4.0, is clearly software-driven. Rainer Glatz, managing director of the German professional associations for Electric Automation and Software within the VDMA (Association of German Machinery- and Plant Engineering), is commenting on the repercussions on mechanical engineers in the run-up to the AMB, the International Exposition of Metal Working in Stuttgart from 16th to 20th September 2014.

“The increasing importance of software constitutes a specific challenge for the machine tool industry with mechanics as its domain for decades. The...

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Get fit for the Fourth Industrial Revolution!
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The idea of the “internet of things” already emerged more than 20 years ago. Today, the permanently increasing standards as to competitiveness require equipping products with sensors and actuaters connected via the Web. The so called industry 4.0 – the Fourth Industrial Revolution – shall connect the physical with the digital world. Thereof evolve new requirements on the schooling in machine engineering: machine-engineering informatics. Beside profound knowledge in engineering and mathematics and natural sciences, application-aimed knowledge is expected in...

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Maintenance with cloud and Industry 4.0
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Cloud Computing and Industry 4.0 are two aspects in manufacturing that are merging more and more. One good example is the Just in Time Services (JITS) solution from akquinet AG.

This application is analyzing a huge amount of data created from machine sensors and automatically sends an alert if there are problems or maintenance is needed. With these automatically alerts the planning of service and maintenance could be approved. External engineers and clients can profit from these setups due to better time management and money savings. To get alerts right in time could save off time and...

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