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The goal of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance is for at least 80% of machines in smart factories to speak the same language. The objective is to establish an Open Industry 4.0 framework, i.e. an open, standardized ecosystem, to ensure that all elements in highly automated factories, including logistics and services, can communicate with each other. Founding members include Beckhoff, Kuka, SAP, and Endress+Hauser. Now, Darmstadt-based Software AG, one of the global market leaders in software solutions for industry, has also joined the cooperation .

Dr. Stefan Sigg, Chief Product Officer of Software AG, said that Software AG is looking forward to contributing its expertise and experience to the alliance’s discussions and projects. Bernhard Groß, Chief Technology Officer of Software AG, commented that the open and standards-based approach of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance is the perfect fit for Software AG’s philosophy of ‘Freedom as a Service’.