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Medium-sized enterprises are well on their way to Industry 4.0

According to a new study, medium-sized companies in the manufacturing industry have made more progress in relation to Industry 4.0 than is commonly thought – at least when it comes to production. But there is still a need to catch up in the areas of digital products and services.

26 Nov. 2018
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Medium-sized enterprises are well on their way to Industry 4.0 (Photo: proAlpha & Pac - a CXP Group Company)

Contrary to some analyses, according to which German medium-sized enterprises have missed the boat on digitization , a recent study by the consultancy company PAC and the business software provider proALPHA paints a much more positive picture. It is based on a survey of 102 leading IT and departmental managers from the manufacturing industry. This indicates that 71% have at least undertaken initial pilot projects in the context of Industry 4.0. For 90%, implementation of an ERP system is regarded as the basis for successful digitization. However, more than half criticized existing solutions for being too rigid to allow customized process optimization. Of those surveyed, 62% are therefore planning to modernize their existing ERP solutions and have already taken this into account in their budget planning. As other factors connected with successful digital transformation, 89% cite interdepartmental collaboration, 82% mention training and internal staff development, and 82% support from the highest management level. Another striking aspect of the study, which is free to download , is that although digitization of production is well advanced, there is a lack of consistency in the development of additional digital products and services.