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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) see themselves as lagging behind in terms of digitization. Large companies and corporate groups in Germany give themselves a much more positive rating.

Expectations of intelligent automation solutions may be high, but the implementation of these solutions needs to be improved. As revealed by a survey conducted by management consultants at KPMG in collaboration with HFS Research, many companies still lack a company-wide strategy.

German mechanical engineering companies have been doing well: Record sales are providing scope for investment in digital transformation, reports consulting firm EY. However, the latest figures from the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) call for attention.

Although more and more German SMEs are investing in digital technologies, the investments made by small companies remain low. This is the finding of a representative analysis by KfW Research.

The carmaker and software company want to leverage Microsoft Azure to interconnect machines, robots, and transport systems via the new platform, which will also be open to other companies.