Siemens predicts that industrial IT and software will grow at an average of eight percent year-on-year, or double the rate estimated for the relevant overall market. In the future, this software expansion will be critical to enabling customers to simulate, test, and manufacture products using a single integrated database. (Source: Siemens Industry)
Nice story, Al. Whether it's called 4.0 or something else, Russwurm is certainly right that a revolution is occurring in manufacturing and production technology. The systems are so smart, they don't always need advanced programmers on the customer side. Just as personal computer owners don't need to know the technology under the computer's hood, plant engineers don't necessarily need to know everything about the technology developed for their plants.
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