Manufacturers in Germany are only slowly adopting the cloud. Of the three current most popular public cloud providers Microsoft, Amazon and Google, the Microsoft Azure cloud seems to be the most popular one.
There’s a misconception that the cloud is only there for storing the data - like a giant Dropbox. But that’s only one of its features. In my opinion, the more interesting features of the cloud are the wide array of AI-services. Some of them are nearly completely automated: just upload the data and the service will build the model for you.
Leveraging the cloud AI’s capabilities is only possible if the data is in the cloud (if we exclude edge computing for now).