Modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is now a key field of technology and frequently acts as an important catalyst for economic growth. It is also a driver of essential renewal in industrial manufacturing and service markets. This edition of TRANSFER sheds light on the significance of this field of technology from a variety of angles: Prof. Reinhard Keller, director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Systems Engineering, examines the impact that developments in the area of communication systems are having on automation technology. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg W. Fischer of the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Computer Applications in Engineering provides insights into product lifecycle management (PLM) and the product development process. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ertel, who heads up the Steinbeis Transfer Center of Artificial Intelligence and Data Safety (KIDS), explores the complex topic of artificial intelligence with an introduction of machine learning and corresponding control, diagnosis and optimization challenges in mechanical engineering. In an interview with Prof. Dr. habil. Günther Haag, director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Applied System Analysis (STASA) and managing director of Steinbeis Angewandte Systemanalyse GmbH, the role and significance of applied systems analysis is discussed with a close look at the issue of quality. An article by Professor Dr.-Ing., Dr. h. c. Florin Ionescu, who heads up the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Engineering & Project Consulting and the Steinbeis Transfer Institute for Dynamic Systems at Steinbeis University Berlin, introduces the production lines of the future. Ulrich Dietz, CEO of GFT Technologies AG, explains how know-how transfer works in the IT industry through startup companies. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Jähnert, managing director of bwcon GmbH, takes a closer look at the issues surrounding cloud computing. Also, Alf Henryk Wulf, board chairman of the non-profit organization Baden-Württemberg: Connected e.V. (bwcon), explains how IT is being backed in the state of Baden-Württemberg.