The additional three-year maintenance contract covers the IT infrastructure needs for the automobile manufacturer's East London and Pretoria plants.
Three local start-ups - DataProphet, Vizbility and NumberBoost - walk away R300 000 richer from the rigorous competition.
A flurry of excitement over the technology sees almost any sector-specific chatbot typically still positioned as a first in that sector, say analysts.
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has opted for SAP R/3 to provide a technology platform to support its business strategy. SAP R/3 is now used by well over 80% of the South African automotive OEM market.