GE and Microsoft have partnered to make GE’s Predix platform for the Industrial Internet available on the Microsoft Azure cloud.
Revealed at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, the new agreement will allow customers worldwide to capture intelligence from their industrial assets and take advantage of Microsoft’s enterprise cloud applications.
“Connecting industrial machines to the internet through the cloud is a huge step toward simplifying business processes and reimagining how work gets done,” said Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE. “GE is helping its customers extract value from the vast quantities of data coming out of those machines and is building an ecosystem of industry leading partners like Microsoft that will allow the Industrial Internet to thrive on a global scale.”
GE’s Predix platform is already helping industrial customers rapidly build, securely deploy and operate industrial applications. Now, with Azure, customers will have access to additional capabilities, such as natural language technology, artificial intelligence, advanced data visualisation and enterprise application integration.
Azure will support the growth of the entire industrial internet of things ecosystem by offering Predix customers access to the largest cloud footprint available today, along with data sovereignty, hybrid capabilities, and advanced developer and data services.
In addition, GE and Microsoft plan to integrate Predix with Azure IoT Suite, the Cortana Intelligence Suite and Microsoft business applications, such as Office 365, Dynamics 365 and Power BI. This will enable customers to connect industrial data with business processes and analytics.
“Every industry and every company around the world is being transformed by digital technology,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Working with companies like GE, we can reach a new set of customers to help them accelerate their transformation across every line of business – from the factory floor to smart buildings.”
A developer preview will be released toward the end of 2016, and Predix on Azure will be commercially available by the second quarter of 2017.
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