Technology Record - Issue 23: Winter 21/22

120 www. t e c h n o l o g y r e c o r d . c om I NT E R V I EW faster decision-making. Results included a 44 per cent decrease in downtime, a 40 per cent increase in on-time delivery for customers, and 21 per cent rise in energy savings. AVEVA and Microsoft have also enhanced our joint workforce transformation solutions. With the explosion of Industry 4.0, re-skilling workers with advanced technology is essential to moving manufacturing from a manpower-intensive business towards a future-focused industry. By deploying six cloud-based AVEVA Operator Training Simulators in partnershipwithMicrosoft Azure, TotalEnergies’ Oleum division created a fully simulated petrochemical facility that provides highly effective training in a safe environment identical to the control room. This enables teams to learn how to handle potential hazards, and improves accessibility and scale, meaning up to 2,000 operators can be trained each year. Meanwhile, AVEVA’s Connected Worker solution accelerates the learning, upskilling and reskilling of the workforce technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), data analytics, mixed reality – for example, improving skills through experiential training using mixed reality and AI in the cloud. Together, the solutions leverage Microsoft’s standardised, open cloud platform for sustainability alongside AVEVA’s industrial expertise in optimising production, improving environmental efficiency and decreasing fuel costs and waste. We have created a powerful ecosystem for companies to deliver on their sustainability goals and achieve net-zero emissions, while staying resilient and prepared for any future crises. What results have these innovative technologies demonstrated? By combining our expertise, network and capabilities, AVEVA and Microsoft have helped customers across the manufacturing sector gain significant competitive advantages. In addition to this, AVEVA develops technology solutions that are contributing towards effectively reducing industrial organisations’ environmental footprints. Our offerings are enabling our customers to integrate legacy solutions seamlessly, providing advanced analytics that drive sustainable decision-making through actionable insights. A recent AVEVA survey showed that 90 per cent of industrial leaders are looking to digital technologies to achieve sustainability goals. How can AVEVA and Microsoft enable decarbonisation in manufacturing? The AVEVA survey shows how AI and automation are now seen as necessary technologies to keep pace with competitors. About 30 per cent of manufacturers expect to significantly increase investment in digital transformation technologies to automate and modernise their business and drive sustainability across their value chain. Together with Microsoft, AVEVA’s software supports long-term, sustainable value creation that can mutually benefit people and the planet. Our combined efforts provide innovative solutions that make it easier for customers to build collaboration between globally dispersed teams and help in the transition to a lower-carbon future. Working side-by-side with Microsoft, AVEVA has templated its best practices and vertical solutions to become repeatable, scalable and adaptable to fit agnostically with other software stacks, thereby enabling rapid implementation and payback. Today, organisations deploying the combined AVEVA Energy Management and Performance Solutions – delivered over Microsoft products – can reduce project implementation times by up to 60 per cent when compared to bespoke implementations of intelligent operations. Plus, our operations and performance solutions are already helping customers to increase energy efficiency, minimise noxious emissions and optimise the effective use of valuable natural resources.