Technology Record - Issue 32: Spring 2024

28 MARKETWATCH Photo: Unsplash/ChrisKaridis Rockwell Automation and Microsoft join forces for industrial automation Rockwell Automation and Microsoft are combining solutions to accelerate industrial automation design and development. Microsoft’s Azure OpenAI Service has been added to Rockwell’s FactoryTalk Design Studio to help engineers generate code using natural language prompts. Engineers can also automate routine tasks, improve design efficiency and find relevant help from already catalogued information. The companies plan to integrate their respective internet-of-things capabilities, cloud datasets, simulations and AI tools to solve other industry challenges, including quality management, failure mode analysis and frontline training. They will also explore ways to advance innovation in the industrial metaverse. Preservica releases Preserve365 on Microsoft Azure Marketplace Preservica’s embedded archiving and digital preservation solution, Preserve365, is now generally available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The solution helps organisations to simplify compliance by embedding tools for archiving, digital preservation and record retrieval within Microsoft 365 and SharePoint. “With Preserve365 we have reimagined information archiving by enabling Microsoft customers to maximise investments in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft SharePoint permissions, labels, automation and discovery tools and at the same time minimise compliance risk by ensuring critical records can always be instantly read and actioned over decades,” said Mike Quinn, CEO at Preservica. New venture to help French public sector organisations adopt Microsoft Azure Bleu, a joint venture from Capgemini and Orange formed in a strategic partnership with Microsoft, is now engaging with select French private and public organisations in preparation for its first ‘cloud de confiance’ services to go live at the end of 2024. “We are extremely proud to partner with Bleu to bring Microsoft 365 productivity solutions and Microsoft Azure services to their forthcoming ‘cloud de confiance’ platform,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Microsoft. Capgemini and Orange formed Bleu with the aim of helping French public sector organisations to meet their specific cloud goals by enabling them to use Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Azure services. Bleu will work with clients to carry out pilot tests to ensure they are successfully onboarded to the platform before it is launched.