The coming together of the two technology companies will make GE’s Predix platform for the Industrial Internet available on the Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses.
This will allow customers around the world to capture intelligence from their industrial assets and take advantage of Microsoft’s enterprise cloud applications marks the first step in a broad strategic collaboration between the two companies, according to a joint statement.
Bringing Predix to Azure gives customers greater choice and flexibility to securely harness the power of data from machines and systems of intelligence, they said.
Companies worldwide will be able to bridge the divide between the operational and information technologies that make up the Industrial Internet of Things.
Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE says that “connecting industrial machines to the Internet through the cloud is a huge step toward simplifying business processes and reimagining how work gets done.
“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.”
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE says that “connecting industrial machines to the Internet through the cloud is a huge step toward simplifying business processes and reimagining how work gets done.[/quote]The companies say that Azure will support the growth of the entire industrial IoT 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 and Cortana Intelligence Suite along with Microsoft business applications, such as Office 365, Dynamics 365 and Power BI, in order to connect industrial data with business processes and analytics.
Also commenting on the partnership, Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft says that “every industry and every company around the world is being transformed by digital technology.
“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.”
Both companies say 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.