Microsoft and General Electric (GE) have announced a new partnership to bring the latter?EU?s Predix platform to Microsoft’s Azure enterprise cloud service. The agreement combines GE?EU?s software tools for collecting data from industrial machines with Microsoft’s computing platform for building, deploying, and managing applications and services in the cloud.
The move is only the first step in what is planned to be a broad strategic collaboration to eventually allow customers around the world to capture intelligence from industrial assets while taking advantage of Microsoft’s enterprise cloud applications, the companies said. The announcement was made today at Microsoft’s 2016 Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.
“Connecting industrial machines to the Internet through the cloud is a huge step toward simplifying business processes and reimagining how work gets done,” Jeff Immelt (pictured right), CEO of GE said in a statement. “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.”
Predix is a cloud-based software-as-a-service platform designed to enable industrial businesses to perform large-scale analytics on industrial machinery to manage asset performance and optimize operations. Azure, meanwhile, offers both infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service capabilities to enterprise clients.
Combining the services will give existing Predix clients access to Azure?EU?s enterprise tools such as natural language technology, artificial intelligence, advanced data visualization and enterprise application integration.
“As the shift to a more industrialized information age continues, the opportunity to deliver new digital solutions, insights, and increased efficiencies is accelerating the need for higher level services,” according to the statement. “GE’s Predix platform is already helping industrial customers rapidly build, securely deploy and effectively operate industrial applications.”
The addition of Predix to its Azure platform will…