Microsoft and General Electric announced earlier today a new partnership that will make GE’s Predix industrial software platform available on Microsoft’s Azure cloud for industrial businesses. The new availability will open doors for both organizations; Microsoft, with hopes that when GE’s Predix becomes available on Azure next year, it will encourage other large industrial customers to adopt Azure’s cloud services. The partnership for GE’s Predix, aims to effectively integrate industrial equipment to the internet, saving on operational costs and improving performance and functionality.
As IoT and information connectivity creep into everyday life, connectivity and the process and practice of extracting more value from data is becoming paramount, and thing of best practice for large industries. Services like Azure and as-a-Service cloud products are bringing businesses large and small closer to attaining this digital transformation. GE said in a statement today, that furthering this intelligence throughout business operations is being attained with partnerships like that of GE and Microsoft’s.
“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. GE’s Predix platform is already helping industrial customers rapidly build, securely deploy and effectively operate industrial applications. Bringing Predix to Azure means those same customers will now have access to additional capabilities such as natural language technology, artificial intelligence, advanced data visualization and enterprise application integration.”
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.
“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.”