Connecting industrial machines to the internet through the cloud will help ’to reimagine’ how work gets done, says GE CEO
GE and Microsoft have formed a strategic partnership that will see GE’s Predix platform for the industrial internet made available on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.
The development will give industrial businesses greater choice and flexibility to securely harness the power of data from machines and systems of intelligence as they look to connect them from the edge of the cloud, the companies said.
Companies worldwide will be able to “bridge the divide between the operational and information technologies” that make up the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
“Connecting industrial machines to the internet through the cloud is a huge step toward simplifying business processes and reimagining how work gets done,” said Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE.
“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.”
Azure will support the growth of the entire IIoT ecosystem by allowing access to the largest cloud footprint, along with data sovereignty, hybrid capabilities, and advanced developer and data services. Users will have access to additional capabilities such as natural language technology, artificial intelligence, advanced data visualisation 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,” added 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.”
A developer preview will be released toward the end of this year, and Predix on Azure is expected to be commercially available by the second quarter of 2017.