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PTC makes Microsoft preferred platform for industrial

William Payne
February 8, 2018

PTC is partnering Microsoft in industrial IoT. The Massachusetts based PTC is making Microsoft's Azure cloud its preferred platform for the ThingWorx industrial IoT platform. Both companies are to work together on developing both their technologies for the industrial sector, including manufacturing.

Maryland based industrial technology specialist Colfax Corporation has become one of the first companies to use an integrated solution from both companies. 

PTC will also offer a managed service of ThingWorx delivered on Azure, leveraging Azure services, including Azure IoT Hub. According to the companies, ThingWorx combined with Microsoft Azure IoT will provide customers with faster time to a production-ready solution.

PTC and Microsoft intend to pursue joint customer opportunities in operational settings such as discrete, process, and hybrid manufacturing, oil and gas, and utilities. 

An early adopter of joint offerings from the two companies is industrial technology company Colfax Corp. Colfax is implementing PTC's ThingWorx IIoT platform on Microsoft Azure as part of a streamlined industrial IoT effort.

Colfax has launched a digital transformation effort entitled Data Driven Advantage (DDA). Colfax has selected the ThingWorx platform to increase efficiencies and accelerate progress across its development teams, building on ThingWorx and Colfax’s application expertise to bring new products to market more rapidly and enhance service levels.

“Empowering our business platforms with greater transformational digital capabilities is integral to our growth strategy,” said Ryan Cahalane, vice president, Digital Growth, Colfax. “ThingWorx not only supports our existing businesses, but also can contribute to more rapid integration of acquisitions. With ThingWorx and Microsoft Azure IoT, we can focus more on what we do best and improve customer experiences.”

Speaking of the collaboration between PTC and Microsoft, Jim Heppelmann, president and chief executive of PTC, said: “This collaboration combines Microsoft’s expertise in the intelligent cloud business with PTC’s leadership position in IoT, product design, manufacturing, and service. This is exactly the combination customers require to unlock the value in their digital transformation journeys.”

“We are pleased that Azure is PTC’s preferred cloud platform to help accelerate digital transformation in IoT, particularly for customers in the manufacturing industry,” said Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Azure. “Combining PTC's platform with the speed, scalability, and intelligence of Azure will enable customers to accelerate industrial innovation.”