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GE, Microsoft partner on Industrial IoT

William Payne
July 14, 2016

GE's industrial IoT Predix platform is being made available on Microsoft's Azure Cloud. The development is the first step in broad collaboration the two companies have announced to collaborate on industrial data capture and analytics and integrate these with Microsoft's cloud based enterprise applications.

The two companies believe that bringing Predix to Azure will enable companies to bridge the divide between the operational and information technologies that make up the Industrial Internet of Things.

According to GE and Microsoft, hosting Predix on Azure means industrial companies will have access to capabilities such as natural language technology, artificial intelligence, advanced data visualization and enterprise application integration.

Microsoft claims that Azure offers Predix customers access to the largest cloud footprint available today, along with data sovereignty, hybrid capabilities, and developer and data services.

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.

"Connecting industrial machines to the internet through the cloud is a huge step toward simplifying business processes and re-imagining how work gets done," said GE's chief executve, Jeff Immelt. "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."

"Every industry and every company around the world is being transformed by digital technology," said Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella. "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 2016, and Predix on Azure will be commercially available by the second quarter of 2017.