GE and Microsoft work together on IoT services in the cloud

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Microsoft has enlisted a major new partner in its quest to become a premier provider of cloud-based Internet of things (IoT) software and services.

The companies said Monday that GE's Predix software platform, which enables industrial machines to connect to the " industrial internet", would come to Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, allowing users to analyze and share data from their machines using Microsoft applications. "By utilizing Datadog, enterprise customers are now able to effectively manage the performance of their large scale Microsoft Azure-hosted applications".

The deal is the first in a planned strategic partnership between GE and Microsoft. Customers will have more choices and greater flexibility when it comes to collecting data from their machines and systems of intelligence. Bringing Predix to Azure means the same customers will now have access to additional capabilities, such as natural language technology, artificial intelligence, advanced data visualisation and enterprise application integration.

As the industrial IoT ecosystem continues to grow, Azure will provide support by giving users access to the world's biggest cloud footprint and the hybrid capabilities, data control, and developer and data services that come along with it.

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A developer preview will be released toward the end of the year and the platform will be released commercially by the second quarter of 2017.

"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", Microsoft officials said in a press release.

Predix is a cloud-based software-as-a-service platform created to enable industrial businesses to perform large-scale analytics on industrial machinery to manage asset performance and optimize operations.

"If you want to stay around a while, you have to be willing to drive change", said Jeff Immelt, GE chairman and CEO, in a chat with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the morning keynote.

  • Michael Mitchell