GE’s Predix platform to feature on Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses

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General Electric (GE) and Microsoft have announced a collaboration to make available GE’s Predix platform for the Industrial Internet on the Microsoft Azure cloud for industrial businesses.

The development will provide customers with more alternatives and flexibility to make use of the data from machines and systems of intelligence. As a result, companies across the globe will be able to integrate operational and information technologies that comprise the Industrial Internet of Things. The world is seeing a shift to a more industrialised information era and the need to provide new digital solutions, insights and increased efficiencies is increasing the requirement for higher level services.

At present, GE’s Predix platform is already aiding industrial customers towards quickly building, securely deploying and effectively operating industrial applications. Making Predix available on Azure will allow these customers to make use of more capabilities such as natural language technology, artificial intelligence, advanced data visualisation and enterprise application integration.

Azure will provide a base for the growth of the whole industrial IoT ecosystem by providing Predix customers access to a large cloud footprint along with data sovereignty, hybrid capabilities, and advanced developer and data services. 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.

Analyst house Gartner projects that 6.4 billion connected things will be operational across the globe in 2016 and the figure is expected to exceed 20 billion by 2020, offering companies a substantial prospect to further their own digital transformation.

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