Microsoft and General Electric today announced a new partnership that will bring GE's industrial internet of things platform to Azure.
Predix is both an operating system and platform for building applications that connect to industrial assets, collect and analyse data. Given GE's breadth of portfolio, Predix is leading the way in the Internet of Industrial Things.
Speaking at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, CEO Satya Nadella said that the move marked the first step in a broad strategic collaboration between the two companies.
"Every industry and every company around the world is being transformed by digital technology," said 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 2016, and Predix on Azure will be commercially available by the second quarter of 2017.
The two powerhouses revealed that there were plans 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 systems with business processes and analytics.
GE said that by bringing Predix to Azure its customers and partners would gain access to additional capabilities such as natural language technology, artificial intelligence, advanced data visualisation and enterprise application integration.
"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."