GE Partners With Microsoft To Sell Its ‘Industrial Cloud’ Platform On Azure
After spending months building its own platform called #Predix to help industrial companies manage their data in the cloud, #GE has partnered with one of the big cloud providers to drum up some business in the “Internet of Things.”
GE chief executive Jeff Immelt appeared with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at #Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto on Monday morning to unveil a new cloud partnership between Predix and Microsoft’s #Azure cloud platform and business applications, one the companies have billed as the beginning of a larger strategic alliance. The move comes a week after Microsoft rebranded its business apps in the cloud under a new suite called Dynamics 365 as part of a major refocusing of Microsoft towards the cloud under Nadella’s leadership.
Under the new partnership, Predix customers already working with GE will gain access to Microsoft Azure’s data and natural language tools, as well as access to its global infrastructure centers and the Cortana Intelligence Suite. Microsoft will make Predix an integrated part of its Azure IoT Suite, making it easier for industrial customers to integrate their data into Microsoft’s own apps.