GE and Microsoft announce cloud data capture partnership

12 July 2016 |


GE and Microsoft Corp have announced a partnership to make GE's Predix platform available on the Microsoft Azure cloud.

GE and Microsoft Corp have announced a partnership to make GE's Predix platform available on the Microsoft Azure cloud. Predix allows customers to capture intelligence from their industrial assets to fully exploit the abilities of Microsoft's enterprise cloud applications.

"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."

GE's Predix platform claims to help industrial customers build, securely deploy and effectively operate industrial applications. Bringing Predix to Azure means those same customers will now have access to additional capabilities such as natural language technology, artificial intelligence, advanced data visualization and enterprise application integration.

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.

"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."

According to Gartner, 6.4 billion connected things are expected to be in use worldwide this year, and that number is predicted to climb to more than 20 billion by 2020, presenting a significant opportunity for companies to drive their own digital transformation.