Later today, GE and Microsoft are set to announce a deepening of their partnership revolving around GE’s industrial internet platform and Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. As a result, GE will be in a better position to tap the vast majority of industries who use Microsoft’s software.
A senior executive from GE has disclosed that Microsoft and General Electric Co are set to announce a deepening of their partnership related to GE’s Predix industrial internet platform and Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.
The yet to be released agreement will essentially broaden the integration of Microsoft’s Azure with GE’s Predix applications, said Bill Ruh, Chief Executive of GE Digital.
Predix is a software platform that has been developed by GE. It connects industrial equipment, such as power plants and jet engines to computers that can predict failures and reduce operating costs.
The deepening of the partnership is likely to be announced later today (Wednesday) by GE’s Chief Executive Officer John Flannery and Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella.
This announcement comes in the wake of GE announcing a partnership with Apple Inc.
The twin announcements shows GE’s flexibility to go ahead and forge significant deals with players from the opposite side of the spectrum with its industrial internet system – Predix.
While initially the joint effort had focused on the oil, gas and mining sector, it has now been expanded to cater to the vast majority of industries which run Microsoft’s software.