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IDG Contributor Network: Some observations about Microsoft-GE enterprise IoT partnership

This week, at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft and GE announced a strategic alliance to bring GE’s Predix IoT platform to Microsoft’s Azure cloud. While the partnership is certainly relevant, it was interesting to see the immediate excitement in the news, including coverage by major media outlets and an exclusive CNBC interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and GE CEO Jeff Immelt. The stock prices of both companies rose slightly in response to the news.

From some viewpoints, the partnership between Microsoft and GE could be seen as strange if you consider that Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite is a direct competitor of GE’s Predix. However, this strategic alliance should be seen as two IoT software powerhouses making the necessary compromises to expand their relevance in the enterprise IoT market.

5 observations about the Microsoft-GE Partnership

The Microsoft-GE strategic alliance is another step toward garnering support for GE’s Predix platform on mainstream cloud infrastructures such as AWS and Azure. The partnership provides a mechanism for combining Predix’s industrial IoT capabilities and domain expertise with the sophisticated cloud infrastructure and the partner and developer communities of Microsoft’s Azure platform. Beyond the hype, there are some interesting points about the Microsoft-GE partnership that are worth discussing.

Predix everywhere

The GE-Microsoft strategic alliance is a major step toward making the Predix IoT platform available in mainstream platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings. A few weeks ago, GE announced a similar alliance with HP Enterprise (HPE) to distribute Predix as part of the Helion Stackato platform (I wrote about that partnership here). This type of partnership provides Predix with a new distribution channel and a large ecosystem of systems integrators and developers.

IDG Contributor Network: Some observations about Microsoft-GE enterprise IoT partnership

This week, at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft and GE announced a strategic alliance to bring GE’s Predix IoT platform to Microsoft’s Azure cloud. While the partnership is certainly relevant, it was interesting to see the immediate excitement in the news, including coverage by major media outlets and an exclusive CNBC interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and GE CEO Jeff Immelt. The stock prices of both companies rose slightly in response to the news.

From some viewpoints, the partnership between Microsoft and GE could be seen as strange if you consider that Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite is a direct competitor of GE’s Predix. However, this strategic alliance should be seen as two IoT software powerhouses making the necessary compromises to expand their relevance in the enterprise IoT market.

5 observations about the Microsoft-GE Partnership

The Microsoft-GE strategic alliance is another step toward garnering support for GE’s Predix platform on mainstream cloud infrastructures such as AWS and Azure. The partnership provides a mechanism for combining Predix’s industrial IoT capabilities and domain expertise with the sophisticated cloud infrastructure and the partner and developer communities of Microsoft’s Azure platform. Beyond the hype, there are some interesting points about the Microsoft-GE partnership that are worth discussing.

Predix everywhere

The GE-Microsoft strategic alliance is a major step toward making the Predix IoT platform available in mainstream platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings. A few weeks ago, GE announced a similar alliance with HP Enterprise (HPE) to distribute Predix as part of the Helion Stackato platform (I wrote about that partnership here). This type of partnership provides Predix with a new distribution channel and a large ecosystem of systems integrators and developers.

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