ABB, Microsoft join forces to drive digital industrial transformation

Newly formed partnership will focus on robotics, electric vehicles and renewable energy

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ABB, Microsoft join forces to drive digital industrial transformation The partnership will see a combination of Microsoft's Azure intelligent cloud and ABB's domain knowledge and portfolio of industrial solutions.
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  October 4, 2016

ABB and Microsoft have announced a strategic partnership to assist industrial customers move towards digital solutions, including robotics, marine and ports, electric vehicles and renewable energy.

The partnership will see a combination of Microsoft's Azure intelligent cloud and ABB's domain knowledge and portfolio of industrial solutions. By selecting Microsoft Azure as the cloud for its integrated connectivity platform, ABB's customers will now have access to an enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure that benefits from billions of dollars of ongoing investment. 

The ABB Ability offering combines ABB's portfolio of digital solutions and services across customer segments and it is expected to create a large, open, digital industrial ecosystem for customers, partners, suppliers and developers. 

Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft, said: "Together with ABB, we are providing industrial customers with the digital technology and cloud platform to empower every person, team and business system within an organisation to glean new insights and drive faster decision making to seize new growth and opportunities."

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, added: "This partnership will provide unique benefits to our customers in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure, building on the combined strength of Microsoft and ABB. Building on our installed base of more than 70 million connected devices and more than 70,000 digital control systems, the next step is to develop one of the world's largest industrial cloud platforms."  

ABB and Microsoft will accelerate digital solutions that improve customers' productivity by increasing uptime, speed and yield. As ABB standardises its platform on Azure, the company will take full advantage of Azure services such as Azure IoT Suite and Cortana Intelligence Suite to capitalise on insights gathered at every level from device, to system, to enterprise, to cloud. 

ABB and Microsoft have a long history of collaboration, and have delivered transformational end-to-end solutions across several industries including robotics, smart grids, marine and ports, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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