ABB and Microsoft have announced a strategic partnership to help industrial customers, including those in the marine and port sector, to create new value with digital solutions. The ABB Ability offering will combine Microsoft’s Azure intelligent cloud solution with ABB’s deep domain knowledge and extensive portfolio of industrial solutions.
“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,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.
“This partnership will provide unique benefits to our customers in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure, building on the combined strength of Microsoft and ABB,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “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.”
The ABB Ability offering combines ABB’s portfolio of digital solutions and services across all customer segments. ABB’s new integrated cloud platform will be a key enabler for ABB Ability and is expected to create a large, open, digital industrial ecosystem for customers, partners, suppliers and developers.
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.
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