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GE and Microsoft forge closer partnership over Predix platform

General Electric and Microsoft are due to announce a deeper partnership involving GE’s Predix industrial internet platform and Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.

The agreement broadly expands integration of Microsoft’s cloud software with GE’s Predix applications, Bill Ruh, Chief Executive of GE Digital, told Reuters.

Predix power plant technology Predix is a software platform developed by GE that connects industrial equipment such as power plants to computers that can predict failures and reduce operating costs. The software is at the heart of GE’s effort to turn itself into a “digital industrial” company.

The partnership, due to be announced on Wednesday by GE Chief Executive Officer John Flannery and Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, comes days after GE announced a partnership with Apple.

Apple and GE worked together to come up with a tool for app developers to connect Apple’s iOS operating system more easily to Predix.

The Predix software connects sensor-laden industrial machines like wind turbines to data centres, so that streams of information from the machines can be analyzed to help predict failures and make the machines run more cost effectively.

GE expects the software to help generate $12bn in digital revenue by 2020, although there were delays in the process this year while system issues were being worked out.

The joint effort with Microsoft is focused initially on oil-and-gas and mining companies, but would also be applicable to other companies that run Microsoft software, which includes the vast majority of industrial companies, Ruh said. He declined to provide further details.