PTC announced a partnership with Microsoft to make available the ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, capitalizing on the companies’ complementary technologies and together targeting opportunities in industrial sectors, including manufacturing.
PTC and Microsoft promise to deliver a robust solution for Industrial IoT and digital product-lifecycle management. At the core of the solution are Microsoft Azure IoT and the ThingWorx Industrial Innovation Platform, which aim to enable customers to innovate their products and operations with IoT connectivity, rich contextualization, business systems orchestration, and breakthrough user engagement via mixed reality.
Central to the collaboration is PTC’s selection of Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform for manufacturing customers, according to the two companies. PTC also will be offering a managed service of ThingWorx delivered on Azure, leveraging Azure services, including Azure IoT Hub.
PTC and Microsoft will continue to pursue joint customer opportunities in operational settings such as discrete, process, and hybrid manufacturing, oil and gas, and utilities.
“This collaboration combines Microsoft’s expertise in the intelligent cloud business with PTC’s leadership position in IoT, product design, manufacturing, and service,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC. “This is exactly the combination customers require to unlock the value in their digital transformation journeys.”
“We are pleased that Azure is PTC’s preferred cloud platform to help accelerate digital transformation in IoT, particularly for customers in the manufacturing industry,” said Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Microsoft Azure. “Combining PTC's platform with the speed, scalability, and intelligence of Azure will enable customers to accelerate industrial innovation.”