Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and 18 Others Compared in MachNation’s Newest IoT Platform ScoreCard

Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and 18 Others Compared in MachNation's Newest IoT Platform ScoreCard

Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and 18 Others Compared in MachNation's Newest IoT Platform ScoreCard

MachNation announces the availability of its IoT Application Enablement Platform (AEP) ScoreCard for 2018, an in-depth rating of 21 Internet of Things (IoT) platform vendors.

According to MachNation forecast data, IoT platform revenue will grow 89% in 2018. MachNation forecasts that 2018 IoT platform revenue will reach USD3.3 billion with increased purchasing from enterprises in manufacturing, automotive, logistics/distribution, utility and smart cities sectors. Rather than building their own platforms, MachNation finds that enterprises are choosing to purchase cloud-based offerings from best-in-class IoT AEP vendors.

chart: IoT forecasts - IoT application enablement and device management platform revenue 2017-2026“MachNation’s fourth annual ScoreCard is the industry’s largest, longest-running, most complete, independent evaluation of IoT platforms,” said Dima Tokar, CTO and head analyst, MachNation. “Enterprises, service providers, systems integrators and application developers use MachNation’s ScoreCard to gain critical information about top-tier platforms in the global market.”

Many of the IoT platforms evaluated in the ScoreCard are separately evaluated in MachNation IoT Test Environment (MIT-E), MachNation’s hands-on test and comparison lab. MachNation is the only firm in the world that conducts hands-on tests of IoT platforms and makes test-based comparison data available for platforms like Microsoft IoT, Amazon AWS IoT, IBM Watson IoT, Software AG Cumulocity IoT and others.

MachNation’s ScoreCard contains several quadrants and matrices to help clarify a muddy, yet booming platform ecosystem. The ScoreCard ranks vendors using 15 detailed technical and business criteria including developer focus, deployment models, operational sophistication, partnerships and strategy.

“Platform vendors all have similar marketing for their products,” said Samuel Hale, analyst and testing specialist, MachNation.

“If you’re serious about understanding platform differences, you need to dig deeply into their products and capabilities. Our ScoreCard and MIT-E do that.”

According to Hale, “In order to capture the key trends in the ecosystem, we completed an in-depth analysis of the following vendors: Amazon, AT&T, Axonize, Ayla Networks, Bosch, ClearBlade, Ericsson, HPE, Huawei, IBM, InterDigital, Microsoft, Oracle, PTC, Relayr, SAP, Scriptr.io, SiteWhere, Software AG, Telit and TheThings.iO.”

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PTC Partners with Microsoft to Help Customers Accelerate Their Digital Transformations in IoT

PTC Partners with Microsoft to Help Customers Accelerate Their Digital Transformations in IoT

PTC Partners with Microsoft to Help Customers Accelerate Their Digital Transformations in IoT

PTC Selects Microsoft Azure as its Preferred Cloud Platform for the Industrial Sector.

PTC today announced it has partnered with Microsoft to make available the ThingWorx® Industrial Innovation Platform on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, capitalizing on the two companies’ complementary technologies and together targeting opportunities in industrial sectors, including manufacturing.

PTC and Microsoft will align the technology and expertise of both companies 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 together enable customers to innovate their products and operations with IoT connectivity, rich contextualization, business systems orchestration, and breakthrough user engagement via mixed reality. Extending these services is PTC’s full portfolio of solutions including Creo® and Windchill® for design, manufacturing, and service, and Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headwear.

Central to the collaboration is PTC’s selection of Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform for manufacturing customers. PTC also will be offering a managed service of ThingWorx delivered on Azure, leveraging Azure services, including Azure IoT Hub. Customers will be able to capitalize on the many benefits of Azure including speed, security, scale, and global reach. ThingWorx, combined with Microsoft Azure IoT, will provide customers with faster time to a production-ready solution, faster time to iterate and refine, access to a rich trove of engineering data, and flexibility.

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. One recent exemplary customer win is Colfax, a leading diversified industrial technology company that provides gas- and fluid-handling and fabrication technology products and services to customers around the world. Colfax will employ PTC ThingWorx and Microsoft Azure for its company-wide industrial IoT initiatives. “These two industry leaders coming together makes perfect sense,” said Ryan Cahalane, vice president of Digital Growth at Colfax. “With ThingWorx and Azure, Colfax will be able to capitalize on the opportunities inherent in the Internet of Things to quickly grow and scale its operations.”

“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.”

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Microsoft empowers L&T Technology Services for Smart Manufacturing

L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) announces worldwide general availability (G.A) of 3 LTTS flagship solutions. The launch aims to drive digital industrial transformation on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

As a strategy, both the companies will strengthen their existing global alliance by setting up a joint Digital Industrial Transformation Applied Innovation Centre for shared enterprise customers. This Centre will showcase how the Microsoft AI platform, Azure IoT, Microsoft Cognitive Services and Microsoft Azure Machine Learning power LTTS’ globally proven cutting edge digital solutions in Smart Manufacturing, Smart Asset Performance Management & Smart Buildings.

The proposed Applied Innovation Centre will include live Digital Industrial Use Cases from their Enterprise customers and academia partners, in addition to LTTS and Microsoft.

LTTS’ Smart Buildings solution, i-BEMS on Azure delivers Smart City, Campus and Buildings “system of systems” management, whereas LTTS’ Remote Asset Performance Management (RAPM) on Azure covers thousands of assets, improving their efficiency and utilization and LTTS’ W.A.G.E.S on Azure enables Smart Manufacturing by managing Water, Air, Gas, Electricity & Steam Compliance for industrial enterprises.

“The industrial landscape is witnessing disruption with digital innovation enabled by hyper-scale, secure, cloud based solutions tapping into the Microsoft AI platform, Microsoft Azure IoT, Azure Machine Learning & Microsoft Cognitive Services. Microsoft and its Azure cloud platform perfectly align to our objectives to deliver Digital Industrial & Engineering solutions & services that help our shared customers thrive in the digital age,” said Amit Chadha, President Sales & Business Development and Member of the Board, L&T Technology Services.

Rimes Mortimer, General Manager of Applied Innovation, Worldwide, at Microsoft Corp. said, “Azure customers will benefit from LTTS’ expertise in Digital Industrial and Engineering Transformation, and through the integration with other Azure services, such as Microsoft Azure IoT, Microsoft Cognitive Services and Azure Machine Learning.”

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AI, Cognitive Technologies and IoT applications can help in India’s inclusive growth: Microsoft

Through technology, Microsoft has been successfully influencing the way citizens, enterprises and governments engage in healthcare services, agricultural practices, education and everyday work. Microsoft recently showcased several projects that make use of the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) applications, cloud-based artificial intelligence, cognitive services.

The world is today powered by an intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge. Some of the examples of transformative technology and IoT applications for a Digital India showcased were for agriculture, drinking water quality monitoring, and smart lighting etc.

Project FarmBeats is a research project for agriculture that enables seamless data collection from various sensors, cameras and drones. Next Microsoft and ICRISAT announced a pilot project of AI-based Sowing App for farmers. The program was expanded to touch more than 3000 farmers during the Kharif season of 2017 for a host of crops including groundnut, ragi, maize,etc. The Sowing App was developed to help farmers achieve optimal harvests by advising on the best time to sow using data about weather conditions, soil quality and other indicators.

Authorities across states have turned to IoT to monitor drinking water quality for its citizens. Using the power of the Microsoft cloud, IoT applications and data, the solution monitors the water quality. The solution is currently being used for Monitoring drinking water quality online by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (125 stations) and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board(KUWSDB) in Hubli–Dharwad & Bijapur (3 stations) and Online sewage treatment and flow monitoring by Delhi Jal Board (36 stations) to name few.

Microsoft Azure IoT is also powering India’s first Smart Street Lighting Project for the pink city of Jaipur, underscoring Microsoft’s mission of transforming public spaces digitally. In 1998, Microsoft initiated Project Bhasha to provide local language computing in Indian languages. And, now it is using AI for local language computing.  Read more…

 

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Microsoft Aggressively Driving Digital Transformation in India

Microsoft is happy to share that it works with over 200,000 large, medium and small enterprises, 29 State Governments and over 5000 start-ups in the country. The last 18 months, were crucial for the company as their hybrid cloud enabled customers to start their digital transformation.

As the only provider of all three clouds – private, public and hybrid – Microsoft has now launched Azure Stack for India. Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, and brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments and enables entirely new hybrid cloud scenarios. All the major Azure Stack partners HP, Dell, EMC, Lenovo and Cisco, have started shipping Azure Stack to customers in India.

Today, 70 of the top 100 Bombay Stock Exchange listed companies are now using Microsoft cloud. Considering the market potential, three of its 42 global datacenters regions are based out of India, namely Chennai, Pune and Mumbai. Not only this, Microsoft continues to be a certified cloud provider for Governments in India. With partners Microsoft will help customers utilize the full power of our cloud platform and use Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cognitive Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT).     Read more…

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