In early 2018, PTC announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft aimed at helping enterprise customers accelerate digital transformation through the IoT. One of the biggest drivers for this partnership is the ability to leverage Azure as the preferred cloud infrastructure for deploying ThingWorx. There are many benefits to using cloud delivery for industrial IoT applications, but as a joint solution, ThingWorx and Azure have a unique set of capabilities that drive business value. These are five reasons that they make the perfect match.
Joint architecture with Microsoft allows ThingWorx to interact seamlessly with Azure IoT and leverage its strong data ingestion and security features. A custom built Azure IoT Hub Connector provides manufacturers with faster time to value and maximizes PTC's development efforts around the functionality that’s available in Azure.
The ability of ThingWorx to contextualize data sourced from Azure with additional content like 3D models or engineering data provides industrial organizations with deeper insights into their smart, connected products and operations. This real-time data synthesis is key to unlocking the information needed to drive rapid industrial innovation.
Both Microsoft and PTC have portfolios that complement their respective core services to provide a more holistic solution for digital transformation. ThingWorx also integrates with Microsoft Dynamics 365 to transform field service, as well as with Vuforia Studio which creates engaging AR experiences that users can view using Microsoft’s HoloLens. Together, these complementary solutions form a more complete and powerful offering that aligns the strategies of two industry leaders.
Azure brings unprecedented speed, security, scalability, and global reach to ThingWorx – the pillars of digital transformation for any industrial enterprise. A strong IoT foundation is a requirement to future-proofing operations, and the scalability of Azure fortifies the ability of ThingWorx to transform the way that organizations create, operate, and service products.
Integration with Azure IoT Hub enables bi-directional communication to millions of IoT assets, meaning that individual smart, connected products can both send and receive actionable messages in a reliable and secure fashion. This opens the door for automation, remote monitoring, energy management, and much more.
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