Microsoft and Hitachi have announced a multi-year, strategic alliance meant to accelerate the digital transformation of manufacturing and logistics across Southeast Asia, North America, and Japan. The first solutions will arrive in Thailand in July 2020.
The two companies will focus on predictive maintenance and process automation, particularly in remote areas to help businesses increase their workforce productivity and operational efficiency. Hitachi will integrate its industry-leading solutions, such as Lumada, and its IoT-ready industrial controllers HX Series. Microsoft will provide its cloud platform, leveraging Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365.
Hitachi and Microsoft will also work together to support initiatives that empower businesses to grow their digital capabilities and unlock new business opportunities.
Microsoft and Hitachi plan to expand the scope of the collaboration to additional industries and will explore options to integrate Lumada and Azure into an industry data platform to deliver added value to mutual customers.
“We are delighted to expand our partnership with Microsoft and combine our OT, IT and products excellence to provide manufacturing and logistics companies with digital solutions. We use Lumada to provide total seamless solutions to solve challenges by connecting cyberspaces with physical spaces. Through this collaboration with Microsoft, we will be able to accelerate our customers’ digital transformation and continue to deliver social, environmental and economic value,” said Jun Abe, Vice President and Executive Officer, CEO of Industry & Distribution Business Unit, Hitachi Ltd.
“Building resilient and flexible digital supply chains is critical to grow a business and meet customer needs in today’s fast-changing environments. By expanding our collaboration with Hitachi, we’ll unlock new opportunities for manufacturing and logistics companies as they strive to lead in their industries and pioneer with a data-driven mindset and digital capabilities,” said Çağlayan Arkan, Vice President Manufacturing at Microsoft.