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Microsoft and Rockwell Automation Expand Partnership

Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) reported a five-year partnership expansion to develop integrated solutions to help industrial customers improve digital agility through cloud technology.

Microsoft and Rockwell are working on cloud based solutions that connect information between operations, development and maintenance teams through a single trusted data environment.  Development teams will be able to digitally prototype, collaborate and configure without the cost of investing in physical equipment.  The unified data environment will also allow IT and OT teams to securely access and share data models in their organization, including their ecosystem of partners. 

“Today, one thing we know for sure is that no business is 100% resilient. Those fortified with digital capabilities and assets are more resilient than others, and the cloud is how they will thrive,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president of worldwide commercial business, Microsoft. “We are pleased to deepen our already strong, decade-long relationship with Rockwell Automation to help businesses simplify industrial transformation, accelerate business outcomes and innovate with agility.”

“This partnership provides Rockwell Automation and Microsoft customers with a holistic, simple solution for IIoT development and operations and removes data silos that hinder industrial digital transformation initiatives,” said Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation. “By eliminating a core barrier to automation initiatives, industrial organizations establish a digital thread connecting the entire enterprise, which in turn accelerates innovation, maximizes productivity and optimizes operations.”

“Our team has seen the preview release of this new solution and we are excited about collaboration between our strategic partners, Rockwell Automation and Microsoft,” said Tristan Hunter, GM Automation & Operational Technology at Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, New Zealand’s largest company and responsible for 30% of the world’s dairy exports. “Moving data from our on-premise assets securely with context and providing new workflows for us to analyze and drive better outcomes is important to maintaining Fonterra’s high standards across our many plants globally.”