GE's annual Minds + Machines conference was held in San Francisco on October 25 and 26, 2017. At the event, GE and Microsoft made an announcement about the extension of their existing partnership, as both companies seek to support their industrial companies to create digital operations and deliver value. This IDC Perspective details the nature of the partnership, the opportunity that it represents for mining companies, and considerations for companies looking to engage in the Microsoft-GE partnership.
"This is an important partnership that has the potential to shift mining companies truly to a platform with the potential to deliver an integrated operating environment. The challenge for mining companies is whether they can really engage in a way that creates the opportunity for a collaborative and holistic partnership with GE and Microsoft. The challenge for GE and Microsoft is whether they can together create that collaborative opportunity and deliver the promise of the partnership as an integrated platform capability," says Emilie Ditton, associate vice president, Head of Worldwide Mining Research, IDC Energy Insights.