The collaboration between these two companies will help to standardize data models that enable machine learning and data analytics.
The tech giant Microsoft and automotive giant BMW are teaming up to create an open manufacturing platform (OMP) that will accelerate innovation and development of smart factories. This is the second collaboration between a tech company and a car manufacturer. Previously, Amazon Web Services teamed up with Volkswagen in March 2019, to connect the car maker’s 122 group plants and to improve production systems. Two companies have not revealed how much they are investing in this project. Although the current plan is to bring more manufacturers and suppliers on this platform, future partners don’t have to come from the automotive industry.
The OMP will be built on the Microsoft Azure IoT cloud platform and it is intending to provide the community members a reference architecture with open source components based on the industrial standards. Furthermore, this collaboration will help unlock and standardize data models that enable machine learning techniques and data analytics. This will allow the community members to develop their own solutions services while maintaining control over their data. Oliver Zipse, a member of the Board of Management addressed this issue saying, “Mastering the complex task of producing individualized premium products requires innovative IT and software solutions”.
However, there are some complications in this venture. For instance, for BMW proprietary systems are specific to each manufacturer which makes it difficult to use conjunction with another proprietary system, unlike in Microsoft. However, both Microsoft and BMW are working on it. This collaborative approach of these two industrial giants is hoping to find a common path for the future of computing. Both companies have a different approach when it comes to proprietary systems and it will be crucial for them to find the common ground.
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