A New Industry 4.0 Venture is Underway! Microsoft Collaborates with Nokia
Microsoft and Nokia recently announced their strategic partnership to accelerate digital transformation and innovation across industries, enterprises and CSPS that are involved with cloud, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet of Things.
While Microsoft possesses years of cloud-computing and AI experience, Nokia offers robust expertise in 5G and mission-critical networking. In fact, there have been talks that Microsoft and Nokia intend to host Nokia’s analytics-virtualization-automation (AVA) tools on Microsoft’s Azure. Apparently, these AI-driven solutions will facilitate CSPs to migrate from private data centers to the Azure cloud, ensuring cost savings and transform operations for 5G.
“Bringing together Microsoft’s and Nokia’s expertise in cloud, AI, IoT and networking will unlock new connectivity and automation scenarios,” said Jason Zander, executive vice president, Microsoft Azure. “We’re excited about the opportunities this will create for our joint customers across industries.”
According to Industry 4.0 Market, Technologies & Industry: 2019-2023 market report, cloud computing is helping manufacturers innovate, reduce costs, and increase their competitiveness. Critically, cloud computing allows manufacturers to use many forms of new production systems, from 3D printing and high-performance computing (HPC) to the Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial robots.
Cloud computing democratizes access to and use of these technologies by small manufacturers. This report describes how cloud computing enables modern manufacturing, provides real-word case studies of this process in action, and recommends actions policymakers can take to ensure cloud computing continues to transform manufacturing and bolster manufacturing competitiveness. Companies are already using cloud-based software for some enterprise and analytics applications, but with Industry 4.0, more production-related undertakings will require increased data sharing across sites and company boundaries. At the same time, the performance of cloud technologies will improve, achieving reaction times of just several milliseconds. As a result, machine data and functionality will increasingly be deployed to the cloud, enabling more data-driven services for production systems. Even systems that monitor and control processes may become cloud based. Vendors of manufacturing-execution systems are among the companies that have started to offer cloud-based solutions.
With this new collaboration in place, these two companies plan on helping communications providers offer new services and building Internet of Things products for industries such as smart cities, logistics, healthcare, and transportation.
Second Time’s a Charm? – A brief history of the Microsoft-Nokia partnership over the years
Microsoft and Nokia have in fact worked together in the past, but their previous partnership was deemed to be unsuccessful. Back in 2014, Microsoft reportedly bout Nokia’s smartphone business in the hopes that the acquisition would provide a jumpstart to Windows Phone business.
However, the company later decided to retreat from the deal, shedding Nokia’s smartphone business along with thousands of jobs, and ended up facing a $7.6 billion charge. Microsoft reportedly sold Nokia’s smartphone business to HMD Global and a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group in 2016. HMD holds an exclusive license to use the Nokia brand on smartphones and tablets.
Nokia now plans to primarily focus on network equipment and software services for telco providers and other enterprises. The brand had partnered with American operator T-Mobile in 2018 to accelerate the deployment of 5G and next-gen wireless tech.