New Microsoft, HCL IoT Incubation Center Focuses on Verticals
Microsoft and HCL will explore how to implement Internet of things technologies in select verticals, including manufacturing and health care environments.HCL Technologies, an IT services company based in India, announced that it is teaming with Microsoft to build an Internet of things (IoT ) incubation center in the latter's hometown of Redmond, Wash. The new center will focus on bringing IoT solutions to bear on select industry verticals, the companies said in a Feb. 8 announcement. HCL and Microsoft are targeting the industrial and manufacturing verticals along with life sciences and health care, specifically exploring the fields of industrial automation and patient monitoring, among other use cases. "The center will also deploy a new model of innovation leveraging real-time analytics, sensory data and rapid co-creation allowing customers to experience the impact IoT can have on their ability to create sustainable business value," said the companies in a statement. Microsoft's Azure IoT Suite, launched in late September, will serve as the innovation center's cloud-enabled IT technical foundation. Azure IoT Suite is a collection of preconfigured cloud services and tools aimed at reducing the complexity of IoT deployments and helping enterprises quickly launch large-scale projects.
HCL is banking on those traits to help accelerate IoT adoption. "The ability to rapidly prototype and bring solutions to market is a key to enterprise success in a hyper-innovative global environment," said Sukamal Banerjee, executive of HCL Technologies' IoT WoRKS division. In particular, HCL predicts that industrial-scale IoT solutions are "to be the next big productivity and revenue generation lever for enterprises worldwide."