Siemens collaborates with Microsoft to provide AI enhanced solutions for product lifecycle management through Azure



May 17, 2024

Siemens Xcelerator as a Service solution will log in to Microsoft Azure to meet the growing customer demand. Siemens’ Teamcenter X product lifecycle management software will be the first software to log in to Azure
Siemens Teamcenter will integrate with Microsoft Azure OpenAI services and Copilot for Microsoft 365 to help businesses increase productivity and bring products to market faster

Tony Hemmelgarn, President and CEO of Siemens Digital Industrial Software, delivered a speech at the Realize LIVE Americas user conference

Siemens Digital Industrial Software further expands its partnership with Microsoft by providing Siemens Xcelerator as a Service industrial software solution through Microsoft Azure, integrated with generative AI and Copilot functionality, providing Siemens customers with more flexible options and making it easier for them to access Microsoft’s artificial intelligence solutions.

Tony Hemmelgarn, President and CEO of Siemens Digital Industrial Software, said, “Introducing Siemens industrial software into Microsoft Azure is in line with Siemens’ customer requirements. Siemens and Microsoft have established a partnership for over 35 years, and we are pleased to further expand our cooperation to help customers achieve digital transformation through joint solutions.”

As the first step of this collaboration, Siemens will provide Teamcenter on Microsoft Azure ® X. This is a rapidly scalable and secure PLM solution that enables customers to handle critical tasks on their preferred cloud computing and artificial intelligence platforms. Teamcenter X is built on a reliable and secure software as a service (SaaS) architecture, which can help teams quickly start and manage product data, thereby shortening cycles, reducing IT costs, and accelerating innovation. With Teamcenter X logging into Microsoft Azure, businesses can benefit from Microsoft’s AI tools and enterprise level secure access.

This collaboration is based on the Teamcenter app embedded in Microsoft Teams, which can connect frontline factories and service teams with design and engineering teams through Siemens Teamcenter. The new app benefits from the latest advancements in Generative AI and Natural Language Processing: With Azure OpenAI in Azure AI Studio, Siemens developers can build custom copilot features, allowing frontline employees to access engineering enterprises in real-time and collaborate in a more convenient way.

Siemens has also developed the Copilot for Microsoft 365 plugin for the Teamcenter app on Microsoft Teams, enabling employees throughout the entire product lifecycle and value chain to better track and prioritize their workloads. They can seek help from Microsoft Copilot through Teams to summarize unfinished tasks and workflows. Siemens developers are currently using GitHub Copilot to deliver this feature as soon as possible.

“As Microsoft and Siemens continue to deepen their collaboration, we can bring Azure’s AI capabilities to the solution portfolio of Siemens Xcelerator to meet the growing market demand and help businesses focus on providing differentiated customer value. Through generative AI and Copilot capabilities, we provide enhanced capabilities for design engineers, frontline employees, and cross functional and regional teams to achieve customer-centric innovation and improve productivity levels,” said Nick Parker, President of Industry and Partnership at Microsoft
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