Microsoft made two very interesting announcements from Manufacturing industry point of view in their Ignite 2018 event. First is the joint Open Data Initiative together with Adobe and SAP. The details are still rather vague, but if they are doing really what they telling - this could be a really significant opportunity for all in Manufacturing; an agreed open data model from these key software players. The open datalake enabled by this could be massive and could create large amount of new tools, a new ecosystem almost. The other one is the launch of Azure Digital twins, similarly than above ODI, this could be a start of a beautiful friendship of physical life and virtual:
Why it matters: IoT presents a massive new market for cloud services like Azure. Many businesses were already building their own version of Digital Twins on top of Azure, but those homegrown solutions didn’t always scale. Now, Microsoft is offering this capability out of the box, and for many businesses, this may just be the killer feature that will make them decide on standardizing their IoT workloads on Azure. And as they use Azure Digital Twins, they’ll also want to use the rest of Azure’s many IoT tools.