Alibaba Cloud and Siemens break bread in pursuit of industrial IoT

The pair will make full use of Siemens’ MindSphere platform that delivers device and enterprise connectivity options and advanced analytics, with work beginning in earnest right now.

Siemens and Alibaba Cloud have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to partner on the development of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in China. The two companies say they will leverage each other’s technology and industry resources to build “unique” IoT solutions to support Industry 4.0.

Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens AG, said: “We continue to build our global industrial digital network by partnering with Alibaba Cloud. This cooperation is a landmark deal for bringing Industry 4.0 solutions to China as the world’s powerhouse of manufacturing.

“Our customers will be able to unlock the potential of the industrial Internet of Things with our MindSphere offering on the leading Chinese cloud platform,”

Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud, said: “This partnership marks an exciting step towards Alibaba Cloud’s goal to enable digital transformation. Together we hope to accelerate the adoption of IoT products and services that will create industry-wide breakthroughs and progress.”

MindSphere is Siemens’ cloud-based, open IoT operating system that delivers a wide range of device and enterprise connectivity options and advanced analytics. Under the MoU, both companies will begin collaborating immediately and intend to make MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud available in 2019.

Earlier this month, Alibaba Cloud launched its EMEA Ecosystem Partner Program to support startups in the region and generate more cloud sales into the bargain. The Program, said Alibaba, will focus on the development of digital transformation in targeted vertical industries, supporting talent development, advancing technology innovation and enhancing marketplaces.

Intel, Accenture, Hashicorp, Ecritel, Altran, Micropole and Linkbynet are among the initial participants in the EMEA Ecosystem Partner Program.