According to a recent announcement, Schneider Electric is set to expand its partnerships with several technology companies to address the convergence of IT and OT.
Bringing together system integrators with IT solution providers to build integrated industrial edge computing solutions, the expanded partnerships reportedly already have resulted in the immediate release of three programs: new reference designs, co-developed with AVEVA, and integrating solutions from Lenovo and Stratus; a learning path for system integrators; and a collaborative online community for learning and sharing opportunities within Schneider Electric Exchange.
“The smart factory is becoming smarter. Our expanded partnerships and new industrial edge programs empower system integrators to leverage their domain expertise and become IT/OT convergence specialists and meet these needs for their customers,” said Philippe Rambach, SVP, Industrial Automation, Schneider Electric. “We know that smart manufacturing is driving an unprecedented wave of IT technologies into industrial spaces. As companies leverage AI, robotic processing automation, and more, they will require edge computing solutions to reduce latency and enable resiliency, while ensuring privacy and security, and addressing important data and bandwidth requirements.”
Schneider Electric has unveiled new industrial edge reference designs, co-developed with AVEVA, including solutions from Lenovo and Stratus. Reference designs are available in Schneider Electric’s Local Edge Configurator and can be customized to specifications, according to the release.
System integrators will reportedly be able to extend the business model and establish a role as consultants in both the OT and IT requirements. This new learning program includes a digital training series for system integrators on EcoStruxure Micro Data Center and EcoStruxure IT solutions and how they can address common challenges at the edge.
Built within Schneider Electric Exchange, the new Industrial Edge Community reportedly allows system integrators to identify and engage with edge-certified IT solution providers. Schneider Electric has more than 1,000 industry-leading Alliance System Integrator Partners in 67 countries, and more than 400 IT solution providers in its award-winning partner program worldwide who are already certified to build, deploy, and service edge computing solutions.
“Schneider Electric’s extensive partner ecosystem is unparalleled in both IT and OT systems, making it an unrivalled advantage over the competition,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. “When you combine the power of the partner ecosystem with our expertise at the edge and the breadth of our offer, it’s a winning trifecta for system integrators and IT solution providers.
Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.
Edited by Ken Briodagh