Wednesday, 09 April 2014 16:15

Schneider, Microsoft collaboration delivers cloud software development capabilities


Schneider Electric’s alliance with Microsoft has seen the energy management solutions vendor release new software development capabilities which it says provide customers with the ability to develop custom, cloud-based energy management and sustainability software using its StruxureWare Resource Advisor on the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform.

Schneider’s Chief Technology Officer Pascal Brosset says the new capability builds on the Microsoft Global Alliance partnership agreement which allows the two companies to leverage each other’s technologies and support of technical, sales and marketing resources.

Brosset said the release was “another milestone” in the alliance with Microsoft, with the combination of the technology foundation StruxureWare Resource Advisor on the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform allowing the partnership to deliver “best in class technology tools that improve the performance of customer processes and operations.”

According to Brosset, by expanding Schneider’s ability to rapidly deploy public, private and hybrid cloud solutions, the partnership with Microsoft enables increased innovation in energy efficiency, accelerating development, reducing costs and increasing reliability and security of global offers for customers.

“We are seeing a major shift in the industry away from one-size-fits-all solutions, and the cloud-enabled capabilities of the combined StruxureWare Resource Advisor and Windows Azure technology allow us to deliver right-sized tools based on customers’ specific energy management needs.

“By leveraging key aspects of our respective technologies, we’re able to produce high performance, cloud-based solutions, creating true value and competitive advantages for customers across multiple industries.”

StruxureWare Resource Advisor is Schneider’s enterprise-level cloud-based software application that provides secure access to data, reports and summaries to drive customer energy and sustainability programs.

The software is configurable to meet specific customer needs, which Brosset says has allowed Schneider to customise the solution and deploy it on the Windows Azure cloud platform. Powered by the Windows Azure cloud, StruxureWare Resource Advisor can offer:  

•    Accelerated deployment with instant access to online, web-accessible sustainability and energy management software

•    Global reach and low cost of entry as software tools can be scaled quickly, replicated and rolled out globally with local language support

•    Reduced cost resulting from eliminating the need to install or maintain additional on premise IT infrastructure

•    Ability to leverage installed investments with secure cloud connectivity to existing onsite facility energy metering, monitoring and building management systems

•    Increased mobility for employees to access information wherever they are, rather than having to remain at their desks

•    Flexible system architecture based on open standards and protocols, promoting systems integration

“We are pleased that Schneider Electric selected Windows Azure as the cloud technology to support the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s application on StruxureWare Resource Advisor,” said Tracy Issel, Microsoft WW General Manager of Retail & Consumer Goods.

“The Sustainable Apparel Coalition will benefit from the power of an outstanding sustainability platform designed to leverage the scale, security and reduced infrastructure costs provided by Windows Azure, and we are confident that the Schneider Electric development team will be pleased with the performance, speed and stability of the platform.”

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