Microsoft is making another huge play, but this time it’s in the world of IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (artificial intelligence). Microsoft Azure, the company’s cloud computing service, is making a huge splash into the fast-growing IoT enterprise. In getting into IoT space, the Redmond-based company has teamed with C3, a Silicon Valley-based IoT company. The two tech companies plan to work on technologies to help enterprise customers accelerate their IoT and AI development, according to SDX Central. Reports by SDX Central and Business Wire presented most of the information used in this article.

The C3 IoT’s platform is currently available on Microsoft Azure service and fully integrated with various Azure cloud services, which include Azure IoT Hub, Azure Machine Learning, analytics and big data solutions. This is the first time Microsoft has teamed up with an IoT solution provider. Last year, the software giant has signed a partnership with GE Digital, involving the deployment of GE Digital’s Predix industrial IoT platform to the software giant’s cloud computing service.

About C3 IoT

Founded in 2009, C3 IoT is an enterprise software company that specializes in Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for AI, big data, predictive analytics and IoT-enabled applications. The company provides a plethora of configurable and extensible SaaS products developed with and operating on its IoT platform.

These include AI-based CRM, energy management, inventory optimization, sensor health, and supply network optimization. The company is on a great growth path as well as a healthy funding base. Earlier this year, it received $100 million in fresh capital from its existing investors TPG Growth, Sutter Hill, Pat House, Breyer Capital, and Seibel.

Additionally, the company has also received some investment from The Rise Fund, a global investment fund. Overall, the IoT company has already received $222 million in total funding.

The company’s main strength is that it flawlessly combines AI with IoT to help customers in energy, manufacturing, and aerospace industries. The company’s IoT platform can also help companies make business decisions, such as sending a warning if something isn’t performing properly or predicting when a piece of equipment may fail.

C3 IoT is no longer stranger to IoT collaboration and tech partnership. The company has already signed a multi-year technology deal with 3M, involving the use of AI-based applications to 3M’s supply chain analytics.

Microsoft announces another partnership with a tech specialist

Microsoft is also getting another boost from a leading provider of advanced imaging technologies in the form of the Las Vegas-based YI Technology. The imaging specialist has announced plans to integrate its technology with the software giant’s cloud computing service. The goal is to provide millions of YI’s customers with much secure cloud storage and effective computer vision features. As mentioned in the company’s recent press release, the Azure integration provides data residency with its customers’ geographical regions as well as enterprise-grade cloud service for its product lines.