Trimble and Microsoft today announced a strategic partnership to drive technology adoption and accelerate the digital transformation of the construction, agriculture and transportation industries. Leveraging the cloud, Microsoft, Trimble and Microsoft will work together to develop, build and deploy industrial cloud platforms and solutions that connect people, technology, tasks, data, processes and industry lifecycles. This collaboration is an important step in advancing the Trimble Connect and Scale 2025 strategy, which is focused on building an industry-leading cloud platform.
Trimble and Microsoft will initially focus on building the Trimble Construction Cloud, which is powered by Microsoft Azure.
The construction process is fragmented, which can lead to lost productivity, execution and lack of transparency. According to an article by McKinsey & Company, The next normal in construction: How disruption is changing the world’s largest ecosystem*, the construction industry lags only 1% behind productivity growth over the past 20 years. This is significantly less than 2.8% for the economy as a whole. In addition, the digitalization of products and processes is one of the main disruptions that arise that will bring changes to the construction industry. The ability to connect technology, tasks, processes and multiple stakeholders – such as general contractors, subcontractors, planners, engineers, and builders – in a construction project workflow can transform and significantly improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability.
This partnership extends Trimble’s existing relationship with Microsoft to combine Microsoft’s cloud with Trimble’s design solutions and industry expertise. Trimble’s design solutions cover machine and field technology, modeling and collaboration software, project and resource management, and all key analytics. The company will deploy Trimble Construction Cloud, an innovative connected platform powered by Microsoft Azure, fully enabled for 3D construction models, which will reduce risk, speed, efficiency and accuracy throughout the construction project lifecycle by 2022.
In addition to developing cloud engineering, Microsoft and Trimble will develop joint market entry strategies and offer innovative solutions for multinational and regional enterprises. The first solution enables long-term maintenance of the infrastructure investment cycle and is used for large projects where multiple actors are working in parallel to execute related construction projects.
“Trimble and Microsoft will form a strong partnership to accelerate technology adoption in the construction industry. Using Microsoft technology, Trimble will be able to develop building clouds faster to serve stakeholders and workflows across the Connect industry,” said Brin Fosberg, Trimble senior vice president. productivity, reduce costs, increase collaboration and increase flexibility With Microsoft’s cloud, Trimble technology, and our combined engineering capabilities, we will enable construction companies to leverage the cloud and accelerate digital transformation across the construction lifecycle.”
“Industry customers are accelerating the delivery of cloud-based services and solutions to facilitate better decision making based on data-driven insights, achieve efficiencies, reduce costs, and engage customers in new ways,” said Casey McGee, vice president of Global ISV Partners at Microsoft. “We are excited about our increased collaboration with Trimble as it will help customers across a wide range of industries develop their cloud strategies and drive business transformation.” Reuters