ABB forms alliance with Accenture, Intel and Microsoft

Mar. 3 - ABB announced today that it has formed a new business alliance for the joint development of plant automation software and hardware solutions with Accenture, Intel and Microsoft.

The new relationship will draw upon Industrial IT – ABB’s patented technology for providing users of power and automation products with fast access to all the information needed to install, operate and maintain them.

The alliance partners will create joint solutions from this powerful framework to unite the many different automation and information systems found in plants and businesses.

In a joint press release, the four companies said they would provide a full range of computing, design, development and integration services for manufacturers.

Development and consulting support

The alliance partnership will also provide development and consulting support to software designers and vendors to help them develop and replicate the features of Industrial IT.

ABB has already “information enabled” and certified 35,000 of its own products as well as selected third-party technologies to the basic Industrial IT information standard.

The alliance partnership thus combines ABB’s automation and power products with the robust software, computing and networking skills of Microsoft and Intel, and Accenture’s program management and integration expertise.

Validation of Industrial IT

“This is an exciting validation of the Industrial IT commitment,” said Dinesh Paliwal, head of ABB’s Automation Technologies division. “Our Industrial IT architecture and building blocks are in place and proven. With the support of these other technology leaders, we will deliver comprehensive solutions and value to our utility and manufacturing customers.”

Peter Smits, head of ABB’s Power Technology division, said, “Industrial IT is an important part of our internal strategy for achieving speed and simplicity in the production of ABB products. We are delighted by the additional resources that this alliance brings both to our own efforts and those of customers.”

The four alliance partners showcase their relationship at the National Manufacturing Week conference in Chicago (March 3 – 6), which is expected to draw more than 30,000 visitors in search of new design, automation and plant engineering technologies.

A joint advertising program will appear in leading automation and information technology magazines beginning in mid-March.

An alliance web site at provides additional information about the four companies, as well as their individual and joint contributions to the alliance.

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