Offering combines StruxureWareâ„˘ Resource Advisor software and Windows Azure cloud computing to create flexible, agile and cost-effective solutions for customers; Sustainable Apparel Coalition first customer to receive custom-built tool for sustainability monitoring
Online PR News – 31-March-2014 – 31/03/2014, London, United Kingdom: – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced another milestone in its alliance with Microsoft â€“ the ability to develop custom, cloud-based energy management and sustainability software for customers across diversified industries. By combining the technology foundation of Schneider Electricâ€™s StruxureWareâ„˘ Resource Advisor on the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform, the companies can deliver best in class technology tools that improve the performance of customer processes and operations. By expanding Schneider Electricâ€™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
â€śWe 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 customersâ€™ specific energy management needs,â€ť said Pascal Brosset, Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric. â€śBy leveraging key aspects of our respective technologies, weâ€™re able to produce high performance, cloud-based solutions, creating true value and competitive advantages for customers across multiple industries.â€ť
StruxureWare Resource Advisor is Schneider Electricâ€™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 allowed Schneider Electric to customize 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.
The first StruxureWare Resource Advisor development on the Windows Azure platform created the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) Higg Index 2.0â€”the web-based tool that helps retail organisations standardise how they measure and evaluate environmental performance of apparel products across the supply chain.
By utilising StruxureWare Resource Advisor as a foundation to build a proprietary application on the Windows Azure cloud, the SACâ€™s groundbreaking sustainability assessment tool is now web-based and accessible to the SACâ€™s global membership. As a result of the close partnership between Schneider Electric and Microsoft, the companies were able to deliver a robust solution for SAC in a quick, efficient manner. Schneider Electric will continue to roll out the Windows Azure platform globally to support the StruxureWare cloud-based software offerings.
â€śWe are pleased that Schneider Electric selected Windows Azure as the cloud technology to support the Sustainable Apparel Coalitionâ€™s application on StruxureWareâ„˘ Resource Advisor,â€ť said Tracy Issel, WW General Manager of Retail & Consumer Goods from Microsoft. â€śThe 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.â€ť
This capability builds on Schneider Electric and Microsoftâ€™s Global Alliance partnership agreement which allows the companies to leverage each otherâ€™s technologies and support of technical, sales and marketing resources. The expansive relationship also incorporates Schneider Electricâ€™s participation in numerous Microsoft programs including: the CityNext Initiative, Global Technology Partner for the Microsoft Technology Centers, Microsoft Systems Center Alliance, and Microsoft Partner Solutions Center. Microsoft is also a member of Schneider Electricâ€™s Ecostruxure Technology Partner program, which enhances the relationship focus on the technical integrations between the two companies
StruxureWare is Schneider Electricâ€™s platform of integrated software applications and suites that help companies manage and monitor their sustainability initiatives, optimise their current operations and better manage their sites and processes. For more information on StruxureWare software applications and suites, please visit our website.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
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