Zeiss Group and Microsoft Corp have announced a multi-year strategic partnership that aims to transform Zeiss into a digital services provider, by standardising its equipment and processes on the cloud platform Microsoft Azure.
Through the partnership, Zeiss will connect its medical technology to Microsoft’s cloud, and leverage Azure artificial intelligence, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for new digital services such as improved clinical workflows, enhanced treatments, and device maintenance in a secure environment that enables compliance with regulatory requirements in the health industry. These solutions will help improve the quality of life of patients and drive progress, efficiency and access to healthcare.
These solutions will help improve the quality of life of patients and drive progress, efficiency and access to healthcare
Zeiss Digital Innovation Partners and Zeiss Corporate IT already partner very closely with Microsoft and will further intensify and scale this partnership going forward. Together with Microsoft, Zeiss Corporate IT has developed a cloud-native digital integration platform running on Azure to integrate all customer-facing digital Zeiss products into Zeiss Enterprise IT. Zeiss can apply the latest technology developments and share its manufacturing and medical technology insights at the same time to support Microsoft’s customer-driven product innovations.
Zeiss Digital Innovation Partners builds on these integration capabilities and uses Azure cloud and DevOps services to enable a seamless and coherent end-to-end digital journey for eye care professionals who are Zeiss customers. The digital customer interaction platform MY ZEISS will integrate various customer-facing solutions into one platform so that customers can easily manage their Zeiss touchpoints through one central web application.
“As a global leader in optics and optoelectronics, Zeiss is committed to digitally enable its customers’ business models, products, and services. We are proud to join forces with Microsoft in our quest to apply precision optics, IoT capabilities, artificial intelligence and machine learning to the most demanding processes in healthcare and manufacturing,” says Dr Karl Lamprecht, Zeiss President and CEO. “Improving the patient’s life and doctor’s work and driving industrial quality assurance in the production process have always been top of mind for us. We are taking our expertise to the next digital level together with Microsoft, a leading innovator and provider of digital technologies.”
“Zeiss is driving innovations across industries to improve the quality of individual lives and create industrial efficiencies by overcoming data silos and integrating digital experiences,” said Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President Cloud + AI at Microsoft. “Harnessing the power of Microsoft’s cloud, AI and IoT services, Zeiss is transforming into a leading digital services provider.”
Zeiss and Microsoft will also explore opportunities to collaborate and co-innovate across other Zeiss segments and units including consumer markets, Zeiss Ventures and Corporate Research and Technology.