Microsoft and Nokia today announced a strategic collaboration to accelerate transformation and innovation across industries with cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT). By bringing together Microsoft cloud solutions and Nokia\u2019s expertise in mission-critical networking, the companies are uniquely positioned to help enterprises and communications service providers (CSPs) transform their businesses. As Microsoft\u2019s Azure, Azure IoT, Azure AI and Machine Learning solutions combine with Nokia\u2019s LTE\/5G-ready private wireless solutions, IP, SD-WAN, and IoT connectivity offerings, the companies will drive industrial digitalization and automation across enterprises, and enable CSPs to offer new services to enterprise customers. BT is the first global communications service provider to offer its enterprise customers a\u00a0managed service\u00a0that integrates Microsoft Azure cloud and Nokia SD-WAN solutions. BT customers can access this through a customer automated delegated rights service, which enables BT to manage both the customer Azure vWAN and the unique Agile Connect SD-WAN, based on Nokia\u2019s Nuage SD-WAN 2.0. \u201cBringing together Microsoft\u2019s expertise in intelligent cloud solutions and Nokia\u2019s strength in building a business and mission-critical networks will unlock new connectivity and automation scenarios,\u201d said Jason Zander, executive vice president, Microsoft Azure. \u201cWe\u2019re excited about the opportunities this will create for our joint customers across industries.\u201d \u201cWe are thrilled to unite Nokia\u2019s mission-critical networks with Microsoft\u2019s cloud solutions,\u201d said Kathrin Buvac, President of Nokia Enterprise and Chief Strategy Officer. \u201cTogether, we will accelerate the digital transformation journey towards Industry 4.0, driving economic growth and productivity for both enterprises and service providers.\u201d The cloud and IoT have ushered in the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, wherein enterprises are embracing data to automate and streamline processes across all aspects of their businesses. By joining forces, the two companies are bringing solutions to market that will simplify and accelerate this journey for enterprises, as well as enable CSPs to play a key role in helping their customers realize the potential of industrial digitalization and automation while also optimizing and better differentiating their own businesses. Accelerating digital transformation for enterprises Microsoft and Nokia are partnering to help accelerate digital transformation for enterprises by offering connectivity and Azure IoT solutions that unlock connected scenarios across multiple industries including digital factories, smart cities, warehouses, healthcare settings, and transportation hubs such as ports, airports and more. The\u00a0Nokia Digital Automation Cloud\u00a0(Nokia DAC) 5G-ready industrial-grade private wireless broadband solution with on-premise Azure elements will enable a wide variety of secure industrial automation solutions that require more reliable connectivity, efficient coverage and better mobility than traditional Wi-Fi networks provide. For example, connected smart tools and machines on manufacturing floors that enable increased productivity, flexibility\u00a0and safety for workers, or autonomous vehicles and robots in industrial environments that improve automation, efficiency and overall safety. Enabling new enterprise services offered by service providers Nokia\u2019s\u00a0Nuage SD-WAN 2.0\u00a0solution\u00a0now enables service providers to offer integration with\u00a0Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN for the branch to cloud connectivity, with the companies planning to offer more options for branch internet connectivity in 2020. By automating branch and hybrid WAN connectivity, enterprises will have simplified, faster access to cloud applications such as Office 365, integrated security from branch-to-branch and branch-to-Azure and reduced risk of configuration errors causing security or connectivity issues. Furthermore, the companies are integrating\u00a0Nokia\u2019s Worldwide IoT Network Grid\u00a0(WING) with\u00a0Azure IoT Central to make\u00a0the onboarding, deployment, management and servicing of IoT solutions seamless. This integration provides CSPs with the opportunity to offer their enterprises a single platform including vertical solutions to enable secure connected IoT services, such as asset tracking and machine monitoring on a national or global scale. Enterprises will be able to use Azure IoT Central and partner solutions for faster and easier enablement and implementation of their IoT applications together with Nokia\u2019s IoT connectivity solutions. Driving digital transformation for CSPs Microsoft and Nokia are collaborating to host\u00a0Nokia\u2019s Analytics, Virtualization and Automation\u00a0(AVA) cognitive services solutions on\u00a0Azure. These AI solutions will enable CSPs to move out of private data centres and into the Azure cloud to realize cost savings and transform operations for 5G. Predictive Video Analytics\u00a0is an example of a joint solution that will ensure optimal video experiences for CSP subscribers, improving reliability by up to 60 percent.