Bentley Systems and Microsoft Join Forces to Advance Connected Data Environments for Infrastructure Projects and Assets

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced that Bentley’s new AssetWise CONNECT Edition (introduced at the Conference) and ProjectWise CONNECT Edition (introduced at Year in Infrastructure 2015) uniquely support hybrid computing environments across desktops, mobile devices, and in-house servers. And together, ProjectWise CONNECT Edition and AssetWise CONNECT Edition leverage Microsoft’s Azure cloud services to advance beyond common data environments to connected data environments.

During Conference keynotes, Bentley and Microsoft discussed the advancements made possible through their partnership and some of their future priorities working together. CEO Greg Bentley offered user organizations Bentley’s Success Plans for “Going Digital” through Azure to ensure that “BIM potential” created through digital engineering models can be fully realized in infrastructure project delivery and asset performance. The Azure-provisioned connected data environment experiences and benefits realized by Crossrail, Shell, Maryland State Highway Administration, and Mott MacDonald were cited.

The next step for connected data environments is to enable business- and operational-intelligence analytics to have open and live access to information within digital engineering models in order that “ET” (engineering technologies) can be brought to bear with “IT” and “OT” (operational technologies) to improve the throughput, safety, and reliability of infrastructure asset performance.

David Epp, director, global ISV alliances, Microsoft Corporation, described Microsoft’s advancements and potential contributions. Epp said, “One of Microsoft’s key priorities is supporting our partners. We are pleased that Azure is a core component of Bentley Systems’ connected data environment for infrastructure engineering organizations “going digital.” Specific cases such as Crossrail, Shell, Maryland SHA, and Mott MacDonald illustrate this active collaboration. “We consider Bentley a leader in technical software, taking full advantage of our growing set of Azure services. We currently record over 100 trillion objects in Azure Storage. We are leveraging this power as well as other capabilities to help Bentley enhance connected data environments to deliver more value through new technologies and innovations. Through our newest Cognitive Services—from PowerBI to Cortana analytics and deep learning—we hope to help accelerate the realization of the ‘BIM potential’ for Bentley users’ digital engineering models. We are proud that Azure can play a strategic role in the advancement of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance through advanced Bentley solutions.”

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