Schneider Electric extends partnerships with AVEVA, Lenovo and Stratus

New tools, training, and community programs open easy-to-implement business models for system integrators

Schneider Electric, Aveva, Lenovo, Stratus

Schneider Electric has expanded its partnerships with leading technology companies to address the convergence of IT and OT. The alliance will see the immediate release of three programs including: new reference designs, co-developed with AVEVA, and integrating solutions from Lenovo and Stratus; a learning path for system integrators; and a collaborative online community for learning and sharing opportunities within Schneider Electric Exchange.

The industrial edge programs from Schneider Electric will empower system integrators to expand their value to the end user, enabling their customers’ industrial digital transformations.

“The smart factory is becoming smarter. Our expanded partnerships and new industrial edge programs empower system integrators to leverage their domain expertise and become IT/OT convergence specialists and meet these needs for their customers,” said Philippe Rambach, senior vice president, Industrial Automation, Schneider Electric.

“We know that smart manufacturing is driving an unprecedented wave of IT technologies into industrial spaces. As companies leverage AI, robotic processing automation, and more, they will require edge computing solutions to reduce latency and enable resiliency, while ensuring privacy and security, and addressing important data and bandwidth requirements.”

Opening up new business models for system integrators, the newly announced industrial edge programs include:

Reference designs that integrate leading edge technologies to simplify design process

Schneider Electric has unveiled new industrial edge reference designs, co-developed with AVEVA, including solutions from Lenovo and Stratus.

Based on the most common use cases in industrial automation, the reference designs reduce risk and time to market with fully customisable, pre-integrated EcoStruxure Micro Data Center solutions for any edge environment. System integrators will be freeing up time from the IT architecture to focus on the software and solutions, thanks to fully validated, secure solutions designed to the standards requested by IT departments.

A professional development path for system integrators to address new requirements of industrial edge computing

Edge computing is an emerging trend for the industrial space presenting a new opportunity for system integrators to extend their business model and establish their role as consultants in both the OT and IT requirements. This new learning program includes a comprehensive digital training series for system integrators on EcoStruxure Micro Data Center and EcoStruxure IT solutions and how they can address common challenges at the edge.

The 14-session development program focuses on how to leverage the reference designs and IT solution providers to deliver complete IT/OT convergence solutions for end users. To access the digital training series, system integrators will connect through their Schneider Electric Alliance Partner Portal.

An Industrial Edge Exchange Community to increase business opportunities and foster collaboration

Built within Schneider Electric Exchange, the new Industrial Edge Community allows system integrators to easily identify and engage with edge-certified IT solution providers. The Industrial Edge Community is designed to facilitate new business and address IT/OT projects. The Exchange platform also features a tool that pairs Alliance System Integrators with Schneider Electric’s Edge-certified IT Channel Partners.

Schneider Electric has more than 1,000 industry-leading Alliance System Integrator Partners in 67 countries, and more than 400 IT solution providers in its award-winning partner program worldwide who are already certified to build, deploy, and service edge computing solutions.

“Schneider Electric’s extensive partner ecosystem is unparalleled in both IT and OT systems, making it an unrivalled advantage over the competition,” said Pankaj Sharma, executive vice president, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. “When you combine the power of the partner ecosystem with our expertise at the edge and the breadth of our offer, it’s a winning trifecta for system integrators and IT solution providers.”

System integrators interested in gaining access to the new reference designs, learning path, and the collaborative online community are encouraged to visit the Schneider Electric Partner Portal for more information.

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