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ThingWorx 8.5 to help drive digital transformation

PTC has revealed that the upcoming release of its ThingWorx Industrial IoT (IIoT) platform - ThingWorx 8.5 - will combine new capabilities with domain-specific solutions.

ThingWorx will look to better serve the digital transformation needs of industrial enterprises worldwide, and among the new and enhanced capabilities are tools that simplify the composition and deployment of solutions.

Customers will be able to configure applications faster and deploy them across multiple sites and geographies. For those who want more ready-made solutions, ThingWorx will also offer pre-built, pre-configured capabilities for engineering, manufacturing, and service.

This latest version of ThingWorx brings enhanced integration with Microsoft Azure IoT and includes additional tools for rolling out solutions at an enterprise scale.

The numerous enhancements in ThingWorx 8.5 include the ThingWorx Navigate Digital Change Management Application, the first in what will be a series, enabling internal and external users to actively participate in the critical function of change management.

The new series of ThingWorx Navigate Contribute Apps will expand on PTC’s NavigateView suite, which makes valuable information easily available and facilitates collaboration across the enterprise. Powered by the digital thread, engineers will now have real-time access to connected product data in ThingWorx to drive the design of next-generation products.

ThingWorx 8.5 is now compatible with Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Analytics, while PTC will also be releasing ThingWorx Kepware Edge to provide flexible deployment of reliable and secure connectivity for dispersed equipment.

ThingWorx 8.5, digital service delivery has also been enhanced through a deepened integration with Microsoft Azure, enabling manufacturers to now use the ThingWorx Software Content Management App with the Azure IoT Hub and Azure IoT Edge.

“We continue to evolve ThingWorx and our IoT solutions to further the success of our customers and their digital transformation goals,” said Kathleen Mitford, executive vice president, products, PTC. “We are committed to exceeding the expectations of the marketplace through continued innovation, customer centricity, and our strategic alliances with Microsoft and Rockwell Automation.”

Neil Tyler

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