Shell inks Microsoft deal for digital transformation

Royal Dutch Shell announced its agreement with Microsoft to drive efficiencies across the company. Shell has selected C3 IoT with Microsoft Azure as its artificial intelligence (AI) platform to accelerate digital transformation.
Microsoft Windows Azure public cloudShell expects to realize substantial economic value by rapidly scaling and replicating AI and machine learning applications across its upstream and downstream businesses and improving operational performance.

“Digital technologies are core to our strategy to strengthen our position as a leading energy company,” said Yuri Sebregts, executive vice president for technology and CTO of Shell.

Shell already leverages Microsoft tools to enhance people productivity and collaboration and is now embarking on broader AI projects to drive industry-leading innovation.

Leveraging the C3 IoT Platform on Microsoft Azure for AI applications, Shell will start with predictive maintenance for more than hundreds of thousands of critical assets globally. It will expand to support other machine learning, machine vision and natural language processing-based use cases.

Shell developed a new cloud-based, deep learning solution built on Microsoft Azure that uses closed-circuit camera footage and Internet of Things technology to identify safety hazards and alert employees.

Shell will leverage three integrated Office 365 communication apps, Microsoft Stream, an enterprise video service; SharePoint Online, a content collaboration repository; and Yammer, a corporate social network, to modernize its communication channels.