Siemens takes Xcelerator beyond software to connect the real and the digital worlds
Brenda Discher, SVP, Strategy & Marketing, Siemens Digital Industries Software discusses the Siemens Xcelerator unique digital business platform.

Siemens announced recently Siemens Xcelerator – an open digital business platform that will accelerate digital transformation and value creation for customers of all sizes across industry, buildings, grids and mobility by making it easier, faster and more scalable.

Of course, the Xcelerator name is not new to our Siemens Digital Industries Software community.  In 2019 we integrated our portfolio of engineering software, services and application development platform as Xcelerator to bring together the industry’s broadest and deepest solutions to help our industrial customers transform. Now, as part of its transformation into a technology company, Siemens is applying that same approach across all parts of the business and expanded Siemens Xcelerator from a portfolio into an unique digital business platform for the entire company.

In the last three years, organizations from startup companies to household brand names have used Xcelerator in ways we never imagined. From mapping our oceans with autonomous self-guided drones to exploring the stars with the next generation spaceplane, Xcelerator has become a foundational set of solutions for innovators, leaders and pioneers across (and in orbit around) the globe.  We extended Xcelerator to the cloud last year with the introduction of Xcelerator as a Service and, together with our customers,  Xcelerator has continued to blur the boundaries between engineering domains and speed digital transformation at companies around the world.

Expanding the Xcelerator vision

Xcelerator as you know it will remain– it still represents a portfolio of digital offerings, but now that portfolio is getting much, much bigger. In addition to the curated portfolio of internet of things (IoT)-enabled hardware, software and digital services from Siemens and certified third parties, Siemens Xcelerator also includes a growing ecosystem of partners; and an evolving marketplace to facilitate interaction between Siemens, our customers, partners and developers.

Our goal is to bring together the physical and digital worlds, combining the realms of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) to break down the silos between industry, buildings, transportation and grids. We will continue to offer the industry’s most comprehensive digital twin, but now with the addition of solutions from across the company and from our partners, we can more closely connect the real and the digital worlds — from the factory control software and automation to edge computing devices, from chips to cities and all points in between.

A growing portfolio

New offerings will be added to our portfolio as we deliver on this vision for Siemens Xcelerator. Today, we showcased our plans to deliver a next generation industrial internet of things (IIoT) solution as part  of Siemens Xcelerator. Industrial Operations X  will bring together solutions and applications from sensor to edge to cloud, IoT as a service and low code development capabilities, as well as a wide range of ready-to-use apps. This will enable the fusion of data from the real world of automation with the digital world of information and engineering technology, enriched by our comprehensive vertical IT/ OT integration knowledge and services.

Siemens Xcelerator has always been flexible and modern, and this approach will continue, and we will empower the development of new offerings on top of Xcelerator to solve a greater number of customer challenges through personalized solutions.

We recognize that digital transformation is an ongoing effort that takes a massive network of partners and developers to succeed. One of the newest additions to the open and growing Xcelerator ecosystem is NVIDIA as part of an expanded partnership between our companies.  As part of the effort to build an industrial metaverse, we will connect the Siemens Xcelerator and NVIDIA Omniverse platforms to usher a new era of-AI enabled, photorealistic, physics-based digital twins that drive efficiency and transform industries taking industrial automation to a new level. The first pilot will be a solution for BMW’s showcase electric vehicle manufacturing site in Debrecen, Hungary.

Transforming the future, together

As our customers are seeking transformation to better address the future and the challenges it represents, we at Siemens are transforming as well. Our software, hardware and our partners are at the very core of Siemens Xcelerator platform and represent the core of the future of Siemens.  We hope you are as excited as we are to expand the boundaries of what is possible and build the future with Siemens Xcelerator.

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Anna Claire Howard serves as Editor of Industrial Machinery Digest and Total Industrial Plant Solutions. She has worked with magazine publishers, media brands, and manufacturers since joining the industrial sector in 2014. She is an experienced B2B writer, editor, content marketing strategist, and social media manager. Most recently, she worked as the content marketing manager for SEPCO. Before that, she was the content marketing specialist for Fluke Reliability, the associate editor for Grand View Outdoors, and the managing editor for Gear Solutions, Thermal Processing, and Wind Systems magazines.She can be contacted via email at achoward@industrialmachinerydigest.com.