If you missed our CEO Satya Nadella talk last week on how to drive your business in real-time, from apps to insights, using all your data, big and small I strongly suggest that you take a look hereimage

During this event Satya talked about our ambition to enable a data culture for everyone and how our current data platform across Office 365, Azure and SQL Server is bolstered with new announcements that we made:

- SQL Server 2014. This release completely brings in-memory capability to all workload – OLTP, Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence.

- Analytics Platform System (APS). – APS combines the best of Microsoft’s SQL Server database and Hadoop technology in one low-cost offering that delivers “big data in a box.”

- Azure Intelligent Systems Servicea cloud-based service to connect, manage, capture and transform machine-generated data regardless of the operating system or platform. This is our Internet of Things cloud service that is in limited beta today.

The event featureimaged business insight demos on cyber-crime, finance cost management, building energy management, marketing and much more. I encourage everyone to look at our overall strategy to foster “a data culture for everyone” and the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service limited public preview which is a marquee milestone that positions the IoT, or as we call it, “Internet of Your Things“ as a key focus area for our company.  As examples of our IoYT work I would take a look at the  video with telent and the London Underground, how M.G. Bryan uses cloud computing for remote asset management and our partner OSIsoft’s  example of Gas Turbines and Connected Supply Chain Services with the PI System & Azure.

Last, checkout Quentin Clark’s blog (Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group) on the event and if you did not have a to watch the live broadcast of the keynotes, again, I strongly encourage you watch them on-demand. – May the Cloud be with You! - Jon C. Arnold