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Posted By Barb Edson
General Manager, Marketing, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise

I’m here in Washington, D.C., at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), spotlighting our Internet of Things (IoT) strategy and associated technologies.

Microsoft’s focus at WPC this year is the “five trends of the modern IT industry” — cloud, data, leadership, mobility and social — and it’s worth noting IoT’s clear relevance. Underscoring IoT’s tremendous opportunity across these trends as a business catalyst for our partners is a significant focus for me during the event, and we’re offering multiple IoT-related sessions — including one on using our new Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service — to help partners capitalize on the opportunity.

The ability to extend the Microsoft Azure cloud across devices and sensors with the Intelligent Systems Service, to harness, analyze and utilize data represents the tangible, bankable potential of IoT for partners and their customers, a topic I’ve written about in recent weeks. And, in addition to Intelligent Systems Service, the public preview of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (ML) service means that Microsoft partners can channel IoT by building data-driven applications in the cloud that predict, forecast and change future outcomes for their customers.

For example, in his keynote address today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted the work of partner CGI that’s dramatically changing the way more than 1 million of the world’s elevators will be maintained. CGI’s service puts Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and the Intelligent Systems Service to work, illustrating the deep insight that is possible when nontraditional and unorthodox data sources are centralized in the cloud service and accessible through a simple interface. The service harnesses data from sensors within each elevator, fueling rich data visualization enabled by Power BI for Office 365 to make sense of the information and building predictive capabilities with Azure ML — imagine elevators that can actually teach technicians which repairs they need, and when.

Now, instead of just preventative maintenance, customer ThyssenKrupp Elevator can offer its customers something none of its competitors can: predictive and even preemptive maintenance. Check out that solution in this article and video — and see CGI’s tremendous work in transforming vital infrastructure systems for the London Underground — and you’ll see why CGI is a Microsoft Partner of the Year.

CGI is one of a growing list of Microsoft partners taking advantage of Intelligent Systems Service and other Microsoft technologies to deliver IoT solutions to customers across a range of industries:

  • Cognizant is prototyping a new remote patient-monitoring service for Kaiser Permenente that provides physicians an unprecedented remote view of patient conditions, drawing vital signs and other data from mobile devices — such as blood pressure and glucose monitoring devices — from the comfort of a patient’s own home. Here is technology with the potential to improve patient comfort and care, reduce hospital admissions and re-admissions, drive great efficiencies — and create a real, positive impact on people’s lives.
  • Avanade is working with Rockwell Automation as an early adopter of the Intelligent Systems Service, collaborating to deliver cloud-based solutions to manufacturers that build on existing investments and provide the foundation for customers to realize their vision.

In fact, we’ve seen such tremendous interest in Intelligent Systems Service in the three months since our limited public preview was announced, we’ve decided to make a few changes to make it faster and easier to get started:

  1. We’re increasing the number of participants accepted into our limited public preview, scaling the program to a broader set of customers.
  2. For those participating in the limited public preview, we’re also offering special trainings to help get partners onboard solutions faster.

Sign up to request participation in the Intelligent Systems Service limited public preview here.

As tens of thousands of Microsoft partners gather here at WPC to network, learn business best practices and hone their expertise with Microsoft solutions, it’s really thrilling to see what they’re are creating with our IoT technologies … to help their customers gain real, measurable value from IoT. It’s easy to see why embracing IoT technologies is becoming critical for companies that want to remain competitive; Microsoft Corporate Vice President Susan Hauser sums it up nicely with her list of the ten reasons businesses need an IoT strategy now.

This is the place where it really hits home: There’s nothing futuristic about IoT — it’s here, right now, at WPC.

Visit us at WPC in booth #1001, and read more about the Intelligent Systems Competency for partners here.

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