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Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing, Cloud & Enterprise
Barb Edson is a general manager of the Cloud & Enterprise Marketing team at Microsoft, leading the Internet of Things (IoT) Industry team responsible for product and industry marketing targeting enterprise line-of-business (LOB) decision-makers with Microsoft's cloud-based business solutions for IoT.
Since joining the group in 2010, Barb has been responsible for product management, business development, marketing communications and enterprise sales across the breadth of Microsoft’s products for intelligent system solutions targeting IoT, including the recently launched Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service. Under her leadership, the team launched a range of new solutions and programs for enterprises and Microsoft’s ecosystem partners to capitalize on new business opportunities provided by IoT.
Barb has been with Microsoft since 2005. She originally joined the company as the senior director of product marketing where she was responsible for the launch of Microsoft Dynamics, one of the company’s major brands. She later became the chief of staff for the Microsoft Business Division where she was responsible for overseeing its global administration and operations.
Before joining Microsoft, Barb spent more than 15 years in a broad range of senior leadership positions in marketing and product strategy for companies such as PeopleSoft Inc. and Great Plains Software.
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Last week, as China marked a major political milestone, my colleague John Doyle had the great fortune of being in Beijing to celebrate a milestone of sorts for Microsoft: the announcement of the planned roll out of a new suite of Windows Embedded 8 products. John is the director of product management for Windows Embedded; here, he offers his impressions of the historic week.
Just returned from a week in Beijing. It was a really interesting time to experience the capital city as last Thursday marked the first leadership transition in a decade.
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If you’re reading this, you’ve no doubt noticed: The Windows Embedded team blog has a new look. In fact, as of a few minutes ago, all of our digital properties—from this blog, to our website, Twitter, Flickr, SlideShare and YouTube channel—have been refreshed with an integrated look and feel, and copious new features, content and resources.
On this blog, you’ll see cleaner navigation and simplified access to information from the Windows Embedded team—as well as other contributors from Microsoft and our partner community. Expect to see a continued range of technical information on our products and commentary around the growing emergence of the “Internet of Things,” the opportunity presented by intelligent systems and “big data,” and other topics tied to the evolving embedded market.
Our new Windows Embedded website launched today, too, and it’s brimming with brand-new features—from dozens of new videos and rich content detail, to a deep dive into Microsoft’s vision for intelligent systems and the Internet of Things, links to many free white papers, reports and technical reference materials, a burgeoning Windows Embedded community and more.
This week in New York, we’re rolling out the newest member of our Windows Embedded family, and it’s a complete re-imagining of what an enterprise mobile device should be. D’Arcy Salzmann, senior product manager for Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, has details.
At the end of 2011, Kevin Dallas, general manager of Windows Embedded, shared with our customers and partners that the next generation of Windows Embedded Handheld would be based on Windows 8 technology. This past October, we provided more details when we published our updated Windows Embedded road map, noting that the new platform is built on Windows Phone 8 and would be called Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, and we promised that more details would be available in January.
Today at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO, our team is taking the covers off of Windows Embedded 8 Handheld, introducing our device hardware partners, and showcasing the next generation of mobile line-of-business application experiences with one of our launch customers, showing how Windows Embedded 8 Handheld devices help them deliver on the promise of intelligent systems.
Microsoft and mobile devices for industry have a long and successful history together. Starting with Windows CE, Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Microsoft mobile platforms today power mobile devices in all industries, helping businesses and governments deliver secure mobile productivity in stores, warehouses, delivery fleets, ports, hospitals, and airplanes. Devices from Microsoft’s hardware partners ensure customers have durable, secure, and reliable connectivity to enterprise systems, allowing them focus on their business, whether inside their showrooms, on the road, at the jobsite or at their customers.
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On the heels of our recent release of the Windows Embedded 8 platform, we’re making another member of the Windows Embedded family available today — Windows Embedded 8 Industry. David Wurster, Microsoft Windows Embedded’s senior product manager, has details on how Windows Embedded has evolved beyond point-of-service (POS) systems in retail to do much more in the Windows 8 era.
A couple of weeks ago, we announced the availability of Windows Embedded 8 Pro and Windows Embedded 8 Standard, bringing a modern OS with tons of capabilities to edge devices within intelligent systems.
Building on that announcement, today we’re making available Windows Embedded 8 Industry. The name reflects a broad scope of possibilities to further expand the Windows Embedded 8 family across a range of industries and targeted intelligent system scenarios.
With the holiday shopping season behind us and my upcoming travel to next week’s National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO in New York, I’ve been thinking about the opportunity we frequently discuss with retailers and hospitality organizations to transform the customer experience with intelligent systems—perhaps none as tangible as a fresh, delicious, custom-brewed cup of Costa Coffee.
The story behind the iconic red Costa Express vending machines really underscores the power and flexibility of the Microsoft platform. The UK’s leading self-service espresso bar, Costa Coffee’s acquisition of Coffee Nation in 2011 resulted in the birth of Costa Express. There are now more than 2,500 machines in the UK since the launch of Costa Express 18 months ago. Moving forward, our consulting team worked with Costa to customize a solution that met their business goals—specifically capitalizing on actionable data to drive greater ROI for Costa and, soon, a better cup for coffee lovers.
When Costa decided to build a next-generation coffee-serving machine, they wanted a flexible, end-to-end solution, so they sought out the leader in platforms for intelligent systems, business analytics and cloud computing. Working with partner Bsquare, Costa created a scalable intelligent system that delivers on the company’s goal of bringing a smarter, more connected and richer experience to the customer.
Just as it takes more than a bean to make a good cup of coffee, it takes more than a chip to run an intelligent system. The flexibility of the Windows Embedded platform was key for Bsquare and Costa; with the power to support a range of architectures, Microsoft is able to help partners develop solutions that exactly meet their needs.