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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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At Windows Embedded, IoT is our DNA; the technologies and services we create exist to help enterprises derive value from the Internet of Things (IoT), whatever their size, their industry or their unique business goals. We’ve summarized the myriad benefits for enterprises that adopt an IoT strategy in a “top ten” list, and we’re especially excited to see Susan Hauser, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group, writing about it today on the Official Microsoft Blog.
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One of the most exciting parts of the job for us here at Windows Embedded is learning about innovative, real-world applications of our technology. These applications always drive business forward with incredible access to new operational intelligence; often, there’s a truly human side to the story, too, and that’s one reason we’re particularly interested in the Autolib’ car-sharing solution in and around Paris.
We recently profiled Autolib’s cutting-edge solution on the Windows Embedded News Center; today, I’m pleased to share with you a video of the Autolib’ system our team shot in Paris. It’s a vivid reminder of how Microsoft and Windows Embedded technology can have a positive impact on daily life — here, by relieving traffic congestion and pollution, and giving millions of Parisians a better way to get where they’re going. The Paris program is so successful that it’s expanding to the U.S.; it’s just been announced that the solution’s developer is planning to launch a similar Windows Embedded-based solution in Indianapolis, some time in late 2014.
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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.
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What if the Coke machine at your corner store suddenly transformed into a jukebox you control with your smartphone? One of Microsoft’s partners, a leading digital agency in Australia called TKM9, has created beverage coolers that do that — and much more – for Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), a leading beverage distributor in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The solution capitalizes on the Internet of Things by utilizing interactive digital signage installed on the coolers — those large refrigerator-like vending machines. These digital signs are designed to collect data on sales and customer interaction, and share content with customers at the point of sale — such as discount offers and weather reports. They also draw consumers into an interactive multimedia and social-media experience, via the coolers and the consumers’ own devices, offering games, contests, Facebook posts and more.
At this week’s Solid 2014 conference in San Francisco, our team had the chance to demonstrate what’s on the horizon for Microsoft, as our technologies evolve to stretch the limits of what things will become part of the Internet of Things (IoT). In the above video from Solid, Steve Teixeira, a director of program management at Microsoft, talks about the cutting edge of innovation, from Windows interfaces on a tiny chips to universal apps, anticipatory computing and more.
But even as we push the frontier of what is possible — what is new and what is next — when it comes to IoT, Microsoft’s always been about business. The Internet of Things isn’t science fiction for us; it’s about generating bankable business value for our customers by connecting devices, data and services.
That’s why I was particularly encouraged this week to see Network World say this about Microsoft on its list of the Twelve Most Powerful Internet of Things Companies: