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Posted By Karen RobertsSenior Partner Marketing Manager
With the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT), the launch of the Intelligent Systems Competency, and the delivery of the Limited Public Preview of the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service, 2014 has already been a huge year for Microsoft. And with so many exciting things going on in the world of intelligent systems solution partners, we couldn’t be more eager to connect with our partners at this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington, D.C.
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Posted By Charles YuWindows Embedded BG Lead, China
Two of the most popular items on Chinese breakfast menus are fried bread stick (you tiao) and soybean milk (dou jiang). The wonderful smell of crispy, tasty golden bread stick and delicious soybean milk brings back memories from a long time ago. However, I was able to relive the memory again recently inside a Yonghe King (Yong He Da Wang) restaurant, part of a fast-growing Chinese quick-service chain. Yonghe King’s bright red storefronts are a familiar sight across the major cities in China. The chain has 300 locations and plans to have 1,000 stores by 2018.
Chain restaurants are growing fast in China as a result of an increasingly faster-paced lifestyle. There is a strong need and desire to connect all stores in a chain together, thus harnessing all their value. Creating efficiency while your business rapidly expands is no easy feat, but that’s exactly what Yonghe King has done by taking advantage of the Internet of Things. Using an intelligent systembased on Microsoft technologies, the chain has increased profits, streamlined the process of opening new stores, enabled greater control over inventory systems and improved customer service. Customers certainly benefit from these efficiencies. My fried bread stick and soybean milk cost less than $1 each (RMB 5 and RMB 6, respectively), and I got to enjoy these traditional breakfast items all day long. Many stores are even open 24 hours.
Posted By Guillaume EstegassyWindows Embedded Business Lead, Japan
At Retail Tech Japan 2014, held earlier this spring in Tokyo, we demonstrated how Windows Embedded and Microsoft Azure provide a great platform for POS, kiosks, vending machines and digital signage for retail. In this video, we would like to introduce you to a unique tablet POS for retail, created by Empathy Co. Ltd. and running on Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry.
Posted By Barb EdsonGeneral Manager, Marketing and Business Development
People are talking more and more about the Internet of Things, but it surprises me how much of the discussion is still coming from a future-focused perspective. While it’s always fun to imagine the future, the Internet of Things is already here today, and we don’t have to rely on our imaginations to see what it can do. It’s not some futuristic trend, but a real-world technology paradigm that is making a difference to businesses right now.
Posted By Nayana SinghSenior Product Marketing Manager
Microsoft recently announced the upcoming release of Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service. I’m excited and proud about the promise this service offers businesses investing in the Internet of Things (IoT). As a member of the Intelligent Systems Service team, I feel that we are successfully meeting a great need and will open new doors in the IoT space.