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Posted By Partha SrinivasanProduct Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products
OEM manufacturers use Windows Server for Embedded Systems to build server appliances —preinstalled hardware and software combined with the operating system — which make the configuration, deployment and management of industry devices simpler and faster. These server appliances are used in a number of industry devices, such as PACS machines in hospitals, store servers in retail stores and historian servers in manufacturing plants, and are a key enabler in developing intelligent systems architectures. In the coming weeks, I’ll be blogging about how the use of these server appliances adds tremendous value to enterprises in all of the major industries; in this blog, we will see how server appliances generate business intelligence when used in the retail industry as in-store servers.
To survive and thrive in an ultracompetitive business environment, retail companies need to create and deliver a differentiated customer experience, and maintain it consistently across all touch points. With so many aspects of the customer experience now enabled, driven and aided by technology, there are new opportunities for retail companies to effectively extend their brand across multiple remote locations. Retailers work towards building store systems that scalable, modular and purpose-built, and optimized to connect with their headquarters IT systems to be able to pull data in real time. And they look for cost-effective, high-performance solutions that generate reports that include actionable data to enable better business decisions, as well as better customer service.
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Today marks yet another milestone in Microsoft’s march towards a new vision: The simultaneous release of the latest Windows technologies—Windows 8.1—across a wide array of hardware for consumers and for business. With this morning’s announcement of the general availability of Windows Server 2012 R2, the company delivers on its promise to empower enterprises to create datacenters without boundaries.
Here at Windows Embedded, we’re thrilled to be a part of this wave; Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems becomes generally available in just a few days, on Nov. 1. Binary identical to Windows Server 2012 R2, our embedded platform enables the enterprise to tap into the vast and growing potential of data as a part of an intelligent system.
Posted By Kristin FlandreauWindows Embedded, Americas Business Group Lead
In my role working with Windows Embedded partners, I often get a front-row seat at the debut of some innovative intelligent-system solutions. This week, P97 Networks is launching a cool new cloud-based mobile commerce platform and site controller software at the Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing (NACs) show in Atlanta, Georgia. Their intelligent system, called PetroZone, is built on Windows Azure, Microsoft Dynamics and Windows Embedded technologies, and integrates with third-party point-of-sale, electronic payment and fuel control servers.
Posted By Werner ReussWindows Embedded Business Lead for Germany and Eastern Europe
The POS and barcode were once the apex of retail technology. They allowed mega stores to balance enormous demand with adequate supply. Nowadays, whoever has the most intelligent system is able to balance fleets of stores--from production, through logistics, digital signage, and even consumption based on weather forecasting--all in real time…and…autonomously.
Posted By Windows Embedded Team
Last week on this blog, Pranish Kumar talked a little bit about Microsoft’s vision for the future of the automotive industry and what needs to happen for the connected car to flourish.
That vision is based in part on nearly two decades of elbow grease and experimentation, working with some of the leading car makers and suppliers to the automotive industry. We’d like to think that our history in technology—and our experience developing software for use in vehicles—gives us a bit of a unique perspective.