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Kevin DallasGeneral Manager
Kevin Dallas serves as the general manager of Windows Embedded at Microsoft Corp. In this role, Dallas oversees the strategy, product development and marketing of the software and services offerings for intelligent systems. The mission of the business group is to realize the “Internet of Things” by extending Windows and the cloud to the world of intelligent systems for business customers across automotive, retail, medical, industrial automation, banking and energy industries.
Since joining Microsoft in 1995, Dallas has served as general manager of the Windows Phone Division and product management director for Windows. Before joining Microsoft, Dallas worked for NVIDIA Corp. and National Semiconductor Corp. (now Texas Instruments Inc.) in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East in roles that included microprocessor design, systems engineering, product management and product unit management.
Dallas has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and business from Staffordshire University in England. In his free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three children.
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I just returned from a holiday (or vacation, if you’re an American) and noticed that my old English friend, Oxford Dictionary, is catching up to the times. No, I’m not talking about the addition of the “emoji,” but rather their recognition of the “Internet of Things” or IoT.
Here at Microsoft, we’ve been talking about IoT for a while. Just over two years ago we introduced intelligent systems, which is really how enterprises take advantage of the Internet of Things. When “smart” things are connected to data analysis, the resulting intelligence can redefine the ways in which we do business. Company executives are already bringing intelligent systems, powered by Microsoft, into healthcare facilities, onto the factory floor and even on to the streets of Paris.
More recently, we made Windows Embedded Compact 2013 generally available, started releasing Windows Embedded 8.1 to hardware partners and expanded the resources available to our partners by integrating the Windows Embedded Partner Program with the Microsoft Partner Network.
So, while we’re gratified to see formal recognition of the Internet of Things, I have to take issue with one part of the dictionary’s definition: the use of the word “proposed” as in, The Internet of Things is “a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.”
Comments Intelligent Systems
Our growing enthusiasm over the last few months is undeniable. The convergence of cloud-based services, data centers, pervasive connectivity and specialized devices has led to the emergence of a new category within the traditional embedded market – a category that is exponentially greater than the sum of the parts.
We identified this emerging category as intelligent systems and together with IDC and Intel we’ve been talking about the impact it’s already having across industries, businesses, and ultimately, end users.
Microsoft laid out its roadmap for intelligent systems in the fall of last year. As we move forward, we want to engage with you to discuss how intelligent systems are taking shape and where the challenges and opportunities are for the market.
With this new blog we’re taking a more ‘intelligent’ approach to the conversation, providing you with one place to read about Microsoft’s evolving strategy for intelligent systems and to hear commentary and encourage discussion with members of our global engineer and marketing teams. You can expect to learn more about subjects ranging from our current products, to updates and those still in development. We’ll also discuss emerging trends, industry sectors and other timely topics. I’m especially excited to see some of the growth that’s taking place in the automotive space, as outlined by Ford technical fellow Jim Buczkowski. (And when you have a chance, take a look at these articles on the growth of intelligent systems and how we’re helping retailers transform the shopping experience.)
Comments Windows Embedded Standard
There’s been a tremendous amount of change in the retail industry the last few years—much of it at the expense of brick-and-mortar retailers whose chief competitors play by a slightly different set of rules and business requirements. Together with some of our device partners and retail customers, we’re designing solutions to help the brick-and-mortar retailer regain its competitive edge. Technical Program Manager Jeff Wettlaufer helped design a solution with Motorola and The Home Depot, and it’s on display in New York this week at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Convention & EXPO. Jeff is here today to provide some insight on how the solution can transform the shopping experience.
Hi everyone, we are here in New York to attend the 102nd NRF convention. Can you imagine what some of those first few events 90 to 100 years ago must have been like compared to today?
This is my first NRF, and while not my first “event rodeo” this one is different from those TechEds and Microsoft Management Summits. This event is massive, with more than 35,000 attendees — all suited and booted leaders from the industry here to check out the latest advancements in retail. It’s going to be interesting, as major stakeholders are in attendance. The run-up to the event has been amazing. For the past 10 months, our Microsoft team has been driving some very cool things that we get to announce today. We thought a quick blog post about what we are showing would be interesting to you.
This week I had the opportunity to attend GigaOM Roadmap in San Francisco. Together with Ford, we celebrated the 5th anniversary of Ford SYNC and 5 million SYNC enabled vehicles shipped milestone. The conference theme was “connected design,” exploring how design and user interface impact the experience people have interacting with connected devices. This is a topic my team is focused on in our work with Ford and our other automotive partners as we explore how our intelligent systems strategy can help deliver a richer, more personalized experience in the car. We are thinking about the contextual environment inside the car and how computing helps that experience for customers.
It’s been an incredibly productive autumn so far for us at Windows Embedded. The past few weeks have seen multiple major product and program announcements — the release of Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, closely followed by its availability through volume licensing; Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems’ general availability; and some really exciting changes to our partner program. You can bet we’ve been quite focused.
But after weeks of concerted effort, it’s good to pause and take a realistic look at the true progress we’re making in the industry. The Internet of Things (IoT) is evolving at breakneck speed; what role are Microsoft and Windows Embedded playing in that evolution? As early pioneers in this technology, evidence traditionally shows that Microsoft is leading the charge — and we’re not waiting for others to catch up.
That’s why I read with great interest Gartner’s just-released “SWOT” analysis of Microsoft’s position in the IoT space...