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Steve Dunbar Windows Embedded Lead, Northern Europe
Steve Dunbar joined Microsoft in 2005 and is currently the Windows Embedded lead covering Northern Europe. He has spent over 20 years working for major blue chip software companies that include Lotus Software, IBM and now Microsoft. Steve has held leadership positions across sales, technical and marketing disciplines. “I want to rediscover the human side of technology, as I believe emotion and experience are always at the center of actions. Intelligent systems have the potential to deliver this.”
Steve’s big passion is trying to catch the largest freshwater fish, which takes him to many remote places in the world. He lives in Ascot, England with his wife and three children.
Posted By Steve DunbarWindows Embedded Lead, Northern Europe
Last month at the Retail Week Technology Summit in London, I presented the Connected Fitting Room concept (along with Microsoft’s partner, Accenture) to the top decision-makers in the retail sector.
We discussed how the Internet of Things is being realized through intelligent systems such as the Connected Fitting Room, and how solutions such as this bring huge benefits for both the customer and the retailer alike.
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My experience of seeing doctors is vague and somewhat negative, due to me being a typical bloke who services his car more often than he visits his doctor. I recently had no choice, though, and booked an appointment through the antiquated phone-booking process. The appointment was duly scheduled (after trading a few calls--it’s easier to get tea with the queen!). The day arrived, and I ventured into my local clinic to seek out a sage-like doctor to alleviate me of my man-flu symptoms.
I entered the clinic expecting to give my key ID details to the receptionist, and then take one of the multi-colored numbered disks from the wall (representing each doctor and where you were in the queue) and wait my turn. But to my surprise, the disks had very recently been replaced by several devices. I was ask to tap details into the digital display touch-screen by the entrance. The display was running Windows Embedded with an ISV app that linked my name and doctor directly to another Windows Embedded digital display screen in the waiting room. Not quite an intelligent system, but on its way to being one.
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Hello, blog readers! My name is Steve Dunbar, and as you can see from my bio, I am the business group lead for Northern Europe. The London newspaper The Times recently published a feature examining The Future of Retail, particularly how High Street brick-and-mortar operations are leveraging data to compete with online retailers to offer more personalization and lower prices. This conundrum was a core topic of discussion at a partner event I recently attended in Majorca, Spain, as it has a lot of relevancy to our own intelligent systems vision.
Toshiba Connect Europe 2013 (formerly IBM Business Partner University) is an educational business briefing and networking opportunity by Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions business (TGCS). The event provided insight into current issues facing retailers, and creative ways sales teams can craft and install intelligent business solutions to meet customer needs. Throughout the event, speakers and sessions reinforced the continued drive to work with partners to create solutions that integrate the various consumer touch points.