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Posted By Kevin DallasGeneral Manager
When it comes to the kind of landmark, disruptive technologies that have changed the face of economies and nations, there is a very short, debatable list: monumental developments such as electricity, flight, automobiles, the telephone, the PC.
Today there may or may not be that Edison or Tesla working on building the next invention that changes everything. Innovation may not come from a single person or even a single company. But as the economy in the developed world has largely shifted during the past several years, there is also no doubt that the continued evolution of technologies is providing a solid platform for innovation that can lead to the next big wave of economic opportunity. Witness the impact that mobile phones are having across the world.
Thinking and reading about these issues, I often catch myself watching for that next technology boost that will really change things. Where are we heading over the next decade and beyond? I’m on record, of course, as saying the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to play a part in building that new, new economy, and it’s interesting to see the emerging consensus on exactly that.
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Posted By Partha SrinivasanProduct Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products
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 Karen RobertsSenior Partner Marketing Manager
At July’s 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference, the Windows Embedded team was excited to announce our plans to transition program administration of the Windows Embedded Partner Program ecosystem into the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). Integrating with MPN enables us to offer our partners more program options, and greater partner benefits. Among these program options, we highlighted the launch of an all-new Intelligent Systems Specialization, designed for partners with an end-to-end intelligent-systems solution offering and business practice. This month, we are excited to announce new developments that will deliver more value than ever before to our intelligent systems partners: in January 2014, MPN will launch an all new Intelligent Systems Competency in place of the previously planned specialization.
Leading up to and since the announcement the market has continued to see rapid growth as partners have picked up on the enormous business opportunity surrounding intelligent systems solutions. A 2013 IDC report estimates that by 2017, intelligent systems will represent over 87 percent of worldwide embedded systems revenue, which represents a market of more than $2.7 trillion.
Microsoft is committed to encouraging innovation and commitment among our intelligent systems partners, and want to provide them the highest possible level of support and resources they need to help them grow their business. Within the Microsoft Partner Network, the competency program—comprised of 23 unique competencies based on key Microsoft solution areas—offers the highest level of value to partners. A recent IDC study estimates that a Microsoft competency program provides partners with total benefits valued at more than $320,000.
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.