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How our open IIoT approach makes manufacturers more agile 

Even before we introduced the Azure IoT Suite back in 2015, Microsoft was helping manufacturers realize the full business value of IoT. Backed by decades of experience in enterprise, we quickly became an innovator in industrial IoT (IIoT). Microsoft solutions have helped connect billions of different assets, process massive amounts of real-time data, and deploy...Read more

6 smart mobility solutions that are helping to reduce traffic congestion 

Traffic congestion is a problem in cities all over the world. The U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs states that 68 percent of the world’s population will live in cities over the coming decades up from 55 percent today.1 As cities grow, congestion will get worse. In Moscow, Russia, the average driver spends 210...Read more

Microsoft Health Innovation Awards 2020 are now open for submission 

Accelerating innovation for better experiences, better insights, and better care There’s never been a more demanding time in healthcare, with many factors driving the need for innovation to solve the industry’s most prevalent and persistent challenges. There has been considerable progress made in this space as we all strive to achieve healthier lives. With that,...Read more

How OPC UA complements our open IIoT approach 

The rise of Industry 4.0 has transformed the manufacturing industry, making it imperative to connect factories and plants with their disparate data sources to maintain a competitive edge. Manufacturers can no longer be limited by proprietary technology and siloed data. To truly innovate, manufacturers know that every aspect of their operations—from the machines on their...Read more

4 best practices for hyperconnected cities to unlock additional value with technology 

Urban residents and businesses are embracing technology and innovation at a faster pace than many cities can react. Leaders need to act now to bridge the widening technology gap and create the digital and technical infrastructure to support efficient and effective services to keep citizens engaged and connected. In 2019, Microsoft partnered with ESI Thoughtlab...Read more

Takeaways from the National Retail Federation’s big show 

It’s always exciting to go to an event like NRF! But there was something in the air that made NRF 2020 bigger and better than ever before. There were over 38,000 attendees who experienced three days of inspiring discussions and get a perspective on improving customer engagement. This year we highlighted how retailers can gain...Read more

How to boost readiness with intelligent solutions 

It’s one of the fundamental considerations of any defense agency; how to track the readiness of people and things. Often, this process is less than streamlined, encompassing everything from paper-and-pen checklists to enormous spreadsheets filled out by hand. Given the room for error inherent in any manual process, using artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud-enabled tools...Read more

4 must-do’s (and 3 trends to watch) for your trip to NRF 2020 

The world’s largest retail conference is fast approaching and we want to make sure you make the most of it. I love going to NRF because not only can we celebrate what went well coming off of our busiest time of year, but we can look forward to an exciting year ahead. I don’t know...Read more

Microsoft and telecommunications leaders team up for transformation 

The power of partnerships Microsoft empowers telecommunications organizations with a secure and trusted platform to deliver personalized experiences that earn customers for life, enable agile operations to increase network efficiency and scalability, and accelerate innovation and growth through new and exciting services. Once more, Microsoft’s commitment to the telecommunications industry goes far beyond the simple...Read more

How technology intensity accelerates business value 

Organizations that embrace technology intensity are inherently more successful. What exactly is technology intensity, and why is it critical for today’s enterprises to build a cohesive digital strategy? Technology intensity defined Technology intensity has three components: Rapid adoption of hyper-scale cloud platforms A rational business decision to invest in digital capabilities Relentless focus on building technology that customers can...Read more

How to deliver on the promise of intelligent retail 

There has never been a more exciting time to be at the intersection of retail and technology. Challenging? Certainly. Opportunity? Absolutely, in fact full of it! Technology is enabling retailers to reimagine every aspect of the value chain. From delivering amazing customer experiences and empowering employees with data and rich insights to optimized operations and...Read more

3 core ideas for empowering citizens, societies, and governments 

Promote citizen well-being, influence positive societal change, and enhance your government services Exponential change is happening in the world around us and within governments. This change is being driven by one core idea, expectations of governments are changing. Modern technology is causing a shift in societal behavior. Citizens and residents expect their governments to adapt...Read more