Whether you’re a new student, a thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management and Billing comes in.
We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Azure Cost Management and Billing can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. Here are a few of the latest improvements and updates based on your feedback:
Expanded support for cost allocation across APIs and downloads. Management group exports in Azure Government. Reminder: Cloudyn retiring on June 30. Selecting relative dates in the cost analysis preview. Help improve usability for Azure reservation and savings features. What’s new in Cost Management Labs. New ways to save money with Azure. New videos and learning opportunities. Documentation updates.
Let’s dig into the details.
Expanded support for cost allocation across APIs and downloads
This blog post was co-authored by Chad Raynor, Principal Program Manager, Azure Maps.
New and recent updates for Microsoft Azure Maps include support for Azure Maps integration with Azure Active Directory (generally available), integration with the Microsoft Power Apps platform, Search and Routing services enhancements, new Weather services REST APIs (in preview), and expanded coverage for Mobility services.
Read on to learn more about the latest features and integrations for Azure Maps:
Azure Maps integration with Azure AD support now generally available
Azure Maps integration with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is now generally available allowing customers to rely on Azure Maps and Azure AD for enterprise level security. This update includes support for additional role-based control (RBAC) roles for fine grained access control. Azure Maps supports access to all principal types for Azure RBAC including; individual Azure AD users, groups, applications, Azure resources, and Azure Managed identities. Additionally, Azure Maps documentation now includes expanded implementation examples and estimates on implementation effort to assist choosing the right implementation method based on type of scenario.
Geospatial features in Power Apps powered by Azure Maps now in preview
Microsoft Power Apps announced the preview of geospatial capabilities powered by Azure
The Azure Maps visual for Power BI will be releasing as a preview this week. Power BI is a powerful analysis and visualization tool. Azure Maps is an important tool for gaining geospatial context and insights that can be used in decision making.
This initial release includes the following visualization layers:
Bubble layer 3D bar chart layer Reference layer Custom tile layer Real-time traffic overlay
In addition to these visualization layers, this visual also leverages built-in Power BI features, such as tooltips, color themes, as wells as filter and slicer support.
Bubble layer—represent location data as scaled circles
Bubble layers are a great way to represent location data as scaled circles on the map. Customers can use a linear scaling method or customize the scaling logic using a logarithmic or Cubic-Bezier curve. Additionally, users can pass a value into the legend field and have the fill color of the circles dynamically set; and, outline the circles with a single color or enable the high contrast outline option to have a high contrast variant of the fill color assigned to the circle to help ensure the circles are clearly visible regardless of which style the map is set to. Allowing the
This blog post was co-authored by Chad Raynor, Principal Program Manager, Azure Maps.
Updates to Azure Maps services include new and recently added features, including the general availability of Azure Maps services on Microsoft Azure Government cloud. Here is a rundown of the new and recently added features for Azure Maps services:
Azure Maps is now generally available on Azure Government cloud
The general availability of Azure Maps for Azure Government cloud allows you to easily include geospatial and location intelligence capabilities in solutions deployed on Azure Government cloud with the quality, performance, and reliability required for enterprise grade applications. Microsoft Azure Government delivers a cloud platform built upon the foundational principles of security, privacy and control, compliance, and transparency. Public sector entities receive a physically isolated instance of Microsoft Azure that employs world-class security and compliance services critical to the US government for all systems and applications built on its architecture.
Azure Maps Batch services are generally available
Azure Maps Batch capabilities available through Search and Route services are now generally available. Batch services allows customers to send batches of queries using just a single API request.
Batch capabilities are supported by the following APIs:
Today, we are announcing updates to the Azure Maps Web SDK, which adds support for common spatial file formats, introduces a new data driven template framework for popups, includes several OGC services, and much more.
Spatial IO module
With as little as three lines of code this module makes it easy to integrate spatial data with the Azure Maps Web SDK. The robust features in this module allow developers to:
Read and write common spatial data files to unlock great spatial data that already exists without having to manually convert between file types. Supported file formats include: KML, KMZ, GPX, GeoRSS, GML, GeoJSON, and CSV files containing columns with spatial information. Use new tools for reading and writing Well-Known Text (WKT). Well-Known Text is a standard way to represent spatial geometries as a string and is supported by most GIS systems. (Docs) Connect to Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services and integrate with Azure Maps web SDK. Overlay Web Map Services (WMS) and Web Map Tile Services (WMTS) as layers on the map. (Docs) Query data in a Web Feature Service (WFS). (Docs) Overlay complex data sets that contain style information and have them render automatically using minimal code.
https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/microsoft-connected-vehicle-platform-trends-and-investment-areas/This post was co-authored by the extended Azure Mobility Team. The past year has been eventful for a lot of reasons. At Microsoft, we’ve expanded our partnerships, including Volkswagen, LG Electronics, Faurecia, TomTom, and more, and taken the wraps offRead More
According to the UN, we will see the world’s urban populations grow from today’s 55 percent to 68 percent by 2050. With almost a billion people on the path to be urban dwellers, most cities are still unfriendly to people with disabilities. As more people flock to cities, making our cities smarter and more inclusive will become increasingly important. The concept of smart cities is all about developing strategies that leverage data and technology to enhance urban life. The IoT plays a central role in collecting sensor data and then using the insights gained from that data to manage assets, resources, and services efficiently.
As city planners tackle the complex challenges of increasing urbanization, managing scarce resources, climate change, and creating safer more accessible cities, Azure Maps (a collection of geospatial APIs) becomes a critical tool for city planners. A key aspect of IoT & technology solutions is that they should be intuitive, easy to use, and accessible.
Azure Maps and accessibility
Azure Maps makes it easy for all users to navigate an interactive map experience. Users can interact with maps using a mouse, touch, or keyboard. Azure Maps provides screen readers with enhanced descriptions that can combine multiple updates
https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/expanded-azure-maps-coverage-preview-of-azure-maps-feedback-site-and-more/This blog post was co-authored by Ricky Brundritt, Principal Technical Program Manager, Azure Maps. Azure Maps services continue to expand our support for Microsoft enterprise customers’ needs in Azure. And, we’ve been busy expanding our capabilities. Today we’re announcing AzureRead More
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the beginning of accessing planetary-scale insights. With the mass adoption of IoT and the very near future explosion of sensors, connectivity, and computing, humanity is on the cusp of a fully connected, intelligent world. We will be part of the generation that realizes the data-rich, algorithmically deterministic lifestyle the world has never seen. The inherent value of this interconnectedness lies within the constructs of human nature to thrive. Bringing all of this information together with spatial intelligence has been challenging to say the least. Until today.
Today, we’re unveiling a cross-Azure IoT collaboration simplifying the use of location and spatial intelligence used in conjunction with IoT messaging. The result is the means for customers to use Azure IoT services to stay better informed about their “things” in terms of space. Azure IoT customers can now implement IoT spatial analytics using Azure Maps. Providing spatial intelligence to IoT devices means greater insights into not just what’s happening, but where it’s happening.
Azure Maps provides geographic context for information and, as it pertains to IoT, thus geographic insights based on IoT information. Customers are using Azure Maps and Azure IoT for monitoring movement of assets
Throughout our Internet of Things (IoT) journey we’ve seen solutions evolve from device-centric models, to spatially-aware solutions that provide real-world context. Last year at Realcomm | IBcon, we announced Azure IoT’s vision for spatial intelligence, diving into scenarios that uniquely join IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), and productivity tools. In the year since, we’ve progressed this vision by introducing new services designed to help enterprise customers across industries optimize the management of their spaces. Across Azure, Dynamics, and Office, Microsoft continues to accelerate results from a growing and diverse set of partners creating smart building solutions on our industry-leading enterprise platform.
This year we’ve returned to Realcomm | IBcon, joined by over 30 partners who have delivered innovative solutions using our spatial intelligence and device security services to provide safety to construction sites, operate buildings more efficiently, utilize space more effectively, and boost occupant productivity and satisfaction. Here we’ll tell you more about a selection of these smart building partners who are accelerating digital transformation in their industries.
IoT is an invaluable part of the smart building lifecycle, even before the building comes to fruition. On construction sites, it’s imperative for companies to prioritize employee safety while ensuring the job