Category Archives : Events

31

Jan

The Things Network and Azure IoT connect LoRaWAN devices

This week, at The Things Conference in Amsterdam, Microsoft and The Things Network Foundation collaborate with 2,000 LoRaWAN developers, innovators, and integrators on connecting devices to Azure IoT Central using the open source project Azure IoT Central Device Bridge.

Internet of Things (IoT) applications are about harnessing sensors and device data to transform processes and businesses. They require pervasive connectivity to allow compute at the intelligent edge, connected devices and sensors, communicate and share learnings with the intelligent cloud. The heterogenous nature of IoT devices, networks, and infrastructures leads to the creation of different protocols and technologies for wirelessly connecting IoT devices, each addressing specific needs and requirements for battery consumption, range, security, frequency usage, and more.

LoRaWAN™ is one of these technologies – a specification developed by the LoRa Alliance as a low power, wide area networking protocol based on a star-of-stars topology in which gateways relay messages between end-devices and a central network server. Many companies have adopted LoRaWAN and often offer IoT connectivity services, simplifying connectivity for IoT devices. The Things Network, an active member of the LoRa Alliance, is a Foundation that aims at building a global open LoRaWAN network and supporting developers in building

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31

Jan

Make healthcare more intelligent by putting IoT into action

The healthcare industry is poised for massive transformation. With an aging population, chronic diseases, and increased regulations, healthcare costs continue to balloon—along with patient and provider expectations for better outcomes.

Intelligent healthcare, including IoT technology, is a key way to address these critical challenges. Intelligent, connected solutions are lowering costs, increasing patient care and health, and improving clinician and patient satisfaction. The opportunity is immense, with the potential IoT healthcare market projected at $158 billion by 2022.1

Below I will share how IoT solutions can drive revenue and transform the healthcare industry. For even more information and to connect with other partners, I highly encourage you to attend the IoT in Action event in Orlando on February 11, 2019.

The intelligent health opportunity

Intelligent health solutions can solve any number of issues. Below, I’ve called out some key areas where we see partner IoT solutions making a difference.

Patient engagement: Intelligent cloud solutions that give patients more control of their health can help strengthen relationships with their providers, reduce re-admissions, and improve outcomes. Secure communications: Solutions that empower care teams to efficiently coordinate and easily share patient insights help to deliver improved patient-centric care while supporting secure, compliant, and timely

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15

Jan

Azure Site Recovery team is hosting an Ask Me Anything session

You can start asking your questions with #ASR_AMA soon!

The Azure Site Recovery (ASR) team will host a special Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Twitter, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. You can tweet to @AzSiteRecovery or @AzureSupport with #ASR_AMA.

What’s an AMA session?

We’ll have folks from across the ASR product team available to answer any questions you have. You can ask us anything about our products, services, or even our team!

Why are you doing an AMA?

We like reaching out and learning from our customers and the community. We want to know how you use ASR and how your experience has been. Your questions provide insights into how we can make the service better.

How do I ask questions on Twitter?

You can ask us your questions by mentioning #ASR_AMA in your tweet. Your question can span multiple tweets by replying to first tweet you post with this hashtag. You can also directly message @AzSiteRecovery or @AzureSupport if you want to keep your questions private. For our customers in different time zones who may not be able to attend the event at the specified time, you can start posting

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15

Jan

Cloud Commercial Communities webinar and podcast newsletter – January 2019

Welcome to the Cloud Commercial Communities monthly webinar and podcast update. Each month the team focuses on core programs, updates, trends, and technologies that Microsoft partners and customers need to know so that they can increase success in using Microsoft Azure and Dynamics. Make sure you catch a live webinar and participate in a live Q&A. If you miss a session, you can review it on demand. Also consider subscribing to the industry podcasts to keep up to date with industry news.

Upcoming in January Webinars Grow, Build, and Connect with Microsoft for Startups – January 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM PST
Microsoft for Startups is a unique program designed to help startups become a Microsoft business partner through access to technology, channels, markets and customers. Tune into this session to learn more about the Microsoft for Startups program, a $500 million initiative to provide startups access to both the technology and customer base needed to build and grow their business. Transform Data into Dollars by Enabling Intelligent Retail with Microsoft – January 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM PST
Microsoft is enabling retailers to deliver personalized customer experiences by empowering employees, driving digital transformation, and capturing data-based insights to

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09

Jan

CES 2019: Microsoft partners, customers showcase breakthrough innovation with Azure IoT, AI, and Mixed Reality

Each year at CES, we see dozens of new product innovations that bring additional convenience, entertainment, efficiency – or completely new experiences to our daily lives. By bringing the power of the cloud to connected devices, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) have played an ever-expanding role in driving the connected product business opportunity. Today, smart thermostats, speakers, TVs, appliances, cars, and more are no longer serving an “early adopter” market – they are entering the mainstream – as people look for technology to help enrich how they plan and experience their daily lives.

Our Azure IoT and AI strategy enables customers to build these new products and solutions using the power of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, at scale. The Azure IoT platform helps customers build consistent AI-based applications and experiences from the cloud to the edge, that are adaptive and responsive to physical environments – from smart cities and spaces to connected products in homes and on the manufacturing floor. Our Azure AI services combine the latest advances in technologies like machine learning and deep learning, with our comprehensive data, Azure cloud and productivity platform, and a trusted, enterprise grade approach.

We are continuing

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11

Dec

A hybrid approach to Kubernetes
A hybrid approach to Kubernetes

We’re excited to see everyone at Kubecon this week! We’ve been working with our customers to understand how they’re thinking about Kubernetes and what we can do to make it easier for them. Azure Stack unleashes new hybrid capabilities for developing applications. You design, develop, and maintain your applications just like you do with Azure and you can deploy to any of the Azure clouds. Your application’s location becomes a configuration parameter rather than a design constraint.

So how does Azure Stack work with containers exactly? The way that containers and hybrid cloud work together can allow you to solve many problems. You can create a set of apps in containers using the languages you love like NodeJS, Python, Ruby, and many others. You can also take advantage of the wide array of tooling available, including Visual Studio Code. You can deploy your container or set of containers to a mix of environments that meet your user’s requirements. For instance, you can keep your sensitive data local in Azure Stack and access current functionality such as Azure Cognitive Services in global Azure. Or you can develop your apps in global Azure where you developers are and then deploy the containerized

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06

Dec

IoT in Action: 4 innovations that are revolutionizing IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is reshaping every industry from manufacturing to medicine, and opportunities to transform business are nearly limitless. And while IoT is a complicated endeavor requiring multiple partners, skillsets, and technologies, new innovations are making projects easier to deploy, more secure, and more intelligent than ever.

Below I’ve called out four innovations that are revolutionizing the IoT industry. To learn more about how to take advantage of these innovations, be sure to register for our upcoming IoT in Action Virtual Bootcamp.

1. Artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive capabilities

Cognitive services and AI used to come with a high price tag. But times have changed, and these capabilities are becoming increasingly accessible.

IoT Hub and Cognitive Services enable you to tailor IoT solutions with advanced intelligence without a team of data scientists. Not only do AI and Cognitive Services make it easier to infuse IoT solutions with capabilities such as image recognition, speech analytics, and intelligent recommendations, but they also help companies act on the data being gathered and realize the true value of IoT. Scenarios are virtually limitless. Companies like UBER are using visual identity verification to increase platform security, and Spektacom is making cricket better

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03

Dec

Join the Twitter AMA with Azure Integration Services
Join the Twitter AMA with Azure Integration Services

Azure Integration Services will be hosting a joint Twitter Ask Me Anything (AMA), or actually “Ask Us Anything”, session for API Management, Logic Apps, Service Bus, and Event Grid on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Pacific Time.

Tweet to @AzureSupport using #IntegrationAMA with your questions.

What’s happening?

We’ll have members of the API Management, Logic Apps, Service Bus, and Event Grid product and engineering teams available to answer any and all questions on their services. You can also ask questions about roadmaps, new features, or pretty much anything else.

Why?

We want to learn more about what you’re interested in and how Azure Integration Services may be useful to you. We like gathering feedback from our users and the community, and your questions will help provide insights into how we can build better products and services for you.

What do you need to do?

Post your questions to Twitter using the hashtag #IntegrationAMA in a tweet to @AzureSupport. We’ll start taking questions 24 hours prior to the AMA, beginning at 8:30 AM Pacific Time on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, and then respond to them between 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Thursday, December

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27

Nov

Join us on November 28 for our next meetup: Adopting Emerging Tech in Government

Join us as we discuss the leading edge of emerging technology in government at the next Microsoft Azure Government DC meetup, Adopting Emerging Tech in Government, on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM Eastern Time at 1776 in Washington, DC. If you’re not in the DC-metro area, we invite you to join us via livestream starting at 6:35 PM Eastern Time at aka.ms/azuregovmeetuplive.

You’ll hear how agencies are approaching strategy, challenges, use cases, and workforce readiness as they leverage emerging tech to innovate for their mission including blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality.

RSVP and join us to gain insight from innovators across government agencies who are exploring ways to apply emerging tech to empower their workforce and deliver innovative services to the public.

Featured speakers include:

COL David Robinson, Military Deputy (Acting), Defense Innovation Unit Experimental Ju-Lie McReynolds, Program Manager, US Digital Service, Health & Human Services Meagan Metzger, CEO, Dcode Sujit Mohanty, DoD CTO, Microsoft Federal Jeff Butte, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Azure Global Government Karina Homme, Senior Director, Microsoft Azure Government About the Microsoft Azure Government user community

The Azure Government DC user community was created as a place to bring

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16

Nov

Taboola Improves customer experiences with Azure Data Explorer
Taboola Improves customer experiences with Azure Data Explorer

How can you take billions of lines of log data, explore it to identify those hidden gems of information, and act on those insights instantly to improve your customers’ experience, enhance your products, and maintain a competitive advantage in a digital-first world?

This past week at PASS Summit 2018, Taboola, a discovery platform, shared how they are tackling this with the help of Azure Data Explorer, a lightning fast service optimized for data exploration. Azure Data Explorer allows users to get instant visibility into very large, raw datasets in near-real time to analyze performance, identify trends and anomalies, and diagnose problems.

Staying competitive

Taboola delivers personalized recommendations to more than one billion users every month, rendering 3 billion web pages daily on many of the web’s most innovative and highly visited websites. Thousands of leading publishers, marketers, and agencies utilize Taboola’s predictive technology to increase user engagement, monetize their traffic, and distribute their content to engaged audiences across the web. Ensuring customers achieve maximum success from their campaigns is crucial to Taboola’s success.

Taboola’s data generates more than 22 billion records of edge delivery logs daily. Taboola needed a way to quickly, simply, and cost-effectively analyze this edge delivery log

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