Category Archives : Partner

14

Aug

Better together, synergistic results from digital transformation

Intelligent manufacturing transformation can bring great changes, such as connecting the sales organization with field services. Moving to the cloud also provides benefits such as an intelligent supply chain and innovations enabled by connected products. As such, digital transformation is the goal of many, as it can mean finding a competitive advantage.

The Azure platform offers a wealth of services for partners to enhance, extend, and build industry solutions. Here we describe how one Microsoft partner uses Azure to solve a unique problem.

Leverage through Azure services

One company, PTC, is well-known for ThingWorx, a market-leading, end-to-end Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution platform, built for industrial environments. PTC has moved its platform to Azure, and in doing so, leverages the resources and technical advantages of Microsoft. Together, the two create a synergy that can help any manufacturer make a successful move to the digital world.

Why things matter

The ThingWorx by PTC platform includes a number of components that can kickstart any effort to digitally transform a manufacturing floor. The platform consists of two notable components:

ThingWorx analytics ThingWorx industrial connectivity

By implementing the platform, developers can create comprehensive, feature-rich IoT solutions and deliver faster time-to-insights, critical to

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12

Aug

Rapidly develop blockchain solutions, but avoid the complexities

After first emerging as the basis for the Bitcoin protocol, blockchain has since gained momentum as a way to digitize business processes that extend beyond the boundaries of a single organization. While digital currencies use the shared ledger to track transactions and balances, enterprises are coming together to use the ledger in a different way. Smart contracts—codified versions of paper based agreements—enable multiple organizations to agree on terms that must be met for a transaction to be considered valid, empowering automated verification and workflows on the blockchain.

These digitized business processes, governed by smart contracts and powered by the immutability of blockchain, are poised to deliver the scalable trust today’s enterprises need. One Microsoft partner, SIMBA Chain, has created an offering that reduces the effort and time to start creating solutions using blockchain technology.

The Azure platform offers a wealth of services for partners to enhance, extend, and build industry solutions. Here we describe how one Microsoft partner uses Azure to solve a unique problem.

Simplifying blockchain app development

SIMBA stands for SIMpler Blockchain Applications. SIMBA Chain is a cloud based, Smart Contract as a Service (SCaaS) platform, enabling users with a variety of skill sets to build decentralized applications

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08

Aug

Overcoming language difficulties with AI and Azure services
Overcoming language difficulties with AI and Azure services

Ever hear the Abbot and Costello routine, “Who’s on first?” It’s a masterpiece of American English humor. But what if it we translated it into another language? With a word-by-word translation, most of what English speakers laugh at, would be lost. Such is the problem of machine translation (translation by computer algorithm.) If a business depends on words to have an impact on the user, then translation services need to be seriously evaluated for accuracy and effect. This is how Lionbridge approaches the entire world of language translation—but now they can harness the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI). The result is to ensure the translations reach a higher bar.

The Azure platform offers a wealth of services for partners to enhance, extend and build industry solutions. Here we describe how one Microsoft partner uses Azure to solve a unique problem.

Efficient partners for communication in life sciences

For those who deal in healthcare or life sciences, language should not be a barrier to finding the right information. The world of research and reporting is not limited to a few human languages. Life science organizations need to be able to find data from anywhere in the world. And for that, a

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06

Aug

Azure and Informatica team up to remove barriers for cloud analytics migration

Today, we are announcing the most comprehensive and compelling migration offer available in the industry to help customers simplify their cloud analytics journey.

This collaboration between Microsoft and Informatica provides customers an accelerated path for their digital transformation. As customers modernize their analytics systems, it enables them to truly begin integrating emerging technologies, such as AI and machine learning, into their business. Without migrating analytics workloads to the cloud, it becomes difficult for customers to maximize the potential their data holds.

For customers that have been tuning analytics appliances for years, such as Teradata and Netezza, it can seem overwhelming to start the journey towards the cloud. Customers have invested valuable time, skills, and personnel to achieve optimal performance from their analytics systems, which contain the most sensitive and valuable data for their business. We understand that the idea of migrating these systems to the cloud can seem risky and daunting. This is why we are partnering with Informatica to help customers begin their cloud analytics journey today with an industry-leading offer.

Free evaluation

With this offering, customers can now work with Azure and Informatica to easily understand their current data estate, determine what data is connected to their current

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30

Jul

Cloud providers unite on frictionless health data exchange

This post was co-authored by Heather Jordan Cartwright, General Manager, Microsoft Healthcare

Cloud computing is rapidly becoming a bigger and more central part of the infrastructure of healthcare. We see this as a historic shift that motivates us to think hard about how to ensure that, in this cloud-based future, interoperable health data is available as needed and without friction.

Microsoft continues to build health data interoperability into the core of the Azure cloud, empowering developers and partners to easily build data-rich health apps with the Azure API for FHIR®. We are also actively contributing to healthcare community with open source software like the FHIR Server for Azure, bringing together developers on collaborative solutions that move the industry forward.

We take interoperability seriously. At last summer’s CMS Blue Button Developer Conference, we made a public commitment to promote the frictionless exchange of health data with our counterparts at AWS, Google, IBM, Salesforce and Oracle. That commitment remains strong.

Today, at the same conference of health IT community leaders, we are sharing a joint announcement that showcases how we have moved from principles and commitment to actions. Our activities over the past year include open-source software releases, development of new standards

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29

Jul

Microsoft Azure welcomes customers, partners, and industry leaders to Siggraph 2019!

SIGGRAPH is back in Los Angeles and so is Microsoft Azure! I hope you can join us at Booth #1351 to hear from leading customers and innovative partners.

Teradici, Bebop, Support Partners, Blender, and more will be there to showcase the latest in cloud-based rendering and media workflows:

See a real-time demonstration of Teradici’s PCoIP Workstation Access Software, showcasing how it enables a world-class end-user experience for graphics-accelerated applications on Azure’s NVIDIA GPUs. Experience a live demonstration of industry-standard visual effects, animation, and other post-production tools on the BeBop platform. It is the leading solution for cloud-based media and entertainment workflows, creativity, and collaboration. Learn more about how cloud-integrator Support Partners enables companies to run complex and exciting hybrid workflows in Azure. Be the first to hear about Azure’s integration with Blender’s render manager Flamenco and how users can easily deploy a completely virtual render farm and file server. The Azure Flamenco Manager will be freely available on GitHub, and we can’t wait to hear how it is being used and get your feedback.

We’re also demonstrating how you can simplify the creation and management of hybrid cloud rendering environments, get the most of your on-prem investments while bursting to

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22

Jul

Expanding the Azure Stack partner ecosystem

We continue to expand our ecosystem by partnering with independent software vendors (ISV) around the globe to deliver prepackaged software solutions to Azure Stack customers. As we are getting closer to our two-year anniversary, we are humbled by the trust and confidence bestowed by our partners in the Azure Stack platform. We would like to highlight some of the partnerships that we built during this journey.

Security

Thales now offers their CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager solution through the Azure Stack Marketplace that works with Azure and Azure Stack “Bring Your Own Key” (BYOK) APIs to enable such key control. CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager creates Azure-compatible keys from the Vormetric Data Security Manager that can offer up to FIPS 140-2 Level 3 protection. Customers can upload, manage, and revoke keys, as needed, to and from Azure Key Vaults running in Azure Stack or Azure, all from a single pane of glass.

Migration

Every organization has a unique journey to the cloud based on its history, business specifics, culture, and maybe most importantly their starting point. The journey to the cloud provides many options, features, functionalities, as well as opportunities to improve existing governance, operations, implement new ones, and even redesign the

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22

Jul

Digital transformation with legacy systems simplified
Digital transformation with legacy systems simplified

Intelligent insurance means improving operations, enabling revenue growth, and creating engaging experiences—which is the result of digital transformation. The cloud has arrived with an array of technical capabilities that can equip an existing business to move into the future. However insurance carriers face a harder road to transform business processes and IT infrastructures. Traditional policy and claim management solutions lack both cloud-era agility, and the modularity required to react quickly to market forces. And legacy systems cannot be decommissioned unless new systems are fully operational and tested, meaning some overlap between old and new.

The Azure platform offers a wealth of services for partners to enhance, extend, and build industry solutions. Here we describe how one Microsoft partner uses Azure to solve a unique problem.

The need for efficient automation

The prevailing approach to upgrading enterprise software is to engage in large scale IT projects that may take years and significant cost to execute. Delaying may only increase the costs, especially with the burden of continuing (and increasing) compliance. But more importantly, delay results in a significant opportunity cost. Due to competition, insurers are under pressure to pursue lower costs overall, and especially in claim handling. New insurance technology also

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18

Jul

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/how-hsbc-built-its-payme-for-business-app-on-microsoft-azure/Bank-grade security, super-fast transactions, and analytics  If you live in Asia or have ever traveled there, you’ve probably witnessed the dramatic impact that mobile technology has had on all aspects of day to day life. In Hong Kong in particular, READ MORE

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18

Jul

Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 41

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-marketplace-new-offers-volume-41/We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. For this volume, 109 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below: Applications Active Directory Domain Controller 2019: This virtual machine comes pre-loaded READ MORE

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