Category Archives : Partner

24

Feb

Microsoft and SAP extend partnership to Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming mainstream. Companies are seeing market-making benefits from IoT and deploying at scale – from transforming operations and logistics, remote monitoring, and predictive maintenance at the edge to new consumer experiences powered by connected devices. In all of these solutions, IoT data and AI are producing powerful insights that lead to new opportunities.

Today at MWC 2019, we’re announcing that Microsoft and SAP are extending our partnership to IoT. SAP Leonardo IoT will integrate with Azure IoT services providing our customers with the ability to contextualize and enrich their IoT data with SAP business data within SAP Leonardo IoT to drive new business outcomes.

Microsoft has collaborated with SAP for over two decades to enable enterprise SAP solution deployments which include Azure, Windows Server, and SQL Server. Microsoft and SAP have also collaborated in the Industrial Internet Consortium, the OPC Foundation, and the Plattform Industrie 4.0 for many years, jointly helping to define and build products on open industrial interoperability and security standards. Last fall, we also announced the Open Data Initiative with SAP and Adobe, designed to eliminate data silos and deliver world-class customer experiences.

Now SAP and Microsoft are expanding their partnership

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12

Feb

How to avoid overstocks and understocks with better demand forecasting

Promotional planning and demand forecasting are incredibly complex processes. Take something seemingly straight-forward, like planning the weekly flyer, and there are thousands of questions involving a multitude of teams just to decide what products to promote, and where to position the inventory to maximize sell-through. For example:

What products do I promote? How do I feature these items in a store? (Planogram: end cap, shelf talkers, signage etc.) What pricing mechanic do I use? (% off, BOGO, multi-buy, $ off, loyalty offer, basket offer) How do the products I’m promoting contribute to my overall sales plan? How do the products I’m promoting interact with each other? (halo and cannibalization) I have 5,000 stores, how much inventory of each promoted item should I stock at each store?

If the planning is not successful, the repercussions can hurt a business:

Stockouts directly result in lost revenue opportunities, through lost product sales. This could be a result of customers who simply purchase the desired item from another retailer—or a different brand of the item. Overstock results in costly markdowns and shrinkage (spoilage) that impacts margin. The opportunity cost of holding non-productive inventory in-store also hurts the merchant. And if inventory freshness is a

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07

Feb

Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 31
Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 31

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From January 1 to January 15, 2019, 67 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Virtual machines

Akumo Software: Akumo Software’s platform extends datacenter environments between virtualized or cloud-based infrastructure. It provides a consistent and simple way to cost-effectively manage an on-demand datacenter.

BlogEngine.NET on Windows Server 2016: BlogEngine.NET is a lightweight, simple, user-friendly blog engine that can be an excellent alternative to WordPress. Easy to modify and extend, it is specifically designed for .NET developers.

BlogEngine.NET on Windows Server 2019: BlogEngine.NET is a lightweight, simple, user-friendly blog engine that can be an excellent alternative to WordPress. Easy to modify and extend, it is specifically designed for .NET developers.

Conductor4SQL Central Server: This virtual machine comes with all the components required for using Conductor4SQL, including Windows Server 2016, Microsoft SQL Server 2017, Microsoft Power BI Desktop, and Conductor4SQL.

Dell EMC NetWorker Virtual Edition 18.2: Dell EMC NetWorker software provides fast, efficient backup and recovery for enterprise applications and

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05

Feb

Investing in our partners’ success
Investing in our partners’ success

Today Gavriella Schuster, CVP of Microsoft’s Partner organization, spoke about our longstanding commitment to partners, and new investments to enable partners to accelerate customer success.

As we shared in our recent earnings, Azure is growing at 76 percent, driven by a combination of continued innovation, strong customer adoption across industries and a global ecosystem of talented partners. I’m inspired by partners such as Finastra, Cognata, ABB, and Egress who are working with Azure to enable digital transformation within their respective industries.

While Microsoft has long been a partner-oriented organization, some things are different with cloud. Specifically, partners need Microsoft to be more than just a great technology provider, you need us to be a trusted business partner. This requires long-term commitment and the ability to continually adapt and innovate as the market shifts. This has been, and continues to be, our commitment. Our partnership philosophy is grounded in the foundation that we can only deliver on our mission if there is a strong and successful ecosystem around us.

In the spirit of being a trusted business partner, I wanted to highlight our key partner-oriented investments and some of the resources to help our partners successfully grow their businesses.  

Committed to

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04

Feb

Modernizing payment management for online merchants

E-commerce merchants all over the world are innovating every day to offer customers the best user experience. To keep customers coming back, the buying experience should leave only good impressions, from beginning to end. To achieve this, merchants want to examine every step—especially the payment checkout. So, payment processors need to complement and support the innovations of the merchants. And the final experience needs to be as intuitive and seamless as possible, so it does not break the checkout flow; it should support the brand experience and leave customers with a pleasing memory. Helping a merchant craft a seamless payment experience is the domain of Newgen.

Solution key features

Guru is Newgen’s fully integrated portal that enables merchants to have a complete view of their payments, generate reports, capture/void transactions, and perform refunds. It is a fully managed SaaS solution which comes as a value addition with Newgen’s Payment Gateway—a cutting edge payment technology for merchants. The solution competes in the market with these key features.

Intelligent transaction routing: Newgen’s engine automatically routes transactions taking into account the country, credit provider, volume and ratio (selecting the best destination based on the transaction amount), currency, and transaction fees. Using machine

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03

Feb

Advancing tactical edge scenarios with Dell EMC Tactical Microsoft Azure Stack and Azure Data Box family

Today, Microsoft is announcing new intelligent cloud and intelligent edge capabilities for U.S. government customers. These new capabilities will help government customers uniquely address “the tactical edge”—or, a dependence on information systems and connectivity in harsh scenarios or other situations where users have critical data availability, integrity, and transparency needs.

As U.S. government agencies support missions around the world, in remote locations, and beyond the reach of standard infrastructure, new technology is required for mission success. Microsoft offers a comprehensive portfolio designed to bring data analysis and insight to the tactical edge. Azure Stack and our Data Box family of products help government agencies with remote operations access the information they need to make decisions at the edge, along with access to the full range of cloud data analytics as connectivity allows.

Just last year we announced the integration of Azure Stack with Azure Government cloud, which unlocks a wide range of hybrid cloud use cases for government customers. By connecting the tactical edge to Azure Government, the mission-critical cloud for U.S. government customers and their partners, federal, state, and local government agencies can now operate with full regulatory compliance and the most up-to-date edge capabilities.

To that end, today,

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28

Jan

Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 30
Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 30

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From December 16 to December 31, 2018, 46 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Virtual machines

A10 vThunder ADC for Microsoft Azure: A10 Networks’ vThunder for Microsoft Azure is purpose-built for high performance, flexibility, and easy-to-deploy application delivery and server load balancing. It’s optimized to run natively within Azure.

Appzillon Consumer Banking: Appzillon Consumer Banking from i-exceed offers users a convenient and simplified omnichannel approach to digital banking and ensures that user journeys are delightful and engaging.

IIS on Windows Server 2016: Each version of Microsoft Windows Server brings a new version of Internet Information Services (IIS). With the recent release of Windows Server 2016 comes IIS version 10, also known as version 10.0.17763.

MySQL Server 8.0 On Windows 2016: Quickly deploy MySQL server into your Azure tenant. MySQL provides you with a suite of tools to develop and manage MySQL-based business-critical applications on Windows.

RStudio Server Pro for Azure: RStudio Server Pro lets you access RStudio

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24

Jan

Security for healthcare through vigilant agents and virtual patching

Healthcare organizations depend on data-driven decisions. To enable better decisions and better health outcomes, healthcare organizations are moving to the cloud. There, the latest advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics can be more easily tested and implemented. For a healthcare organization, security and protection of data is a primary value, but solutions can be attacked from a variety of vectors such as malware, ransomware, and other exploits. The attack surface of an organization could be complex, email and web browsers are immediate targets of sophisticated hackers. One Microsoft Azure partner is devoted to protecting healthcare organizations despite the complexity of the attack surface. XentIT (ex-ent-it) leverages two other security services with deep capabilities and adds its own expertise to create a dashboard-driven security solution that lets healthcare organizations better monitor and protect all assets.

Problem: Slow information velocity

Anyone in a critical health condition wants their medical professionals to be up to date. Speed matters, and making a medical decision requires all sources of information to be available as soon as possible. The inability to quickly access and process patient data due to outdated infrastructure may result in a life or death situation.

Solution: Agents and virtual patching

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16

Jan

Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 29
Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 29

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From December 1 to December 15, 2018, 60 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Virtual machines

ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager (ESM): Using thousands of device and application connectors, ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager by Micro Focus collects, correlates, and reports on security event data, providing a central point for analysis of business operations.

Aviatrix Secure Networking Platform Bundle – PAYG: Quickly build use case-driven solutions for multi-cloud encrypted peering, inter-region encrypted peering, next-generation global transit networks, and more.

Aviatrix Secure Networking Platform SSLVPN – PAYG: Quickly build use case-driven solutions for SSL VPNs with multi-factor authentication and Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) for user access to the cloud.

FatPipe SD-WAN for Azure: FatPipe for Azure allows you to connect your Azure virtual private cloud to your FatPipe SD-WAN overlay and run any of your licensed FatPipe features inside Azure.

GigaSECURE Cloud 5.5,00: GigaSECURE Cloud delivers intelligent network traffic visibility for workloads running in Azure and enables increased security,

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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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