WPC 2014 Microsoft bet on the Internet of Things

Satya-Nadella---PDG-de-MicrosoftWhile Microsoft through the largest with 18,000 job cuts announced, the publisher is holding its annual partner conference in Washington. Satya Nadella, the new CEO presented are the Mobile First / Cloud-First strategy to enable the publisher to ensure its future, but he also spent part of his opening keynote at the Internet of Things. An opportunity as it presents itself every ten years, as noted by the CEO. Microsoft hopes to train its partners on this lucrative market and he has a gun to their offer: Intelligent Systems Azure Service.

A market of nearly 2,000 billion in 2014 and will double by 2018

1.930 billion in 2014, 4.930 billion in 2018, this is the IDC study (Source: Internet of things Guide Spending by Vertical Market, IDC 2014) Microsoft has dangled its partners at all sessions dedicated to the Internet of Things for the 2014 edition of the WPC. The publisher relies on SSII to impose its Azure platform in multiple industries that are in theater connected objects. The publisher has delivered more details about Azure Service Intelligent Systems, the platform dedicated to the Internet of Things. The event was also the occasion of the first projects unveiled in production on this Azure ISS, yet in beta for 3 months only.

The first Azure ISS applications already in production

The maintenance application developed for the London Underground.

The maintenance application developed for the London Underground.

During his keynote, to better convince its partners, Satya Nadella has unveiled one of the first projects that exploit the Azure platform Intelligent Systems Service. It is led by a CGI Avanade and on behalf of ThyssenKrupp and Rockwell Automation project. The platform handles the data transmitted by the sensors placed in the elevator of the mark. A typical application of preventive maintenance. But it is not this application won the award for best “Intelligent Systems” application, but the London Underground. Again, this maintenance, again it is deployed by a CGI application. It collects the data from the sensors (temperature, vibration) placed on escalators stations. The ISS platform historizes the data used to correlate the information with information from external sources. The information goes on the shelves of maintenance staff and analyzes are available through Powerview reports. The rate of troubleshooting the first response would be increased from 42% to 86% since the deployment of the application.

ISS, the workhorse of the Microsoft “IoyT”

The portfolio of Microsoft services dedicated to the Internet of Things.

The portfolio of Microsoft services dedicated to the Internet of Things.

The portfolio of Microsoft services dedicated to the Internet of Things.

The portfolio of Microsoft services dedicated to the Internet of Things.

To explain the positioning of Microsoft in this market of the Internet of Things, marketing Redmond broke his head, inventing IoyT acronym for “Internet of Things your”. Fortunately, the engineers of the editor were more inspired. Intelligent Systems Azure Service wants a horizontal platform that can theoretically be exploited as for industrial applications, e-Health, Retail, etc.. Microsoft partners to create vertical applications. According to the product manager, ISS is an “end to end” platform, which is based on the Azure Cloud, will create scalable applications. “Starting small and scaling big,” she has said. More specifically, Intelligent Systems Azure Service is composed of 3 parts. The first concerns the devices. Microsoft ensures that its platform is heterogeneous, both in terms of operating systems protocols. An agent library is available for Windows, Linux, Android and iOS devices, gateways can repatriate objects connected data less “intelligent”. Partners to develop agents for the most exotic objects.
Second part of the Microsoft offer, the backend. This is obviously the Azure Cloud, which offers bus services data, Complex Event processing, data storage and security. The offer goes far enough because the analysis and visualization PowerBI bricks are part of the platform.
The third stage of the rocket ISS is the web portal. SDK will allow integrators to create a frontend tailor-made for their clients.
Furthermore CGI, Infosys and Cognizant had their first productions this week in Washington. Not bad for a platform in beta stage for three months only. Microsoft has certainly scored a point on this booming market of IoT platforms.

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