Know your customer (KYC) – introduction to series

How do you make sense of sales data generated by transactions with 100,000 customers, 10000 products from 15 different sites through 10 different channels? It’s easy, you say, because there are now so many tools available to do this and this is not even big data. But it’s also hard because you don’t need big data…


“AutoML” Parameter Search for Hierarchical Demand Forecasting Optimization

In general, machine learning approaches expose many options that affect performance and accuracy. “AutoML” (Automated ML) concerns problems of optimizing over such options. Forecasting demand of products that form a hierarchy raises this kind of challenge. We recently wrote a blog post about demand forecasting for hierarchical data. We listed several approaches to reconciling forecasts…


Announcing availability of machine learning based Recommendation API inside Dynamics 365 for Operations

We now have the recommendations API integrated and available from within Dynamics 365 for Operations. In the Nov. 1, 2016 update to Dynamics 365 for operations, now you can view the product recommendations inside cloud POS. This is the first time that we bring insights derived from Cortana intelligence suite components using machine learning right within…


Demand forecasting for hierarchical data

Introduction Demand forecasting is an essential component of supply chain management. Accurate demand forecast leads to more effective production planning, better inventory management, or more accurate capacity planning. We collaborated with UXC Eclipse, a global Dynamics partner, to build a customer-tailored application for demand forecasting using Cortana Intelligence Suite components. The solution not only improved…


Recommendation API now available through Microsoft Cognitive services

Recommendation API has moved from its home in Data marketplace to a new home in Cognitive services. All of our customers have already moved to consume the service from its new location. If you are trying out the service and have built some infrastructure and integrations, this post will provide you all that is needed…


Set of machine learning models on Sales Pipeline

Every sales team wants to sell more. They want to know health of sales pipeline and determine whether they will meet quota at end of quarter or not. Below is comprehensive list of machine learning models you can use on sales pipeline. Good news is you need not have to spend years to built it….


Looking forward to WPC

Hey folks, WPC is just a few weeks away and I wanted to take a moment to update folks on the sessions that should be of particular interest to System Integrators / Value-Added-Resellers and Independent Software Vendors (SIs/VARs/ISVs) that are investigating and/or developing solutions for customers incorporating components of the Cortana Intelligence Suite.  Here’s a few sessions that…


Opportunity scoring – Machine Learning on Sales Pipeline

Microsoft team has released a Opportunity Scoring solution. Opportunity scoring uses a machine learning model trained on past sales data to predict the eventual probability that the sale will be won. Training and prediction are implemented with Azure Storage and Azure Machine Learning, orchestrated by Azure Scheduler, and executed within an Azure Web Job. Where…


Unlocking your data’s potential with the Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Entity Store and Cortana Intelligence Suite

For those interested in adding intelligence to their AX solutions, the release of the AX2012 R3 entity store today is a big deal. The AX2012 R3 Entity store is a feature that enables Administrators and Power users to export their entities to a data store dedicated for Reporting and Analytics. We call this database “Entity…