The emerging intelligent data ecosystem

Last month I was invited by one of our major customers in Europe to keynote their annual innovation event for over 500 of their senior managers on how the rise of cloud computing and the business of big data has impacted and will further impact the electricity industry and power utilities worldwide. During the presentation…


Salute to our partners!

This week marks the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) with more than 16,000 attendees. WPC is our annual, global convergence of Microsoft’s top partners. It’s where our partners come together to network, drive business growth and identify new profitability opportunities. This year at WPC, we continue to focus on key trends that represent the…


Itron looks to the cloud for analytics

We are excited with today’s announcement that our smart grid, water and cities partner, Itron, has selected the Azure cloud as its preferred platform for cloud analytics. The smart grid is a definitive Internet of Things (IoT) scenario and the cloud is fueling the rise of IoT with its scale on a global basis to…


Harnessing the power of big data with cloud predictive analytics: Introducing Azure Machine Learning

  Several weeks ago we pre-announced the public preview for Azure ML which we have been showing to customers for several months under nondisclosure as Project Passau. This new Azure-based tool helps organizations do machine learning and predictive analysis all from a Web console. Azure ML provides the ability to collaboratively build machine learning models…