Living the Digital Lifestyle

As you can probably tell, I love to tell stories about real life experiences. These days I find myself telling one about how my wife and I live the digital lifestyle to partners, customers and Microsoft employees. It goes something like this: A couple of years ago we bought one of those fancy, LED backlight,…


Water heads to the Cloud!

Yes, I know we are certifiable cloud crazy but you should take a look at this story from our global alliance partner Invensys concerning one of their water customers and why they deployed Invensys’s Enterprise Historian in the cloud. Check it out here. Enjoy. – Jon C. Arnold


Office 365: A snowball’s chance in hell?

One of the conversations I routinely have with customers is about Office 365 which is our subscription-based online office and software plus services suite.  In my conversations I always ask customers what business are they in. Do they want to be in the business of running and maintaining infrastructure such as mail and related collaboration…


Dawn of a new day: Power BI for Office 365 is here!

Today, we announced that Power BI for Office 365 – our self-service business intelligence solution designed for everyone – is generally available.  We have written about the incredible power of Power BI in this blog before while in product preview. But now, Power BI is available and empowers all kinds of business users to find…


Our Super Bowl Story – Using technology to change lives and empower people

In yesterday’s Super Bowl (annual championship game of the National Football League, the highest level of professional American football in the United States) we decided to tell the story of how peoples’ lives can be changed through our technology. This one-minute ad celebrates what technology can do, and is narrated by Steve Gleason, former NFL…


Microsoft Power & Utilities Team at the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference and DistribuTECH this week

The Microsoft Power & Utilities team along with many account and partner teams are in San Antonio Texas this week to attend the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference on 27 – 28 and DistribuTECH on ,28 – 30 January, 2014. We will be available to discuss Microsoft in Power and Utilities, including the smart energy…


New Zealand Power Company Improves Asset Management and Information Access

In our conversations with customers we routinely have a discussion about improving information access. With business truly moving @ the speed of thought and showing no signs of slowing we have to think differently about how we go about solving business problems and providing information access. It’s not surprising that in 1999, Bill Gates wrote…


Utility Week Achievement Awards and Power BI

Last month I spent a week visiting customers and partners in the UK.  December is always special in the UK, as it’s the week of the Utility Week Achievement Awards.  I travel all over the world and I have never seen an event where the Electric, Gas and Water industries come together for what is…


The Business Value of Smart Meters

The deployment of smart meters worldwide continues to accelerate and we have seen estimates of over 200 million being deployed by the end of 2014.  It would probably be an understatement to call this the decade of the smart meter deployments but the question in my mind is whether we can call this the decade…