Austin Energy and Schneider Electric are working together to implement an advanced distribution management system (ADMS).

Excellent case study article in Smartgridnews on Austin Energy’s quest to build a smart utility and their work with Microsoft Global Alliance partner Schneider Electric. A key piece of this strategy is the implementation an advanced distribution management system (ADMS) from Schneider that combines Distribution Management System (DMS), Outage Management System (OMS) and Distribution Supervisory…

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Rethinking Mobile Possibilities with Avanade’s Windows 8 Enterprise Studio

Avanade’s Windows 8 Enterprise Studio is at the forefront when it comes to building touch applications and proof of concepts on Microsoft Windows 8. Examples include horizontal scenarios and verticals such as energy, communications, banking, insurance, airlines, healthcare and automotive. Windows 8 really does challenge us to re-think the way we work and the work…


Microsoft Announces Enhanced Customer Data Security

Yesterday, we announced three important new steps our company is taking to protect customer data: · Expanding encryption across services. · Reinforcing the legal protections for customer data. · Enhancing the transparency of code, making it easier for governments to reassure themselves that products do not contain backdoors. As a company we are committed to…


Windows 8.1 is a mobile OS

Excellent article on the work that we have done to make Windows 8.1 a significant advancement in mobile technology that goes well beyond a typical x .1 release. Check it out here!  – Jon C. Arnold  

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Information At Your Fingertips

Next week I will be attending and speaking at the OpenText Enterprise World event in Orlando. The theme is the Power of Information which is about how to discover, control, secure, and unleash it so that you can be remarkable – in your role, in your organization, and in your industry. As I started preparing…

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Believe it or not: Bill Gates Unveiled Windows 30 Years Ago Today

I have always been a bit of a technology historian having grown up testing vacuum tubes and stepping on transistors in my dad’s basement. Whether it is Quantum mechanics or Maxwell’s equations I have always had a flare for the opportunities that technology presents for changing the way we live, work and play. Here’s a…

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Goin’ Mobile!

Most readers of this blog know that Mobility has become a widely recognized megatrend—alongside other trends such as social, cloud, and big data that are sweeping the enterprise. The numbers being reported by analysts and the press speak for themselves. People are engaging en masse in mobile computing. They love their mobile devices, and they…


Orbit – A Revolutionary Approach to Mobile Field Data Collection

We have written before about Schneider Electric’s Orbit solution for field inspections here and here.  Now our friends at Schneider have posted a great video that demonstrates the value of Orbit to customers.  I  would strongly encourage you to take a minute and check it out here. Enjoy! – Jon C. Arnold


Schneider Electric Selects Microsoft Windows Azure as Preferred Cloud Platform for StruxureWare

We are delighted Schneider Electric has selected the Windows Azure as their preferred cloud platform for StruxureWare. StruxureWare™ software is a platform of integrated applications and suites that delivers visibility into energy and resource use across an organization. Users can access accurate and actionable data from shop floor to top floor, enabling their companies to…