Making IoT a reality today
For Lee, Microsoft’s vision is to help companies thrive by delivering open, scalable platforms and services that any company, whether start-ups or the most established global enterprises, can use to create new value, right now.
Over the last 12 months, Microsoft has accelerated the roll out of its IoT portfolio to support market demands.
“Over the past 12 months Microsoft has been steadily adding new capabilities to Microsoft Azure IoT services to enable customers to build IoT solutions, this includes machine learning and Azure Stream Analytics,” Lee adds.
“Azure Stream Analytics allows for complex event processing while Microsoft Azure Machine Learning drastically simplifies the implementation of machine learning algorithms – effectively enabling a simple one click approach to deploying application program interfaces (APIs).”
Most recently Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, at Microsoft Convergence 2015, an integrated offering that takes relevant Azure capabilities to help businesses connect, manage and analyse all of their “things.”
Available in preview later this year, Lee says this new offering will provide businesses with finished applications targeting common IoT scenarios - such as remote monitoring, asset management and predictive maintenance - to simplify deployment and provide the ability to scale their solution to millions of “things” over time.
Enabling an IoT ecosystem in Asia
Software and services are just one part of the equation however, with Lee addeding that Microsoft is moving to enable a partner ecosystem for IoT application and adoption very quickly.
“We offer Microsoft Azure IoT services, but we need customers and partners to build on top of that to truly enable customers to unlock great value from their Internet connected things,” he adds.
“Microsoft is working to prepare the local partner ecosystems for rapidly increasing demand for IoT.”
One such example would be the Microsoft Quick Start consultations.
Under the program Microsoft is working with select partners to provide free half-day consultations to qualifying enterprise customers.
Through these sessions, Lee says customers learn more about IoT and how they can be applied to their business priorities.