Microsoft in Discrete Manufacturing

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3.30.2015Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
Hannover Messe 2015 brings the Internet of Things (IoT) to life, and the potential for manufacturing businesses cannot be overstated.
3.27.2015Simon Floyd, Director of Business Development & Strategy, Product Lifecycle Management Solutions
The world of design is an exciting place to be. And for me, to be a part of the technology world bringing forward new innovations for designers themselves is especially rewarding. What they can do now was simply not possible when I was an engineer years ago.
3.19.2015Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
It’s the time of year again, when industry leaders from around the world pack their bags and travel to Hannover, Germany from April 13-17 for one of the world’s largest industrial fairs of the year: Hannover Messe 2015. We are especially looking forward to this year’s event because Microsoft will have a significant presence at the event, with many exciting activities and surprises planned for you!
3.18.2015Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
In today’s mobile-first world, cloud technology on our mobile devices has clearly transformed our personal lives. On the business side of things, a recent Harvard Business Review study sponsored by Microsoft, where manufacturers were among the top three industry respondents, found that cloud, mobile, big data and social technologies are also having a positive impact.
3.13.2015Simon Floyd, Director of Business Development & Strategy, Product Lifecycle Management Solutions, Microsoft
Earlier this week, I held a webcast with our manufacturing customers to share ideas about how they can better design for customers’ needs. While this has always been a priority for product-driven enterprises, it’s much easier said than done, and especially so in today’s digitally-connected world.
3.12.2015Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
As we know, one of the biggest ways manufacturers can continue to innovate and stay ahead is through their data. An IDC survey, commissioned by Microsoft, showed that the manufacturing industry has the most to gain—a whopping $371 billion— from big data’s potential.
3.11.2015Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
It’s an exciting time to be in the automotive industry. Technology innovations connected by the Internet of Things (IoT) have now made it possible for automakers to truly revolutionize how they engage with consumers, changing the relationship between them and with the car itself.
3.10.2015Chris Harries, Automotive Industry Solutions Manager, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing
Well, it’s a little more than a month after the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Expo 2015, which brought in more than 23,000 people from 53 different countries. It was one of the busiest shows on record, driven by the continued strength of the industry in the U.S., where retail sales are forecasted to exceed 17M units this year.
3.9.2015Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
Industrial manufacturers are certainly recognizing the urgency to do more with their data.
3.6.2015Enrique Andaluz, Director Strategic Business Development, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Microsoft
ast month, we talked about the transformation of the industrial technology platform and discussed that by connecting smart products and using big data, customer analytics, and social technologies, manufacturers are gaining a deeper understanding about how customers are using their products
3.4.2015Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
I invite you to join our team here at Microsoft as we continue to explore the new connected world of the Internet of Things (IoT) – and what this means for your business. First, we will be hosting a webinar on March 10 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time to talk about how to modernize your product design and development strategies through connected product innovation.
3.2.2015Simon Floyd
In today’s hyper-connected world, change has certainly become the new constant. To keep pace with rapidly-changing customer and market needs, product-driven enterprises need to be able to listen, adapt and grow at the speed of a networked world.
2.27.2015Rohit Bhargava, CTO, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
As businesses work to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs and expectations of consumers, many are calling the customer experience the next competitive battleground.
2.25.2015Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
If you didn’t tune in, that was the on-screen copy for the 2015 Dodge Super Bowl commercial, celebrating the automaker’s 100th birthday. And when you think of the innovation in industrial manufacturing over the last century, this certainly rings true for the industry as a whole.
1.29.2015Indranil Sircar, Director, Industry Technology Strategy, Discrete Manufacturing, Microsoft
In my last blog, I talked about how our hyper-connected world has changed how manufacturing employees need and expect to work. Now I want to focus on the consumer side of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Smart Home, and what that means for manufacturers.
1.23.2015Enrique Andaluz, Director Strategic Business Development, WW Discrete Manufacturing, Microsoft
In my previous blog post, I talked about the three areas of change that industrial manufacturers need to understand in order to take advantage of the opportunities of a connected world to create unprecedented business value: the technology aspect, the morphing of business practices, and the interconnecting of things, people and services. Today, I’d like to talk more about the technology side of things.
1.22.2015Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
In part two of my three-part Internet of Things (IoT) series, I next take a deeper look at the potential of IoT for high-tech & electronics manufacturing.
1.8.2015Chris Harries, Automotive Industry Solutions Manager, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Microsoft
I was fortunate to be invited by one of our customers to discuss what it means to enable great auto buying experiences while walking around – and climbing over – the new structure for a brand new auto dealership property being constructed here in Seattle.
1.5.2015Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
Last month, I talked about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the four key areas where IoT can unlock the most business value and new revenue growth opportunities for manufacturers. In this next post, I want to continue my discussion on IoT in a three-part segment series, first taking a deeper look at its potential for the automotive industry.
12.19.2014Simon Floyd, Director of Business Development & Strategy, Product Lifecycle Management Solutions, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Microsoft
Designing for customers’ needs has always been a priority for product-driven enterprises, but it’s much easier said than done, and especially so in today’s digitally-connected world. Customers have more information, more options, and evolving behaviors about what they buy—and how. Consumers expect innovative solutions rather than just clever or well-designed products. With customers now looking for solutions, what is the answer to staying relevant and keeping pace?
12.18.2014Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
Learning from our manufacturing customers is one of the highlights of my work here at Microsoft. They are on the front lines, taking the latest insights, ideas, and technology and creating amazing solutions that drive customer value. Recently we shared two such customer stories on an interactive webcast where we discussed how the power of Microsoft Azure and the Internet of Things (IoT) are advancing manufacturing businesses.
12.8.2014Rohit Bhargava, CTO, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
With an always-on connection, consumer expectations have drastically changed when it comes to their vehicle—from their shopping and ownership experiences to the very essence of the automobile as it becomes an extension to their digitally-connected lifestyle.
12.4.2014Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
Have you heard about the Internet of Things—or IoT—but not sure what it means for your business? IoT is about helping you create new value and services for your customers that ultimately lead to new business opportunities and revenue streams. It is here to stay and offers you amazing opportunities to transform your business.
12.1.2014Chris Harries, Automotive Industry Solutions Manager, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Microsoft
We all know that competition in the automotive industry is fierce. By our research, around two-thirds of car buying activities is happening online before anyone puts a foot inside a dealership showroom.
11.24.2014Susan Hauser, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
During the last few months, I have had the opportunity to meet with many customers and partners around the world during my field visits and as a host in our Executive Briefing Center in Redmond, WA.
11.24.2014Indranil Sircar, Director, Industry Technology Strategy, Discrete Manufacturing, Microsoft
In our mobile-first, cloud-first world we are always connected, always “on.” The pace of business is faster than ever before—and accelerating.
11.20.2014Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
Forward-thinking manufacturers are transforming their businesses. At the center of their quest is data. Why? The business opportunities of big data are big!
11.18.2014Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
As worldwide demand for cloud computing continues to rise, Microsoft is investing to meet this demand. At a recent event in San Francisco, our CEO Satya Nadella outlined how Microsoft is using Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics to deliver the most complete cloud for every business, industry and geography.
11.14.2014Enrique Andaluz, Microsoft business development director, worldwide Discrete Manufacturing
A complex manufacturing revolution is happening today. “Can systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) be simple?” is a question that I often get. Let’s think through it…
11.10.2014Simon Floyd, Director of Business Development & Strategy, Product Lifecycle Management Solutions, Worldwide Discrete Manufacturing, Microsoft
Microsoft recently shared its first sneak peek at the product direction for the Windows operating system and the upcoming release of Windows 10.
11.3.2014Sanjay Ravi, Managing Director, Discrete Manufacturing, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft
Across the globe every day, businesses are connecting their things and harnessing their data to create powerful new business value.
9.19.2014Simon Floyd, Director, Business Development & Strategy, Product Lifecycle Management Solutions
Today, at the JT Open International Conference in Tokyo, I shared details about the overall performance of 3D Viewer for JT and JT2Go for Windows 8, how they are used with the assistance of ATK Aerospace and demonstrated a few of the exciting new features targeted for a future release of JT2Go.
9.15.2014Simon Floyd, Director, Business Development & Strategy, Product Lifecycle Management Solutions
At the 2014 JT Open International Conference in Tokyo, Japan, I will have the pleasure of reporting the progress made by Siemens PLM and Microsoft to enable JT (ISO 14306:2012) for mobility business processes. To help bring this progress to life, I will have the privilege of sharing ATK Aerospace experience with Surface Pro and JT2Go for Windows 8 for shop floor processes where product manufacturing information (PMI) is essential.
9.3.2014
With city populations exploding, city planners and builders have critical problems to solve. To make room for 3 billion people to live, work and play, planners know that the best direction to go is up.
5.13.2014Sanjay Ravi, Worldwide Managing Director, Discrete Manufacturing Industry: Automotive, Aerospace, High Tech & Electronics, and Industrial
There are a lot of tires on an 18-wheeler. Big ones, too. Monitoring their wear and tear, having them maintained and replaced is a big job for trucking companies.
4.3.2014Indranil Sircar, Director, Industry Technology Strategy, Manufacturing
Manufacturing Industry is undergoing significant transformation driven by consumers, connected experience, changing demographics and globalization among others.
4.1.2014Chris Harries, Industry Solution Manager – Automotive Industry
On April 1st, Microsoft, along with partners PowerObjects and Saphran Solutions, will host a webcast where we will discuss the challenges faced by automotive suppliers and demonstrate a new PowerObjects/Saphran solution.
3.12.2014
Today's manufacturing enterprises must move faster and make decisions more rapidly in a highly complex and uncertain environment filled with more data but less insight. In general, lean concepts have not been applied to information sharing and communications processes on the factory floor, leaving a great deal of process latency still to be removed.
2.18.2014Sanjay Ravi
We all know that the trends of big data, cloud computing, social media, and mobile computing are going to impact businesses, but what we often need are some concrete examples and dialogue around how these trends will reshape the way that manufacturers will innovate, perform, and grow. The Manufacturing Innovation Summit hosted by Microsoft will cover these topics.
12.23.2013Prime Magazine - winter 2013
Sanjay Ravi at Microsoft explains how the four big technology shifts are driving business transformation in discrete manufacturing. Imagine a business environment for manufacturers where underlying pressures like globalisation, shifting demographics, a complex regulatory environment, and increasing demands from connected consumers suddenly ease up or go way. That’s just not going to happen.
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