I hate to say this but barring some retail segments, by most counts the retail industry stumbled during this year’s Black Friday weekend. While the jury is out on whether the industry can pull overall positive sales comp for the 2014 holiday season, consumers stand to benefit as there are plenty of deals to be had out there.
As you will have seen from Owen Sagness’s blog ‘Collaboration between Microsoft and John Lewis sees ‘Monty’s Magical Toy Machine’ come to life’ in our latest venture, the Microsoft’s creative technologists (including myself), worked with John Lewis, Adam and Eve and Manning Gottlieb OMD to create Monty’s Magical Toy Machine, a breakthrough, immersive in-shop experience in the John Lewis flagship store on Oxford Street in London, bringing the iconic John Lewis Christmas campaign to life by enabling toys to come alive using a Kinect 2-enabled 3D interactive.
Convergence 2014 Europe is this week in beautiful Barcelona! The Convergence 2014 agenda focuses on the opportunities for business leaders offered by the Microsoft Cloud for Business. Business applications that simplify and improve business processes are core to Microsoft’s effort to reimagine productivity.
At an event on Monday, October 20 Satya Nadella, CEO, and Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft, talked Microsoft’s approach for delivering the most complete cloud across every business, industry and geography, which is essential in retail.
One of the interesting announcements that came out of Strata+Hadoop World last week was the new machine learning (ML) capabilities in the Azure Marketplace.