• Create the Internet of Your Things

    When trillions of things can be connected, which things should you connect?

    Empower your business and gain a competitive edge by connecting data from devices and sensors with the cloud and business intelligence tools.

    • The Internet of Things is here today—and it starts with what matters most to you
    • Optimize key areas of your business to help it thrive, starting small for big impact
    • Harness a broad platform, services and ecosystem to transform your business

Welcome to the Internet of Your Things

  • Create the Internet of Your Things

    When trillions of things can be connected, which things should you connect?

    Empower your business and gain a competitive edge by connecting data from devices and sensors with the cloud and business intelligence tools from Microsoft. The Internet of Things is here today—and it starts with your things.

Welcome to the Internet of Your Things

Small things have the potential for big impact

The Internet of Things promises vast opportunities, but it also poses challenges for businesses that seek to take action and realize tangible results as it can seem overwhelming, complicated and expensive. Microsoft can help enterprises drive business value while building on existing technology assets, devices and data. Microsoft, along with its partner ecosystem, has the devices, the services and the cloud to help you take advantage of IOT.

IOT promises vast opportunities, but it can also seem overwhelming, complicated and expensive. Microsoft can help enterprises drive business value while starting small and building on existing technology assets, devices and data.

When anything is possible, where do you begin?

The Internet of Things is the subject of hype, and of vast projections: According to McKinsey Global Institute, the Internet of Things has the potential to create an economic impact of $2.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion annually by 2025 (McKinsey Global Institute, Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy, May 2013).

The Internet of Things is not a futuristic, aspirational technology trend. It’s here today in the devices, sensors, cloud infrastructure, and data and business intelligence tools you are already using. Rather than thinking about the Internet of Things in terms of everything–such as billions of devices and sensors–focus on what matters most to you. Instead of thinking about the massive amount of data being produced, think about how one piece of data can provide value to your business.

Microsoft delivers a unique, integrated approach that allows enterprises to capitalize on the Internet of Things by gathering, storing and processing data. This approach extends from a broad product portfolio for a range of PCs, tablets and industry devices on the edge of enterprise networks, to developer tools, backend systems and services, and a diverse partner ecosystem.

When connected line-of-business (LoB) assets–from sensors to industry devices–extend Windows across an enterprise’s infrastructure to the network edge, and the breadth of Microsoft’s data platform is harnessed, your business can capitalize on new intelligence and opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.

Read Microsoft's white paper and learn how the Internet of Your Things can help make your business thriveView the infographic to see how connecting devices and tapping into data can transform your business

When anything is possible, where do you begin?

IoT is the subject of much-hyped projections. But IoT is not a futuristic technology trend; it’s here today in the devices, sensors, cloud infrastructure, data and business intelligence tools you are already using. Rather than thinking about IoT in terms of billions of devices and sensors, focus on the things that matter most to you.

Read Microsoft’s white paper View the infographic

Ten reasons your business needs a strategy to capitalize on the
Internet of Things today

Ten reasons your business needs an IoT strategy today

The Internet of Things is not a futuristic technology trend: it’s here today, and it starts with your things—your devices and sensors, the data they produce, your cloud services and business intelligence tools.That’s the Internet of Your Things. By implementing a strategy to capitalize on the Internet of Things, you can stop just running your business and start making it thrive.

The Internet of Things is not a futuristic technology trend: it’s here today, and it starts with your things — your devices and sensors, the data they produce, your cloud services, and business intelligence tools. By implementing an IoT strategy, you can stop just running your business and start making it thrive.

1.

Get a jump start on your competition

Get a jump start on your competition

Cut a food-service inspection process in half. Give doctors and nurses access to patient records in a fraction of the time. Enable online grocery shopping with one-hour delivery. Microsoft customers are already taking advantage of the Internet of Things by connecting their devices to create new insights from data that help them transform their business. It’s time to create an Internet of Things strategy so your business can lead, instead of fighting to catch up.

Cut a food-service inspection process in half. Give doctors access to patient records in a fraction of the time. Microsoft customers are already taking advantage of IoT by connecting their devices to create new insights from data. It’s time to create an IoT strategy so your business can lead, instead of fighting to catch up.

2.

Get more out of your existing IT assets

Get more out of your existing IT assets

Start with your existing IT assets and build upon them. Add a few new devices, connect them to the cloud, and enable them to talk to each other, to your employees and to customers. Transform your business by utilizing the data those devices generate with business intelligence tools to have deeper insight into what your customers and employees want and need.

Start with your existing IT assets, add a few new devices, connect them to the cloud, and enable them to talk to each other, to your employees, and to customers. Utilize the data those devices generate with business intelligence tools to gain insight into what your customers and employees want and need.

3.

Enable small changes to make a big impact

Enable small changes to make a big impact

The Internet of Your Things starts with identifying the one process, product line or location that matters most to you, then making small changes for big impact. Connect robots on the factory floor with backend systems and create a production line with more continuous uptime. Add expiration dates to the data set for pharmacy inventory and save thousands of dollars in wasted medications. Connect one handheld device to your inventory system; suddenly, you’ve got real-time customer service on the sales floor. The Internet of Things doesn’t have to be overwhelming—a few key improvements can make a big difference.

The Internet of Your Things starts with identifying the one process, product line or location that matters most to you, then making small changes for big impact. IoT doesn’t have to be overwhelming—a few key improvements can make a big difference.

4.

Become more efficient

Become more efficient

Connecting devices and systems can help you shave minutes from a user’s login process, hours from restocking inventory, or days from routine system upgrades and enhancements. When data flows seamlessly between devices and through the cloud, you can access and use it more efficiently than ever before. That means spending less time pulling reports, and more time creating new services and products based on your new insights.

When data flows seamlessly between devices and through the cloud, you can access and use it more efficiently than ever before. That means spending less time pulling reports, and more time creating new services and products based on your new insights.

5.

Discover new ways to delight your customers

Discover new ways to delight your customers

From the least-used fitting room in the store to the keywords that drive the strongest coupon sales, every piece of data is a clue to the products and experiences your customers are seeking. Visualize emerging patterns and predict behavior to anticipate trends and give your customers what they want, before they even know they want it.

From the least-used fitting room in the store to the keywords that drive the strongest coupon sales, every piece of data is a clue to the products and experiences your customers are seeking. Visualize emerging patterns and predict behavior to anticipate trends and give your customers what they want.

6.

Open up new business opportunities

Open up new business opportunities

Connecting devices, data and people gives you faster processes and fresh insight, resulting in new business opportunities. Combining GPS with automated kiosks and RFID-enabled check-in lets motorists join a car sharing service and drive away in minutes. Automating the stonecutting process frees up craftsmen to meet increased demand without sacrificing quality. The insights you get from your data help you see new possibilities.

Connecting devices, data and people gives you faster processes and fresh insight, resulting in new business opportunities. The insights you get from your data help you see new possibilities.

7.

Increase agility

Increase agility

Data insights can help you respond more quickly to competition, supply chain changes, customer demand and changing market conditions. Collecting and analyzing data gives you quick insight into trends, so you can change your production activity, fine-tune your maintenance schedule or find less expensive materials. With the Internet of Things, you can spend less time wondering and more time taking action.

Data insights can help you respond more quickly to competition, customer demands and changing market conditions. Data gives you insight into trends, so you can change your production activity or find less expensive materials. With IoT, you can spend less time wondering and more time taking action.

8.

Build the ability to scale

Build the ability to scale

New ideas are born when you work with new partners, new technologies, new devices and new data streams. You suddenly put your employees and technology to work together in ways never before imagined. New data opportunities let you shift your focus from repairing machines to fine-tuning their performance over the long term. Comparing results from different store locations lets you identify the most successful services and roll them out nationwide. The Internet of Things lets you scale from the smallest data point to global deployments.

New ideas are born when you work with new partners, new technologies, new devices, and new data streams. You suddenly put your employees and technology to work together in ways never before imagined. The Internet of Things lets you scale from the smallest data point to global deployments.

9.

Get your devices to start talking

Get your devices to start talking

Devices have the potential to say a lot, but only if there’s someone, or something, on the other end to engage, react and listen. Sensors can tell your distribution center systems which merchandise routes are plagued with delays. Machine-generated data can tell your operations teams which remote service kiosks will need repairs the soonest. From sensors to handheld scanners to surgical instruments, the devices in your business can create efficiency and insight, if you enable them to talk to each other, your employees and customers.

Devices have the potential to say a lot, but only if there’s someone or something on the other end to engage, react and listen. From sensors to handheld scanners to surgical instruments, the devices in your business can create efficiency and insight, if you enable them to talk to each other, your employees, and customers.

10.

Transform your business

Transform your business

When you have a strategy in place to take advantage of the Internet of Things—and you partner with the one company that can provide the right platforms, services and tools—you can transform your business in real time. Microsoft and its partners have the technology and the experience to help you put the Internet of Things to work in your business today, so you can stop just running your business, and start making it thrive.

When you have an IoT strategy — and you team up with the one company that can provide the right platforms, services, tools, and partners — you can transform your business. Microsoft has the technology and experience to help you put IoT to work today, so you can stop just running your business, and start making it thrive.

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Create the Internet of Your Things with intelligent systems

Microsoft delivers a unique, integrated approach for enterprises to capitalize on the Internet of Things by gathering, storing and processing data. This approach extends from our breadth product portfolio for a range of PCs, tablets and industry devices on the edge of enterprise networks, the powerful new Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service, developer tools, backend systems and a diverse ecosystem. Spanning from small connected sensors to rich industry devices, these intelligent systems help enterprises harness the trusted Windows platform to gather data from the edge of the network, process it with Microsoft’s data platform and serve it securely through engaging applications that drive real-time analysis and actionable opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. It’s all possible through technology innovations that leverage the vast potential of data.

Whether digital signs or point-of-service (POS) terminals in a store environment, industry handheld devices, robots on the manufacturing floor, or thin client devices in hospitals, Windows-based devices within intelligent systems transform business intelligence that can be used to grow, expand and streamline operations, and improve customer, employee and partner interactions.

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Create the Internet of Your Things with intelligent systems

Microsoft delivers a unique, integrated approach for enterprises to capitalize on IoT by gathering, storing and processing data through intelligent systems. Extending from our product portfolio for PCs, tablets and industry devices, to developer tools, backend systems and services, and a diverse ecosystem, intelligent systems help enterprises harness the trusted Windows platform to gather data, process it with Microsoft’s data platform and serve it securely through engaging applications that drive valuable, real-time business insights.

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