The device manufacturing supply chain at Microsoft involves many partners around the world. Our supply chain team found that its system lacked scalability and end-to-end visibility, and integrating new partners was slow and expensive. We transformed the supply chain system with serverless computing and microservices in Azure, and created an integrated platform that provides high availability, visibility, scalability, easy onboarding for partners, and cost-effective operations.
At Microsoft, we’re using Azure IoT Suite and Power BI to transform our hardware manufacturing and supply chain in three phases. The first brings together data from disparate sources in common reports that provide people with the right data about manufacturing trends. The second phase uses data for predictive insights about our operations. Going forward, we’ll integrate machine learning into our processes, for even more efficiency and cost savings.
Moving the company’s revenue reporting platform to Microsoft Azure is giving Core Services Engineering (formerly Microsoft IT) the opportunity to redesign the platform’s infrastructure and functionality. With the major components in Azure, we’ve already seen how Spark Streaming and Azure Data Factory have made dramatic improvements in the platform’s performance and scalability. As our journey to host this solution in Azure continues, we’re finding new ways to improve it with Azure capabilities.
Core Services Engineering (formerly Microsoft IT) uses Application Insights, Log Analytics, and Azure Automation to monitor system health and usage, policy compliance, and security in our Azure and on-premises environments. We’ve created guidance for deploying Azure-based monitoring that gives our internal business groups effective cloud-based, automated monitoring across Azure tenants, subscriptions, and resource groups. It’s a scalable, reliable solution that provides a holistic view of our workspaces and visibility into app functionality and performance.
Microsoft is a technology partner for Modern Muse, a UK-based organization that inspires career development for girls. Recently, Microsoft IT migrated the Modern Muse platform from Amazon Web Services to Azure. We successfully moved the open source codebase and components into a scalable and flexible platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution with minimal code changes. Integrating Visual Studio Team Services helps manage Modern Muse development with Agile methodology such as continuous integration and continuous deployment.
Sometimes, IT and business leaders must decide whether to build a new app or modify an existing one. Valuable development time can be wasted if a solution is already available. To make it easy to find useful apps, Microsoft created AppSource, which contains more than 500 apps, content packs, add-ins, and extensions that enhance and extend proven Microsoft solutions. AppSource apps work with Dynamics 365, Power BI, Office 365, and Azure. It’s a cost-effective, turnkey solution that’s helping us—and our customers—accelerate digital transformation.