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Core Banking Software Provider Moves Flagship Offering to the Cloud and Opens New Markets
3M Speeds Mobile-App Development and Gains Real-Time Insight with Cloud Solution
Skanska USA Accelerates Jobsite Monitoring Innovation with Cloud Platform
Movie Streaming Business Uses Cloud Service to Save Millions of Dollars, Scale Quickly
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UK Retailer Uses Cloud Services to Quickly Scale Major TV and Social Media Campaigns
Xerox Empowers and Educates Global Employees with Cloud-Based, Mobile Video Solution
Leading Healthcare Company Offers Healthcare Analytics on the Microsoft Cloud Platform
ATM Manufacturer Quickly Creates ATM Management Solution Using Cloud Resources
At a strategy session, ICICI Lombard outlined the need to meet peak loads without increasing the data center footprint or budget. It also predicted that the public cloud would become commonplace. To test this out, in the first phase, it migrated its test and development environment for 17 key applications to Microsoft Azure. Immediately, it eliminated 35 servers. As the landscape transforms, it will be able to deliver new exciting apps almost instantly. ICICI Lombard is happy with the development maturity achieved.
Moderna Therapeutics is a biotech company working to create new medicines through its revolutionary messenger RNA (mRNA) Therapeutics platform. It uses Microsoft Office 365 business productivity tools to build an agile, flexible, and collaborative ecosystem of Moderna teams and partners to accelerate innovation in mRNA research and development.
Convergent Computing (CCO) helps enterprise companies operate their IT infrastructures more efficiently and strategically. It recommends the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 data center solutions to customers who want to implement a flexible hybrid cloud environment and save money. By using data security and device management improvements in Microsoft cloud software, CCO customers can empower their employees to use personal devices at work without concern for data security.
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FCB Ulka adopted the latest cloud-computing trend and transformed the organization as business and data volumes grew. It opted for a hybrid cloud storage solution featuring StorSimple and Microsoft Azure. While these resulted in greater business agility, the solution also offers endless scalability as it reduces SAN storage costs by 40 percent.
G7 CR Technologies India Pvt Ltd
G7 CR Technologies has developed a cloud-based, Human Resources and People Appreciation (HAPA) app. Powered by Microsoft Windows Azure, the world's fastest growing cloud solution; it provides comprehensive, cost-effective HR management. In 24 months, it has added 450 clients, who can now focus on business goals rather than running HR processes. It aims to add 10,000 such customers in the next 12 months, without worrying about scalability, storage or performance for itself or its customers.
For fast growing professional and managed services provider Ensyst, business is all about adding value to its customers, and the cloud provides the perfect vehicle.
In order to improve productivity and enable higher-value creation, Microsoft Services completely rearchitected its knowledge collaboration platform and moved it into the cloud with Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint Online. The 21,000 Microsoft Services division employees now have easier access to reusable knowledge, and can quickly create and share project portals that include powerful built-in document management and social communication tools.
Managing costs and driving revenue is no longer enough. As software applications and IT services provider Readify attests, innovation is crucial and Microsoft Azure is an integral element.
Xbox has grown far beyond its gaming console roots to include multiplayer online gaming, TV and movie streaming, video sharing, and music streaming services. To meet the business’s voracious appetite for storage and computing power, Xbox runs many cloud services in Microsoft Azure. With Azure, Xbox gains compute and storage scalability, resource availability to ensure uninterrupted play, the ability to deliver new features faster, and the freedom to keep its services fresh and competitive.
Millions of asthma sufferers worldwide depend on Aerocrine monitoring devices to diagnose and treat their disease effectively. But those devices are sensitive to small changes in ambient environment. That’s why Aerocrine is using a cloud analytics solution to boost reliability.
Many Capgemini customers are eager to embrace cloud computing but are challenged by legal regulations and data security concerns. Capgemini is using the Microsoft Cloud Platform System powered by Dell to give customers a way to quickly deploy private clouds and gain an easy path to the Microsoft Azure public cloud. Customers can get into the cloud in weeks instead of months while meeting regulatory requirements, which dramatically speeds up their pace of innovation and transformation.
GE Healthcare, a division of General Electric, provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. The company wanted a more flexible, scalable platform for delivering applications healthcare providers worldwide rely on. To meet its goals, it pursued a cross-platform cloud strategy and decided to deploy multiple applications on Microsoft Azure.
Aston Martin wanted to improve business continuity and build a remote secondary data center. To support these goals, it chose a Windows Server 2012 R2 disaster recovery and multisite replication solution and a Windows Azure-based management console. With this fully automated, easily managed solution, Aston Martin expects to quickly restore IT applications and services, reducing planned and unplanned downtime from days to hours.
Bamboozle, a Dubai-based cloud and IT services provider strengthens its foothold in Mauritius, one of the largest IT markets in Africa, by offering a local telecom provider an Azure-based cloud platform from which to launch new services and attract new business. The move deepens Bamboozle’s relationship with the telco and sets it up to win further business in the region with Azure.
To meet customer demand, AppPoint wanted to provide a cloud-based version of its process automation platform that would integrate with customers’ existing systems. The company migrated to Microsoft Azure and developed an automated artwork management system for a customer in eight weeks. AppPoint lowered the barrier for customer adoption, reached new markets, and is releasing 20 more cloud-based solutions.
Software developer App Dynamic offers mobile applications for global customers. In response to a growing number of users downloading its AirServer application, the company wanted a better ability to scale the website that hosts its popular app. After migrating its product websites to Windows Azure Cloud Services, App Dynamic can easily scale to support thousands of additional users and deliver customers faster downloads. Also, the company saves money and gains flexibility by having a hybrid solution.
Autocosmos.com is an auto shopping and information website that serves Hispanic America. It wanted to grow its business but urgently needed to increase server scalability to handle traffic spikes. The company is progressively moving its entire business to Windows Azure to gain the scalability it needs to form new partnerships and offer cloud-based web services to car dealers. Autocosmos expects to halve its hosting costs and free the IT staff to support business growth.
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The job-listing Web site OCCMundial.com connects job seekers with opportunities and optimizes hiring processes for businesses. Headquartered in Mexico City, OCCMundial.com helps to fill more than 600,000 positions a year in Mexican and international job markets. To provide better value to its customers, the company developed a recommendation system it calls OCCMatch to match job openings to candidate resumes.
With a name like Kloud it’s no wonder the fast-growing company sees the huge business benefits that come through the cloud and Microsoft Azure.
WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems
WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems, a leader in technology-advanced, eco-friendly laundry room services, is growing rapidly and using technology in novel ways to power that growth. It’s using Microsoft Office 365 to analyze data from 500,000 washers and dryers and make fast, fact-based decisions on pricing and service. It’s integrating acquisitions twice as fast and using social networking to maintain the company’s culture. With flexible licensing, WASH is also saving money.
Situated on the cutting edge of new commerce, Carsales.com.au handles 12 billion images a month through its Azure enabled image infrastructure. And the beauty is that it is scalable.
When IT services firm Dilignet looked ahead it realised that the opportunities available through the cloud meant that change was essential. This is how one company assured its own future.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Australia’s leading provider of integrated financial services, including retail, premium, business and institutional banking, funds management, superannuation, insurance, investment and share-broking products and services. The Group is one of the largest listed companies on the Australian Securities Exchange and is included in the Morgan Stanley Capital Global Index.
The mobile app Sleeve Music is becoming an international sensation, thanks to the vision and talent of the savvy developers at Orange Tribes and their use of Microsoft Azure. When they needed scalability, they turned to Azure Mobile Services. When they needed more scalability at lower cost, Microsoft helped them devise a cache-based architecture. The move to Azure Mobile Services was fast, too; Orange Tribes implemented it in one day.
Sitecore is dedicated to helping its customers better help their customers. A partnership with Microsoft is helping drive that ambition.
Janison, an education ISV based in the NSW coastal city of Coffs Harbour, sees the cloud as the type of disruptive technology that enables it to compete with the big international players.
AXA Seguros, part of AXA Group, is an insurance company that strives to deliver superior customer service, which is critical for success in this industry. The company is replacing an inefficient, manual, claims-management system with one based on the Windows Azure platform. AXA Seguros experienced simplified development and deployment, was able to focus its efforts on business logic rather than technology, and avoided capital expenses.
AGC AusGroup wanted to preserve its expensive storage area networks (SANs) for production storage and find a cheaper solution for archived and infrequently used data. It deployed hybrid cloud storage from Microsoft based on StorSimple and Windows Azure to avoid storage expenses worth US$275,000 and reduce storage management time. AGC can scale storage instantly and affordably and can add another StorSimple unit to gain faster disaster recovery.
Head-quartered in Brisbane – with additional offices in the UK and US – Centium Software is one of the private preview customers for Microsoft’s Australian Azure Geos. With over 20 years’ experience in developing event management software, Centium Software is focused on leading innovation and coming up with new ways to solve complex problems, something the new Microsoft Azure Geos will help it to achieve.
Temenos, a global banking software provider, wanted to build a cloud-based version of its on-premises T24 core banking application to give customers functionality in the cloud. By developing its new version on the Microsoft Azure platform, Temenos can offer cloud banking capabilities to companies that have traditionally used on-premises solutions, and it can help them meet strict security and compliance requirements. Also, Temenos customers can quickly access the cloud version of T24, and they have more flexibility.
Summit Data Corp. (SDC) develops mobile applications and other solutions. SDC wanted to expand its business by building new interactive, social, scalable mobile apps for the fitness market. Using Windows Azure Mobile Services, the company created new mobile apps for winter-sports and summer-sports enthusiasts. These new apps connect athletes with their friends and instructors and can easily scale to support hundreds of thousands of new users.
Pier 1 Imports
Retailer Pier 1 Imports wanted to better connect with its customers using insights and data. To do that, the company took to the cloud to pilot a predictive analytics solution based on Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Microsoft Power BI. As a result of the pilot, Pier 1 Imports may use data insights to predict which products customers will want in the future, create a dynamic website using predictive modelling and create more efficient and effective marketing campaigns.
AccuWeather, a leading provider of weather forecasts worldwide, needed a better solution for handling more than 4 billion daily data requests. To increase scalability, the company is delivering content from the cloud on the Windows Azure platform. As a result, the company has accelerated times for development and proofs of concept without worrying about provisioning infrastructure. It has also gained on-demand scalability, improved access to real-time weather data, and cut IT costs by up to 40 percent.
Microsoft Partner Network member ODC, in Istanbul, Turkey, creates messaging products that companies use to successfully market to customers and connect with employees. To better meet increases in demand that strain hosting servers, ODC created its new product SmartMessage Lite by using Windows Azure, which helped improve scalability, increase availability, and provide a smart solution for small and midsize customers.
Festival Internacional Cervantino
Sponsored by Conaculta, the Mexican Ministry of Culture, the Festival Internacional Cervantino (FIC) is the most important performing arts festival in Latin America. For 2010, the FIC organizers wanted a website that could affordably deliver on-demand media and manage peak demands. The FIC decided to build its site in the cloud, on the Windows Azure platform. Technology partner emLink developed the site, which uses Microsoft Silverlight to incorporate rich-media features.
In a fast-moving world, talent rights company Talentpay was facing with dramatically increased and more complex workloads. They found their answer in the cloud.
Trion, an employee benefits consultant, was eager to switch from GoldMine to Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Not wanting to burden its overtaxed IT staff, Trion engaged with Neudesic, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, to help it deploy Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in a matter of weeks. Today, Trion is pumping rich account data all over the company and has doubled efficiency, improved business insight, lowered costs, and improved its marketing.
ABM is one of the largest facility solutions providers in the United States with more than 350 offices, and the IT staff was challenged to deliver and manage IT services everywhere they were needed. ABM upgraded to the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 to gain more automation in managing its VMware virtualization. By using Microsoft cloud software, ABM is able to deliver IT services much faster to the rapidly growing business.
Accelera Solutions wanted to help customers take fuller advantage of Microsoft Azure and give them a simple way to connect their own datacenters to Azure datacenters in support of a hybrid cloud model. Accelera is using Equinix datacenters and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to provide this private, high-speed link and offer custom, hybrid cloud solutions that customers can deploy and scale rapidly. Customers enjoy a more secure connection to Azure and reduced costs.
Blogging is more important than ever at Microsoft, where the company’s blogs are now used to make major product announcements and disseminate other news. So when Microsoft sought a new blogging environment, it wanted the best option—whether that option was one of its own products or not. Ultimately, it chose the highly popular, open-source WordPress. For the hosting platform to support it, Microsoft again sought the best option, no matter who offered it. It didn’t have far to look—Microsoft Azure Websites.
Tailored client services and innovation is the mantra at professional services firm BDO and the hybrid cloud is helping them deliver on both counts.
iCareHealth provides healthcare software which helps community and residential care providers to better support aged care consumers and operate more efficiently. The company’s products span clinical and care management, medication management, home care management, mobile care workers, online care and staff.
IT services provider LG CNS wanted to sell solutions for healthcare to small nursing homes and assisted care facilities in the United States. The Korean company determined that such small operations in the US lack technical staff and budget to support traditional IT infrastructures. So it decided to host the infrastructure for its solutions in the cloud by using Windows Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Now the company is delivering affordable IT solutions in the US and is positioned to enter more new markets.
Sage, a leading global supplier of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business solutions, wanted a new, flexible delivery model that could be easily customized for individual customers and markets. The company decided to migrate its ERP offerings for small businesses to the Microsoft Azure platform. By implementing cloud-based services, the company has cut deployment time, reduced IT costs, improved scalability, and increased access to ERP tools and data for employees at all levels of the organization.
Universidad Anáhuac Mayab
Universidad Anáhuac Mayab struggled to maintain reliable IT services in the face of unreliable electrical power. It decided to make a strategic shift to the cloud, beginning with Microsoft Office 365 for communications services. It used Microsoft Azure to create a single sign-on capability to simplify application access and credentials management. The university has eliminated up to 16 hours of downtime each month and given students easy access to Microsoft Office from any device, all while reducing IT work.
deltatre won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Not on the field, of course, but in the category of sophisticated multiple live streaming and video on demand. FIFA wanted to offer its licensees the most sophisticated second-screen experience possible—and it did. The deltatre Diva player was instrumental in meeting that goal, as was the company’s use of Microsoft Azure Media Services.
SK Telecom, a South Korean telecommunications service provider, wanted to use its extensive experience in mobile network technology to move into a global market. It built an indoor location-based services (ILBS) solution for mobile devices called Wizturn that runs in the Microsoft Azure cloud-computing environment. Customers can connect to virtual machines and data storage resources from anywhere in the world, and they can scale those resources according to their needs.
Mural.ly is a website where creative teams share ideas and collaborate on projects. Its management team wanted to increase the site’s scalability, and it needed to deploy up to 20 code updates each day. Mural.ly implemented its solution on Microsoft Azure Web Sites, which helps the site scale to thousands of new users daily and enables Mural.ly to deploy updates in seconds. With Azure Web Sites, developers spend more time creating features, and Mural.ly uses the platform’s scalability to attract larger customers.
Ocean Informatics has a vision of a new way in healthcare, where technology totally transforms the patient, clinician and organisational experience. Discover how that vision is becoming reality.
Esri, a geographic information system (GIS) solution provider, wanted to increase the scalability of its core solution using cloud technology to meet customer needs. It also wanted to address demands for easier analytical capabilities. In response, Esri developed ArcGIS Online, based on the Windows Azure cloud platform. Now, customers can implement a highly scalable cloud solution that offers access to real-time data, simplifies business intelligence (BI) processes, and delivers solutions more easily.
Ehime Prefecture and Microsoft Japan have developed a unique ‘cycling paradise’ to revitalize local communities and improve technology literacy among citizens. Both have created Ehime Marugoto Cycling Roads, consisting of twenty-six maintained cycling courses. An interactive user information service along the courses sends feedback from cyclists and local citizens to the prefecture's blogs, as well as to sites such as YouTube and Facebook, enabled by a Microsoft Azure public cloud and Wi-Fi network.
Dillon Gage, one of the largest international precious metals dealers, migrated nearly all of its business-critical applications—including Infor/Lawson enterprise resource planning software—to Microsoft Azure. With applications running in Azure, Dillon Gage has been able to create a highly available infrastructure that is easy to extend globally. It avoided the US$1 million expense of building new primary and backup datacenters and will reduce its IT spending by 40 percent going forward.
Pošta Slovenije needed a robust, easy-to-use disaster recovery (DR) solution before it could expand its hosting services to external customers. It chose the Windows Server 2012 R2 automated DR and multisite replication solution and a Microsoft Azure-based management console as the solution to expand its business. Pošta Slovenije expects to reduce storage costs and improve service for its customers and employees.
Marquette University didn’t have an effective disaster recovery process in place because of the high cost and IT time required to support one. But after upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2, which includes enhanced replication management features and works with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery, Marquette was able to create a cost-effective solution that can recover critical workloads in minutes rather than hours. The new solution offers reassurance to university management, staff, and students.
Zespri International is the most successful marketer of kiwifruit on the planet. After the business was disrupted by an earthquake and plant virus, Zespri decided to move its business-critical SAP systems to Microsoft Azure. With the move, Zespri will reduce IT costs by up to US$1 million, insulate the business against natural disasters, and gain instant IT scalability to accommodate global growth. Zespri can maintain great SAP performance by adding Azure resources in minutes.
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS, is a centennial institution, recognized nationally and internationally. The Institute of Informatics, which completes 25 years in 2014, figures on the list of the best of Brazil in various rankings in the areas of science and computer engineering. In 2013, received top marks from CAPES, Ministry of education and communication vehicles.
British fashion designer Paul Smith sought a vendor that offered interoperable, foundational technologies with the right combination of innovation and value. Paul used Windows Server, Hyper-V, and Microsoft System Center hybrid cloud and data center technologies to virtualize more than 80 percent of its servers, improve data center density by 200 percent, and save more than £840,000 (US$1.4 million) in IT costs in one year. It also reduced recovery time from 48 hours to 5 minutes for its mission-critical applications.
Sunbelt Rentals, an equipment rental company, wanted to establish a colocation facility for disaster recovery. The company plans to handle site replication using a cost-effective solution based on Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V, Hyper-V Replica, and the Virtual Machine Manager component of Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. The solution will increase IT staff efficiency and offers the flexibility and management ease to support a third replication site.
To reduce operating costs and find more effective ways to attract and retain customers in the hyper-competitive airline industry, United Airlines is working with Microsoft to expand private cloud computing to the enterprise. United Airlines uses Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Replica and Microsoft Azure Site Recovery to expedite the migration and consolidation of virtual machines and mission critical services to its new data center in Chicago and provide high availability services when hardware fails.
ADEKA Singapore, the food and chemical manufacturing arm of ADEKA Corporation of Japan, has improved its manufacturing process through more efficient IT utilization by migrating its productivity and communication needs to the cloud via Office 365. By off-loading work from its physical servers, ADEKA Singapore’s virtualized infrastructure can focus on core production applications.
No-one is more attuned to technology than leading accounting software provider MYOB, and the cloud has given it the ability to offer clients solutions with a previously undreamt capacity.
Facing an ever-growing number of online shoppers looking for great deals over the Black Friday to Cyber Monday holiday weekend, computer manufacturer Dell used Microsoft Azure to rapidly build and implement a deal management solution for the 2013 season. The solution managed traffic and added new levels of business agility for online “deal” campaigns.
10th Magnitude designs, builds, and operates custom software solutions in the cloud. When a customer needed to quickly and cost-effectively create a new online payment-processing application, 10th Magnitude relied on Windows Azure to develop a cloud-based solution that uses Windows Azure SQL Database to process transactions. With Windows Azure, 10th Magnitude can develop solutions 30 percent faster, so its customers save on IT costs and can focus on expanding their business.
By using Microsoft Azure, Callaway can deliver servers to remote offices in hours versus months and scale capacity quickly to ensure great reseller and consumer experiences on Callaway websites. It has also eliminated maintenance downtime that used to plague international offices. Callaway uses Windows Intune to proactively manage sales computers and keep salespeople productive. The company is also evaluating Microsoft hybrid cloud storage as a way to further reduce costs.
easyJet, a leading low-fare airline in Europe, wanted to offer new features without costly investment in on-premises infrastructure. To enhance its registration system, the airline implemented a hybrid cloud solution that includes a seating allocation application that runs on the Windows Azure platform. Now, easyJet has a more flexible, scalable infrastructure that it can use to introduce new features quickly and affordably. And these new features have boosted customer satisfaction.
Mazda North American Operations
To improve disaster protection for applications that its dealers use to run their businesses, Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) revamped its data protection using a Microsoft hybrid cloud storage solution based on Microsoft Azure. Mazda now has more reliable, real-time data protection and can restore data in minutes. It has eliminated backup work for engineers and reduced data protection costs by 95 percent. It anticipates using other Azure services to gain agility.
The nonprofit FHI 360 runs its human development work worldwide—but doesn’t want to be burdened with a worldwide infrastructure or with complicated and inefficient VPN access to its central datacenter. That’s why it uses Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, and, in particular, Azure Active Directory Premium. FHI 360 has cut infrastructure costs by 90 percent, boosted agility, reduced risk, and is able to better manage revenue from donors.
Bahrain Olympic Committee
The Bahrain Olympic Committee promotes the country’s participation in the Olympic Games. To support a new website, the organization needed to find a web hosting solution that offered availability, scalability, and security. The committee chose Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013, running on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, which provides high availability and scalability, as well as fast performance and strong security. The committee now has a cost-effective web solution that will also support its future needs.
Kordia is a leading provider of telecommunications solutions and services in Australia and New Zealand. Because the company needed to quickly upgrade several of its mission-critical SAP systems, it piloted the use of Microsoft Azure to migrate those systems to the cloud. Azure gives Kordia flexibility, scalability, and cost savings. The solution also gives the company impressive performance for its SAP systems and will help speed time-to-market for its solutions.
The Walsh Group builds skyscrapers, subways, and bridges all over the world. Walsh is busy moving significant chunks of its datacenter environment to Microsoft Azure to reduce IT costs and accelerate IT service delivery. Building on the identity and access management foundation of Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium, Walsh can deliver servers to the business in hours rather than weeks, gain unprecedented scalability, and reduce costs.
The Walsh Group
The Walsh Group, a construction firm, is busy building strategies to accommodate the proliferation of employee-owned devices used on job sites across the United States. For Walsh, the business case for enabling BYOD (bring your own device) is clear: the more employees can use their devices to access and share corporate resources from anywhere at any time, the better they can collaborate on efficient project management. The company turned to the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite to enable this new workplace scenario.
NetApp, a worldwide storage leader, invested early to support Microsoft Azure Site Recovery (ASR), a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) orchestration service. By using ASR in conjunction with NetApp storage and its SnapMirror data replication technology, NetApp provides customers with a more comprehensive, flexible, and cost-effective DR solution. With the ability to fail over workloads from on-premises private clouds to other sites, customers can achieve well-orchestrated DR for Hyper-V environments.
Samsung Electronics sought an advanced cloud solution for its IT infrastructure so that it could provide better quality for its Smart TV services. It decided to deploy Windows Azure to diversify its cloud computing environment under a multivendor system. Since implementing Windows Azure, it has increased reliability, simplified development efforts, and reduced costs by 80 percent.
Redknee makes software that helps communications service providers deliver flexible billing options and great customer care experiences. When Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership that made it easier to run Oracle software in Windows-based environments, Redknee was one of the first customers to move an Oracle-based application to Microsoft Azure. With the move, Redknee removed the cost and deployment-time barrier for customers who wish to use its product.
NTTX Select has pioneered Microsoft cloud services in the UK hosting market. It is using the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), a cloud converged system, to create an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering directed at highly regulated industries such as government. By building on CPS, NTTX can get IaaS offerings to market in days instead of months, expand into lucrative new markets, better scale and protect workloads, and focus its staff on new services rather than infrastructure configuration and coordination.
4-Digits (4D) is one of the most popular lotteries in Malaysia. Software developer Agmo Studio (Agmo) had developed an app to view the 4D results live and were looking for a technology-neutral cloud service that seamlessly supported iOS, Android and Windows platforms. Agmo finally selected Microsoft Azure because of the expert local support, the user-friendly management capabilities and the flexibility to support hybrid solutions.
E-content distributor MagV wanted to extend its services to Hong Kong and China, but its current Amazon Web Services delivery model couldn’t offer high-quality downloads to these new customers. When the company switched to Microsoft Azure, it didn’t just reach its new market quickly, it also improved developer productivity and slashed costs.
ChannelSight wanted to help manufacturers convert more online visits to sales. To meet that goal, it created a new service based on the Microsoft Azure platform that simplifies purchasing by automatically deep-linking to specific products on retailers’ websites. By taking advantage of platform-as-a-service offerings, the company can easily serve leading global manufacturers, speed time-to-market, and increase its customers’ sales-conversion rate from 4 percent to 22 percent.
A&P Financial, which is better known as the consumer finance service provider Rush & Cash, is stepping up its expansion plans into the Chinese market as part of its goal of discovering a future growth engine in order to cope with the increasing competition and tightening regulatory environment seen in the Korean market.
In response to increasing storage costs, Textron shifted to Microsoft hybrid cloud storage based on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure StorSimple. By using cloud-based storage, Textron will reduce annual storage costs by US$2.5 million and gain rapid and cost-effective storage scalability. Textron has also gained a cost-effective disaster recovery solution that shortens data access time from 72 hours to minutes.
nwStor Limited was established in December 2007 and specializes in network and cloud data security.
ThyssenKrupp Elevator - a leading global provider of elevators - has 1.1 million machines operating in 150 countries, 49,000 employees, and reported sales of EUR €6.2 billion (US $8.4 billion) in 2013. With installations in buildings worldwide, TKE wanted to further improve its competitive advantage by increasing elevator reliability and uptime. With help from Microsoft partner CGI, TKE created an intelligent, cloud-based solution based on Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Services, Power BI for Office 365.
Urban Software Institute
The Urban Software Institute, [ui!], is a leading software and consulting firm for “Smart City“ solutions. With the UrbanPulse platform, various sensor data are effectively made usable for value-added services and apps.
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Microsoft Azure StorSimple with its Cloud-integrated storage (CiS) solution helps customers meet their compliance requirement of keeping one set of data backup image offshore at a much lower cost. CiS integrates primary SAN storage on-premise with automated data protection in the cloud, while enabling geo-replication of data both locally and from Microsoft’s datacenters overseas.
The lack of comprehensive data on pharmaceutical consumption in Africa makes it difficult for governments and pharmaceutical companies to gain market intelligence on medicine use. By automating prescription services, mPharma provides patients with faster and surer access to needed medications, alerting doctors with real-time drug reaction monitoring, and the delivery of real-time anonymous drug consumption and diagnostic market analysis to doctors, pharmacies, and pharmaceutical providers.
n2y wanted a more interactive solution for delivering its special-education curriculum and other teaching materials. It decided to provide content on the Microsoft Azure platform and to offer capabilities such as text-to-speech and advanced analytics. Now, students are learning new skills in an engaging environment, teachers have better insight into performance, and schools are saving money with more affordable, subscription-based services.
Info Salons migrated their event registration and database management solution to Windows Azure when the size of their client’s events began to outgrow the capacity of on-premise solutions. Now they rapidly develop & deploy new features & quickly & easily scale to meet the highest demands. Running on Azure, the solution now easily powers GITEX Technology Week - the largest IT show held in the Middle East - as well as 50 others each year. Info Salons will eventually roll this solution out for over 400 shows annually.
Foture.net wanted to address scalability issues, by improving productivity of the upgraded instances in the cloud. The company migrated to Microsoft Azure, which significantly decreased the costs through unused instances, enabled traffic to be managed through the system during high times and left the administrators happy about the easy interface to manage the machines.
Australian government agency Sustainability Victoria needed to switch its widely used application for energy-efficiency rating from a desktop program that was costly to maintain to a cloud-based service that could scale as needed. To meet its goals, the agency opted to use the Microsoft Azure platform. As a result, Sustainability Victoria now offers a highly scalable solution that is 60 percent more cost-effective than using dedicated servers and has gained a program that will pay for itself.
Netgem wanted to boost the flexibility of its turnkey set-top-box (STB) solution that global telecom and cable operators use to deliver shows and movies to consumers over the Internet. To achieve its goals, Netgem created a hybrid architecture with Microsoft Azure. By doing so, Netgem increased agility and performance, cut capital expenditures, improved device management, and sped the development and customization of multi-platform media services.
A French software firm took its popular drivers’ education content and made it available on Windows 8 and Windows Phone devices, with information stored on Windows Azure. The result is a fast-selling solution that is simple and fun for users to access the training material anytime and on any device.
What do you do when you lack the space or money to add another node to your high-performance computing (HPC) cluster? ANEO wanted an answer before any of its customers got into that situation. Now it has one: Microsoft Azure Big Compute. ANEO found that the cloud-based HPC cluster is highly scalable, fast, and flexible, and delivers HPC computing without the investment needed for on-premises HPC.
The staff at News360 wanted to go global with a news service that could be personalized to user preferences and delivered to different mobile and desktop platforms. Since launch, they’ve had more than 2.5 million users on multiple continents download their app, which runs on Windows 8, Windows Phone, and other smartphone and tablet devices, and is supported by powerful Windows Azure cloud services.
Department of Education, State of São Paulo
To help police search for missing children, the Department of Education of the State of São Paulo (SEDUC) needed to quickly build a solution to manage and store photographs of about 4.5 million students. It developed a cost-effective application to run in Microsoft Azure and gained a fast time-to-market to help authorities solve missing children cases. The cloud-based solution provides the availability, scalability, and storage that SEDUC needed.
Leading independent TV studio all3media wanted to embrace new distribution channels and devices, delivering content direct to consumers through tablets, smart TVs, and gaming consoles. Through Easel TV’s multiscreen digital distribution platform, which is based on Windows Azure, all3media is now able to stream its content on-demand. This is cost-effectively opening up new platforms, providing opportunities for significant revenue growth.
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) uses Microsoft Azure and the PI System™ from Microsoft Global ISV partner OSIsoft to reduce building maintenance and energy costs. Now CMU has added Azure Machine Learning for better fault detection, diagnosis, and more efficient operations. With these capabilities, CMU personnel gain advanced analytics for improved operational insights and decisions. And CMU gains a way to cut energy use by 20 percent.
UK media startup nideo had a powerful vision: enabling companies to engage with their business audiences by sharing video content. To turn this into reality, the company needed to quickly build a scalable, cost-effective, and easy-to-use web-based platform. By using Windows Azure and cloud computing, nideo has created the flexible infrastructure to run its business now while providing the future foundation to meet its ambitious growth targets.
PayrollServe, a leading provider of web-based, cloud-based and fully managed payroll and HR solutions, has launched a SaaS platform called “PayDay!”. It enables businesses to process their payroll needs without the complications of running their own infrastructure. With prior expertise in the country’s labor and reporting laws and in building applications on .NET/ASP Framework, PayrollServe was able to deploy a scalable and cost-effective solution for SMBs via Azure and the .NET framework within 10 months.
Software company Lucid Interactive wanted continued expansion but growth was slowed by a costly, inflexible hosting model. By moving its web-based retail applications to Microsoft Azure, it benefits from a cost-effective, scalable infrastructure that grows with business and improves performance for its customers. Higher conversion rates, up by 45 percent, and reduced churn have increased revenues by 25 percent and cut support time by 15 percent.
Init Service Technology
A Singapore-based software developer, Init Service Technology builds customized applications for SMBs and enterprises with Microsoft Azure and .NET framework as its platform. By running its applications atop a reliable and cost-efficient cloud infrastructure, the team can focus on building quality software for customers and devote development and support manpower into its core business, rather than having to deal with troubleshooting and maintenance of on-premises infrastructure.
Dot Net Solutions
United Kingdom (U.K.) systems integrator Dot Net Solutions wanted to offer a cloud-based identity management platform for all businesses to use with Microsoft Office 365. Its ADFS Online service uses Microsoft System Center 2012 with Windows Azure. Global customers can subscribe for a minimum of £100 a month—compared to tens of thousands of pounds for an on-premises implementation. ADFS Online can be deployed in 60 minutes with no upfront costs or maintenance.
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times wanted to create native mobile apps that provided better user experiences than those of its existing apps. With the Microsoft Universal App Platform, it created native mobile apps for Windows tablets and Windows Phones with a single development effort, a single code base, and Microsoft Azure on the backend. Developer productivity went up 33 percent; operating cost savings are 50 percent; and the company praises the “gorgeous” user experience.
Hogg Robinson wanted to extend its core travel platform to work seamlessly on mobile devices. It created a mobile version of its application using Windows Azure—including Cloud Services, Service Bus, and SQL Database—to deliver travel information and booking services to mobile users. The company has already saved up to 80 per cent in start-up costs and improved the development team’s productivity by 25 per cent with Windows Azure.
Essex County Council
Part of Essex County Council, Target Tracker develops software for schools. Its Primary Target Tracker application—which provides information to support learning—ran on Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software. To stay ahead of its competitors, Target Tracker rebuilt the solution using SQL Database in Windows Azure. The firm now has an application that scales to meet the needs of thousands of schools in England and overseas.
MarginPoint wanted better scalability and to help customers improve indirect material supply-chain operations. To meet its goals with minimal infrastructure investment, the company migrated from its hosted co-location environment to the Microsoft Azure platform. Expecting to double its customer count in a year, MarginPoint can easily handle accelerated business growth, speed time-to-market, and help customers save millions of dollars.
3M, a leading manufacturer, wanted a better way to track assets in one of its business divisions. Challenged to deliver a solution in a weekend, it used Microsoft Azure Mobile Services with Microsoft Visual Studio and the Xamarin development platform to rapidly create a tracking app that syncs with the cloud and runs on multiple mobile devices. With real-time insight, 3M is improving customer relationships and support for business expansion.
Hilco Industrial is the leading international authority on machinery and equipment monetization, managing nearly $5 billion in assets. Its platform allows users to visualize, track, and integrate bidding on assets during auctions. Users can also provide logon credentials so they can review purchases through a personalized web portal. Its clients include Procter & Gamble, Hershey’s, Kodak, PepsiCo, and John Deere. The company is a subsidiary of Hilco Global, an independent financial services enterprise.
Sochi Organizing Committee
The Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, featured the best athletes in the world—and the best technology. The organizers anticipated unprecedented traffic on Olympic websites; to support it, they hosted their sites and apps on Microsoft Azure, where they benefited from high reliability and virtually unlimited scalability. Fans saw innovations too, such as data feeds showing skaters’ speeds while races were in progress.
Local World needed to create a more efficient IT platform to support media operations across the United Kingdom. By replacing third-party products with an infrastructure based on Windows Server 2012 R2 and new blade servers, it has been able to reduce physical server numbers by 57 percent, streamline virtualized workloads, lower management time by 25 percent, cut costs by £200,000 (US$340,000) and increase operational flexibility to support changing business needs.
OptIn helps foreign students apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), a program that helps students pursue training relevant to their major. Called “TurboTax for OPT,” this platform was created by Stanford graduate student, Grace Tang. Born in Singapore, Grace traveled to the United States when she was 18. After completing her Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, she found it tedious to apply for OPT in order to get an internship at Stanford.
Q Branch, an iOS and Macintosh software startup, developed the popular iPhone app, Vesper, in 2013. The company moved their IT infrastructure to Microsoft Azure to enhance their customer experience. They found Microsoft Azure to include the services, scalability, and features necessary to enhance their platform. Q Branch discovered a future-ready suite of cloud services that helped them cut down on maintenance, while providing them with the flexibility to grow as they consider expanding to other platforms.
An Italian software firm captures the fancy of moviegoers across Europe with a simple but elegant Windows application for viewing movie trailers and finding out where to watch the upcoming films.
Green Prefab, a startup company based in northern Italy, is developing digital services that will allow architects to do something totally new: evaluate design alternatives in relation to performance factors at the early design stage.
UMBRA Global chose to host its pharmacovigilance solutions on Microsoft Azure. As a result, the company gets customers up and running with solutions that meet strict regulatory requirements in a week or less, gains an edge in recruiting new customers, and has expanded into international markets that boost its revenues by 50 percent.
Registro Único de Vivienda
Registro Único de Vivienda (RUV) gathers and provides data on all aspects of Mexico’s housing industry for the government, builders, banks, urban planners, and others. To improve the reliability and scalability of its online data services, RUV has moved them to Microsoft Azure. RUV now provides more reliable data services and can scale infrastructure to precisely meet its needs. It has also reduced IT costs by 65 percent.
Nobel Prize moving up into the cloud with Windows Azure.
Discourse Analytics needed the right computing platform to expand its analytics and insights engine beyond a political arena and into the commercial sector. Discourse Analytics is building this new business on Windows 8 Pro. It worked with New Signature to build a Windows 8 app that can be downloaded from the Windows Store on PCs, laptops, and tablets to improve insight on consumers’ interactions with customers’ brands.
In 2012, MyTankInfo/4th Right Technologies set out to deliver a cost-effective, seamless fuel management interface to the retail fuel marketplace that simplified the end user’s IT requirements and provided convenient access to accurate fuel inventory data. MyTankInfo used the Microsoft Azure cloud-based platform to deliver just such a solution. The platform scales effortlessly, improves data visibility, eliminates the need for complex technology infrastructure, and provides maximum uptime to the end user.
Gneis Global Services
Spanish IT services firm Gneis Global Services, a part of Spanish bank Bankinter, develops software solutions for Bankinter and its customers.
Sustainalytics, a global responsible-investment research firm, wanted to find new technology to support its internal solutions for processing and delivering data. To improve flexibility, availability, and security, the firm switched from an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution to a platform-as-a- service (PaaS) solution based on the Windows Azure cloud platform.
The global Nilfisk-Advance Group reduces hosting costs by 70 to 80 percent with a core group solution in Asia based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 on Windows Azure. The solution facilitates the further rollout of the solution in the group. Migration to Windows Azure took two days.
Making Waves helps businesses work with of web, mobile, and new media. One of its customers, a Norwegian media company called VGTV, wanted an interactive Windows 8 app that would collect user data. To simplify development, Making Waves built the solution on the Windows Azure platform with Windows Azure Mobile Services to take advantage of its platform-as-a-service offering.
Skanska USA, a large construction and development company whose portfolio includes both infrastructure and building projects, needed an effective way to monitor and report environmental conditions at various jobsites. By using Microsoft Azure to rapidly implement a new monitoring solution, the company provides its business with improved risk and compliance management, operational efficiencies and transparency, and a competitive edge.
The Telenor Group is a Norwegian telecommunications company with worldwide operations serving almost 150 million mobile subscribers. To modernize its intranet and collaboration sites and deliver better search within and across business units, Telenor will soon migrate from the Microsoft SharePoint 2007 web application platform to SharePoint 2013.
Codeanywhere is a code editor in a browser with an integrated ftp client, and all popular web formats are supported. They had been using a Virtual Private server from one American hosting company with only two servers, so they were far from a real Cloud solution. Microsoft approached Codeanywere and installed a test version of Windows Azure. After that they were convinced that in order to stay in business and even grow larger they needed to switch to Windows Azure.
Sika AG is a Swiss specialty chemicals manufacturer with subsidiaries and offices around the world. To provide cost-effective disaster recovery for IT workloads running in remote offices, Sika upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2 and tested Hyper-V Replica and Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager. Because this capability is part of the operating system, Sika can cost-effectively provide business continuity for branch offices using familiar software.
Atea Global Services
Atea is a leading supplier of IT solutions, including tools for managing software license compliance. Although the tools provide a wealth of information, each customer faced an identical challenge: how to turn complicated data into actionable reports. As requests for reporting assistance grew, Atea wanted to satisfy customer demand with a reporting solution that did not require more software, support, or complexity. Atea found its solution in Windows Azure SQL Reporting.
Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools
The Miami-Dade Community—including Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools—is setting the stage for far-reaching revitalization following its recovery from an economic downturn. From working with Microsoft, local officials recognized the opportunities that awaited citizens and businesses in providing advanced technologies, training, and job opportunities—not only in the local region but also as part of its role as the gateway to Latin American commerce.
SCT Logistics is a leading Australian transportation company that needed to quickly and cost-effectively set up a disaster protection solution for its new SAP environment. Instead of building a second datacenter, SCT created a high availability/disaster recovery infrastructure in Microsoft Azure, saving months of setup time and US$1.5 million in costs. Relieved of the need to set up and manage a second datacenter, the SCT technology staff can focus on new projects that help the business grow.
Kaggle is a company and platform that links organizations needing specialized analytic and scientific skills with a global pool of researchers and scientists who can provide those skills. The offering caught on fast and quickly grew beyond the capabilities of its original online platform, which could not provide the needed scalability or flexibility. Kaggle turned to Microsoft Azure and Microsoft development tools to create a scalable platform capable of supporting quick spikes in new users and data traffic.
eClaris Software specializes in eDiscovery consulting and wanted to expand its offerings to include software solutions, beginning with PHIGRID, a legal project management application that it intended to host. eClaris engaged Microsoft Partner Network member Hanu Software to build the commercial application. Hanu suggested migrating to Microsoft Azure to avoid the need for on-premises server and storage infrastructure. This avoided upfront IT expenses of more than US$1 million and reduced time to market by 25 percent.
Marker Studio is a digital product design and development agency. The company needed a public cloud solution that provided high-level platform services in the web and mobile verticals. Using Microsoft Azure Websites and Notification Hubs, it developed two feature-rich solutions that accelerated development time and reduced the effort associated with ongoing maintenance while meeting the web and mobile needs of its clients.
BayCloud Systems saw an opportunity to help organizations comply with an emerging online privacy statute. To shorten development time and minimize capital costs, it decided to use cloud technology to build and host its CookieQ solution. After evaluating Amazon EC2, BayCloud Systems chose to use Microsoft Azure. Within the first three months of 2012, BayCloud Systems added 60 new customers throughout Europe and is now positioned to expand globally.
For nearly 30 years, PAR Springer-Miller has provided solutions for the hospitality industry. When the global recession hit, the ISV decided to reposition itself with a new business division and an innovative cloud-based solution that runs on Microsoft Azure. The ATRIO Guest Experience Management solution provides core business functionality to hotels and resorts, avoids the costs of on-premises IT systems, and provides an intuitive interface that reduces staff training time and helps to enhance the guest experience.
Human Equation develops digital marketing solutions based on innovative technologies. The firm used the Bing Search API to provide sophisticated search capabilities for Echo Alpha, its cyber investigation platform that helps customers solve business issues by leveraging the vast quantities of data that are available online. By using the Bing Search API, the firm has created an affordable way to bring its customers a competitive advantage.
When Hearst’s newspapers division decided to introduce a mobile app for premium content, it wanted to do so quickly and cost-effectively—but with underlying technology that would be reliable, scalable, and flexible enough to support future digital strategies. Through the use of Microsoft Azure, Hearst avoided the costs of new hardware and reduced continuing costs by 80 percent. The solution achieves high availability with just 25 percent of the capacity required for a traditional deployment.
Private Property is South Africa’s most popular online classifieds service for real estate agents, private sellers, prospective buyers, and landlords alike. It is also one of Africa’s most prevalent service-based web portals. It has swiftly become the gold standard property guide for the local market. In response to its growing popularity, Private Property introduced a refurbished structure in early 2013 that more heavily emphasised and improved upon the overall User Experience whilst introducing several new features.
The law firm Effekt eliminated nonessential administrative processes. Now they are ready to take advantage of the time and cost savings they’ve gained and concentrate on essentials.
Coca - Cola Amatil (CCA)
Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), a leading beverage manufacturer in the Asia-Pacific region, wanted to create a differentiated brand experience for consumers. To surpass traditional marketing, the company implemented an intelligent system from Microsoft and digital marketing agency TKM9 that uses interactive digital signage to create an immersive experience at point-of-sale locations.
Mentor Graphics offered a sophisticated desktop system design and simulation environment that helps save users significant development time compared to traditional hardware- prototyping methods. The company used the Microsoft Azure platform to deploy a new version of the design environment online. This solution, which delivers the same simulation engine through a new web service, has improved application access and performance, and reduced the time it takes to run simulations by up to 80 percent.
The world’s largest technology solutions wholesaler and solutions providers across the globe chose to move off of salesforce.com to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online in 66 days. They have achieved 100% adoption of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online during their rollout and are able to train users in just a matter of hours. Ingram Micro’s entire sales organization will use Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to be more connected, productive and see all the way to the end consumer to monitor feedback.
SAFE is a security management platform for customers worldwide provided by the security and defense company Saab. The organization wanted to use SAFE for event security, and needed technology that could be quickly deployed and used to back up and restore customer data. SAFE was implemented on Microsoft Azure, using the Microsoft SQL Server Backup to Azure Tool, in order to back up data in minutes. It also offers fast deployment, eliminating the need for additional hardware, and scales to support thousands of users.
Since McKesson has so many diverse worker-types across all their core business groups, IT struggled to create the appropriate desktop images and deploy/update technology in a timely and efficient manner. In some scenarios end users even lost data while updates were being performed. To respond to end user needs, McKesson participated with Microsoft Services in a Windows 7 Accelerate Production Pilot Jumpstart (PPJ) to test a deployment of Microsoft Services Optimized Desktop on its internal laptops and desktops.
Nanobi Data and Analytics
Nanobi Data and Analytics Private Limited wants to be a leading player in the analytics market for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Toward this, it created a first-of-its-kind analytics app store on the cloud, hosted on the Microsoft Azure platform. It aims to offer high-impact apps that will enable SMEs across industries to gain valuable insight into their businesses along with their data. The organization provides easy, affordable access to applications as customers pay only for the components that they need.
WSC Sports Technologies
WSC Sports Technologies developed a platform to allow the holders of the media rights to sporting events—and fans—to get automated and personalized packages of video clips. Microsoft selected WSC for its Accelerator program which supports start-up companies. WSC also joined Microsoft's BizSpark support program for start-ups and switched from the Amazon cloud platform to Microsoft Azure—while continuing to use the same open-source software.
To bring their new multichannel, social, e-commerce solution to market, Semantic Touch needed infrastructure that could easily scale for sudden, massive demand. After comparing the interoperability, reliability, cost, and security of various cloud offerings, they chose Microsoft Azure Cloud Services, an open, trusted platform that guarantees 99.95% uptime. With this Platform-as-a-Service solution, developers can use existing open source expertise to help BentoWeb grow quickly and securely, at home and abroad.
Fusionex, a provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, wanted to help a customer reduce energy consumption. To improve efficiency, Fusionex helped the company implement a Big Data solution based on Microsoft Azure HDInsight Service that integrates and analyses data from multiple sensors and equipment types. As a result, the customer has gained valuable insight into building operations, cut reporting time from three months to less than 30 minutes, and reduced energy consumption by 20 percent.
The Israeli start-up company SCREEMO's technology allows companies to interact with customers digitally in the real world, whether sports fans in a stadium using mobile devices to comment on matches or coffee drinkers entering a competition while standing in line. At the start of 2013 SCREEMO joined the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator program, which provides support for start-ups, and switched easily to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform from Amazon Web Services.
Conceived and developed as an enterprise application for airlines of any size, Merlot meets customer demands of quick deployments and feature-rich airline operations management. Built on Microsoft Azure, Merlot offers security and cost effectiveness. Many airlines use it for regional or global operations, including Air Asia, Merpati in Indonesia, and Westjet Encore in Canada, among others.
i&Combine has so far used the public cloud to run Bapul, the free math study service it developed based on a social platform that allows anyone to interact and build relationships with people online easily and quickly. When it came to rolling out the service worldwide, however, it decided to re-think everything from the service technology stack right down to the infrastructure operating strategy.
iKoula is a hosting service provider; its customers wanted more flexibility moving workloads between their data centers, iKoula data centers, and Microsoft Azure. iKoula upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2 and deployed the Microsoft Azure Pack, a set of technologies deployed on Windows Server and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 that provides services consistent with those in Microsoft Azure. iKoula customers use the Microsoft Azure Pack portal to provision and manage their own websites, virtual machines, and databases.
When the Nobel Prize laureates are announced in October and when the Nobel Prize is handed out in December, the visitor numbers on the Nobel Prize website www.nobelprize.org increase hundredfold. One category per day is announced, and on Monday, October 14, the last of the categories was announced: Economy. From around the world, people want quick access to the latest information about the laureates.
Located in Bandung, online game company Agate Studio has grown quickly to become one of the biggest game developers in Indonesia. Since its beginning in 2009, Agate Studio has created more than 100 games and worked on more than 20 parallel projects in entertainment, advertising, training, and education. Its goal is to deliver a fun experience with every game it creates—with the motto: “Live the fun way.”
PT. DYCODE COMINFOTECH DEVELOPMENT
In late 2011, Indonesian app developer DyCode created a mobile app for feature phones that enables owners to apply filters to photographs, and quickly upload them to Facebook and Twitter. To meet anticipated high demand, the firm deployed their Node.js and MongoDB-based backend service on the Microsoft cloud infrastructure service, Microsoft Azure. Azure proved easy to manage and exceptionally scalable, supporting 700,000 downloads in 12 months. It also saves money: with Azure, Dycode hosting costs have dropped by 50 pe
Founded in 1962, Harvey Norman is one of Australia’s largest retailers, selling electrical and computer goods, furniture and bedding from 230 stores. Generating revenue in excess of A$7.7 billion, the company employs over 10,000 staff.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) monitors the sky for possible attacks against North America by aircraft, missiles, or space vehicles. On December 24, NORAD also monitors Santa as he journeys around the world through the Tracks Santa website, which helps people visualize Santa in real time and educates the public about NORAD. In 2012, NORAD worked with Microsoft, iLink Systems, and other partners to redesign noradsanta.org using Microsoft Azure Cloud Services and other Microsoft technologies.
Egyptian start-up Jidari is optimistic that its social networking website will prove increasingly popular globally. Unlike social networks that want to move people’s social life online, Jidari wants to use the power of "online" to improve people’s social lives. Despite being based in the Middle East, Jidari believes this idea has global appeal. Microsoft realized that it could provide a more effective hosting system than the one being used—and cut Jidari’s costs.
Thousands of companies use IFS Applications, an enterprise resource planning and asset/service management suite. It uses Oracle database software and middleware and required an on-premises or hosted deployment. For more deployment flexibility, IFS made its software available from Microsoft Azure. This cloud deployment option relieves customers of infrastructure worries and enables them to set up temporary environments for workshops, training, or testing. It also speeds the time-to-value of using IFS Applications.
City of Barcelona
Barcelona wanted better insight into government effectiveness—it needed a solution that could collect and analyze data from its systems and public sources such as social media, software log files, and GPS signals. With Microsoft partner Bismart, the city built a hybrid cloud to store and analyze and provide insight into structured and unstructured data. It provides business intelligence to enhance services and business opportunities, improve safety, and boost collaboration between city, citizens, and businesses.
As Cognosys Technologies was witnessing its customers’ needs to move to the cloud and hurdles in cloud management, it responded by creating Azure Cloud Director, a revolutionary Microsoft Azure administration application, which endeavors to be a developer and system manager delight. With single click deployment and package injection for immediate bug fixing across multiple deployment instances, Cognosys reduced the deployment time of it customers. Additionally, the customers are experiencing huge cost reductions.
Chr. Hansen, a leading developer of natural ingredients for several industries, wanted better access to data from multiple sources, including automated laboratory equipment, sensors, and databases. The company implemented a hybrid cloud solution based on Microsoft Azure HDInsight Service and can now collect and process data from 100 times more trials than before. By extending its infrastructure to the cloud, the company implemented an Apache Hadoop cluster and gained flexibility with minimal infrastructure investment.
Online gaming company Waappy enjoyed increasing success with its popular social game “Lucky Star.” But as the number of players increased, Waappy realized that it needed to add more servers to accommodate demand, which became a burden on time and resources. Instead, it decided to migrate its application to Microsoft Azure. Now it benefits from easy scalability, reduced costs, and a higher quality of service.
Because its flagship solution required installing and supporting servers at customer sites, it was difficult for Techila to increase business overseas. The company initially migrated its solution to Amazon EC2, but later chose to host it on Microsoft Azure. Now, with sales support from Microsoft, Techila has shortened its sales cycle by 70 percent, and expects to add 20 new customers in the next two months—while gaining US$328,000 in revenue.
Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry
After the Japan earthquake of March 2011, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Japan (METI) promoted the sharing of information among ministries, agencies, prefectures, and cities. METI worked with partner agencies to connect resources with those needing them. In January 2012, METI launched the Recovery and Reconstruction Support Program Database, powered by Microsoft Azure. Now disaster victims, companies, and others can use a one-stop public service to search through nearly 500 support programs.
To deliver to Filipino students and teachers the most efficient digital learning tools available, Vibal Publishing House, Inc. chose to run its applications on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform to gain more flexibility and faster deployment of its website and applications. Vibal has already begun to reap the benefits of this transition, including faster turnaround of updates for the business, broad compatibility with other platforms, and an improved web browsing and application utility experience for all its customers.
Thaicreate is Thailand’s most popular online collaboration forum for web and mobile application developers. To improve the reliability and scalability of the thaicreate.com website, the owner deployed the PHP-MySQL site with the infrastructure-as-a service (IaaS) provider, Microsoft Azure. With automatic load-balancing, rapid scaling, and overseas caching, the site is easy to maintain and cost-efficient, helping Thaicreate expand abroad and host new, rich-media content.
Tanjug, the national news agency of the Republic of Serbia, needed a solution that would let them respond to pressures on the system quickly and with minimum investment. The answer was the temporary migration of part of the website into Microsoft Azure, whose scalability ensured stable and reliable functioning of the website even under high loads. Use of other technologies allowed for live streaming of media conferences, so visitors from all over the world get high quality and accurate information in real time.
Yellow Pages in Singapore wanted web content curator Hyperlocalizer to deliver location-based listings on the Microsoft public cloud service, Microsoft Azure. The platform proved flexible and easy to work with: it supports the PHP and MySQL open source software originally used to build the Hyperlocalizer product and accommodates the products’ multiple databases and complex driver replications. With Hyperlocalizer on Azure, the web pioneer can attract more big-name customers like Yellow Pages and target new markets.
DDANZI GROUP Co., Ltd.
Ddanzi Group transferred its services to Microsoft Azure to secure IT competitiveness comparable to that of mainstream media outlets. The decision came from the ever-increasing numbers of listeners and from emerging security threats. The transition began with one service; Ddanzi soon realized advantages in stability, scalability, and reliability, and transferred the rest of its services to Azure. This eased security concerns, increased service stability and reliability, and brought a 30% cost reduction in hosting.
In 2013, Philippine software developer and SaaS provider, AppSource, needed to find a new hosting partner—fast. Managers wanted reliable local support for their applications, and chose Microsoft Azure. With technical support and guidance from Microsoft staff, AppSource re-deployed five Ruby on Rails applications onto the Azure platform in one week. Now, managers have an easy-to-use portal that helps them accurately predict server costs, ensuring AppSource customers receive a reliable, cost-effective service.
Founded in 2009, Computerlogy is the first company in Thailand to create a tool for companies to track comments and feedback on social media sites.
United Mobile Apps
United Mobile Apps wanted to deliver Kepplr on a cloud platform that supported interoperability with open source technologies. By using Microsoft Azure to host its solution, the company enjoys a platform that interoperates several open source components. It now offers customers high availability, instant scalability, and reduced costs, all of which are key for a start-up company. It also simplifies IT maintenance while focusing on software, not servers.
Telefónica is making changes in how it delivers IT services. Its private cloud, based on Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V technology, is the cornerstone of a new Madrid data center. It will consolidate 18,000 physical servers across Europe to just 6,000 servers. Soon, it will link this private cloud to Microsoft Azure to give the business flexibility in where it runs its IT workloads. With a hybrid-cloud strategy, Telefónica can deliver IT services to the business in days instead of months and make them more reliable.
The British & Irish Lions
The British & Irish Lions, a world-renowned touring rugby team, wanted to take along 100 million fans when the team toured Hong Kong and Australia. It succeeded, virtually, with an app for Windows, Apple, and Android devices hosted on Microsoft Azure. Nokia phones and Surface tablets made it easy for the team to upload video, while competitions generated fan enthusiasm. A second Azure app monitored player health and helped optimize rosters and training schedules. For the first time in 16 years, The Lions won the Tour.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
DNA sequencing analysis can lead to medical and pharmaceutical breakthroughs, but it requires supercomputing resources and Big Data storage that many researchers lack. Through a grant provided by the National Science Foundation and Microsoft, computer scientists at Virginia Tech developed an on-demand, cloud-computing model using the Microsoft Azure HDInsight Service. Researchers now have easier, cost-effective access to DNA sequencing tools and resources, which could lead to faster advancements in medical research.
To revamp its revenue model and simplify use of the Umbraco open source content management system (CMS), Umbraco HQ introduced a subscription-based cloud version called Umbraco.com, which runs on Microsoft Azure. Customers avoid the cost of maintaining their own infrastructure, and with new subscription revenues Umbraco HQ can devote more time to enhancing its core product. With a cloud hosting model, Umbraco HQ also gains better visibility into how its CMS is being used so that it can better address user needs.
Nobody enjoys an online game that responds slowly or crashes, and a bad experience out of the gate can doom the launch. The Microsoft RASE team uses a new Microsoft Azure-based Dev & Test solution – Cloud-Based Load Testing with Visual Studio Online – to help ensure that the company’s online games deliver great performance. The solution also simplified a complex task and enabled a small team to handle a rapidly expanding number of online games with a fixed budget.
Xerox Nearshore Delivery Center
Xerox depends on its software development teams to deliver world-class solutions. For many years, Xerox has used Microsoft technology to stay at the forefront of development while also managing risk and keeping costs low. Its recent upgrade to Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 technologies for end-to-end ALM has resulted in substantial benefits including: increased visibility into projects and developer utilization and highly automated development processes.
KMS Vertrieb und Services AG
To support the implementation of healthcare reform and cope with decreasing budgets, healthcare providers need to find new ways of estimating patient demand and planning institutional development. In 2010, KMS, a provider of data warehouse solutions for the healthcare industry, used Microsoft SQL Azure to help create a centralized database that delivers comprehensive healthcare information to hospitals. With the database, KMS will enhance patient care and make healthcare management more efficient.
Royal Holloway, University of London
Royal Holloway, University of London, saw the need to change how it provided IT to users in order to deliver the same experience and choice as consumer websites. By moving to a hybrid cloud architecture based on Microsoft technologies, it has been able to automate the provisioning and delivery of services, improving the user experience while saving £50,000 (US$85,000) per year, and reducing the time that IT staff spent on routine activities by 20 percent.
Barcelona, Spain, wanted better insight into government effectiveness. To achieve this, it needed a solution that could collect and analyze data from its systems and new public sources such as social media, software log files, and GPS signals. Working with Microsoft partner Bismart, the city built a hybrid cloud to store and analyze Big Data using business intelligence (BI) and data services based on Windows Azure, Windows Azure HDInsight Service, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, and Microsoft Excel 2010.
To make its services more affordable to smaller organizations, the company decided to create a cloud-based offering, but required a platform that provided the same high level of security and reliability as its Security Center. Genetec created its Stratocast solution built on the Windows Azure Platform. The Azure-based offering provides Genetec with a game-changing offering for small to medium-sized businesses that is more affordable and provides strong security.
Talent-management firm PageUp People devised a set of algorithms that identify successful career-path attributes from 30 million employment records. To rapidly commercialise their invention, they turned to Microsoft Azure Cloud Services. In four weeks, Microsoft experts helped developers create web and mobile front ends, and deploy the open-source database, RavenDB, on the Azure cloud platform. With no hardware costs, minimal support, and easy scalability, PageUp People launched its service in Australia and abroad.
Toole Design Group
Toole Design Group (TDG) is a leading bicycle and pedestrian transportation firm. To help employees in the fast-growing firm communicate better and share ideas more easily, TDG moved email and documents to the cloud using Microsoft Office 365. It also replaced 15 older servers with 6 new ones, halving technology costs. TDG continues to move applications to the cloud and plans to improve application performance by upgrading PCs to Windows 8.1 Pro.
City of Fes
The city of Fès, Morocco, needed a way to more clearly quantify the needs of its citizens and the associated performance of its agencies. Because of the city’s strong leadership and its demonstrated commitment to IT innovation, the African Development Bank (AfDB) chose Fès to test the AfDB City Dashboard, developed in collaboration with Microsoft and designed to help cities monitor their service performance.
A British software provider joined forces with municipal government agencies around the country on a solution for faster, more efficient, and less expensive reporting and responses to neighborhood problems like graffiti and illegal garbage dumping.
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and its county seat, Charlotte, are shaping their future by transforming the way employees work and ensuring that youth have the skills and experience needed to succeed in school and in life. As part of the Microsoft CityNext initiative, the county is making its highly mobile workforce more effective with cloud-based software and Microsoft Surface Pro tablets, so employees can spend more time onsite doing their jobs and less time driving to the office.
Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)
Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) is committed to improving teaching and learning outcomes for students. The organization took a proactive and innovative approach to its IT environment and implemented several cloud-based Microsoft solutions at once, supporting a wide range of needs for staff and students. Wintec has already seen a reduction in operating costs, better management of data, improved communication with students, and increased collaboration for local and global staff.
Cognosys Technologies wanted to address performance issues for web-based and distributed applications. The company created CogCache, a high-performance distributed caching library on Microsoft Azure. This substantially reduces response time and improves performance several hundred times over. Customers across industries and on any platform can also leverage CogCache to reduce application latency.
Microsoft Azure fulfills every kind of requirement customers have regardless of how small or large their business are. What’s more, the Microsoft cloud platform is also capable of supporting other open-source or third-party software.
The UK movie and TV streaming service blinkbox is enjoying terrific growth, but their London datacenter was a barrier to future growth. To quickly and cost-effectively gain access to the compute power and storage needed to perform video encoding, blinkbox moved to the cloud—specifically, Microsoft Azure. By moving to Azure and unplugging its datacenter, blinkbox will save millions of dollars, gain the ability to scale IT infrastructure on demand, and deliver a great customer experience on multiple consumer devices.
IssyGrid is a bold experiment in seeing what happens when homeowners and building owners are empowered with real-time data on their energy usage. The result: they reduce their consumption—and their energy bills—by 10 to 20 percent. The exciting project, happening near Paris, France, is led by a consortium of business leaders and uses Microsoft public cloud resources to store data and Microsoft data management software to analyze it and yield insights.
City of Seattle
The City of Seattle has a long and proud history in energy conservation. In a recent effort to deliver the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to meet its growing energy needs, it worked with Microsoft, Accenture, its local electric utility, and a local nonprofit to create a Smart Building program that aims to reduce downtown power usage by up to 25 percent. The solution uses Microsoft software and Microsoft Smart Building solution partners.
GreenButton is an on-demand high-performance computing provider that saw an opportunity to deliver scalable computing to companies that require only occasional bursts of computing power. The company developed its namesake solution on Microsoft Azure and worked with software vendors to add the GreenButton plug-in to applications. By using GreenButton with Azure, software users can easily call on the power of cloud computing as needed.
December is the most important month of the year for UK retailer Marks and Spencer, and its advertising campaigns are the cornerstone of its holiday strategy. When its 2013 primetime holiday TV ad campaign encouraged people to visit a dedicated website, it was vital that it could cope with the spike in traffic. The retailer created a website using Microsoft Azure to support huge volumes of traffic while avoiding the expense of purchasing physical servers and relying on internal IT resources.
Consulting firm TNX wanted a cost-effective way to expand its solution portfolio, starting with a business information processing solution. After evaluating cloud offerings from both Amazon and Microsoft, the firm chose Microsoft Azure due to its performance, price, and the availability of local expertise. TNX appreciates the flexibility to use Microsoft Azure with other technologies for solutions that improve its efficiency and business agility.
As one of the world’s leading digital music platforms, 7digital aims to simplify access to the world’s music and radio. It also provides customers with music recommendations and other editorial content. When the company wanted to deliver this content to millions of customers across multiple platforms, it turned to Microsoft Azure. With Azure Notification Hubs, 7digital now has a fast and easy way to send push notifications to any device, and it can drive sales with more personalized content.
Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries
Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI), a maintenance, repair, and overhaul company, needed to deploy a critical application but did not have six months to create the necessary datacenter infrastructure. Instead, SAEI deployed the application in Microsoft Azure—in 15 days. Costs were also dramatically less, and SAEI can instantly scale the application and also improve availability by replicating it between Azure datacenters.
Seismic shifts have taken place in the US healthcare regulatory landscape, and QualCare is out front in adapting. The New Jersey–based managed care organization created a private cloud using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 to respond faster to changing business demands, reduce costs, enhance compliance, and increase system availability. It uses Microsoft data integration software to communicate with partners and Microsoft database software to deliver insights to hospitals.
What if you could design a car from a clean sheet of paper—no history, no restrictions? This was the opportunity facing Qoros Automotive, a new international car manufacturer from China, which chose to run its cars’ vehicle telematics system in Microsoft Azure. By using Azure, Qoros gained tremendous freedom to create a rich “connected car” experience for modern drivers. Qoros also avoided an 18-month-long effort and multimillion-dollar expense of building a datacenter and can expand much faster on a global scale.
City of Cape Town
The City of Cape Town is achieving its vision of becoming a “City of Opportunity”—a united, efficient, and inclusive city in which everyone has the opportunity to further their dreams. The city is using Microsoft software to transform its infrastructure with a private cloud to standardize service delivery to all constituents. Cape Town engages its citizens through an eGovernment portal and accelerates opportunities, for example, by working with Microsoft BizSpark to support local startups to optimize public transport.
Mediatonic creates and manages games on mobile devices, consoles and PCs. Understanding player behavior is crucial in an industry that has moved to a free-to-play model, with revenues mostly coming from in-game purchases. With help from Elastacloud, Mediatonic implemented Microsoft Azure HDInsight to analyze large volumes of big data, the insight from which is used to supply new content to gamers, improving player retention and monetization.
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
The Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield Finder Service app lets members manage their healthcare experience from their mobile phones, tablets, and computers. To help partners build mobile and web apps that utilize this service, Wellmark needed to publish a Finder Service API. It turned to Microsoft Azure API Management. By choosing Azure API Management, Wellmark can provide partners with access to fresher, more precise data, reduce the risk and costs of API sharing, and make it easier for members to find providers.
Software startup Q Branch needed a simple but powerful cloud service in order to add offline sync to its popular iOS app, Vesper. As iOS developers, they found Microsoft Azure offered the services they needed to start creating new features immediately using their favorite programming languages and tools. Q Branch also discovered a future-ready suite of cloud services that will not only cut down on maintenance, but grow with them as they consider expanding to other platforms.
Lido Stone Works
Lido Stone Works, a custom manufacturer of stone products, wanted a more automated production environment. Lido turned to Breton, a well-known machinery manufacturer, to implement an intelligent system based on Microsoft technologies that connects Windows Embedded machines on the factory floor with back-end servers running Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server.
Ridgian, an information management company, wanted to improve business intelligence (BI) for private and public sector customers. For better insight, the company created the Windows 8 ProjectView app that takes advantage of Bing Maps and Microsoft Azure cloud services. Everyone, including mobile employees, can easily visualize transactional data with geographical overlays. The solution improves and accelerates insight for organizations ranging from retail companies to law enforcement and social services agencies.
Presspublica needed to upgrade an increasingly popular video-content website that was quickly exceeding the company’s web capacity. Instead of investing in an on-premises infrastructure, Presspublica deployed a rebuilt website by using Windows Azure cloud computing resources. Now the company has enhanced the user experience on its website and broadened its audience.
Although it’s a global leader in bicycles and related gear, Trek Bicycles maintains the spirit of a small company, from its close-knit, collaborative staff to the independent bike shops who sell Trek bikes and gear. Because it sells through a network of smaller, independently owned retailers rather than big-box sporting goods stores, Trek’s success depends on close, supportive relationships between its local sales reps and the owners of the stores.
TechSmith gives individuals and businesses a way to share files, videos, screenshots, and other types of content online. To reduce the cost of storing massive amounts of content, TechSmith uses Microsoft hybrid cloud storage based on the Microsoft Azure platform. With it, TechSmith not only reduced storage costs by hundreds of thousands of dollars but improved data restore times from months to hours, gained instant storage scalability, and “disaster-proofed” its customer data.
Teletica, formerly known as Televisora de Costa Rica S.A., is a Costa Rican television company. Teletica was founded in 1958 and is Costa Rica's oldest television company; it operates Teletica Channel 7, Teletica Channel 33, and CableTica.
eDreams Edusoft identified lack of personalized learning as a fundamental problem in the Indian education system. The company’s flagship product, Funtoot, is its solution to this problem. The intelligent and adaptive online tutor helps every child by enabling personalized learning. It is developed on the Microsoft stack of products and technologies, including Silverlight, IIS and ASP.NET because it delivers seamless integration.
The Environment Agency
The Environment Agency in the United Kingdom wanted to make its flood warning service more accessible to businesses and citizens by offering near real-time updates on areas at risk in England and Wales. Microsoft Gold Partner Shoothill used Bing Maps and Windows Azure to create the FloodAlerts map using data from the Environment Agency nationwide network of monitoring stations. Users can zoom in on any point of a map of England and Wales to see flood alerts, while customised searches can be carried out by postcode.
Telarix helps telecommunications carriers worldwide maintain call quality, manage costs, and streamline traffic. For the past 18 years, it has relied on Microsoft technologies to develop and deliver the carrier-grade tools and services its customers can trust. Using cutting-edge SQL Server features like AlwaysOn and xVelocity and anticipating Microsoft Azure advances around Big Data and network virtualization, Telarix expects to continue delivering innovative products that help carriers serve customers around the world.
Fast-growing professional services consultancy Rhead Group required an integrated IT infrastructure to underpin its business and support international operations. Through a cloud-based model that incorporates Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365, and Windows Phones, it has increased productivity, deepened collaboration, and improved communication while benefiting from predictable costs, now and in the future.
University of Rome Tor Vergata
University of Rome Tor Vergata has revamped its technology infrastructure to offer students and staff a rich portfolio of communications and collaboration services and simpler access to applications. Professors can deliver lectures online, students can reach professors and one another with video calls, and researchers can work on papers online in real time with colleagues around the world. The result is more modern and effective teaching and learning.
Telent teamed up with CGI and Microsoft to modernize the systems that monitor London Underground’s critical rail assets by harnessing data from thousands of devices and sensors – ultimately aimed at streamlining manual monitoring processes, securing and integrating disconnected systems, and spotting equipment issues in real-time.
UberGlobal is one of Australia’s top hosting services providers, serving individuals, small businesses, and enterprises. A longtime VMware shop, UberGlobal recently joined the Microsoft Cloud OS Network and began offering customers a range of new cloud services based on Microsoft datacenter technologies. With these offerings and Microsoft licensing efficiencies, UberGlobal has been able to reduce its costs and accelerate service delivery while still being able to expand its business and revenues.
Opus IRB uses information from clinical trial sites on serious adverse events to protect participants, but this can take several days to weeks, affecting the participants’ health and safety. So Opus IRB deployed vrSafety, developed by Umbra Global to run on Windows Azure, and became the first in the industry to achieve real-time adverse event reporting, which can help save lives and reduce risk for trial sponsors—two reasons that Opus IRB is expanding its business.
Presence Health, with more than 150 locations, serves the healthcare needs of people throughout Illinois. The organization’s physicians and other workers often need to remotely access patient health records. To ensure secure and simple access for these employees, Presence deployed Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication. This service helps healthcare workers focus on patient care and makes it possible for the organization to secure access to health records in accordance with US healthcare regulations.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) provides healthcare services to thousands of residents of New Hampshire and Vermont. As the medical center became more dependent on technology to deliver high-quality healthcare, management realized that its data center required uninterrupted availability. DHMC decided to build a disaster recovery (DR) facility that uses the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 data center solutions to provide a low-cost, highly resilient DR solution.
With more 1,000 employees, Lumenis is a global leader in the medical supply industry. The company had purchased an iPad-based solution for its sales field but was experiencing integration issues with other departments that used Windows-based PCs and Microsoft Office. Posh demonstrated the benefits of a unified Windows 8.1 solution, including a sales and marketing application that also filled several gaps in the existing iOS application.
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
To cost-effectively expand its storage and gain better disaster recovery, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) deployed a Microsoft hybrid cloud solution that combines StorSimple cloud-integrated storage with Windows Azure. CDSBEO has reduced storage costs by US$30,000, gained cost-effective and seamless scalability, and complete disaster recovery capability, and doubled storage performance.
University of California
To help students visualize events through the ages, he is developing a comprehensive history of climate change using ChronoZoom. The timeline includes images, charts, and videos that illustrate major climate changes from the beginning of time through modern day.
Inova Health System
Providing secure access to confidential data for citizens and customers is one of the great challenges of the digital age. Inova, a not-for-profit healthcare provider based in Northern Virginia, will be piloting a new solution with an authentication service that brings hospitals, patients, and identity-verification specialists together in an independent cloud-based service. Patients will avoid having to create and remember single-purpose user names, and the hospital will avoid having to verify them.
Xerox, a global leader in business processes and document management, wanted to shift its employee learning focus from a traditional approach focused on classroom-based learning to a more needs-driven approach. Recognizing both the power of video in learning and the fact that its workforce is increasingly mobile, Xerox worked with Microsoft Azure Circle partner Ravnur to implement a Microsoft Azure cloud-based video content management solution that delivers learning content to mobile devices anywhere and anytime.
Tieto is a Nordic IT services provider that seeks to host any Microsoft application using any cloud model a customer wants. Tieto joined the Microsoft Cloud OS Network to more quickly achieve this vision and today offers a range of Microsoft applications running in the Tieto private cloud or in Microsoft Azure. Tieto expects to expand its cloud business by 50 percent in 2014 and reduce Microsoft-related prices by 20 percent, thanks to its flexible Microsoft infrastructure and licenses.
Enabling different health service providers to seamlessly share patient data is one of the great IT challenges of today. Dental Corporation has pioneered a low-cost, minimal-disruption approach. By using a hybrid, cloud-based integration tool, Dental Corp allows its 220 practices to keep their preferred information and management systems, while extracting all the data it needs to develop smart services. With minimal intervention, the firm is building proactive, firm-wide, patient-focused healthcare.
McKesson, a leading provider of healthcare products and services, wanted to offer customers an analytics solution that could be easily implemented by organizations of any size. For more flexibility, the company decided to run its software on the Windows Azure platform and create a single-sign-on solution based on Windows Azure Active Directory.
Public administration is expected to handle the tax money entrusted to it in an econo mical manner. Once it became apparent that a new IT platform was needed, the Council Services of the Zurich Cantonal Council started looking for opportunities to reduce costs. The IT partner Allgeier (Schweiz) AG therefore designed a new webbased council information system that is operated entirely in the Windows Azure cloud.
Diebold, one of the largest global providers of automated teller machines, created a tablet-based application called Conductor that bank branch personnel use to monitor ATM usage. Diebold developed and runs Conductor in Microsoft Azure, which helped Diebold meet its three-month time-to-market target and gives Diebold an easy way to introduce the app globally. Conductor gives financial institutions a low-cost, easy-to-use tool to help transform their branches by migrating more transactions to self-service terminals.
The Danish Natural Environment Portal
The Danish Natural Environment Portal wanted to reduce the cost of operating its data services, so it adopted Microsoft Azure and experienced cost-savings that made it possible to develop new services and test new environments at a negligible cost. Microsoft Azure has helped provide flexibility, simplify administration, and eliminated the need to invest in hardware.
With NetApp Private Storage for Microsoft Azure, NetApp can help customers incorporate public cloud resources into their cloud strategy. The solution sits in Equinix datacenters and connects to Azure over Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, a private, high-speed link. With this solution, NetApp customers can use Azure while retaining control over their data, realizing on-premises performance levels and gaining multiregional disaster protection.
Sigma Systems makes software that helps communications, media, and high-tech companies provision and manage online services. Sigma recently switched from Amazon to Microsoft Azure and increased profits by reducing cloud costs by 12 percent. By offering a cloud deployment option, Sigma reduces customer deployment time by 50 percent and increases scalability. By standardizing on Azure, Sigma eliminates testing steps that slowed business growth.
Cambia Health Solutions / Wellero
After comparing technologies, Wellero chose the Microsoft platform including Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 and Windows Azure. As a result, Wellero brought its new offering to market twice as fast; saved at least US$275,000 in its first year of business; and boosted its scalability and corporate agility. The company was also able to create two versions of a unique mobile app that gives consumers more information and control over healthcare costs—and gives providers a single point-of-access to the solution to exchange data
Leeds Teaching Hospital
Leeds Teaching Hospitals, one of the largest providers of emergency care services in Europe, wanted to gain better access to data so that it could identify trends and improve services. However, growing volumes of structured and unstructured data—including doctors’ notes from emergency room visits—hindered insight.
Ascribe, a leading provider of IT solutions for the healthcare industry, wanted to help clinicians identify trends and improve services by supplying faster access to information. However, exploding volumes of structured and unstructured data hindered insight. To solve the problem, Ascribe designed a hybrid-cloud solution with built-in business intelligence (BI) tools based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Windows Azure. Now, clinicians can respond faster with self-service BI tools.
The University of California, Davis
The University of California, Davis has 33,000 students and multiple undergraduate and graduate colleges on campus, including the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. To support the changing campus technology needs and build streamlined applications for the entire campus, the college deployed Windows Azure. The platform saves the college money, promotes innovative application development, fosters collaboration, provides higher availability, and even scales for future use among other state universities.
New Zealand life insurance startup, Partners Life, needed a highly intuitive document-management system that was low-cost and easy to scale. With an all-cloud strategy, executives rapidly implemented a scanning, routing, forwarding and search capability, using Microsoft Azure, and two hosted versions of Microsoft SharePoint. With scalable, interoperable cloud tools lowering barriers to entry, Partners Life gained an astonishing 17% new business market share in three years.
Convergent Computing, an IT consultancy, needed to better control its storage costs while retaining data that employees and regulators require. The firm deployed the Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8100 hybrid storage array to take advantage of nearly unlimited cloud-based storage and to ease management overhead. The firm expects to reduce storage costs by up to 70 percent while gaining a better way to handle disaster recovery testing in the process.
MedPlast managed and stored large amounts of data with a traditional storage area network but found it expensive and time-consuming to keep up with data growth. The company had already migrated to StorSimple and recently participated in a technology adoption program for Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8000 Series hybrid storage arrays. By using StorSimple, MedPlast has simplified data-growth management, decreased its data-storage costs, reduced complexity for business users, and increased IT agility.
Drug-development company Infinity Pharmaceuticals sought to accommodate its growing data without continuing to add to its storage infrastructure. It adopted the Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8000 Series hybrid storage array to take advantage of cloud storage and minimize the burden of management. Infinity will save US$65,000 in storage costs in 2014, remove weekly data-protection tasks, and now has a scalable long-term storage solution.
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) wanted to improve building management and energy efficiency, so it implemented the PI System from Microsoft Global ISV partner OSIsoft based on Power BI for Office 365 and the Windows Azure platform. CMU reduced building energy consumption by 30 percent and gained better operational insight with powerful, easy-to-use business intelligence (BI) tools built into Microsoft Excel.
PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency
PUB, Singapore’s national water agency responsible for managing water supply, wants to educate constituents about the importance of managing the country’s scarce resources. Through the MyWaters mobile and desktop app, PUB lets users monitor water levels in real-time and access educational content at its “Active, Beautiful and Clean Waters” sites around the city-state. The app also provides useful location-based flood alerts, and it likewise offers a feedback mechanism for citizens to send messages back to the agency.
To improve availability, the Philippines’ Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) wanted to move its open source case management system to the cloud. Initially unaware of Microsoft Azure’s support for open source software, DAR discovered that deploying a mixed workload on the Microsoft public cloud service was swift and trouble-free. Now, not only is the case-management system more reliable, the costs of maintaining it are also substantially lower.
East of England Collaborative Procurement Hub
When the East of England Collaborative Procurement Hub healthcare organization grew frustrated by the lack of control, flexibility, and mobility provided by its IT systems provider, it decided a move to the cloud was required. Advised by its partner Core, the Hub switched to Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365, which has helped improve communication and collaboration among team members and led to a happier, more effective workforce.
The City of Barcelona has a global reputation for innovation. Many of the technological solutions that the city has adopted in recent years are at the leading edge of city management. Microsoft cloud services and devices play a transformative role in supporting several of the city’s initiatives, from providing data center management solutions that increase city employee productivity, to hosting and analyzing public data.
Mississippi Department of Mental Health
The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) strives to make a difference in the lives of Mississippians with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities. To more effectively engage patients the DMH deployed CoCENTRIX CARETILES, a mobile app running on Microsoft Dynamics CRM. CARETILES enhances the abilities of individuals to communicate with caregivers and will help DMH staff close the clinical loop by monitoring progress against individual care plans.
Tel Aviv Municipality
Tel Aviv is a large and busy city, and the IT system that supports city government is large and complicated. Over time, the infrastructure became increasingly complex, and the city wanted to move systems to the cloud to simplify administration and increase scalability. Tel Aviv chose to try the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, and the city has made the IT ecosystem more manageable, given city workers a highly secure mobility solution that allows working from anywhere.
After the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Japan (METI) helped support those needing assistance by promoting the sharing of resource information among ministries, agencies, prefectures, and cities. METI worked in cooperation with partner agencies to find a way to connect resources with those who needed them. In January 2012, METI launched the solution—the Recovery and Reconstruction Support Program Database, powered by Windows Azure.
Transport for Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester wanted to improve its transportation services by creating mobile device apps that travelers could use to better plan, manage, and enjoy their journeys. Transport for Greater Manchester decided to make its data publicly available and used Windows Azure to create and host a real-time open data platform. Third-party developers are using this platform to create a wide range of apps that make it easier and more enjoyable to use Greater Manchester’s public transport network.
Al Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
As one of the largest public universities in Saudi Arabia, Al Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University provides education for about 120,000 male and female students spread across two campuses and 66 institutes around the country and three institutes outside. The university's students and staff communicate and collaborate efficiently with each other for course work and for administration thanks to the first installation in the Middle East and Africa of Student Advantage with Office 365 ProPlus.
To support Korea’s booming game app-development industry, cloud-computing specialists, APEX PLATFORM, wanted to create a comprehensive, all-in-one, Gaming Backend-as-a-Service (GBaaS) offering. After developing its mixed Windows-Linux GBaaS platform using Amazon Web Services, APEX PLATFORM switched to Microsoft Azure. This switch enabled APEX PLATFORM to sustain a zero startup cost model for new game developers, and provide a natural home for the GBaaS platform, which was built using Apache Tomcat and a NoSQL database.
Triple C Cloud Computing
Triple C Cloud Computing is a leading hosting services provider in Israel that recently partnered with Microsoft and Parallels to offer both small business and enterprise customers multitenant services that are consistent with the Microsoft Azure platform. With these new services, Triple C plans to expand revenues by 40 percent and it can give Israeli businesses access to more flexible hybrid cloud services at lower costs.
Place I Live
Place I Live's business is built on delivering open data that provides information about living conditions and services in major global cities. When it piloted the service it used a local website hosting provider but soon discovered the service wasn't robust and flexible enough to scale out to many cities. Consequently, it turned to Microsoft Azure which allows it confidently reach around the world with a cloud-based infrastructure that is reliable and flexible, and one that performs powerfully.
To improve data protection processes and gain the storage space and agility needed to expand the business, Pennoni Associates replaced its tape backup solution with a Microsoft hybrid cloud storage solution. Pennoni has freed up one day a week for staff to spend on higher-value activities while decreasing data protection costs by more than US$40,000 annually. It can integrate acquisitions faster and improve storage scalability and reliability.
Tokyo University of Technology
To produce qualified students based on international standards, the Tokyo University of Technology (hereafter referred to as TUT) has always taken an active approach to ICT investment. However, the 100 or so servers that the university currently used as part of its ICT assets were rapidly becoming obsolete. The system needed to be updated. After a year’s worth of discussions, plans emerged for building a university-wide, cloud-based system and a core database that would cut operating loads to the lowest possible level.
Bluegarden, a large Scandinavian payroll service, is using Microsoft Azure API Management to gain a simple, efficient, security-enabled way to share application programming interfaces (APIs) with partners. By publishing APIs for key product capabilities, Bluegarden can create an extensible product to fit every customer’s needs, expand its partners and consequently its business, and help keep APIs secure.
E-business fraud is a global problem — but a Nigerian start-up may have a solution. The i.Sec company has been developing a real-time authentication and identity management system that lets credit card or other customers approve, decline or report transactions through their telephones for better security. After joining Microsoft's BizSpark programme, i.Sec switched from Amazon-hosted services on Linux to Microsoft's better-performing Azure.
City of Luxor
The city of Luxor, Egypt, wants to help up to 12,000 daily visitors to its temples, tombs, and other historical sites get the most out of their trip, while supporting its tourism industry by helping visitors find tour guides, hotels, restaurants, transportation, and other services. In 2012, the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) launched the Luxor Mobile Portal, powered by Windows Azure and designed specifically for smartphones running the Windows Phone 7 operating system.
Since its launch in 2003, Curtin University’s OASIS portal has become the central access point for online student services. By migrating the portal to Windows Azure, Curtin has gained scalable, highly available server capacity for peak loads of 110,000 hits an hour, as well as a flexible platform for developing new cloud applications to meet the needs of students and staff.
Singapore web app startup, MyHero, devised an ingenious stock-market investment game that enables successful players to earn real money. What they needed was a technology-neutral cloud platform, rapid global-deployment capability and technical support to help their team quickly build the app. With support from the Microsoft BizSpark program, they launched this app within 3 months and the game, TradeHero, is now a stunning success, attracting a quarter of a million players.
LunarApps, needed to find a robust and flexible cloud solution that could handle millions of service requests to the web for one of its products, TwitMail. Furthermore, the solution needed to be able to support Open Source technologies, highly scalable with high availability, and with a low cost of ownership. The firm achieved this goal by deploying Microsoft Azure, which was provided through the Microsoft BizSpark Plus program.
“This is a very important initiative enabling Barcelona to consolidate its position as a city of culture, knowledge, creativity, innovation, and quality of life. A city that focuses on helping businesses and entrepreneurs…” - Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona
By providing innovative usage of established network protocols and patented technology, nFrnds develops apps and real-time internet data services for millions of people across Africa. Whereas Base of the Pyramid (BoP) users were previously unable to take advantage of internet and information services, today they are benefiting in many different ways, ranging from agricultural insights to micro finance opportunities. nFrnds wanted to extend these services even further, and turned to
Jakarta web services and hosting company, Kemana, struggled to keep up with customer demand in a cost-effective way. From website deployment to chargebacks, they faced challenges that were impacting not only their bottom line, but also their competitiveness in the market. In 2013, the company switched 22 customer ecommerce sites to the Microsoft cloud service, Microsoft Azure. With Azure, Kemana has been able to address these challenges and is now growing fast with an expanded range of customers.
Buzzebees Co., Ltd.
Bangkok-based software company, Buzzebees, needed cloud infrastructure to support the launch of a social media app on iOS, Android and Windows phones. Impressed by great in-country support and a platform that easily supports all three mobile operating systems, executives selected the global service, Microsoft Azure. Azure proved cost-effective, scalable and easy to work with: Buzzebees rapidly scaled it for peak usage of 20,000 customers per second, and when it was time to launch in Singapore, did so in just two days.
In 2008, students at Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, started a seminal open source software project to enable amateur developers to use a cloud-based IDE to code applications in a wide variety of languages from a variety of devices. Their goormIDE service proved exceptionally popular, and in 2013, the students decided to commercialise the platform using the cloud service, Microsoft Azure.
TV Studio Reaches New Devices and Markets with Cloud-Based Streaming Solution
Cloud Computing With Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud Services
Top Global Rugby Team Wins with Cloud Apps That Motivate Fans, Monitor Player Health
Construction Firm Safeguards Cloud-Based Applications with Online Directory Service
Business Software Firm Gives Customers Online and Offline Capabilities with Cloud
Startup Uses Cloud Solution to Build Top-Selling Application
Leading European Airline Improves Service and Scalability with Hybrid Cloud Solution
Firm Uses Identity Management Solution to Develop Cost-Effective Authentication Tool
Health System Can Ensure Secure Remote Access to Patient Data with Multi-Factor Authentication
Nobel Prize moving up into the cloud with Windows Azure
Global Weather Center Increases Global Scalability and Speeds Time-to-Market with Cloud Platform
Lufthansa Systems AG
Lufthansa Systems Uses Hybrid Cloud to Trim IT Delivery to Hours and Reduce Costs
Paramount Consultancy & Training Services Limited
Firm Provides Anytime, "Anywhere, Any Device" E-Learning Services in the Microsoft Cloud
Architecture Firm Avoids $140,000 Expense, Gains Huge Scalability with Cloud Storage
Dental Firm Uses Hybrid Cloud Solution to Address Patient Records Challenge
App Maker Cuts Database Costs 20 Percent by Switching to Windows Azure
Print Company Boosts Annual Revenue by $8 Million with Cloud-Based Integration
City Deploys Big Data BI Solution to Improve Lives and Create a Smart-City Template
Media Startup Launches Quickly, Prepares for Growth Using Cost-Effective Cloud Solution
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
University Transforms Life Sciences Research with Big Data Solution in the Cloud
Danish Research-Based Firm Unlocks Data from Multiple Sources with Hybrid Cloud
Intertek Uses Cloud-Based Mobile Solution to Improve Inspection Process
Publisher Rapidly Transforming Its Culture and Boosts Efficiency with Cloud-Based BI
Fredrikson & Byron, P. A.
Law Firm Adds Multi-Factor Authentication for Remote Access to Confidential Client Information
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Santa Tracker Moves to New Service, Gives Real-Time Insight to More Than 22 Million
Web Developer on Track to Double Revenues with Site Creation, Hosting Platform
NBC News Digital
NBC News Picks Windows Azure over Amazon to Host Push Notifications to Mobile Apps
Office Furniture Supplier Reduces Storage Costs, Restore Times with Cloud-Integrated Solution
Chinese TV Network Provides Global Services and Saves $1 Million with Cloud Platform
Placing real-time information in customers hands with Windows Azure
Toyota Redesigns Web Portal Using Scalable Cloud and Content Management Solutions
Norwegian design and technology consultancy helps large media company build innovative, simple digital platform for their customers on Windows Azure
Electronics Retailer Enhances Partnerships, Drives Traffic with Cloud Technology
3M Unit Boosts Revenue by 50 Percent with Choice of Cloud Service
UK Insurance Firm Uses Mobile App and Cloud Platform to Track Driving Behavior
Trek Bicycle Corporation
Bicycle Firm Moves Retail System to Cloud, Expects to Save $15,000 a Month in IT Costs
WEBZEN Inc. Launches an Online FPS Game, Arctic Combat, Using Windows Azure
Telenor Uses Windows Azure Virtual Machines for Fast, Efficient, Cost-saving Development and Testing of company-wide SharePoint 2013 Platform
Big Data Solution Transforms Healthcare with Faster Access to Information
343 Industries Gets New User Insights from Big Data in the Cloud
Microsoft Co-Venture Uses Server Solution to Eliminate Latency for Field Force
FaST-LMM and Windows Azure Put Genetics Research on Faster Track
Hogg Robinson Group
Firm Extends Application to Mobile Devices, Cutting Start-Up Costs by 80 Per Cent
Russian Media Analyst Better Able to Meet Customer Commitments with Cloud Service
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