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International world trade centre gains control of costly assets with cloud-based IoT

Dubai World Trade Centre

As the region's largest purpose-built complex for events and exhibitions, the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) hosts millions of visitors each year. DWTC wanted to improve asset tracking and management for more than 7,000 pieces of costly audio, video, and lighting equipment rented for events. To improve efficiency, DWTC implemented a cloud solution that connects on-premises sensors gateways, ibeacon tags, and an ERP system to the Microsoft Azure IoT services. The venue now has real-time insight into the location and usage of its equipment, and automated processes have improved everything from equipment allocation to inventory management.
How WE embraces digital transformation to empower social good

WE

Most pre-teens are focused on friends, sports, and school. But for 12-year-old activist Craig Kielburger, those pursuits weren’t enough. After reading the story of a child laborer who lost his life for speaking out, he started the nonprofit “Free the Children” in the late 1990s. Founded on the concept that students can take actions to change the world, his small organization quickly became a global movement inspiring millions of kids, and Craig himself became a vocal advocate for youth empowerment, featured on programs such as 60 Minutes. Now named WE, the organization is dedicated to changing the world one person at a time. It provides youth across the globe with the inspiration, information, and tools to do just that.
Finnish IT services provider builds employee collaboration with Microsoft workflow automation

Sulava Ltd.

Sulava Ltd. Chief Research Officer Jussi Roine was looking for a way to maximize productivity in his IT services company while remaining true to a key corporate goal—encouraging flexibility and freedom for his employees. He found a way using Microsoft Flow, a workflow management tool that helps set up automated workflows between apps and services to synchronize files, get notifications, and collect data. Now, his largely mobile workers can stay more connected with each other while increasing productivity. For Sulava, this means the difference between stretching already-limited resources and tapping into a pool of nearby coworkers to help support needs such as regional customer meetings or technical site visits.
Serverless platform cuts time-to-market by two-thirds

Quest

In the tradition of helping customers solve complex problems with simple solutions, Quest launched Quest On Demand, an Azure-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for managing Microsoft Azure Active Directory and Office 365 users and workloads. Quest’s R&D and DevOps team took a cloud-first, serverless architectural approach, deploying key Azure capabilities to build a platform that can scale to manage millions of objects. This strategy averted the need for costly on-premises hardware servers. It also eliminated spinning up virtual machines in the cloud. And it cut time-to-market by two-thirds. The global reach of Azure, plus its sovereign cloud model and Trust Center, also help Quest sell its SaaS offerings, improving time-to-revenue. Quest offers a pay-as-you-go subscription model, and the Azure SaaS architecture will enable them to better align pricing with customer consumption.
Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint Online Elastic Capacity using Azure SQL Database

Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft OneDrive is a cloud service which allows you to seamlessly save personal and work files to a document library which can be accessed and shared from any location and from any device. SharePoint Online is the underlying infrastructure that powers SharePoint Team sites, Portals, Groups and OneDrive for Business. In support of the service, the Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint Online engineering teams formerly stored application metadata and file settings in on-premises SQL Server databases located in team-managed data centers. With the rapid growth in Microsoft OneDrive adoption, the Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint Online engineering teams saw an opportunity to greatly reduce the operational requirements of their metadata management data-tier by migrating thousands of servers from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database.
UK tax authority underpins organizational transformation with modern, mobile technologies

HM Revenue and Customs

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the UK's tax, payments, and customs authority, has embarked on a far-reaching business transformation project, with the aim of becoming the world's most digitally advanced tax authority. To help achieve this, it is adopting a technology infrastructure that includes Windows 10 Enterprise, Microsoft Surface Pro devices, and Office 365 to drive new ways of working, increase collaboration, support field-based staff, boost productivity, and provide a platform for future innovation.
Specialized insurance broker reduces program setup time from months to weeks

Lockton Affinity

Lockton Affinity designs property and casualty insurance plans that are custom-tailored to the needs of affinity groups such as nonprofits, professional organizations, and trade associations. Its understanding of the nuances of each group allows it to more effectively structure solutions with insurance carriers that deliver competitive rates and protection to group members. Because it delivers its affinity programs through custom-branded websites to groups ranging from hundreds of members to millions, Lockton Affinity needed a technology platform that would support quick implementation and cost-effective scalability, while requiring a minimum of maintenance. To meet the needs of both carriers and group members for flexibility, scalability, and stringent security, it chose Microsoft Azure coupled with the Instec Policy system. In so doing, it shortened site implementation from months to weeks and eliminated maintenance associated with those sites.
How HP Inc. enhances data analytics with Power BI

HP Inc.

One of the most popular electronics producers in the country, HP Inc. is developing a new online resource to effectively manage the printer needs of their retail customers. The digital service allows HP’s auto-replenishment services team to remotely manage the ink and toner replenishment needs of their customers with the latest IoT technology.
The Associated Press enhances coverage of Virginia elections with Microsoft Power BI  

Associated Press

As leaders in the media industry since 1846, the Associated Press (AP) is constantly shaping the future of journalism. The agency wanted an effective way to visualize election results during a hotly contested gubernatorial primary election in Virginia. The Associated Press collaborated with Microsoft and used Power BI to create compelling and interactive live data visualizations that its member news organizations could use to publish local coverage of election results and share news more quickly with their readers.
Core Banking Software Provider Moves Flagship Offering to the Cloud and Opens New Markets

Temenos Headquarters SA

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.

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