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City of HopeComputer scientists at the City of Hope medical research and treatment center use high-performance computing to understand diseases like cancer and diabetes at the molecular modeling level. One team there uses Linux-based Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines with NVIDIA Tesla graphics processing units (GPUs) to slash protein-modeling simulations from weeks to days. Faster simulations mean faster progress toward creating a portfolio of drugs that can be used to treat diseases more effectively.
Rackspace HostingAs one of the world’s largest managed cloud providers, Rackspace hosts all kinds of workloads for thousands of organizations—from small businesses to global enterprises, including more than half of the Fortune 100. It serves customers on all the major cloud platforms, including its recent addition of Azure to its offerings. At that time, it also chose the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) to manage and monitor Azure services for its customers within a powerful unified view. Using OMS Log Analytics and Azure Monitor, Rackspace gained native Azure security; flexible, customized, automated reporting and alerts; and scalability—all within a single pane of glass.
Microsoft CorporationMillions of businesses worldwide use open source technology, and Microsoft is no exception. In fact, one in three Azure Virtual Machines runs Linux, and Microsoft is taking advantage of open source technologies to enhance its own cloud services. For example, the Customer Fabrics Platform Team at Microsoft recently chose DataStax Enterprise—the always-on data platform for cloud applications powered by Apache Cassandra—to improve service across multiple areas. Now, administrators work with Data…
GeicoBy adopting a DevOps development strategy and transitioning development to Microsoft Azure, GEICO is working to engage customers more personally and dynamically. With the help of partner Applied Information Sciences, GEICO is moving to the cloud with a focus on increased efficiency, greater application availability, and lower costs.
ContidisContidis is building the new Candando superstore chain in Angola, which gives people one place to buy groceries, home goods, and other items. With U.S.$400 million in investment capital, the stakes for success are high. When the organization’s SAP for Retail solution in Amazon Web Services couldn’t deliver the business intelligence (BI) managers needed, Contidis engaged Microsoft partner DevScope for a solution based on Microsoft Power BI, Azure SQL Database, and Azure Analysis Services. Today, more than 100 employees—including managers and store personnel—use the Microsoft solution to get faster, more in-depth insight into critical financial and operational data. The reports and alerts help boost customer service and uncover fraud, inventory errors, and the effects of store promotions on revenue. With Power BI, staff can instantly compare Candando’s pricing with its competitors’. And IT employees are more efficient, now that they have increased control and flexibility when it comes to reporting, data storage, and security.
Arizona Department of EducationMark Masterson and his team at the Arizona Department of Education are using the latest tools in data analytics to fix a previously broken finance and reporting system and reimagine how decisions are made. With help from Microsoft Azure and the Ed-Fi Alliance, the Arizona DOE has optimized their education system and empowered their teachers and administrators.
FreshDirectFrom guaranteeing farm fresh goods to on-time delivery, quality is at the heart of FreshDirect. The online grocer started in the New York area in 2002. Since then, it has expanded throughout the northeastern US and now delivers directly to customers throughout seven states, including the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and the District of Columbia. In 2016, FreshDirect expanded its portfolio with the launch of FoodKick, an on-demand business that delivers a curated selection of food, alcohol, and essentials—all delivered within an hour. After launching its first mobile apps using platform-specific languages, FreshDirect knew it needed a more scalable long-term strategy that would deliver the same high quality in its mobile apps as in its products and service. With Xamarin Studio (Visual Studio for Mac Preview), Xamarin Test Cloud, and HockeyApp, FreshDirect streamlines and automates app updates, testing, distribution, and monitoring to release even better apps to customers, faster.
Microsoft CorporationThe Bing team at Microsoft uses Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, massive data sets, and advanced recurrent neural network models to provide enhanced language understanding for text-based search. Machine-learned triggering and ranking algorithms support natural language and prediction of user intent, providing a more naturally responsive experience. Measured against standardized metrics, advanced sequence training in Bing results in improved precision and recall for faster, more relevant search results.
Microsoft CorporationConversational speech presents a broad range of challenges that humans unconsciously overcome, such as environmental noise, multi-speaker interference, and assumptions and elisions introduced by familiarity. Tools provided by Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit drive the human speech parity effort at Microsoft. The speech parity team uses the open-source toolkit to produce powerful, efficient acoustic and language models for conversational speech recognition, while lowering error rates to below those achieved by human subjects.