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Realize the potential of IoT remote monitoring solutions

Each remote monitoring project will be unique—tailored to the needs of your business and your equipment. But at its core, the principles and considerations for a remote monitoring solution are very similar. In this document, you will see details you should consider when getting started on a remote monitoring project.

Realize the potential of IoT predictive maintenance solutions

Imagine if you could predict equipment failures before they happen, and systematically prevent them. That’s what predictive maintenance offers. It involves using data to identify warning signs of potential problems, predict when equipment needs maintenance and preemptively service that equipment before problems occur.  This paper presents details and steps you should consider as you plan a predictive maintenance solution.

IoT Signals Report

 IoT Signals is the annual report designed to better serve our partners and customers, as well as help business leaders develop their own IoT strategies. In 2020, Microsoft commissioned Hypothesis Group, an insights, design, and strategy agency, to execute the IoT Signals Edition 2 research including over 3,000 decision makers at enterprise companies across the US, UK, Germany, France, China, and Japan who were currently involved in IoT. This global research included business decision makers (BDMs), IT decision makers (ITDMs), and developers from a range of industries such as manufacturing, retail/wholesale, oil and gas, healthcare and more. New this year, learn about emerging technology trends such as IoT edge, AI, and Digital Twins.

Intelligent Manufacturing made easy with Microsoft Azure

For manufacturers, the promise of Industry 4.0 lies in breaking down silos and gaining a holistic view across the entire operation, from asset data to insights across all manufacturing processes. But there are some big challenges in getting there—the data path is generally several layers deep, and enabling those layers to communicate freely can be an expensive and complex proposition. 

Microsoft Azure offers a path to overcome the ISA-95 compliance and interoperability conundrum. Azure Industrial IoT enables both established plants and new plants to be equipped with future monitoring and optimization functions for Industry 4.0 needs in addition to the classic automation pyramid—through a safe, secure, and open approach that does not compromise existing implementations.

The goal of this whitepaper is to help our customers understand how they can use an Azure nested edge solution to unlock Industry 4.0 in their own facilities. It offers guidance on how customers around the world can build cloud native industrial solutions on their terms and be ready for the future..

Best practices for implementing seven properties in Azure Sphere

Almost three years ago, Microsoft introduced a new standard for IoT security and argued, based on an analysis of best-in-class devices, that seven properties must be present on every standalone device that connects to the internet in order to be considered secured. Azure Sphere, now generally available, is Microsoft’s entry into the market: a seven-properties-compliant, end-to-end product offering for building and deploying highly secured IoT devices. These details are captured in a new paper titled, Nineteen cybersecurity best practices used to implement the seven properties of highly secured devices in Azure Sphere. It focuses on why the seven properties are always required and describes best practices used to implement Azure Sphere. The paper provides detailed information about the architecture and implementation of Azure Sphere and discusses design decisions and trade-offs. We hope that the new paper can assist organizations and individuals in evaluating the measures used within Azure Sphere to improve the security of IoT devices. Companies may also want to use this paper as a reference, when assessing Azure Sphere or other IoT offerings.  

Smart buildings: From design to reality

 As awareness grows about the effects of human activity on climate change, enterprises around the world are recognizing their responsibility to enact more sustainable practices. They’re also looking at the role their buildings play in climate change, biodiversity, and waste management. Additionally, enterprises are increasingly aware of their social responsibility, especially ensuring the health and well-being of their employees and building occupants. This white paper offers best practices from design to construction to operations for enterprises planning environmentally and socially responsible smart building projects.  Contributors include Hari Natarajan, EVP Strategic Global Alliance, LTTS; Ajith Jha- Head, Smart Products, LTTS; Emmanuel Daniel, Director, Digital Transformation Microsoft, LTTS; Matthew Vogel, Azure IoT Program Manager, Microsoft; and, Kirstin Walker, Azure IoT Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

Secure Your IoT Deployments To Drive Business Success

A Forrester Consulting Thought Leadership Paper Commissioned By Microsoft:  In May 2019, Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to understand how business decision makers are thinking about IoT security broadly and to explore the specific business value of investing in IoT security. Forrester conducted an online survey with 262 respondents and five interviews with IoT technology planning and deployment decision makers at manufacturing, retail, and healthcare companies in the US, Germany, Japan, and South Korea to explore this topic. We found that as IoT devices and applications become increasingly prevalent in and important to today’s enterprises, firms must reckon with the fact that their IoT security isn’t sufficient and has the potential to cause real harm.  

IoT Security in Depth: From the Device to the Cloud

IoT contributes significantly to digital transformation, requiring a reimagining of enterprises’ security. In particular, tools and approaches, including devices, the network edge, data connections, and cloud resources, must work end to end. Microsoft crystallizes decades of security leadership to operationalize IoT security across all OSs through tools and best practices. As organizations work to adopt and mature their IoT infrastructures, they can use these measures to assess their security needs, manage their current state, and execute a structured approach to continuously improve their security postures 

Microsoft Azure and Data Compliance in the Internet of Things (IoT) context

 For companies considering implementing solutions involving the Internet of Things (IoT), there are questions as to how to comply with security and privacy requirements. This document is written for decision makers who are considering the use of Microsoft Azure IoT Suite. Section 1 focuses on information about how Microsoft generally addresses key security, privacy, and compliance principles in Azure cloud services. Section 2 describes specific cloud services that Microsoft offers for IoT. Section 3 provides recommendations about how customers can achieve a high level of security and data compliance for their IoT environment.

Azure SQL Edge Whitepaper

Azure SQL Edge: A data engine optimized for IoT workloads on  edge devices