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Microsoft

About the company*

Microsoft has a number of offerings in IoT, and in fact some of the most extensive ones in the market. It addresses the needs of the IoT market on several fronts: from large enterprise customers to small system integrators and individual developers. Its entire offering is centered around the Azure IoT platform, but in fact goes beyond it and taps into Microsoft’s non-IoT offerings such as Dynamics 365 or Power BI.

The official segmentation of Microsoft’s IoT offering can be split into products and solutions: The product range includes several offerings, which can be used as building blocks for IoT solutions that are much more complex and represent a toolbox for system integrators to play with.

 

Microsoft’s IoT product range includes:

  • The Azure IoT suite (PaaS) platform, which enables companies to develop their own IoT solutions, to collect, process and analyze machine data. Being based on the Azure Cloud, it offers scalability. The Azure IoT services include: 


    • Azure IoT Hub, which is used for monitoring and managing IoT devices.


    • Azure IoT Edge, which enables cloud capabilities at the edge, such as running artificial intelligence and edge analytics.


  • Azure Machine Learning, which provides tools for building, deploying and sharing predictive analytics solutions.


  • Azure Stream Analytics, which allows the processing of a vast amount of data from all IoT devices and gateways.


  • Azure Time Series Insights, which provides special processing capabilities for time series data.


  • Azure Function, which enables capabilities from the Azure Cloud platform.

  • Cognitive Services, which contribute AI and intelligent algorithms.

  • Cortana Intelligence, which allows for predictive analytics capabilities, available in the cloud. 

  • Dynamics 365 for field service (Microsoft’s standard ERP offering). 


  • The Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform is a connected car platform based on Azure IoT,
but brings additional features such as the Cortana Intelligence Suite, Microsoft Dynamics, Office 365 or Skype for Business. 


  • Microsoft IoT Central, which is a fully-managed solution consisting of off-the-shelf IoT SaaS applications. 


  • Power BI, which is Microsoft’s standard business intelligence offering.


  • Windows 10 IoT, which is an operating system for IoT devices. 


* Please note that this content is based on teknowlogy/PAC research.

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Peer Groups

  • Large enterprise IoT platform vendors

  • Device development-focused platforms 

  • Rapid application deployment-focused platforms

  • Analytics-Focused platform

Vendor

  • Microsoft

Product

  • Microsoft Azure

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