Convergence 2015: big data, small patterns, better business — Weekend Reading: March 20 Edition


Where to start this week? With so much going on at Microsoft’s annual Convergence business community summit, held this year in Atlanta, we could almost call this week’s edition: “Convergence CliffsNotes.” Let’s get to it. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella kicked off the premiere business event, Monday, with a keynote address highlighting how businesses can use data to help predict trends and better understand their customers, which can lead … Read more »

Saudi Airlines flies to new heights with business intelligence solution from Microsoft


Saudi Airlines, one of the largest airlines in the Middle East, has chosen Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Power BI for Office 365, Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 to analyze, visualize and share data in a unified way. By using this Microsoft technology to implement a business intelligence (BI) solution, the airline forecasts better business visibility, more engaged employees and savings of millions of dollars per year. The … Read more »

Japanese banking company migrates 30,000 client terminals from Windows XP to Windows 8


Resona Holdings, Inc., which oversees the operations of Resona Bank and other group subsidiaries in Japan, has migrated 30,000 client terminals used within the Resona Group from Windows XP to Windows 8 and Office 2013. It’s one of the largest such deployments ever made in Japan, according to Microsoft Japan. The company finished the migration at the end of February, ahead of the April 8 end of support deadline for … Read more »

Microsoft Azure the perfect solution for on-demand video service blinkbox

Leave it to the cloud to make even movie viewing a better experience. That’s what Microsoft Azure did for blinkbox and the streaming service’s million monthly users. The United Kingdom-based company, owned by Tesco, the country’s biggest retailer, needed a way to ensure the on-demand content looked great on every device for its customers. Blinkbox employed Microsoft Azure to encode and catalog its vast library, streamlining the process so that … Read more »

Weekend Reading: March 21st Edition – The Madness of March, SQL Server 2014 and a school in the cloud


Winter is supposed to go out like lamb, but here at Weekend Reading it’s proven to be more like a lion. Check out this roaring lineup … March means Madness — the kind that comes with back-to-back-to-back college basketball. It may be too late to use predictions from Microsoft Research’s statistician extraordinaire, David Rothschild for your bracket this year, but you can still take a lesson from his technique. Microsoft Research’s … Read more »