New solution and investments announced to simplify IoT for customers and manufacturers

Microsoft announced a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering Thursday to reduce the complexity of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, making digital transformation faster, easier and more accessible for manufacturers, customers and partners.

The new solution, called Microsoft IoT Central, is the first IoT offering from a leading, hyperscale cloud vendor that simplifies the cloud development process, enabling powerful IoT scenarios for customers without requiring cloud solution expertise. It will be available alongside Microsoft’s existing platform-as-a-service solution, Azure IoT Suite, which enables deep customization and full control.

“Built on the Azure cloud, Microsoft IoT Central simplifies the development process and makes it easy and fast for customers to get started, making digital transformation more accessible to everyone,” writes Sam George, Microsoft partner director for Azure IoT.

Microsoft will showcase the solution at Hannover Messe 2017 next week, along with other new IoT investments designed to help customers and manufacturers innovate. New services include Azure IoT Suite: Connected Factory, a pre-configured solution that makes it easy to connect on-premises OPC Unified Architecture (UA) and OPC Classic devices to the Microsoft cloud for insights on operational efficiencies. The connected factory solution also enables customers to securely browse and configure factory devices from the cloud.

Microsoft also announced the preview of Azure Time Series Insights, a fully managed service that makes it easy to explore, visualize and analyze billions of data events from IoT solutions.

Also new: a preview of Azure Stream Analytics on edge devices for when cloud connectivity is limited; an Azure IoT Hub service that streamlines device provisioning; and Azure IoT support for two industry-wide, hardware security standards.

“Next week at Hannover Messe, Microsoft will showcase how we’re helping to advance digital transformation for customers by simplifying IoT, making it more accessible and easier to implement, as well as continuing to offer the most comprehensive portfolio of IoT solutions,” George writes.

Learn more at the Microsoft Internet of Things blog.

Vanessa Ho
Microsoft News Center Staff