Leveraging Technology to Improve Water Management: A Discussion at NAM’s Leading Edge Executive Forum

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Microsoft’s Rob Bernard spoke this week at the NAM Leading Edge Executive Forum in Chicago. (Photo credit: Thomas Slack, s l a c k c r e a t i v e)

Yesterday, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard participated in a keynote discussion at the National Association of Manufacturers’ Leading Edge Executive Forum in Chicago about how technology can transform the way natural resources are managed and used.

Rob was joined by Christophe Beck, Ecolab Executive VP and President of Nalco Water, to discuss the promise of technology in addressing another looming environmental concern: water. The demand for water has risen alongside population growth, urbanization, changing diets and rising demand for energy. But at Microsoft we see a great opportunity to use the cloud, IoT and machine learning to transform water management.

With our partner at Ecolab, Microsoft’s cloud technologies are being used to create solutions to reduce, reuse and recycle water. The cloud and advanced analytics tools will provide not only real-time sensing and control of water-intensive processes, but also will help Ecolab make recommendations for their customers that may lead to further reduction in water, energy and labor costs.

You can learn more about this partnership, and other projects focused on water, by reading Rob’s full blog post about the forum on our Microsoft Chicago blog.

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