There’s been a lot of talk this week about a topic close to my own heart: productivity. Microsoft as a company is on a mission to reinvent productivity in every aspect of people’s lives—at work, at home or on the move. This week, Microsoft’s CVP of communications Frank X. Shaw shared his reflections on the great strides we’ve made recently—and on some of the challenges that still lie ahead.
Productivity is the lifeblood of the Internet of Things (IoT). Our decades-long goal: above all, to create the services, technologies and tools that transform enterprise productivity. From factory floor, to sales floor…from hospital wards to city streets…Microsoft’s technologies for IoT exist first and foremost to enable organizations of all sizes to push the boundaries of productivity.
When a family stonecutting business increases productivity by 30 percent, and revenue by 70 percent—that’s the power of Microsoft Azure to drive value from IoT. When a Jeep factory automates so precisely, so completely that it cranks out a car body every 77 seconds—that’s bankable proof of the strides in manufacturing efficiency.
Maximizing efficiency, reducing time to market, streamlining inventory and supply-chain processes, and optimizing work streams—the ultimate goal of all of this is to enable ever-more productive employees to focus on the things that matter most to any business: the customer. The future. The bottom line. The Internet of Things begins with your things—your employees, newly empowered with some of the most effective productivity tools in the world. Your devices and data, your cloud services. It’s the Internet of Your Things.
Shaw wrote, “We need to move from tools that wait for us to act, towards intelligent tools that understand context in order to anticipate and prioritize what matters most.” To me, that means creating tools that work the way employees want to work—and even think the way they think. The recent release of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning enables machines and data systems to do just that, anticipating and prioritizing issues, saving precious employee time spent guesstimating and repairing.
Our teams never stopping dreaming up new ways to raise enterprise productivity to new heights. I’m excited to see what they come up with next.