Microsoft joins IoT World attendees in Santa Clara to discover thousands of possibilities

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When 10,000 people show up to a conference, you can expect at least 10,000 different goals and insights about the Internet of Things (IoT). Internet of Things World 2016 runs Tuesday through Thursday, May 10-12, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California’s Silicon Valley, and Microsoft will be there to showcase its IoT offerings to attendees. The conference and expo features workshops, symposiums and presentations: A perfect setting for us to share real-world examples that demonstrate how IoT can help to transform your business.

Sharing our IoT vision: Keynotes and panels

In today’s keynote at 9:50 a.m., Sam George, director for Azure IoT at Microsoft, will talk about how businesses can get started with IoT right away using their existing devices and assets in his address “Vision for IoT: Moving from Devices to Predictive Outcomes.” He’ll also discuss how Microsoft is helping customers take advantage of the power of the cloud to perform deep analysis that moves their business from evaluation of the past to informed decision-making for the future. Sam’s keynote will be livestreamed, so be sure to check it out.

Later in the day, Microsoft will also bring together partners and customers for a panel on “Examining the Industrial IoT Opportunities” at 2:20 p.m., Panelists, including Eric Dresselhuys of Silver Spring Networks, Michael McKenzie of Schneider Electric, Sara Gardner of Hitachi and Terrence Nadeau of Johnson Controls, will examine the role of big data, processing and analytics for the industrial Internet in sectors such as manufacturing, mining and agriculture.

We’re excited for additional sessions this week, which are filled with a slate of informative talks and panels:

  • Kevin Miller, principal program manager for Azure IoT, presents “Overcoming Key Challenges Facing Manufacturers Looking to Embrace IoT,” Wednesday at 11:40 a.m.
  • Bill Mitchel, senior director, World Wide Public Sector, joins panel discussion “City CIO/CTO Panel: Creating Connected & Smarter Cities,” Wednesday at noon.
  • Arjmand Samuel, principal program manager, presents “Towards a Trustworthy Internet of Things Infrastructure enabled by Microsoft,” Wednesday at 2 p.m.
  • Lance Olson, partner director of product management for Cortana Intelligence, joins panel discussion “Maximizing the Monetization Opportunities & Business Case for Effective Analytics,” Thursday at noon.
  • Çağlayan Arkan,  general manager, Worldwide Manufacturing and Resources Sector Enterprise & Partner Group, joins panel discussion “From Solar Impulse to power grids: how internet-based smart software is driving energy efficiency,” Thursday at 2 p.m.

 Check out the conference agenda for more details on these and the other sessions at IoT World.

Microsoft customers share IoT insights

Analog Devices joins us at IoT World to share how we collaborated to develop Hexoskin, a unique IoT offering on display in Booth 206 that allows team coaches and staff to monitor player information such as motion, heart rate, and other useful health and performance metrics from sensor-equipped vests worn by players. Secure cloud-based analytics on the Microsoft Azure platform combine this data with additional information such as player location and weather conditions to help coaches improve game-time tactical decisions, better manage players’ health and recovery and much more. Then, on Wednesday at 9 a.m., Analog vice president Martin Cotter will deliver a keynote, “Innovative Transformation Enabled by Internet of Things,” focusing on value creation at the sensor as a key enabler of IoT.

Conext Advisor Overview
Utilizing Microsoft Azure IoT technologies, Schneider’s Conext Advisor accesses solar power plant performance data and provides high-level analysis via the cloud, improving visibility into plant performance and enabling faster, more informed decision-making.

Global energy management company Schneider Electric is integrating Azure IoT technology across multiple offerings in its EcoStruxure portfolio for solutions that scale from single-family home thermostats to business-critical weather forecasting for aviation and utility facilities in North America. On Tuesday at 3:40 p.m., Prith Bannerjee, CTO of Schneider Electric, will speak about “Delivering New Value Fueled by the Internet of Things,” introducing the company’s perspective for how IoT will usher in the next wave of digital transformation and advance the world of energy and automation.


IoT in action: Expo Hall

In the Expo Hall, Microsoft will also feature product demos from customers including Rockwell Automation, Johnson Controls, ThyssenKrupp Elevator and more. Stop by to learn how these customers are using the power of the cloud to process vast volumes of data, connect geographically distributed devices and assets, and anticipate and respond to new opportunities ahead of competition.

More on Microsoft’s vision for IoT

We’re excited to share how we’re bringing IoT services and solutions to a wide range of industries, from the biggest global concerns to small nonprofits and local businesses at IoT World this week. To learn more at the show, visit us at Booth 624 in the Expo Hall.

For more information on what IoT can do for your business, visit


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