Cost efficiency analysis and consolidation of needs aren’t the flashiest of buzzwords but they help companies with one of their core functions, making money. The Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Suite that was announced today at Microsoft Convergence 2015 in Atlanta is the culmination of various Microsoft Azure services’ move towards making companies more efficient.
The Azure IoT suite is all about efficiency and data collection, especially on the macro scale. Azure Stream Analytics, which helps companies process massive amounts of data in real time, is already available and the full preview of the suite will be released later this year. The Azure IoT suite combines data analysis with being connected to large numbers of devices such as gas station pumps or oil drilling rigs. By receiving instant feedback from these devices Azure can help companies optimize their workload.
Reading too much about the internet of things and Azure data management and analysis can make someone feel like their head is in the clouds (pun intended) but the bottom line is that Azure services and cloud computing save companies time, money, and effort which hopefully leads to people saving those same things. Below is a video from Microsoft explaining real world applications of Azure’s IoT suite.
Microsoft’s blog post detailing the announcement explains how high data computing combined with being connected to an almost countless number of devices can help companies “The Azure IoT Suite is an integrated offering that takes advantage of all the relevant Azure capabilities to connect devices and other assets (i.e. “things”), capture the diverse and voluminous data they generate, integrate and orchestrate the flow of that data, and manage, analyze and present it as usable information to the people who need it to make better decisions as well as intelligently automate operations.”