Microsoft Ignite, company’s annual IT event, kicked off yesterday in Orlando, Florida where Microsoft welcomed 25000 business customers. The Microsoft showcased how it is infusing cloud, AI and augmented reality across its products to help customers in visualizing and creating the future of business.
Empowering Dynamics 365 with AI
Microsoft is integrating the power of AI with its Dynamics 365 business applications suite to tackle high-value, complex enterprise scenarios, systems and data. This solution includes an intelligent virtual agent for customer care, and an intelligent assistant for customer service staff and conversation management tools.
Microsoft is splitting its Dynamics 365 services so that they can be subscribed as per use. It has introduced Attract and OnBoard, the modular apps, to help companies in recruitment and personalized onboarding.
The new intelligent apps are going to help users transform high-impact processes by integrating them with existing systems and augmenting them with workflow and insights from Dynamics 365, LinkedIn and Office 365.
Microsoft is also providing deeper integration between PowerApps, Microsoft Flow and Office 365.
Advancing Azure with removal of cloud barriers
Microsoft is enhancing the enterprise cloud productivity with its Azure to drive new levels of intelligent-data experiences and deep business trust. Azure Stack is now going to be shipped through OEM partners including Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo.
• SQL Server on Linux, Windows and Docker is now available with SQL Server 2017 GA, which will help developers build intelligent applications, with enhanced performance and data security.
• Microsoft will now enable customers to easily lift and shift their on-premises SQL Server databases to an Azure SQL database using its fully automated Database Migration Service and SQL DB Managed Instance.
• For the enhanced performance of cloud analytics, SQL Data Warehouse now delivers a new optimized-for-compute performance tier.
• Customers will now be able to maximize existing license investments with certain discounts, using the Azure Hybrid Benefit for SQL Server.
• The cloud expenses across multicloud environments can now be managed and optimized via a single unified view using Azure Cost Management services by Cloudyn.
• The Azure Security Center is enhanced with new security capabilities to reduce vulnerability and threat, and increase secure hybrid workloads.
• The AI developers and data scientists will have updated Azure Machine Learning to develop AI models anywhere.
• Microsoft will bring Azure CosmoDB, a modern database service, to its Azure Functions, so that developers can innovate faster by writing apps with just a few lines of code.
• Microsoft Cognitive Services will be updated with availability of text analytics (a cloud-based service for language processing) like sentiment analysis, key phrase extraction and language detection of text.
Microsoft will also provide Bing Custom Search and Bing Search v7 next month, to provide optimized results using Bing Web, news, video etc.
The modular Apps will be available as a part of Dynamics 365 for Talent later this year.
Stay tuned with us for all on-site coverage of Microsoft Ignite this week.