Incredible Real-World Applications Prove the IoT Is Here to Stay

IoT devices have dramatically changed the way we interact with technology. But what about our cities and industries?

Read this article to learn how the IoT is helping improve thousands of lives with predictive analysis of crime rates, traffic levels, and industrial accidents.

As author Peter Daisyme accurately puts it, “While many people debate whether little computers in wrist devices, clothing, refrigerators and vehicles will truly change our lives, actionable change is already occurring on the business application side of the IoT.” Regardless of which side of the argument you’re on, the impact the IoT is having in our societies at a macro level is undeniable.

While you’re reading this, devices that measure and predict air pollution, vehicle traffic levels, machine failure rates, fire warnings, and crime rates are being employed to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. And as cities and businesses become more interconnected by the hour, we’ll find more and more useful ways in which the IoT can help us better utilize our resources and lift the burden we put on our environment.

In this article, you’ll gain deeper insights into how IoT devices are being used by companies and governments alike to obtain accurate data across many potentially life-saving use cases. You’ll also learn about what the future holds in store for us as cities powered by artificial intelligence become near-sentient beings capable of reacting in real time to the habits and living conditions of their inhabitants.

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The 3 phases of an effective IoT strategy

Implementing an IoT strategy is not as simple as plug-and-play. During each of its 3 stages, there are specific tools and actions all businesses need to execute to ensure favorable outcomes.

Read this infographic to learn all about them, then follow us to begin your IoT journey with Microsoft.

IoT is quickly becoming the most important business revolution of the digital age, with its implications being felt across all industries worldwide. However, unlocking the true potential of IoT requires not only a clear roadmap with specific objectives, but also a solid front-end and back-end infrastructure that’s capable of making sense of the data obtained.

It’s for this reason that both public and private organizations sometimes struggle when implementing a successful IoT strategy and fail to reach the desired return-on-investment (ROI).

To address the risks you may encounter with IoT, we’ve created this short, insightful infographic.

After reading it, you’ll have a better idea of the tools and actions you should be executing during each of the three stages of IoT implementation to overcome challenges and maximize effectiveness.

You’ll also obtain a straightforward checklist that your teams can refer to when establishing or optimizing their strategies.

View: The 3 phases of an effective IoT strategy

Customer Story: Argusi

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Starting out small, Argusi managed to get by using whatever platforms were available. As they grew, they realized this approach wouldn’t scale. Implementing Dynamics 365 Sales Professional alongside their existing Office 365 products, gave them the transparency they needed throughout the entire sales cycle.

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The Total Economic Impact™ of Microsoft Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

How can you achieve up to 212% ROI or more with Microsoft Azure SQL Database Managed Instance? Lower operational costs and redirect resources to more value-add projects. Costs associated with rearchitecting apps for the cloud as well as IT administrative costs will minimize.

Forrester Consulting conducted a study to examine potential cost savings from migrating on-premises workloads to Azure. Have a look.

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According to Forrester, Microsoft Azure SQL Database Managed Instance has the best ROI, with a migration payback in six months or less and a potential 212% ROI over three years.

Additionally, Azure’s intelligent database offers dynamic scalability that enables your database to transparently respond to rapidly changing requirements, and you pay only for the resources you need, when you need them.

Azure works with your on-premises investments so that customers use their same skills when they migrate, using familiar tools and features. All of this, along with easy and free migration tools, makes Azure the best fit option for your cloud needs.

Special Olympics turns stars of youth leadership program into constellations with Microsoft Teams

“Breaking down barriers with Microsoft Teams,” brought to you by @msftnonprofits, shows nonprofit organizations how the Special Olympics uses Microsoft Teams to create communities of inclusion throughout the world.

Youth leaders can now self-organize in Teams to network, share ideas and resources, and support each other as they interact through voice, video, and chat—no matter their background, language, and culture.

Based in Washington, DC, Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement with over 5 million athletes and 1 million volunteers that supports sport, health, education, and leadership programs every day to empower people with intellectual disabilities.

Now, youth leaders with and without intellectual disabilities have a richer platform they use to exchange knowledge and bring a wider world of diverse human talent and potential to their communities.

Using Microsoft Teams, the organization’s youth leaders across the globe collaborate and communicate more effectively, breaking down barriers, sharing their ideas, and driving greater inclusion.

Northrop & Johnson boosts sales and marketing efforts with Dynamics 365

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Marketing technology is not something that has been widely adopted in the luxury yacht industry. Yet, targeting this niche demographic requires precision and little room for mistake.

Watch as Northrop & Johnson, a luxury yacht company, implemented Dynamics 365 Sales Pro and achieved a 70% increase on their charter sales. Dynamics 365 gave them a real competitive advantage, providing them with a window into the customer the entire way through the sales cycle.

Use this testimonial video to demonstrate to your customers how one company easily implemented Sales Pro and was able to strengthen customer relationships, predict buying behaviors, and be much more precise in their marketing activities.