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FINNING | Challenges and Opportunities with IoT Apps on Azure Cloud

Every role within an organization needs specific tools and data to do their job as best they can. This task is more complex than it sounds, though. Without the required scalability and customization options, even small businesses can struggle when obtaining relevant information, let alone large, multinational corporations. 

If done right, however, the payoff is well worth it. Companies gain access to previously untapped data sources and the ability to filter such data according to each person’s role within the organization. When combined with the right integrated productivity tools and digital collaboration software, this allows for unparalleled levels of adaptability, efficiency, and risk management.

In this video, you’ll learn how Finning has utilized IoT to connect its entire organization, enabling each person to view relevant data depending on their role within the company.

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Move to the connected AI business cloud

Not so long ago, siloed client data was the norm. Client relationship management (CRM) software was usually used by sales teams to track their meeting data, but it was often only installed in onsite computers and keeping it updated was often a multi-task endeavor. Sales and customer services teams in the field had to keep their notes in separate documents until they were able to upload them into the database. This meant that businesses were regularly using incomplete client information to make decisions and had no way of knowing if the available data truly showed the latest interactions.

Thankfully, that all changed with the advent of cloud technology. In this decade, businesses empower their customer service teams with devices they can use to update their databases in real time and applications that integrate information directly into their client’s profile. And in this regard, Microsoft Dynamics 365 is leading the industry with a connected AI business cloud that fosters innovation and efficiency. Read this infographic to learn about the unique aspects that make Dynamics 365 the hero brand of cloud-based business applications.
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Amplify your apps with Microsoft Teams Developer Platform

Collaboration software is evolving. These days, just having chat-based capabilities is simply not enough, as anyone who’s ever received nefarious “check your email” messages can relate. That’s why leading enterprises are constantly striving for integration and convenience. After all, using multiple logins, juggling a dozen passwords, and getting bombarded with useless DMs is no one’s idea of an efficient workspace.

Today, our collaboration tools have become increasingly integrated with each other. Chat-based applications can now send files, serve as online storage for critical project management, and function as digital meeting rooms. This not only saves time, but also enables valuable reporting and management capabilities that are crucial for today’s global businesses.

In this infographic, you’ll get familiarized with the Microsoft Teams Developer Platform and how it can be leveraged to extend the effectiveness of your existing apps as well as create new ones that maximize your teams’ efforts.
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Financial tech company gains SQL Server performance and scalability on Linux


The dv01 financial reporting and analytics platform offers institutional investors transparency and insight into consumer lending markets. Based initially on PostgreSQL and Redshift data warehouse, the dv01 applications began to run slower as complexity increased. After exploring multiple solutions, dv01 eventually moved to Microsoft SQL Server 2016 running on Azure Virtual Machines. This move provided the scalability it needed to handle rapid growth, reduce query response time from 30 seconds to 1-2 seconds, and cut management time by 90 percent.

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Romanian healthcare provider improves customer experience and business operations with Microsoft


Regina Maria is a leading provider of healthcare services in Romania. Microsoft equips them with technology to optimize business processes and maintain a high level of patient care. Microsoft Teams unifies their communication applications into a single system, allowing them to reduce the approval process time and increase speed and rate of response to customer feedback. With Microsoft tools, Regina Maria’s database is 20% more accurate and complaint management is 50% faster.

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Council Post: The Era Of Evocative Marketing Has Arrived — Are You Ready?

In an era of sensory overload—or, perhaps just ‘overload’—we need to be extra-sensitive to the content and delivery of our marketing messages. We don’t want to be the “one more thing” that’s bombarding consumers; rather, we want to be fresh, unique and different.

Lora Kratchounova, founder of Scratch Marketing + Media, says that the best differentiator in this this “crowded, loud digital landscape” is “content aimed at making audience members feel.” Yes, “feel”—you know, emotions. Kratchounova writes that evocative content—compelling stories, captivating images, and uplifting video—is what stands out in today’s digital world, where research shows that consumers are exposed to thousands of ads in a day.

Read Kratchounova’s fascinating look at ergonomics (also known as human-factors engineering) and its influence on today’s marketing in a digital world. Read “The Era of Evocative Marketing Has Arrived—Are you Ready?”
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Technology blueprint for implementing remote learning

Use this detailed guidance document in coordination with the Implementation Guide PPT shared yesterday. This guide offers deeper insight how to implement remote learning as is organized by each specific “Layer” of the Technology Blueprint Implementation—such as Connectivity, Devices, Learning Platform, Learning Resources, and Analytics.
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Remote learning technology blueprint

This deck provides specifics of the technology blueprint implementation of remote learning, accompanied by a more detailed guidance document to implementing remote learning across large education systems. Sectioned by connectivity, devices, learning platform, learning resources, and analytics—it’s designed for an implementation team to engage with specific materials as needed.
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