After Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made his big data pitch to customers this morning, Judson Althoff jumped into blogging mode to further explain Microsoft's big data and Internet of Things (IoT) strategies. So who is Althoff and what views did he share?
First, a little background. Microsoft is pitching its vision, cloud services and products to customers during this week's Convergence 2015 conference in Atlanta, Ga.
Althoff, president of Microsoft's North American business, is among conference's spotlight speakers. While Nadella is an engineer, Althoff is more of a sales-driven professional who previously oversaw Oracle's partner engagements. And his role went far beyond Oracle's databases and applications. He also influenced Oracle's Internet of Things strategy -- positioning Java and other embedded solutions for the fast-building IoT wave.
Having joined Microsoft in 2013, Althoff is now focused on Microsoft's big data and IoT offerings for enterprise customers. And that includes driving home messages from Nadella.
During the Microsoft Convergence conference, Nadella this morning described "tools that will enable organizations and its people to more effectively make sense of data, and make insights actionable at greater speed and accuracy." At least that's the way Althoff's blog recapped Nadella's keynote
A few examples include Office Delve, Power BI, and the just-unveiled Azure IoT suite -- which will "enable customers to pull and analyze data from a breadth of sources including connected sensors, devices, and equipment in near real time — and apply advanced analytics to create better customer experiences, improve production, and operations and decrease costs," Althoff asserted.
In some ways, it sounds a bit like the embedded Java and IoT strategy back at Oracle. And that's hardly surprising -- considering Althoff's resume.
The big difference at Microsoft? Azure is increasingly popular for DevOps -- and the fastest-growing major public cloud platform. Clearly, Althoff and the Microsoft team hope to extend Azure's reach out to millions of IoT devices.
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