There’s no question that the internet of things (IoT) is making its mark across every industry, and in every continent. And Asia Pacific is no exception. “IT analyst firm IDC has recently said that the Asia Pacific region accounts for more than 40% of the worldwide spending on IoT technologies.,” explains Vasily Malanin, IoT and advanced analytics lead at Microsoft Asia Pacific in a recent blog post. “This is a clear indication that leading businesses in this region are already catching on to what a game changer IoT can be.”
Malanin says that Microsoft partners play an important role in helping governments and leading organisations in Asia to realise a digital future transformed by IoT. “At the end of the day, IoT growth is no longer a limitation of technology, but the creativity and innovation that independent software vendors, system integrators and application developers can bring to the table,” he explains.
“However, to make it easier for our customers and partners, Azure IoT Suite was launched in February 2016 to enable customers to quickly provision a working, end-to-end IoT solution. The IoT Suite includes preconfigured solutions that enable customers to quickly get started with and to explore the most common IoT scenarios, such as Remote monitoring and Predictive maintenance. These preconfigured solutions were designed as base implementations of common IoT solution patterns that help to reduce the time customers and partners need to develop their IoT solutions.”
Microsoft is increasing its focus ramping up the IoT partner ecosystem in the region. “One example is the recent roll out of the Azure IoT Red Carpet Program,” Malanin says. “Aimed at accelerating enablement and growth opportunities for partners, the program guides partners to fuller utilisation of Microsoft’s resources and technologies.
“Partners can gain deeper understanding and access to internal Microsoft resources, such as the Azure IoT Suite technical roadmap. This translates to improved technical capabilities, ultimately leads to improved go to market strategies for partners, and better business outcomes for end-users.”
As part of the programme, the ‘Azure IoT Practice Building Portal’ provides the relevant guidance for partners while the ‘Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT’ programme built for the IoT momentum helps businesses get started on IoT projects quickly by connecting them to an ecosystem of partners with offerings that easily connect to the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and IoT Hub. Over the past five months, nearly 30 industry leaders have joined the programme. And today, even more are announcing their participation, including Dell, HPE, and Libelium.
“We have a rapidly growing partner IoT ecosystem both in the region and globally,” Malanin explains. “Recently in Australia we announced partnerships with nine IT companies to help develop expertise and applications to drive IoT. To date, there are over 30 independent software vendors developing cloud-based IoT applications on Azure, including Singapore companies, Astoria, Nextan and S3 Innovate who are working on Smart City solutions.”
In his blog post Malanin points towards three key business areas where IoT solutions have been deployed on Microsoft cloud platforms. You can read more about these here.
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