Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took the opportunity to announce the Cortana Analytics Suite – a package of big data and advanced analytics technologies – during the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference opening keynote.
The suite, which brings together a host of machine learning, big data storage and processing capabilities behind the likes of Cortana, Bing and so on, will be available as a monthly subscription service.
In essence, the service will enable businesses to analyse their operations, predict future outcomes using machine learning algorithms, improve their decision-making processes with proactive alerting and recommendations, and simplify and automate decision-making when dealing with complex problems.
And because the suite integrates with Cortana, Microsoft’s digital personal assistant, people will be able to use voice commands to ask natural-language questions to get the information they’re looking for.
“This capability is what will help each one of you take very sophisticated technology, and enable any business to transform themselves through the power of data,” said Nadella.
Microsoft hopes the solution will be used across a wide range of industries to enable core analytics scenarios such as real-time recommendations, customer churn forecasting, fraud detection, predictive maintenance and so on. One organisation already trying out the suite is Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, a hospital in the US, which is using it to develop a remote monitoring and predictive analytics solution that will enable it to offer dynamic treatment plans based on the individual patient’s history and profile, and patterns observed from a broad corpus of data.
Microsoft has confirmed that it will be making the Cortana Analytics Suite available this autumn.
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