“Serving AI with Data” – Recap of the Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop

Artificial Intelligence is enjoying its day in the sun. AI-related articles are now routinely featured as front page news and the technology is being used in an ever growing variety of applications, including in conversational bots, autonomous vehicles, connected machines, in medical diagnosis and much more. AI is therefore of growing interest to millions of… Read more

Democratizing AI Through Microsoft Certifications in Data Science & Machine Learning

Posted by Marla Michel, Senior Program Manager for Ecosystem Development & Training at Microsoft. This blog is the first in a series where we will discuss several new certification exams for data professionals and the resources to prepare for them. When individuals decide which certification to take, their decision is typically based on their role… Read more

Using IoT Sensors to Up Your Game

This post is authored by Patty Ryan, Principal Data Scientist, Hang Zhang, Senior Data and Applied Scientist, and Mustafa Kasap, Senior Software Design Engineer, at Microsoft. Learn from the Professionals through Comparison of Sensor Data As any athlete aspiring to greatness can tell you, measurement of your own performance and tips from the pros are… Read more

Text Mining to Improve the Health of Millions of Citizens

By Kenji Takeda, Director of Azure for Research at Microsoft. Doctors face daily decisions about the best care for their patients, and their own clinical experience can be enhanced using evidence-based medicine, such as through clinical trial data. As David Tovey, Editor-in-Chief, Cochrane, explained, “Before evidence-based medicine came along, people were reliant on the expertise… Read more

Free AI Immersion Workshop on May 9th in Seattle – Register Now!

We are excited to announce that registration for the Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop is now open to all developers. The Workshop is being held on Tuesday, May 9th, at the W Hotel in Seattle. This is a free in-person event, but capacity is limited – so register now to reserve your spot. This is a… Read more

Optimizing Project Staffing to Improve Profitability with Cortana Intelligence

This post is by Francesca Lazzeri and Hong Lu, Data Scientists, and Ilan Reiter, Principal Data Science Manager, at Microsoft. Introduction and Business Domain Recent advancements in machine learning and big data technologies are allowing companies to apply better staffing strategies by taking advantage of historical data. Ensuring that the right people get assigned to… Read more

Retail Customer Churn Prediction: How-To Guide Now Available

This post is authored by Lixun Zhang, Data Scientist, Daisy Deng, Software Engineer, and Tao Wu, Principal Data Scientist Manager, at Microsoft. Predicting customer churn rate is among the most sought-after machine learning and analytics applications for retail stores, and of high value to companies that are eager to take advantage of the ever-increasing amounts… Read more

End-to-End Data Science Walkthrough with Spark 2.0 on Azure HDInsight Hadoop Clusters

This post is authored by Debraj GuhaThakurta, Senior Data Scientist, and Brad Severtson, Senior Content Developer, at Microsoft. The data scientists among you would have seen how Spark 2.0, which released in July 2016, offered several enhancements over Spark 1.6. These enhancements included: Easier ANSI SQL and more streamlined APIs. Improvements in the speeds of… Read more

Home Appliances, Vending Machines – Even Cruise Ships – Get an Infusion of Cortana Intelligence & Machine Learning

A quick overview of recent customer case studies involving the application of Microsoft’s AI, Big Data & Machine Learning offerings. Carnival Maritime Predicts Water Consumption on Cruise Ships The Costa Group’s fleet of 26 cruise ships sail all over the world. The industrial equipment on their ships have thousands of sensors that collect data in… Read more

Azure Machine Learning Now Available in West Central US

This post is authored by Ted Way, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. We are pleased to announce that Azure Machine Learning is now generally available in the West Central United States (WCUS) Azure region. With this, Azure ML is now available in these regions: United States East US2 South Central US NEW: West Central US… Read more