What makes a great AI partner – Part 3

In this final post on overcoming the major challenges to becoming a great AI partner, we’ll address how the condition of a customers’ data estate can be a serious blocker to AI, and why you should always modernize your customer’s data estate when migrating to cloud. If you haven’t already, read the first two posts…


What makes a great AI partner – Part 2

In this second post on overcoming the major challenges to becoming a great Artificial Intelligence (AI) partner, we’ll address gaining leadership buy-in and commitment to AI. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read the first post in this series here. If customers are struggling with their adoption of AI via the direct route,…


What makes a great AI partner – Part 1

The two letters heard most frequently at Microsoft Inspire this year were “A” and “I”. In this Partner Tech Perspective, I’d like to take you through some of the approaches we believe will be most effective for our partner community in establishing their Artificial Intelligence (AI) practices and solutions. Let’s tackle this by addressing the…


Microsoft Artificial Intelligence: A platform for all information worker skill set levels

Bart Czernicki, Technical Architect – Advanced Analytics & AI, Azure SaaS ISV Solutions The Microsoft Artificial Intelligence platform is a comprehensive software ecosystem that allows anyone to become a professional AI developer. At a high level, this platform consists of three key pillars: services, infrastructure, and tools. Microsoft offers these on Azure public cloud, hybrid, and…


Azure Cosmos DB

Sumit Sengupta, Cloud Solution Architect, US One Commercial Partner On May 10, 2017, Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Cosmos DB—Microsoft’s globally distributed, massively scalable, multi-model database service running on all Azure regions. Prior to that, the service was called DocumentDB. Databases that existed under DocumentDB are now accessible under the “SQL” API of Cosmos…


Lift and shift your data to the cloud!

Amber Sitko, Partner Technology Strategist, US One Commercial Partner Please join us on Friday, March 2 on our Data & AI Partner Community call, where we will be discussing the new services and tools to help drive your data modernization practice. Tried moving your customers to the cloud only to come up against multiple objections?…


Spark Your Data Modernization Practice!

Matt Morris, Partner Technology Strategist Join the January 5 Data & AI Partner Community call to learn about new services and tools to help you spark your data modernization practice. Preview the opportunity below and register for the call today. Three key trends are coming together to create a new age of innovation and transformation:…


Why Azure Data Factory Version 2?

Kajal Mukherjee, Cloud Solution Architect Azure Data Factory (ADF) is a Microsoft Azure PaaS solution for data transformation and load. ADF supports data movement between many on premises and cloud data sources. The supported platform list is elaborate, and includes both Microsoft and other vendor platforms. ADF is a very powerful tool providing complete flexibility for…


Data & Analytics Partners: Microsoft Inspire session recommendations for Data Platform and Analytics partners

Microsoft Inspire, formerly known as Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference or WPC, is the largest partner event which will be held this year in Washington, DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on July 9–13, 2017. This conference is a great opportunity for partners to connect with other partners, Microsoft employees, and industry experts. Microsoft…


Data & Analytics Partners: Cortana Intelligence Suite solution templates

The topic for our October 2016 partner call and blog was Microsoft Power BI solution templates. These templates are a quick, easy way to deliver powerful analytics and visualizations on top of popular applications. New templates were announced at Microsoft Data Amp, and these templates help build visualizations and an entire end-to-end analytics solution. These templates, called the Cortana Intelligence…