Make your data science workflow efficient and reproducible with MLflow

When data scientists work on building a machine learning model, their experimentation often produces lots of metadata: metrics of models you tested, actual model files, as well as artifacts such as plots or log files. They often try different models and parameters, for example random forests of varying depth, linear models with different regularization rates, or deep learning models with different architectures trained using different learning rates.
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Learn by example: How IoT solutions transform industries

Businesses often face similar challenges, from improving productivity and creating a positive customer experience to reducing costs and increasing revenue. By turning to Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, organizations across industries—retail, agriculture, energy, healthcare, and manufacturing—can use data to drive insights and actions, ultimately transforming their business model, increasing their bottom line, and improving customer experiences.

The Microsoft IoT in Action events and webinars provide inspiration in the form of actionable insights, best practices, and real-world examples of how industry leaders transformed their own industries with innovative IoT solutions. Below are a few key examples of how IoT solutions can benefit your business and reasons to get started on your IoT journey today. You can also peruse our collection of on-demand IoT in Action webinars to learn about the latest Azure IoT technology and business models related to your specific industry.

Delivering a positive customer experience

Delivering a positive customer experience is a constant goal and challenge across industries today. Businesses are often looking for ways to ensure that interactions between customers and employees are engaging and frictionless, while also reducing costs. The implementation of IoT solutions can enable businesses to proactively determine customers’ needs and then provide a personalized experience.

The retail industry is increasingly using IoT solutions to collect data and reimagine the retail experience. For example, customers cannot make purchases if they are unable to find the specific item or size that meets their needs. Secure IoT solutions on the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud can help make sure every item is on the right shelf. They can also keep track of items that are moving within the store, for instance, to the fitting rooms and racks outside them.

In a world where online retailers try to get products in front of customers with the fewest number of clicks, brick-and-mortar retailers can also use IoT solutions to minimize the number of steps a customer has to take. This can be accomplished by using cameras and sensors to analyze store traffic patterns and layering this data over inventory and purchase data. From these insights, stores can optimize their physical layout and better enable shoppers to quickly find items and be inspired by complimentary items.

Genetec, a Microsoft partner, has an IoT solution powered by Microsoft Azure that leverages existing store security cameras to provide retailers with customer and operational insights that help improve business outcomes and the in-store experience. For example, their solution can detect increased congestion at checkout terminals to reduce abandonment due to delays checking out and provide customer traffic and flow information for making good merchandising decisions based on that intelligence. Learn more about how you can use Azure to support your IoT solutions in this retail-focused webinar.

Rapidly processing large amounts of complex data

With the amount of data available to businesses, figuring out how to quickly process all the collected data can be a challenge. IoT solutions allow businesses to seamlessly collect and process data, often without interrupting employees and customers. Businesses deploying IoT solutions are able to position themselves to efficiently handle the data needed to meet changing customer expectations and improve productivity.

With the ability to not only collect a wide range of data, but also use it to gain real-time insights, security officials are increasingly turning to IoT technology to increase security in public buildings. For instance, using SoloInsight’s Cloudgate software, which is built on Microsoft Azure, organizations can use self-service kiosks in low-traffic areas to provide a higher level of security than previously possible. Self-service kiosks can also remember previous visitors and employees and immediately grant access to the building, which increases satisfaction. Additionally, IoT visitor management systems can deactivate access to the network and data when a person physically leaves the building.

Watch this public safety webinar for additional insight around how you can use Azure IoT to enable millions of devices and terabytes of data in most regions worldwide.

Viewing real-time data and providing proactive solutions

Previously, businesses could only review historical data and determine solutions for events that had already happened. This approach often resulted in lost productivity, reduced customer satisfaction, and higher costs. Many industries are turning to IoT to give them a real-time view into their businesses and customers. This improves the ability to prevent issues before they occur versus only reacting to events that have already happened.

The manufacturing industry is a prime example of the need to discover anomalies before they become critical issues. Through the use of Azure IoT solutions for discrete manufacturing, companies can connect their systems and products with sensors that gather data, send it to the cloud, and provide real-time insights. This means companies can extend equipment lifespans and efficiency, reduce unplanned downtime, and minimize unexpected maintenance costs.

The healthcare industry is no exception to the need for proactive IoT solutions. Counterfeit drugs and product integrity are among the major issues impacting the industry, resulting in lost income and productivity, as well as negative health impacts. But Azure IoT-enabled healthcare solutions, like Titan Secure from Microsoft partner Wipro, are helping to solve these challenges by providing real-time shipment visibility, data streams, and alerts. Learn more about using IoT solutions to proactively monitor data in this on-demand webinar.

Using IoT to transform your industry

As businesses continue to advance and disrupt their industries through the use of IoT solutions, your business has the opportunity to lead the charge. Start your journey today and begin taking the actions your company needs to transform your industry. By taking the initiative and watching these available on-demand IoT in Action webinars, you can receive practical strategies for implementing and developing solutions using Azure IoT that can advance your business and position you as an industry leader.
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Three ways to get notified about Azure service issues

Preparing for the unexpected is part of every IT professional’s and developer’s job. Although rare, service issues like outages and planned maintenance do occur. There are many ways to stay informed, but we’ve identified three effective approaches that have helped our customers respond quickly to service issues and mitigate downtime.
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Accelerating smart building solutions with cloud, AI, and IoT

Throughout our Internet of Things (IoT) journey we’ve seen solutions evolve from device-centric models, to spatially-aware solutions that provide real-world context. Last year at Realcomm | IBcon, we announced Azure IoT’s vision for spatial intelligence, diving into scenarios that uniquely join IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), and productivity tools.
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Join Microsoft at ISC2019 in Frankfurt

The world of computing goes deep and wide in regards to working on issues related to our environment, economy, energy, and public health systems. These needs require modern, advanced solutions that can be hard to scale, take a long time to deliver, and were traditionally limited to a few organizations. Microsoft Azure delivers high-performance computing (HPC) capability and tools to power solutions that address these challenges integrated into a global-scale cloud platform.

Join us in Frankfurt, Germany from June 17–19, 2019 at the world's second-largest supercomputing show, ISC High Performance 2019. Learn how Azure customers combine the flexibility and elasticity of the cloud and how to integrate both our specialized compute virtual machines (VMs), as well as bare-metal offerings from Cray.

Microsoft booth presentations and topics include:

How to achieve high-performance computing on Azure
Cray Supercomputing on Azure
Cray ClusterStor on Azure with H-Series VMs
AI and HPC with NVIDIA
Autonomous driving
Live demos
Case studies from partners and customers
More about our recently launched HB and HC virtual machines

To learn more, please come by the Microsoft booth, K-530, and say "hello" on June 17 and June 19.

Microsoft, AMD, and Cray breakfast at ISC

Please join us for a co-hosted breakfast with Microsoft, AMD, and Cray on June 19, 2019 where we will discuss how to successful support your large scale HPC jobs in the cloud. In this session we will discuss our recently launched offers with Cray in Azure, as well as the Azure HB-series VMs optimized for applications driven by memory bandwidth, all powered by AMD EPYC processors. The breakfast is at the Frankfurt Marriott in Gold I-III (1st Floor) from 7:45 AM – 9:00 AM. Please feel free to register for this event.

Supercomputing in the cloud

Building on our strong relationship with Cray, we’re excited to showcase our three new dedicated offerings at ISC. We look forward to showcasing our accelerated innovation and delivery of next generation HPC and AI technologies to Azure customers.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at ISC.

Microsoft's ISC schedule

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

10:30 AM –

10:50 AM

Speaker

Burak Yenier, CEO, TheUberCloud Inc.

Title

UberCloud and Microsoft are helping customers move their engineering workload to Azure

11:30 AM –

11:50 AM

Speaker

Mohammad Zamaninasab, AI TSP GBB, Microsoft

Title

Artificial intelligence with Azure Machine Learning, Cognitive Services, DataBricks

12:30 PM –

12:50 PM

Speaker

Dr. Ulrich Knechtel, CSP Manager – EMEA, NVIDIA

Title

Accelerate your HPC workloads with NVIDIA GPUs on Azure

1:30 PM –

1:50 PM

Speaker

Uli Plechschmidt, Storage Marketing, Cray

Title

Why moving large scale, extremely I/O intensive HPC applications to Microsoft Azure is now possible

2:30 PM –

2:50 PM

Speaker

Joseph George, Executive Director, Cray Inc.

Title

5 reasons why you can maximize your manufacturing environment with Cray in Azure

3:30 PM –

3:50 PM

Speaker

Martin Hilgeman, Senior Manager, AMD HPC Centre of Excellence

Title

Turbocharging HPC in the cloud with AMD EPYC

4:30 PM –

4:50 PM

Speaker

Evan Burness, Principal Program Manager, Azure HPC, Microsoft

Title

HPC infrastructure in Azure

5:30 PM –

5:50 PM

Speaker

Niko Dukic, Senior Program Manager for Azure Storage, Microsoft

Title

Azure Storage ready for HPC

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

10:30 AM –

10:50 AM

Speaker

Gabriel Broner, Vice President and General Manager of HPC, Rscale Inc.

Title

Rescale HPC platform on Microsoft Azure

11:30 AM –

11:50 AM

Speaker

Martijn de Vries, CTO, Bright Computing

Title

Enabling hybrid clusters that span on-premises and Microsoft Azure

12:30 PM –

12:50 PM

Speaker

Rob Futrik, Program Manager, Microsoft

Title

HPC Clustermanagement in Azure via Microsoft programs: CycleCloud / Azure Batch / HP Pack

1:30 PM –

1:50 PM

Speaker

Christopher Woll, CTO, GNS Systems

Title

Digital Engineering Center – The HPC Workplace of tomorrow already today

2:30 PM –

2:50 PM

Speaker

Addison Snell, CEO, Intersect360 Research

Title

HPC and AI market update

3:30 PM –

3:50 PM

Speaker

Rick Watkins, Director of Appliance and Cloud Solutions, Altair

Title

Altair HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance (HWUL-VA) –  Easy to use HPC-Powered CAE solvers running on Azure

4:30 PM –

4:50 PM

Speaker

Gabriel Sallah, PSE GBB, Microsoft

Title

Deploying autonomous driving on Azure

5:30 PM –

5:50 PM

Speaker

Brock Taylor, Engineering Director and HPC Solutions Architect

Title

HPC as a service on-premises and off-premises considerations for the cloud

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