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Blog Profile / Microsoft Power and Utilities Blog

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Blog Post Archive

Living the Digital Lifestyle

As you can probably tell, I love to tell stories about real life experiences. These days I find myself telling one about how my wife and I live the digital lifestyle to partners, customers and Microsoft employees. It goes something like this: A couple of years ago we bought one of those fancy, LED backlight, HDMI,  Internet connected TVs. Show More Summary

Water heads to the Cloud!

Yes, I know we are certifiable cloud crazy but you should take a look at this story from our global alliance partner Invensys concerning one of their water customers and why they deployed Invensys's Enterprise Historian in the cloud. Check it out here. Enjoy. - Jon C. Arnold

Office 365: A snowball’s chance in hell?

One of the conversations I routinely have with customers is about Office 365 which is our subscription-based online office and software plus services suite.  In my conversations I always ask customers what business are they in. Do they...Show More Summary

Carnegie Mellon improves operational efficiency, cuts energy consumption by 30% with Power BI and partner OSIsoft

No need to write a long introduction to this hot off the press case study. It’s just the tip of the iceberg on how Power BI is changing the way people turn data into actionable information. Take a look here. – Jon C. Arnold

Dawn of a new day: Power BI for Office 365 is here!

Today, we announced that Power BI for Office 365 – our self-service business intelligence solution designed for everyone – is generally available.  We have written about the incredible power of Power BI in this blog before while in product preview. Show More Summary

Our Super Bowl Story - Using technology to change lives and empower people

In yesterday’s Super Bowl (annual championship game of the National Football League, the highest level of professional American football in the United States) we decided to tell the story of how peoples’ lives can be changed through our technology. Show More Summary

Microsoft Power & Utilities Team at the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference and DistribuTECH this week

The Microsoft Power & Utilities team along with many account and partner teams are in San Antonio Texas this week to attend the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference on 27 – 28 and DistribuTECH on,28 – 30 January, 2014. We will...Show More Summary

New Zealand Power Company Improves Asset Management and Information Access

In our conversations with customers we routinely have a discussion about improving information access. With business truly moving @ the speed of thought and showing no signs of slowing we have to think differently about how we go about solving business problems and providing information access. Show More Summary

Utility Week Achievement Awards and Power BI

Last month I spent a week visiting customers and partners in the UK.  December is always special in the UK, as it’s the week of the Utility Week Achievement Awards.  I travel all over the world and I have never seen an event where the...Show More Summary

The Business Value of Smart Meters

The deployment of smart meters worldwide continues to accelerate and we have seen estimates of over 200 million being deployed by the end of 2014.  It would probably be an understatement to call this the decade of the smart meter deployments...Show More Summary

Austin Energy and Schneider Electric are working together to implement an advanced distribution management system (ADMS).

Excellent case study article in Smartgridnews on Austin Energy’s quest to build a smart utility and their work with Microsoft Global Alliance partner Schneider Electric. A key piece of this strategy is the implementation an advancedShow More Summary

Rethinking Mobile Possibilities with Avanade's Windows 8 Enterprise Studio

Avanade's Windows 8 Enterprise Studio is at the forefront when it comes to building touch applications and proof of concepts on Microsoft Windows 8. Examples include horizontal scenarios and verticals such as energy, communications, banking, insurance, airlines, healthcare and automotive. Show More Summary

Microsoft Announces Enhanced Customer Data Security

Yesterday, we announced three important new steps our company is taking to protect customer data: · Expanding encryption across services. · Reinforcing the legal protections for customer data. · Enhancing the transparency of code, making it easier for governments to reassure themselves that products do not contain backdoors. Show More Summary

Windows 8.1 is a mobile OS

Excellent article on the work that we have done to make Windows 8.1 a significant advancement in mobile technology that goes well beyond a typical x.1 release. Check it out here!  - Jon C. Arnold  

Information At Your Fingertips

Next week I will be attending and speaking at the OpenText Enterprise World event in Orlando. The theme is the Power of Information which is about how to discover, control, secure, and unleash it so that you can be remarkable – in your role, in your organization, and in your industry. Show More Summary

Believe it or not: Bill Gates Unveiled Windows 30 Years Ago Today

I have always been a bit of a technology historian having grown up testing vacuum tubes and stepping on transistors in my dad’s basement. Whether it is Quantum mechanics or Maxwell’s equations I have always had a flare for the opportunities that technology presents for changing the way we live, work and play. Show More Summary

Goin' Mobile!

Most readers of this blog know that Mobility has become a widely recognized megatrend—alongside other trends such as social, cloud, and big data that are sweeping the enterprise. The numbers being reported by analysts and the press speak for themselves. Show More Summary

Windows XP users six times more likely to be hacked

Check out the USA Today article and video interview with Tim Rains, director of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing.  - Jon C. Arnold

Orbit - A Revolutionary Approach to Mobile Field Data Collection

We have written before about Schneider Electric’s Orbit solution for field inspections here and here.  Now our friends at Schneider have posted a great video that demonstrates the value of Orbit to customers.  I  would strongly encourage you to take a minute and check it out here. Enjoy! – Jon C. Arnold

Schneider Electric Selects Microsoft Windows Azure as Preferred Cloud Platform for StruxureWare

We are delighted Schneider Electric has selected the Windows Azure as their preferred cloud platform for StruxureWare. StruxureWare™ software is a platform of integrated applications and suites that delivers visibility into energy and resource use across an organization. Show More Summary

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