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Artificial Intelligence and Hybrid Cloud Take Center Stage at Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft is placing its bets on Artificial intelligence (AI) and hybrid cloud. At Ignite 2017 in Orlando, Redmond emphasized on how AI has become the key ingredient of everything it’s developing. Azure Stack, the hybrid cloud offering is available to enterprise customers through select OEM partners.

When Microsoft gets serious about an emerging technology, it starts with the developers. Microsoft is following the same path for making AI accessible. Firstly, it turned AI into a platform that becomes the foundation for both internal applications coming from Microsoft well as for external developers who can access it through APIs. It is then building a set of tools that make it easy for developers and data scientists to create AI-enabled applications.

Microsoft is committed to embedding AI into almost every new product and service. Microsoft Excel has got new formulae for performing predictive analytics in the cloud. PowerPoint has got a translator that can translate presentations in real time. Word is all set to have a new spell checker and grammar tool that goes beyond the basic correction. But, Office is just one of the products that will have powerful AI features. Dynamics CRM, SQL Server, Bing and many other services will exploit AI capabilities.

SQL Server 2017 is one of the first databases in the industry to get an embedded ML engine. Customers can mix and match existing SQL notations with predictive analytics. The ML engine supports R and Python languages along with modern libraries for training and visualization.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.