Rolls Royce is Flying High with Azure IoT

Rolls Royce is Flying High with Azure IoT

Rolls Royce has over 13,000 engines in operation around the world, and they provide services to maintain those engines at peak performance. Today’s engines have thousands of sensors that can produce terabytes of data on long-haul flights. Making sense of all that data is critical in transporting customers safely and efficiently. That’s why they use a suite of tools from Microsoft to help iron out what all that data means. But adopting the right tools is easier said than done. Avoiding operating disruptions is crucial to success at Rolls Royce. In fact, a single issue with a plane, and its inevitable effect to an entire airline, can cost up to one million dollars per day! Limiting these disruptions is the biggest reason for their investment in IoT technologies from Azure. Being able to identify problems before they arise has been invaluable for the manufacturer. With early notice, Rolls Royce can reduce inventory costs and maximize availability of parts. Saving airlines...
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Intelligence in the Cloud and on the Edge with Azure IoT

Intelligence in the Cloud and on the Edge with Azure IoT

Maximizing the impact of your IoT Proof of Concept Whitepaper. Download Here The Internet of Things (IoT) is real and it’s here today, but to many of you, IoT may seem confusing and hard to understand how it applies to your business. In this post, we hope to offer you further understanding on how Azure IoT could bring your business together in new, insightful ways – from generating new revenue streams, to increasing process efficiencies, and delivering better customer experiences. What is IoT? There’s a revolution underway that is positioning companies to take operational efficiency to new levels and inform the next generation of products and services. This revolution of course, is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT, however is not a technology evolution. It's a business revolution, enabled by technology. With Microsoft’s long history of driving business success and digital transformation for customers, it’s no surprise that Microsoft is also focused on powering the business revolution through its robust Azure...
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Practical Power BI Dashboard Design In 60 Seconds

Practical Power BI Dashboard Design In 60 Seconds

As one of the premier data visualization tools for the enterprise, Microsoft Power BI can become an indispensable tool. However, to make the most of Power BI, you must first consider your audience. Here are a few tips to help you build the best dashboard for your business. Power BI is a dashboard tool to monitor the current state of your data using the included reports. Make sure to avoid unnecessary information - your users may experience information-overload. Dashboards are intended to be used at a glance, your tiles need to be properly organized using the full-screen mode. Try resizing your tiles to prioritize key metrics - larger tiles are naturally seen as more important. Place the most important metric in the top left corner as it will be where viewers will start using the dashboard. If you need a bit more help designing your dashboard, here are a few books: Information Dashboard Design by Stephen Few Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte Advanced...
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WEBINAR: Microsoft Power BI Solution for System Center Configuration Manager

WEBINAR: Microsoft Power BI Solution for System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft Power BI Solution for System Center Configuration ManagerIt is shocking how little the reporting functionality of SCCM is used in many enterprises. The amount of last minute effort a company will expend to obtain basic environmental information is also shocking. There is an extensive amount of data that is stored in the SCCM database. Hardware functionality, software configuration, patch compliance, end point protection, and bit locker state are just a few of the items that can be reported on from the SCCM database by using PowerBI. By using a platform such as PowerBI, not only do you eliminate the need to create scripts for collecting inventory but your data can be readily available when you need to report on it. Software and operating system roll out, for Windows 10, can also be monitored in a near-real-time fashion and ease some of the status reporting conflicts that you may experience. Microsoft provides a cloud based PowerBI template that links directly...
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4 Ways the Internet of Things Will Help You, Your Business and Your Customers

4 Ways the Internet of Things Will Help You, Your Business and Your Customers

The Internet of Things helps your business.  So, what exactly does that mean?  Mobile isn’t just about connecting people. It’s about connecting things and perhaps one day ALL things. The concept has a name: "The Internet of Things". It is a development of the internet in which everyday objects are capable of "talking" to each other through network connectivity and constant data transfer.The Internet of ThingsThis doesn't necessarily mean your refrigerator gets a Twitter account, or your dishwasher can log in to your Facebook account to tell friends you're cleaning dishes. The IoT is bigger, much bigger.Here are a few everyday examples of the Internet of Things on a consumer level: A smart door that delays locking for 30 seconds to allow you to enter and grab the keys you just left. An internal heart monitor implanted in your arm that is powered by your body's own thermal energy. It monitors your heart rhythm and detects the smallest arrhythmias. It will even send...
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Disruptive Innovation: The Internet of Your Things

Disruptive Innovation: The Internet of Your Things

Internet of Things versus Internet of Your Things.  What's the difference?  It's driving a new wave of technical innovation. We are seeing the relevance of this technology in customers across the board, but what exactly is the internet of things?  If you ask an analyst, it’s billions of interconnected devices. Consequently, if you ask a business leader, it’s a new source of gadget-driven revenue. Then ask us, geeks?  Well, it’s about drones with lasers being piloted by robots. Each is somewhat true.The Internet of Things vs. The Internet of Your ThingsWhile other industry experts might disagree, I see the IoT a little bit differently. The Internet of things is about your business. It’s about the devices that exist around you and how one device can drive disruptive innovation in your industry, not billions of device, gadgets, or lasers. Just one device.What's Really Going On?In reality, the Internet of Things is an analyst concept. True disruption comes from the internet of YOUR...
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IoT Technology: Quadriplegic Race Car Driver Tops 100 MPH at Indy 500

IoT Technology: Quadriplegic Race Car Driver Tops 100 MPH at Indy 500

Ready to learn more about IoT technology?  The Internet of Things is a broadly defined new concept that is getting significant attention. But, what is it? As a basic definition, it is connecting disparate "things" to communicate together to improve people, processes, and business.Internet of Things Technology  Video courtesy of Arrow ElectronicsArrow Electronics, a company that focuses on machine to machine intelligence, helped a quadriplegic race car driver complete qualifying laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway using the Internet of Things technology.The Internet of Things is a broadly defined new concept that is getting significant attention. But, what is it? As a basic definition, it is connecting disparate "things" to communicate together to improve people, processes, and business.Real World ExampleArrow Electronics' CEO, Mike Long, set a goal for the company in June 2013 to have an experimental car ready for the 2014 Indy 500. Then the idea came: Why not modify a Corvette so it could be driven by a person with...
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Internet of Things: It’s Not Just About Connected Devices, It’s the Change in Business Model

Internet of Things: It’s Not Just About Connected Devices, It’s the Change in Business Model

The Internet of Things: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?There has been a lot of talk about the Internet of Things.  What's going on?  Why is it important to you?  How is it going to affect your business and your company's future?Enjoy this video and learn more about what is going on.  Microsoft's Modern Workplace episode features Frank Burkitt, the author of "The Strategists Guide to the Internet of Things", and Kevin Ashton, the 'Father of the Internet of Things.'About OakwoodSince 1981, Oakwood has been helping companies of all sizes, across all industries, solve their business problems.  We bring world-class consultants to architect, design and deploy technology solutions to move your company forward.   Our proven approach guarantees better business outcomes.  With flexible engagement options, your project is delivered on-time and on budget.  11,000 satisfied clients can’t be wrong....
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Internet of Things

A Beginner’s Guide to the Internet of Things

Well, you've likely heard the phrase "Internet of Things" — or IoT — at some point, but you might also be scratching your head figuring out what it is or what it means.  The IoT refers to the connection of devices (other than typical fares such as computers and smartphones) to the Internet. Cars, kitchen appliances, and even heart monitors can all be connected through the IoT. And as the Internet of Things grows in the next few years, more devices will join that list.Business Insider, a leading trade publication, focuses on the growing and evolving trends in digital, offers this compelling and insightful overview of what the Internet of Things will do for us in the near future.  Below is an overview of understanding key positioning points for IoT. Business Insider has compiled a guide to the IoT to help you navigate the increasingly connected world.Terms and Basic DefinitionsBelow, we've provided a glossary defining the Internet of Things: Internet of Things: A network...
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