At IDC's annual SMART TECHnology World conference, Windows Embedded General Manager Kevin Dallas provided a state of the union for enterprise IT and the impact of intelligent systems.
According to IDC, intelligent systems currently represent a $649 billion market, which is expected to increase from 1.1 billion unit shipments today to 2.6 billion unit shipments by 2016.
"Through intelligent systems, we have an opportunity to consume and drive new value from machine-generated data," Dallas said. "In today's marketplace, the ability to efficiently gather and intelligently analyze data will be the single make-or-break element within every company's IT infrastructure."
"Data is the new currency," he said. "The information has always been there, but it was either out of sight or well out of reach. What has changed is our ability to find it, to process it and understand it." "To build these new intelligent systems, you really need to select the right partners, with the right industry knowledge, who know the business change you're trying to drive," he said. "Understanding the business and how you want to morph that business to increase value is absolutely critical."
Dallas said the company has been working hard over the past year to reimagine its product portfolio for intelligent systems. From the Windows Embedded platforms and enterprise services such as Azure and SQL Server to security technologies like Forefront and identity technologies like Active Directory, Microsoft offers a complete, cohesive stack of technologies to build an intelligent system from end to end.
Microsoft is bringing the functionality offered by Kinect, for example, into the world of Windows Embedded devices to enable voice and gesture-based interfaces. The company is also investing in the back-end infrastructure that processes the data generated by connected devices.
"We're making a big investment in how to process unstructured data to deliver the insight that many customers need," he said. "These investments are happening in SQL, Azure, and StreamInsight for analytics, all the way through to software-as-a-service offerings like Dynamics."
In the video below, Dallas speaks about the real business values of intelligent systems:
Also, Jim Buczkowski, technical fellow and director of Electrical and Electronics at Ford, took stage with Dallas, "Ford's goal was to see how "consumer electronics and in-car experiences could be connected to create new driver experiences," Buczkowski said.
Adding, "In the not-too-distant future, drivers will be able to analyze data in real time, allowing them to monitor a variety of vehicle diagnostics and adjust their driving styles to maximize efficiency or performance -- a vision called the "connected car," he said.
"For example, when drivers enter the garage in the morning, their connected cars might have already used cloud-based services and location awareness to warm itself to the preferred temperature, tuned the radio to the same stations they had been listening to while getting ready, and signaled the garage door to close at the appropriate time without the driver taking any action," Buczkowski explains.
"The connected car then becomes part of a more convenient and seamless driving experience that is personalized for the individual and experienced through Ford SYNC built on the Windows Embedded Automotive platform."
This is one more example of how Windows Embedded is powering specialized devices that work together to create intelligent systems, and Ford was one of the first automobile manufacturers to work with Microsoft in this field.
Watch the video to see how Ford is using intelligent systems:
Here are more videos from the Microsoft partner on intelligent systems:
Kevin Dallas on Intelligent Systems:
Ford's Jim Buczkowski on the 'Connected Car':
How Hillcrest is Using Intelligent Systems: