Microsoft’s aim was to bring the different partners together, to discuss market-trends and needs and understand the Microsoft value proposition (it comes down to affordable, secure and rapid to deploy!).
Andrew Wigfield, Microsoft’s EMEA IoT Partner lead commented, “The day was a great collaboration of Microsoft’s IoT partners, bringing together the IT side with the Operational Technology (OT) side. Input from partners like Columbus Global made the discussion and opportunity generation across partners so much richer.”
At Columbus, we are recognised as an elite partner with specific expertise in business applications and system integration (the OT side). Our CSP (Cloud Solution Partner) certification means we can assist our customers with nearly all their IoT project requirements. That “nearly” was one of the reasons for attending and concerns the devices, the IT side, that connect the “things” to the internet.
Of course, we have worked with different devices, often in proof of concepts or directed by our customers’ existing infrastructure.
The challenge is knowing which device is best for a given situation. It is no surprise when you consider the number of devices available on the market. Arrow (a leading device manufacturer and distributor) showed a slide that illustrated over 10,000 sensors, designed for different environments and different measures.
Arrow were not the only hardware partner keen to demonstrate the range of devices at the breakout expo session. A particular favourite was the Avnet stand where cognitive services used live facial recognition to assess key features – our sales team loved it, it even knocked 10 years off one lucky member!
The event proved that IoT can bring value to a range of situations, from smart factories, warehouses and retail space to home care for vulnerable members of the community (think wearables).
With co-funding from Microsoft, we will be hosting Cloud Workshops and IoT Labs, please do get in touch if you would like details of the events.