Yesterday at the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Orlando Microsoft announced the Cortana Analytics Suite, which is a new package of data storage, information management, machine learning, and business intelligence software in a single convenient monthly subscription. Microsoft’s Cortana personal digital assistant, until now available to consumers on mobile devices and PCs, is part of the new package, designed to give non-technical users a simple interface that can let them ask questions of data and receive answers in response.
In short, it is a fully managed big data and advanced analytics suite that transforms your data into intelligent action.
Here’s a video demonstrating some capabilities of the new Cortana Analytics Suite.
It will be available later this fall as an integrated offering with a simple monthly subscription model that takes advantage of all the relevant analytics and big data capabilities to make better decisions as well as intelligently automate operations. It includes a comprehensive set of cloud services:
|Preconfigured solutions||Business scenarios||Recommendations, Forecasting, Churn, etc.|
|Personal Digital Assistant||Personal Digital Assistant||Cortana|
|Perceptual intelligence||Recognition of human interactions and intent||Face, Vision, Speech and Text Analytics|
|Dashboards and visualizations||Dashboards and visualizations||Power BI|
|Machine learning & analytics||Machine learning
Complex event processing
|Azure Machine Learning
Azure HDInsight (Hadoop)
Azure Stream Analytics
|Big Data Stores||Big Data repository
Elastic data warehouse
|Azure Data Lake
Azure SQL Data Warehouse
|Information management||Data orchestration
|Azure Data Factory
Azure Data Catalog
Note that all of these services are available now so you can start using them immediately. There will be an on-premises version of Cortana Analytics sometime in the future via the Microsoft Azure Stack (which provides enterprises with the ability to create private clouds with the same bits Microsoft uses to build Azure itself). Cortana Analytics includes capabilities to both discover and connect to a variety of data sources including SQL Server and Azure SQL Database.
For more information on Cortana Analytics Suite visit www.microsoft.com/cortanaanalytics