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THE BEST OF ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY ON THE MICROSOFT WINDOWS PLATFORM

Spring 2015

OnWindows Magazine

Editor: Rebecca Lambert
Publication manager: Andy Clayton-Smith

The Spring 2015 issue of OnWindows is out now, providing you with everything you need to know about enterprise technology on the Microsoft Windows platform.

In this issue, we explore how businesses are harnessing the internet of things to better serve their customers, accelerate product innovation and achieve massive cost savings. With comment from Microsoft’s Sam George plus examples of how companies such as McDonald’s and ThyssenKrupp Elevator are already using IoT, our cover story explains why experts are hailing this latest phenomenon a key driver of the next industrial revolution.

We also hear from some of the technology industry’s most influential people, including insight from former EC commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, plus interviews with executives that are responsible for driving technological innovation within their businesses, including Jeff Donaldson of GameStop Technology Institute and Andy Claughton, technical director at Ben Ainslie Racing.

Elsewhere in the magazine, you can read about some of the latest technology projects at companies including SK Telecom, Lone Star National Bank, Airbus, Bupa and Unilever.

Magazine highlights

MANUFACTURING & RESOURCES

Connected and intelligent

Connected and intelligent

The Microsoft Dynamics team and partners highlight the value of harnessing technology to better engage customers

Putting IoT into practice in manufacturing

Putting IoT into practice in manufacturing

Sanjay Ravi explains how manufacturers are unlocking business value

Sailing to success

IoT starts with collaboration

How Siemens' 3D software will help the Ben Ainslie Racing team claim victory

The edge of intelligence

The edge of intelligence

Simon Pontin explains why smart grid technology is key to progression

COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA

Redefining business models

Rikke Helms

Microsoft’s Rikke Helms on the new face of the telco industry

Going global

Why broadcasters rely on Azure Media Services to stream live events

Boosting IT capacity

Boosting IT capacity

Dell helps Canadian SaaS provider Distributech/InvestorCom to increase IT availability, improve disaster recovery, enhance data security and reduce costs

COVER STORY

Connected future

Connected future

Peter Cluskey explores how businesses are harnessing the internet of things to better serve their customers, accelerate product innovation and achieve massive cost savings

Neelie Kroes

Neelie Kroes

She may have recently retired from her position as vice president of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda for Europe, but Neelie Kroes’ passion for technology and entrepreneurship is stronger than ever.

Is your data centre ready for IoT?

Fujitsu

Polina Vasilyeva highlights the importance of a reliable IT infrastructure for supporting IoT

Fujitsu

Fujitsu

We discover how the IT organisation is achieving a ‘one company’ vision with Avanade’s social application

Cows, babies and cars

Damianos Soumelidis explains why the advantages of IoT far outweigh the disadvantages

MARKETWATCH

Industry 4.0 to top Hannover Messe agenda

Industry 4.0 to top Hannover Messe agenda

Microsoft and its partners will explore the technology enabling manufacturers to develop the smart factories of the future

OSIsoft helps manufacturers embrace IoT

OSIsoft helps manufacturers embrace IoT

The real-time intelligence specialist will be demonstrating how manufacturers can use its PI System to enable new IoT scenarios

Dell supports BYOD with updated device management tool

Dell supports BYOD with updated device management tool

Dell has released the latest version of its Kace K1000 Systems Management Appliance, which includes new and enhanced functionality to improve the way organisations discover, configure, secure and manage computers and devices in the workplace.

PUBLIC SECTOR

Transforming the education landscape

Anthony Salcito

Microsoft’s Anthony Salcito defines the future of education

Modernised board meetings

Alister Esam explains how to do away with paper meeting documents

Grove City College

Grove City College

Veeam helps the college protect its virtual environment

JFK Catholic School

JFK Catholic School

Updating a slow, outdated data centre to a virtualised cluster

RETAIL & HOSPITALITY

The return of the store

The return of the store

Using digital to attract customers

Next-generation store

How GameStop is harnessing cloud and mobile to revolutionise the customer experience in store

Cloud-powered user experiences

Cloud-powered user experiences

Chad Brown introduces Xomni’s omni-channel cloud platform

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Innovation in insurance with IoT

Innovation in insurance with IoTt

Tony Jacob on using smart meters and devices

Growing in a global market

Innovation in insurance with IoTt

Lindsay James charts the evolution of retail banking association Efma

Lone Star National Bank

Innovation in insurance with IoTt

Dell SecureWorks team helps prevent data breaches

Taking control

Innovation in insurance with IoTt

Michael Witt highlights the value of taking advantage of an SaaS model in the insurance industry

THE LAST WORD

A social outlook

Aberdeen Group’s Peter Ostrow on the future of social interactions in business

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