Imagine reframing your business as a technology company that happens to sell medical devices, treat waste water, build jet engines, or whatever it is you do.

Today’s business leaders must embrace this philosophy to win in a world inundated with big data, cloud computing, and mobile devices. In this setting, products are more intelligent, customers more demanding, and competition more fierce.

But few companies have the software and hardware expertise required for digital transformation. Fortunately, cloud solutions such as Microsoft Azure, provide the foundation to transform products, operations, and customer engagement.

The Pillars of Digitization

In its April 2017 business transformation paper, Microsoft defines four pillars of digitization that leverage the convergence of big data, cloud computing, and mobile devices.

The cloud leader reveals today’s digital winners are:

  • Engaging customers - examining user insights to drive personalized engagement
  • Empowering employees - offering collaboration tools to find peer experts anywhere, anytime
  • Optimizing operations - rapidly turning product and customer insights into action
  • Transforming products - adding connectivity and usage sensors for continuous improvement

Let’s see how four Microsoft customers are using Azure cloud services and these pillars to transform their business and gain a sustainable advantage.

Doctors engaging patients

CardioDiagnostics, a Delaware based medical technology firm, allows doctors to monitor heart patients in real time, from anywhere in the world.

Portable monitoring devices send data to Azure where it’s analyzed by doctors. If the patient feels a rhythmic heart abnormality, they press a trigger which sends a message to the company’s operations center.

Using Azure’s built-in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) compliance for data protection, the cloud service provides the security needed for this critical healthcare solution.

Microsoft Azure… literally transformed our ability to create scalable, available, and durable products.- Ziad Sankari, Founder, CardioDiagnostics

Data driven employees

Pinnacle Hospital of Indiana is transforming its systems to send doctors relevant information at the point of care. Using Azure, the company built a mobile enabled and clinician-friendly analytics platform.

Surgeons now have the data to more precisely order supplies. Financial officers can compare costs with insurance reimbursements. And claims that took 48 to 72 hours to process now complete in just a few minutes.

Furthermore, using Azure’s predictive analytics and business intelligence, surgeons can now leverage patient data from thousands of prior procedures to select the most appropriate implants and devices.

Continuous operational improvement

Ecolab, a global water and energy technology company, is using Azure to address water scarcity.  Seeking net-zero usage, Ecolab helps diverse industry leaders produce goods with minimal freshwater waste.

To do so, the company collects information from 36,000 water systems in more than 100 countries, feeds it to Azure, and provides customers with actionable intelligence that benchmarks performance and drives continuous improvement.

Personnel then use data to quantify and communicate a customer’s return on investment from water management programs. Thereafter, they recommend additional actions that lower water, energy, and operational costs.

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Big data product transformation

Aircraft engine manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, analyzes large aircraft flight data sets in Azure to preemptively identify failing aircraft parts.

By making repairs before engines fail, the airline industry can minimize flight delays that cost millions of dollars every year.

The company’s Azure-based big data analysis also helps it better structure support contracts, manage risk, and shape product development needs.

Digital technology and analytical insights deliver a real, sustainable advantage in the services we provide.        – Nick Farrant, SVP, Rolls-Royce

Trianz enables transformation

Trianz is a Microsoft Silver Partner and Azure Managed Services Provider within the Cloud Solution Provider Program.

Trianz helps business leaders leverage Azure to transform their products and operations, as well as engage customers and employees. Without the need for large upfront capital, Trianz’ designs cloud solutions that enables innovation and agility.

With established templates and engagement tools, Trianz’ certified Azure consultants discover, assess, and analyze clients’ current state, and recommend execution plans for successful cloud migrations.

Using governance frameworks, Trianz designs Azure architectures and migration plans. It leads hybrid cloud deployments and develops test automation and app orchestration that cross on premise and cloud locations.

Additionally, Trianz experts monitor Azure performance and align existing cloud deployments to meet each business’ ongoing needs. Contact Trianz to take the next step and move to Microsoft Azure.

Trianz is Microsoft Silver Partner and Managed Services Provider for Azure. Offerings include:

  • Azure Readiness Assessment & Migration Roadmap
  • Azure DevTest and DevOps environments
  • .NET, Windows & SharePoint application migrations
  • SQL Server and non-Microsoft database migration
  • Azure-native business applications, big data, and analytics
  • Azure workload managed services