Microsoft announces Cortana Analytics Suite

Today at the Microsoft World Wide Partner Conference in Orlando Microsoft announced a new Cortana Analytics Suite. The news was announced by Takeshi Numoto, CVP of Cloud and Enterprise.

Source: Microsoft

From the announcement:

The Cortana Analytics Suite brings about this vision by delivering big data and advanced analytics capabilities to help enterprises transform their data into intelligent action. With Cortana Analytics, we are taking years of research and innovation – spanning technology and infrastructure for advanced analytics, including capabilities like machine learning, big data storage and processing in the cloud as well as perceptual intelligence such as vision, face and speech recognition, with the goal of helping enterprise customers make better, faster decisions to accelerate their speed of business.

Here are the key reasons why a business would be interested in Cortana Analytics.

Analytics that enables action

Take action ahead of your competitors by going beyond looking in the rear-view mirror to predicting what’s next. Enhance your business applications with machine intelligence to evolve from simple descriptive analytics to prescriptive recommendations.


Predict: Predict what will happen with state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms

Prescribe: Augment and improve your decision making processes with proactive alerting and recommendations on actions to take

Automate: Simplify and automate decision making when dealing with complex problems that involve multiple variables that may change in real time

Perceptual intelligence

Interact with customers and stakeholders in new ways and infer intent with vision, face, speech, text and sentiment analysis to customize responses and drive appropriate actions.


See: Recognize your users and customers with face detection, identification and verification. Recognize objects within images to tailor your responses to your customers

Hear: Add speech recognition and response to your applications and translate spoken words into intent to drive actions needed for the business

Read: Understand and analyze text, e.g. customer feedback on your site or forum, to determine overall sentiment and key phrases

Fast and flexible

Why start from scratch when you don’t have to? Build with partner solutions for your industry or extend our basic building blocks to tailor the solution to your specific needs.


Get started quickly: Build on top of industry-specific partner solutions or customize machine learning models, APIs and templates from our Solutions Gallery

Use all your data: Connect to and get value from data of any volume, variety and velocity both on premises and in the cloud

Open and extensible: Empower your organization to work with the languages and frameworks they already know and use like R, Python and Hadoop

Secure and scalable

Your business needs will grow over time; so should your infrastructure. Continue to get value from your data in a secure, compliant and scalable way.


Secure: Keep your customers’ data safe on a trusted and secure cloud platform with encrypted communications, threat management, mitigation practices and regular penetration testing

Compliant: Ensure infrastructure compliance with your industry through our broad set of compliance standards such as ISO 27001, HIPAA, FedRAMP, SOC 1 and SOC 2

Scalable: Elastically scale to petabytes of data as your business needs grow over time, while keeping the flexibility and choice to manage multiple data repositories in the cloud

Tried and tested innovation

Industry leading performance of machine learning algorithms and technology built with over a decade of investments by Microsoft Research and operated at global scale in our businesses like XBox, Skype and Bing.


Cutting edge technology: Maintain your competitive edge with a rich pipeline of technologies from Microsoft Research in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision, speech recognition and computational linguistics

Continuous improvement: Your investment gets better over time with continuous improvement and testing of new technologies in global scale businesses like XBox, Skype and Bing

One simple subscription: Simplify your costs for building a comprehensive Big Data and advanced analytics solution that is billed with a predictable monthly cost

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