Microsoft Adds 3 New Industry-Based Clouds (and an AI Upgrade)
If you haven’t made a move to the cloud yet, what are you waiting for? As a managed service provider, SWAT Systems recommends cloud-based solutions for all our clients as being both more versatile and more secure than dedicated servers in an office or data center. And the options just keep getting better. Check out the latest from Microsoft Cloud.
Cloud services are getting more specific to the business industry they serve. Microsoft started the expansion with Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, then added Microsoft Cloud for Retail. They have now rolled out three new iterations:
- Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing
- Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services
- Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit
Plus, their Cloud for Healthcare is getting a boost with the acquisition of Nuance.
The COVID-19 shift to remote work hasn’t skipped the manufacturing industry. This cloud option enables manufacturers to secure remote work as well as protect their frontline workers. That leads to more flexible factories and more adaptable supply chains. This, of course, will enable always-on service.
Microsoft states the purpose of this industry cloud is “to bring together new and existing capabilities as well as partner solutions which can connect people, assets, workflows and business processes, helping organizations become more resilient.” The preview of this manufacturing cloud is expected in June 2021.
Financial Services Cloud
Core banking services are now modernized to include deep analytics and create a faster path to reach customers while maintaining strict compliance requirements.
Banks can now create a 360-degree view of each customer including an embedded digital collaboration into their workflow processes. This gives real-time status visibility and enhances insights to help reduce fraud. It is scalable and has hybrid deployment options that banks and financial institutions require to modernize their systems.
The new nonprofit cloud will connect staff with volunteers and allow all to focus on their particular mission. With it, Microsoft’s trusted cloud capabilities will be able to connect with common nonprofit plans and outlines including program design, delivery, volunteer management and fundraising. It, too, is expected to launch at the end of June 2021.
Healthcare Cloud Gets Boost From Nuance Acquisition
Microsoft recently announced the acquisition of Nuance, a company providing conversational AI and clinical intelligence solutions to health providers. Nuance’s clinical speech recognition products include Dragon Medical One, PowerScribe One and Dragon Ambient eXperience. These integrate with electronic health records (EHRs) to lessen the burden of documentation and help providers deliver better patient experiences. Nuance solutions are used by hospitals, physicians and radiologists.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Nuance enables a variety of enhancements for its industry cloud for healthcare. In a statement, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had this to say about the addition of Nuance:
“AI is technology’s most important priority, and healthcare is its most urgent application. Together, with our partner ecosystem, we will put advanced AI solutions into the hands of professionals everywhere to drive better decision-making and create more meaningful connections, as we accelerate growth of Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare and Nuance.”
Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft