How Microsoft is Simplifying IoT

Learn how Microsoft is simplifying IoT with the evolution of Azure IoT Central. Step through a live demo of the new IoT Central retail application template with Avneet Singh, Senior Program Manager, IoT Solutions team. Learn how this IoT app platform keeps devices connected with built-in device management. Understand IoT Central makes it easy to […]

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AI Startups

How to Build an AI Powered Retail Startup

Siraj Raval built a demo app called SmartSneaks that lets a user convert a song or image into a generated shoe design. This is an example of how AI can be used to transform retail by giving users a more personalized experience. The tools he used to build this are the Flutter framework for mobile […]

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Business Data Driven Economics of AI

Here’s a Retailer that Knows How to Compete in the Amazon World

In the post-Amazon economy, all brick and mortar retailers are struggling. Some have outright failed and others on the brink. However, there are a few outliers that refuse to go down without a fight and are actually innovating.In this DataPoint, Frank notes one that has actually turned physical location to its advantage by helping Amazon […]

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What Killed Toys R US?

It’s been nearly a year since the end of the road for Toys R Us. I recorded a Data Point last year about the mixed feelings of getting good deals on stuff from the store vs picking clean the bones of an old friend. (Listen here). CNBC has an interesting video from last March about […]

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A Closer Look at Intelligent Retail

Get ideas about how to build engaging conversational applications using this fun retail example that leverages services from across Microsoft.

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AI Economics of AI Robotics

Robots are About to Transform the Retail Experience

BBC Click explores how robots are about to change the face of retail.

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Data Data Driven

Anecdotes vs Data: Which One Should You Believe?

Press the play button below to listen here or visit the show page at After attending the Global Azure Bootcamp with my son, I decided to drop in and see what bargains there were at the nearby Toys R Us. I have fond memories of going to Toys R Us when I was a kid. However, […]

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Big Data Data Science

How Target Uses Government Data

Here’s an interesting look at how Target uses data from the Census Bureau to custom tailor their stores for the neighborhoods they operate in.

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