Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was in Singapore last week for the Microsoft Developer Day event, held at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Nadella highlighted the numerous opportunities available to developers, and how Microsoft is providing the resources and support to help developers play a key role in enabling organisations to embrace the digital transformation. He also underscored the role of the cloud and integrated technologies in helping businesses evolve in today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world.
In his keynote address, Nadella noted the importance of equipping the local youths with skills that can prepare the next generation of Singaporeans to drive the knowledge economy. With data being the currency of the world today, Microsoft is collaborating with the National University of Singapore on data science education and research, to accelerate innovation and skills development to support the Smart Nation vision.
Nadella also shared the example of how young startups such as Overdrive is leveraging the intelligent cloud to provide a true Internet-of-Things (IoT) platform targeting smart devices and sensors on the move. Through the platform, this young startup uses IoT sensors and Azure IoT Suite to provide pre-emptive logistics management and optimisation to fleet owners. In addition to the over 1,000 vehicles they currently support, they have expanded their technology to other areas such as using IoT to provide concerned parents the location of their children to ensure that they arrive home safely.
Microsoft is also helping developers to build applications for the cloud realities of today, and the cloud evolution of tomorrow. The company is in a unique position to do this, as the only cloud provider that supports every organisation and developer, from core infrastructure services, to platform services and tools, to Software-as-a-Service, with the flexibility to build and run apps in any language across any platform.