At Microsoft, we are working to make AI accessible to every individual and organization. Our goal is to augment and amplify people’s ingenuity with intelligent technology, using a responsible approach for designing and developing AI systems to have a positive impact on how people work and live. One way we’re meeting that goal is through our work with partners around the globe who are embracing AI and data within their set of offerings. Partners are utilizing AI to create intelligent agents, modernize business applications and transform industry verticals such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing, retail, government, and education. We’re seeing partners use AI technologies to differentiate their current services and extend their capabilities to create new business opportunities. We anticipate AI will not only create significant opportunities for partners, but also provide competitive advantages.

With Azure AI capabilities, we’re making AI real for businesses across the cloud and on the edge.

  • Knowledge Mining helps organizations uncover insights from all their content – documents, images and media – using Azure Search, the only cloud search service with built-in AI capabilities.
  • Azure Machine Learning makes it quick and easy to build, train, and deploy machine learning models.
  • AI apps and agents services provide partners and customers access to customizable AI model offerings like Azure Cognitive Services and Bot Service.

At Microsoft, we have an incredible ecosystem of partners, working every day to drive customer business value and adoption through AI by using Microsoft’s Azure. We are continuously evolving our programs and resources to help partners build and grow their AI business with Microsoft. Today, we are sharing an update to the Microsoft AI Business School and announcing the new Microsoft Azure AI Accelerate Program

AI Business School

The AI transformation partners need to help customers drive is as much a cultural one as it is a technical one. We are making it easier than ever before for partners to access AI Business School with a new AI Business School Learning path as part of the Partner Training Center. AI Business School helps partners by providing practical guidance from top executives on how to strategically apply AI in organizations. Designed in partnership with INSEAD, AI Business School is a free, online, and on-demand master class series. AI Business School provides executive-level insights and practical, actionable guidance to build an end-to-end AI strategy and foster an AI-ready culture.

Recognizing the critical role our partners play in enabling our customers to derive the most value from AI, Microsoft is also releasing AI Business School in a box on the Partner Marketing Center (going live at Inspire) as a resource for partners worldwide to leverage in customer engagements.

Microsoft Azure AI Accelerate Program

AI is fueling the next wave of innovation and creating substantial new value for organizations across all industries. The Microsoft Azure AI Accelerate Program will help partners take advantage of the growing business value that AI is projected to drive. The program helps partners bring AI solutions and capabilities to the market faster and specifically highlights our Azure Machine Learning, Knowledge Mining, Cognitive Services and Azure Bot Services to digitally transform businesses. The end-to-end program focuses on growing ecosystem and platform value, bridging AI adoption barriers and creating sustainable AI business benefits for partners and customers. At Inspire we will share a preview of the program along with information on the 15 strategic AI partnerships below.

Logos of the 15 strategic AI partnerships from Inspire

Learn more about the power of partnerships to connect and collaborate with these strategic AI Accelerate partners and unlock new market opportunities to support mutual customers. Learn more about AI Accelerate and our strategic AI Partnerships in the AI Sessions at Inspire.

In the next quarter of fiscal year 2020 (FY20) we plan to open nominations to recruit new partners on the program through our AI Guided Experience.

Success Stories

Partners like Accenture, EY and Crayon are building innovative AI technologies and bringing them to their customers with the help of the AI programs and resources from the Microsoft Partner Network.

Accenture, a global professional services company, helps clients advance their digital strategies and discover what it means to be an intelligent enterprise through AI. Today, Accenture’s Applied Intelligence group has more than 45,000 experts across multiple disciplines, from AI engineering, to industry expertise, economics and more, helping to bring Microsoft Azure AI services to clients from different industries and address specific business challenges.

EY helps clients accelerate their digital transformations through intelligent automation powered by Microsoft AI. For EY, the benefits of practical AI tools that could be deployed immediately were important. EY found this in Microsoft’s AI platform. EY is adopting AI to its approach to traditional services like tax and audit by tapping into the power of AI to automate and streamline processes dramatically, while also advising clients on how to leverage the Microsoft AI platform. The EY and Microsoft alliance brings trusted capabilities to help accelerate performance by realizing the full potential of digital across the enterprise.

Crayon delivers tangible business outcomes and value to their customers using Microsoft Azure AI. Crayon prefers Microsoft’s Machine Learning capabilities, which gives their developers and data scientists the greatest flexibility to create new solutions and is actively applying AI and Machine Learning expertise with its client base.

These are just a few of the many AI partnerships and co-innovations we are bringing to market. With our strong focus to grow the Microsoft AI ecosystem you can be confident there is much more to come. Stay tuned for more updates at Inspire, on the partner website, and start exploring the AI opportunity.


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