It seems like everyone is talking about the Internet of Things (IoT), and for good reason: IoT is rapidly transforming business for the better. By 2025, estimates indicate some 75 billion IoT devices around the world will be connected.

As you might expect, we’re going all-in here at Microsoft, having committed USD5 billion to IoT over the next four years. Our goal is to provide the best tools and insights needed to expand IoT solutions. One of the ways we’re doing this is through IoT in Action events, which expand the IoT conversation to include intelligent edge, intelligent cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence while also exploring the latest concepts and trends that simplify the development of solutions. We’re also focused on connecting customers and partners to bring IoT solutions from concept to reality and help them get repeatable IoT solutions to market faster.

Here’s a closer look at the key ways we approach IoT, and how we can help you get started on your own IoT journey.

Enabling greater sophistication

IoT is truly transforming the way customers do business and creating real business impact. Partners such as SteelcaseJohnson Controls, and Kohler are finding new scenarios to drive success through IoT. And with advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the intelligent edge, IoT solutions are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

Microsoft works to stay ahead of advancing technology and trends to meet customers’ changing needs. Our IoT offerings include what businesses need to get started, from operating systems to cloud services to advanced analytics to business applications. We’ve seen great traction with customers and partners who continue to generate new ideas and execute them on our platform.

Securing IoT solutions

With so many components, IoT-enabled devices without the proper management and security pose enormous risks. As part of Microsoft’s unique approach to IoT, we’ve built on insights from the Seven Properties of Highly Secured Devices white paper and created the Azure Sphere solution.

Azure Sphere serves as a secure foundation for the rapid creation of scalable and cost-effective intelligent products and experiences. It provides connectivity through highly-secured, Internet-connected microcontroller (MCU) devices. We’re excited about this solution because it allows you to create intelligent products and experiences your customers will love—and get them to market quickly—at an affordable price point. Azure Sphere development kits, which include everything you need to get started creating your own IoT apps, are coming soon, so pre-order yours today.

Ready to capitalize? Join as at IoT in action

The 2018 IoT in Action series—comprehensive one-day events in cities around the world—will offer practical, hands-on technical sessions to help attendees bring IoT solutions to market faster. Our goal is to provide actionable insights, deepen partnerships, and unlock the transformative potential of intelligent edge and intelligent cloud. And new this year: in-depth learning around IoT security and Azure Sphere.

Anyone interested in learning more about the modalities and economics of transforming business through IoT can benefit from attending an IoT in Action event. Register early for an event near you and you’ll receive preview slides from keynote presentations:

We’ll be rolling out events in additional locations around the world, so stay tuned! Also, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out the IoT in Action webinar series, an additional resource for supplementing your IoT learnings.