Microsoft has announced Microsoft IoT Central, a product that is now available in public preview. This is the company's software-as-a-solution package aimed for businesses and enterprise. Companies building Internet of Things applications, can now do so more efficiently and easily.
In its announcement, Microsoft says IoT is becoming increasingly important for enterprise customers. The company has been one of the leaders in developing IoT products for companies of all sizes.
Microsoft says reducing cost expenditure for customers is important. Microsoft IoT Central gives organizations key skills to build and manage connected apps in one place. Creating a hub for IoT development also needs to meet security and scalability demands. IoT Central builds on Microsoft's significant experience in connected solutions.
The Microsoft IoT Central solution is described as “the first true highly scalable IoT software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that offers built-in support for IoT best practices and world-class security along with the reliability, regional availability, and global scale of the Microsoft Azure cloud.”
Companies around the world can use IoT Central to create production-grade connected enterprise apps. This can be achieved in hours. Microsoft says customers will find the solution easy to use, without the need for a complex back-end infrastructure. Users can build IoT apps without learning new skills.
“Microsoft IoT Central takes the hassle out of creating an IoT solution by eliminating the complexities of initial setup as well as the management burden and operational overhead of a typical IoT project.”
With the new product, getting applications to market can now be done faster. As an IoT SaaS solution, customers can also get more complete data insights and create intelligent actions from the data.
“By reducing the time, skills, and investment required to develop a robust enterprise-grade IoT solution, Microsoft IoT Central also sets you up to quickly reap the powerful business benefits of IoT. You can get started quickly, connecting devices in seconds and moving from concept to production in hours.”
Alongside the launch, Microsoft debuted an IoT Central website.