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Alla Petriaieva
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Sep 26, 2018
Microsoft Integrating Blockchain into Products

Microsoft Integrating Blockchain into Products

One of tech’s original giants, Microsoft, remains ubiquitous even as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and newer companies have ascended to prominence. The Washington-headquartered behemoth may be less sexy than its younger counterparts, but the company continues to innovate with their offerings. Microsoft Azure was the first product to bring blockchain to the cloud in 2015, long before blockchain was a buzzword. Now they have designs on integrating blockchain into other platforms and services as part of an ambitious data-mining effort – including Office 365 Outlook, SharePoint Online, Salesforce, Dynamics 365 CRM Online, SAP, and even Twitter, says Matt Kerner, the general manager of the cloud computing service.

Microsoft believes that by allowing its customers to port their data from these platforms into the cloud, then onto the blockchain, they will be able to standardize massive amounts of data at scale, then mine it for insights – part of the evolution of Big Data, explained Kerner. “Blockchain empowers the next step [for collaboration] – enabling a single, authentic data set shared across counterparties,” Kerner told CoinDesk. “This is already improving the way transactions happen…we believe the same will be true with data analytics.”

The format and structure of increasingly large and complex masses of data is vitally important as more and more companies deploy algorithms to derive meaningful insight from collected information. Azure takes care of that structural standardization via blockchain, creating additional value for its customers. “[Blockchain] is creating a multi-party business process that is moving out of email, phone calls, spreadsheets and into a single system with a single view on the data that all of the participants can rely upon and trust,” said Kerner. That single view allows for customers and competitors alike to gain mutual benefit from information – one that could equate to potentially massive new revenue streams.

Microsoft is not the first tech behemoth to get behind blockchain. IBM has been championing the capabilities of its immutable ledger in enterprise capacities for some time, identifying new applications with banks, medical records, and more. The two companies are competing over dominance in the same industries, like global trade, where Azure’s infrastructural connectivity contributed to a recent victory for Microsoft as it was integrated into Maersk’s Insurwave platform for maritime insurance on shipping hauls.  The system tracks cargos and adjusts insurance premiums in real time by analyzing reams of data; that information is then shared on the blockchain, where it can be analyzed using Microsoft’s Power BI business analytics tool for immediate insight.

With new use cases developing all the time, Microsoft and IBM alike stand to benefit from increased adoption and creative use. While competitors, Kerner expressed his belief that any future consortium of value has “got to be open.” “Any meaningful consortium is going to have members who have different choices that they have made around their cloud provider and who they choose to work with," said Kerner. A prominently blockchain-based future for business appears closer than ever, with Microsoft doing its part to lead the way.
 

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