Where does the Microsoft Intelligent cloud fit into your curriculum



Microsoft has a number of advanced analytics and cognitive capabilities which are available for Academia to use within Teaching Learning and Research here a quick run down of these and what types of roles may utilise these services within the Work Place.

Microsoft Cognitive Service Interface and Target Personas

REST APIs (pre-built models) https://www.microsoft.com/cognitive-services/en-us/apis Bot Framework https://dev.botframework.com Cortana Intelligence Suite https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/suites/cortana-intelligence-suite/  

i. Example: Cognitive Services generic models, Bots, Cortana

ii. Targeted for application developers, architects etc. that require an interface that provides direct developer access and abstracts all AI/machine learning/cognitive specifics

Microsoft Adaptive Learning Frameworks / Self-Service AI

i. Example: LUIS https://luis.ai  (abstract the algorithms/code in the interface) Microsoft Flow and PowerApps https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/ Microsoft Flow https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/ 

ii. Targeted for information workers that have cognitive domain knowledge, but don’t have the skills to build Cognitive solutions

Microsoft Platform/Software

i. Example: MSFT Cognitive Toolkit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/product/cognitive-toolkit/  SQL Server 2016 https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/sql-server/sql-server-2016 Microsoft R Server https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/cloud-platform/r-server

ii. Targeted for statisticians, data scientists that can leverage the full power of a framework to build cognitive solutions

Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure

i. Example: N-Series https://gpu.azure.com/  Virtual Machines https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/virtual-machines/  Azure Batch https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/batch/

ii. Targeted for the IT department that is responsible for providing the hardware/infrastructure for their advanced analytics department(s)

Microsoft Deployment Options


i. i.e. MSFT Cognitive Toolkit, MSFT R Server

In the Cloud

i. i.e. Cognitive Services, Azure Batch


i. i.e. ability to move cognitive model training and operations between on-premises and the cloud https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/