Microsoft presents: Embracing artificial intelligence

By Microsoft Canada

If you’re looking for a way to speed things up in your business, the answer could be intelligent technology, also known as artificial intelligence (AI).

First things first. What comes to mind when you think about AI? Complicated lines of code that have no application in the offices, factories, or stores of today? Perhaps, it’s a good idea that’s hard to grasp, and harder to imagine as part of your business.

If so, it’s time to rethink. AI isn’t as elusive or complicated as it may seem. Put simply, intelligent technology can improve operations, transform productivity, and increase your potential. Best of all, AI is attainable now.

Start with your daily apps

First and foremost, Canadian small and medium-sized businesses can benefit from AI immediately by ensuring they use modern businesses solutions that leverage it. For instance, Microsoft infuses AI into solutions like Office 365, Dynamics 365, and, of course, Windows 10, through Cortana, the intelligent assistant.

Collaborate with AI experts

Second, businesses can collaborate with AI experts in their field. Manufacturers, for instance, can work with Microsoft Certified Partners like Canvass Analytics and Quartic AI to streamline their operations, reduce energy bills, and unlock more productivity. Microsoft can introduce you to an AI expert with its solution-provider finder.

With AI experts at the table, you can talk about what you want to do or dream of doing. You can create true competitive advantage by enhancing your product or service with AI.

Create your own AI solution

Third, technical businesses can create their own AI solution. You can join the ranks of amazing Canadian technical entrepreneurs using their ingenuity and AI to do everything from improving public safety and reducing food waste, to democratizing genomic research to help accelerate cancer and other disease research.

Your development team can build an AI app using Azure AI services. With the flexible Azure platform and a wide portfolio of AI productivity tools, you can build the next generation of smart applications where your data lives, in the intelligent cloud, on-premises, and on the intelligent edge.

“The future we will invent is a choice we make, not something that just happens,” – Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

Join the AI revolution

Once your team falls in love with Azure AI, you can get in on the AI revolution by joining the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN). The Canadian Partner Hub explains how you can build your data and AI competencies and achieve Microsoft certification.

Microsoft for Startups provides startups with Azure services, development and testing software, training, marketing, support, and co-sales. It exists to help promising startups win the kind of strategic customer deals that fuel revenue growth and create funding potential.

To qualify in Microsoft for Startups, your company must be privately held, less than five years old, and earn less than US $1 million annually.

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