Microsoft announced new hosted service, called the Azure ISS (Intelligent Systems Service), promises to ease the process of managing machine data from sensors and devices connected in the so-called Internet of Things. ISS is now available as a limited public preview.
Microsoft has also released APS (Analytics Platform System), an update and expansion of what was formerly called the Parallel Data Warehouse. APS can combine query results from relational data in SQL Server databases and non-relational data captured by Hadoop.
In addition, the company has launched SQL Server 2014, the first edition of Microsoft's relational database system that includes the ability to store entire databases in the working memory of a server, which allows for faster access of the data.
All these products can help an organization make better use of its "ambient intelligence," Nadella said at a customer event in San Francisco.
Nadella defined ambient intelligence as the data that is generated by both a growing number of machines, such as sensors, as well as by people who capture experiences with their digital devices.
"You have this enormous capacity to reason over all of this digitized information," Nadella said.
In a report commissioned by Microsoft, IDC estimated that organizations could generate $1.6 trillion in additional revenue and cost savings over the next four years by better understanding their data.
The new Microsoft tools are aimed at bringing big-data-styled analysis to the enterprise.