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Wednesday 20 May 2020

Busy Microsoft: healthcare cloud; and 'build a bot' acquisition

Microsoft logoAs the virtual version of the Microsoft Build conference kicks off, one of the early announcements was Cloud for Healthcare. The offering brings together a set of existing capabilities, including Microsoft 365, Dynamics, Power Platform, Azure, and Azure IoT on a common data model, to create a tailored solution for the healthcare sector. The aim is to enable better management of patient needs and increase the efficiency of resource deployments. 

While Cloud for Healthcare utilises Microsoft’s own tools, it continues to work with partners, creating opportunities for them to surround the core offering with specialised healthcare capabilities. Epic, Allscripts, GE Healthcare, Adaptive Biotechnologies and Nuance are believed to be on board.

Healthcare is one of the eight industry sectors Microsoft directly addresses. We would expect similar tailored clouds for the other sectors: Financial Services, Retail, Manufacturing, Government, Education, Automotive and Media & Telco. The company is not alone in ramping up its industry sector credentials – over the past year Google Cloud has homed in on six verticals.

It’s going to be a busy week for Microsoft. In addition to Build and Cloud for Healthcare, it has also announced the acquisition of RPA provider Softomotive. The intention is to use its WinAutomation desktop automation product to expand the low-code robotic process automation capabilities in Microsoft Power Automate. What is particularly interesting is how these newer technologies are being combined, how together they have the potential to provide more value that standalone. Also of note is Microsoft’s declared intention of “democratizing RPA and enabling everyone to create bots to automate manual business processes”. There is a focus on making RPA for Windows tasks affordable and ‘build a bot’ capabilities more accessible, which expands the addressable market. 

Posted by: Angela Eager

Tags: acquisition   software   RPA   healthcare  

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