ICT (ICT) has joined a select group of twelve certified Microsoft Azure Business Partners. This was announced during the second edition of the “Graduation Party”, provided by Microsoft. Microsoft recognizes ICT as a partner with a successful “track record” based on Azure. Which means ICT successfully implemented total solutions including service contracts based on own intellectual property (IP) in several customer cases. ICT has been working for many years with Microsoft. This recognition confirms the strong partnership between the two parties. John Koot, IoT Business Development Manager ICT: “ICT was two years ago a Windows Azure Circle Partner. Recognition as a certified partner is the next step to let the market see that we successfully completed projects that are close to the process, whether it is a train or an electric charging station. With our embedded knowledge we connect all the devices together to end up in the Cloud. In the Cloud, we offer thanks to our solution, iOTA (Internet of Things Analytics) Predictive Services Solution, customers the opportunity to turn their data into new services, such as Predictive Maintenance / Diagnostics. This recognition underlines our strategy to provide our customers with tangible solutions around the “Internet of Things” (IoT).” In the world of IoT, there are many challenges for traditional businesses to look for new revenue models. ICT has developed a program for this. The “Lean Forward Program” is based on the Lean Startup concept adapted to the existing products and services. All this is based on the experience gained and the higher pace of the “Smart Industry”. Designing for IoT is not about solving problems, it is about looking for the possibilities it can offer in the near future. The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners to strengthen their knowledge so that these partners are seen as market leaders with knowledge of the latest technology to serve the customers better. For more information on ICTs iOTA Predictive Services Solution, Lean Forward Program, white papers and references, please visit www.predictive-services.com.