June 19, 2024

With Microsoft Build 2024 proper across the nook, I’m excited to share how the Microsoft commercial marketplace is extending innovation. As we enter the period of AI, I’m seeing builders make the most of {the marketplace} to make use of cutting-edge AI instruments that speed up adoption of next-generation options for his or her organizations. On the identical time, extra prospects than ever are utilizing {the marketplace} to seek out, strive, and undertake new AI options rapidly. Finally, {the marketplace}—as an extension of the Microsoft Cloud—is how your AI and Microsoft Copilot functions are found and deployed.

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Microsoft business market

Discover, purchase, and ship the appropriate cloud options in your group’s altering wants

On the coronary heart of {the marketplace} is our in depth catalog of options from Microsoft’s strong community of companions and software program growth corporations. These options are surfaced throughout our in-product experiences, in addition to in our storefronts. As we speak, {the marketplace} helps a various catalog of AI-powered options, together with AI-enabled software-as-a-service (SaaS) choices, Copilot extensions, AI-enabled Microsoft Groups functions, machine studying fashions from companions corresponding to Mistral AI, and extra. Whereas Microsoft helps a variety of methods for companions to construct AI-based expertise, {the marketplace} is the place prospects can discover all of those options from one trusted supply.

Companions innovating with AI

We’ve seen a triple-digit proportion improve year-over-year in transactable AI affords printed on the Microsoft business market. And prospects are keen to find the AI options that finest match their distinctive wants. Visits to AI answer pages on our storefronts have elevated greater than 700% year-over-year, and AI options proceed to make up a quickly rising proportion of gross sales transacted via {the marketplace}.*

Throughout certainly one of our Microsoft Construct classes, you’ll hear from two companions who’re constructing thrilling AI options that leverage the Microsoft Cloud and can be found now via {the marketplace}:

  • Pinecone helps corporations construct generative AI functions quicker with vector databases. Pinecone might be deployed with Microsoft Azure and throughout varied knowledge sources, fashions, and frameworks. Pinecone serverless, coming to {the marketplace} quickly, will ship generative AI functions even quicker at as much as 50 occasions decrease price.
  • UiPath’s Business Automation Platform allows prospects to supercharge productiveness, remodel consumer experiences, and innovate quicker with AI-powered automations. With greater than 80 platform integrations, prospects can faucet into UiPath enterprise-grade automation capabilities instantly from Microsoft 365, Azure, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Copilot.

Smarter buying via {the marketplace}

Microsoft is the one firm that may help all the ecosystem of AI—from the infrastructure and knowledge layers all the way in which to the front-end consumer expertise with Copilot. This allows builders to construct next-generation AI instruments rapidly and for companions to attach their AI options to the Microsoft buyer base via {the marketplace}—making it environment friendly and scalable for organizations to find and undertake AI broadly. Throughout this AI transformation, the Microsoft business market is how we’re enabling companies of each dimension to entry the options they want.

With fast technological growth, it has develop into much more essential to steadiness the necessity to innovate with assembly enterprise necessities. By aligning SaaS technique to {the marketplace}, organizations can unify their knowledge to get probably the most out of their AI investments:

  • Attempt before you purchase. {The marketplace} means that you can strive new options earlier than you make a bigger dedication. Free trials or direct purchases of a small variety of licenses can make sure the expertise works in your group earlier than making a giant funding. {The marketplace} additionally helps proofs-of-concept with non-public affords, so you may additional vet options earlier than widescale adoption.
  • Innovate quicker. Centralizing cloud portfolios helps you lower time-to-value. AI options are a part of one complete catalog and pre-certified to run on Azure. Distributors might be onboarded immediately, and billing is simplified via a single bill.
  • Maximize investments. Organizations can optimize cloud spend by counting the options they want in the direction of their Azure consumption dedication. Microsoft robotically counts 100% of eligible affords in the direction of your dedication, serving to unlock reductions on Azure infrastructure.
  • Create alignment throughout groups. {The marketplace} makes it simpler to maintain groups aligned utilizing permitted options. With non-public Azure market, an administrator can pre-select permitted options so your group can compliantly entry what they want. If a wanted answer is just not but permitted, group members can simply request it’s added, empowering innovation with the appropriate guardrails to safeguard investments. 
Govern and management with a non-public Azure market

All of this interprets into large financial savings of money and time. In a 2023 Whole Financial Affect™ research commissioned by Microsoft, Forrester Consulting discovered {the marketplace} delivers prospects a three-year 587% return on funding (ROI) with a payback interval of lower than six months.

Be a part of us at Microsoft Construct

We’re excited to be accelerating the period of AI by setting the usual for the creation and commerce of AI options. For builders constructing new options, I encourage you to take a look at instruments and advantages from ISV Success that may make it easier to understand these improvements. Companions also can use Market Rewards to speed up their market progress and generate excessive influence alternatives.

We’ll share extra concerning the worth of {the marketplace} in your group in upcoming classes at Microsoft Construct. Whether or not you’re attending in Seattle or just about, I hope you’ll be part of our consultants to be taught extra.


Sources

*Inner knowledge from our knowledge analytics group