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Microsoft Azure, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence! – LUIS

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Azure, which is Microsoft’s great platform for virtualizing an Active Directory environment, or at least that is what it started out being. Since its introduction in October of 2008 and its release into the production for masses on February 1st, 2010, Azure has grown into a lot more than just a virtual Active Directory. Azure has now become the world’s largest platform for virtual technology. This includes app development, deployments, and the introduction of PaaS, IaaS, and SaaS. These technological advancements within the Azure space allows Azure to not only be manipulated, but also enhanced to include Machine Learning.

Machine Learning is the next phase in technological revolution. Machine Learning gives the life to systems allowing them to self-correct and self-rewrite their programming to be more fundamentally correct. Machine Learning is already in most of the products that we use daily such as Amazon’s Echo which utilizes speech to determine products and services that best suite you, the consumer.  Other examples are Siri within the iPhone, Cortana with Windows, and Google Assistant. All these technologies work together with a simple purpose. That purpose is to learn the habits and functions of human beings to become better and more sufficient.

The connection flag ship with allows all these devices and machine learning products to interface is called IoT or the Internet Of Things. IoT connects devices such as your smart phone, home security, bluetooth enabled appliances, and more on to one unified management platform that they call interconnect and they are easier to manage. IoT is the next wave in technological advancement being presented by Microsoft along with other large competitors such as Amazon and Google. IoT is becoming the next big thing when it comes to full home automation. Machine learning interprets all information being gathered from analytics, bots, IoT experiences, including conversational components into a spoken dialogue called LU. LU or Language Understanding determines the intent of a sentence including the machine-enabled meaning representation.

In an effort in increase Machine Learning, Microsoft has launched LUIS which is its Language Understanding Intelligent Service. LUIS will allow Software developers to create cloud-based machine learning LU models that are designed around their specific application domains. This allows the code to be written and interpreted with very little Machine Learning experience. LUIS is now a cloud-based application which does most of the background work for Machine Learning in the background while giving users the agility and flexibility to cater the experience more towards their application and organization.  The application uses user experiences from the developer and learns how to obtain an HTTP endpoint in Azure which will then receive real-time traffic.  This is called “Active Learning”.  Through these “Active Learning” utterances, LUIS identifies the key features needed to make the experience and solution unique to that user.  These active learning sessions are done until optimum levels of requirements are met. Bear in mind that active learning is also utilizing machine learning, so the learning curve is very small, while the results are extraordinarily accurate.

LUIS runs off of three main functions and they can be categorized as Intents, Utterances, and Entities. All three aspects engage LUIS functionality and ability to learn the user habits. A more detailed overview of these functions are listed below:


Intents: The input done by a user to express actions with a purpose that the user wishes to perform or a goal which the user is trying to accomplish.  This could be as simple as booking flight, hotel, or pulling up a newspaper article. The name of the action can then be associated with the action.


Utterances: This can be a combination of text inputs that regulate an action to obtain results. Such actions in a text can be “check flight status” or “what was the score from the game?”.  Because of so many variations to an utterance, they may not always be perfectly formed sentences, but all desire a intent.

Entities: An entity is a specific detail within an utterance which governs the direction the utterance will take.  An example of this is “hotels in Jamaica”. “Jamaica” is the location. LUIS can determine the location, then using the other intents to understand the utterance, then provide a response.


LUIS utilizes powerful entity extractors for it to achieve learning capabilities and become more successful with its responses. LUIS allows developers to quickly build language understanding applications. The applications can then combine with customizable pre-built apps to include music, dictionaries, calendars, and devices. Through interaction with the developer and the information being constantly pulled from the internet, the learning, and solutions that LUIS provides becomes more intuitive with each use.  Once the applications are created using LUIS, the app can then be customized and tailored to the users which the app is designed for giving all of them that unique experience.

LUIS uses two ways to build a model, that is through “LUIS.ai web app” and “Authoring APIs”. Whether the user goes with the LUIS.ai web app or the Authoring APIs, they both give control over the LUIS model definition.  Another fundamental and creative method that developers have found is to combine both to build a model.  Management within the model includes models, versions, external APIs, collaborations, training, and testing.

LUIS is another segment in the Machine Learning process in the revolution of Artificial Intelligence. As machines begin to learn increasingly about human behavior and what we like, they also become aware of errors that we make including how to fix or to alleviate the errors all together.  Error free, automation, increase in productivity, and cutting cost is the motive behind AI. The Microsoft Azure cloud space is proving to be a formidable place for this technology to not only thrive but to maximize on limitless possibilities. IT GURUS OF ATLANTA will ensure that we provide updates to our supporters as we are a trusted Microsoft Partner and a certified Microsoft Cloud Partner.

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Azure Next Level! Combining Virtual Reality and Azure!

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

What is Microsoft Azure? Well many companies are trying to figure it out. Microsoft is changing the landscape for how companies do business. Companies are getting more acclimated and comfortable with terms like “Cloud”, “Migration”, and “Hybrid”.  All these terms are what is allowing companies to save money and increase productivity, while making data which was once thought static to being mobile. Quick access to critical data on almost any device and the security of knowing that the data security integrity is maintained is precisely why even government organizations are making the move to the Microsoft Azure Cloud space. This mass movement into the cloud and virtualization makes invention and innovation go hand in hand to spawn creativity.  Azure has added massive amounts of updates and features to their product line from blob storage to Identity-as-a-Service. A key feature update to Azure which has sparked waves of demand and innovation is Azure Media Services.

Besides Azure Virtual Machine (virtual server) creation, disk allocations, and blob storage, Azure Media Services stands out.  Azure Media Services give organizations the ability to “live stream” data from blob storage or virtual machine and encoding platforms. This ability to freely access stored data and stream allows users and organizations to do 360-degree virtual reality streaming. Now the question becomes what services use “live streaming”? Many of these organizations may be familiar such as Facebook, YouTube, Comcast, and GoPro.  These organizations that specialize in media broadcasting and the speed of getting the media to the masses have taken Azure Media Services to the next level of usage and automation.

Virtual reality gives the end user the feeling and ability to experience the sights and sounds of a place without being at the location. Other more practical uses are building designs.  An architect could construct a building from the ground up, test the structure, and depict issues without ever leaving their office. To take this to another level, the integration of Azure with the medical industry has insurmountable benefits such as surgery for patients to be able to view internal organs and structures within the body through the assistance of X-rays and virtual reality, reconstruct the patient’s organ or structure with 3D imagery. This in turn makes it easier for Doctors to view issues, virtually operate, and offer sound critical services during or before surgery is performed.

Combining holograms and virtual reality is only the beginning to the utilization of Azure. Microsoft Azure is rapidly becoming mainstream and is already the flagship for Microsoft. The virtual possibilities increase as Azure opens doors for technology which our generation has only dreamed of. IT GURUS OF ATLANA is a company that is proud to be a Certified and Trusted Microsoft Partner capable of bringing the best of Microsoft Azure to any organization. Our experienced engineers and architects are quantifiable and accountable to ensure that any project undertaking exceeds the client’s and Microsoft’s standard for quality.


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