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🎧 #026: Emmanuel Daniel of Microsoft on building smart from the ground up

“You see all these devices, you see all these components, and all of this data. You're like, can I do more by bringing all this together to create a unified experience? Not only for the facilities manager. But also for the owner developer and the final end user of the space and building. So for me, it was shock, admiration, and the opportunity to transform this industry.”

—Emmanuel Daniel

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Episode 26 is a conversation with Emmanuel Daniel, who is responsible for building and delivering the technology transformation strategy for Microsoft's campuses around the world.

Summary

  • We talked about the history of smart building tech on Microsoft’s campuses, and then dove into the project going on right now at Microsoft HQ—the Redmond Campus Modernization Project.
  • When one of the world’s leading technology companies builds a new campus, how smart is it? The answer is pretty damn smart.
  1. Accenture Energy-Smart Buildings 2011 (9:12)
  2. Microsoft Campus Modernization (15:01)
  3. Azure (43:29)
  4. DTDL (43:32)

You can find Emmanuel Daniel on LinkedIn.

Enjoy!


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Here’s this week’s deep dive outline:

  • My reaction, including highlights with timestamps:

    • Intro to the building world: “shock, admiration, and the opportunity to transform this industry”

    • Emmanuel answers James’ favorite question - a camp may be forming around pain points / evolving user expectations?

    • Microsoft campuses - evolution from a focus on optimizing efficiency to focus on user experience

    • 5 key layers of Redmond campus modernization: master plan, environment and building layout, infrastructure, platform, experience

    • What it means to build smart from the ground up

    • The business case for smart buildings at Microsoft

    • Emmanuel’s definition of ‘platform’

    • Simplifying the ideation process by focusing on behaviors instead of personas

    • How Microsoft is bridging traditional silos on this new campus

    • What is sensor rationalization?

    • The platform layer, providing use cases

    • Considerations from the cutting edge: cost, the meaning of space, effectiveness, and the operations model

  • Full transcript

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