Hillstar Business Intelligence partner Microsoft Cortana Intelligence

Predictive Analytics with Cortana Intelligence

Cortana Intelligence is the tool that opens the door to the next steps in BI

What is Cortana Intelligence?

Microsoft makes the Internet of Things accessible with Cortana Intelligence. In the core Cortana Intelligence is a self learning system that recognizes patterns. When you let Cortana have a look at your business processes, you’ll see that it will show you lines you did not see before. By looking at the past, it is easier to draw a line into the future. With Cortana Intelligence as a base, lots of applications become available.


Companies of the future know what happens inside their company, but also far beyond. They know what happens now, but also what happens next month. How do you gather that wisdom? The answer to that is Cortana Intelligence. Questions that can be answered are for instance ‘when do we need to plan service for machine 9’ (Predictive Maintenance). Or ‘what article will sell greatly in Connecticut?’.


There is some room for error. You never know with a 100% certainty if the predicted result will come true. It’s not a crystal ball. But where you can prepare for a peak in sales or not, is where you can make the difference. The difference between being a winner or a just one of all others.

What is the position of Cortana Intelligence in the BI-spectrum?

Business Intelligence often starts with Business Analytics, in which case you look at the past and use that to take action. The next stel in the BI-maturity ladder is looking at the ‘now’. You’ll want to combine data in order to gain a full reflection of the truth. At that moment, you are working with BI as it is intended. But you actually also want to know what will happen next week. Then Cortana Intelligence comes into view.

Business Intelligence Maturity Ladder in Cortana Analytics

What’s inside the Cortana Intelligence Suite?

Data Factory

Azure Data Factory is a solution to integrate data from disparate sources. That can be on-premise sources and data from a source in the cloud. Transporting data from multiple sources is then quick and easy to the place you need it.

SQL Data Warehouse & Data Lake

Like the Data Factory, SQL Data Warehouse is a place where data is gathered. However, this is more suitable because of the Massive Parallel Processing architecture (MPP), which makes the SQL Data Warehouse ready for the workload of each company. In addition, relations between data and sources have already been established.

Machine Learning (ML) & Stream Analytics

Process large amounts of data and extract insights. That is where these solutions are good at. Machine Learning makes connections visible and you quickly see where change is needed. Stream Analytics shows you a continuous flow of data so it is immediately clear what’s happening. For example, is the temperature of a machine below level? Stream Analytics has integrated that into the rest of the Intelligence tooling.

Power BI

Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service that displays the most business critical information at a glance. Monitor your company’s health with a live dashboard, create rich interactive reports with Power BI Desktop and connect to your data with the native Power BI Mobile app. It’s easy, fast and cost effective!