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What’s behind the statistics? A whole lot more when you’re using Microsoft Azure and Power Platform, actually

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After benchmarking products from various vendors before the implementation, the customer's executives chose ISAS Pro 2.0, a system based on Azure and Power Platform services, as the optimal solution.

The situation

The Institute of Sales Activity Statistics is a market research agency with 17 offices in Kazakhstan. They needed to minimise the human error related to data processing and collection from sales outlets all over Kazakhstan. They also wanted to accelerate data workflows, improve their reports, and speed up the research process.

The solution

After testing products from different vendors, the customer opted to go with ISAS Pro 2.0, a system based on Azure and Power Platform services. The project involved Softline's team of consultants, as well as the customer's own auditors and managers. Working together, ISAS and Softline integrated this solution into the workflows of all its offices and projects. In the future, the company plans to cover 100% of in-house projects, reduce associated costs, improve report and data quality, and double turnover in 2021.

The results

Alexander Romanov, ISAS CEO, says: "Softline Kazakhstan employees and specialists implemented the ISAS Pro 2.0 solution based on Microsoft Azure and Power Platform to help us collect information about the condition of on-shelf goods in retail outlets from all over Kazakhstan. When our field workers visit the points of sale, they take photos of products on the shelves. Then, Custom Vision uses AI to recognise and classify them. The data is then collected in SharePoint Online lists, from where it is further processed by our specialists.

To implement this solution, we did a lot of work to train the model in Custom Vision. Softline used the tools from PowerApps to develop a mobile app that will be used by field workers to collect information. Softline engineers used the Microsoft Power Automate service to streamline the business processes, connecting it to Azure services (e.g., the Custom Vision module mentioned above for image recognition and classification, Azure Blob Storage for image storage, Azure Functions for image processing) and M365 (SharePoint Online) services.

The best thing about this project is that we can customise existing apps, create new ones, and integrate them with our services on our own, without involving expensive programmers. It accelerates our processes, and makes the business flexible and future-ready."

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