Microsoft is today announcing a public preview for Azure AI Studio at Ignite 2023. Microsoft describes Azure AI Studio as an end-to-end platform that allows developers to build, explore, test, and deploy AI applications at scale.
I prefer thinking about Azure AI Studio as a toolkit for building enterprise-level AI applications and solutions. Like a real-world toolkit, Azure AI Studio helps developers build pretty much whatever they want except, in this case, using AI and software solutions instead of wood, fasteners, and glue.
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Like a woodworker’s workshop has different categories of tools for accomplishing different categories of tasks (hammers for bashing things, screwdrivers for tightening things, saws for cutting things, etc.), so does Azure AI Studio.
Power tools included
Data analysis tools: If you want to make sense of giant data sets, find patterns, or gain insights, these tools can help.
Predictive modeling tools: By feeding in historical data, these tools help forecast future customer demand, identify market trends, or predict needs like future maintenance requirements.
Natural language processing tools: If you want your solution to have the ability to understand natural language, Azure AI Studio natural language tools will prove invaluable.
Computer vision tools: Using these tools, your solutions can interpret the contents of still images and some video. This kind of technology is particularly valuable on the production line, but can be used for many other applications as well.
Recommendation engines: If you’re into providing upsell or cross-sell opportunities to customers of your larger product lines, recommendation engines can process purchaser preferences and behavior, and relate that to products on offer.
Custom model building tools: If your business needs to do intelligent processing based on confidential information, unique domain expertise, unique trade secret information, or any other body of knowledge that may not be in an existing large language model, Azure AI Studio will help you to build your own.
In addition to the specific power tools, Azure AI Studio includes automation tools that use AI to automate and operate workflows and repetitive tasks. An entire suite of monitoring and reporting tools is also available to help you keep track of all…