Starbucks to Use Azure to Track Coffee Supply Chain

As planned, customers of coffee shops will be able to track the movement of coffee from the country of origin to their cup
07 May 2019   440

Starbucks uses Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain service to control the coffee production process, Geekwire reports.

Starbucks’s work on integrating the blockchain into its operations began in 2018 with a grain-in-a-cup initiative aimed at tracking coffee supplies from farmers from Costa Rica, Colombia and Rwanda. It was assumed that customers of coffee shops will be able to track the movement of coffee from the country of origin to their cup. In addition, with the help of its blockchain initiative, Starbucks expects to expand the financial capabilities of planters.

As noted in the company, the results of the pilot project will be open to all interested participants. To implement the task, they contacted Microsoft and its division Azure.

According to Geekwire, the two companies presented many joint initiatives at the Build conference held on Monday, organized by Microsoft. Other projects are associated, for example, with the predicted order processing “on the go” and the addition of equipment to coffee shops that has connection to the Internet of Things.

Microsoft announced the launch of the blockchain-as-service service of Azure Blockchain last week, calling Quorum, developed by JPMorgan on the Ethereum codebase, as the first supported blockchain.

Oracle & Microsoft to Connect Their Clouds

This is a unusual collaboration, because Azure and the Oracle Cloud are direct competitors; now users can easily migrate from one platform to another
06 June 2019   450

Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership: their cloud services will now be directly connected. Users can easily migrate from one platform to another, or run Azure services using databases stored on the Oracle cloud.

As TechCrunch notes, this is a rather unusual collaboration, because Azure and the Oracle Cloud are direct competitors.

The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for sales, service, marketing, human resources, finance, supply chain and manufacturing, plus highly automated and secure Generation 2 infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. Oracle and Microsoft have served enterprise customer needs for decades. With this alliance, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made.
 

Don Johnson

Executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

The fact is that Oracle is very small compared to AWS, Azure or Google Cloud Platform. Cooperation with Microsoft will help the company to reach a higher level and continue to develop its own services simultaneously. And Microsoft will get customers who have no place on Oracle servers.