Tara Prakriya is the Co-Head of the Azure IoT Mobility division focused on the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform and Azure Maps. Along with a very deliberate ecosystem including the world’s leading mobility and transportation companies such as Volkswagen AG, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, TomTom, Moovit and others, Azure is working to reshape the automotive industry taking advantage of the simultaneous landscape shifts of connected vehicles, artificial intelligence, shared ownership, user mobility and electric vehicles business models. She rejoins Microsoft after a fun ride as CPO of a startup in enterprise AI, Maana, from seed to just before the close of series C. Prior to that she worked at Microsoft cumulatively for 15 years in Windows and Bing. She also had roles at Merck and Scantron. In her various roles she has tackled machine learning, enterprise AI, big data analytics, content management, handwriting recognition, ink / touch and new hardware, educational LMS systems and online advertising. She’s an AI pragmatist and believes the most important part of any solution is identifying and decomposing the right question.