eSmart Systems Chef Architect Christian Thun Eriksen at Microsoft Build 2017

eSmart Systems featured at the world's largest developer conference

Henriette Forsetlund 5/11/2017

Last week, the Microsoft Build Developer Conference drew thousands of technology interested people to Microsoft's birthplace, Seattle.

 The Norwegian company eSmart Systems was honored on stage, their technology fronted in front of 5,000 listeners during the opening session Wednesday evening.

Translated and proccesed from, Martin Braathen Røise:

- Amazing!

"It's quite amazing and means incredibly much to us", says eSmart Systems Chief Architect Christian Thun Eriksen.

eSmart Systems supplies data analysis, software and smart services to the power industry.


Already on the first day of the developer conference, the technology giant Microsoft released lots of news that will benefit developers and infrastructure providers in years to come.


Among other things, innovative IoT technology was launched, as well as expanded opportunities for managing MySQL and PostgreSQL.


Azure Batch

In addition, the command line tool Azure Batch - which will make it easier to manage virtual machines via console - was launched to a cheering audience.


"For us, it has been very interesting to see developments in Azure's cloud services. Fun today, was that Microsoft launched the Azure IoT Edge - a framework for IoT devices”, says Thun Eriksen to


He also finds it interesting that Microsoft is focusing on integrated services.


A Simpler Everyday Life

According to Thun Eriksen, the work of eSmart Systems is made easier with Microsoft’s platform technology, as the Halden company does not have to spend resources on developing artificial intelligence themselves.


Thun Eriksen thinks many of the news Microsoft presented at the Microsoft Build Conference Tuesday, will make the future work of Norwegian developers much more simple. The Chief Architect believes that one of the best things with the Build Conference, is that Microsoft's new launches are building on already existing technology.


"That means we already have a lot of knowledge about the news that are being released. Thus, we can walk around and talk with the developers behind the technology, and get the answers to our questions. Talking to the people who have contributed to new solutions, is very relevant and contributes to development of new ideas", says Thun Eriksen.


«NoSQL» database: documentDB

"Personally, I also think it was very cool that Microsoft now launches something they call DocumentDB. This is a "NoSQL" database that functions as a superstructure and will help us a lot in the future. Is is a good example on how Microsoft successfully build on products they launched a few years back", he states.


Back in 2015, eSmart Systems was nominated for the Norwegian Tech Award in 2015, systematically analyzing power grids to detect potential damages before they occur.

They are also working with the "ChargeFlex" solution, which will reduce the need of ev-charging by 25 percent, and they develop drones to monitor the power grid.


Not Left to Chance

It is no coincidence that eSmart Systems ended up on the scenes of the Seattle Convention Center night to Wednesday, Norwegian time.

Two years ago, the Norwegian company was presented on stage and got five minutes of speech together with Microsoft CEO Joseph Sirosh. Sirosh has recently entered the board of eSmart Systems.


"This means we can get great assistance by Microsoft if needed. At the same time, we are allowed to use technology that has not yet been launched. Seeing how we continue to  improve our working methods, is incredible", Thun Eriksen says.


- How does the cooperation between eSmart Systems and Microsoft work?

"We cooperate on all fields, down to programming and architecture. Among other things, Microsoft contribute to our sales page and help us spread the word. The cooperation with Microsoft has created a lot of eSmart Systems’ success", Thun Eriksen says.