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Automate Report Extraction with Microsoft Azure Cognitive Service: Form Recognizer – Part 1

Introduction to Microsoft Azure Form Recognizer

Traditionally, organizations orchestrated numerous AI talents, integrated business logic, and constructed a user interface to move from development to deployment – all of this took time, expertise, and resources.

With Azure Applied AI Services, developers can upgrade business processes in days rather than months. Using a combination of Azure Cognitive Services, task-specific AI, and business logic, these services enable you to accelerate time to value for specific business scenarios.

In this growing industrial era, when the organization wants to process or extract the required information from invoices, receipts, and documents for some business requirements, it is time-consuming and prone to errors when there is human intervention. Companies can save time and money by automating this procedure. However, collecting information from photos and documents programmatically is challenging and necessitates complex machine learning models. Azure can help with this.

Let us understand Azure Form Recognizer in detail:

What is Azure Form Recognizer?

Microsoft Form Recognizer is a cloud-based Azure Applied AI Service that extracts key-value pairs, text, and tables from your documents using AI-powered data solutions. Form Recognizer examines your documents and forms, extracting text and data, mapping field relationships as key-value pairs, and returning a structured JSON output. Form Recognizer is used to automate the data processing in applications and workflows, enhance data-driven strategies, and enrich document search capabilities.

The following document data is quickly identified, extracted, and analyzed by the Form Recognizer:

Form Recognizer features supported by v2.1:

Form Recognizer features supported by v3.0:

Data Privacy and Security for Form Recognizer

Compliance, privacy, and security are all priorities for Form Recognizer. But, on the other hand, you oversee how this technology is used and implemented.

Let us see how form recognizer Microsoft process data:

Using the customer’s single-service (Form Recognizer) or multi-service (Azure Cognitive Services) API key is the most popular approach to authenticate access to Form Recognizer. An authentication header must accompany every request to the service URL. This header includes an API key (or token, if appropriate), which is used to verify your membership to a service or set of services.

For encrypting data during transit, all Cognitive Services endpoints, including the Form Recognizer API URLs, use HTTPS URLs.

The incoming data is processed in the same Azure region as the Cognitive Services Azure resource. So, for example, when you submit a document to a Form Recognizer operation, it begins analyzing it to extract all text and identify the document’s structure and critical values. Your data and results are then encrypted and stored in Azure Storage temporarily.

The “Get Analyze Results” operation is authenticated using the same API key used to run the “Analyze” activity to ensure that no other customer may access your data. The procedure also returns the extracted results in JSON format when the status is completed.

Data stored by Form Recognizer


Azure Recognizer’s deep-learning-based universal models support many languages that can extract multi-lingual text from images and documents, including text lines with mixed languages. Furthermore, it uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) to detect and extract information from forms and documents supported by AI to provide more structure and report text extraction. Hence, it helps us quickly get accurate results tailored to the specific content without excessive manual intervention or extensive data science expertise.

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WRITTEN BY Daneshwari Mathapati



  1. Rajashekar reddy p

    Mar 22, 2022


    Great work informative

  2. Aishwarya

    Mar 22, 2022


    Great work 👍👍

  3. Rohan

    Mar 22, 2022


    Informative 🤙🤙

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