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Microsoft Acquires Data Privacy, Governance Service BlueTalon

Data privacy is one of the defining issues of our time, as evidenced by the introduction and evolution of privacy laws across the globe

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

Microsoft has acquired BlueTalon, a data privacy and governance service that helps enterprises set policies for how their employees can access their data, for an undisclosed sum.

BlueTalon works with leading Fortune 100 companies to eliminate data security blind spots and gain visibility and control of data.

The company provides a customer-proven, data-centric solution for data access management and auditing across the diverse systems resident in modern data estates, Microsoft said in a statement late Monday.

“The IP and talent acquired through BlueTalon brings a unique expertise at the apex of big data, security and governance.

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FILE – A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

“This acquisition will enhance our ability to empower enterprises across industries to digitally transform while ensuring right use of data with centralized data governance at scale through Azure,” said Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Azure Data.

BlueTalon recently raised about $27.4 million. The BlueTalon team will become part of the Azure Data Governance group.

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Data privacy is one of the defining issues of our time, as evidenced by the introduction and evolution of privacy laws across the globe.

“Together with BlueTalon, we are committed to help enterprises become data-driven companies in a secure and compliant manner,” Kumar added. (IANS)

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Microsoft, ISB to Empower Indian Business Leaders in AI

The three-day non-technical programme is done under the purview of Microsoft's online AI Business School

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FILE - Microsoft Corp. signage is seen outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, July 3, 2014. VOA

The Indian School of Business (ISB) and Microsoft India on Friday joined hands to equip Indian business leaders with tools and strategies to make their organizations Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven.Through the creation of the AI Digital Lab, the two organizations will collaborate in research which will use AI and Machine Learning (ML) to study issues that are relevant for business and public policy. In addition, they will also jointly introduce a new executive programme, to begin in October which aims to train 1,000 executives in AI and its role to improve business decisions over a period of two years.

“With this coming together of ISB and Microsoft, it is a unique opportunity to increase the innovation with AI in business. Our new partnership with ISB will empower business leaders to increase their tech intensity and do more with AI,” said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.
According to a recent Microsoft and IDC Asia/Pacific study, lack of a coherent AI-strategy is among the top three challenges that Indian business leaders face while trying to accelerate the growth of their respective businesses.
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“Artificial intelligence is now one of the fastest-growing areas in all of science and one of the most talked-about topics in society.” VOA
“Transforming organizations guided by AI and augmented by frameworks integrating analytics with human behaviour and management issues will be an important imperative for business leaders,” said Professor Rajendra Srivastava, Dean, Indian School of Business.
“Our collaboration with Microsoft India will enable us to use AI to understand new phenomena that are relevant for business as well as policy and subsequently disseminate the knowledge to business leaders who will need to transform their businesses through artificial intelligence to compete effectively,” he added.ISB’s executive programme, titled “Leading Business Transformation in the Age of AI” will enable C-suite executives to come up with a coherent strategy to transform their respective organizations into AI-driven organizations.
The three-day non-technical programme is done under the purview of Microsoft’s online AI Business School.”It will also enable social science researchers to derive new insights from data and explore phenomena that were, hitherto, unexplored,” said Professor Anand Nandkumar, Associate Dean, Indian School of Business (ISB).  (IANS)