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Microsoft CEO Calls Privacy As a Human Right

Microsoft also formed a strategic partnership with Centrica, the British energy and services company behind brands like British Gas, Dyno and Direct Energy

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has called on technology companies to defend users’ privacy as human right, urging firms and governments to collectively work together to protect the most vulnerable section in society.

Speaking at an event “Future Decoded” here on Thursday, Nadella applauded the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as first step towards securing data privacy, The Registrar reported.

“All of us will have to think about the digital experiences we create to treat privacy as a human right,” Nadella was quoted as saying.

“GDPR as a piece of legislation, a piece of regulation is a great start and we’ve done a lot of hard work to become compliant with GDPR,” Nadella added, adding that the companies need to develop ethical standards around Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Nadella said that 54 Azure Cloud regions worldwide is “more than any other provider”.

According to him, underwater data centres will play a key role in expanding Microsoft’s Cloud computing platform.

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Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO. (Wikimedia Commons)

Under its “Project Natick”, Mictosoft has already deployed a 40-foot data centre pod on the seafloor off the coast of Scotland.

“Since 50 per cent of the world’s population lives close to water bodies, we think this is the way we want to think about future data centre expansion,” Nadella said.

Microsoft also unveiled an AI report titled “Maximising the AI Opportunity” for businesses.

The company announced at the event that the health agency NHS Scotland will deploy Office 365 to all of its 161,000 employees, moving away from a complicated organisation that included more than 100 separate computer systems.

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Microsoft also formed a strategic partnership with Centrica, the British energy and services company behind brands like British Gas, Dyno and Direct Energy.

Centrica plans to transform field operations by leveraging Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Artificial Intelligence, providing employees with real time and actionable insight so they can improve customer service. (IANS)

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SAP, Microsoft Partner to Help Customers Run their Business Processes on Cloud

"This partnership is all about reducing complexity and minimising costs for customers as they move to SAP S/4HANA in the Cloud," Jennifer Morgan

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It's a go-to-market partnership - from conceptualisation to sales -- that the two companies have entered into. Pixabay

Business software firm SAP on Monday announced a partnership with Microsoft to help customers run their business processes on Cloud.

The partnership, called “Embrace,” is aimed at helping accelerate customer adoption of SAP S/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform on Microsoft Azure.

It’s a go-to-market partnership – from conceptualisation to sales — that the two companies have entered into.

“This partnership is all about reducing complexity and minimising costs for customers as they move to SAP S/4HANA in the Cloud,” Jennifer Morgan, Co-Chief Executive Officer of SAP, said in a statement.

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The partnership, called “Embrace,” is aimed at helping accelerate customer adoption of SAP S/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform on Microsoft Azure. Pixabay

“Bringing together the power of SAP and Microsoft provides customers with the assurance of working with two industry leaders so they can confidently and efficiently transition into intelligent enterprises,” she said.

Specifically, project “Embrace” on Microsoft Azure will provide customers with
a simplified move from on-premise editions of SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA for customers with integrated product and industry solutions.

“SAP’s decision to select Microsoft Azure as its preferred partner deepens the relationship between our two companies in a differentiated way and signals a shared commitment to fostering the growth of the Cloud ecosystem,” said Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft.

SAP will lead with Microsoft Azure to move on-premise SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA customers to the cloud through industry-specific best practices, reference architectures and Cloud-delivered services.

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However, SAP will continue with its longstanding policy of supporting choice for those customers who request alternatives based on business requirements. (IANS)