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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)

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Microsoft Tests Software Called “Election Guard” To Make Voting Secure

Microsoft tests its newly-developed software to ensure votes are not altered

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Microsoft has begun testing its free open-source software called "ElectionGuard"that aims to secure votes. Pixabay

Microsoft has begun testing its free open-source software called “ElectionGuard” in a small Wisconsin town in the US that aims to make voting more secure, verifiable and efficient.

“ElectionGuard” will enable end-to-end verification of elections, open results to third-party organisations for secure validation, and allow individual voters to confirm their votes were correctly counted.

It enables government entities, news outlets, human rights organisations or anyone else to build additional verifiers that independently can certify election results have been accurately counted and have not been altered, according to the company. The software would create a paper trail and assure voters their votes were properly tallied.

“On Tuesday, Fulton residents are using the technology while choosing who will join the local school board and hold a seat on Wisconsin’s state Supreme Court,” reports CNBC. With the test, the company aims to see if voters like the experience and make sure everything works fine.

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“ElectionGuard” by Microsoft will enable end-to-end verification of election. Pixabay

In May last year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced “ElectionGuard”. According to Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security and Trust, voting system manufacturers will be free to build ElectionGuard into their systems in a variety of ways.

“These are exciting steps that enable individual voters to confirm their vote was properly counted, and assures those voters using an ElectionGuard system of the most secure and trustworthy vote in the history of the US,” Burt said in a recent blog post. “ElectionGuard” is not intended to replace paper ballots but rather to supplement and improve systems that rely on them, and it is not designed to support internet voting.

The software provides each voter a tracker with a unique code that can be used to follow an encrypted version of the vote through the entire election process via a web portal provided by election authorities.

During the process of vote-casting, voters have an optional step that allows them to confirm that their trackers and encrypted votes accurately reflect their selections. But once a vote is cast, neither the tracker nor any data provided through the web portal can be used to reveal the contents of the vote.

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After the election is complete, the tracker codes can be used by voters to confirm that their votes were not altered or tampered with and that they were properly counted, said Microsoft.

On the security front, “ElectionGuard” uses something called homomorphic encryption – which enables mathematical procedures “like counting – to be done with fully encrypted data”. (IANS)