15 Jun 2018

Under the sea, Microsoft tests a datacenter that’s quick to deploy, could provide internet connectivity for years

Used with Permission from Microsoft AI Blog: An Article By, Allison Linn

Microsoft is leveraging technology from submarines and working with pioneers in marine energy for the second phase of its moonshot to develop self-sufficient underwater datacenters that can deliver lightning-quick cloud services to coastal cities. An experimental, shipping-container-size prototype is processing workloads on the seafloor near Scotland’s Orkney Islands, Microsoft announced today.

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15 Jun 2018

Why do you need to care about GDPR?

An Article By, David Tan, Chief Technology Officer

If you didn’t know it was coming and weren’t fully aware of the impact and implications of the new rules that went into effect at the end of May, you were probably overwhelmed by the sheer volume of emails you got from every company you ever did business with electronically, outlining their new policies and procedures around the protection of your data. That onslaught was basically every major company in the world scurrying to comply with a new set of rules and regulations known as GDPR. While all the large companies we deal with were very clearly affected, there is ample reason why you need to know about, understand, and potentially plan for these rules regardless of the size and location of your business. Hopefully this article will help you understand exactly why.

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14 May 2018
14 May 2018

Real-time AI: Microsoft announces preview of Project Brainwave

Used with Permission from Microsoft AI Blog: An Article By, Allison Linn

Every day, thousands of gadgets and widgets whish down assembly lines run by the manufacturing solutions provider Jabil, on their way into the hands of customers.

Along the way, an automated optical inspection system scans them for any signs of defects, with a bias toward ensuring that all potential anomalies are detected. It then sends those parts off to be checked manually.

The speed of operations leaves manual inspectors with just seconds to decide if the product is really defective, or not.

That’s where Microsoft’s Project Brainwave could come in. Project Brainwave is a hardware architecture designed to accelerate real-time AI calculations. The Project Brainwave architecture is deployed on a type of computer chip from Intel called a field programmable gate array, or FPGA, to make real-time AI calculations at competitive cost and with the industry’s lowest latency, or lag time. This is based on internal performance measurements and comparisons to other organizations’ publicly posted information.

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25 Apr 2018

Countdown to the GDPR Compliance Date

Used With Permission from BNA, An Article By: Patty P. Tehrani

Patty P. Tehrani, Esq., is an experienced compliance attorney and has nearly 20 years’ experience in compliance including senior in-house roles at top financial institutions, authoring articles and blogs, and compliance consulting engagements. She has created a series of tools, guides, and reference materials on governance, risk, and compliance functions—including guidance to help check for red flags and GDPR compliance weaknesses before they cause real problems—that can be found with the compliance-focused practical guidance on Bloomberg Law’s Corporate Practice Center.

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25 Apr 2018

The New Building Blocks of Business

An Article By, David Tan, Chief Technology Officer

When you hear the expression building blocks, if you’re anything like me, you picture a small pile of children’s toys, usually 3, with the letters A, B, and C on the side.  These are the foundation that form our learning and understanding from a very young age.  Technology and business consist of a series of building blocks as well.  You can’t run a business, be competitive, or even make a profit if you don’t build the proper technical foundation for the business.  So far nothing I’m saying is exactly revolutionary.  What might cause you to change your thinking however, is that I’m here to tell you that those building blocks of business have changed.  We have a whole new set of ABCs to consider if you want to thrive.

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26 Mar 2018

Microsoft’s focus on transforming healthcare: Intelligent health through AI and the cloud

Used with Permission from Microsoft AI Blog: An Article By, Peter Lee

Healthcare is an industry that touches all of us, given the most basic of human goals: we all want to lead healthy lives. Last year we embarked on Healthcare NExT, a Microsoft initiative which aims to accelerate healthcare innovation through artificial intelligence and cloud computing. By working side-by-side with the healthcare industry’s most pioneering players, we are bringing Microsoft’s capabilities in groundbreaking research and product development to help healthcare providers, biotech companies and organizations around the world use artificial intelligence (AI) and the cloud to innovate.

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23 Feb 2018

Building Your Leadership Team

An Article By, Evan Leonard, President

I am a big believer in technology and these days even more so to innovate.  Everywhere we read how to automate responsibilities, customer service and manual labor.  Every tech company wants to create an application to disrupt an industry or tasks thinking that is the holy grail to reduce people.  Many studies show the work force is not going to shrink but jobs will be shifting.

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23 Feb 2018

Microsoft researchers build a bot that draws what you tell it to

Used with Permission from Microsoft AI Blog: An Article By, John Roach

If you’re handed a note that asks you to draw a picture of a bird with a yellow body, black wings and a short beak, chances are you’ll start with a rough outline of a bird, then glance back at the note, see the yellow part and reach for a yellow pen to fill in the body, read the note again and reach for a black pen to draw the wings and, after a final check, shorten the beak and define it with a reflective glint. Then, for good measure, you might sketch a tree branch where the bird rests.

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15 Jan 2018

Technology Trends for 2018

An Article By, David Tan, Chief Technology Officer

Every year, in January, we like to put together a story about what we think will be the big emerging trends in technology for the upcoming 12 months.  It’s always fun and interesting to think about where we are going, what we need to think about, and start the planning that will shape our business and more importantly all our clients.  If you don’t plan for the large shifts in emerging technology, you will surely be passed by and more importantly left behind.  So, with that as the backdrop, let’s look into a few things I think will dominate the tech landscape in 2018.

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