4 items tagged "microsoft"

  • Microsoft lanceert nieuw big data analytics platform

    microsoft3Microsoft presenteert een nieuwe big data oplossing op basis van de computercode R en de technologie die het binnenhaalde bij de overname van bedrijf Revolution Analytics.

    Technologiereus Microsoft heeft een nieuw geavanceerd analytics platform onthuld op basis van de programmeertaal R: Microsoft R Server. De knowhow deed Microsoft vorig jaar op door de aankoop van Revolution Analytics, een provider van software en diensten in de R computertaal.

    Microsoft R Server werkt met Windows, Linux, Hadoop en Teradata software. De software is gebaseerd op Revolution R Enterprise (RRE), een product van Revolution Analytics. Het pakket Microsoft R Open, dat een “verbeterde distributie van R van Microsoft” voorziet, is een voorwaarde om gebruik te maken van het R Server platform, zo stelt Microsoft.

    “Microsoft R Server is een snel en kostenefficiënt professioneel big data geavanceerd analytics platform dat een waaier aan big data statistics, predictive modeling en machine learning mogelijkheden ondersteunt,” vermeldt de beschrijving van de software op het Microsoft Developer Network, waar het beschikbaar is als download voor abonnees van het netwerk. Het platform is ook te vinden op DreamSpark, het academische programma van Microsoft.

  • Microsoft takes next cybersecurity step

    Microsoft takes next cybersecurity step

    Microsoft just announced they are dropping the password-expiration policies that require periodic password changes in Windows 10 version 1903 and Windows Server version 1903.  Microsoft explains in detail this new change and the rationale behind it, emphasizing that they support layered security and authentication protections beyond passwords but that they cannot express those protections in their baseline.  

    Welcome move

    This is a most welcome step. Forcing users to change their passwords periodically works against security, it means consumers have to write them down to remember them and it does nothing to stop hackers from stealing current passwords. Hackers generally use stolen passwords very quickly, and password complexity does little to prevent use of stolen passwords either, since hackers can just as easily capture or steal a complex password as they can a simple one.

    The time has long passed for organizations to stop relying on interactive passwords that users have to enter altogether. Hopefully this move by Microsoft will help move the transition to more secure forms of authentication. Finally a big tech company (that manages much of our daily authentication) is using independent reasoned thinking rather than going along with the crowd mentality when the crowd’s less secure password management practices are, however counterintuitive, less secure.

    Alternative authentication forms and decentralized identity (DID)

    Biometrics on their own can also be hacked. So can one time Passwords, especially those that use SMS and other authentication methods where man-in-the middle or man-in-the browser attacks are possible. What is more secure (and private) is another method Microsoft and many other organizations are starting to support: Decentralized Identities, where users control their own identity and authentication information.

    Using this method, the user’s credential and identity data is maintained in a hardened enclave only accessible to the user using their own private key that is typically unlocked using the user’s private mobile phone and optionally another authentication factor. In the end, the consumer just gets a notice from the site they are trying to log into to confirm the log in on their mobile phone (or other device) by just clicking 'yes' (to the login request) or additionally and optionally by using a biometric, e.g. a fingerprint or an iris scan.

    The bottom line is there is layered user authentication and the user doesn’t have to remember or enter an insecure password. And most importantly the user owns their own secured credential and identity data and no one can access it without user permission.

    Decentralized identities, the path to individual control

    DIDs are supported by many organizations today. Most (but not all) mega tech companies are joining the move to standardize DID technology. The companies not joining are generally the ones that continue to earn a living by monetizing consumer data, largely through advertising and data resell activities.  Adding fuel to the fire, some of these companies have an abysmal record when it comes to securing consumer data.

    Hopefully consumers will start protesting the monetization of their data by adopting DID as an authentication mechanism. It’s certainly a chicken and egg problem but there is gradual adoption across sectors. For example, even the Bitcoin network just started accepting DIDs, and British Columbia in Canada has also implemented them for small business identification.

    Web 3.0

    For sure, I will gladly sign up for a DID as soon as someone asks me too. I really am at my limit in tolerating password management policies. And I’m even more tired of being subject to continuous massive data breaches that steal my most personal and sensitive information, just because I live and transact.

    I don’t think anything else short of a massive re-architecting of the web and how we manage identity data will solve all these problems of data breaches and consumer data monetization and abuse.

    Author: Avivah Litan

    Source: Gartner

  • Research details developments in the business intelligence (BI) market that is estimated to grow at 10% CAGR to 2020

    HOIThe global business intelligence market report, an analyst says In the past few years, social media has played critical roles in SMEs and mid-sized organizations. Many SMEs are increasingly embracing this trend and integrating their BI software with social media platforms.

    Market outlook of business intelligence market - market research analyst predicts the global business intelligence market to grow at a CAGR of around 10% during the forecast period. The growing adoption of data analytics by organizations worldwide is a key driver for the growth of this market.

    The majority of corporate data sources include data generated from enterprise applications along with newly generated cloud-based and social network data. business intelligence tools are useful in the retrieval and analysis of this vast and growing volume of discrete data.

    They also help optimize business decisions, discover significant weak signals, and develop indicator patterns to identify opportunities and threats for businesses.

    The increased acceptance of cloud BI solutions by SMEs is also boosting the growth of this market. The adoption of cloud services allows end-users to concentrate on core activities rather than managing their IT environment.

    Cloud BI solutions enable applications to be scaled quickly, can be easily integrated with easy integration with third-party applications, and provide security at all levels of the enterprise IT architecture so that these applications can be accessed remotely.

    Market segmentation by technology of the business intelligence market:

    • Traditional BI
    • Mobile BI
    • Cloud BI
    • Social BI

    The mobile BI segment accounts for approximately 20% of the global BI market. It enables the mobile workforce to get business insights by data analysis, using applications optimized for mobile and smart devices.

    The growing smartphone adoption is likely to emerge as a key growth driver for this segment during the forecast period.

    Market segmentation by deployment of the business intelligence market

    • Cloud BI
    • On-premises BI

    The on-premise segment accounted for 86% of the market share during 2015. However, the report anticipates this segment to witness a decline in its shares by the end of the forecast period.

    In this segment, the software is purchased and installed on the server of an enterprise. It requires more maintenance but is highly secure and easy to manage.

    Geographical segmentation of the BI market

    • Americas
    • APAC
    • EMEA

    The Americas dominated the market during 2015, with a market share of around 56%. The high adoption of cloud BI solutions in this region is the major growth contributor for this market.

    The US is the market leader in this region as most of the key vendors are based out of here.

    Competitive landscape and key vendors

    Microsoft is one of the largest BI vendors and offers Power BI, which helps to deliver business-user-oriented, self-service data preparation and analysis needs through Excel 2013 and Office 365. The competitive environment in this market is expected to intensify during the forecast period due to an increase in R&D innovations and mergers.

    The market is also expected to witness a growing trend of acquisitions by the leading players. The key players in the market are expected to diversify their geographical presence during the forecast period.

    The key vendors of the market are -

    • IBM
    • Microsoft
    • Oracle
    • SAP
    • SAS Institute

    Other prominent vendors in the market include Actuate, Alteryx, Board International, Brist, Datawatch, GoodData, Infor, Information Builders, Logi Analytics, MicroStrategy, Panorama Software, Pentaho, Prognoz, Pyramid Analytics, Qlik, Salient Management Company, Tableau, Targit, Tibco Software, and Yellowfin.

    Key questions answered in the report

    • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
    • What are the key factors driving the BI market?
    • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the BI market?
    • What are the challenges to market growth?
    • Who are the key vendors in the global BI market?
    • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the BI market?
    • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA?
    • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the BI market?

    Source: WhaTech

  • Toegang tot RPA-bots in Azure dankzij Automation Anywhere

    Toegang tot RPA-bots in Azure dankzij Automation Anywhere

    Automation Anywhere heeft het mogelijk gemaakt om toegang te krijgen tot zijn Robotic Process Automation (RPA)-bots vanuit Azure. Het bedrijf stelt dat er een uitgebreide samenwerking is opgezet met Microsoft, die gezamenlijke productintegratie, gezamenlijke verkopen en gezamenlijke marketing mogelijk moet maken. 

    Automation Anywhere koos daarnaast voor Azure als zijn cloud-provider, waardoor gezamenlijke klanten altijd en overal toegang hebben tot automatiseringstechnologie, schrijft idm. Organisaties kunnen het RPA-platform van Automation Anywhere op Azure, on premise en in een public of private cloud hosten.

    Alysa Taylor, Corporate Vice President van Cloud and Business bij Microsoft Business Applications and Industry, stelt dat de visie van Automation Anywhere overeenkomt met die van Microsoft. 'Dat is de visie om data en intelligence in al onze producten, applicaties, diensten en ervaringen te stoppen'. Volgens Mihir Shukla, CEO en mede-oprichter van Automation Anywhere, stelt de samenwerking bedrijven in staat om efficiënter te worden, de kosten via automatisering te verlagen en om werknemers de kans te geven om te focussen op wat ze het beste doen.

    Microsoft gaat op zijn beurt de automatiseringsproducten van Automation Anywhere uitlichten in zijn Executive Briefing Centres wereldwijd. Daardoor kunnen klanten hands-on demonstraties krijgen van Microsoft-producten, die mogelijk worden gemaakt door Automation Anywhere-technologie.


    Automation Anywhere kondigde in april aan ook een samenwerking te hebben opgezet met Oracle Integration Cloud. De twee bedrijven willen intelligente automatisering versnellen en de adoptie van door kunstmatige intelligentie aangedreven software-bots in de Integration Cloud mogelijk maken.

    Met het RPA-platform van Automation Anywhere moet het voor klanten van de Oracle Integration Cloud mogelijk worden om complexe zakelijke processen te automatiseren, zodat de werknemers zich op werk met meer waarde kunnen focussen. Ook moet de organisatorische efficiëntie verhoogd worden.

    Als onderdeel van de samenwerking wordt de enterprise RPA-platform connector voor de Integration Cloud beschikbaar. Oracle-klanten krijgen verder toegang tot de software-bots van Automation Anywhere, en de twee bedrijven werken samen aan extra bot-creaties speciaal voor Oracle. Die bot-creaties moeten beschikbaar worden in de Automation Anywhere Bot Store.

    Auteeur: Eveline Meijer

    Bron: Techzine

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