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The Latest Microsoft AI Power Play
Microsoft is releasing free online courses for artificial intelligence. This is its attempt at remaining relevant in the AI space, so you might as well take advantage.
- On April 2, 2019, Microsoft and OpenClassrooms announced a partnership. Together, they are providing masters-level artificial intelligence development courses.
- Back in early March, Microsoft unveiled a free AI strategy online course. The Microsoft AI Business School is focused on strategy, risk mitigation, and culture.
- These programs supplement its existing AI School (which is also free) and the Microsoft Professional Program for Artificial Intelligence (which can be audited for free).
Microsoft appears to be struggling in the artificial intelligence space. It’s losing the virtual assistant space (even replacing Cortana with Alexa in Skype). Microsoft doesn’t have access to the same amount of data as Google. Amazon’s AWS has greater adoption than Azure, suggesting that more AI computational workload is happening in Amazon’s Data Centers than in Microsoft’s.
The above resources show a more strategic play by Microsoft: it is taking control over the AI education space. Its logic is that the more people it can train on AI and on Microsoft’s AI offerings, then the greater future market share it will have on AI tools and AI-enabling infrastructure.
You should be selfish and acquire some free AI skills. It helps Microsoft, but it will also help your paycheck– the Robert Half Technology 2019 Salary Guide shows that artificial intelligence and machine learning are sought after skills.
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Adoption of Micro Focus’ Service Management Automation X Product Increasing Along With Deployment Options
Micro Focus announced that its Service Management Automation X (SMAX) product has grown its customer count by 133% over the past year and can now be deployed as SaaS in addition to cloud or on-premises solutions.
HPE has ported over InfoSight Predictive Analytics platform from its 2017 acquisition of Nimble to its SimpliVity line, adding AI to the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), as announced in an Oct. 28 press release.
Darktrace introduced a “Cyber AI Analyst” in September 2019 as a means of offloading incident management responsibilities from InfoSec practitioners. This new feature functions as an “extra body” to intelligently create reports of suspicious activity on the company network.
VMware challenges IT to be more than it may be comfortable with: technologists as members of an elite caste charged with the moral use of technology and guarding the uninitiated against negative consequences.
Analysts make their bones on prognostication and prediction, and the imminent demise of any given technology is a mainstay of their subject matter. San Francisco-based VMware has made its sacrificial offerings but for two different auguries. First the place and dominance of public cloud as the center of the enterprise IT activity and work. Secondly, and more importantly, the enduring importance of self-service, elasticity, measure service, broad network access, and pooled resources.
ServiceNow has mastered the art of implementing subtle license changes and price adjustments with each major release of its software, resulting in regular price increases for its customers. This has occurred with the London, Madrid, and, most recently, New York releases.
San Francisco-based IT startup Forethought announced new product Agatha Predictions on September 5 to help categorize and organize incoming tickets.
Spiceworks – which operates a community of IT professionals, marketplace, and free apps – has agreed to be acquired by Ziff Davis B2B, but says it will continue to prioritize and develop its products.
Quest Software has announced its newest updates, KACE SDA 7.0 and KACE SMA 9.1, which enhance their features, apply Linux scripted installs, and automate systems management.