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Manufacturing becomes more inclusive as AI enables hiring of workers with disabilities 

In a webinar entitled “The Art of Possible: Manufacturing Priorities that Will Define 2021,” Çağlayan Arkan, Microsoft’s VP of manufacturing industry shared: “From extreme disruption comes extreme transformation.”  His point is well taken. In the aftermath of the pandemic, supply chain has raced to the top of the news and manufacturing is centerstage. Arkan followed...Read more

How to build business agility and resilience using data 

To some extent, the term resilience has become 2020 shorthand for “surviving a global pandemic.” But as technical professionals know well, the goal of resilience long predates the cataclysms we’ve faced this year. As Mark Russinovich, CTO, Microsoft Azure, states: “Resilience is the ability of a system to fail gracefully in the face of—and eventually...Read more

Tackling some of the world’s most vexing issues with AI 

A future for everyone To meet the needs and aspirations of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs—that’s how we at Microsoft define the challenge of sustainable development. We’re constantly exploring innovative ways our technology can address the urgent issues facing the world now, from revolutionizing individual and...Read more

Advocating for fairness and transparency in financial services AI 

Financial services institutions are increasingly using artificial intelligence (AI) to automate and augment their decisions. But when it comes to which AI algorithms to use, fairness and transparency must factor into the equation. Black box AI: a cautionary tale Some of the algorithms under heavy consideration today are called “black box” algorithms. While black box...Read more

Transforming small business: the top 4 emerging trends for SMB digital transformation in 2020 

2020 is a time of challenge and opportunity for small businesses who want to prioritize their digital transformation journeys. Fortunately, tools that weren’t seen as feasible for small businesses due to costs and resources are now becoming the norm for SMBs. While many small businesses already take advantage of solutions like cloud storage and collaboration...Read more

The art of implementing machine learning at scale 

Machine learning holds the promise of saving time and money while increasing accuracy and efficiency across a variety of business use cases – but there can be pitfalls on the road to implementation. Companies often find artificial intelligence projects surprisingly easy to launch but then deceptively difficult to scale, from both the tech and organization...Read more

Microsoft Allies with Alaska to Invest in Innovation 

Declining oil prices are creating challenges for their economy which derives 90% of its revenue from oil and natural resource production. The State has turned to Microsoft with a need to adapt education and workforce skilling, reduce costs, and streamline operations. The State of Alaska and Microsoft have formed a digital alliance to invest in...Read more

Diversity, inclusion, and Responsible AI are now the bedrock of bias prevention 

“Diversity expansion can then prevent bias. Only through education can organizations understand the critical need to hire a diverse talent base. It may not be possible to have what some call an “unbiased brain”, but it is possible to bring diverse brains to the table to help prevent it.” —Christian Thilmany, Director, AI Strategy, Microsoft Artificial...Read more

Bringing AI to Life in Financial Services 

Change is no easy task. As with most new technologies, AI adoption brings its share of cost and risk as enterprise leaders and department leads work together to build out their experience. Merely identifying an entry point has brought plenty of AI projects to a halt. Since early 2019, I’ve worked with dozens of IT...Read more