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Culture that embraces experimentation key to digital transformation: Microsoft

ZDNet

Australian companies that embrace experimentation, strategic risk taking, and constant learning experience better outcomes from their digital transformation programs, a new Microsoft study has found. Microsoft recently conducted interviews with 30 senior leaders in both public and private sector organisations to better understand the success factors and obstacles involved in digital transformation, which the tech giant defines broadly as "harnessing new technologies to improve business outcomes". Embracing digital transformation: Experiences from Australian organisations states that there is no right way to approach digital transformation; however, most Australian organisations opted for a "test and learn" approach involving discrete projects and experiments, rather than structured programs. This experimental approach allowed for faster iterations and encouraged buy-in from the rest of the business, according to Microsoft's research. Improving customer experience remained the top driver and starting point of digital transformation.


Microsoft Embraces Collaboration in $7.5B Deal for GitHub

U.S. News

GitHub, a San Francisco startup, was founded in 2008 and has grown sharply since announcing its first outside investment in 2012. It now counts about 28 million software developers around the world who use it to share code and build businesses. Microsoft said GitHub will retain its "developer-first ethos," operate independently and remain an open platform. The deal is expected to close this year.


Data 2021 Outlook Part II: Hedging the cloud

ZDNet

On Twitter, one of our most commented-on posts last year was when we when we reviewed the hype around multi-cloud. With a few exceptions (e.g., disaster recovery, public regulation), we remain cynical about the viability of running a single database logical instance across multiple clouds; we believe that for most organizations, a "multi-cloud" platform will in essence mean "freedom of cloud." We haven't exactly been a lone voice in the wilderness about the operational complexity of running a single instance of a database or application across multiple clouds; Matt Asay, Corey Quinn, and Gartner have shared similar concerns. The cloud computing race in 2020 will have a definite multi-cloud spin. Here's a look at how the cloud leaders stack up, the hybrid market, and the SaaS players that run your company as well as their latest strategic moves. But we expect that freedom of cloud will have a louder ring in the coming year.


Baidu embraces single-socket AMD EPYC chips

ZDNet

Baidu, the Chinese internet search provider and leader in artificial intelligence, today announced the immediate availability of AMD EPYC-powered AI, big data, and cloud computing (ABC) services.


Microsoft's cool quantum computing plan embraces cryogenic memory

PCWorld

Microsoft has crazy quantum computing plans. It is building hardware based on a particle that hasn't been discovered, and the company now wants to make super-cool memory for quantum computers. The company is working with Rambus to develop and build prototype computers with memory subsystems that can be cooled at cryogenic temperatures. Cryogenic temperatures typically are below minus 180 degrees Celsius or minus 292 degrees Fahrenheit. Quantum computers could eventually replace today's PCs and servers and promise to be significantly faster.