Last year, Adobe, SAP and Microsoft came together and formed the Open Data Initiative.Not to be outdone, this week, AWS, Salesforce and Genesys, in partnership with The Linux Foundation, announced the Cloud Information Model.The two competing data models have a lot in common.They are both about bringing together data and applying a common open model to it.The idea is to allow for data interoperability across products in the partnership without a lot of heavy lifting, a common problem for users of these big companies’ software.Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation, says this project provides a neutral home for the Cloud Information model, where a community can work on the problem.
Adobe, Microsoft and SAP have demonstrated a working system using a common data platform the companies announced last autumn.CNBC said on Tuesday it had seen a demonstration of the system developed by the Open Data Initiative, which aims to pose a challenge to Salesforce, the market leader in digital sales tools.Microsoft’s senior director for the Power Platform series of products Richard Riley demonstrated how the system could allow users to easily send data from software including Microsoft Dynamics, Adobe Experience Platform and SAP’s C/4HANA to Microsoft’s Azure Data Lake public cloud data warehouse.The data is aggregated in a common format, allowing it to be processed by analytics tools and sent back to tools from Microsoft, Adobe and SAP.The system could boost Microsoft’s cloud-based Dynamics 365 for Sales against Salesforce’s Sales Cloud, as well as driving more traffic to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.Microsoft said the open data tools would allow companies to reduce the resources they spend on preparing data for processing and analysing the data.
CEO: Stitching together customer profiles in real time is the game-changerPrice increase or new customers?CFO John Murphy referenced the bottom line-fattening Creative Cloud price increases in April 2018 on a confernece call with analysts, though CEO Shantanu Narayen quickly chimed in to claim: "It's primarily new user growth."It's a timely reminder that subscription customers are always vulnerable to price increases.However Adobe's design products are popular for a reason and there will be few complaints about the pace at which the core products evolve.The developer of software for creative types yesterday reported an uptick of 25 per cent year-on-year revenue growth to $2,744bn as well as operating income to the tune of $750m, up fom $698.4m.
Satya Nadella has been CEO of Microsoft since February 2014.Prior to that, he held leadership roles across Microsoft and at Sun Microsystems.Nadella has been named among the best CEOs of US companies, and has been credited for revitalizing the company in the last five years.The adaptive controller for video games, made by Microsoft-owned XboxThis adaptive controller came about from a group of people on Microsoft’s Xbox team who got close to a community of gamers.“It wasn’t even a sanctioned product.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations will have a major version 10.0 released during the next two (2) weeks.Based on the D365 F procedures rolled out during 2018 Q3, the D365 on-cloud customers are to be on the latest three versions, and that would be versions 10.0, 8.1.3 and 8.1.2.Customers on the prior versions like 8.0 & 7.3 will need to update to one of the supported versions.Microsoft has streamlined the release management to two major releases per year, in April and October of each year.This has made the update needs predictable and the customers are able to plan better.Please find the release notes of version 10.0 (April 2019) for Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations. Some timesaving features includeAutomatic ledger settlementsPayment journal summary reportFinancial dimension allocation on forecast positionSummary budget vs. actual reportMaster Resource Planning – stability and recovery improvementsEnterprise asset managementContinual enhancements to Common Data Model Microsoft’s Open Data Initiative is consistently expanding and enhancing. The Common Data Model(CDS) enables multiple (& growing list of) applications interact with Dynamics 365, extending your business process, expanding your dataflow and workflow across applications, and your reports and dashboards spanning to data sources with no boundaries, literally (networks, applications, technologies, platforms, …)Preview of planned features & updates for Common Data Model and Data Integration.If you are new to Common Data Model, this 5-minute read will give you a good overview.Case study on how Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service helps service technicians see the data from the buildings and enables a proactive organization.  
During last year's Ignite conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was joined on stage by the CEOs of Adobe and SAP to announce the launch of the Open Data Initiative.The aim of the initiative was to simplify the process of moving data between each company's service by agreeing to a standard data format that would allow customers to move their data out of silos and into a single data lake.At this year's Adobe Summit, the tree companies took the stage again to announce their plans to expand the program as they look to add new partners.Microsoft wants to let you know what data of yours it hasMicrosoft's corporate vice president Alysa Taylor explained the motivation to the initiative to TechCrunch, saying:“The intent of the companies joining forces was really to solve a common customer problem that we hear time and time again, which is that there are high-value business data tends to be very siloed in a variety of different applications.
Adobe hosted its annual flagship conference this week in Las Vegas, where it unfurled its vision of how marketing clouds can help brands bridge online and offline data to improve customer experience.Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen took to the conference stage to present details on a number of his company’s strategic relationships, among them are ties with Microsoft, Roku and SAP.Adobe and Microsoft grow ever-closerOriginally announced in September 2018, Adobe outlined the progress of the Open Data Initiative–a project led by Adobe, Microsoft and SAP–namely the formation of a partnership council, with notable names including Accenture, plus advertising players InMobi and WPP, with the aim of helping brands integrate disparate data sources.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joined Narayen on stage to discuss mutual projects which are the basis for two of the major product announcements at this year’s Adobe Summit, with some attendees contrasting it with the rival Google/Salesforce stable.In front of an assembled 16,000-strong audience, the two CEOs discussed their shared belief that such open data models will help drive “diversified experiences” where brands are able to harness their customer data and use it to enhance interactions, both online and offline.
Tech trio put Accenture, EY, WPP on advisory council for 'Open Data Initiative'Organisations that fancy pushing data from Adobe, Microsoft and SAP platforms into a single data lake will soon be able to – and it won't just be on Azure – the firms have said.The trio announced plans for an "Open Data Initiative" last year, but revealed precious little detail at the time.However, yesterday they used the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas to offer up some more info on the project, and announced an advisory council that will help steer the work.Broadly, the aim is to allow companies to connect data from various siloed platforms and feeds, and combine it to generate business intelligence and insights.The project is targeted at companies' obsession with gaining a "single view" of the customer, and is supposed to save firms' the time, effort and money involved in transforming and bringing together the data from disparate sources in the first place.
At last year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, the CEOs of Microsoft, Adobe and SAP took the stage to announce the launch of the Open Data Initiative.The idea behind this effort was to make it easier for their customers to move data between each others’ services by standardizing on a common data format and helping them move their data out of their respective silos and into a single customer-chosen data lake.At this week’s Adobe Summit, the three companies today announced how they plan to expand this program as they look to bring in additional partners.Ideally, having this common data schema means that the customer doesn’t have to figure out ways to transform the data from these vendors and can simply flow all of it into a single data lake that then in turn feeds the various analytics services, machine learning systems and other tools that these companies offer.At the Adobe Summit today, the three companies showed their first customer use case based on how Unilever is making use of this common data standard.More importantly, though, they also stressed that the Open Data Initiative is indeed open to others.
The Linux Foundation's blockchain initiative – Hyperledger Project – has created a set of developer tools to allow the creation of supply chain-specific applications running atop the distributed ledger technology (DLT).The Hyperledger Grid project, as it's called, will initially offer businesses modular software and smart contract components to address problems such as tracking and tracing shipped goods, electronic certifications and bill of lading exchange.The most disruptive tech in decades ]"Supply chain is one of the most promising areas for blockchain use cases, and implementation of many of these use cases can benefit from capabilities which can be provided by a shared platform," the Linux Foundation said earlier this week."This project will accelerate the development of blockchain-based solutions to cross-industry supply chain problems.""Initially, we plan to anchor much of the domain model work on GS1/GTIN standards, but many other implementations could be contributed and published, including models such as those being created by the Open Data Initiative, or more nuanced industry models like Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP)," Hyperledger said in its announcement.
With rising levels of automobile traffic congestion and its environmental impact, there are now more efforts focused on finding ways to make urban travel more efficient.From this initiative, the concept of mobility as a service (MaaS) has evolved.A new study from Juniper Research has found that revenues generated by the use of MaaS platforms, which integrate multi-modal transport services (including buses, taxis, rail and metro), will exceed $11 billion by 2023.This is up from an estimated $100 million in 2018 and is an average annual growth of 156 percent.The new market study found that increased regulatory pressures for integrated, environmentally sustainable and financially affordable transport options resulted in the emergence of MaaS platforms, as demonstrated by Moovel and Whim.It found that MaaS implementation will be further driven by the emerging focus on smart city initiatives.
Microsoft is hosting its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida this week.And although Ignite isn’t the household name that Microsoft’s Build conference has become over the course of the last few years, it’s a massive event with over 30,000 attendees and plenty of news.Indeed, there was so much news this year that Microsoft provided the press with a 27-page booklet with all of it.Microsoft, SAP and Adobe take on Salesforce with their new Open Data Initiative for customer dataWhat was announced: Microsoft is teaming up with Adobe and SAP to create a single model for representing customer data that businesses will be able to move between systems.But it’s also a shot across the bow of Salesforce, the leader in the CRM space.
Microsoft, SAP and Adobe today announced a new partnership: the Open Data Initiative.This alliance, which is a clear attack against Salesforce, aims to create a single data model for consumer data that is then portable between platforms.That, the companies argue, will provide more transparency and privacy controls for consumers, but the core idea here is to make it easier for enterprises to move their customers’ data around.That data could be standard CRM data, but also information about purchase behavior and other information about customers.Right now, moving that data between platforms is often hard, given that there’s no standard way for structuring it.That’s holding back what these companies can do with their data, of course, and in this age of machine learning, data is everything.
Facebook has announced that it plans to invest €10 million (£8.8 million) in its artificial intelligence (AI) centre in Paris, The Financial Times reports.The AI lab in Paris was opened in 2015, but now Facebook said it's investing money in expanding the centre.Over five years, Facebook plans to double the number of researchers to 60, and to increase funding of local PhD candidates to 40 candidates.The Financial Times also reported that Facebook will donate to the French government's Open Data Initiative, which makes data available to the public across France.Antoine Bordes, the director of Facebook's Paris AI centre, said in a statement to The Financial Times that "we chose France as our home for our first international research lab in artificial intelligence because of its excellence in this field.We believe in France’s potential to be a leader in AI and want to contribute to the resources necessary to accelerate research in France."
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