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Manage identity and access (20-25%)
Configure Azure Active Directory for workloads
 create App Registration
 configure App Registration permission scopes
 manage App Registration permission consent
 configure Multi-Factor Authentication settings
 manage Azure AD directory groups
 manage Azure AD users
 install and configure Azure AD Connect
 configure authentication methods
 implement Conditional Access policies
 configure Azure AD identity protection
Configure Azure AD Privileged Identity Management
 monitor privileged access
 configure Access Reviews
 activate Privileged Identity Management
Configure Azure tenant security
 transfer Azure subscriptions between Azure AD tenants
 manage API access to Azure subscriptions and resources

Implement platform protection (35-40%)
Implement network security
 configure virtual network connectivity
 configure Network Security Groups (NSGs)
 create and configure Azure Firewall
 create and configure Azure Front Door service
 create and configure application security groups
 configure remote access management
 configure baseline
 configure resource firewall
Implement host security
 configure endpoint security within the VM
 configure VM security
 harden VMs in Azure
 configure system updates for VMs in Azure
 configure baseline
Configure container security
 configure network
 configure authentication
 configure container isolation
 configure AKS security
 configure container registry
 implement vulnerability management
Implement Azure Resource management security
 create Azure resource locks
 manage resource group security
 configure Azure policies
 configure custom RBAC roles
 configure subscription and resource permissions

Manage security operations (15-20%)
Configure security services
 configure Azure Monitor
 configure diagnostic logging and log retention
 configure vulnerability scanning
Configure security policies
 configure centralized policy management by using Azure Security Center
 configure Just in Time VM access by using Azure Security Center
Manage security alerts
 create and customize alerts
 review and respond to alerts and recommendations
 configure a playbook for a security event by using Azure Security Center
 investigate escalated security incidents

Secure data and applications (25-30%) Configure security policies to manage data
 configure data classification
 configure data retention
 configure data sovereignty
Configure security for data infrastructure
 enable database authentication
 enable database auditing
 configure Azure SQL Database Advanced Threat Protection
 configure access control for storage accounts
 configure key management for storage accounts
 configure Azure AD authentication for Azure Storage
 configure Azure AD Domain Services authentication for Azure Files
 create and manage Shared Access Signatures (SAS)
 configure security for HDInsight
 configure security for Cosmos DB
 configure security for Azure Data Lake
Configure encryption for data at rest
 implement Azure SQL Database Always Encrypted
 implement database encryption
 implement Storage Service Encryption
 implement disk encryption
Configure application security
 configure SSL/TLS certs
 configure Azure services to protect web apps
 create an application security baseline
Configure and manage Key Vault
 manage access to Key Vault
 manage permissions to secrets, certificates, and keys
 configure RBAC usage in Azure Key Vault
 manage certificates
 manage secrets
 configure key rotation

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Killexams : Microsoft Technologies information search - BingNews Search results Killexams : Microsoft Technologies information search - BingNews Killexams : Microsoft mulls building 'super app' - The Information

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp recently considered building a "super app" that could include shopping, messaging, news and web search services among others, The Information reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The Windows-maker mulled building the app to loosen the hold of Alphabet Inc's Google and Apple Inc on the mobile search space, according to the report.

Microsoft executives wanted the app to also boost the company's multibillion-dollar advertising business and Bing search, as well as draw more users to Teams messaging and other mobile services, The Information reported

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

A super app, made popular in Asia by Tencent Holdings' WeChat and South east Asia's Grab Holdings, has been described as the Swiss army knife of mobile apps, offering a suite of services for users such as messaging, social networking, peer-to-peer payments and e-commerce shopping.

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk, who also owns Twitter, has shown interest in building a super app named "X" that would combine a multitude of services.

The report added that it isn't clear whether the company would launch such an app, but Chief Executive Satya Nadella has pushed for the Bing search service to perform better with the Teams and Outlook. (Reporting by Akash Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)

Tue, 06 Dec 2022 00:37:08 -0600 en-US text/html
Killexams : Microsoft: Google and Apple's mobile search in sights with possible new 'super app'
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After watching Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) practically own the mobile search market, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is said to be looking at building a new "super app" that would attempt to break its two rivals stranglehold in that mobile-technology arena.

Microsoft's (MSFT) "super app" could be designed to bring shopping, messaging, web search, news feeds and other services into one app, similar to how Tencent's (OTCPK:TCEHY) WeChat operates in China. According to a report from The Information, one of the people close to the matter said that WeChat, which also offers online games and grocery ordering as part of its app, among other services, was part of the inspiration for the Microsoft (MSFT) plan.

Elon Musk has also publicly discussed turning Twitter (TWTR) into a super app, bringing payments, social networking, search and more under one roof.

Microsoft (MSFT) discontinued its Windows Mobile operating system more than a decade ago, effectively ceding control of the smartphone market to Apple's (AAPL) iOS and Google's (GOOG) (GOOGL) Android operating systems, both of which have their own app stores and control distribution of apps on smartphones.

Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft (MSFT) executives have said they would want the yet-to-exist app to boost its advertising business and its Bing search engine, as well as get more people using its Teams messaging service, The Information added.

Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) (GOOGL) did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Seeking Alpha.

At this point, it is unclear if Microsoft (MSFT) would ever launch the app, but under CEO Satya Nadella, there has been a push to make Microsoft Bing work better with other Microsoft mobile products, integrating it to work with Teams, Outlook and other Microsoft products.

The news outlet added that a super app could help Microsoft (MSFT) generate more revenue from consumers. The company is attempting to acquire Activision Blizzard (ATVI) for $69B to generate more revenue from video games and has looked at acquiring ByteDance's (BDNCE) TikTok, Pinterest (PINS) and chat app Discord as other potential consumer-facing purchases in the past.

The Information reported that the idea of a Microsoft (MSFT) super app was first introduced in 2019 when the company hired Mikhail Parakhin from Yandex (YNDX) to work on products including a mobile web browser, ads, search and more. Yandex (YNDX) offers its own version of a super app, known as Yandex Go, which is also said to be an inspiration for the Microsoft (MSFT) super app.

The news outlet noted that Microsoft (MSFT) is well aware that it would still be at the mercy of the two tech giants, adding that Microsoft (MSFT) has occasionally bid to replace Google (GOOG) (GOOGL) to be the default browser on the iOS version of Safari.

Apple (AAPL) does not break down how much revenue it generates from Google (GOOG) (GOOGL) being the default search engine on Safari, but it is widely believed to be worth billions of dollars per year as a result of the highly lucrative mobile advertising market.

On Monday, Microsoft (MSFT) said it would raise the price of Xbox first-party games next month to $69.99, matching the prices of its rivals.

Mon, 05 Dec 2022 23:48:00 -0600 en text/html Killexams : Why Microsoft's Reorganization Is Not About Technology

One company.  One Microsoft .  I like this.  Not because I’m a Microsoft partner.  Not because I sell technology, which includes Microsoft products.  Actually, Microsoft’s recently announced reorganization for me has very little to do with Office, Windows or SQL Server.  It’s not about Azure, Skype, Xbox or PCs.  This is not really about technology.  It’s not really about Apple , Google or Amazon.   It’s about allocating resources.  More importantly, it’s about the right way to run a business, big or small.

Is your company one company?  Or is it like most of the ones I encounter, including my own:  a messy, chaotic mash-up of products and services managed inefficiently and independently by a handful of your key people.  Yup – that sounds familiar, right?

My friend Adam’s company was exactly like this.  His family business, which employs about a hundred people, distributes flooring products to retailers and contractors around the country.  He carries all the major brands and all the popular types from vinyl to hardwood, laminated to carpeting and a good many specialty lines too.  And, like Microsoft, he was organized by division, primarily based on product line.  He built up groups of sales and service people who specialized in specific products and served only those customers who purchased those products.   He had three managers who were in charge of each product line.  They competed against each other for business.  They had their own budgets and their own objectives.  They shared little information for fear of cannibalizing sales.  They offered little help to each other.  This is how Adam ran his company.  For years.   He did OK.  But he suffered from the weaknesses of this type of organization.  And the weaknesses were significant.

For example, each division had their own database of prospective customers.  They operated in a vacuum.  There was no cross selling.  A salesperson who couldn’t close a deal moved on to the next deal.  He wasn’t incentivized to sell any other flooring products outside of his product line.  He couldn’t even offer up services unless they were provided by the employees in his division.  So he never considered other options the company offered.  Why would he?  He, like the managers above him, was only paid on the sales and profits generated by their division alone.

Does this sound familiar?  It certainly would if you’re an employee or even a partner of Microsoft, like me.  We only get paid on the Microsoft products we sell.  We are only certified in certain Microsoft competencies.  That’s fine.  But we have no financial incentive to sell or recommend other Microsoft products.  And I’ve found that most of the Microsoft employees I work with (who are generally direct sales people way down on the sales and marketing food chain) are compensated the same way.  If they can’t sell the specific Microsoft product that’s included in their commission calculation, why do anything more?  And why develop solutions for others if it’s outside of your specific product line?

And even if there was interest in selling another division’s products, most of Adam’s salespeople weren’t educated to do so.  They never received training about these products.  They weren’t prepared to offer alternatives if their product didn’t fit the needs of the customer.  They couldn’t provide the answers needed if a customer asked about the company’s other products.  They didn’t even know the questions to ask.  They weren’t familiar with people in the other divisions.  It’s as if the other divisions were another company.  Not one company.

And not one Microsoft either.  I’ve found that many people in the Office or Windows divisions had little knowledge of what the Dynamics products do.  The database guys don’t really understand the business uses of the applications.  The SharePoint experts in the company are oftentimes hard pressed to explain how their own product truly integrates with CRM.  The Visual Basic programmers defer on Visual Studio reporting questions because it’s not their thing.   From the viewpoint of a partner and a customer, Microsoft was never one company.  It’s always been a bunch of little companies with pockets of experts who didn’t truly understand what most of the other people (and products) in their own company did.

A couple of years ago Adam made a bold move.  He reorganized.  He ended the vertical, industry/product specific focus of his company and instead turned towards a more horizontal approach.  He set goals for the company, not just for each division.  He cross-trained.  He incentivized sales, service and even the engineers on the work that was done across all product lines to reach those goals.  He compensated senior management on the profits of the company as a whole, not just a division.  And he’s seeing the results.  “There are no more fiefdoms,” he told me over lunch recently.  “We are all sharing the same objectives and working better together.  Now when a customer calls us we’re getting better at not only identifying their needs but matching them to whoever in the company can help them.   This would never have happened a few years ago.”

And now there’s Microsoft.  “We are rallying behind a single strategy as one company – not a collection of division strategies,” said CEO Steve Ballmer in his message to his employees last week.  “We will see our product line holistically, not as a set of islands.  All parts of the company will share and contribute to the success of our core offerings.  All parts of the company will contribute to activating high value experiences for our customers.”

In other words:  it’s horizontal, stupid!  It’s about moving away from managing by product line and instead managing by function.  It’s about moving towards the goal of complete unification, better integration and cooperation between all areas of a company.  Microsoft is a company that’s been around for more than thirty years, employs 98,000 people and has a market cap of approximately $300 billion.  These are smart people.  And this is what they’ve realized:  managing by vertical product line does not work very well.

Microsoft’s reorganization last week has made me look at my own little, ten-person company.  I have people who specialize in certain products.  But shouldn’t they know the strengths and weaknesses of all the products we sell?  Shouldn’t they be compensated by helping our clients find the right solution for them, instead of just the one with their expertise?  Shouldn’t the guy who’s implementing one product at a client be able to draw on others in my company who may have the technical know-how to help, even if it’s not their main focus?  Even a small business like mine isn’t behaving like one company.

Adam figured this out.  Microsoft figured this out.  Microsoft’s reorganization isn’t about their technology.  It’s about how they manage their resources.  And recently they haven’t been doing this very well.  Poor management is about the poor allocation of resources.  And this problem is something all business owners suffer, regardless of our size.

Besides Forbes, Gene Marks writes weekly for The New York Times and

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 02:55:00 -0600 Gene Marks en text/html
Killexams : Microsoft Open Door Event to Highlight the Latest Microsoft Technologies

Microsoft Jordan has announced that the largest technical event of the year will take place at the Sheraton Hotel on December 15th-16th, with over 1,000 local IT professionals and developers expected to attend and take the opportunity to exchange and share ideas on the latest developments and technologies impacting the ICT industry in Jordan and around the world.

Michel Diab, Business, Marketing & Operations Director for Microsoft North Africa, Eastern Mediterranean and Pakistan (NEPA), stated, "Microsoft Open Door is gearing up to be the most anticipated technical event of the year that aims to introduce Jordan's IT professionals and experts to the latest Microsoft technologies, providing them with the unique opportunity to remain up to par with the ever changing needs of the fastest growing industry in the world."

Diab added, "One of the main areas that Microsoft and its partners will be covering at this year's Open Door event is the importance and benefits of Cloud Computing for IT professionals and developers, and how it brings together Internet, data center, mobile and PC computing all into one to transform the way individuals and businesses use technology."

The interactive and technology-rich event consists of presentations from top technology experts from Microsoft Corporation and the region, as well as recognized local industry experts who will be presenting various sessions on a wide range of subjects throughout the two day event. The sessions are divided into three tracks for IT professionals, Developers and Technical Managers with a focus on Cloud Computing strategies in addition to live demonstrations of the latest products and IT solutions for businesses and consumers.

The Microsoft Jordan Open Door Event will also provide Microsoft's partners in Jordan with an opportunity to showcase their most advanced innovations and business solutions with the event being sponsored by leading companies in the Kingdom including Nokia as Platinum Sponsor, and MentaITech, United Technology Solutions, HCL, Sermon Business Solutions and Estarta as Gold Sponsors.

"Participating with Microsoft Jordan in the event emphasizes our joint vision on communication and mobility, delivering solutions that allow people to access information anytime and anywhere across many devices." said Haisam Jamal, General Manager for Nokia Levant. "The world is becoming more mobile, communication is not what it used to be, people need to connect while on the move whether they are traveling, at home and on the beach. In the age of E-commerce, Email, growing internet usage and social networking, it is crucial for an organization to get on board the mobile highway and in this event we are demonstrating to many customers how leading Microsoft Solutions operate seamlessly on Nokia phones giving optimal communication solutions".

The Open Door event will also be the first opportunity for attendees to experience the much talked about Kinect for Xbox 360, which will be available for all attendees to experience. Kinect enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller, using a natural user interface instead that reacts according to a user's gestures, spoken commands, or presented objects and images.

Another much anticipated highlight of the Open Door event will be the live demonstration of the slick, streamlined and recently launched Windows Phone 7, which has been positively received by consumers throughout the world and is being recognized as the Windows mobile for the next generation.

Microsoft Jordan will also be demonstrating the latest in Unified Communications to allow organizations to experience first-hand how they can immediately reduce costs while enhancing communication and improving on business results.

Microsoft Open Door is a two-day event that will take place on December 15-16, 2010 at the Sheraton Amman. The event will begin at 8:30 am each day and conclude at 6 pm. Anyone who would like to attend the event can register at 

Sun, 04 Dec 2022 10:00:00 -0600 en text/html
Killexams : 10 Information Technology Stocks With Whale Alerts In Today's Session

This whale alert can help traders discover the next big trading opportunities.

Whales are entities with large sums of money and we track their transactions here at Benzinga on our options activity scanner.

Traders will search for circumstances when the market estimation of an option diverges heavily from its normal worth. High amounts of trading activity could push option prices to exaggerated or underestimated levels.

Below are some instances of options activity happening in the Information Technology sector:

Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
AAPL PUT SWEEP BULLISH 12/02/22 $140.00 $31.3K 21.4K 50.8K
NVDA PUT SWEEP NEUTRAL 12/02/22 $155.00 $53.6K 4.3K 25.0K
MMAT CALL SWEEP BEARISH 12/16/22 $1.50 $25.0K 9.5K 8.7K
AFRM PUT TRADE BEARISH 02/17/23 $32.50 $39.5K 4.1K 4.6K
S PUT SWEEP BEARISH 12/16/22 $15.00 $70.4K 3.3K 2.0K
AMD PUT SWEEP BULLISH 03/17/23 $55.00 $257.2K 15.4K 1.2K
MU PUT TRADE BULLISH 01/17/25 $55.00 $1.3 million 4.6K 1.2K
CRWD CALL SWEEP BULLISH 12/02/22 $145.00 $134.8K 1.4K 967
PYPL CALL SWEEP BULLISH 04/21/23 $120.00 $25.0K 901 806
MSFT CALL SWEEP BEARISH 01/20/23 $260.00 $30.5K 15.4K 518

These bullet-by-bullet explanations have been constructed using the accompanying table.

• For AAPL AAPL, we notice a put option sweep that happens to be bullish, expiring in 3 day(s) on December 2, 2022. This event was a transfer of 215 contract(s) at a $140.00 strike. This particular put needed to be split into 4 different trades to become filled. The total cost received by the writing party (or parties) was $31.3K, with a price of $146.0 per contract. There were 21487 open contracts at this strike prior to today, and today 50885 contract(s) were bought and sold.

• For NVDA NVDA, we notice a put option sweep that happens to be neutral, expiring in 3 day(s) on December 2, 2022. This event was a transfer of 195 contract(s) at a $155.00 strike. This particular put needed to be split into 4 different trades to become filled. The total cost received by the writing party (or parties) was $53.6K, with a price of $275.0 per contract. There were 4372 open contracts at this strike prior to today, and today 25011 contract(s) were bought and sold.

• For MMAT MMAT, we notice a call option sweep that happens to be bearish, expiring in 17 day(s) on December 16, 2022. This event was a transfer of 500 contract(s) at a $1.50 strike. This particular call needed to be split into 37 different trades to become filled. The total cost received by the writing party (or parties) was $25.0K, with a price of $50.0 per contract. There were 9516 open contracts at this strike prior to today, and today 8724 contract(s) were bought and sold.

• For AFRM AFRM, we notice a put option trade that happens to be bearish, expiring in 80 day(s) on February 17, 2023. This event was a transfer of 20 contract(s) at a $32.50 strike. The total cost received by the writing party (or parties) was $39.5K, with a price of $1975.0 per contract. There were 4117 open contracts at this strike prior to today, and today 4656 contract(s) were bought and sold.

• Regarding S S, we observe a put option sweep with bearish sentiment. It expires in 17 day(s) on December 16, 2022. Parties traded 742 contract(s) at a $15.00 strike. This particular put needed to be split into 34 different trades to become filled. The total cost received by the writing party (or parties) was $70.4K, with a price of $95.0 per contract. There were 3372 open contracts at this strike prior to today, and today 2092 contract(s) were bought and sold.

• For AMD AMD, we notice a put option sweep that happens to be bullish, expiring in 108 day(s) on March 17, 2023. This event was a transfer of 1261 contract(s) at a $55.00 strike. This particular put needed to be split into 12 different trades to become filled. The total cost received by the writing party (or parties) was $257.2K, with a price of $204.0 per contract. There were 15481 open contracts at this strike prior to today, and today 1270 contract(s) were bought and sold.

• Regarding MU MU, we observe a put option trade with bullish sentiment. It expires in 780 day(s) on January 17, 2025. Parties traded 1250 contract(s) at a $55.00 strike. The total cost received by the writing party (or parties) was $1.3 million, with a price of $1105.0 per contract. There were 4680 open contracts at this strike prior to today, and today 1251 contract(s) were bought and sold.

• Regarding CRWD CRWD, we observe a call option sweep with bullish sentiment. It expires in 3 day(s) on December 2, 2022. Parties traded 337 contract(s) at a $145.00 strike. This particular call needed to be split into 19 different trades to become filled. The total cost received by the writing party (or parties) was $134.8K, with a price of $400.0 per contract. There were 1487 open contracts at this strike prior to today, and today 967 contract(s) were bought and sold.

• Regarding PYPL PYPL, we observe a call option sweep with bullish sentiment. It expires in 143 day(s) on April 21, 2023. Parties traded 300 contract(s) at a $120.00 strike. This particular call needed to be split into 10 different trades to become filled. The total cost received by the writing party (or parties) was $25.0K, with a price of $83.0 per contract. There were 901 open contracts at this strike prior to today, and today 806 contract(s) were bought and sold.

• For MSFT MSFT, we notice a call option sweep that happens to be bearish, expiring in 52 day(s) on January 20, 2023. This event was a transfer of 86 contract(s) at a $260.00 strike. This particular call needed to be split into 11 different trades to become filled. The total cost received by the writing party (or parties) was $30.5K, with a price of $355.0 per contract. There were 15479 open contracts at this strike prior to today, and today 518 contract(s) were bought and sold.

Options Alert Terminology
- Call Contracts: The right to buy shares as indicated in the contract.
- Put Contracts: The right to sell shares as indicated in the contract.
- Expiration Date: When the contract expires. One must act on the contract by this date if one wants to use it.
- Premium/Option Price: The price of the contract.

For more information, visit our Guide to Understanding Options Alerts or read more news on unusual options activity.

This article was generated by Benzinga's automated content engine and reviewed by an editor.

© 2022 Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 03:06:00 -0600 text/html
Killexams : New aircraft and display technologies land in Microsoft Flight Simulator's 40th anniversary update

Why it matters: Microsoft Flight Simulator has provided gaming and simulation enthusiasts with some of the most impressive visuals and accurate aircraft recreations available since its release in 1982. The company recently celebrated the sim's 40th birthday with another feature-filled update, expanding the already impressive selection of planes, airports, and locations. It also includes FSR and DLSS updates to ensure users have the best possible visual experience.

Microsoft released the first version of its flight simulator, Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0, in November of 1982. The simulator allowed players to pilot a Cessna 182 in the Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Seattle areas. The release not only wowed users in the early 1980s, but it also helped to set the standard for realistic flight simulators for decades to come.

Forty years later, Microsoft is still churning out new technology and new content for aviation enthusiasts around the world. The Redmond, Washington software giant released the latest iteration of the series earlier this week, the Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Update. The update brings the already-successful Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 a number of new features and updates, including the Airbus A310, several helicopters and heliports, unpowered gliders, and even historical aircraft such as the famous Hughes H-4 "Spruce Goose."

Players can experience the game's stunning visuals and realistic mechanics through free flights around the world or via one of the game's pre-created missions and activities. The 40th Anniversary Edition brings PC aviators new challenges and missions, such as the Wright Brothers and the first flight at Kitty Hawk, the first U.S. Airmail Service flight route in 1918, and Charles Lindbergh's famous flight from New York to Paris.

The new release also includes glider-based missions and tutorials for players who want to experience the feeling of unpowered flight. These trainings and missions include aerotow, winch launch training, basic handling, thermal identification, and other skills vital to a successful glider flight.

The simulator continues to provide users with stunning detail and access to any part of the world, regardless of how remote. As of the anniversary edition's release, the game offers detailed recreations of more than 37,000 airports, two million cities, and more than one and a half billion buildings and structures across the game's realistic landscapes. A complete listing of new additions, features, and bug fixes is available in the 40th Anniversary Edition release notes.

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Killexams : Lockheed Martin, Microsoft announce landmark agreement on classified cloud, advanced technologies for Department of Defense

Secure cloud, AI/ML and 5G.MIL® solutions will unlock next-generation national security solutions

Lockheed Martin and Microsoft on Tuesday announced a landmark expansion of their strategic relationship to help power the next generation of technology for the Department of Defense (DOD).

The game-changing agreement will span four critical areas for the DOD:

  • Classified Cloud Innovations: Microsoft’s latest secure framework will make Lockheed Martin the first non-government entity to independently operate inside the Microsoft Azure Government Secret cloud ushering in a new era of cloud opportunities for industry.
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML), Modeling and Simulation Capabilities: Lockheed Martin and Microsoft have entered a two-year collaborative research and development (R&D) program that will advance AI/ML and modeling and simulation capabilities for the DOD.
  • 5G.MIL® Programs: The R&D agreement also expands the companies’ existing collaboration to deliver advanced networking and secure 5G capabilities at the tactical edge.
  • Digital Transformation: Microsoft Azure will power Lockheed Martin’s digital transformation journey, accelerating enterprise-wide productivity gains to deliver innovation at scale, enhance choice and flexibility, and create the next generation of defense technologies.

Yvonne Hodge, senior vice president, Enterprise Business and Digital Transformation, and chief information officer, Lockheed Martin:

“Through this historic agreement, Lockheed Martin and Microsoft are blazing a new path in classified cloud, artificial intelligence, and 5G.MIL® capabilities for the Department of Defense. We are creating faster, safer, and more affordable 21st Century Security solutions that infuse immersive experiences and other advanced commercial technologies into the most capable defense systems. We are confident this unrivaled combination of capabilities will help keep our customers ahead of new threats and challenges.”

Jason Zander, executive vice president, Strategic Missions and Technologies, Microsoft:

“Our national security leaders need an unassailable information advantage, which is why we’re bringing the power of the hyperscale cloud to accelerate their national security missions. In partnership with Lockheed Martin, we’re demonstrating how the defense industrial base can bring classified data into the cloud securely while bringing advanced 5G connectivity, critical data processing and analysis, and immersive experiences to the edge to support decision- making where it’s needed, when it’s needed. Lockheed Martin is a valued partner in this effort, and we’ll continue to innovate and explore the art of the possible to support national security.”

Classified Cloud Innovations 

Lockheed Martin is the first defense industrial base member to use Microsoft’s existing National Industrial Security Program (NISP) framework for air-gapped clouds after a year-long pilot. Work on developing the classified and unclassified cloud environments is already underway, with expectations for the project to be operational in 2023.

Microsoft’s first-of-its-kind technology will allow Lockheed Martin to dynamically scale IT demands under authorized guidance and directly operate mission workloads inside Azure Government Secret, including highly restricted special programs.

This allows Lockheed Martin to:

  • Modernize its legacy on-premises classified systems to owned-and-operated Azure Government Secret cloud tenants
  • Bolster cybersecurity reporting and compliance monitoring to near real-time.
  • Quickly create authorized mission workloads
  • Improve enterprise IT and research and development capabilities
  • Expand corporate efficiencies
  • Autonomously host enterprise cloud management, centralized collaboration, and
  • Provide governance at scale.

AI/ML, Modeling and Simulation Capabilities

Through this agreement, Lockheed Martin will partner with Microsoft to build on Microsoft’s advanced gaming, exercising, modeling and simulation (GEMS) and emulation solutions to bring military planning and coordination through immersive environments. Using GEMS technology, Lockheed Martin and its customers can test military platforms and technologies that power joint all-domain operations on a digital platform. Such capabilities have the potential to cut costs for the DOD and minimize risk to service members by providing a digital alternative for some military exercises.

5G.MIL Programs

Using Microsoft Azure solutions and Lockheed Martin’s 5G.MIL technologies, the companies will continue to develop secure, resilient communication systems for that are interoperable with and seamlessly link to existing DOD networks. Key developments include a tactical 5G core, management and orchestration of applications and networks at scale and cloud-native security. The companies will also advance space domain connectivity for austere, infrastructure-light environments.

Advancing Lockheed Martin’s Digital Transformation

With Azure as a foundation, Lockheed Martin will advance its business and digital transformation called 1LMX. By transforming its end-to-end business processes and systems, Lockheed Martin is creating a model-based enterprise with a fully integrated digital thread throughout the design, build and sustain product life cycle. 1LMX is enhancing the company’s speed, agility, insights and competitiveness as it delivers the next generation of DOD systems. As part of this transformation, Lockheed Martin will become a multi-cloud environment in the unclassified space using Microsoft Azure as the cloud provider.

Lockheed Martin’s adoption of the Azure cloud will deliver unparalleled protection across all devices, clouds, apps and platforms. Microsoft’s industry-leading cybersecurity leverages massive signal depth and diversity of more than 24 trillion signals per day, combined with cutting-edge AI/ML and a global team of security experts.

Lockheed Martin and Microsoft will continue to develop each of the four critical areas and demonstrate a series of progressively more complex capabilities throughout 2023. The capabilities unlocked by this collaboration will apply to a range of defense applications across all domains: land, sea, air, space and cyber.

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Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Killexams : Gender neutrality: Linklaters eliminates contract bias with Microsoft Azure Cognitive Search

Linklaters has largely eliminated gender bias from its contracts using Microsoft Azure Cognitive Search, in what global head of practice innovation Greg Baker and senior software development and testing manager Su Clarke tell us is a cost-effective way to amend precise terms in large swathes of documents.  

The magic circle firm first used Microsoft’s cloud search service to amend its contracts after Brexit, but quickly realised the potential for other word searches, including those relating to gender. 

Speaking to Legal IT Insider, Clarke and Baker said that post-Brexit, they initially looked at using one of the firm’s machine learning-based document extraction tools, however Baker said: “This would be using a sledgehammer to crack a nut because we already had a list of phrases and words that we needed to look for and not concepts, which is what those legal technology tools are designed for.” 

The gender-neutral drafting work was first done a year ago, and again more recently with the succession of King Charles to change ‘Her Majesty’ to ‘His Majesty.’  

Clarke told Legal IT Insider: “I’m loathed to call what we created a tool because it has no user interface. But we loaded the information from our document management system into Azure Blob Storage and then ran a cognitive search to loop through and find the terms we were looking for, then exported that information back out to an Excel file.” 

She adds: “We did it first for Brexit, which was met with plenty of ‘ooohs and aaahhhs’ and we have run it on two or three other occasions, with the potential for more to come.” 

While the team has deliberately not created a user interface and lawyers don’t interact with the technology, Clarke says she and her team are considering whether there is a value to creating a self-serve tool for lawyers.  

Clarke says that Azure Blob Storage is comparatively cheap to use, commenting: “We were looking to do something that wouldn’t break the bank and that we could spin up quickly.” 

While firms may regard the exercise of making their contracts gender neutral an expensive one, Baker adds: “The cost in the Azure cloud is only at the point that you’re using it. There is a resource cost to getting it up and running, but if someone provides us with the terms and the list of documents to be searched through, it’s not a huge effort from the tech side.” 

With its gender search, Linklaters looked for defined terms such as ‘gentleman’ and ‘sir’ across 30,000 documents, with the results fed back to its knowledge team.  

Inevitably it takes time to make changes flagged by Excel, however Clarke says that for Brexit they estimated it would take 2,500 hours of review to find the terms, but using Azure it was reduced to a week. 

The team has questioned whether they can automate the process of updating the words in the contracts, however Clarke said: “It’s important for the lawyer to be able to check that the substitute is correct. If it says sir, for example, there might be a valid reason why that word is in there. If the tool makes generic changes, we could make find and replace errors.” 

Baker adds: “Given the importance of our precedents and contracts, I would always want a human in the loop.” 

Clarke anticipates that the team will continue to use Microsoft Azure for searches when it comes to the likes of regulatory changes and ESG issues, commenting: “There will always be a need to bulk review documents using terms and not concepts.” 

She adds: “Often when we’re asked to develop things we come up with a huge idea but being able to use the engine without all the fancy stuff means we are able to get something up and running relatively quickly.” 

Sarah Tanswell, senior customer success manager for Azure at Microsoft, told Legal IT Insider: “Firms are often faced with the choice of using something out of the box or pumping in tons of time and money but what Greg and Su have done shows that you can develop at your own pace and decide where you take it from there. Cloud is relatively new to some and sometimes these things can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.”

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Killexams : Microsoft Cloud Summit 2022: Empowering customers in Malaysia to do more with less with Microsoft technologies

The past few years saw the role of technology taking center stage in conversations both among people and organizations across the globe, from how it enables remote working and learning, to how it empowers borderless collaboration and supports business continuity.

At the exact Bersama Malaysia: Microsoft Cloud Summit 2022, we put a spotlight on ways the Microsoft Cloud is empowering businesses and organizations from across industries to achieve more. During Ignite this year, our CEO and Chairman, Satya Nadella highlighted five key imperatives for organizations seeking to do more with less with the Microsoft Cloud.

These imperatives were also the focal point of the Microsoft Cloud Summit 2022; providing best practices and sharing perspectives as organizations embark on or accelerate their digital transformation.

1. Be data-driven and optimize with Azure

When we announced our Bersama Malaysia initiative in April last year, one of our key commitments is to establish Microsoft’s first datacenter region in Malaysia to provide trusted cloud services locally and the ability for local organizations to securely store data in-country. Once available, customers will have access to the full Microsoft Cloud which includes Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Power Platform.

Datin Lim Bee Wah, General Manager of the Small, Medium and Corporate Group of Microsoft Malaysia, presenting her keynote address at the Bersama Malaysia: Microsoft Cloud Summit 2022

Moving to the cloud is the best way to align IT investments to scale with demand, and Microsoft Azure is the most trusted and comprehensive Cloud platform available today. It is the only cloud that supports all organizations and all workloads, from enterprises to start-ups, to highly regulated industries.

Locally, property developer, Sime Darby Property, modernized its systems by moving its servers and core applications to Microsoft Azure, to offer an enhanced experience to its customers. Similarly, telecommunications company, Celcom Axiata Berhad utilized Microsoft’s Cloud Adoption Framework to assess its existing infrastructure, and migrated its workloads to Microsoft Azure. In addition to cost savings and building agility, Microsoft Azure helped accelerate innovation in Celcom whilst providing a more secure data ecosystem. Keeping an eye on the future, Celcom is among the anchor tenants announced for Microsoft’s upcoming datacenter region in Malaysia, alongside PETRONAS.

2. Deliver efficiency with automation and AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already changing the world around us and will continue to transform the way businesses operate today, and in the future. From what an application looks like, to what the design language of an application is, up to how it gets built and delivered to the end user, AI has the power to change this all.

Energy company, PETRONAS, for instance, is leveraging’s technology, powered by Microsoft Azure, to help Strengthen PETRONAS’ oil and gas productivity, asset integrity, and safety. Just recently, PETRONAS also announced the establishment of its AI Centre of Excellence in collaboration with global partners, including Microsoft to advance the adoption of AI solutions to Strengthen the efficiency, reliability, and safety of its energy value chain.

3. Innovate with a cloud developer platform

​We have seen the rise of compilers and interpreters with the support of AI technology. Likewise, we are confident that AI-assisted coding will fundamentally change the nature of software development.

PLUS Malaysia Berhad, the largest expressway service provider in the nation, began its digital transformation journey with Microsoft in 2019. Having previously relied on manual processes and paper forms, PLUS utilized the tools available via Microsoft Power Platform and succeeded in increasing operational efficiency and reducing costs by developing tools and apps to automate time-consuming manual tasks.

Furthermore, PLUS had previously struggled with legacy applications that were cumbersome to develop and required specialist programming skills. By adopting a low code Microsoft Power Platform, the non-technical teams at PLUS were empowered to build business apps efficiently, thus fostering a culture of continuous innovation.

4. Re-energize your workforce with Microsoft 365

After two years of the pandemic, one thing is clear – hybrid is the future of work, and it is crucial that we address the lessons we have learned over the past couple of years. Our latest Work Trend Index Pulse Report indicates that hybrid work has created a growing disconnect between employees and leaders. To bridge this gap, a new approach is needed that recognizes that working is more than just an activity that takes place in the office, but an experience that can help employees stay engaged and connected no matter where they are working.

Microsoft 365 offers a comprehensive set of tools available to enable employees to unlock productivity wherever they are, continuously collaborate, while staying connected with co-workers. Through Microsoft Learn, employees also have the resources to learn new skills and adapt to the new hybrid work environment.

When the pandemic hit Malaysia, Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), the parent company of Malaysia Airlines, quickly embraced a digital culture by using Microsoft 365. Skilling programs were conducted via Microsoft Teams Live Events, which saw an uptake of almost 12,000 employees. This enabled workers to reskill for new roles, equipping them with critical digital skills, whilst also increasing employee engagement in the process.

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5. Protect everything, everyone, everywhere

Beyond moving your data to the cloud, it is crucial to know how the data is used, stored, and managed. In fact, the more agile you become, the more your security teams struggle to manage risk. Cybercrime has evolved dramatically and is ever-changing, but the approach to cybersecurity has remained fairly constant. We need to accept that cybersecurity is an infinite game that requires an infinite mindset.

Cognizant of this, Celcom has taken a proactive approach to counter the evolving threat landscape. Since launching their attack simulation training in Microsoft Defender for Office 365, Celcom’s technical staff have saved 70% of the time used to spend on creating simulations manually. The company has set out to change its culture through awareness and training programs – this has significantly raised employees’ guards against potential cyberthreats.

As an organization that views trust as the foundation of everything we do, Microsoft constantly looks for ways to bring more value and simplicity to our customers as we safeguard their privacy on the cyberspace. Recently, we introduced new security solutions to provide organizations with a deeper context into threat actor activity and help them lock down their infrastructure while reducing their overall attack surface. They are the Microsoft Defender Threat Intelligence and Microsoft Defender External Attack Surface Management.

Enhancing digital literacy

To ensure a sustainable and effective digital transformation, the people must be onboard. As part of our Bersama Malaysia initiative, we also announced a commitment to upskill an additional 1 million Malaysians by the end of 2023. To help deliver digital skills and achieve this goal, we partner with organizations from government agencies, non-profit organizations, corporates, as well as education institutions, to name a few.

From left: Sharifah Shereeta Syed Sheh, General Manager of Strategic Industries, Microsoft Malaysia; Dr. Andrew Lau, National Transformation Partnership Lead, Microsoft Malaysia; Raihan Anuar, ACA Finance Executive, Project Delivery & Technology at PETRONAS; Siti Norliza Mohd Sahar, Regional Head of Talent Acquisition, Group Human Resource at CIMB Bank Berhad; Datuk Ariff Farhan Doss, Chief Operating Officer at the Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp); and Dashika Gnaneswaran, Digital Talents and Skills Lead of Microsoft Malaysia at the ‘Empowering today’s workforce with skills of the future’ panel session at the Bersama Malaysia: Microsoft Cloud Summit 2022.

A prime example of this includes our collaboration with PETRONAS to nurture a sustainable pipeline of an inclusive, future-ready digital workforce through the PETRONAS Digital Academy. To ensure that we reach people of all backgrounds, we also work with non-profit organizations including Biji-biji Enterprise. Our partnership with Biji-biji Enterprise spans over several programs but all for a singular goal – to help enhance employability.

Earlier this year, we also launched the ASEAN Cybersecurity Skilling Programme (ASEANCSP) in collaboration with ASEAN Foundation, to help build awareness and enhance cybersecurity literacy among Malaysians and beyond. The program is aimed to benefit 120 master trainers who will then cascade the training to another 6,000 Malaysian youths.

As the nation’s trusted technology partner for 30 years now, our commitment to Malaysia is not only to accelerate the country’s digital transformation but also ensuring that the people are ready and equipped with the right skills – for an inclusive, innovative, and competitive digital economy – true to our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

The Bersama Malaysia: Microsoft Cloud Summit 2022 welcomed more than 500 delegates across the two-day event, and showcased over 15 partners’ innovative technologies from Cloud, hybrid work, and security solutions to Mixed Reality using Microsoft HoloLens.

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Killexams : Raytheon Technologies collaborates with Microsoft to accelerate key business priorities through cloud adoption

Cloud-based approach optimizes business operations and delivers new forms of customer value

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Technologies is deepening its collaboration with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) to equip the aerospace and defense company's employees with cloud-based tools, technologies, and platforms to enhance collaboration, optimize operations and unlock intelligent insights that drive greater value for customers.

The effort includes co-development of capabilities, as well as Raytheon Technologies' use of existing or modified versions of popular Microsoft solutions such as Microsoft Teams. It is part of the company's strategy to optimize operations and supply employees access to standardized digital tools globally.

"At Raytheon Technologies, our employees and customers are at the heart of everything we do," said Vince Campisi, Raytheon Technologies' chief digital officer and senior vice president for Enterprise Services. "Strategic partnerships such as this one act as an accelerant toward our goal of leveraging the power of digital transformation to support business growth, drive operational excellence, and equip our employees with the tools they need to be productive wherever they work."

Using the cloud to drive collaboration, efficiency and speed to market

Moving to Microsoft 365 has helped Raytheon Technologies reduce its landscape of mail and communication platforms by more than 90%, making it easier for employees to work effectively in a variety of settings including on-site and remote workplaces in 40 countries. The extensible capabilities of Microsoft 365 will help Raytheon Technologies address it's unique needs as a large, international company in a highly regulated industry.

The collaboration will support Raytheon Technologies' ongoing efforts to reduce the footprint of its data centers by 60%, resulting in faster speed-to-market for products, continuous automation for applications, and greater efficiency, data security and scalability overall.

Creating data-driven insights to deliver new forms of customer value

Raytheon Technologies is leveraging Microsoft Azure to enhance data-driven insights to deliver new forms of customer value through predictive analytics, helping customers stay ahead of potential challenges before they arise.

"The cloud is a huge enabler for Raytheon Technologies' strategy to drive innovation and growth combined with operational excellence," said Deb Cupp, president, Microsoft US. "We are excited to partner with them on the move to Azure and Microsoft 365 for seamless, secure collaboration; integrated data platform insights; data center consolidation; and faster time to market for products and services. Through our joint operating model, we remain committed to helping Raytheon execute their digital transformation."

About Raytheon Technologies
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

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