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During his first visit to Australia in three years, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today asked local customers and partners to focus on creating their own intellectual property, arguing the underlying technology can largely be handled by Microsoft and should be viewed as a commodity. But in doing so the IP

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Westpac today announced the launch of its “Data Driven Experience Platform”, a customer insights and analytics hub which pulls data from across Westpac Group. The bank says the hub will help propel its digital push and prepare it for the upcoming open banking regime. The platform was co-designed and backed

Microsoft Australia’s technology chief, Lee Hickin, today declared the company’s commitment to open source software while speaking at an event hosted by one time adversary and open source giant, Red Hat. Microsoft has evolved into an open source company as it transformed, Hickin said, and around half of the services

This year, the world’s four most valuable companies — Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Alphabet — all signalled a new or renewed push into gaming. The tech giants all want a bigger share of what market researcher NewZoo says is a $US152 billion gaming market, currently growing at 9.6 per cent

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National Australia Bank (NAB) has added Google Cloud to its cloud technology strategy, which also includes services from Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. The bank said its multi-cloud approach allows it to draw on the best innovations and features that each cloud provider offers while avoiding concentration risks as

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Arq Group, an Australian digital solutions partner, has signed an agreement to join the Microsoft Advertising partner program. Under Arq’s small and medium business brand, Netregistry, this partnership will change the way businesses reach new audiences through Microsoft’s growing pay-per-click search marketing platform, the company said. Sign up to Which-50’s

The worldwide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 31.3 per cent in 2018 to total $32.4 billion, up from $24.7 billion in 2017, according to Gartner. Amazon was once again the number one vendor in the IaaS market in 2018, followed by Microsoft, Alibaba, Google and IBM. “Despite strong

AI, shark, acquisitions

Deal making landscape in the artificial intelligence (AI) tech space during 2014–2018 was dominated by global tech giants, according to GlobalData. Of the top five acquirers, four were based out of the US, with Ireland-based Accenture being the only exception in the list. The four US-based companies–Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and

Microsoft today announced it is partnering with OpenAI, an Elon Musk-founded company that develops sophisticated AI technology under a charter mandating it benefits humanity.  The tech giant will invest US$1 billion in the partnership which is aimed at improving its own cloud based AI offerings and the sophistication of technology

Insurers will spend $634 million on robotic process automation (RPA) solutions by 2024, rising from $184 million in 2019; a 245 per cent increase over the next five years. The figures are contained in a new report from Juniper Research. Sign up for Which-50’s Irregular Insights newsletter RPA is software