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Dynamic Digest: Week of 5/23

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Welcome to the Dynamic Digest, a weekly recap of the latest news happening in our industry. Want the pulse of what’s going on in enterprise software and analytics, performance management, cloud computing, and other topics? We got you covered!

This week in the world of technology, tech giants introduced a 4,100-mile subsea internet cable, Microsoft helped local regions gain Internet access, and the rise of intelligent applications led the way to meet growing enterprise demands.

Facebook and Microsoft team up to lay a massive internet cable across the Atlantic – The Verge, May 26

Facebook and Microsoft announced a partnership to lay a 4,100-mile subsea internet cable, capable of 160 terabits per second of bandwidth, across the Atlantic Ocean. The two companies enlisted the help of infrastructure company Telxius to manage and expand network hubs from Europe to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, with dates to begin in August of this year, and a goal to complete the cable by October 2017. This new operation marks a turning point for tech companies to collaborate with telecom consortiums that already operate undersea cables. The ultimate goal is to help both Facebook and Microsoft move information around the world to their data centers at higher speeds using more reliable equipment.

Key takeaway: Investing in subsea cables has been a common practice amongst tech companies. The pros? Customers can now upgrade their equipments at lower costs for higher bandwidth. Many view this as a step forward in optical technology innovation, but concerns in the vulnerability of undersea cables remain at question. These communication fiber optic cables carry all transoceanic digital communication – it’s the reason why you’re able to Skype conference with your office in London, or text a friend in Tokyo. What would happen if these cables were tapped, and your information was compromised? Let’s see what the next steps are in information security and digital privacy.

Microsoft Awards First Grants to Help Expand Global Internet Access – New York Times, May 24

Microsoft’s idle participation amongst tech giants has come to a halt. The enterprise legacy is re-immersing itself with a new initiative, addressing the “the great global disconnect” by funding projects focused on developing local solutions to widen the world’s access to the Internet. Microsoft announced the first winners of their new grant program on Tuesday, called the Affordable Access Initiative, which aims at , with prizes for 12 recipients ranging from $70,000 to $150,000. Microsoft is betting on the idea that funding local projects will be more attuned to regional needs and will create an immediate impact to the existing ecosystem. In contrast, the company believes solutions created and driven by American companies can take years to implement. Future plans for the program call for a larger pool of grant recipients and partnerships with companies. Earlier this year, the company pledged to donate $1 billion in cloud services to nonprofit organizations and universities.

Key takeaway: Investing in subsea cables has been a common practice amongst tech companies. The pros? Customers can now upgrade their equipments at lower costs for higher bandwidth. Many view this as a step forward in optical technology innovation, but concerns in the vulnerability of undersea cables remain at question. These communication fiber optic cables carry all transoceanic digital communication – it’s the reason why you’re able to Skype conference with your office in London, or text a friend in Tokyo. What would happen if these cables were tapped, and your information was compromised? Let’s see what the next steps are in information security and digital privacy.

 

 

The intelligent app ecosystem (is more than just bots!) – TechCrunch, May 24

As more and more companies rely on their software applications, the imminent evolution is the rise in application intelligence. Application intelligence (AI) is the process of using machine learning technology to create apps that use data, past or real-time, to make predictions leading to adaptive and user-specific experiences. You see examples of this everyday if you’ve ever come across virtual help desks or product recommendations on e-commerce sites. AI apps will transform the tech space by expanding the reach of companies to their consumers, defining the end user’s experience with machine learning so it can be applied to all industries using software applications, and ultimately, leading to new innovations in finance, CRM, IT Ops, and other key business functions by its depth of collection of raw data. Lastly, with its continuous growth in big data, intelligent apps will also rise in value to enterprise companies.

Key takeaway: The application intelligence market is thriving and a constantly evolving one.  As the demands of enterprise companies grow to further utilize their software applications, reliance on AI applications will become crucial to their success. With companies placing more of their trust in applications and software, how soon would it be before our entire world becomes digitized?

 

We hope you enjoyed this week’s Dynamic Digest weekly roundup! Have a suggestion or preferred topic you would like to see next week? Tweet us or leave a comment below!

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