Category: Technical Writing



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As industries wrap their heads around the current global crisis, there’s a young man from Jammu, who has been constantly providing solutions to overcome the challenges that this time has brought with it.

Meet Abheek Dutta, a software professional – currently serving as the Senior Vice President of the renowned Henson Group – who with his innovative ideas, strategic solutions and cutting-edge technology, is helping corporates, industries, and startups to tide over many hurdles and challenges that this COVID era is offering.

https://www.theweek.in/news/biz-tech/2020/07/17/abheek-dutta-using-cloud-technology-is-the-best-way-to-combat-the-pandemic.html

 


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Not all cloud solutions are equal. Despite all of them putting the SME sector on the frontline of technology adoption, there are significant differences. And since Microsoft’s Azure is being trusted by more than half of Fortune 500 companies, there’s something more about this cloud service crusading the managed services sector. Given USD 1.3 Trillion at stake towards cloud adoption by 2022, Azure continues to hack all the attention and the reasons are valid.

Azure has been assisting a swaddle of organizations in aligning their enterprise processes in the cloud without causing any hindrance to the current business functions. In fact, Azure has taken the anytime anywhere access to newer levels with a stupendous rise in the subscription count during the COVID-19 worldwide lockdown.

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So be it the Hybrid framework, hassle free migration or scalable designs made for companies of all sizes, Azure’s dominance in the managed services is confirmed.

How can your business entity benefit from Azure Managed Service?

One of the greatest challenges on the road to cloud adoption is the degree of uncertainty that derails enterprise processes. While most businesses don’t foresee it, they end up producing more complexity. With Azure, however, process transformation from on premise to cloud brings down the risk of uncertainty while creating a balance of business benefits with emerging technologies.

Since the cloud service is hosted from pre-configured software packages, performance metrics are easy to track and set appropriate accountability. This comes attached with infrastructure guidelines and a disaster recovery catalogue. Given such a comprehensive approach at performance measurement, managed services from Azure have set a benchmark and made it superior to all those in the league.

And since cloud comes attached with customer expectations for on demand customization, it is easier to tune the system in development for different sectors. Ultimately, it is the utmost data autonomy that enables faster recoveries; making Azure as a trusted cloud partner

Security Design & Operations: Azure secures your customer data faultlessly

Microsoft has its security goals clear – to deliver the optimal degree of protection to all the customers by ensuring data privacy, compliance management ate controlled costs. In fact, the company continues to  invest USD 1 billion annually in Azure’s cyber security while employing over 3500 security professionals.

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Azure, not only empowers your security infrastructure but also aligns your digital transformation efforts across systems and verticals. Inevitably, thousands of global organizations in private and public sector have been trusting upon Azure as their ultimate partner for cloud security and operational management.

To upscale the quality of Azure cloud managed services, Microsoft has diligently implemented a wide Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) process. These procedures help lay down security controls and incident management norms as per exclusive stature of every customer.

Then there’s Operational Security Assurance (OSA) that works towards making Azure business services more resilient to attack by responding to extempore security threats to detect and contain risk areas.

Deploying a mix of defensive, reactive and preventive measures, the Azure cloud offers the below mechanisms –

  • Using multifactor authentication to strengthen access controls over protecting confidential data
  • Customizing control patterns to improvise independent detection of malicious activity
  • Multi-level checks before every session of monitoring, logging and reporting
  • Controlling the number of people requesting access to administrative privileges

Compliance Management: Matching all global standards and certifications  

As one of the crusaders for building trust relationships with the customers, compliance has a role to play in the long shot, and managed services are not untouched. Microsoft allows third-party independent auditors to certify the security standards and assist the customers in complying by constantly evolving regulations that define or impact access, capture, and use of enterprise data.

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However, this never came easy. It took the company years of hard work in building collateral relationships with the compliance community for the longer run. Not to miss, the company has been working towards developing an ocean of resources for professionals those who aim to access updated information on the essential compliance and regulatory considerations.

Henceforth, Azure’s COE (Centre of Excellence) of compliance services touch base upon the important factors so that exclusive data requirements pertaining to nations, enterprises or even individuals could be complied to. These services are designed as per all global standards, major country specific and sector specific regulations.

The following listing of globally recognized compliance services across markets have been included in the portfolio.

CIS Benchmark                              CSA STAR Attestation
CSA STAR Certification                 ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011   
ISO/IEC 27001                                ISO/IEC 27017
ISO/IEC 27018                                ISO 9001
SOC 1, 2, and 3                              WCAG 2.0.

Going Ahead

Security is one of those concerns that doesn’t look like fading anytime soon. In 2019, Norton reported a jump in security breaches by 54%. Since the numbers shall only go up, managed cloud service providers must sustain their focus towards ensuring higher degrees of system security. Therefore the enterprise steering towards Microsoft Azure will only increase.

Intrigued? Stay connected to my blog for insights into the world of Microsoft cloud technology.


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If the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has pushed your 2020 plans in dire straits, you aren’t alone. Businesses all over the world, across the industrial facet and countries, are facing the wrath of human negligence. As expected, profit margins have dropped, unemployment rates have gone higher and above all, the enterprise processes are trying hard to dodge the bullet and execute as much possible by working remotely.

And like every time, technology is at the epicenter of driving communications, empowering millions of remote workers to perform normally and to put it correctly, saving the world. While a swaddle of technology companies have rolled out innovative software applications, Microsoft’s Azure and other applications are leading the show with their prompt response to the world crisis.

Azure’s explosive surge is known as its demand quadrupled within a few weeks. With tools like Microsoft Teams that cater to millions of sessions every day, Azure, which is the backbone of all cloud applications is once again setting examples of producing solutions most effectively.

Just a few weeks before the official declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, Azure had already registered a growth by 62%; taking Microsoft’s collective quarter turnover to USD 11.9 billion.

Here’s a quick run through the different applications that are either built on Azure or working closely with the cloud platform.

Microsoft Teams 

Since millions of employees are confined to work from home, enterprises are in a fix to replace their standard processes; except those who had a backup plan for extreme circumstances like these. However, Microsoft Teams has come to the rescue of enterprises across industrial facet.

In Italy, the platform’s demand surged by 775% due to abrupt lockdown enforced in the country. This has put the application at the forefront of all enterprise communications.

Not only is the Azure driven meeting service seamlessly running professional engagements but also saving cost for the organizations; that helps insensitive days like these. Despite hosting over 900 million meetings every day, Teams hasn’t faced any major disruptions. The number of users has grown explosively to more than 40 million.

In their latest upgrade that is due for the end of April, up to 9 team members will be able to participate in a single video call feature.

The COVID-19 Assessment Bot

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been burning the midnight oil to reinvent better methods for containing the pandemic. Since vulnerability identification is a key process here, Microsoft has joined forces with the agency for quick and accurate filtration of those showing any symptoms of the COVID-19 disease.

Powered by Microsoft Azure, the bot asks users questions about their health so that possible infections could be faultlessly assessed. The bot further uses an AI screening process and empowers organizations in detecting potential infection.

For the first few weeks, the Healthcare Bot service can be accessed on the CDC’s website. The bot will interact with people who fear any symptoms in their health condition and filter those who are at a higher risk of acquiring the infection.

Based on the series of chats and the data analyzed, the bot suggests the next course of action including home remedies, sharing medical support contact numbers of the concerned team and any other details as asked by the user.

Given the severity of the situation caused due to panic, such an automated service helps in educating the population about the right process to follow and that there’s nothing to fear about.

The COVID-19 Portal

As tech giants across the world lock horns with a dependable website to track the COVID-19 expansion, Microsoft’s Bing team had developed the COVID-19 Tracking Portal. Publishing a US heat map illustration, the portal depicts disease distribution in all 50 states while highlighting the worst affected areas in red and so on.

Furthermore, the interactive map also lets the user click on a specific country on the world map and consume updated information about the status in real-time. This includes newly reported cases, deceased count, recovered count and predicted cases.

Aggregating the data from different sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others.

Going Forward

Given the upheaval of events in 2020, businesses need to rekindle their goals for the year ahead. And that requires flexible policies and above all, patience. While all of us need to retrospect and weigh our options, the disparity in profit margins should be expected. Yes, the customer base shall contract that’ll directly impact the income and bring on allied consequences.

Does that mean the end is near? No way! Embracing our learnings from the 2008 dip, we must act wisely, rework our plans and emerge stronger.