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Stories by Mary Branscombe

7 power tips for Microsoft Power BI

Microsoft’s Power BI service can visualize a lot more than chart data; from asking questions to analyzing the services you use, here’s how to make the most of it.

Written by Mary Branscombe29 Nov. 17 22:00

A practical guide to machine learning in business

Machine learning is poised to have a profound impact on your business but the hype is sowing confusion. Here’s a clear-eyed look at what machine learning is and how it can be used today.

Written by Mary Branscombe08 Sept. 17 20:00

How to create a company culture that can weather failure

In technology, things go wrong all the time, sometimes catastrophically. But if you stop paying attention after you fix the immediate problem, you’re missing out on the benefit of learning from experience.

Written by Mary Branscombe10 Aug. 17 07:14

Legacy processes are holding back your digital business

Having a digital business model isn't about online sales, and it’s not just about technology; it’s about using technology to support a flexible, connected operating model. But in many organizations, technology has outpaced process.

Written by Mary Branscombe01 June 17 19:56

How HoloLens lets you collaborate in context

Going hands-free and heads-up is good for productivity, but the real-world context that you get with HoloLens can improve collaboration in profound and unexpected ways.

Written by Mary Branscombe18 April 17 23:45

It’s 10 p.m. — do you know what your APIs are doing?

Do you know what cloud services and APIs your systems are relying on? And do you know how to tell how reliable they are, and whether your vendor’s service level agreement (SLA) covers the performance you need?

Written by Mary Branscombe11 May 16 23:38

Why machine learning is the new BI

Get ready for artificial intelligence and automation that helps you make business decisions rather than just understanding what happened in the past.

Written by Mary Branscombe20 April 16 21:37

Are you failing Security Basics 101?

Patching, backups, firewall configuration … when it comes to security, make sure you take care of your infrastructure before you invest in next-level tools.

Written by Mary Branscombe06 April 16 21:09

Azure IoT Suite gets down to business

Forget two-year IoT pilots. Prebuilt solutions and fast prototypes mean you can ascertain the business value of IoT quickly enough to stay competitive.

Written by Mary Branscombe23 March 16 23:17

How much security can you turn over to AI?

Machine learning and behavioral analytics could help you detect attacks faster – or stop them before they even start.

Written by Mary Branscombe02 March 16 22:59

Azure Stack offers hybrid cloud on your terms

Forget OpenStack and Cloud Foundry: Microsoft says its Azure Stack private and hybrid cloud platform is what enterprises are asking for.

Written by Mary Branscombe03 Feb. 16 01:59

The real reason Microsoft open sourced .NET

DevOps, microservices, and the shift to containers and lightweight computing environments explain a lot about Microsoft’s position on .NET, open source and Nano Server.

Written by Mary Branscombe28 Jan. 16 00:11

Why you need to care more about DNS

When you say Domain Name System (DNS), you might think, naturally enough, of domain names and the technical details of running your Internet connection. You might be concerned about denial of service attacks on your website, or someone hijacking and defacing it.

Written by Mary Branscombe15 July 15 23:57

Why you still need to care about software licensing

Microsoft might promise free upgrades for Windows and simplify its volume licensing with a new agreement, but the influx of cloud services, new devices and mobile apps means software licensing continues to be complex. A recent lawsuit should remind you that you can't afford to lose track of what software your company is using.

Written by Mary Branscombe13 March 15 04:44