Microsoft debuts Cloud for Retail solution
US technology giant Microsoft has revealed a new cloud solution tailored to the retail industry.
Retail has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with social distancing measures leading to store closures. It’s also the already underway transition away from physical retail to ecommerce.
In , Shelley Bransten, Corporate Vice President, WW Retail & Consumer Goods Industry, said: “Globally, 50 percent of consumers have tried new brands. Consumers are also buying more online and gravitating toward contactless pickup of purchases. Retailers who invest in digital technology are showing themselves to be better equipped to deal with this shift and stay connected with existing customers while also attracting new ones.”
Bouncing back from COVID-19
Microsoft’s solution aims to address those concerns, with Cloud for Retail being said to offer capabilities around understanding customers, creating more intelligent supply chains and reimagining business models.
One of the ways that is achieved is through aggregating data sources spread out across the retail value chain, allowing companies a better end-to-end view of customer habits.
Continuing, Bransten said: “This retail-specific cloud service will center around driving accelerated time to value by unlocking the power of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Power Platform, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Advertising. All brought together by a common data model and built on a platform of security and compliance.
“Our rich partner ecosystem will extend the value of the platform with retail-specific solutions to address the industry’s most urgent challenges, and future-proofing retail organizations to proactively be ready for what’s next.”
Industry vertical clouds
That solution packages similar capabilities for the healthcare industry, with solutions in areas such as patient engagement and health worker collaboration.
Webinar: OT networks, ransom attacks, and cyber resilience
Operational Technologies (OT) infrastructures across industrial sectors such as manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and oil & gas are increasingly becoming the target of sophisticated cyberattacks.
In recent months, cyberattacks have been making headlines, focusing executive attention on cyber resiliency and how organisations can take the right steps to keep themselves safe.
In the past, many OT infrastructures were self-contained and isolated (or "air-gapped") from corporate resources, so they were relatively safe from internet-based threats. Not so much today. As OT and IT networks converge, outdated and unpatched OT endpoints represent a tempting entry point for cyber attackers.
Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from cyberattacks should be a strategic part of your business continuity plan.
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Practice Director - Managed Detection and Response, and Incident Response
Industry veteran Anthony Giandomenico has racked up 30 years of comprehensive experience as an Executive, Entrepreneur, Mentor and Security Consultant for companies within information security across all industries. In his current position at Fortinet, Giandomenico is responsible for all aspects of the Incident Response and Managed Detection and Response services, including P&L, marketing activities, service delivery and new service development. He has presented, trained and mentored on various security concepts and strategies at many conferences and trade shows such as the Gartner Security Summit, HIMSS15 and ISMG Data Breach Summit and media outlets, including a weekly appearance on KHON2-TV morning news “Tech Buzz” segment and Technology News Bytes on OC16, providing monthly security advice among others.
Director of Product Marketing - Operational Technologies
William Noto leads Fortinet’s OT security product marketing initiatives globally. Prior to joining Fortinet, William spent 12 years at General Electric in both the GE Wind and GE Digital business units. At GE, William held product management and sales roles developing OT security offerings, including WindSCADA Secure, the Predix Edge platform, and the OpShield and Achilles product lines. William holds an MBA from the UMass Isenberg School of Management and a BA in Computer Science from Middlebury College.
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