Aug 18, 2020

Oracle joins Microsoft in race to buy TikTok before US ban

TikTok
Oracle
Social Media
App
William Smith
2 min
TikTok, a popular video-sharing app owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has found itself at the centre of a political storm
TikTok, a popular video-sharing app owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has found itself at the centre of a political storm...

TikTok, a popular video-sharing app owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has found itself at the centre of a political storm.

With US President Donald Trump issuing an executive order that would see the company banned due to its perceived proximity to the Chinese government, talks have been ongoing for TikTok to divest its US business.

Back in early August, Microsoft publicly revealed it was in discussions to acquire the app from ByteDance, setting a deadline for completion by 15 September. The proposal would see Microsoft also take on TikTok in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and the repatriation of all data on US users to the United States.

The attraction is due to the app’s 45.4 million users in the United States. TikTok is the sixth largest social media app worldwide, overtaking the likes of Twitter, LinkedIn and Reddit thanks to its 800 million users. Thanks to its success, its owner ByteDance is the world’s most valuable technology startup, at $140bn. 

Now, as reported by Bloomberg, Oracle is considering its own proposal. While at first glance the move from the business-oriented database giant may seem unusual, the firm’s chances are potentially bolstered by its co-founder Larry Ellison’s support for Donald Trump. TikTok’s US business is valued at between $20bn and $50bn, making Oracle one of the few companies with the clout to succeed in the purchase, with Twitter also being in potential contention.

The move takes place in a climate of US hostility to Chinese technology companies, who are increasingly seen as a cybersecurity threat owing to their closeness with China’s ruling party. The US is currently stepping up sanctions on technology giant Huawei, restricting the sale of chips involving US technology to the Chinese firm.

Key dates:

7 July - Ban first mooted

2 August - Microsoft continues talks to buy TikTok’s US business

6 August - President Trump issues executive order to ban TikTok within 45 days

14 August - Trump extends ban to 90 days

18 August - Oracle enters talks

(Image: TikTok)

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Jun 18, 2021

Microsoft Power BI: Enabling data culture through innovation

Esri
Microsoft
3 min
A peek into Microsoft Power BI’s roadmap revealing exciting capabilities like real-time analytics and organisational goals tracking

Businesses using Microsoft’s cloud services may be familiar with Power BI –  a business analytics service that aims to provide interactive visualizations and business intelligence capabilities with a simple experience helping end users create their own reports and dashboards. Power BI is part of the Power Platform which is a set of low-code tools consisting of business intelligence, app development, bot development and process automation applications. In a world where everything is constantly changing, the Power Platform enables subject matter experts to keep up with business needs.

Today, data comes not just from transactional systems of record, but from the real world – whether it is the devices people use, to everyday human interaction. Power BI’s mission is to make access to data paramount to every business operation through its solutions and empowers individuals, teams and organizations to drive a data culture. This sentiment is further established by Arun Ulagarathchagan, Corporate Vice President of the Power BI team, adding “Our vision here in the Power BI team is to help you drive a data culture where everyone can make every decision with data.” So what can organisations expect to see next in the pipeline? Microsoft is bringing performance management to Power BI for the first time. Organisations strive to achieve certain goals, and today, goals are largely data-driven. Power BI helps make those goals more accessible and personalized in existing workflows. This means that since many teams’ data, analytics and business logic is already reported in Power BI, they can now instantly connect it to their personal/department goals. It is also worth noting that Goals is natively integrated into the Microsoft Teams experience. The goals algorithm is also AI powered, so organisations can better understand how they’re doing and where are the opportunities for improvement. Finally, Microsoft is working towards integrating it with Power Automate, so organisations can define business processes that get automatically triggered as the goals change status. Goals will soon be available as a mobile experience too, so teams can stay up to date and take action in real-time. On that note, another major announcement from Microsoft features real-time analytics. Today, data is captured from everywhere and synthesizing it in real-time allows for maximum impact. Power BI has been a pioneer in real time analytics from the start with a simple vision – that the distinctions between batch, real time, and streaming data today will disappear over time. Power BI will launch Streaming Data Flows soon, allowing every business a simple low-code way to work with real-time data.

Amir Netz, CTO Power BI concludes “Our vision is to empower everyone in the world with data, and not just the people sitting in offices, but people who are working in the real world, people who are moving things, creating things, producing things with their hands. And for this, we have to think again about how we deliver data to help them make better decision

 

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