Big Tech’s bundling dilemma: Microsoft’s Teams in the EU Crosshairs

In particular, the Commission points to Microsoft's tie-in of its Teams platform to other Office 365 products in a way that it says is unfair to competing offerings. Photo: Unsplash/Windows

The European Commission is back to breathing down the neck of Microsoft, the latest big tech firm accused of once again breaking the European Union (EU) antitrust law.

Brussels has accused Microsoft of anti-competitive conduct by bundling its Teams app with the Office suite in what is thought to be the first antitrust charges made against the tech group in over a decade. 

The development illustrates the ongoing tension between regulators and Big Tech as it raises...

Oracle Cloud Service enables banks to manage climate change risk across portfolios

Financial institutions are under increased pressure from regulatory bodies to understand their environmental footprint and that of the companies they finance or invest in, otherwise known as financed emissions.

To help banks better assess climate risk Oracle today announced Oracle Climate Change Analytics Cloud Service. With built-in AI, the new reporting and analytics solution is designed to help financial institutions understand financed emissions, address statutory compliance,...

SAS expands hosted managed services to AWS

Data and artificial intelligence (AI) specialist, SAS, has expanded its SAS-hosted managed services to Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

A strategic addition to the SAS Managed Services portfolio, the expansion gives customers more options for how they choose to deploy and manage their investments in industry-leading SAS technology and solutions.

SAS customers have always reaped the benefits of SAS Viya as a cloud agonistic and cloud portal platform.

Now, not...

Cohesity brings Intel’s confidential computing capabilities to Cohesity Data Cloud

Cohesity, a specialist in AI-powered data security and management, has collaborated with Intel to bring Intel’s confidential computing capabilities to the Cohesity Data Cloud.

Leveraged with Fort Knox, Cohesity’s industry-leading cyber vault service, this data-in-use encryption innovation will be the first of its kind in the data management industry.

Together, Cohesity and Intel are solving one of the most pressing cybersecurity challenges for CIOs. Traditionally,...

Businesses in the UK are embracing the multicloud era

Nutanix, a specialist in hybrid multicloud computing, has revealed the findings of its sixth annual Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI) survey and research report, which measures global cloud adoption and related trends.

The 2024 report reveals that 84% of UK respondents are adopting a 'cloud smart' stance, placing the applications and workloads in datacentres, multiple clouds, the network edge and wherever they feel is the best match for them.In the UK, hybrid multicloud models are set...

Accenture to snap up CLIMB to expand technology capabilities

Professional services firm Accenture has agreed to acquire CLIMB, a technology services provider specialising in system integration, IT infrastructure management and operations, primarily in Gunma, Japan.

The acquisition of CLIMB brings more critical skills for global organisations in Japan to navigate technology change.

In particular, CLIMB's expertise will accelerate application and infrastructure modernisation services for financial institutions and government...

NVIDIA GTC roundup: Next-gen data centres and cloud provider partnerships

NVIDIA’s 2024 GTC event, taking place through March 21, saw the usual plethora of announcements one would expect from a major tech conference. One stood out, from founder and CEO Jensen Huang’s keynote: the next-generation Blackwell GPU architecture, enabling organisations to build and run real-time generative AI on trillion-parameter large language models.

“The future is generative… which is why this is a brand new industry,” Huang told attendees. “The way we compute...

Salesforce unveils innovations to help utilities scale clean energy program adoption

Salesforce has introduced its Clean Energy Program Management for Energy & Utilities Cloud.

The new solution streamlines the launch, management and oversight of energy efficiency, conservation, electrification and EV charging programs. Now program managers at electric, gas and water utilities can quickly and easily launch and manage new programs and increase customer participation.

In September 2023, the UK Government announced further changes to its Net Zero...

Pluralsight: On why cloud skills acquisition is a continuous journey

If you suspect that the cloud skills gap has not been lessened in recent years – or, indeed, has actually gotten wider – then take this statistic from Pluralsight into account. The online learning provider notes that, while 98% of customers the company has spoken to have started their cloud journey, only 7% have got the skills they need to go through with it.

To find out why this is, the company’s State of Cloud 2023 report is a useful reference point.

In short, it...

Hitachi Digital Services fights food waste with ‘first-of-its-kind’ digital solution 

Hitachi Digital Services, the digital consultancy and technology services subsidiary of Hitachi, is supporting food waste prevention specialists OneThird in the development of a breakthrough solution tackling the global food waste crisis.

OneThird selected Digital Services from Hitachi Vantara, now a new entity known as Hitachi Digital Services, to combine its Azure cloud and application expertise with their in-depth understanding of sensing and AI technology and together they...