What’s New in EDU – ISTE Edition: Announcing new technology to empower inclusive, student-centered learning |

In today’s classrooms, diversity is the new norm. By creating student-centered, inclusive learning environments, educators have the flexibility and opportunity to meet the needs of the diverse group of learners in every classroom. Technology has the power to help teachers not only navigate, but also benefit from, their students’ unique learning styles.

In this month’s What’s New in EDU, we’re excited to announce tools and resources to help teachers empower all students to find their voice, grow their confidence and build 21st century skills. Also, join us from ISTE next week on our Microsoft Education Facebook Channel for more live updates from Philadelphia on Monday, Wednesday and Hack the Classroom on Tuesday.

Reach every student with new accessibility features from Windows and Office 365

We are excited to share new features that enable educators to tailor learning to ensure every student has a voice in today’s classrooms, 72% of which have students with special requirements. Whether a permanent or temporary disability, personal preference, or a unique learning style, the robust set of built-in and third-party accessibility features in Windows 10 and Office 365 let students choose how to use technology and express their ideas.​ Today, we’re unveiling new resources to help every student unlock his or her potential.

  • Improve reading comprehension with Immersive Reader, now available in Minecraft: Education Edition and other popular education apps. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Immersive Reader, a proven resource to improve reading and writing for students regardless of their age or ability, will now be integrated into Minecraft: Education Edition to read in-game text, character dialogue, chalkboards and more. Immersive Reader will also be available as an Azure Cognitive Service, allowing third-party apps and partners to add the tool into their products to help both students and parents read text within the apps. In our pilot program, Skooler integrated Immersive Reader into its parent portal, enabling better communication with parents and guardians who are non-native English speakers. These partners will be the first to integrate Immersive Reader:

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  • Help students speak with confidence using Presenter Coach in PowerPoint. To give teachers and students an easy way to practice their presentations and improve their public-speaking abilities, we’re launching Presenter Coach in PowerPoint online this summer, which uses best practices and academic research to provide tips and tricks for more effective presentations. Presenter Coach allows teachers and students to enter rehearsal mode and receive on-screen guidance about pacing, inclusive language, conciseness of language, profanity, filler words like “um” or “uh,” culturally inclusive words, and originality as they speak into a microphone. At the end of each rehearsal session, the presenter receives a detailed report with metrics for additional practice. Check out this post and video for more details.

Motivate students ​to share their voice with Flipgrid and Teams

This month, we’re also rolling out some big updates coming to Teams for Education that will make it simpler and more comprehensive than ever before, saving teachers time when creating new Teams, communicating with parents and students, and grading assignments. These updates include:

  • Big, easy-to-find visual icons for each of your teams and classes
  • A new way to create and track all of your assignments
  • A new gradebook so teachers can view and grade all of their assignments for a class directly from the channel’s Grades tab and view a single student’s progress across assignments
  • A new “Share To Teams” button that allows teachers to share resources with their classes directly from a learning source like Brittanica, Kahoot, Buncee, ThingLink, and Wakelet
  • The ability to import existing OneNote content into your Class or Staff Teams, allowing you to access all your information from a single location

Tune in to FlipgridLive on Monday night when we’ll unveil some exciting new tools to empower every student to share their voice, practice storytelling skills and engage in meaningful discussions inside and outside the classroom. Join the Flipgrid livestream on Facebook and be the first to explore the new ways you can amplify and empower your learners!

Tools & Resources for Student-Centered Learning

Here are some useful resources to help you plan for the upcoming school year and connect with other educators who are also working to build a student-centered approach:

More Microsoft Education news from ISTE

Learn about additional updates from Microsoft Education in the blogs below, or if you are attending ISTE next week, stop by and see them for yourself in the Microsoft booth.

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New Amax servers aim to accelerate AI and ML workflows

Amax has launched its BrainMax Series servers, which are designed to solve complex big data analytics, machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence workloads.

Featuring the latest generation of Nvidia RTX GPU accelerator cards based on the Turing architecture, Tensor Cores and real-time rendering cores for deep learning and graphics-rendering applications, the BrainMax Series gives users a means to deliver intensive GPU and AI applications.

According to Amax, linking two cards via NVLink Bridge can improve GPU peer-to-peer bandwidth performance by up to 300%.

By partnering with Nvidia, Amax claimed it now offers the most comprehensive line of GPU-integrated offerings optimized for deep learning at any scale. Both high-performance workstations for development or large-scale, production-ready GPU clusters complete with integrated high-density compute, storage and networking can use these offerings.

As part of the BrainMax Series, Amax has launched the DSW-1 and DSW-2 Workstations for Data Science, as well as the QR-240 and QR-480 RTX Servers.

DSW-1 and DSW2 Workstations for Data Science

The two new workstations are built with reference architecture made up of single or dual, high-end Nvidia Quadro RTX GPUs and Nvidia CUDA-X AI accelerated data science software, such as Rapids, TensorFlow, PyTorch and Caffe.

According to Amax, CUDA-X AI is a collection of libraries that enable modern computing applications to benefit from Nvidia’s GPU-accelerated computing platform.

Use cases for these workstations include enabling scientists to prep, train and deploy models. Amax also claimed they provide enterprises with accelerated workflows, which in turn means faster data preparation, model training and data visualization to accelerate big data analytics, visualization and data science.

QR-240 and QR-480 RTX Servers

Amax designed RTX servers for users looking for a scalable GPU-powered rendering platform for on-demand rendering and virtual graphics workstations via virtual desktop infrastructure. The QR-240 is a 2U server, and it has Nvidia Quadro GPUs. The QU-480 is a 4U server, and it features Quadro GPUs. Amax claimed both are highly configurable and fully validated offerings for on-demand rendering and virtualization programs in the data center.

Nvidia Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation can support multiple virtual workstations for remote, shared and multi-GPU configurations.

Users can also create resource partitions. This provides both virtual workstations and dedicated render GPUs within one BrainMax RTX server.

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For Sale – Low range gaming PC (self Built) and 24” Monitor

i am selling my gaming PC which i have used for nearly 3 years with great care. it still gives great performance with no issues.

specs –

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3
GPU: GeForce GTX 750ti
CPU: AMD FX 6300 6core
RAM: 8GB
Internal Storage: 240GB Kingston SSD
OS: Windows 10 Pro

Asking price £220

also have a HP Pavilion 24 inch full HD IPS monitor for sale at just £80.

collection is preferred but delivery by post can be also done if buyers arrange it (delivery cost has to be added by buyer).

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thanks

Price and currency: £80-£220
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Office 365 multiple tenants vs. single tenant considerations

There are certainly a lot of moving parts to consider when you plan a migration to Office 365. It’s even more complicated when you have to execute the move for two different companies looking to make the cloud leap.

The decision to use Office 365 multiple tenants versus a single tenant must factor in the long-term objectives of the organizations. A configuration that uses a separate tenant for each company might seem to be the path of the least resistance for deployment and configuration tasks; however, the single tenant scenario has some drawbacks when it comes to the level of collaboration and interactions between two or more companies.

Moving to Microsoft’s hosted email service Exchange Online or the full Office 365 suite can be tricky for larger organizations that have grown through mergers and acquisitions due to having multiple identities within their environments as the result of having two or more Active Directory domains. Microsoft provides some flexibility to choose between a consolidation of all companies under one tenant or a move into multiple tenants with a trust in between.

Navigating the challenges when organizations unite

Mergers and acquisitions have become more commonplace in today’s business environment, which puts more pressure on IT to help deliver a smooth transition to a common IT platform. Where there were once two distinct entities, IT must facilitate communication and collaboration across company boundaries.

How to handle Office 365 tenant migrations

The method to integrate two organizations under one single identity management can be as simple as merging the two or more domains into one Active Directory forest. However, that can bring its own set of technical challenges and requires a significant amount of effort and Active Directory expertise, and most likely will involve the use of third-party tools to help with the consolidation and merger. As a result, some IT administrators will consider a simpler alternative: Keep the organizations independent and set up a trust across the domains. This approach allows them to move forward with a migration to Office 365, which would include the migration of emails.

There are certainly pros and cons to a migration to Office 365 for sister companies under one tenant or separate tenants with federation established between them. Here are just a few of the considerations.

What is the possibility of a split?

The decision to use Office 365 multiple tenants versus a single tenant must factor in the long-term objectives of the organizations.

If there’s a chance the companies might separate at some point, then the two companies should move to Office 365 as separate tenants. When the organizations split, each takes back their data without significant headaches. A merger of multiple companies into a single tenant will require a significant amount of effort to separate the data and migrate it out to gain access. Administrators should factor in the long-term view and gain some understanding from the business leaders to ensure they align with an Office 365 setup that will require less work during a separation process.

Do they use similar or unified IT policies for data protection and security?

When two companies unite, someone needs to run the IT department. The decision can depend on the respective IT maturity of each company, the number of employees, and the level of skill set. After this selection process, it might make sense to standardize and adopt one set of IT policies and procedures. If that’s the case, then this consolidation will centralize the management of policies, compliances and licenses. The choice to use a single tenant for Office 365 will be the route to go here.

Will there be the need for a single email address domain?

There are certainly some occasions where two sister companies need to unify the email address domain and brand identity into a single entity. In that case, the only feasible option when there is an Exchange Online migration in the works is a single tenant option. This arrangement gives the companies a common email domain and allows them to continue to receive emails on the legacy domain names.

Are there any compliance requirement considerations?

There are other areas related to Exchange Online that can make a compelling case for choosing a single tenant, such as when Exchange administrators need to perform e-Discovery searches across multiple email domains. With companies unified under a single tenant, those types of compliance activities can run without the need to log on several times.

Will limits in Exchange functionality stifle teamwork?

The use of multiple tenants with federation between two sister companies does pose some limitations that can be painful for the end users and limit the level of collaboration and interactions between them. Some of these limitations include lack of visibility of calendar details between users from different companies, and lack of delegate access for calendar and emails. If any of these features are a must-have for the business users, then IT will need to look at a single tenant which would remove those restrictions.

What about other collaboration features?

The single versus multi-tenant decision affects other services beyond Exchange Online, such as Microsoft Teams and other Office 365 services. Some of the limitations that come with two or more tenants are the lack of global searches when using SharePoint.
There is also a lack of support for Office 365 Groups across multiple tenants. Users from one tenant only see users in their Active Directory forest and can only invite employees from the sister company as guests, which limits their ability to see OneDrive, shared calendars and other valuable collaboration capabilities that would be available under a single tenant setup.

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Helping refugees and displaced persons by shifting the approach to how we help nonprofits – Microsoft on the Issues

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Photo credit: Andrew Oberstadt/IRC

Every year on June 20, World Refugee Day, the world focuses its attention on the growing crisis of human displacement; a mounting global tragedy, as there are more refugees today than any time seen since World War II.

A few months ago, I was humbled by my first visit to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, a United Nations camp that opened in 1992 following the arrival of the 23,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan.” The camp was designed to provide capacity for approximately 70,000 residents and now has nearly 190,000 refugees from more than 20 countries. I was awestruck by the vastness of the camp and inspired by the stories of the refugees and the amazing efforts of humanitarian organizations to create opportunities for them.

International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband
International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband. Photo credit: Kellie Ryan/IRC

Seeing the Kakuma camp opened my eyes to the scale and graveness of today’s refugee crisis. It also reaffirmed my conviction that the world needs to do more to respond.  As International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband writes in his book “Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time ,” “Refugees and displaced people have lost everything. But the refugee crisis is also about ‘us’ – what we, living in far greater comfort, stand for, and how we see our place in the world. It is a test of our character. Pass the test and rescue not just refugees but ourselves.” The challenge is immense with over 70 million refugees and internally displaced people.  At Microsoft we certainly don’t have all the answers, but we do know that in order to do more, we also must shift our lens from a traditional approach of corporate social responsibility, to an approach of total social impact to better support the crucial work of nonprofits.

Our response starts with the commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) created by the United Nations. These are benchmarks that paint the vision that the global community wants to see and what we aspire to, across the government, nonprofit and private sectors. But the world needs more than the goals; it needs the resources to achieve them, and according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Group there is a $2.5 trillion dollar annual funding gap across the SDGs. Well-resourced organizations around the world – public and private – will need to do more to make up this gap. Beyond the foundational moral imperative of doing more, there is a strong long-term business case. A recent analysis shows that by meeting the SDG goals, we will unleash an estimated $12 trillion of market opportunities and create 380 million new jobs by 2030.

At Microsoft, we are working to better address this opportunity through our core philanthropic initiatives focused on equipping underserved communities around the world with the digital skills they need to effectively participate in the 21st century economy.  We are also working to amplify the impact of our employee engagement and giving.  However, we are going beyond traditional philanthropic models and creating a social business focused on helping nonprofits access deeper levels of innovation to address social challenges – using our technology and expertise to help humanitarian organizations scale the impact of the workers on front lines, manage and allocate aid, and help populations who need it most. All incremental profits generated from this affordable social business model are then reinvested into philanthropy and innovation for the nonprofit sector. This creates a self-reinforcing flywheel that fuels more impact. By integrating philanthropy with affordably designed social business models we create a total social impact plan that has the ability to scale innovation and impact beyond more traditional approaches.

Outlined below are two examples of how we are leveraging this model to invest in solutions to better support refugees, displaced people, and the communities that host them:

Artificial intelligence to support refugees and displaced people: Last year at the UN General Assembly, Microsoft built on its longstanding support to humanitarian organizations with AI for Humanitarian Action, a $40 million, five-year program. Through AI for Humanitarian Action, we are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the lives of over 70 million displaced people in the world, nearly 26 million of whom are refugees.

As a part of this work, today we are announcing AI for Humanitarian Action projects with two nonprofit organizations, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) and KIND, to help combat wrongful deportation of asylum seekers in the United States. Both organizations provide legal assistance to asylum seekers and governments’ current processes are challenging while the cases are time sensitive. ASAP works with approximately 3,000 asylum seekers on any given day connecting them with the tools they need to take control of their legal cases and advocate for their families. Using Microsoft speech-to-text artificial intelligence and an Azure-based database, ASAP and KIND are partnering with volunteers and other legal aid organizations to assist families fleeing persecution in their home countries. The AI tool helps their respective staffs efficiently track changing court dates and prioritize cases most in need of emergency legal services.

Digital skills to empower refugees and displaced people: Refugees and displaced people live lives that are disrupted, often forced from the information and basic resources we sometimes take for granted. Yet, they have tremendous energy and are a force for positive change in the world. That’s why we must use the power of technology to route information, skills and knowledge in better ways to displaced people, using technology channels to provide access to education, and help them pursue a new future. Microsoft is working with a number of organizations providing digital skills, including:

  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) to create sustainable programming for refugees and displaced populations around the world, and increasing the efficiency and efficacy of the IRC staff who serve them. This includes “Digital Skills for New Americans in the U.S.,” and “Technology for Livelihoods in Crisis” in Jordan. These programs are designed to be contextually relevant for refugees and the job markets in these countries to find new ways to empower refugees, including women and girls. Through this partnership with Microsoft, IRC aims to create a foundation for career development programming that will be delivered to 45,000 IRC clients over the next five years in the U.S., and to eventually expand trainings for refugee and displaced clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. These programs build on deep investments by Microsoft in IRC programs that help IRC provide humanitarian aid and digital skills to crisis-effected communities.
  • Norwegian Refugee Council to deliver education services and solutions to help 400,000 displaced people with digital skills enabling new opportunities.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to reach over 25,000 refugee young women and men in Kakuma by 2020 with access to accredited, quality and relevant digital learning and market-oriented training opportunities. The partnership will include training and knowledge sharing with UNHCR international teams and local partners, who will help deliver the content. It’s the first stage of a project we intend to scale across multiple countries.
  • UNICEF to ensure that displaced children and young people have access to the education skills they need, are better prepared to reach their potential and are enabled to be the future leaders our world will need. UNICEF and Microsoft, together with the University of Cambridge, are partnering to develop a digital platform, “The Learning Passport,” that will facilitate learning opportunities for displaced young people within and across borders.

As I reflect on my Kakuma visit, it is a vivid memory for me that lives are at stake. I encourage us all to continue working to think how your organization can make an impact. We must push the boundaries of our traditional philanthropic and business models so that our social impact is proportionate to the power and resources we command. We have an obligation and an opportunity to advance a future for everyone. Together, we can do more.

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Sunny skies for Druva cloud plans: $130M in new investment

Backup and disaster recovery vendors have become a haven for tech investors, indicating how the gap has narrowed between primary and secondary storage. Druva this week became the latest data protection vendor to score a funding haul, bringing in $130 million to help build out its functionality for Amazon Web Services.

The funding puts Druva in position to explore an initial public offering, CEO Jaspreet Singh said, although he did not specify a time frame.

The round led by Viking Global Investors will help build the Druva cloud portfolio. New investors Neuberger Berman and Atreides Management participated in the round, along with existing Druva investors Riverwood Capital, Tenaya Capital and Nexus Venture Partners. The new money boosts Druva’s venture funding to $328 million.

Singh said Druva is closing in on a $100 million revenue run rate and has about 4,000 paying customers, including 10% of the Fortune 500. The new money will enable Druva cloud backup services to be available in international markets. Druva until now has primarily focused on North America.

“An IPO is definitely in the cards. We want to hit a little more scale before we get there,” Singh said.

The Druva cloud roadmap calls for enhanced security for Kubernetes dev/ops containers and industrial IoT systems, Singh said.

Like other cloud-focused backup vendors, Druva is in the right market at the right time, said Christophe Bertrand, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, based in Milford, Mass.

“They’re competing in a market that is very favorable in terms of its growth [rate]. We have seen a lot of growth in data recovery as a service. In 2016, 25% of people said they were using the cloud as a backup target. Now, 61% say that. Backup as a service as 39% four year ago and now it’s 59%,” Bertrand said.

Enterprises also can’t rely on the cloud alone, but need to maintain a physical copy for emergencies, Bertrand said. “People have realized that they need to have a copy on premises, even if it’s an operation or recovery copy,” he said.

Evolution of Druva cloud backup

Druva started out by selling backup software for endpoint devices, but pivoted in 2013 to cloud archive and backup. With the launch of its Druva Phoenix platform, the company rewrote its software stack to build services natively in Amazon Web Services (AWS). In 2018, Druva acquired Ireland-based Cloud Ranger, a company specializing in AWS backup and disaster recovery.

The Druva investment follows a pattern of investors mostly shying away from storage hardware companies. Analyst firm IDC predicts the global data protection market will top $55 billion by 2020. Tech investors have taken note, pouring more than $1 billion in cloud data protection software startups in an effort to challenge stalwarts like Commvault, Dell EMC and Veritas.

Veeam Software leads the way with more than $760 million, including a $500 million investment in January. Veeam’s haul came on the heels of secondary storage startup Rubrik’s $261 million round. Cohesity, a Rubrik rival, collected $250 million in August, while Actifio closed a $100 million round in June 2018.

Customers don’t need a separate AWS account to use Druva. The Druva cloud platform bundles a suite of cloud management services for a single price point, including AWS ingress and egress charges.

“We have natively built our services on the Amazon cloud and made it super-simple to consume,” Singh said.

He said customer demand will dictate Druva’s support for multiple public clouds. Druva has discontinued support for Microsoft Azure cloud backup due to low demand.

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For Sale – Low range gaming PC (self Built) and 24” Monitor

i am selling my gaming PC which i have used for nearly 3 years with great care. it still gives great performance with no issues.

specs –

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3
GPU: GeForce GTX 750ti
CPU: AMD FX 6300 6core
RAM: 8GB
Internal Storage: 240GB Kingston SSD
OS: Windows 10 Pro

Asking price £220

also have a HP Pavilion 24 inch full HD IPS monitor for sale at just £80.

collection is preferred but delivery by post can be also done if buyers arrange it (delivery cost has to be added by buyer).

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thanks

Price and currency: £80-£220
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Paypal/BT
Location: london
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • Name and address including postcode
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Helping refugees and displaced persons by shifting the approach to how we help nonprofits – Microsoft on the Issues

Teenage girl with arm around another girl
Photo credit: Andrew Oberstadt/IRC

Every year on June 20, World Refugee Day, the world focuses its attention on the growing crisis of human displacement; a mounting global tragedy, as there are more refugees today than any time seen since World War II.

A few months ago, I was humbled by my first visit to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, a United Nations camp that opened in 1992 following the arrival of the 23,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan.” The camp was designed to provide capacity for approximately 70,000 residents and now has nearly 190,000 refugees from more than 20 countries. I was awestruck by the vastness of the camp and inspired by the stories of the refugees and the amazing efforts of humanitarian organizations to create opportunities for them.

International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband
International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband. Photo credit: Kellie Ryan/IRC

Seeing the Kakuma camp opened my eyes to the scale and graveness of today’s refugee crisis. It also reaffirmed my conviction that the world needs to do more to respond.  As International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband writes in his book “Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time ,” “Refugees and displaced people have lost everything. But the refugee crisis is also about ‘us’ – what we, living in far greater comfort, stand for, and how we see our place in the world. It is a test of our character. Pass the test and rescue not just refugees but ourselves.” The challenge is immense with over 70 million refugees and internally displaced people.  At Microsoft we certainly don’t have all the answers, but we do know that in order to do more, we also must shift our lens from a traditional approach of corporate social responsibility, to an approach of total social impact to better support the crucial work of nonprofits.

Our response starts with the commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) created by the United Nations. These are benchmarks that paint the vision that the global community wants to see and what we aspire to, across the government, nonprofit and private sectors. But the world needs more than the goals; it needs the resources to achieve them, and according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Group there is a $2.5 trillion dollar annual funding gap across the SDGs. Well-resourced organizations around the world – public and private – will need to do more to make up this gap. Beyond the foundational moral imperative of doing more, there is a strong long-term business case. A recent analysis shows that by meeting the SDG goals, we will unleash an estimated $12 trillion of market opportunities and create 380 million new jobs by 2030.

At Microsoft, we are working to better address this opportunity through our core philanthropic initiatives focused on equipping underserved communities around the world with the digital skills they need to effectively participate in the 21st century economy.  We are also working to amplify the impact of our employee engagement and giving.  However, we are going beyond traditional philanthropic models and creating a social business focused on helping nonprofits access deeper levels of innovation to address social challenges – using our technology and expertise to help humanitarian organizations scale the impact of the workers on front lines, manage and allocate aid, and help populations who need it most. All incremental profits generated from this affordable social business model are then reinvested into philanthropy and innovation for the nonprofit sector. This creates a self-reinforcing flywheel that fuels more impact. By integrating philanthropy with affordably designed social business models we create a total social impact plan that has the ability to scale innovation and impact beyond more traditional approaches.

Outlined below are two examples of how we are leveraging this model to invest in solutions to better support refugees, displaced people, and the communities that host them:

Artificial intelligence to support refugees and displaced people: Last year at the UN General Assembly, Microsoft built on its longstanding support to humanitarian organizations with AI for Humanitarian Action, a $40 million, five-year program. Through AI for Humanitarian Action, we are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve the lives of over 70 million displaced people in the world, nearly 26 million of whom are refugees.

As a part of this work, today we are announcing AI for Humanitarian Action projects with two nonprofit organizations, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) and KIND, to help combat wrongful deportation of asylum seekers in the United States. Both organizations provide legal assistance to asylum seekers and governments’ current processes are challenging while the cases are time sensitive. ASAP works with approximately 3,000 asylum seekers on any given day connecting them with the tools they need to take control of their legal cases and advocate for their families. Using Microsoft speech-to-text artificial intelligence and an Azure-based database, ASAP and KIND are partnering with volunteers and other legal aid organizations to assist families fleeing persecution in their home countries. The AI tool helps their respective staffs efficiently track changing court dates and prioritize cases most in need of emergency legal services.

Digital skills to empower refugees and displaced people: Refugees and displaced people live lives that are disrupted, often forced from the information and basic resources we sometimes take for granted. Yet, they have tremendous energy and are a force for positive change in the world. That’s why we must use the power of technology to route information, skills and knowledge in better ways to displaced people, using technology channels to provide access to education, and help them pursue a new future. Microsoft is working with a number of organizations providing digital skills, including:

  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) to create sustainable programming for refugees and displaced populations around the world, and increasing the efficiency and efficacy of the IRC staff who serve them. This includes “Digital Skills for New Americans in the U.S.,” and “Technology for Livelihoods in Crisis” in Jordan. These programs are designed to be contextually relevant for refugees and the job markets in these countries to find new ways to empower refugees, including women and girls. Through this partnership with Microsoft, IRC aims to create a foundation for career development programming that will be delivered to 45,000 IRC clients over the next five years in the U.S., and to eventually expand trainings for refugee and displaced clients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. These programs build on deep investments by Microsoft in IRC programs that help IRC provide humanitarian aid and digital skills to crisis-effected communities.
  • Norwegian Refugee Council to deliver education services and solutions to help 400,000 displaced people with digital skills enabling new opportunities.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to reach over 25,000 refugee young women and men in Kakuma by 2020 with access to accredited, quality and relevant digital learning and market-oriented training opportunities. The partnership will include training and knowledge sharing with UNHCR international teams and local partners, who will help deliver the content. It’s the first stage of a project we intend to scale across multiple countries.
  • UNICEF to ensure that displaced children and young people have access to the education skills they need, are better prepared to reach their potential and are enabled to be the future leaders our world will need. UNICEF and Microsoft, together with the University of Cambridge, are partnering to develop a digital platform, “The Learning Passport,” that will facilitate learning opportunities for displaced young people within and across borders.

As I reflect on my Kakuma visit, it is a vivid memory for me that lives are at stake. I encourage us all to continue working to think how your organization can make an impact. We must push the boundaries of our traditional philanthropic and business models so that our social impact is proportionate to the power and resources we command. We have an obligation and an opportunity to advance a future for everyone. Together, we can do more.

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DataRobot acquisition of ParallelM to enhance AI management

DataRobot acquired ParallelM, a startup vendor of a machine learning model management, deployment and monitoring platform, in a move to give users more control over their AI lifecycles.

It’s the fourth DataRobot acquisition in two years. The machine learning and data science vendor made its latest purchase in February 2019, when it bought collaborative data platform Cursor.

The deal, revealed June 20, comes amid a spate of major software acquisitions, some of them multibillion-dollar deals such as Google’s acquisition of Looker and Salesforce’s purchase of Tableau.

The price of the DataRobot acquisition of ParallelM, a privately funded company founded in 2016, was not disclosed. DataRobot is also privately held.

Complementary products

For DataRobot, the acquisition will help strengthen its machine learning capabilities and helps put DataRobot into a better space for production, said Dave Schubmehl, research director for AI software platforms, content analytics and discovery systems at IDC.

The acquisition makes a lot of sense for DataRobot.
Dave SchubmehlResearch director for AI software platforms, content analytics and discovery systems at IDC

“The acquisition makes a lot of sense for DataRobot, and I think it puts them into a good space in the marketplace,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of people move to experimentation to production now [with machine learning].”

The MCenter platform, ParallelM’s featured product, enables users to create a rule-based environment to more easily track and manage their data and machine learning models in real time. Collaborations with infrastructures such as Apache Spark, Kubernetes and TensorFlow also ease model deployment for MCenter users.

ParallelM, named a “cool vendor in data science and machine learning” by Gartner last year, has long been a partner of DataRobot, offering integrations with DataRobot’s machine learning and data science platform.

DataRobot, ParallelM, Jeremy Achin, Sivan Metzger, DataRobot acquisition of ParallelM
DataRobot CEO Jeremy Achin and ParallelM CEO Sivan Metzger

“We are working on a product integration plan that will include parts of what ParallelM has built and some items that DataRobot has built to create our new MLOps [machine learning and operations] product,” said Sivan Metzger, CEO of ParallelM, based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

With the acquisition, DataRobot will expand its platform’s model monitoring, management and governance capabilities, Metzger said.

DataRobot will continue to support ParallelM customers while the vendors integrate technologies, he added.

ParallelM has also partnered with other companies in the past, including H20.ai. Schubmehl noted he is interested to see if ParallelM will continue support for those partnerships.

Staying ahead of the market

The acquisition, along with DataRobot’s other recent purchases, puts the company in a good position among independent AI vendors, Schubmehl said.

The pickups of other complementary vendors “make sense if DataRobot wants to be one of those top five vendors going forward in the machine learning platforms area,” he said. He added that, over the next several years, DataRobot has the potential to become one of those top vendors.

“They’re definitely making the right moves,” he said.

As of June 20, all ParallelM employees have become DataRobot employees.

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