Microsoft aims to help businesses get handle on data with new tool

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Microsoft Corp on Thursday announced a new cloud-based tool designed to assist corporate customers understand where information is scattered throughout their operations and if they are in compliance with data privacy regulations.

Once known for the Windows operating system and applications such as Office, Microsoft has built a large business in cloud computing, helping save and process enormous amounts of information for corporate clients.

Last year, it introduced a tool named Azure Synapse that’s used by companies like FedEx Corp to analyse the circulation of its own 16 million daily packages.

But for large companies, stores of data have gotten so large, and distributed across numerous countries, that Microsoft is rolling out a tool called Azure Purview to help companies better understand exactly what information they have and in which it resides.

In particular, the application is designed to help data privacy and risk management officials ensure their businesses are based on rules such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, John “JG” Chirapurath, vice president of Azure information, artificial intelligence and advantage, told journalists at our partner news agency Reuters in an interview.

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The new instrument uses artificial intelligence to discover sensitive or regulated information and may automatically mask it out, such as by redacting data on European clients from a revenue report to US employees who aren’t authorized to get it.

“It’s one thing to generate insights from data, but it’s another thing to ask questions about the data itself. Are we being responsible with the fair use of this data?” Chirapurath explained. “These might seem like esoteric terms, but they are vital to how we run modern businesses. You have to be able to trust your data.”

Microsoft said the service was being used by a couple of consumers, and Chirapurath said it had been expected to become generally available “shortly.”

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco. Editing by Mark Potter.

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