At the kickoff of its enterprise-focused Ignite conference in Atlanta today, Microsoft announced a number of new services designed to help organizations become more secure, more “digital” and more cloud-driven. Microsoft also unveiled a new partnership with Adobe that will see the two companies offering more integrated solutions.
The plan for the partnership is to support digital business transformations based on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, Adobe Marketing Cloud, and Microsoft Dynamics 365 enterprise applications. As part of the alliance, Adobe will also make Azure its preferred cloud platform for its Marketing Cloud, Creative Cloud, and Document Cloud.
In addition, Microsoft plans to roll out a Secure Productive Enterprise and a new Enterprise Mobility + Security E5 suite, both of which will be available starting Saturday, Oct. 1. Other releases are aimed at boosting organizations’ artificial intelligence capabilities and setting the stage for Azure to become a “foundation for the world’s first AI supercomputer.”
Spanning Security, Intelligence and Cloud
“Every company in every industry around the world is now being challenged to transform from being an organization that uses digital technology, to being a digital organization,” Judson Althoff, Microsoft’s executive vice president for worldwide commercial business, wrote in a blog post. “The solutions we announced today span security, intelligence and the cloud platform, which serve as the connective tissue that binds our three bold ambitions — to deliver more personal computing, reinvent productivity and business processes, and build the intelligent cloud.”
Aimed at the IT professionals who are working to help their organizations move into the digital business era, the new services announced by Microsoft include security and intelligence enhancements for Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics.
For example, starting next year, Windows 10 Enterprise users will see the arrival of Windows Defender Application Guard, which Microsoft said is designed to…