Technology Record - Issue 30: Autumn 2023

that 70 per cent of the workers surveyed would delegate as many tasks as possible to AI to lessen their workloads. It’s crucial, then, that organisations develop policies to ensure the technology is used responsibly, securely and in compliance with growing regulatory requirements. And the Microsoft Cloud can help to reach greater levels of compliance. “In a world where cyber risks and compliance are evolving very fast and fluidly, security is very much top of mind for our customers,” says Thomas. “As one of the largest security vendor in the world, Microsoft has a broad security portfolio that is part of the Microsoft Cloud platform. Microsoft Purview enables customers to meet their compliance needs across regulated industries while Microsoft Security Copilot is the first security product to enable defenders to move at the speed and scale of AI by combining LLMs with the security-specific models from Microsoft threat intelligence, which are informed by over 65 trillion daily signals.” Security and compliance are fundamentals to becoming a responsible business. As is sustainability. “We’re seeing a lot of investment in sectors, such as energy, agriculture and transport, that are striving to gain grounds on decarbonisation,” says Mitford, who notes that McKinsey has predicted that $5 trillion will be spent annually on sustainability by 2025. “That’s why we’re investing heavily in the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability. We saw that organisations really needed to unify their environmental, financial and operational data to record and report their progress and inform more effective data-driven decisions. Microsoft provides an extensible solution that gives them this comprehensive and increasingly automated view into the environmental impact of their operations and value chains.” Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability was unveiled in 2021 and made generally available in June 2022 for enterprises and public sector “ The work we’re doing across the Microsoft Industry clouds and our cross-industry clouds is helping to reimagine business processes” SATISH THOMAS, MICROSOFT CarMax has used Azure OpenAI-based cloud technology to improve productivity and cost savings COVER STORY Photo: Microsoft 48