Microsoft categorizes partnerships into ‘horizons’ based on how ambitious they are – from ‘bread and butter’ to ‘change the game’ (MSFT)

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Microsoft’s future rests on forging strong ties with corporate customers, and it relies on a special framework called “horizons” to guide its partnerships.
Microsoft executive Peter Lee tells Business Insider how partnerships are categorized in “horizons,” based on how ambitious projects are and how much customization they require.
The framework fits in to a new focus Microsoft under Satya Nadella to dig deeper into what specific industries need from its products, versus developing something that works for everyone.
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Microsoft is all about corporate customers and, under CEO Satya Nadella, the company has made its mission to go deep into the needs of specific industries instead of trying to make one-size-fits-all technology that works for everyone.

Crucial to that new focus is forging stronger ties with other companies, and Microsoft uses a category system to get customers and partners to think not just about what the company’s technology can do now, but how they might work together to create new uses for the partners’ or customers’ needs.

When Microsoft is deciding how to work with a potential partner, it categorizes projects into what it calls “horizons” based on how ambitious the partnerships are, Microsoft executive Peter Lee told Business Insider this week. These horizons span everything from using the company’s “bread and butter” tools like Office to the most aspirational projects that are intended to “change the game.”

Lee said Microsoft uses the categories when it inks a “big partnership” with another company, but a Microsoft spokesperson said horizons are used generally to “help customers think about their technology deployment and goals.”

Lee is a veteran of Microsoft Research who has transitioned to running the company’s health care business at the behest of Nadella. Lee is responsible for finding new uses for technologies like artificial intelligence and cloud computing for Microsoft’s health care customers and partners.

What can we work on together that will change the game?

Horizon One is the “bread and butter” of Microsoft, Lee said. Think of Microsoft’s exiting tools, such as Office 365, Dynamics customer relationship management, and the Azure cloud. They require little customization.

Then there’s Horizon Two, which involves custom engineering. This describes Microsoft’s relationship with Walmart, Lee said, intended to take the company’s “retail systems to the next level.”

Microsoft and Walmart announced a partnership in 2018, which the companies describe as “a broad set of cloud innovation projects that leverage machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Super Bowl Sunday Date 2020: When Is the Chiefs-49ers Game?

Fans looking to watch the Super Bowl game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will have to wait one more week as it is not today, Sunday, January 26. The Super Bowl date is Sunday, February 2nd with a start time of 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox.

The good news is you do have an option to watch football today as the NFL’s Pro Bowl kicks off at 3 p.m. Eastern on ABC and ESPN. The Pro Bowl is the NFL’s version of an all-star game with one exception: Chiefs and Niners’ players will not be featured in the game since they are preparing for the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl Opening Night officially kicks off the week with both teams meeting with the media in prime time. The media night takes place on Monday, January 27th at 7 p.m. Eastern on NFL Network. There may not be a game this week, but Chiefs head coach Andy Reid explained it is still a workweek for the team.

“It was a matter of getting back into the swing of things,” Reid noted, per USA Today. “You don’t have the time right now to do all of that [celebration]. You have the time initially, but the guys were back in to work, and the coaches were back in, the next day. The players came in like a normal week. You have to put it behind you relatively quick. But, like they know, there is a whole offseason to do all of that. Right now, they’re pretty focused in.”

Who Is in the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Jennifer Lopez & Shakira

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira headline the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show. Lopez noted that it is a significant moment for two Latin women to be featured in the biggest sporting event of the year.

“I am excited,” Lopez told Variety. “I think there’s not a musical artist in the world that doesn’t dream of performing at the Super Bowl…Me and Shakira together. We’re both excited to have been given the opportunity to do that, as two Latin women, in Miami. I think it’s important in this day and age for two Latin women to be standing on that stage — when Latinos are being treated a certain way in this country, or looked at a certain way — to show that we have …read more



How to Watch Liverpool vs Shrewsbury FA Cup in USA

Shrewsbury Town will host Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

In the United States, the match (Noon ET start time) won’t be on regular TV, but anyone in the US can watch every FA Cup match live on ESPN+:

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Or, if you also want the new Disney+ streaming service and Hulu, you can get all three for $12.99 per month, which works out to 25 percent savings:

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Once signed up for ESPN+, you can then watch Liverpool vs Shrewsbury live on your computer via, or on your phone (Android and iPhone compatible), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the ESPN app.

Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Preview

Liverpool reached the fourth round by edging fellow Premier League side Everton 1-0 behind a 71st-minute strike from midfielder Curtis Jones.

Twenty-three games into their Premier League campaign, the Reds have yet to lose in league play, drawing just once. They hold a 16-point lead on second-place Manchester City with a game in hand.

On Thursday, Liverpool bested Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 behind a goal and an assist from captain Jordan Henderson.

“Now again, Hendo is the guy,” Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said, according to the club’s official website. “I am not sure since when Hendo is involved in offensive set-pieces, usually most of the time he is protection. Now we found a way to involve him again and that he scores that goal is incredible and just another sign for his outstanding shape in the moment. He played an unbelievable game tonight again in a difficult game where he is really shouting at everybody.”

Henderson tallied the match’s first goal in the eighth minute, using his head to finish a corner-kick cross from defender Trent Alexander-Arnold. With the game tied in the 84th minute, Henderson slipped a pass to Roberto Firmino, who proceeded …read more



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