How Are Tech Teams Using Metered Consumption, and Does It Make Sense for Banks?

As noted by Bank Director, financial firms are moving to the cloud to leverage three key advantages: innovation, cost savings and flexibility. This matches the general enterprise approach to cloud computing — companies are looking to do more in the cloud, quickly, without going over budget. For many banks, however, the cloud creates a compute conundrum when it comes to service and security.

As research firm McKinsey pointed out, for banks to better serve customers during the global pandemic, improved digital tools, products and services are essential. But security expectations are evolving simultaneously, with firms now expected to ensure due diligence around the collection of digital identity data, the increasing use of open-source banking solutions and the management of artificial intelligence tools.

This creates a potential paradox: While public clouds offer the compute scale necessary to deliver on-demand services, banks may be more comfortable with the security of on-premises solutions.

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Microsoft Teams will no longer support Internet Explorer 11

Teams is no longer supported by IE11 as Microsoft phases out its legacy web browser.


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Microsoft Teams

will no longer work on Internet Explorer 11 from today as Microsoft begins the sunset of its legacy web browsers.

Microsoft announced in August this year that Microsoft 365 apps would slowly lose support for IE11 and the legacy Microsoft Edge browser to make way for the faster, leaner and more secure Chromium-based Edge.

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As per
its August announcement,

today (November 30) marks the day that Microsoft Teams stops supporting IE11. So, if you’ve not been able to log into Teams today via Internet Explorer, now you know why.

Teams isn’t the only app that will eventually stop working with IE11. As of 17 August 2021, the

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Most Effective Management Styles for Large Teams

Is your team growing larger by the day? Are you hiring more people than you had expected thanks to the massive growth of your business? Is your company expanding and bringing in new talent? This is great news! But now, as you face the success of your growing business, you have to manage a larger team.

Whether you’ve been in this position before or this is your first time, managing a large team can be daunting. Large teams come with their own unique and diverse challenges as you are now dealing with more personalities and more potential disagreements and idiosyncrasies. And though there are lots of proven management styles, not all of them are tailored for large teams.

But fear not! We devised a list of the most effective styles you can use to manage a large, growing team successfully.

What Is Management Style?

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Sportsdigita’s software, used by major sports teams, sees growth during pandemic

Angelina Lawton

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Sportsdigita, an all-in-one cloud-based presentation software company owned by former National Hockey League executive Angelina Lawton, sees opportunity amid the pandemic as sports teams conduct business online instead of in person.

The company, which counts the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Yankees among its clients, is raising $10 million to $25 million in Series A funding. It may use some of the money it rasies to acquire smaller firms that have been hurt financially by Covid-19.

Sportsdigita is a subscription-based software company that’s seen growth since Covid-19 halted in-person meetings. It offers customized presentations and integrates video conferencing and presentation software. It competes with other services, like Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams, both of which are included in an Office subscription.

But Sportsdigita considers itself “PowerPoint on steroids” because its Digideck software offers customized presentations for sports

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Microsoft Adds New Free Features for Teams as It Battles Zoom

Microsoft  (MSFT) – Get Report continues adding new features to its Teams collaboration platform at a breakneck pace, as it tries to gain more ground against the likes of Zoom  (ZM) – Get Report and Slack  (WORK) – Get Report.

On Friday, the software giant expanded support for personal (non-business) Teams accounts to its PC and web browser apps. And notably — with the holiday season on the way — Microsoft will now let personal account users host up to 24-hour video calls featuring up to 300 people.

In addition, chats on Teams’ mobile apps now support non-Teams users via SMS integration, and (provided that both parties consent) Teams users can get notifications when a friend or relative arrives at a designated location.

The new features arrive two months after Microsoft revealed several features for Teams that are aimed at business users. These

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Bill Gates Is Great, But Does Anyone Else Really Think Microsoft Teams And Zoom Will Replace Business Travel?

On Tuesday, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates forecast that business travel will decline by 50%, even after the coronavirus crisis ends. He predicted a “very high threshold” for business trips as people work from home and use social media to meet.

“My prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away,” Gates told Andrew Ross Sorkin during The New York Times’ Dealbook conference.

In other news, my computer keeps asking me to sign in to Microsoft Teams – which, I just learned, can be integrated to work with Zoom.

Gates is a widely admired philanthropist and leader of the fight against coronavirus, but let’s acknowledge that his view of the airline industry

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All 30 teams ranked from best to worst


SportsPulse: The Georgia product will now call Minnesota home after being selected No. 1 by the Timberwolves and USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson tells us what they can expect.


With the 2020 NBA draft in the rearview mirror, below is a look at how each team fared based on their selections, trades and overall progress.

But first: during an unprecedented time amid the coronavirus pandemic, the draft, which was delayed five months, took place virtually. Who were the winners and losers from the night? LaMelo Ball is heading to the NBA and, yes, you have to give praise to his dad. The Golden State Warriors were dealt some bad news, but they stuck to their draft plan. Not being selected on draft night doesn’t mean you have no chance at an NBA career: these guys became some of the best in the game. 

Now, back to the

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Aisera’s Conservational AI for Microsoft Teams Will Change the Future of Work

PALO ALTO, Calif. – November 18, 2020 – ( )

​Aisera, the leader in artificial intelligence innovation and customer service, announced today the integration of its AI Service Desk with Microsoft Teams. This integration will speed up and simplify Microsoft’s resolution of internal support tickets for IT with self-service resolutions through Aisera’s platform based on conversational AI, natural learning understanding search (NLU Search), and unsupervised natural language processing (NLP).

Previously employees had to wait an average of three days to resolve their internal IT issues, as support desks were stretched thin and unable to meet Business Service-Level Agreements (SLA). This problem amplified during the pandemic, leaving many internal support organizations unprepared.

“With the emergence of work from anywhere, the integration of Aisera within Microsoft Teams propels employee productivity to levels not seen before and dramatically improves the employee experience, as users’ IT or HR support requests

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Floyd teams up with Amazon for coding classes for Amazon Future Engineer Program

FLOYD, Va. (WDBJ) -Floyd County High School is now part of a program through Amazon to help train students in rural communities for careers in computer science. It’s one of about 1,600 schools across the country chosen for this two-year project.

“Really the goal from Amazon’s perspective is to grow the amount of computer programmers that are available,” said Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Innovation Jessica Cromer.

The district pushed hard to get Floyd in the Amazon Future Engineer Program as thousands of coding jobs are unfilled and the company wants to target students in rural areas.

“Digital literacy in general is the language of the future and in order for our students to be successful in the future, we have to teach them that language,” Cromer said.

The coding program runs through a web browser instead of software, making it easier to access with classes largely online now.


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Microsoft expands Teams with meetings apps and low-code tools

Microsoft today announced the general availability of Teams apps for meetings. For those who prefer a low-code approach, Power Apps for Teams, the Power Automate app, the Power Virtual Agents app, and Dataverse have also hit general availability. These announcements come on the heels of Teams passing 115 million daily active users (DAUs) last month. This is a pandemic-induced explosion, given that 16 months ago Teams had 13 million DAUs.

Microsoft Teams is the company’s Office 365 chat-based collaboration tool that competes with Slack, Facebook’s Workplace, Google Meet, and even Zoom. Indeed, Microsoft is in a virtual meeting war with Google and Zoom. Teams has seen 200 million meeting participants in a single day, Google Meet has seen more than 235 million meeting participants, and Zoom has seen 300 million meeting participants. (Unlike DAUs, “meeting participants” can count the same user more than once.)

Since 2018, Teams has been the

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