Microsoft and Fujitsu will work together on AI tech to transform the way people work

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Fujitsu, the Japanese multinational information technology equipment and services company, today announced a new partnership with Microsoft (via MSPoweruser). The two companies will collaborate on artificial intelligence to “accelerate the transformation of the ways people work in companies.”

Fujitsu is saying the joint solutions will combine their Global Communication Platform, Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai, and Microsoft AI platform services on Microsoft Azure. There are plans to make the new solutions available in the Japanese market from the second quarter of 2018 (April to June), and then globally shortly after.

Fujitsu is highlighting four key areas where customers will get value from the jointly built solutions:

  • Big data generated through use of Microsoft 365 is aggregated through Microsoft Graph, and Microsoft MyAnalytics and Microsoft Workplace Analytics, etc. visualize the usage status of email and calendars, which had in the past lacked visibility. Zinrai AI technology distinguishes the importance and priority of tasks mentioned in the body of an email, and encourages users to perform important tasks.
  • Automation and streamlining of tasks is achieved by combining Microsoft Cognitive Services and Microsoft Azure Bot Service with Fujitsu’s conversational AI technology and the Zinrai natural language analysis API, offering a more human-centric user experience.
  • Using the connections among people or things is considered an effective way to find exceptional human resources or valuable documents within organizations. To this end, Knowledge Graph is used as a base of knowledge that expresses in graph form the relationships among people or things.
  • Users of Microsoft MyAnalytics and Workplace Analytics etc. can visualize the ways both individuals and teams work. Moreover, by combining and benchmarking Knowledge Graph and Fujitsu Laboratories-developed Deep Tensor machine learning technology, which enables highly accurate analysis of graph-structured data, these solutions can provide insight into how high-performance individuals, organizations and companies are working.

Microsoft and Fujitsu have been working together since 2002, and since 2015 the two companies have been building a strong collaboration in work-style transformation. Fujitsu, thanks to technical assistance from Microsoft, deployed a globally unified communications platform based on Office 365 for its approximately 160,000 employees.