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Alibaba has announced that is going to undertake a restructuring of the company, with the aim of better adapting to a constantly changing and evolving environment. The process will end with the division of the company into six different companies or business groupseach with its own structure, to adopt a holding company structure.

Each of the CEOs of the six spin-off entities will report their plans and progress to a board of directors, and will take full responsibility for the performance of the company they oversee. The decision, which the company has described as the largest restructuring of the company’s governance in its history, “will empower all divisions to become more agile, improve decision making and get faster responses to market changes“, according to him Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang.

Furthermore, Zhang has also stressed that “the market is the best definitive test, and each business group and company will be able to independently seek financing, and go public when they are ready«. This means that the reorganization means doing away with the corporate structure that Alibaba has used for years, based on a “middle platform” in which different divisions share middle managers and administrative and management positions, which they reuse in different departments, what is done for data and business purposes.

From now on, these positions will occupy different positions in the different companies into which Alibaba will be divided, and the parent company will only retain the positions necessary to comply with the obligations of listed companies. As divisions become more independent, resources will become compartmentalized, almost certainly leading to redundancies. However, this need not lead to redundancies, as some departments will need to increase their staff as they evolve.

The new structure implies that the staff and managers of each independent subsidiary company will have a greater incentive with their respective stock option plans. In addition, it will offer flexibility to Alibaba companies to go public in different jurisdictions, whose approval processes can vary greatly between them.

The six subsidiary companies into which Alibaba will be divided are as follows: Cloud Intelligence Group (dedicated to cloud computing, its CEO will be Daniel Zhang himself), Taobao Tmall Commerce Group (local retail businesses), Local Services Group (on-demand businesses, such as food delivery), Cainiao Smart Logistics (Logistics), Global Digital Commerce Group (overseas retail businesses, including Lazada), and Digital Media and Entertainment Group (video streaming and the like).


Lenovo TruScale: from your pocket to the cloud

In an ever-evolving business world, organizations and IT leaders are faced with growing challenges. Anticipating change, adopting new Technologys and staying agile has become a necessity to stay competitive.

It is to respond to this need that Lenovo launches “Lenovo TruScale” a comprehensive solution as a service that covers the IT needs of any company that needs to move with agility in changing environments and in which new realities such as hybrid work or the relocation of employees present new opportunities.

As the company itself explains, Lenovo TruScale “offers a flexible and scalable proposal that allows organizations to quickly adapt to technological challenges and remain competitive in the market.”

One of the outstanding features of this program is its pay-per-use model. scalable. This means that organizations can adjust their IT investments according to their changing needs, avoiding large up-front capital investments to upgrade and expand their technology infrastructure. In other words: companies can optimize their technological resources without compromising their budget.

Lenovo TruScale offers access to the latest Lenovo technology, including devices like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the ThinkPad X1 Nano, equipped with Windows 11 Pro and latest generation Intel Core processors. These devices are designed to provide anointed performance, advanced security, and a professional design. In addition, by being part of this program, organizations can equip their devices with “standard” tools that promote collaboration and employee productivity. In this way, once the workers receive their new equipment, they have everything they need to carry out their activity from the first minute.

In addition to devices, Lenovo TruScale also encompasses software and infrastructure solutions. Organizations can take advantage of this program to contract from infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to collaboration and security solutions. This allows to build a complete and harmonized technological ecosystem, all delivered through onen single point of contact and with a high level of support and customer service.

It is also worth noting that the program has been designed to adapt to the needs of organizations of different sizes and that its global reach ensures that organizations can access its services anywhere in the world.

If you want more detailed information, we invite you to download “People-Centered Information to Drive IT Vision. Smarter technological solutions for connected work» a document in which you will not only learn more about Lenovo TruScale but you will have access to a complete report that offers new perspectives on how companies are considering their technological relationship with new workspaces. Do not miss it!

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Most EU countries reject Big Tech tax to finance 5G

Europe is immersed in a race to the bottom for definitively implement 5G and broadband in the region, significantly improving the efficiency and connectivity of its citizens. However, in a meeting held in recent hours, up to 18 telecommunications ministers have positioned themselves against the initiative of the large telecommunications operators of force Big Tech to share the cost of networks and to help in the financing of 5G deployment.

Thierry Breton, head of industry of the European Commission EC, has exposed the collective refusal of the network tax for technology companies, since this would have very serious negative consequences. Among the victims would be Google, Manzana, Netflix, Amazon either Microsoftwho claim that they already invest enough in the digital ecosystem that they also have to pay the new network tax.

On the contrary, there are large operators such as telephone, Orange, Telecom Italy and Deutsche Telekom, among others, that require cost sharing. They claim that the data from the hyperscalars and their contents represent much of the network traffic. Despite acting as an intermediary, Breton could be an ally. It must be remembered that he is a former director of France Telecom and Atos.

A problem with consequences

All this would mean a lethal consequence for final consumers, which would see their rates increased. In fact, the European telecommunications ministers affirm that the lack of an analysis on the effects of a tax on the network, the absence of an investment deficit and the risk that consumers are the big victims are aspects to take into account.

In addition, if this measure were imposed, it would be breaking the rules in favor of net neutrality which requires that all users are treated equally, as well as that there is no interference in innovation and the quality of the products and services offered.

The positioning of the EU countries

There are countries like Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Hungary and Cyprus that support the tax, while others like Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta and the Netherlands show their strong opposition. For their part, Poland, Romania and Portugal have opted for a neutral position in the technological conflict.

Breton is now expected to issue a final report in late June with a summary of feedback from Big Tech, telecom providers and other stakeholders, which will help determine next steps. However, the legislative proposal will need to be negotiated with EU countries and legislators before it becomes law.

Background to the agreement

On May 19, the European Commission ended the public consultation after listening to the opinions of the industry. He Official College of Telecommunications Engineers (COIT) presented its allegations positioning itself in favor of the ‘far share’ or ‘fair contribution’ from content platforms to the telecommunications network.

Taking as reference the European Association of Telecommunications Network Operators (ETNO)by 2030 it is expected that there will be a financing deficit in the networks of about 174,000 million eurossomething that would mean that 45 million citizens of the old continent would be left without broadband services.

In addition, the COIT ensures that the current regulations do not encourage the necessary investments to guarantee a solid digital environment in the EU, being necessary enable a monitoring mechanism and system that would allow the fair and proportionate contribution of all market players.

All this is possible if you have neutral entities with extensive knowledge of the telecommunications market to advise the national authorities to achieve the technical and social objectives of the fair contribution and to guarantee the sustainability of European networks. Of course, without losing the development of a competitive and accessible digital environment.

If we look at the national territory, the Spanish Association for Digitization, DigitalES and the union UGT, proposed a model of fair contribution by the large digital platforms in favor of the deployment of the new networks in Europe. And it is that according to their data, the six largest Internet platforms account for more than 50% of world traffic and they have business models that encourage them to increase the volume of data that flows through the networks.

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Microsoft will stop supporting its assistant in Windows in 2023

Microsoft is discontinuing support for Cortana in Windowsas expected after at his Build conference, held a few days ago, he announced his new AI assistance tool Windows Copilot. It will therefore be the substitute for Cortanawhich as confirmed by those from Redmond on a support page, will no longer have support «on Windows as a standalone app«.

As we have mentioned and remember in Muycomputer, its substitute will be Windows Copilot, which will be installed in the Windows Taskbar and will use Artificial Intelligence to help system users with their tasks. It will be able not only to perform the operations that Cortana does, but also to have new functions thanks to AI. Among them, the generation of summary of contents, the rewriting of texts, the creation of questions or the automatic and personalized adjustment of the configuration options of the computer.

Microsoft included Cortana in Windows 10 in 2015, giving users of the operating system ever since help them set reminders, open apps and ask questions using voice commands. But despite the excitement it generated at first, it never really took off in use. As a result, the company has been gradually reducing the Cortana experience in Windows.

With the arrival of Windows 11, Cortana lost her place on the Taskbar, and she no longer appears in the experience that Microsoft prepares for the first start of the system. In addition, in 2020 Microsoft removed the Cortana app for iOS and Android, and also ended support for Cortana on several of its devices, such as the Surface headphones.

The exact date when Mimcrosoft will almost completely stop supporting Cortana is not yet clear. It is only known that its end will come before the end of 2023. What is clear is that even before that day comes, Microsoft’s suite of AI tools, which is becoming increasingly prominent, will already be available and will take precedence on all Windows 11 systems. However, Cortana will still be available, at least for a while, in the mobile versions of Outlook and Microsoft Teamsas well as in some functions and sections of Teams.

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