Coles shuffles data management into the cloud

Machine learning might be high on the agenda for the data science team at Coles, but according to Richard Glew, Coles head of engineering and operations, they are currently limited by the existing on-premise environment.

“Even if we can do something, being able to do something quickly is another matter. We’ve got a lot of issues [like] where is our data, do we have the right hardware, how long does it take to get it … all the usual stuff with an on-prem environment,” he said, speaking as part of the Databricks Data and AI APAC virtual conference.

In a move to expand the possibility of enabling machine learning, advanced analytics, and data exchange, the company is currently developing an electronic data processing platform (EDP) to change the way it manages and stores data.

“Our EDP platform is designed to be a universal data repository for all the data we

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Sony announces structure overhaul, name changes, and executive shuffles

Sony Corporation has announced a series of changes to its organisational structure, including changing the company name and switching up its executive team.

The company said effective 1 April 2021, Sony Corporation will be renamed and relaunched as Sony Group Corporation to focus on its role as the headquarters of the Sony Group.

At the same time, Sony Electronics Corporation, which currently operates the company’s electronics business and is a function within Sony Corporation, will succeed the Sony Corporation name effective 1 April 2021.

A shareholders’ meeting for the proposed name change has been scheduled for June 26.  

“Sony’s electronics business will strive to continue to introduce products and services that deliver the pinnacle of reality and real-time to everyone from creators to users, through its sound, video, and communication technologies,” Sony said.

“It will also take a long-term perspective to taking on challenges in new business areas such as

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GDPR wholly inappropriate to govern contact-tracing data

Labour MP and chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Harriet Harman, has branded the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) wholly inadequate for ensuring the security and privacy of data collected by the government’s under-test Covid-19 coronavirus contact-tracing app.

Speaking at a virtual press conference, Harman said that even before the pandemic, the committee had taken the view that the current system of data protection in the UK was not good enough, but that this rang even more true today.

“This is a wholly new area of data collection and therefore we need not the failed mishmash of protections that’s currently existing, we need a new bespoke bill,” said Harman.

“Currently the protection is spread between the GDPR, the Data Protection Act 2018, case law on privacy and the European Convention on Human Rights, and it’s a tangle of law which never envisaged the sort

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