Last year, CEO Satya Nadella introduced Project Cortex – a Microsoft 365 initiative at Ignite event as a “knowledge network” built using SharePoint and Artificial Intelligence (AI). This year, Microsoft announced their first product from Project Cortex – SharePoint Syntex which is available for purchase for all Microsoft 365 commercial customers from October 1, 2020.
SharePoint Syntex is a sync and share solution that works across all your devices. It helps organization to use advance AI & machine learning to amplify human experiences. It helps to transform content into knowledge.
Every day we need to perform ‘n’ number of tasks which needs more reading, acting, organizing and managing accordingly. To streamline processes and tasks SharePoint Syntex harnesses the power of cloud using advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) services to automatically recognize the content, extract important information, and apply metadata tags. It is a trainable AI for finding important metadata within organizations. The basic idea is to employ human experts to first train Syntex and then use that model more generally.
Syntex introduces a new practice for managing content at scale, integrating metadata and workflow, and delivering compliance automation – the content center. Content centers teach the cloud how to read and process documents the same way you would manually. SharePoint Syntex then uses those insights to recognize, extract and apply metadata tags. Syntex uses advanced AI to automate the capture, ingestion, and categorization of content into three major types of content: digital images, structured or semi-structured forms, and unstructured documents.
SharePoint Syntex automatically processes images and uses visual dictionary with thousands of commonly recognized objects to automatically tag images.
SharePoint Syntex automatically recognizes and extracts common values from semi structured or structured documents, such as dates, figures, names, or addresses.
Every organization generate vast amounts of unstructured documents, that is when you teach SharePoint Syntex to read your content and automatically suggest or create metadata, invoke custom Power Automate workflows, and attach compliance labels to enforce retention or record management policies.
Naomi Moneypenny, director of program management for Syntex said “as few as five files could be sufficient for training, particularly if users supply both positive and negative examples of a particular content type. Content processed by Syntex does not have to live in SharePoint but can also be sucked in from other sources via Microsoft Graph content connectors such as file shares, Azure SQL, or third-party sources such as Box and IBM FileNet.
Later this year, Project Cortex team will add sensitivity labels to the models, for automated security governance.
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