Microsoft principal researcher, Dr. Chris White received the 2016 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons earlier this week.
White was recognized for his efforts while previously employed by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. From 2012 to 2015, White developed Memex — a suite of Internet tools which provides governmental/law enforcement agencies the ability to visualize data regarding illicit activities such as human trafficking, drug smuggling, and arms shipments.
In simpler terms, Memex can be directed to scour the deepest darkest corners of the internet searching for data that relates to these crimes.
At first glance, it wouldn’t seem that White’s experience with human trafficking tools could relate to business software, but in fact, that is exactly where he ended up.
Currently White works with a team which focuses on bringing artificial intelligence to their consumers which will help companies sift through and visualize the data stored in virtual mountains of sensitive information.
The program is called Power BI, and it compiles all of a business’ data into one smart looking dashboard in seconds. Power BI can pull data from more than 60 sources including Google Analytics, Mail Chimp, Azure Audit Logs, Adobe Analytics, and Salesforce.
“Every business has its own data,” White said in a Microsoft blog post. “We want to give them tools so they can do things with their own data that they just couldn’t do before.”
Power BI is free to use from powerbi.microsoft.com.