Alibaba Cloud Hires Microsoft Veteran

ENLARGE AliCloud is looking to expand its user base and offerings as the demand for cloud-based services expands rapidly in China. Photo: Reuters By Alyssa Abkowitz Alyssa Abkowitz The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @AlyssaAbkowitz Alyssa.Abkowitz@wsj.com July 6, 2016 5:37 a.m. ET 0 COMMENTS BEIJING—Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s cloud-computing unit is beefing up its big data and artificial intelligence capabilities, trying to gain scale in a fast-growing market. As part of that push, Alibaba Cloud has hired Zhou Jingren, a veteran from Microsoft Corp. who worked on the Bing search infrastructure team and big data unit, as its chief scientist. Mr. Zhou will lead AliCloud’s big data and artificial intelligence research teams in Hangzhou, Beijing and Seattle, developing platforms to help business customers analyze big data. AliCloud, which now has…


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