CHARLESTON, S.C., June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announced that its modern, unique approach to social good-optimized Intelligence for Good™ has won Best Use of AI for Charity at the inaugural AI Innovation Awards. The awards were founded by CognitionX, the market intelligence platform which brings clarity to “All Things AI,” and recognize the best use of AI in specific industry sectors and technology domains, as well as applications in social good, public services and ethics leadership.

“The CogX Best Use of AI in Charity award is further testament to the unmatched advantage that our customers – nonprofits, foundations, education institutions, hospitals and more – get with Intelligence for Good,” said Kevin McDearis, Blackbaud’s chief products officer. “We understand the importance and potential of artificial intelligence, but we also believe that, to help our customers advance their missions, artificial intelligence alone is not enough. No other company can offer the social good community a comprehensive, industry-tailored approach with innovation powered by artificial intelligence.”

Blackbaud’s Intelligence for Good is a comprehensive approach combining:

  • Exclusive big data specific for social good: Blackbaud offers unique access to substantial social good-specific big data, including the world’s largest database on philanthropic trends.
  • Data science expertise of Blackbaud’s Social Good Scientists: A team of data scientists with deep expertise with the unique needs of social good organizations like nonprofits, museums foundations, hospitals, schools and educational institutions.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Blackbaud embeds AI directly in its cloud solutions through SKY AI™ (powered by Blackbaud SKY™, the company’s integrated, open cloud capabilities).
  • Analytics: Blackbaud’s advanced analytics transform data into meaningful insights, which are seamlessly embedded in the company’s cloud software through SKY Analytics™ and visualized in intuitive reports with SKY Reporting™. And Blackbaud’s Target Analytics™ serves some of the world’s most influential organizations with sector-leading analytics services.

CognitionX Founder and CEO, Charlie Muirhead said, “The AI Innovation Awards are a celebration of the most impressive accomplishments made in this revolutionary technology. We’re so pleased to have had such a stellar cohort of winners and finalists at the inaugural ceremony this year and feel honored that we were able to bring together these pioneers in artificial intelligence, who are playing a vital role in shaping our future.”

The AI Innovation Awards were judged by a panel of experts from the advisory board of CognitionX, with entrants evaluated on their product idea, the team and the long term sustainable advantage of the product. The awards took place at CogX London 2017, an innovation exchange focused on the impact that AI will have across all industries, government and society as a whole.

About Blackbaud
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

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SAO PAULO, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Atento S.A. (NYSE: ATTO), the leading provider of customer relationship management and business process outsourcing solutions (CRM/BPO) in Latin America, and one of the three top providers worldwide, announced the signing of a strategic partnership and the acquisition of a minority stake at Keepcon, a leading provider of semantic technology-based automated customer experience management. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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The addition of Keepcon will expand the Artificial Intelligence and automatization capabilities of Atento’s omnichannel platform. The integration of Keepcon’s semantic technology with Atento´s existing solutions allows for the monitoring, analysis and management of customer sentiment and needs through social media in real-time. This can be delivered through a blended automatized and agent-based solution or through a fully automatized solution.

The announcement is aligned with the launch of Atento Digital, a newly created global business unit integrating all of Atento’s digital assets to generate additional value for clients and drive growth across verticals and geographies. The new platform will integrate digital marketing tools, automatization of front and back office customer processes and a robust omnichannel platform to generate efficiency and results for customer acquisition, management and retention.

Alejandro Reynal, Chief Executive Officer of Atento, commented, “The partnership with Keepcon will expand our digital capabilities, allowing us to provide differentiated customer experience solutions to generate competitive advantages for companies and increased satisfaction for consumers.”

Matias Rozenfarb, Chief Executive Officer of Keepcon, added, “We are very excited about the partnership and the opportunities that Atento will bring to our clients and our employees, and we look forward to generating value by providing new capabilities to the company.”

Digital services comprised 6% of Atento’s total revenues in 2016, and we expect the launch of Atento Digital and our partnership with Keepcon to drive incremental digital services growth in 2017. Atento is the leading provider of customer related digital services in Latin America with a share of 11% in a market totaling 1 billion USD and with growth rates averaging above 9% in the coming five years (Frost & Sullivan and company estimates).

About Keepcon
Keepcon was created almost 9 years ago becoming the main semantic technology provider in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets. Based on the uniqueness of its proprietary linguistic approach, Keepcon originally created an automatic content moderation service becoming one of the largest players in semantic technology in this market. 3 years ago Keepcon started creating new services leveraged on the same technology, adding English to its semantic solutions and becoming a leading automated customer experience management service in Latin America by providing actionable insights for marketing and automation of customer care processes. While having offices in US, Brazil and Argentina, Keepcon has 40+ world class customers mainly in America and Europe. More info at www.keepcon.com

About Atento
Atento is the largest provider of customer relationship management and business process outsourcing (CRM/BPO) services in Latin America, and among the top three providers globally, based on revenues. Atento is also a leading provider of nearshoring CRM/BPO services to companies that carry out their activities in the United States. Since 1999, the company has developed its business model in 13 countries where it employs more than 150,000 people. Atento has over 400 clients to whom it offers a wide range of CRM/BPO services through multiple channels. Atento’s clients are mostly leading multinational corporations in sectors such as telecommunications, banking and financial services, health, retail and public administrations, among others. Atento´s shares trade under the symbol ATTO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). In 2016, Atento was named one of the World´s 25 Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work® for a third consecutive year. For more information visit www.atento.com

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These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which the statements were made. Atento undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise

 

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BEIJING, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — LKKER Conference 2017 & Global Innovation Design Conference took place in Ningbo, China on June 30. It was initiated and organized by LKKER, China’s first internet-based platform for “Sharing Designs”. Technology experts and chief executives from IT titans including Tencent, Microsoft, and Airbnb, as well as top designer Masayuki Kurokawa gathered in Ningbo, discussing the new business model of “sharing designs” in the new era of the sharing economy. The Conference connected the enterprises, designers and end users. It gathered global innovation resources, broke the barriers between innovative design and traditional manufacturing, maximizing the value driven by the power of imagination.

In light of the rise of the sharing economy, LKKER initiated the concept of “Sharing Designs” in the design industry. At its core, sharing design is driven by design, which unlimitedly connects needs, people and objects. By sharing the power of imagination, it extends to all fields from the fundamental framework of “Customer to Business to Designer”(CBD). Ultimately, a new design ecosystem generated by customized needs comes into being.

When technology and management become the standard-configured skills of smart robots, it marks the start of the Imagination Era. Yet, despite how superior it is, artificial intelligence will never overwhelm human’s taste, and will never surpass human’s imagination or their proactive creativity. People are engaged so much in the innovation activities that every single user is outputting his own creativity and value, which generates the so-called “Economy of Imagination”. Through innovative designs,  economy of imagination offers new values and possibilities to our lives.  Consumption upgrade is the upgrade of individual imagination, and IoE (Internet of Everything) gives imagination to products, enabling all products connect with each other without limits, all of which will lead to the revolution of channels, and eventually, the channels of imagination. According to LKKER, the future Era of Industry Internet will be an era when imagination prevails.

The mission of LKKER is to enable everyone enjoy the value of Sharing Designs. As a platform for product creativity, the new model gathers outstanding designers and massive users, opens as a makerspace, where enterprises and makers can benefit from the product design and new ecosystem in which products are designed and created more excellently, more efficiently, and more openly.  

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ARLINGTON, Va., June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, American Trucking Associations announced Seeing Machines, a leading developer and supplier of face and eye tracking software, became the newest member to the ATA Featured Product provider program.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight.Trucking Moves America Forward. (PRNewsFoto/American Trucking Associations)

“Artificial intelligence and advanced sensing algorithms have created an innovative way to monitor a driver’s attentiveness levels while on the road.  Drivers can benefit greatly from being able to detect fatigue and prevent potential accidents, which could lead to significant safety improvements in the trucking industry,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Seeing Machines is one of the leaders in this space and we are excited to welcome them as ATA Featured Product providers who share our safety mission.”

Guardian by Seeing Machines is a sophisticated real-time accident prevention technology, using advanced eye and face tracking software to detect driver fatigue and distraction and provide immediate intervention through in-cab audio and vibration alerts. There are 3 key features that make Guardian a truly powerful solution: real-time in-cab detection and alerts, 24/7 support monitoring and extensive data analysis, and continuous improvement of customer safety policy. These pillars dramatically reduce the risk of life-threatening incidents and help mitigate the emotional and financial costs that go with them.

“American Trucking Associations is a leading advocate for the U.S. trucking industry, and Seeing Machines is proud to work with the ATA to make roads safer for all truck drivers and other road users,” said Seeing Machines COO Paul Angelatos. “As an ATA Featured Product provider, this relationship is key to protecting drivers from the onset of fatigue and distraction.”

Efforts to reduce distraction and fatigue among truck drivers and the general motoring public are strategic priorities for ATA. By educating the motoring public about the dangers of distracted driving through ATA’s Image and Outreach programs, or introducing legislators and regulators to key ideas to improve road safety, ATA continues to seek meaningful solutions to reducing highway accidents.

ATA’s Featured Product list is available at www.atabusinesssolutions.com or by calling 866-821-3468.

Seeing Machines, (AIM: SEE) is an industry leader in computer vision based human sensing technologies which enable breakthrough solutions in performance, safety and user experiences. With more than 15 years of R&D investment and proven industry experience, Seeing Machines uses advanced sensing technologies and machine learning algorithms to deliver precision tracking and analysis of heads, faces and eyes for multiple emerging applications. A primary application is Driver Monitoring Systems to detect and deal with drowsiness, distraction and further cognitive states which enables the “Guardian” Fleet safety product and intelligent ADAS / Autonomous Driving automotive solutions. A further key application is real-time delivery of precision eye tracking in real world vehicular conditions, normalizing for all light conditions (and challenges such as sunglasses) for smart display systems etc. The Company delivers its AI based technology platform in a range of solutions from embedded software to “Fovio” DMS processors to full systems such as the Guardian in-cabin and 24/7 monitoring and intervention telematics service for the commercial trucking sector, which prevents accidents and saves costs and lives. Seeing Machines’ technology has been adopted by global industry leaders across the transportation spectrum such as Caterpillar in the off-road sector. Seeing Machines is headquartered in Canberra, Australia and currently has offices and people in Melbourne, Tucson, Silicon Valley, Detroit and UK.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on FacebookTrucking Moves America Forward.

 

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FULLERTON, Calif., June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Milton Security Group Inc., a cybersecurity company that offers 24/7 cybersecurity monitoring and incident response, announced on June 29th 2017 that they are celebrating their 10th anniversary. Sharing the same 10th anniversary date as the release of the first Apple iPhone reflects a watershed moment in their respective industries.

Milton Security 10 Years

When starting Milton Security 10 years ago, Founder & CEO James McMurry set out to create a unique and reliable security solution that was also affordable. He saw the coming of what we now know as the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon with all of the security ramifications that came with those environments. Up until the introduction of the EdgeWall®, partial solutions being offered didn’t cover every platform, and required an agent on every device that was introduced to the network.

“It has been an exciting 10 years,” said CEO Jim McMurry.  “I have personally seen many firms come and go. I started Milton without any outside investors, I boot-strapped the whole 10 years. A few years ago, I brought Ethan Coulter on as my partner and President at Milton, so I could concentrate on our technology direction and helping to educate our customers. We have accomplished quite a lot in these past ten years, and have great plans for the future. I am very excited about the next 10 years!”

“The security world has been one wild ride and we’ve had a blast supporting our customers throughout the years,” said President Ethan Coulter.  “Our goal has always been to help as many as possible, and our vSOC is really the best way for us to do that.  Now all of our customers have experts on their teams and I’m proud we can be that for them.”

“Since joining Milton 5 years ago, I have concentrated on selling real innovation and solutions, not just a product,” said Evan Tremper, Director of Business Development, “Milton has always concentrated on helping our customers first, and that is why I joined this great team. I believe that there are too many other Information Security firms that believe they are revolutionizing cybersecurity through the use of artificial intelligence to proactively prevent advanced persistent threats, when in fact it takes more than just blinky lights and machine learning to truly secure organizations.”

Understanding the high cost of hiring and training technical experts to work round- the-clock, as well as a capital expense for equipment, Milton Security launched its virtual Security Operations Center featuring their EdgeWall® solution. The Milton Security vSOC offers SOC as a Service, NAC as a Service and Incident Response all in one package, and with flexible coverage options. Customers are able to sign up for a vSOC Plan that best suits their company’s needs at an affordable price.

About Milton Security Group Inc.:

Milton Security Group Inc., a Department of Veterans Affairs Certified Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) was started in 2007 with the basic idea to make Network Security within reach of all businesses. From this basic principle, Milton Security Group has designed and developed a growing suite of security solutions, starting with the EdgeWall® Adaptive Network Access Control solution. All of our solutions are tailored for the individual customer, as each network and needs are unique. Continually adapting to the needs of customers, Milton Security began offering virtual Security Operations Center services at the beginning of 2017.

Milton Security puts an emphasis on hiring Veterans whenever possible, with half of their employees being Veterans from multiple branches of the military.

For more information about Milton Security Group, please visit http://www.miltonsecurity.com/

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PITTSBURGH, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — There’s no bigger barrier to business success than a leadership team that makes decisions based on the reasoning that “We’ve always done it that way.”

This attitude of stagnant leadership has never been a bigger risk than in today’s rapidly changing business environment that demands agility for survival. To help leaders and organizations broaden their perspectives in order to adapt their leadership strategy to these new demands, DDI has launched “Challenging Thinking.” This thought leadership series questions conventional wisdom, dispels myths and proffers innovative new ideas designed to change the way people think about leadership.

“Comfort is the enemy of growth,” said Tacy Byham, CEO of DDI. “In the rapid pace of today’s business environment, the vast majority of organizations are desperate to quickly grow their leaders to ensure they are ready to take on tomorrow’s challenges. Our new ‘Challenging Thinking’ series is designed to help leaders grow by pushing them out of their comfort zone, enabling them to make better decisions about which outdated practices to throw out, which innovative ideas to adopt, which tried-and-true practices to keep and which fads are unsupported by science.”

To date, DDI has released five pieces in the Challenging Thinking series:

  • “Can Today’s Millennial Leaders Become Tomorrow’s Great CEOs?” by Richard Wellins, Ph.D. and Rebecca Ray, Ph.D.: All CEO positions will eventually be held by Millennials. When their time comes to lead, will they be ready? Based on the study “Divergent Views/Common Ground: The Leadership Perspectives of C-Suite Executives and Millennial Leaders” from DDI, The Conference Board and RW2 Enterprises, it’s clear that Millennial leadership will bring about change, but perhaps in a different way than many people have assumed.
  • “Are We Underselling the Promise of Women in STEM Leadership Roles?” by Stephanie Neal and Audrey Smith, Ph.D.: It’s well-documented that the number of women in STEM fields are going in the wrong direction, despite there being more evidence than ever supporting the case for having more women in leadership. But women may be uniquely hard-wired to lead in STEM, regardless of their technical backgrounds.
  • “Could Siri Become Your Leadership Coach?” by Mike Hoban: Artificial intelligence (AI) bots make excellent personal assistants, reminding you of your appointments, making a dinner reservation or rapidly researching the answer to any question. But as AI rapidly progresses, could these bots begin to understand the nuance of human behavior, eventually being able to help guide you in how to handle complicated relationships at work? In other words, could a bot such as Apple’s Siri soon become your leadership coach?
  • “Is There a Flow State of Leadership?” by Evan Sinar, Ph.D.: Being busy is not the same as being productive. For leaders to be truly productive, they need to achieve a state of “flow,” in which someone is completely immersed in an activity that takes all of their concentration. But with all the distractions of the daily work world, leaders are struggling more than ever to achieve this state.
  • “What if New Leaders Ran Your Company for a Year?” by Liza Hummel: In many organizations, their go-to “A-team” for solving problems consists of people with the longest tenure at the company. But while these leaders’ knowledge is valuable, continually relying on those with experience doesn’t breed fresh, innovative ideas. Instead, imagine what might happen to innovation if all-new leaders ran your company for a year.

DDI will continue to release new pieces every few weeks. Anyone who would like to ask questions or participate in the conversation about innovative thinking on leadership can join DDI on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn using #DDIChallengingThinking.

To stay informed about DDI’s latest insight and research into leadership, subscribe to DDI’s GOmagazine and GOnewsletter.

About DDI
DDI is a global leadership company that helps organizations transform the way they hire, promote and develop leaders at every level. With more than 100 industrial-organizational psychologists on staff, DDI has dedicated itself to the science and practice of leadership since 1970. Clients include half of the Fortune 500 and multinationals in every industry across more than 90 countries. To find out more information about DDI’s leadership expertise, visit www.ddiworld.com.

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SAN FRANCISCO, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Brighterion, a global leader in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, has been designated a 2017 Cool Vendor by Gartner, the world’s leading IT research firm. The annual Cool Vendor award evaluates technology companies that deliver innovative and impactful solutions.

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“Brighterion has deep academic roots; the technology applies to 10 different AI and machine learning technologies. Notable is the use of its Smart-Agents technology, which continually adjusts the understanding of the behavior patterns of specific profiles of entities without the need for rules or model updates. Combined with Smart-Agents, the approach offers continually evolving models with significantly lower operational and modeling costs. It has demonstrated dramatically lower false-positive rates and detection rates in head-to-head comparisons with legacy financial crime scoring models. The vendor’s focus on behavioral analysis enables cross-channel behavior anomaly detection and prediction. The solution identifies low-risk behavior and improves overall model performance in the face of changing threats and legitimate customer behavior patterns.” the report noted.

Brighterion offers the world’s deepest and broadest portfolio of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies, providing real-time intelligence from all data sources regardless of type, complexity and volume. Brighterion’s  A.I. and machine learning technologies are successfully applied in cyber/homeland security, AML, real-time cross-channel fraud prevention, onboarding and risk monitoring,  data breach detection,  biotech,  and  financial markets.

Governments and Fortune 100 companies trust Brighterion’s A.I. technologies in mission critical applications. Each month our A.I. platform monitors billions of events and transactions in real time. We are honored to be recognized as a Gartner, Cool Vendors in Identity and Fraud Management.

About Brighterion

A privately held company founded in 2000, Brighterion is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.  Brighterion offers the world’s deepest and broadest portfolio of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, providing real-time intelligence from all data sources regardless of type, complexity and volume.

Our technologies are successfully applied in cyber and homeland security, Anti-money Laundering (AML), real-time cross-channel fraud prevention, onboarding and risk monitoring, data breach detection, marketing, trading, healthcare and biotech.

Brighterion has received multiple awards including: the Innovation World Series Award and the Payment Security Excellence Award.

For more information please visit http://brighterion.com/

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NEW YORK, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Arup, the global design and consulting firm for the built environment, has issued a report, “Reimaging Property in a Digital World” revealing how digital technology is beginning to reshape the property sector, changing the way buildings are designed, built, and used.

Fiona Cousins, PE leader of Arup’s sustainability team in New York and an Arup Fellow said, “Digital technology is redefining the property sector as we speak, bringing the potential to radically improve our working lives, increase asset value, and create more sustainable buildings. With the right strategy in place, we can align the property sector with the demands of our digitally enabled society and truly deliver buildings for the future.”

The report predicts that physical and digital environments will merge into hybrid spaces. It’s a world in which 3D printed and Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled desks can adapt to every user, while the buildings they’re in will become truly intelligent. That means they can better meet environmental regulations and provide users with a completely different experience of work, shopping, and play. Every element of the property development cycle will dramatically change and improve in response to our increasingly digitalized society.

The report is based on Arup’s work, including the development of IHG Green Engage, which enables InterContinental Hotels Group to set and track property-specific reduction goals for carbon, energy, water, and waste, as well as the development of data-driven visualization and auralization tools such as the Arup SoundLab.

Drivers of digital change
The report identifies the key drivers underlying digital growth in the property sector, which touch on almost every aspect of modern life. These range from expectations of instant access to information and services, as the capabilities of smartphones continue to evolve, to the falling price of sensor technology, which is changing the business case for investment.

It also highlights how environmental regulation is dictating the need for buildings to be smarter and cleaner. In the developed world, the real estate sector consumes over 40% of global energy, emits 20% of total global greenhouse gasses, and utilizes 40% of global raw materials1. With the required public disclosure of energy use in commercial buildings on the rise, property owners and managers need smart buildings and infrastructures that perform better and utilize resources in a cost-effective way.

Reshaping every phase of property development
With the property sector under pressure, Arup highlights how faster, smarter, and more powerful technology is changing every element of the property development cycle, including:

  • Design and construction. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning can collect, visualize and analyze data to enable more immersive stakeholder engagement and intelligent decision making. The report also discusses the latest in virtual and augmented reality technologies, with cutting-edge 3D cameras scanning interior environments to develop customizable models that can be manipulated by design teams and shown to tenants to refine every element of a space before it’s built.
  • End-user experiences. As technology innovations like Alexa and Amazon Echo begin to change the home environment, so will they impact the world of work. The digital experience is becoming as important as the physical one for the modern worker, resident, or shopper. That means they get greater information from the building around them, putting them in more control. For example, Arup has prototyped desks that can be customized for individual workers or know when the place is empty, so shutting down power to the desk.
  • Better performing assets. By gathering detailed data on properties using IoT technology and combining it with ongoing analysis, owners and managers can ensure potential problems are tracked earlier and dealt with quicker, and operational elements (ventilation, lighting, heating, water, etc.) are optimized to deliver energy and financial savings. What’s more, data collection and analysis across portfolios can lead to more strategic decision-making about asset renewal schedules and site prioritization.
  • Long-term valuation. Data analytics is now central to making key investment decisions, combining detailed information from buildings with external data about the surrounding environment. This could be the better understanding of seismic risk factors or training computers to continuously evaluate macro changes in traffic patterns to fully understand commute implications for new office locations. Arup’s work for The University of British Columbia, for example, digitally simulated thousands of earthquake scenarios to identify high-risk buildings, assess how long buildings could be offline, and determine which should be retrofitted or totally de-commissioned in the near term.

About Arup
Arup provides planning, engineering, design, and consulting services for the most prominent projects and sites in the built environment. Since its founding in 1946, the firm has consistently delivered technical excellence, innovation, and value to its clients, while maintaining its core mission of shaping a better world. Arup opened its first US office more than 30 years ago and now employs 1,400 people in the Americas. The firm’s employee-ownership structure promotes ongoing investment in joint research to yield better outcomes that benefit its clients and partners. Visit Arup’s website, www.arup.com, and the online magazine of Arup in the Americas, doggerel.arup.com, for more information.

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NEW YORK, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

If you want a Stock Review on BOX, CLDR, DATA or HUBS then come over to http://dailystocktracker.com/register/ and sign up for your free customized report today. The global Application Software space is a consolidated industry consisting of ERP, CRM, SCM, and business intelligence and analytics. A combination of factors such as IT spending, technological innovations, and economic growth impacts the industry dynamics significantly. Today, DailyStockTracker.com scans Box Inc. (NYSE: BOX), Cloudera Inc. (NYSE: CLDR), Tableau Software Inc. (NYSE: DATA), and HubSpot Inc. (NYSE: HUBS). Learn more about these stocks by signing up for their free reports on DailyStockTracker.com at: http://dailystocktracker.com/register/

Box Inc. 

On Thursday, shares in Redwood City, California headquartered Box Inc. recorded a trading volume of 2.33 million shares, which was above their three months average volume of 1.91 million shares. The stock ended the session 4.19% lower at $18.06. The Company’s shares have gained 10.59% over the previous three months and 30.30% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading 9.86% above its 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of Box, which provides cloud content management platform that enables organizations of various sizes to manage their enterprise content from anywhere, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 42.32.

On June 27th, 2017, Box and Microsoft Corp. announced an expanded partnership to jointly offer Box cloud content management with Azure to enterprise customers. Box will use Azure as a strategic public cloud platform, and the companies commit to shared go-to-market investments, including initiatives to co-sell the former with Azure. In addition, the partnership will enable future integration between Azure’s artificial intelligence and machine-learning capabilities with Box’s cloud content management platform. The free research report on BOX is available at: http://dailystocktracker.com/registration/?symbol=BOX

Cloudera 

Palo Alto, California headquartered Cloudera Inc.’s stock closed the day 1.01% lower at $15.68 with a total trading volume of 744,491 shares. The Company’s shares are trading 20.09% below their 50-day moving average. Shares of the Company, which operates a data management, machine learning, and analytics software platform in the US, Europe, and Asia, have an RSI of 31.91.

On June 13th, 2017, Cloudera announced that it was named an SD Times 100 Winner in the Big Data & Analytics category for 2017. The SD Times 100 identifies the industry’s top leaders, innovators, and influencers across a broad range of categories. This is the fifth consecutive year that the Company has been selected as a winner since the award’s inception in 2013. The complimentary report on CLDR can be downloaded at: http://dailystocktracker.com/registration/?symbol=CLDR

Tableau Software 

Shares in Seattle, Washington headquartered Tableau Software Inc. recorded a trading volume of 1.22 million shares, which was higher than their three months average volume of 1.20 million shares. The stock ended yesterday’s trading session 3.68% lower at $61.77. The Company’s shares have advanced 26.16% in the previous three months and 46.55% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 2.47% and 19.51%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Tableau Software, which provides business analytics software products, have an RSI of 48.14.

On June 01st, 2017, Tableau Software announced the general availability of Tableau 10.3. This latest release helps organizations achieve data-driven insights faster than ever through automated table and join recommendations powered by machine-learning algorithms that simplify the search for the right data for analysis. It also includes data-driven alerts to allow for proactive monitoring of key metrics. Tableau 10.3 unlocks six new data sources for rapid-fire analysis, including a new connector for extracting data from PDF documents.  

On June 13th, 2017, research firm Goldman upgraded the Company’s stock rating from ‘Neutral’ to ‘Buy’. Visit us today and download our complete research report on DATA for free at: http://dailystocktracker.com/registration/?symbol=DATA

HubSpot 

Cambridge, Massachusetts headquartered HubSpot Inc.’s stock finished Thursday’s session 3.83% lower at $65.30. A total volume of 498,062 shares was traded, which was above their three months average volume of 457,020 shares. The Company’s shares have advanced 12.20% over the previous three months and 38.94% since the start of this year. The stock is trading above its 200-day moving average by 11.10%. Additionally, shares of HubSpot, which provides a cloud-based marketing and sales software platform for businesses in the Americas, Europe, and Asia/Pacific, have an RSI of 41.97.

On June 27th, 2017, research firm SunTrust initiated a ‘Buy’ rating on the Company’s stock, with a target price of $81 per share. Get free access to your technical report on HUBS at: http://dailystocktracker.com/registration/?symbol=HUBS

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SAO PAULO, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Atento S.A. (NYSE: ATTO), the leading provider of customer relationship management and business process outsourcing services (CRM/BPO) in Latin America, and one of the three top providers worldwide, today launched Atento Digital, a newly created global business unit integrating all of the company’s digital assets to generate additional value for clients and drive growth across verticals and geographies. Atento Digital kicks off with the signing of a strategic partnership and acquisition of a minority stake in Keepcon, a leading provider of automated customer experience management based on semantic technology.

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Atento Digital integrates digital marketing tools, automatization of front and back office customer processes and a robust omnichannel platform to generate efficiency and results for customer’s acquisition, management and retention. It also provides solutions to advance digital transformation processes while making the most of existing systems. Atento Digital’s mainstream offering encompasses a range of services including online sales, digital customer care, digital technical support, digital HR and digital collections, all delivered through Atento’s omnichannel platform integrating traditional and digital channels. Atento’s digital offering also includes consulting capabilities and the use of analytics and automatization tools to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of customer related processes.

One of the first initiatives of Atento Digital has been the expansion of the Artificial Intelligence and automatization capabilities of its omnichannel platform using Keepcon semantic technology. The integration of this technology with Atento’s existing solutions allows to monitor, analyze and manage customer sentiment and needs through social media in real time. This can be delivered through a blended automated and agent based solution or through a fully automated solution.

Alejandro Reynal, Atento’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “We live in the midst of a digital revolution that is having an impact on virtually every industry as well as the way companies operate and interrelate with their customers. At Atento we are turning the business disruption generated by this revolution into differentiated customer experience solutions generating competitive advantages for companies and increased satisfaction for consumers.” Mr. Reynal added, “Atento Digital will integrate our company’s existing digital assets and combine them with expanded capabilities through strategic partnerships and acquisitions to drive innovation and efficiency for our clients.”

Commenting on the launching of Atento Digital, Mr. Reynal added, “We are setting a new milestone in the successful trajectory of our company and advancing the execution of our growth strategy through the deployment of a mainstream digital offer. With Atento Digital we enhance our value creation capabilities for both companies facing digital transformation processes and born digital players.”

Digital services comprised 6% of Atento’s total revenues in 2016, and we expect the launch of Atento Digital and our partnership with Keepcon to drive incremental digital services growth in 2017. Atento is the leading provider of customer related digital services in Latin America with a share of 11% in a market totaling 1 billion USD and with growth rates averaging above 9% in the coming five years (Frost & Sullivan and company estimates).

David Cardoso, Atento Digital Global Director, commented, “Atento Digital builds upon our company’s extensive experience as provider of digital services within our client’s value chain. With more than 1 million customer transactions managed by bots and 7 million automated chats in a year only in Brazil, we offer our clients simpler, faster and results-oriented services through digitalization.” Mr Cardoso added, “With a wide range of digital assets developed over the years and the expansion of digital capabilities though our partners, the creation of Atento Digital significantly strengthen our company’s commitment to drive customer experience in the digital age.”

About Keepcon
Keepcon was created almost 9 years ago becoming the main semantic technology provider in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets. Based on the uniqueness of its proprietary linguistic approach, Keepcon originally created an automatic content moderation service becoming one of the largest players in semantic technology in this market. 3 years ago Keepcon started creating new services leveraged on the same technology, adding English to its semantic solutions and becoming a leading automated customer experience management service in Latin America by providing actionable insights for marketing and automation of customer care processes. While having offices in US, Brazil and Argentina, Keepcon has 40+ world class customers mainly in America and Europe. More info at www.keepcon.com

About Atento
Atento is the largest provider of customer relationship management and business process outsourcing (CRM BPO) services in Latin America, and among the top three providers globally, based on revenues. Atento is also a leading provider of nearshoring CRM/BPO services to companies that carry out their activities in the United States. Since 1999, the company has developed its business model in 13 countries where it employs 150,000 people. Atento has over 400 clients to whom it offers a wide range of CRM/BPO services through multiple channels. Atento’s clients are mostly leading multinational corporations in sectors such as telecommunications, banking and financial services, health, retail and public administrations, among others. Atento’s shares trade under the symbol ATTO on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). In 2016, Atento was named one of the World’s 25 Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work® for a fourth consecutive year. For more information visit www.atento.com

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