EY Wins Pega 2017 Partner Excellence in Thought Leadership Award: Future of Work

NEW YORK, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — EY announced today that Ernst & Young LLP has received Pegasystems Inc.’s 2017 Partner Excellence in Thought Leadership: Future of Work award. Pega praised the firm’s work in artificial intelligence and robotic automation that is driving next-generation efficiency and productivity for leading organizations. 

Shifting Strategies: 2014 EY Global Hedge Fund and Investor Survey (PRNewsFoto/Ernst & Young LLP)

“This award not only underscores our commitment to a strong collaboration with Pega, but the desire for clients to leverage artificial intelligence and robotics in digital transformation,” said Bob Patton, EY Americas Advisory Vice Chair. “We’re honored and humbled by Pegasystems’ recognition and remain committed to helping businesses navigate disruption throughout their transformation journey.”

Pega also cited EY as a leader for integrating robotics into business process management delivery centers. EY additionally uses dedicated robotics leaders in its services and continues to invest in developing additional robotic automation capabilities.

EY is able to help organizations identify the right approach to innovation, and offers the resources to help them innovate at speed and scale by bringing together technologists, business domain experts, and deep domain experience. Working with EY, organizations can be fearless about innovating – identifying big ideas, finding the right approach to meet their needs, and making dramatic breakthroughs when and how they need them.

Alan Trefler, Founder and CEO, Pegasystems said, “Pega and EY share a vision for fundamentally changing the way companies work by automating rote processes to make businesses more efficient and enable better customer experiences. We’re proud to recognize EY for the work they are doing to drive real and sustainable change for our clients.”

“This honor from Pegasystems also shines the light on EY’s and Pega’s joint work to help companies turn to automation and robotics for ways to improve efficiency, amplify business value, and enhance customer experience,” said Greg Sarafin, Principal, Ernst & Young LLP. “Together, EY and Pegasystems are revolutionizing not only the future of work, but the future of business, the future of experience and the future of purpose.”

About the EY and Pegasystems Alliance
As the emergence of new channels and technologies accelerates, the modern enterprise needs the ability to drive continuous digitization and transformation. EY and Pega provide end-to-end, global technology offerings, from initial assessment through deployment and ongoing services, to help our clients achieve unprecedented business outcomes and become world class innovators.

Combining EY thought leadership and Pega technology, we can help our clients achieve business results through Enterprise Process Automation (EPA). With EPA, the path to better business outcomes is recognizing the business events that matter and simplifying them into work objects that can be orchestrated through a series of actions and decisions. This process allows an organization to take full advantage of automation technologies including business process management, robotics, artificial intelligence, and decision making to drive faster time to value with higher ROI.

About Pegasystems
Pegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega® Platform – empowers people to rapidly deploy, and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 30-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and BPM, powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading brands achieve breakthrough business results. For more information on Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA) visit www.pega.com.

About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

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MetTel Launches Customer Innovation Labs to Support Digital Transformation for IT and Telecom Networks

NEW YORK, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — MetTel, a fast-growing communications solution provider for businesses, today unveiled MetTel Customer Innovation Labs, a new research and development organization chartered with engaging customers, technology and carrier partners to develop unique and useful customer solutions.  

MetTel Customer Innovation Labs are based in New York City, the former Bell Labs building in Holmdel, New Jersey and in Salt Lake City, Utah.

As part of the launch, the labs are announcing a solution designed to enable businesses to quickly recover from extended network disruptions or catastrophic events and rapidly deploy connectivity for local branches or pop-up businesses in need of high speed, quality and reliable service to support business continuity.

The new R&D organization has evolved from groups of researchers and developers working to help solve specific customer problems and extend MetTel capabilities at a client’s request.  MetTel’s responsiveness to customer needs is well documented, having won the Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year for three consecutive years. MetTel Customer Innovation Labs is yet another manifestation of MetTel’s overall corporate commitment to its customer-first mission.

Ed Fox, Vice President of Network Services at MetTel, has been named to lead the division. James Salame, Vice President of Software Development, will drive technology platform development. Sean Sullivan, Vice President of Product Management & Regulatory Affairs, and Gary Gluzman, Executive Director of Product Management, will collaborate with customers and the labs team to commercialize the most promising technologies and methods to accelerate product and service development.

“Everything we do is focused on practical innovation for customers,” said Fox. “MetTel develops digital transformation solutions to real problems by collaborating with customers and ecosystem partners. Our R&D has to address a current or near-term challenge our customers face for us to spend time and resources on it.”

A new solution coming out of the MetTel Customer Innovation Labs is an Emergency Communications Kit.  Born out of continuous dialogue with MetTel clients and business partners, the Emergency Communications Kit is designed to address any number of issues that can arise from natural disasters, sales spikes, mergers and acquisitions as well as other unforeseen incidents that can disrupt the communications network and affect a branch location or even an entire business.  The Emergency Communications Kit offers an out-of-the-box disaster recovery solution that quickly replaces network functions in much the same way a back-up generator kicks in when a home or building loses power.

Another key use case for the kit is to support so-called “pop up” stores or businesses. Retailers, entertainers, restaurants and other businesses have increasingly used this technique as part of sales or marketing campaigns to generate interest among targeted demographics and capture higher sales during peak demand periods. The MetTel Emergency Communications Kit can create instant, on-site network connectivity wherever a business location is established.  

The Emergency Communications Kit solution provides fast data transfer speeds, increased bandwidth, secure and private connectivity, network usage monitoring, streamlined provisioning, automated policy management and most importantly, a reliable connection businesses can count on.  It was designed for branch or local office deployment, making it ideal for banks, healthcare chains and retailers.  Consisting of voice services, wireless adapters, mobile service, custom configuration and installation, the kit is the first instant branch recovery solution powered by SD-WAN that aggregates the broadband of the two largest US mobile carriers.

Another example of MetTel’s Customer Innovation Labs successes already in the market is its multi-faceted SD-WAN business that has grown at record pace. MetTel has seen a dramatic spike in demand for SD-WAN with customer engagements tripling in 2016. The company has also seen 70 percent further growth in the first two months of 2017 compared to the same time period last year.  A key reason for this success and associated differentiation in the marketplace is the way in which the labs team internet worked the new software and features into MetTel’s trusted and reliable backbone network. 

“We enable a best-of- both-worlds approach for customers who want to look before they leap headlong into the emerging software-defined environment on day one,” said Fox. “Clients want greater, more cost-efficient bandwidth and MetTel delivered two market-leading solutions working with its SD-WAN partner, VeloCloud.”  

In fact, Gartner gave MetTel’s SD-WAN solutions the highest possible score in 2017 published research in its Market Guide for US Alternative WAN Branch Solution Providers.*

Customers that have benefitted from these SD-WAN innovations include, waste management leader Republic Services, and Wunderlich Securities, among others.  MetTel also works closely with its partner ecosystem that includes key players such as VeloCloud, Purple WiFi, Broadsoft, Tableau, Telestax and Gravy, among others.

Each of MetTel’s labs l includes teams of software developers, network architects and digital transformation specialists dedicated to key business growth market segments including analytics, API integration, programmable telecom, cloud computing, Internet of Things, mobility, network function virtualization, cyber security, software-defined networking and unique client solution development. 

MetTel’s labs are also keenly focused on vertical industry solutions and services. While the labs cover all vertical markets, priority industries experiencing the fastest growth and greatest threats from disruption include banking, retail, healthcare, energy and government.  For example, the labs teams are working on new technologies for telehealth and remote healthcare, network management platforms for the public sector, retail analytics for wireless and third party public databases, and leveraging Watson Analytics™ for unified communications, to name a few. Plans are also in place to delve into other advanced fields such as the application of artificial intelligence in healthcare as well as virtual and augmented reality for digital business transformation.

About MetTel
MetTel is a leading global provider of integrated digital communications solutions for enterprise customers. By converging all communications over a proprietary network, MetTel enables enterprise companies to easily deploy and manage technology-driven voice, data, wireless and cloud solutions worldwide. MetTel’s comprehensive portfolio of customer solutions boosts enterprise productivity, reduces costs and simplifies operations. Combining customized and managed communication solutions with a powerful platform of cloud-based software, the company’s MetTel portal enables customers to manage their inventory, usage, spend and repairs from one simple, user friendly interface. For more information visit www.mettel.net, follow us on Twitter (@OneMetTel) and on LinkedIn, or call us directly at 877.963.8663. MetTel. Connect Smarter.™

*Source: Gartner Market Guide for US Alternative WAN Branch Solution Providers.  Published February 2017.

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Researchers from 50 Countries to Convene in London for the Computing Conference 2017

LONDON, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — More than 250 leading experts and researchers from across the world will attend the Computing Conference 2017 which will take place in London, UK next month. Venue is Hilton London Kensington.

Running from 18 – 20 July, this event will focus on the trends in technology and various experts will explore a plethora of topics such as: artificial intelligence, machine learning, high-performance computing, data science, security, IoT, robotics.

Keynote speakers include,

  • Siobhán Clarke, Professor at Trinity College Dublin
  • Irina Rish, Healthcare & Life Sciences department of IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Volker Markl, Professor at the Technische Universitat Berlin (TU Berlin)
  • Nikola Šerbedžija, Scientific Advisor at Fraunhofer FOKUS
  • Saeid Nahavandi, Director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation at Deakin University in Australia
  • Keith Stenning, Cognitive Scientist at University of Edinburgh, Scotland

The conference provides an opportunity for attendees from more than 50 countries to get inspired and informed by the noted scientists and reputed speakers. Also, it covers the discussion-oriented sessions to share new ideas, research results and the development experiences in various fields.

In three days, the conference will host a total of 6 keynotes and 200+ paper presentations organized into thirty sessions. The program also offers various networking opportunities including an evening reception which will give attendees the chance to mingle with other researchers after a day full of speakers, meetings, and thought-provoking topics. The schedule of the conference is designed to be of interest to experts of all disciplines and all levels of experience.

Each of the keynote speakers will touch base on very specific research areas and provide insights into their current work and future opportunities. Prof. Siobhán Clarke from the Trinity College Dublin will explore how automated communication and collaboration, using real-time decision-making, can play a part in assisting citizens in making better use of the available resources.

Prof Volker Markl from Technische Universitat Berlin says, “We will discuss about how our research activities have led to Apache Flink, an open-source big data analytics system, which by now has become a major data processing engine in the Apache Big Data Stack, used in a variety of applications by academia and industry.”

Prof Nikola Šerbedžija, a scientific advisor at Fraunhofer FOKUS, believes that humans are inevitably exposed to unpredictable influences of current technical advances. Due to this, an inclusion of protective mechanisms in the early design phase of systems is now essential. Prof Šerbedžija will discuss about this new paradigm called Real-Life Computing which uses the context-dependent real-life experience as a constraint upon which a new generation of systems should be validated.

The conference is chaired by Professor Liming Chen from the De Montfort University, United Kingdom. He is a grant holder of Research Projects funded by national (EPSRC, DEL), European (FP7, AAL) funding bodies and industry partners (SAP and IN2). His research focuses on context computing, agent based intelligent systems, human machine interaction, data and knowledge engineering and their applications specifically in the domain of smart environments, smart cyber physical systems and assistive living.

Computing Conference 2017 is organized by The Science and Information (SAI) Organization whose mission is to connect global research community through journals, conferences and technical activities.

For complete agenda and more information about the conference, visit the website:

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Clarify Health Welcomes Strategic Advisor Dr. John Merenich as Industry Braces for Transition to Value-Based Care

SAN FRANCISCO, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Clarify Health Solutions, Inc., a pioneer in AI-enabled care guidance and clinical workflow optimization, announced today that John Merenich, MD, FACP, FNLA, has joined the company as a strategic advisor. Merenich’s insights and experience will inform the company’s path forward as it expands to align with the increasing market demand for new episode-based payment models, such as the soon-to-be mandated bundles for cardiac care. He will help advance Clarify Health’s award-winning digital care management and patient engagement platform to help more healthcare organizations in 2017 and beyond.

Clarify Health Solutions

Merenich, an endocrinologist with expertise in the field of cardiac disease and lipids, held multiple leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO) prior to retiring in August 2016. In his new role, he will support Clarify Health by providing real-world guidance on best practices in clinical pathways, variation identification, and physician engagement. He is a timely addition to Clarify Health’s esteemed group of strategic advisors, which currently includes Jack Cochran, MD and Tom Barber, MD.

As the driving force behind many initiatives focused on the Triple Aim at KPCO, Merenich served as medical director of clinical informatics and decision support, director of variation analysis, medical director of the clinical pharmacy cardiac risk service, medical director of integrated cardiovascular health and medical director of population health.

“Value-based care is the core of the new healthcare ecosystem. In this new world, the Triple Aim has an increased sense of urgency,” said Merenich. “Healthcare providers need new strategies and tactics for reducing costs, improving outcomes and enhancing the patient experience. Clarify Health empowers providers to navigate this sea of change by arming them with real-time analytics and care navigation tools—technology that we couldn’t have even fathomed having at our fingertips in past decades. I’m proud to partner with the Clarify team to ensure a brighter future for patients and their families.”

“Healthcare is truly at a tipping point and value-based care is redefining our industry. We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Merenich to our team of strategic advisors to help shape the future of care delivery,” said Jean Drouin, MD, CEO and co-founder of Clarify Health. “Dr. Merenich is passionate about the work we’re doing and even more importantly, he has been in the trenches. He has a first-hand understanding of the problems we’re solving. We’re confident that his partnership will prove to be invaluable as we advance our solution to reach more patients and change more lives.”

Clarify Health’s first-of-its kind platform enables patients and their families to take more control over their healthcare journeys. Each care journey is personalized based on a detailed patient profile that includes clinical, demographic and behavioral data. Real-time care orchestration is powered by both retrospective and predictive analytics, helping providers to engage more effectively and efficiently with their patients, and ultimately leading to higher satisfaction, better care and lower costs.

About Clarify Health
Clarify Health believes that patients and those who care for them deserve better. Our digital solutions seamlessly integrate predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, real-time patient navigation and smart workflows to proactively guide patients and their caregivers through more precise and personalized care journeys. The result for providers, payers, employers and patients is more satisfying, higher value healthcare—and better outcomes. Clarify Health brings together committed and passionate colleagues with backgrounds in big data and AI engineering from financial services together with extensive clinical operations expertise. For more information, please visit http://www.clarifyhealth.com.

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ANSYS Delivers New Solutions For Reliable And Efficient Automotive, Mobile And HPC Electronic Designs

PITTSBURGH, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) is expanding its best-in-class engineering simulation architecture to combine the advanced computer science of elastic computing, big data and machine learning to the physics-based world of engineering simulation. Available today, ANSYS® RedHawk-SC™, ANSYS® Path-FX™ and ANSYS® CMA™ enable automotive, mobile and high-performance computing (HPC) organizations to accelerate electronic product innovation and improve performance, reliability and cost.

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Today’s leading automotive, HPC and mobile electronics require semiconductor chips with advanced process nodes to improve processor power consumption. As the scale and complexity of these chips increase, emerging design technologies need to provide optimized tools to quickly and accurately analyze and manage data. RedHawk-SC, Path-FX and CMA empower organizations to meet the growing electronic system demands for advanced driver-assistance systems, mobile phones, GPU-powered artificial intelligence and data center networking.  

RedHawk-SC brings unprecedented performance and scalability to the production proven ANSYS® RedHawk™ platform. RedHawk-SC’s elastic compute engine gives users a 10x improvement in capacity and scalability architecture over previous releases of RedHawk. Elastic compute enables customers to efficiently leverage commodity computers in private or public cloud environments, without requiring expensive, dedicated high memory computers.

With the addition of ANSYS® SeaScape™ technologies, RedHawk users now have access to big data analytics, and popular machine learning packages, that reduce power while increasing performance and reliability of semiconductor designs. Customers can process large amounts of data from different physics-based simulations and chip design data to drive optimizations that improve the cost, performance and reliability of designs.

ANSYS Path-FX supports users with on-chip variability analyses that are essential to advanced process node designs, where power, timing and parametric yield are critical. Path-FX integrates with RedHawk-SC to provide comprehensive timing and voltage variability analysis, complementing timing sign-off tools from third-party vendors. ANSYS CMA provides a direct link for electronic system designers to accurately model and analyze power integrity and signal integrity effects efficiently through sophisticated chip power models produced by RedHawk-SC.

“Our focus on multiphysics simulation for chip-package-system delivers unique and significant customer value to a large and growing number of the top semiconductor and electronics companies,” said John Lee, general manager, ANSYS. “We are excited to be at the forefront of applying advanced computational sciences such as machine learning and big data to drive results that enable our automotive, mobile and HPC electronic system customers to realize their product promise.”

The new products will be highlighted at the Design Automation Conference, June 18-22 in Austin, Texas, and at the ANSYS Executive Seminars in Silicon Valley and Austin in June. The seminars are open to key customers, and industry analysts, and will focus on machine learning, advanced semiconductor and automotive reliability flows.

About ANSYS, Inc.

If you’ve ever seen a rocket launch, flown on an airplane, driven a car, used a computer, touched a mobile device, crossed a bridge, or put on wearable technology, chances are you’ve used a product where ANSYS software played a critical role in its creation. ANSYS is the global leader in engineering simulation. We help the world’s most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, we help them solve the most complex design challenges and create products limited only by imagination.  Founded in 1970, ANSYS employs thousands of professionals, many of whom are expert M.S. and Ph.D.-level engineers in finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics, semiconductors, embedded software and design optimization. Headquartered south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., ANSYS has more than 75 strategic sales locations throughout the world with a network of channel partners in 40+ countries. Visit www.ansys.com for more information.

To join the simulation conversation, please visit: www.ansys.com/Social@ANSYS 

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Renaud Laplanche Joins LendIt’s Lang Di Fintech Conference 2017 as Keynote Speaker

NEW YORK, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — LendIt, the world’s largest lending and fintech conference series, today announced that Renaud Laplanche will join the keynote speaker roster for Lang Di Fintech 2017, LendIt’s Chinese conference. Lang Di Fintech, the largest fintech conference in China, marks Laplanche’s first public speaking role since founding Upgrade.

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Renaud Laplanche is a pioneer in the fintech industry. He launched Lending Club in 2006 and led the company for a decade, including a successful IPO in 2014, and built Lending Club into the largest online lending platform in the United States. Laplanche founded Upgrade last summer, a consumer credit platform that he describes as “online lending 2.0.” Laplanche’s keynote speech will focus on the concept of online lending 2.0, including how new technologies such as blockchain are increasingly incorporated into a Fintech company’s technology architecture.

“We are excited to add Renaud Laplanche to LendIt’s impressive lineup of keynote speakers for Lang Di Fintech,” said Bo Brustkern, co-founder and chairman of Lang Di Fintech. “The high caliber of Western Fintech executives speaking at and attending Lang Di Fintech underscores the strong interest in China’s fast growing fintech industry.”

“I look forward to speaking at the Lang Di Fintech conference, and exchanging ideas with the technology, business and government leaders of China,” said Renaud Laplanche, Co-founder & CEO of Upgrade. “LendIt is a special conference for me as I often gave the opening keynote at LendIt conferences in the USA and I have always been impressed by the high quality of their events and the participants.”

Laplanche joins another prominent keynote speaker, Max Baucus, former U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. Additional speakers include senior representatives from international banks, leading technology innovators, venture capitalists, regulators, government officials and the media.

Now in its second year, Lang Di 2017 expects over 2,000 delegates, making it the largest annual gathering of fintech leaders in China. For two days, 300 speakers from five continents will focus on the intersection of technology and financial services in Asia, specifically addressing artificial intelligence, machine learning, identity verification through biometrics, the blockchain’s impact on capital markets, the emergence of insurtech, financial inclusion, financial wellness, wealth management for the mass affluent, innovation in real estate technology, applying alternative data to credit underwriting and decisioning, the emergence of digital banking, and fintech cooperation with banks.

LendIt’s mission is to connect every major platform, investor and service provider in the fintech industry worldwide. Founded in 2013, LendIt has grown to become the leading lending and fintech conference in the US, Europe and Asia.

For more information, tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.lendit.com/china.

About LendIt
LendIt is a recognized global internet finance industry leader, founded in New York in 2013 by Bo Brustkern, Jason Jones and Peter Renton. Its aim is to gather industry elites to discuss and explore latest trends in the development of international financial technology. LendIt has become the largest fintech industry event in the world as it hosts three annual conferences, LendIt USA, LendIt Europe, and Lang Di Fintech, and dozens of complementary online and in-person industry events. LendIt also owns and operates one of the world’s leading industry educational channels, Lend Academy.

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DataFox Reports Record Year-over-Year Growth Fueled By New Fortune 500 Partnerships

SAN FRANCISCO, June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — DataFox (www.datafox.com) today announced that it has grown 150% Year-over-Year (YOY) and tripled the number of its Fortune 500 customers. Its exceptional growth has sparked a major hiring initiative as well as plans to secure a larger San Francisco headquarters office to accommodate a growing team of engineers and data scientists.

“This is an incredible acceleration point. Customers are seeing the immediate benefits of investing in our solutions that automate grunt work and help guide better, faster decision-making,” said Bastiaan Janmaat, DataFox Co-Founder and CEO. “DataFox has been able to improve the way people approach their jobs in sales, marketing, and other growth functions by helping them find, orchestrate, and leverage CRM data so they can focus on what matters most – building relationships and growing their business.”

The Artificial Intelligence Boom Leads to The Need for CRM Orchestration

“Managing customer data in the cloud and allowing seamless access to millions of data points expedite how quickly we can take action on key opportunities. Ultimately, DataFox can help increase the number of deals sourced by helping to identify and prioritize business opportunities that would otherwise be missed. It’s an exciting time as a sales leader to leverage powerful CRM orchestration technology,” said Jake Biskar, Head of Sales Development at Rainforest QA.

DataFox CRM Orchestration helps hundreds of businesses to:

  • Identify and acquire key insights from over 2 million companies and 3,000 conferences that enable them to grow their businesses and build relationships.
  • Connect data from disparate marketing and sales technologies to get a full picture of their CRM’s health and receive enhancements to proprietary datasets.
  • Access DataFox’s real-time insights for targeted opportunity identification and customer expansion.
  • Build workflows from 70 signal types covering 100,000 new signals aggregated every week to receive exactly the insights needed for specific jobs.

DataFox customers and partners include Salesforce, Marketo, Slack, Goldman Sachs, Amazon, Twilio, and Greenhouse.

“We are delighted that DataFox has attracted partnerships with Fortune 500 companies, which has generated demand for DataFox’s expanding range of solutions, and resulted in 150% year-over-year growth,” said Rana Yared, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and DataFox investor.

About DataFox
DataFox helps businesses gain control of customer data with CRM Orchestration. Sales, marketing, and investing teams at organizations like UPS, Visa, Twilio, and InsightSquared trust DataFox for the insights they need to identify new business opportunities. DataFox is backed by Goldman Sachs, Green Visor, GV, and Slack.

For career opportunities, please visit www.datafox.com/company/careers. For sales inquiries, please visit www.datafox.com.

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IBM Announces Partnership with Baheal Group to Bring Watson for Oncology to China

Consistent with its mission to improve and save lives, Baheal will extend the reach of Watson for Oncology across China, where a quarter of the world’s cancer deaths occur

BEIJING and ARMONK, N.Y., (IBM) today announced that Baheal Pharmaceutical Group is extending the reach of Watson for Oncology to clinicians across China through a new multi-year strategic alliance. As the primary channel partner for Watson for Oncology in China, Baheal will serve a key role in not only accelerating cancer patients’ access to cognitive technology, but over time, may also partner to bring Watson for Genomics and other future Watson Health innovation to China.

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Baheal has a proven track record delivering value to hospitals across China working with more than 12,000 hospitals today, and the company has already implemented Watson for Oncology at Qingdao University Affiliate Hospital and Qingdao City Hospital, impacting more than 350 patients to-date.

IBM Watson Health is actively partnering with organizations like Baheal within China’s healthcare and technology community to establish an ecosystem that will bring the benefits of machine learning into clinical practice to serve the needs of doctors and patients while maintaining compliance with local laws and regulations, including data privacy and security requirements.

“Oncologists in China have very little time to spend with each of their patients, and by deploying Watson for Oncology across our network, we aim to give our doctors more time to focus on the best decisions they can make for their patients,” said Gang Fu, Chairman, Baheal Pharmaceutical Group. “Watson for Oncology will complement the robust digital health program that Baheal has already implemented in an effort to improve efficiency and quality across China’s healthcare system.”

With more than 4.3 million cancer diagnoses and 2.8 million cancer deaths in China each year(1), China is home to one-fourth of all global cancer deaths, and cancer constitutes one-fifth of all deaths in China.(2) An explosion of medical information has created both challenges and opportunities to help improve quality care. Currently, approximately 50,000 oncology research papers are published annually,(3) and by 2020 medical information is projected to double every 73 days, outpacing the ability of humans to keep up with the proliferation of medical knowledge.(4)

“We are proud to work with Baheal, one of China’s foremost leaders in the healthcare industry, to drive adoption of cognitive technology,” said Deborah DiSanzo, General Manager, IBM Watson Health. “In communities all around the world, there is a growing need for tools that help increase efficiency and enable quick access to important information from the collective body of cancer knowledge available today. Watson for Oncology offers the promise to provide evidence based care while enabling clinicians to spend more time focusing on their patients.”

Watson for Oncology is a cognitive computing platform that was trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York to provide evidence-based treatment options to oncologists. It identifies individualized treatment options, scales access to oncology expertise, and analyzes massive volumes of medical literature drawing from more than 300 medical journals, 200 textbooks and nearly 15 million pages of text.   Watson also ranks evidence-based treatment options, linking to peer reviewed studies and clinical guidelines. Its machine-learning capability means it continuously learns, gaining in value and knowledge over time. Watson for Oncology is currently trained to assist clinicians in developing treatment plans for breast, lung, colorectal, cervical, ovarian, gastric and prostate cancers.


[1] Cancer Statistics in China. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Jan 2016.
[2] Goss et al. “Challenges to effective cancer control in China, India, and Russia.” The Lancet Oncology, Accessed at: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045%2814%2970029-4/fulltext
[3] PubMed, accessed at pubmed.com
[4] Densen, Peter, Challenges and Opportunities Facing Medical Education 2011. Transactions in the American Clinical and Climatological Association. Accessed at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3116346/

About Baheal Group
Baheal Pharmaceutical Group, established in 2005, focuses on the investment and operation in the health industry. Baheal has established multiple ecosystems that function as a platform to best utilize resources in the health industry through the integration of global brands, Internet application, medical services and investment.

About IBM Watson Health
Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing capability representing a new era in computing. The system, delivered through the cloud, analyzes high volumes of data, understands complex questions posed in natural language, and proposes evidence-based answers. IBM Watson Health is a business unit that helps improve the ability of doctors, researchers and insurers to innovate by surfacing insights from the massive amount of personal health data being created and shared daily. For more information on IBM Watson, visit: ibm.com/watson. For more information on IBM Watson Health, visit: ibm.com/watsonhealth.

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“The core of Artificial Intelligence development lies in the massive amounts of data,” – China’s AI Business Ready to Lead the World

Over the past week, the Internet has yet again been buzzing about the future of artificial intelligence (AI).

And once again, the heat was generated by AlphaGo, Google’s AI program, which completed a 3-0 clean sweep Friday over Ke Jie, the current world No.1 Go player.

In contrast to the generally negative reactions to AlphaGo’s 4-1 victory over South Korean master Lee Se-dol in March last year, people are now more optimistic towards the future of AI.

“AlphaGo was not designed just to play Go,” said Qian Jianlun, a Go teacher in east China’s Zhejiang Province. “As an AI project, it will change a lot of aspects of our lives.”

Full speed ahead

Qian’s words echoed the overall positivity shown by the status quo of China’s AI industry.

According to data from iiMedia Research, a major research institution, China’s AI industry increased by 43.3 percent in 2016, surpassing 10 billion yuan (1.47 billion U.S. dollars), and is expected to reach 15.21 billion and 34.43 billion yuan in 2017 and 2019 respectively.

The numbers were driven by a boom in the amount of research taking place in the industry. China has applied for 15,745 AI patents, ranking second worldwide, according to Liu Lihua, vice minister of industry and information technology.

Favorable policies came as a consequence. Over 40 robotics industry parks have now been or are currently being set up around the country, and for the first time ever, AI was included in the government work report Premier Li Keqiang presented to the Fifth Session of the 12th National People’s Congress in March.

“We will accelerate research and development, and commercialization of new materials, artificial intelligence […] and develop industrial clusters in these fields,” the report read.

“AI has become a key driving force behind Chinese companies,” said Zhang Yaqin, president of Baidu, China’s Internet giant.

“In the AI era, China can innovate not only in products, but also in technologies,” he added.

Data set the base

For insiders, the further development of China’s AI industry will continue to count largely on data.

“The core of AI development lies in the massive amounts of data,” said Li Kaifu, chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, a venture capital company aiming to create successful Chinese start-ups.

“In China, we have a huge database, and it has proved to be quite valuable for us,” he continued.

Bai Chunli, president of Chinese Academy of Sciences, agreed. “By 2020, China will hold 20 percent of the global data, which is expected to reach 44 trillion gigabytes,” he stated at an expo on big data Monday.

AI has been playing a bigger role in people’s everyday lives. For example, an AI system monitoring vehicles to intelligently control traffic was applied in east China’s Hangzhou, and increased vehicle passing speeds by up to 11 percent during its trial last year.

“China is already leading the world in fields such as computer vision and automatic speech recognition,” Liu Lihua added.

“We believe that AI presents the most favorable opportunity for us to lead the world,” Li resonated.

Business yet to unite

However, for some, what has been transpiring in the industry is not enough for it to successfully achieve sustainable development.

Despite predicting that China’s AI market will enjoy a 50-percent annual increase, way above the global rate of 20 percent, McKinsey and Company, a worldwide management consulting firm, also noted that less than 25 percent of the AI industry insiders in China have over ten years of experience in the business, while in the United States that number is 50 percent.

Also, the country’s AI companies are yet to join forces.

“There’s been a lack of technical collaboration in our AI industry,” said Wen Xiaojun from CCID Wise, a major Chinese think tank. “The inter-connectibility of products is poor, and there is no efficient coordination between upstream and downstream producers.”

He believes an industry service platform needs to be set up to boost functions including research and development, application and product examining.

“We need such an incubation center for AI to prosper,” he added. (Xinhua)

Artificial Intelligence helps Google Sheets add plain-English commands – Number-crunching is getting easier as machine-learning technology spreads to a new corner of computing

If you’re a spreadsheet guru, you probably are perfectly happy writing a command like =AVERAGE(Sheet1!C2:C933). For the rest of us, an infusion of artificial intelligence in Google Sheets means you’ll just be able to ask “What are the average sales for Sunday?”

An AI update Google announced Thursday means the spreadsheet app takes its best shot at understanding commands in plain language. Other examples: “What is the distribution of products sold?”, “Histogram of 2017 customer ratings,” and “bar chart for ice cream sales.”

Accountants, scientists, financial analysts and other professionals use spreadsheets to process numeric data, but they can be a daunting tool for others who don’t spend a lot of time in calculations. But the history of computing over and over shows how making technology more accessible to ordinary folks has transformed industries and our lives. AI is a top tool today in making computers act like humans so humans don’t have to act like computers.

Google has aggressively adopted machine learning technology, which trains a brain-like “neural network” of computers to recognize patterns. The technology is as widely adaptable as human intelligence: Google uses it for everything from translating languages and taking good photos to catching dangerous phishing attacks in your email and vanquishing the top players of the ancient game of Go.

Other new improvements also are coming to Google Sheets, a cornerstone tool in the G Suite of productivity apps along with Google Docs for word processing and Google Slides for presentations. Among the changes:

  • A new interface for creating charts out of spreadsheet data. There are new chart types, too, including 3D options.
  • The ability to easily synchronize data from Google Sheets that’s copied and pasted into Google Docs or Google Slides documents.
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts, handy if you want to get Google Sheets to behave more like Microsoft Excel.
  • More control over printing options like margins and zoom scale.


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