Enabling Technologies Partners with LiveArena for Producer-Free Live Events Utilizing Azure in the Cloud

ESTERO, Fla., June 28, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Enabling Technologies, focused on Enabling Secure Productivity in the Cloud, has become Live Arena’s First US Preferred Partner. LiveArena’s Broadcast Room has taken Broadcast AI and machine learning to the next level, embedding never-before-seen artificial intelligence and empowering anyone to produce a live professional broadcast.

The fully automated modern workplace communication suite brings live video production to Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Yammer and Microsoft Stream. Live Arena will utilize Enabling Technologies to install and support Broadcast Room within these Microsoft Solutions. LiveArena solutions are built entirely on Microsoft Azure and Azure Media Services. The content solutions are designed to take full advantage of Microsoft Azure’s global reach, resilient architecture, industry-leading 99.95% monthly SLA, and array of industry certifications for security and compliance and Office 365’s ease of use.

The partnership will initially focus on three verticals: Education, Enterprise and State and Local Governments (SLG).

1. Use cases such as Online Universities will benefit from the top-notch streaming classroom setting for online visitors to get the full experience without have to be in the room. The Professor will benefit from not having to produce or work a camera while teaching. Today’s educational institutions need a broader reach than ever – with students, parents, alumni, and fans spread around the globe. Enabling implementations will provide more flexible out-of-class learning options, it’s more important than ever to have turnkey capabilities that let you reach your audience anywhere, at any time.
2. *Enterprises can produce their own broadcast quality live streaming town hall meetings, sales and HR training and customer outreach just as easily as scheduling a meeting in Teams.
3. SLG can have live streaming announcements for their constituents without needing additional production contractors to produce and stream Town Hall and City Council meetings plus Disaster or Emergency notifications. LiveArena lets you engage, educate, and communicate about the things that matter most – from election results and council meetings, to community news – with solutions to create, program, and deliver your own dedicated TV channel to any device.

The Live Arena Broadcast Room can be set up in any classroom or meeting room and is managed on the client’s Azure or Office 365 tenant.

“We are so excited to showcase the Live Arena Broadcast Room to our existing clients as a way to hold live meeting in a more secure and productive way as well as save and easily search for the recordings in Azure” states Bill Vollerthum, President of Enabling Technologies.

“LiveArena is very excited to begin our partnership with Enabling Technologies. As a multiple time Microsoft Partner of the Year, we know Enabling has the experience and pedigree to showcase and support Broadcast Room to their customers. We look forward to working with Enabling Technologies to change modern workplace video communications in Azure and Office365!” say Anders Nilsson, CEO of LiveArena.

Enabling Technologies will be conducting joint meetings in the LiveArena Booth #1512 at Inspire (Mandalay Bay July 14 – 18, 2019) to see the Broadcast Room in action and experience how it can help take your meetings to the next level in the Cloud.

About Enabling Technologies:
Enabling Technologies is the leading Systems integrator of Microsoft Office 365 solutions. Enabling has 25 years of messaging and real-time communications experience and over 1700 deployments of Microsoft Skype for Business/Lync, Exchange and Exchange Unified Messaging, Office 365 and Azure. Enabling’s tried-and-true processes have helped customers minimize risk, maximize existing investments, and optimize the end-user UC experience. Enabling takes an all-inclusive approach to projects, mastering the technical components while also optimizing the people and process side to technology rollouts. Enabling Technologies’ staff is comprised of seasoned, certified IT professionals who work with a range of next-generation technologies and can recommend and implement the “right solution” for our customers. As validation, Enabling Technologies, a four-time recipient of the Microsoft Partner of the Year award, has provided professional services and solutions to organizations of various sizes from such diverse industries as government, education, legal, financial, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and medical.

About Live Arena:
LiveArena provides radically simple, innovative, and cost-effective solutions for the modern workplace to create and deliver live and on-demand online TV channels to any device, anywhere at any time. Our solutions are sized to fit the needs of every organization, from conference venues to enterprise boardrooms and K12 classrooms.

For additional information:
Elle DiCasparro – 443.625.5112 edicasparro@enablingtechcorp.com

 

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TCS Positioned as a Leader and Star Performer in Finance and Accounting Outsourcing by Everest Group

NEW YORK and MUMBAI, India, June 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization, has been positioned as a Leader and Star Performer in Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix™ for Finance and Accounting Outsourcing (FAO) Services1.

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TCS received the highest overall buyer satisfaction score among all the providers listed in the report. Cited as a key strength was its Machine First™ Delivery Model (MFDM™), a framework coupled with digital levers such as automation, analytics, and Al that enhance business outcomes. The report also highlighted TCS’ strong ecosystem of digital solutions that leverage both in-house tools (such as ignio™ for Al and TAP™ for accounts payable) as well as third-party RPA providers.

“In a Business 4.0™ world, CFOs play a pivotal role in strategy formulation and the reimagination of the finance function with digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud, intelligent automation and analytics, to realize superior business outcomes, minimize enterprise risks, and ensure regulatory compliance,” said Ashok Pai, Global Head, Cognitive Business Operations (CBO), TCS. “This recognition is a testament of our vision, investments, capabilities and market success across the finance and accounting value chain.”

TCS’ CBO unit caters to CXO’s transformational needs by taking responsibility for entire slices of enterprise operations, including process delivery, application services and the underlying IT infrastructure, and delivers superior business outcomes by engaging with all stakeholders and driving holistic Machine First™ transformation leveraging cloud, analytics, IoT, machine learning, AI, and RPA throughout the operational stack.

TCS’ comprehensive portfolio of services and solutions helps enterprises leverage the power of digital technologies to shape the future of finance and accounting operations. It has also formed strategic alliances with leading product and technology providers for technologically-advanced solutions. Key Finance and Accounting offerings include:

  • MFDM™ to enable touch-less procure-to-pay, ‘perfect order’ in the order-to-cash cycle and ‘predictive close’ in the record-to-report processes to deliver superior business outcomes.
  • ignio Insights-as-a-Service to deliver real-time and granular intelligence for strategic insights.
  • Personalization with predictive insights for users: Readily deployable persona enabled CFO dashboards and chatbots for Procure to Pay (P2P) and O2C.
  • Blockchain solution for CFOs to implement consensus and governance mechanisms to enhance key finance-based processes.
  • BPaaS solutions leveraging in-house platforms such as TRAPEZE™, TAP as well as Third party platforms.
  • Strategy and execution support for mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, offered as managed services.
  • Framework to drive Global In-House Center (Captive) transformation across industries and regions.
  • Enhanced compliance in P2P, Contract to Cash (C2C), Record to Analyze (R2A), and T&E Policies to provide superior control on fraud and embrace risk.

“TCS has made a significant investment in revamping its operating model and enhancing its next-generation digital capabilities. It has developed its proprietary Machine First Delivery Model (MFDMTM) and leverages a suite of digital solutions, including TAPTM (a cloud-based accounts payable platform), ignioTM (cognitive intelligence platform), and TrapezeTM (end-to-end F&A suite of tools), in conjunction with other third-party tools to deliver enhanced business value to its clients. These investments have led to high satisfaction levels of its clients,” stated Shirley Hung, Vice President, Everest Group.

Our investments in innovation and intellectual property, our digital technology expertise, and contextual and domain knowledge, make us the preferred partner for progressive CFOs seeking to accelerate their transformation journey and orchestrating their shift to digital,” added Ashok Pai.

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS) 

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India’s largest multinational business group, TCS has over 424,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $20.9 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS’ proactive stance on climate change and award winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

TCS media contacts:

Asia Pacific

Email: charlene.lee@tcs.com

Phone: +65 9138 4370

Australia and New Zealand

Email: kelly.ryan@tcs.com

Phone: +61 422 989 682

Benelux

Email: joost.galema@tcs.com

Phone: +31 615 903387

Central Europe

Email: anke.maibach@tcs.com

Phone: + 49 172 6615789

Europe

Email: mattias.afgeijerstam@tcs.com

Phone: +46 723 989 188

India

Email: arushie.sinha@tcs.com

Phone: +91 22 6778 9960

Japan

Email: douglas.foote@tcs.com

Phone: +81 80 2115 0989

Latin America

Email: martin.karich@tcs.com

Phone: +569 6170 9013

Nordics

Email: roland.bagen@tcs.com

Phone: +46703178024

UK

Email:  peter.devery@tcs.com
Phone: +44 20 3155 2421

USA / Canada

Email: b.trounson@tcs.com
Phone: +1 646 313 4594

1 Finance and Accounting Outsourcing (FAO) – Service Provider Landscape with Services PEAK Matrix™ Assessment 2019, Rajesh Ranjan, Shirley Hung, Vignesh Kannan, Abhishek Singh, Everest Group, March 2019

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TCS Pace Port™ New York Launch to Set the Pace of Business 4.0™ Innovation

NEW YORK and MUMBAI, India, June 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS), a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, has launched TCS Pace Port™ New York, a new co-innovation and advanced research center designed to help customers successfully navigate their Business 4.0™ transformation journeys.

The creative hub, located in the Tata Innovation Center on the Cornell Tech campus, is a catalyst for multidisciplinary collaboration between TCS, its customers, Cornell Tech students and faculty, and local startups, for rapid prototyping, research and commercializing of cutting-edge technologies. Leveraging TCS’ extensive domain expertise across industries and customer-specific contextual knowledge, TCS Pace Port NY will enable greater business model agility, speed, creativity, impact, and scalability, thereby setting the pace of innovation and establishing customers’ competitive differentiation.   

In the Business 4.0 era, companies need to continuously push the boundaries of possibilities to meet rapidly evolving customer needs and gain a competitive advantage,” said Surya Kant, President, North America, UK and Europe, TCS. “TCS Pace Port New York is a collaborative hub that helps forward-thinking enterprises become more agile, intelligent and automated, and unlock unprecedented waves of innovation.”  

TCS Pace Port NY will guide customers through the discovery, definition, refinement and delivery phases of innovation with its:

  • Innovation Showcase: presentation and engagement facility that helps customers visualize the phases of their digital transformation journey.
  • TCS COIN™ Accelerator: collaborative space for TCS associates, customer teams and promising startups to co-create solutions.
  • Agile Workspace: fully equipped, agile working environment to run business solution concepts, with devoted virtual environments engineered to emulate real-world conditions.
  • Academic Research Lab: allows researchers to gain exposure to the thinking and collaborative research environment enabled by TCS, while furthering the research agenda across cutting-edge tech areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, advanced analytics, cyber security, and quantum computing.

TCS Pace Port NY’s offerings are available to all TCS customers in the US, representing more than one third of Fortune 500 brands. TCS has already received substantial interest from customers in the Retail, Travel & Hospitality and Life Sciences industries to utilize TCS Pace Port NY for their business transformation journeys. Notably, TCS’ retail customers are looking to adopt algorithmic business models by employing AlgoRetail™, TCS’ proprietary framework that helps extract actionable insights from heterogeneous data by leveraging advanced technologies, including AI, machine learning and Internet of Things. 

TCS Pace Port New York provides a gateway for our customers to embrace a multidisciplinary collaborative ecosystem to drive innovation, stimulate growth and deliver exponential value,” said Pratik Pal, Global Head, Retail, Consumer Goods, Travel, Transportation and Hospitality, TCS. “We are excited to have such a strong reception from leading retailers and we look forward to helping them leverage advanced digital technologies to realize the benefits of becoming algorithmic businesses.”

TCS Pace Port NY is the second global co-innovation center launched by TCS, following the inauguration of TCS Pace Port Tokyo in late 2018. With several other TCS Pace Ports planned in the next two years, the global network will continue to build upon the company’s comprehensive portfolio that makes TCS an ideal innovation, growth and business transformation partner. 

Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO and Managing Director of TCS, N. Ganapathy Subramaniam, COO & Executive Director of TCS, Robert Harrison, Chairman of the Cornell University Board of Trustees, and Greg Morrisett, incoming Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech, were among the distinguished speakers and guests who joined Surya Kant and Pratik Pal at the launch and ribbon cutting ceremony of TCS Pace Port NY during the evening of June 27, 2019.

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of business, technology and engineering services and solutions. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development.

A part of the Tata group, India’s largest multinational business group, TCS has over 424,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $20.9 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS’ proactive stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow @TCS_NA on Twitter and Tata Consultancy Services – North America on LinkedIn. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News.

TCS media contacts:

Asia Pacific:

Email: charlene.lee@tcs.com

Phone: +65 9138 4370

Australia and New Zealand:

Email: kelly.ryan@tcs.com

Phone: +61 422 989 682

Benelux:

Email: joost.galema@tcs.com

Phone: +31 615 903387

Central Europe:

Email: anke.maibach@tcs.com

Phone: + 49 172 6615789

Europe:

Email: mattias.afgeijerstam@tcs.com

Phone: +46 723 989 188

India:

Email: arushie.sinha@tcs.com

Phone: +91 22 6778 9960

Japan:

Email: douglas.foote@tcs.com

Phone: +81 80 2115 0989

Latin America:

Email: martin.karich@tcs.com

Phone: +569 6170 9013

Nordics:

Email: roland.bagen@tcs.com

Phone: +46703178024

UK:

Email:  peter.devery@tcs.com

Phone: +44 20 3155 2421

USA / Canada:

Email: b.trounson@tcs.com

Phone: +1 646 313 4594

 

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Esker’s Work With TAMKO Recognized on 100 Top Supply Chain Transformations of 2019

MIDDLETON, Wis., June 28, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Esker, a worldwide leader in AI-driven process automation solutions and pioneer in cloud computing, today announced it has been named a recipient for the 2018-19 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 Top Supply Chain Transformations (SDCE 100) award. Esker was selected for the impact its solution brought to TAMKO Building Products LLC following implementation.

The SDCE 100 recognizes individual and corporate leaders in the global supply chain. This list highlights successful and innovative transformation projects that deliver bottom-line value to small, medium and large enterprises across the range of supply chain functions. The projects featured in this awards program serve as an industry roadmap for supply chain executives looking for new opportunities to drive operational success.

“Every year our list of submissions for the SDCE 100 continues to grow as more companies rely on the expertise of supply management for innovative decision-making,” says John R. Yuva, editor for Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Our winners raise the bar for what is achievable in the supply chain.”

TAMKO chose Esker’s cloud-based, AI-powered Order Management solution for its ability to help reduce costs, improve reporting capabilities and consolidate orders into a single system. Ultimately, the company wanted to ensure that orders were being entered and fulfilled efficiently and accurately.

“The implementation of Esker’s Order Management system has not only had dramatic productivity benefits in our process, but we have achieved those results without sacrificing the service level to the customer,” said Robert Keeling, Assistant Vice President Supply Chain Operations at TAMKO. “It’s been a key part of our back-office automation efforts and has helped provide more time for our employees to engage in higher value activities.”

Following Esker’s Order Management solution implementation, TAMKO achieved an overall reduction in time and cost of manual entries, as well as other benefits such as:

  • Enhanced reporting for continuous process improvement
  • 84-percent reduction in average order processing time
  • 60-percent reduction in time spent on new hire onboarding

“We enjoyed working with TAMKO and we’re glad our solution was able to yield such strong results for the company,” said Steve Smith, COO at Esker. “We constantly strive to bring organizations greater accuracy, efficiency, visibility and cost savings, so it’s an honor to be recognized as part of the SDCE 100.”

About Esker
Esker is a worldwide leader in cloud-based document process automation software, helping financial and customer service departments digitally transform their purchase-to-pay (P2P) and order-to-cash (O2C) cycles. Used by more than 6,000 companies worldwide, Esker’s solutions incorporate technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) to drive increased productivity, enhanced visibility, reduced fraud risk, and improved collaboration with customers, suppliers and internally. Esker operates in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific with global headquarters in Lyon, France, and U.S. headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information on Esker and its solutions, visit http://www.esker.com. Follow Esker on Twitter @EskerInc and join the conversation on the Esker blog at blog.esker.com.

About TAMKO®
TAMKO Building Products LLC is one of the nation’s largest independent manufacturers of residential and commercial roofing products (including Heritage® asphalt shingles and MetalWorks® steel shingles), waterproofing products and cements and coatings. Since 1944, TAMKO’s success is the direct result of teamwork and enduring relationships with customers, suppliers and employees. Third generation privately owned, TAMKO is committed to producing top-quality products with excellent product support. For more information about TAMKO, visit its website at http://www.TAMKO.com.

About the Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Visit its website at http://www.SDCExec.com.

 

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BlackBerry to Help Modernize Canada’s Indigenous People’s Technology Infrastructure in Collaboration with Forrest Green and Microsoft

MONTREAL, June 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today at the Indigenous Technology Summit, BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) announced it is helping Indigenous communities across Canada deploy new technologies with a view to improving their overall well-being from a health, education, safety and economic development standpoint.

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Working collaboratively with Forrest Green and Microsoft, the companies will bring a comprehensive mix of next-generation secure communication, cybersecurity, cloud, AI and ML technologies to Chiefs and Grand Chiefs across Canada – providing them with valuable tools for making better, data-driven decisions. The three parties will also enable residents to take part in skills-based education programs, so they are well-positioned to participate in the digital economy.

“This is nation-building in action,” commented Joseph Norton, Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Kahnawá:ke. “BlackBerry has the most secure CPaaS communications infrastructure in the world and, when coupled with Microsoft’s world class cloud and analytics solutions and Forrest Green’s critical systems integrations efforts, First Nations will have the technological tools necessary to manage their communities and ensure the well-being of their people – a significant step towards self-governance. First Nations need to own, control, and possess their own data and communications systems in order to create vibrant, self-sustaining communities.”

“Effective community leadership requires both secure communications and access to accurate data to make decisions, allocate funding, and ultimately solve problems,” said Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry. “We’re proud to provide the Indigenous community with BlackBerry’s secure IoT communications and industry-leading AI expertise that will provide the security and privacy First Nations can trust.”

Taking place at the Mount Royal Club in Montreal, the Indigenous Technology Summit is playing host to more than 15 First Nations Chiefs, the Métis National Council, dozens of Indigenous entrepreneurs, and senior level federal government executives. The summit will feature Indigenous representation from coast-to-coast-to-coast including the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (Northwest Territory), Mustimuhw Information Solutions (Vancouver Island), the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (Quebec) and the Atlantic Policy Congress (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), all of whom are on hand to discuss how to achieve Canada’s recent commitment to spend $1 billion with Indigenous controlled businesses by 2023, a 17 fold increase on the $60 million/year the federal government currently allocates. The single fastest growing vertical for federal government spend is in the information technologies / knowledge economy. 

About BlackBerry
BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

Media Contact:
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(519) 597-7273
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BlackBerry Investor Relations
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More than 500 Enterprises Globally turn to IBM Garage to Drive Digital Reinvention Enabled by Hybrid Cloud and AI

Only co-creation method supporting companies from idea generation to enterprise scale adoption

ARMONK, N.Y., June 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that more than 500 businesses around the world have chosen the IBM Garage to help them power their digital reinventions with hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI). Companies including ADP, Cemex, the Kraft Heinz Company and the Government of Nova Scotia are leveraging the IBM Garage to help create cultures of open collaboration and continuous learning and to drive lasting business outcomes.

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As companies continue to drive digital reinvention, more of their mission-critical business applications and workloads are shifting to the cloud so they can build, adopt and scale AI while also becoming more agile and responsive to changing market and client demands. While this is creating great opportunity to fuel innovation, it is also creating the need to transform workflows across a hybrid cloud environment and change their culture as they apply new technologies.

The IBM Garage has helped businesses rapidly move from idea generation to enterprise scale adoption as they introduce new revenue streams and business models, transform workflows and reinvent customer experiences for the era of hybrid cloud and AI. Additionally, the IBM Garage accelerates how clients unlock insights and business outcomes by helping them to modernize existing applications with advanced cloud services like AI, blockchain and IoT.

“In the next chapter of digital reinvention, the ability to innovate at scale will be the difference between success and failure – this requires a fundamental shift in how companies work,” said Mark Foster, Senior Vice President, IBM Services and Global Business Services. “For the incumbents of the world, who we believe have a major advantage in their proprietary data and decades of industry specific expertise, the ability to adopt hybrid cloud strategies and quickly shift to new ways of working will allow them to beat the so-called digital disruptors of the last decade. The IBM Garage is our approach to help them drive purposeful innovation and transformational change at the speed of a start-up and at the scale of an enterprise – fast tracking their journeys to become Cognitive Enterprises enabled by the hybrid cloud.”

Through the combination of the right people, applied technology and new ways of working, the IBM Garage can help businesses jumpstart innovation by tapping into technologies like AI, automation and blockchain on the cloud into the context of customer journeys, critical workflows, pain points and value potential. Teams of IBM professionals with diverse expertise – across research, strategy, process, application and infrastructure – sit shoulder-to-shoulder with clients to develop new ideas, prove adoption and business case with a minimum viable product (MVP) then advance that MVP into day-to-day operations and workflows.

The method also incorporates Enterprise Design Thinking, is built for Agile principles for co-located and distributed teams and leverages DevOps tools and techniques for continued delivery and operations. In collaborative spaces designed to be a break from the everyday, traditional silos are eliminated and participants are encouraged to learn by doing, fail fast and iterate often, inspiring organizational change and buy-in. 

Through a new Innovation Hub, IBM can now extend the IBM Garage experience to provide clients with access to the breadth and depth of IBM Research innovation through specialized teams, which are dedicated to transforming innovative ideas into direct client business value. An integrated squad of research scientists, developers and domain experts works closely with clients to complement mature and tested IBM Services assets with potentially game-changing IBM Research innovation assets. The innovation hub can also leverage a hybrid cloud AI environment for fast and agile innovation that is easily transferable to a client environment.

In the past 18 months, IBM has helped more than 500 leading global companies as they drive digital transformations with data and AI on the cloud, and seek to move rapidly beyond minimum viable products (MVP) to deliver lasting business results, including: 

  • Human capital management cloud and services company ADP uses the IBM Garage method as it looks to infuse AI across the enterprise. ADP and IBM jointly developed an AI-powered digital agent that handles over 20 percent of ADP’s chat traffic that helped drive NPS scores to all-time highs. Today, ADP continues to work with IBM Garage to help create its digital on-boarding process, streamlining and enhancing their new clients’ first impressions.
  • At CEMEX, an early adopter of IBM Garage, the CEMEX Go digital platform grew to 96% of the company’s total recurring customers in just 19 months
  • At Brazilian company eLaw, a cloud-based cognitive service allows lawyers to analyze, compare and interpret cases faster and with 15% more accuracy.
  • The Government of Nova Scotia and IBM built a working prototype of the connected automated external defibrillator (AED) system using IoT so its citizens can reliably locate an AED the moment it is needed, resulting in an ROI seven to 10 times their investment.
  • Construction company Mueller, Inc. worked with the IBM Garage to co-create an app on IBM Cloud that lets contractors get real-time project and product quotes on site rather than go through days of paperwork.

“In seven weeks, the IBM Garage helped us rewrite the way that we have been structuring inventory data for 20 years,” said Mark Lack, Manager of Strategy, Analytics and Business Intelligence, Mueller, Inc. “We’ve already seen 60% NPS from contractors using the app and believe this will likely serve as a key differentiator for our customers going forward. The result had been so successful, we are implementing the Garage method in developing all strategic initiatives.”

Fast-tracking human centered design

Building on this momentum, IBM now offers two courses to help more businesses innovate while moving to the cloud, execute and operate at scale and fast-track AI adoption.

The IBM Garage Methodology is available to businesses digitally today through the IBM Garage Method for Cloud course. The course introduces innovative practices centered around cultural change, Enterprise Design Thinking, test driven development, operational excellence, and continuous learning. Guiding teams to use the tools and services needed to put these practices in action, it is designed to change the way teams work, helping them understand issues and challenges so they can rapidly deliver high-quality solutions. To date, 10,000 IBM employees and clients have earned digital badges in the IBM Garage course.

AI adoption is growing significantly as enterprises shift from AI experimentation to innovation and transformation at scale. To help clients navigate this change, IBM experts created Team Essentials for AI. This nine-lesson course can be delivered as part of IBM Garage engagements and is part of a suite of courses for IBM Enterprise Design Thinking,  to help companies build and scale ethical AI throughout their workflows and where teams can learn how to be more creative, productive and practical in their approach while developing solutions that are transparent and socially responsible. For individual users, the first of five proficiency levels will be free through July 31, after which Team Essentials for AI will be offered as part of IBM’s entire Enterprise Design thinking curriculum ($300 per year).

About IBM:
For more information about IBM Services, visit https://www.ibm.com/services.

Media Contact:

Marisa Conway
IBM Media Relations
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80% of employees believe their organization's lack of agility hurts their competitive advantage to some extent – IBM Institute for Business Value

 

IBM is the leader in Enterprise Design Thinking and is applying lessons learned from its own transformation to help clients drive digital transformations with data, AI and cloud.

 

IBM Garage allows companies to build people-centered cultures & user-focused business outcomes.

 

CEMEX has developed three innovative initiatives through the IBM Garage and reimagined how it manages its people, data and workflows.

 

The ability to drive purposeful innovation and transformational change at scale will be the difference between success and failure in digital reinvention journey.

 

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Gosuncn Group and Horizon Robotics Achieve AI Strategic Cooperation to Jointly Explore the Future Evolution of Automatic Drive

SHANGHAI, June 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — During MWC Shanghai 2019, Gosuncn Technology Group Co., Ltd., a leading intelligent connected car communication solutions provider, announced a strategic cooperation with Beijing Horizon Robotics Technology Co., Ltd., a leading AI solution provider. Both parties agreed to each other as a global partner of artificial intelligence and will jointly work on technology research, product development and marketing of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), Driver Behavior Monitoring System (DMS), AI cockpit, automatic drive techniques, etc., based on 5G/V2X and AI.

At the signing event, Kan Yulun, VP of Gosuncn Group and CEO of GosuncnWelink and Zhang Hongzhi, GM of Connected Car Business Unit of Horizon Robotics were present and signed the strategic cooperation agreement.

Gosuncn has more than ten years’ vehicle-mounted application experience in the OEM market and provided safe and reliable communication connection to millions of vehicles in China, the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, Malaysia and other countries. Gosuncn’s 4G OBD products have been through the compatibility test of more than 9000 vehicle models and ranked No.1 in global shipments; one of its OBU product has delivered over one million units; T-box products for OEM are applied to dozens of mass production vehicle models; jointly released 5G+ C-V2X mass production vehicle plan with Geely, Qualcomm, etc.

Horizon Robotics’s AI technology has been widely used in intelligent driving, security and other industries. Horizon Robotics can provide edge AI chips with ultra-high cost performance, extreme power consumption efficiency, open toolchain, rich algorithm model samples and comprehensive enabling services.

In the field of intelligent driving, the cooperation between Gosuncn and Horizon Robotics has brought fruitful results: Gosuncn’s new generation LTE Cat.6 intelligent module GM620S, which integrated Horizon Robotics’s ADAS and DMS AI algorithms has been applied to vehicle-mounted terminals of China’s well-known car manufacturers. GM620S has integrated high-performance processor, high-speed mobile communications, intelligent OS, security architecture, AI algorithms and 4K HD video codec processing ability, it can deal with multiplex real-time HD video input as well as analyze and present through deep optimization of the underlying architecture to realize the application in various scenarios including automotive active safety, driver behavior monitoring, analysis of driving behavior and fleet management, etc.

In the future, Gosuncn and Horizon Robotics will work together to bring new intelligent driving application experience to global customers.

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noHold is Hosting an Artificial Intelligence Symposium this Summer in Italy

MILPITAS, Calif., June 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — noHold is excited to be traveling across the world to host its first AI Symposium. This exclusive three-day event will take place from July 17th to the 19th in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy.

Since 1999, noHold Inc. has successfully provided Artificial Intelligence solutions to businesses. As pioneers in this space, noHold experts will be sharing best practices in AI-based Virtual Assistants for the enterprise. During this event, attendees will explore how innovations in AI can benefit the enterprise, network with experienced Virtual Assistant professionals, as well as Fortune 100 companies that are using Virtual Assistants today. Some of the presentation topics will include strategies on building and deploying a world class Virtual Assistant, ensuring that security and compliance standards are implemented, strategic UI/UX design, and so much more. For more details on the symposium’s agenda, please click here.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Receive personalized training and best practices by noHold experts
  • Maximize your knowledge of the SICURA platform including not-yet-released technologies from noHold
  • Experience an in-depth analysis of available AI technology through SICURA at no extra cost
  • Learn how to maximize your virtual assistant’s ROI
  • Build relationships with their colleagues in an idyllic setting

noHold’s CEO and founder, Diego Ventura, adds, “We are excited to share the experience we have accumulated over the past 20 years in this space with our customers and partners. It will be nice to do it in a global context and in the backdrop of Venice, one of the most unique capitals of the world.” 

About noHold, Inc.

noHold is a privately held company established in 1999 and is headquartered in Milpitas, CA, USA (Silicon Valley). noHold is the acknowledged leader in Web based Self-service solutions with a mission to deliver real answers to real questions – real fast. Simple to use, easy to implement and as close to human as you can get, noHold turns automated customer support into cognitive customer interactions. noHold customers include Cisco, Dell, McAfee and a host of industry leaders. More information can be found at http://www.nohold.com.

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Rising Adoption of Enterprise Mobility Will Drive the Mobile Business Process Management Market During the Forecast Period 2019-2025

HYDERABAD, India, June 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Increasing advancements in technology has raised the requirement for connected devices and real-time data for making crucial business decisions. Utilization of smart devices such as phones, tablets and other digital assets have changed the corporate landscape. The shift in business models to conducting of business tasks from anywhere and at anytime has increased dependency on cloud connectivity. This dependency has led to adoption of mobile business process management (MBPM) systems that equip employees with the ability to work from outside office, and stay updated on corporate data in real time. MBPM further includes modeling, automation, execution, control, measurement and optimization of business activity flows. The incorporation of mobile BPM in organizations improves business responsiveness and optimizes productivity. Rise in adoption of cloud-based technologies, IoT, big data and analytics, and social media platforms is expected to further drive the mobile business process management (MBPM) market and reach $26 billion in 2025.

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MBPM has been adopted by various organizations to offer employees the option to work from remote locations. The advancement of technology such as through machine learning capabilities, big data, artificial intelligence and so on has made MBPM an essential system for enterprises. MBPM allows employees to access the organization’s information, resources and data from anywhere at all, through various mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops and others.  MBPM circulates information to all the employees of a company, including those at remote locations. 

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In the healthcare sector, MBPM helps in designing business processes and automates the procurement process for modern equipment. It makes handling of documents more organized and helps in automating registration and other processes. Many hospitals are adopting MBPM solutions for streamlining functions such as leave administration, task management, document management, and availing access to mobile applications for performing immediate tasks. MBPM in the healthcare sector automates all aspects of business management, and complies with all regulations, standards and protocols; thereby making business operations more effective and competitive. It is also estimated that the healthcare sector is the fastest growing segment at a CAGR of 9% during the forecast period.

Europe has largely dominated the Mobile Business Process Management market with a share of 35% in 2018. In Europe, MBPM vendors are building machine learning and AI capabilities into their platforms for supporting predictive analytics and proactive application behavior. Most developed countries such as the U.K., Germany, France and so on are majorly focusing on adopting mobile business process management in order to improve their business processes and enhance productivity.  The rapid growth of enterprise mobility has augmented the MBPM market in Europe.

Mobile Business Process Management Market Growth Drivers:

  • Workforce Collaboration: Nowadays, chat and sharing of data between employees has become a crucial factor for running a business, and these are made possible through MBPM solutions. Features of MBPM such as data integration and process-related alerts reduce the number of emails and of other communication that decreases efficiency of the workplace, irrespective of industry. Thus, mobile business process management increases scalability and data networking offered through cloud computing technology.
  • Enhancement of Enterprise Mobility: Advancement in technologies such as IoT, big data, and artificial intelligence are playing a key role in adoption of mobile business process management. Moreover, implementation of enterprise mobility has led to an increasing need for MBPM solutions for increasing productivity, data accuracy and for reducing operational costs. According to Statista, in 2019, the enterprise mobility management market is expected to generate revenue of around $3 billion that will provide increased opportunities for the MBPM market.
  • Adoption of Adaptive Case Management: MBPM solution providers are in the process of including adaptive case management (Intelligent MBPM) that will increase efficiency of predictable tasks and form structured processes. Even companies like Kissflow are adopting adaptive case management in mobile business process management.

R&D Investment, Acquisition and Initiative, Funding:

In 2017, business process management company WNS Global acquired US-based HealthHelp for $95m, in a bid to strengthen its healthcare and insurance BPM offerings. In 2018, AGS technologies, a provider of Enterprise Information Management & IT solutions announced acquisition of Mowbly, a business process mobility platform company. This acquisition has helped ASG Technologies to extend its enterprise management capabilities along with BPM capabilities.

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The Major Players in this Market Include:

The major players in Mobile Business Process Management market include Nintex Global Ltd., IBM Corporation, AgilePoint Inc., Aurea Software Inc., BizFlow Corporation and others. These companies have been continuously focusing on R&D investments, acquisition and partnership strategies to strengthen their business portfolio of online advertising.

In July 2018, Nintex, a company offering intelligent process automation (IPA) announced the acquisition of Promapp, a business process management software company. Promapp has helped Nintex customers to effectively automate and optimize business processes. The BPM software provided by Promapp will integrate the world’s leading business ecosystems and apps.

Conclusion:

The increasing utilization of mobile app-enabled applications and the ability to work remotely from anywhere and at any point of time has propelled the mobile business process management market. The rising advantages of enterprise mobility has further led to adoption of MBPM solutions in organizations for implementing business processes and increasing productivity. MBPM solutions along with in-built mobile application are developing capabilities that deploy, develop and help in managing multiple mobile environments. The combination of mobile business process management solutions with enterprise applications will equip organizations with greater efficiency and also ensure more reliable returns on investment (ROI). MBPM solutions are widely gaining attention in the corporate environment and are providing various benefits such as complexity reduction, faster planning, increased profit and so on. The increasing benefits of MBPM and escalating use of enterprise mobility will further accelerate growth of the MBPM market.

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Zillow Unveils Smarter, More Accurate Zestimate That ‘Sees’ Unique Home Features, Incorporates Greater Real-Time Data

SEATTLE, June 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Zillow® launched the most sophisticated and accurate Zestimate® home valuation in history today, using real-time data and computer vision to identify and value improvements to individual homes. 

The Zestimate revolutionized real estate when it launched in 2006, using facts from public records to estimate a home’s value. With today’s update, it can now, in a sense, “see” in photographs features that humans would instantly understand, such as curb appeal and natural light. The new Zestimate uses neural networks and computer vision to distinguish between high and low-end finishes and to incorporate the value of features like updated bathroom fixtures, fireplaces, and remodeled kitchens. The Zestimate also now uses real-time data from for-sale homes, including list price and how long a home has been on the market.

Today’s launch incorporates winning ideas from Zillow Prize®, a two-year, $1 million data science competition. For homes listed for sale, the error rate is now less than 2%, meaning half of all Zestimates fall within 2% of the home’s eventual sale price. Sellers, listing agents, and homeowners provide photos for the Zestimate to evaluate. Homeowners can claim their home on Zillow to edit, add, or remove photos at any time in just a few simple clicks.

While the Zestimate can’t interpret home features by name, the way a human would, the image recognition model can classify patterns in the pixels of photographs and correlate them to home value. For example, while the human eye sees tile or granite countertops, the Zestimate identifies two different pixel patterns. 

“The new Zestimate was inspired by the way the human brain interprets scenes, objects, and images,” said Stan Humphries, Chief Analytics Officer and creator of the Zestimate. “It’s a big leap forward, because it means the Zestimate can now understand not just a home’s facts and figures, but its quality and curb appeal. By training neural networks using the millions of home photos on Zillow, the Zestimate now values the features people are most proud of – like new granite countertops, a remodeled bathroom, or a meticulously landscaped backyard.”

About the Zestimate 
The Zestimate is a starting point in determining a home’s value and is not an official appraisal. Zillow calculates Zestimates for more than 100 million homes nationwide. The company’s 13 years of experience estimating home values is an important aspect of Zillow Offers®, Zillow’s home-buying and selling program, and fulfilling its mission to change the way people buy and sell homes. In eligible Zillow Offers markets, Zillow buys a house, prepares it for showings, and then quickly lists it for sale – all on the consumer’s timeline. The Zestimate is not impacted by a homeowner asking for, accepting, or declining an offer from Zillow on their home, and receiving an offer will not change the Zestimate.

Recently more than 3,800 data science teams from 91 countries competed in the Zillow Prize competition to improve the accuracy of the Zestimate. The ideas from the winning solution include sophisticated machine learning techniques to identify and take into account special home features and location details, such as number of bathroom fixtures, commute times, and even a home’s proximity to a park or freeway. 

To calculate the Zestimate, Zillow uses data from county and tax assessor records, and direct feeds from hundreds of multiple listing services and brokerages. Additionally, homeowners have the ability to update facts about their home to ensure their Zestimate has the most accurate, up-to-date information. More than 70 million homes on Zillow have been updated by the community of users. The Zestimate uses artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies such as computer vision and a deep-learning-based neural network to incorporate data from photographs into the Zestimate. These multiple data sources, accumulated over the past 13 years, and the data underlying the Zestimate provide Zillow with both a comprehensive representation of the U.S. housing stock and an incredible data advantage.

Visit www.zillow.com/zestimate to learn more about how Zillow calculates your Zestimate.

About Zillow
Zillow® is transforming how people buy, sell, rent and finance homes by creating seamless real estate transactions for today’s on-demand consumer. Zillow operates the largest online real estate and rental marketplace, attracting more than 181 million monthly visitors because it is a trusted source for data and information among both consumers and real estate professionals. 

Zillow’s data, technology and industry partnerships put Zillow at nearly every major point of the home shopping experience, helping consumers search for and get into their new home faster. For buyers and sellers, Zillow Offers and Zillow Home Loans are meeting consumer demand for an easy, low-hassle and predictable real estate transaction. Zillow Premier Agent® instantly connects buyers and sellers with its network of real estate professionals to help guide them through home shopping process. For renters, Zillow’s innovations are streamlining the way people search, tour, apply and pay rent for leased properties. 

In addition to Zillow.com, Zillow operates the most popular suite of mobile real estate apps, with more than two dozen apps across all major platforms. Launched in 2006, Zillow is owned and operated by Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z and ZG) and headquartered in Seattle.

Zillow, Zillow Offers, Zillow Prize, Premier Agent, and Zestimate are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc.

 

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