Raytheon testing AI to improve CV-22 maintenance planning

PARIS, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. military’s V-22 joint program office and Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) are testing a new artificial intelligence tool to help better determine when repairs are needed to the multi-mode radar installed on U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys.

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“Just like you get your car’s oil changed every 5,000 miles, whether you need to or not, the military generally repairs parts on their planes on a set schedule,” said Matt Gilligan, vice president for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “By using the performance data we’re already collecting on CV-22 radars, an AI tool can instead tell us exactly when the radar may need to be repaired or replaced, keeping the plane in service longer and saving money.”

The capability mirrors how many commercial airlines perform fleet maintenance. For example, some commercial aircraft engine manufacturers can report the exact condition of their engines in real time, along with recommendations on where and when repairs should be conducted.

“We’re always interested in finding new ways to integrate AI tools – especially commercial tools – into our operations,” said Gilligan. “This seemed like the perfect opportunity to test out the concept of using AI for predictive maintenance, something that we’re starting to see being adopted broadly in the commercial world.”

In addition to saving time and money by not doing unnecessary repairs, using AI to predict maintenance needs allows the service to move the right tools, parts and technicians where and when they’re needed.

Raytheon and the Air Force began working on this pilot program in late 2018 and will continue to test this concept in the coming years, with the intent of improving CV-22 readiness as early as 2020. 

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.

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Nexar Announces AI-Powered Image Retrieval Method for Better Localization in Cities

NEW YORK, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Nexar is announcing today a scalable method that greatly improves GPS location accuracy in urban areas. The mobility company is showcasing its innovative approach today at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR), the premier annual computer vision event.

Accuracy of GPS data crowd-sourced from over 250K driving hours in NYC.

As a benchmark to evaluate this new visual localization approach, Nexar is also releasing a dataset and benchmark based on anonymized dash cam and GPS information from its connected vehicle network to advance the research of visual localization for safety applications.

By pairing Nexar-powered dash cameras with the Nexar app, drivers join the company’s global safe-driving network, where every vehicle is alerted to what’s happening on the road ahead with the help of other vehicles around it. Collisions, traffic, closed lanes, dangerous road conditions ahead – it’s a virtuous cycle of information sharing aimed at eliminating collisions worldwide.

In order to deliver these critical alerts, Nexar needs an efficient and accurate way of knowing in real-time exactly where vehicles are on the road. In dense urban environments, GPS is highly inaccurate as satellite signals are often blocked or reflected by high-rise buildings (urban canyons). This poses a critical challenge for vehicle-to-vehicle (v2v) safety applications. Nexar’s new AI-powered image retrieval algorithm will dramatically improve localization in cities, solving a problem that has long-plagued both rideshare operators and navigation apps, as well as autonomous vehicle manufacturers. Nexar’s research of crowd-sourced data of over 250,000 driving hours in New York City found that at least 40% of rides suffered GPS errors of 10 meters or more due to the urban canyon effect.

Nexar’s method for localization is based on its continuously growing database of fresh road imagery observed by its network. Currently, at over 10 billion new road images indexed per month, Nexar’s network provides unparalleled depth and freshness. Nexar’s method solves for the challenges presented by other mapping companies, such as Google, which can use a vast Street View image repository, but lack the minute-level freshness that Nexar provides.

Technically speaking, to solve for the failings of satellite GPS, Nexar has developed a hybrid coarse-to-fine approach that leverages visual and GPS location cues. Lead by Nexar’s Director of Artificial Intelligence Research Dr. Ilan Kadar and Chief Scientist Prof. Trevor Darrell, the company has trained a deep learning model to identify a driver’s accurate location using its massive archive of anonymized images. The archive includes billions of these images from more than 400 million miles driven on the Nexar network.

Nexar’s experiments confirm that this localization approach is highly effective in challenging urban environments, reducing the distribution of localization errors by an order of magnitude. This method will be used to deliver alerts to Nexar users, including dangerous intersections and collisions on the road ahead.

“This new localisation method makes it possible for Nexar to deliver on our founding promise, which is to help rid the world of collisions,” says Nexar co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz. “And the benefits will go far beyond our network – this approach could one day allow autonomous vehicles to reliably navigate cities. It’s just as accurate and far less expensive than structure-based techniques such as lidar, which are limited in scale and expensive to compute. So the potential is really tremendous.”

About Nexar

Nexar makes it possible to connect every driver on the road for a safer, smoother journey. When drivers pair Nexar-enabled dash cams with the Nexar app, they join a connected vehicle network that uses computer vision and sensor fusion to see hazards on the road, and alert those in the surrounding area. Nexar is with you every mile, capturing your journey. If there’s a problem, you’ll always be protected.

The research paper detailing Nexar’s localization approach and findings can be found here: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1905.03706v1.pdf

For more information, visit https://getnexar.com 

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SPALDING® Doubles its Digital Commerce Revenue with Salesforce

CHICAGO, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — CONNECTIONS — Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), the global leader in CRM, today announced that SPALDING®, the largest basketball equipment brand in the world, is using Salesforce to provide its customers with fast, personalized and mobile-first experiences.

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Founded in 1876, A.G. Spalding & Bro. created and produced the first official basketball for Dr. James Naismith, the sport’s founder, in 1894. With basketball innovation baked into its core, Spalding has always been laser-focused on delivering a best-in-class customer experience. As more customers began to interact with the SPALDING® brand and engage with the game digitally, the company realized the importance of delivering the brand promise through a mobile and customer-first digital brand strategy.

With some of the most engaged and loyal customers in the market—basketball fans—Spalding needed a platform that was built not only mobile-first, but AI-first. To support its global scale and customer base, Spalding turned to Salesforce to roll out a robust ecommerce platform and customer loyalty program. As a result, Spalding experienced massive results during the 2018 holiday season—a 96 percent increase in revenue per user, 30 percent increase in average order quantity and 51 percent increase in mobile site traffic. Even more, the results have continued with a 270 percent increase in ecommerce revenue year-over-year, 66 percent increase in average order value, while customers benefit from an even faster shopping experience, with 100 percent site up time through product listing pages, site search, navigation and more.

“Delivering a fast, easy and unique Spalding brand experience to the highly engaged basketball community is crucial to our customer-first strategy and our quest to establish Spalding.com as the Ultimate Basketball Store,” said Matt Day, Digital Marketing and Ecommerce Manager, SPALDING®. “With Salesforce, we are able to deliver just that, saving our customers time, and making it easier than ever for them to discover products and engage with our brand wherever they are—all while exponentially increasing our B2B and direct to consumer ecommerce business.”

Spalding’s transformation with Salesforce includes Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Service Cloud, Community Cloud and Einstein Artificial Intelligence (AI).

  • Building deep, long-lasting relationships with artificial intelligence—With the power of Einstein AI, Spalding automated time-consuming tasks including merchandising and analysis. Now, Spalding is able to focus on building deep, long-lasting customer relationships, knowing that Einstein AI can take care of the rest. Spalding customers experience intelligent shopping at its finest, complete with tailored product recommendations and predictive sort and search functionality—ensuring that each customer receives the product assortments, categories and results tailored to them.
  • Delivering a connected customer experience with a single platform—Using Commerce Cloud, Community Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Sales Cloud and Service Cloud together, Spalding is able to get a true 360-degree view of all its customers no matter the channel. Today, Spalding is delivering a fast customer experience, complete with intelligent shipping alerts, more first-time contact resolution, and the ability to prepare for peak service moments—like the start of basketball season.
  • Driving customer loyalty through CRM—Using Marketing Cloud, Spalding built the Spalding MVP community to improve its customer relationships, further personalize their experiences and engage with them wherever they are. Spalding MVP members receive perks such as access to exclusive product launches like the limited edition 94 Series line, free shipping, the opportunity to review new products and coming soon—rewards.
  • Extending personalization into basketball products—Using Commerce Cloud, Spalding delivered on the basketball community’s demand for personalized product through U Design—a custom basketball creator. U Design allows the basketball community to have their ball laser-engraved with custom text, NBA team logos, and even throwback NBA team logos. Knowing speed of delivery is crucial to the customer experience, U Design custom products are ordered, created and shipped within 1-3 business days making it one of the fastest custom basketball services in the industry. This summer, Spalding is extending U Design to WNBA team logos, and NBA G League team logos.

“Spalding is a truly customer-first brand that has transformed their online shopping experience by putting the customer at the center,” said Mike Micucci, CEO, Commerce Cloud. “The growth and scale that Spalding has experienced with Salesforce is remarkable and we’re thrilled to be a part of this journey with them.”

About Connections
For the second year in a row, thousands of marketing, commerce and customer service professionals from top brands are coming together in Chicago, Illinois from June 17-19 to blaze new trails in better, smarter customer engagement. Speakers include leaders from Salesforce customers such as ConAgra, e.l.f Cosmetics, The Indiana Pacers and more, as well as partners including DEG, MRM//McCann, Publicis Sapient and Wunderman Thompson. For more information about Salesforce Connections, visit https://www.salesforce.com/connections/ or join the live broadcast at https://www.salesforce.com/live.

About Spalding®
SPALDING® is the largest basketball equipment brand in the world. SPALDING® is the official basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA Final Four. The SPALDING® trademark is owned by Russell Brands, LLC. For more information, visit www.spalding.com.

About Salesforce
Salesforce, the global CRM leader, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. For more information about Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), visit: www.salesforce.com.


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CoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace

CHICAGO, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — CoreMedia today announced it has launched CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, enabling businesses to leverage powerful, yet easy-to-use, omni-channel content creation and experience orchestration tools with instant previews to create and deliver engaging commerce-driven experiences across multiple channels and devices. The solution allows Salesforce Marketing Cloud customers to take advantage of the advanced content management (CMS) and digital asset management (DAM) capabilities of CoreMedia Content Cloud, a robust java-based system featuring mature open APIs.

Built on the Salesforce Platform, CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector is currently available on the AppExchange at https://appexchange.salesforce.com/appxListingDetail?listingId=a0N3A00000FeGSBUA3

Brand consistency across all channels

The solution allows customers to centrally manage their omni-channel content and digital media assets in CoreMedia Content Cloud’s headless repository and re-use it in Salesforce Marketing Cloud – ensuring brand and messaging consistency across websites, mobile apps, email newsletters and push notifications. In addition to managing their content and assets, users can also access customer segmentation data and business rules in Salesforce Marketing Cloud to create targeted content and to define personalization actions in CoreMedia Studio – and feedback all customer behavior into Marketing Cloud for analytics and insights. Finally, users can easily embed forms created in Salesforce Marketing Cloud into experiences designed with CoreMedia Content Cloud to capture and process user information.

When combined with our integration with Salesforce Commerce Cloud, Salesforce customers can create beautiful, engaging online experiences that combine branded content with up-to-the-minute product information and transactional capabilities – then instantly publish them via Salesforce Marketing Cloud to any channel or device.

Key differentiators include:

  • Flexible Content Management – Organize branded content and rich media centrally in a single, headless repository for reuse across channels and devices.
  • Complete Experience Control – Access content and data from any source to create and preview personalized experiences from a single web-based UI.
  • Omni-Channel Content Delivery – Deliver content and assets easily for a unified and consistent experience across channels.
  • Real-Time Previews – Visualize the online customer experience on any device or context, for any customer segment, across the entire customer journey
  • Expand eCommerce and Marketing Systems – Easily blend content with commerce for fast distribution across digital channels via Content Cloud’s Integration Hubs – with pre-built connectors for major eCommerce platforms (including Commerce Cloud) as well as Marketing platforms (including Marketing Cloud).

“The challenge of delivering the right brand and product stories to the right customer in the right format at the right time and place has never been harder,” said Sören Stamer, CoreMedia Co-Founder and CEO. “That’s why we’ve chosen to integrate our advanced content and asset management capabilities with Salesforce’s user-friendly and powerful solutions. Our AppExchange app allows brands to manage digital experiences at scale, personalize them, and deliver them instantly and consistently to multiple channels – both physical and digital.”

About Salesforce AppExchange
Salesforce AppExchange, the world’s leading enterprise cloud marketplace, empowers companies to sell, service, market and engage in entirely new ways. With more than 5,000 solutions, 6.5 million customer installs and 80,000 peer reviews, it is the most comprehensive source of cloud, mobile, social, IoT, analytics and artificial intelligence technologies for businesses. 

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About CoreMedia

Based in Hamburg, Germany with offices worldwide, CoreMedia is the strategic content management and experience orchestration engine behind today’s most iconic online brands. Leading global B2C companies (Deckers, Luxottica, PVH Corp, Finnair, T-Mobile) and B2B firms (Continental, Claas, Emerson, DMG-Mori) create world-class digital experiences powered by CoreMedia Content Cloud. A company of visionaries, trusted advisors, and passionate experts, CoreMedia takes brands to the next level of digital experiences. We’re about dialogue, so let’s talk. For more information or to set up a demo, visit www.coremedia.com or follow us on Twitter @contentcloud.

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Ideanomics Signs Deal With Yinlong, Strengthens ABS and NEV Revenues

NEW YORK, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ideanomics Inc. (Nasdaq: IDEX) has today announced a deal with Yinlong Energy Co Ltd. The deal strengthens Ideanomics offering in the NEV space and is part of the company’s recently announced creation of its NEVX division which has been established in order to enable the company to participate in the entire Commercial NEV value chain. The deal enables Ideanomics to bolster vehicle fulfilment capabilities in terms of previously announced deals, while enabling the company to participate in commission-based fees for the introduction of suppliers to the NEV purchasing market.

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Under the terms of the agreement, Ideanomics will commit to marketing Yinlong products for at least 5,000 tour bus orders within China over the next three years and will further assist Yinlong in marketing its entire product line within China. Ideanomics has also agreed to assist Yinlong with securing orders for 100,000 light trucks in the ASEAN region over the next three years. In return, Ideanomics will receive commissions on all product sales, of up to a maximum of 15% according to the type of vehicle, group purchase price, and its specifications.

The agreement also provides for cooperation in the area of new energy fuels and is intended to advance the application, development and promotion of new energy technologies, batteries, and other materials including nano-ceramic batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, solid state hydrogen storage and transportation, and energy storage and charging networks. As part of the new energy fuels activity, Ideanomics is responsible for introducing state and private utilities in active regions to help facilitate the development of large-scale charging networks.

Additionally, the agreement provides for cooperation in the areas of autonomous driving and IoV (Internet over Vehicle) vehicle security. Ideanomics will introduce its cyber security expertise to help advance autonomous driving capabilities and related security to the commercial vehicle sector. Any IP developed in this area will be subject to separate agreements.

Finally, the deal provides for Ideanomics issuance of ABS-based financing products, secured against sales orders for Yinlong vehicles and fuel cell products. The initial ABS offering includes the city of Tianjin’s bus assets valued at approximately 5.1 Billion RMB.

“We are very excited to have secured this agreement with Yinlong, after months of negotiations,” said Alf Poor, CEO of Ideanomics. “Yinlong has an exceptional product line up, from fuel cells to new energy vehicles, and its unique offering of retro and traditionally-styled commercial NEVs, in addition to its modern fleet, is an exciting proposition for the bus industry that is core to our strategy. Yinlong is an outstanding partner which will help us provide the highest quality products throughout the commercial NEV value chain, we’re thankful to our colleagues in China for helping Yinlong understand our vision and bringing this deal through to conclusion.”

“Yinlong is a leader in NEV and fuel cell technology,” said Dr. Bruno Wu, Chairman of Ideanomics. “We’re very pleased and excited to begin working with them, as part of our NEVX activities. Ideanomics is pushing the envelope in the NEV space, and partners like Yinlong help us improve our offering to large-scale government, bus operators, and enterprise clients. This deal will improve our capabilities both today, in terms of vehicle and fuel cell fulfilment, and in the future with exciting innovations in the field of cleantech energy and areas such as the security of commercial vehicles.”

“We very much look forward to the partnership between the two groups in the area of new energy. We aim to integrate both of ours platform advantages to jointly develop a successful business,” said Mr. Lai Xinghua, General Manager of Ying Long Group.

About Yinlong
Founded in 2008, Yinlong Energy Co. Ltd is a group company involved in global new energy and transportation industries. Currently, Yinlong’s new energy vehicles are operating in more than 90 cities in China including Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Harbin, Tianjin, Chengdu, Nanjing, Luoyang, Shijiazhuang, Wuhan, Changsha, Guizhou, and Zhuhai. The Company operates from 8 locations, with its headquarters in Zhuhai, Guangdong province. https://www.zhyle.com

About Ideanomics
Ideanomics is a global Financial Technology (Fintech) company for transformative industries. Ideanomics combines deal origination and enablement with the application of technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and others as part of the next-generation of smart financial services. Our projects in New Energy Vehicle markets, Fintech, and advisory services provides our customers and partners better efficiencies, technologies, and access to global markets.

Ideanomics, through its investments and, along with its partners curate innovation around the globe through hubs and centers that foster a pipeline of technological excellence in cleantech, fintech, tradetech, agritech, regtech, insuretech, playtech, healthtech, cyber security, and more.

The company is headquartered in New York, NY, and has offices in Beijing, China. It also has a planned global center for Technology and Innovation in West Hartford, CT, named Fintech Village.

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Webroot Announces Integration with Blackpoint Cyber

BROOMFIELD, Colo., June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Webroot, a Carbonite company, created a new integration with Blackpoint Cyber to provide an advanced IT security solution to protect managed service providers (MSPs) and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) from sophisticated cyberattacks. The integration combines the threat intelligence-powered Webroot® Business Endpoint Protection with Blackpoint Cyber’s managed detection and response platform, SNAP-Defense.

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About the Integration:

  • Webroot customers face two significant challenges: today’s MSP security teams are often understaffed, and their SMB customers lack vital security expertise. Webroot understands the need for a strong IT ecosystem to help MSPs and SMBs overcome these challenges and provide protection, detection and remediation for attacks.
  • Blackpoint Cyber’s SNAP-Defense platform is a multi-tenant solution designed for MSPs looking for help with the managed detection and response aspects of cybersecurity.
  • The integration incorporates live data from Webroot’s endpoint protection to provide context to the customer’s environment and the threat situation within the Blackpoint Cyber console.
  • Customers of Webroot and Blackpoint Cyber will have immediate access to the advanced security defenses of a 24/7 managed detection and response service for their network infrastructure and experienced SOC analysts to lean on for advanced threat mitigation.
  • Webroot will provide key risk and device information such as threat status, threat path, engine version, communications status, shields status, and environment settings, offering context for the Blackpoint Cyber system and adding the power of next-gen Webroot anti-malware capabilities to threat lifecycle determinations. 

Key Quotes:
Chad Bacher, SVP, Products, Carbonite
“For MSPs and their clients, the need for simple, automated security solutions is paramount. Through our integration with Blackpoint Cyber, we’re providing an easy-to-use avenue for MSPs to deliver advanced threat protection. We are always on the lookout for ways to help streamline operations for our partners, and this new integration will give MSPs a powerful new tool in the fight against cybercrime.”

Jon Murchison, CEO, Blackpoint Cyber
“Keeping up with the evolution of cyberattacks can be a major obstacle for modern organizations. This is especially true for SMBs, which often face a severe lack of security skills and resources within their company. To this end, we are thrilled to offer this new integration with Webroot to give SMBs and MSPs access to affordable yet advanced solutions, thus reducing the resources our clients and channel partners require to ensure security.”

Elon Grad, Director of Technology and Innovation, Platte River Networks
“The integration of Blackpoint Cyber and Webroot makes our lives much easier and provides enhanced protection for our customers. We also greatly appreciate how both Webroot and Blackpoint genuinely understand the channel. They know our community better than most other vendors, and regularly speak to MSPs to gather feedback and incorporate it into their solutions. Overall, this integration is a win-win for MSPs.”

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About Blackpoint Cyber
Blackpoint Cyber is a cybersecurity company headquartered in Maryland, USA. The company was established by former U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence cyber security and technology experts. Leveraging its real-world cyber experience and knowledge of malicious cyber behavior and tradecraft, Blackpoint provides cyber security products and services to help organizations protect their infrastructure and operations. The company’s proprietary security operations and incident response platform, SNAP-Defense, is available as a product or as a 24×7 Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service. Blackpoint’s mission is to provide effective, affordable real-time threat detection and response to organizations of all sizes around the world.

About Webroot
Webroot, a Carbonite company, harnesses the cloud and artificial intelligence to protect businesses and individuals against cyber threats. We provide endpoint protection, network protection, and security awareness training solutions purpose built for managed service providers and small businesses. Webroot BrightCloud® Threat Intelligence Services are used by market leading companies like Cisco, F5 Networks, Citrix, Aruba, Palo Alto Networks, A10 Networks, and more. Leveraging the power of machine learning to protect millions of businesses and individuals, Webroot secures the connected world. Webroot operates globally across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Discover Smarter Cybersecurity® solutions at webroot.com.
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Job.com and JazzHR Partner to Accelerate Time to Hire with Candidate-Matching Technology

AUSTIN, Texas, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Job.com, the leading rewards-based, job-matching platform, today announced a new strategic partnership with JazzHR, the leading recruiting solution for small businesses. The collaboration combines JazzHR’s robust hiring solution with Job.com’s sophisticated AI-powered technology, giving JazzHR users access to Job.com’s  platform.

Job.com’s innovative technology presents employers with the most relevant candidate applications, while keeping active job seekers alert to new top opportunities. In an increasingly tight labor market, JazzHR customers may leverage these tools to competitively fill unique or challenging positions. Together, Job.com and JazzHR streamline the entire sourcing process, allowing small businesses to reach more qualified candidates, faster.

“Highly technical positions are the most difficult to hire for; considering the high degree of specificity, tight deadlines and the limited pool of qualified talent, it’s critical for employers to easily verify candidate credentials, pinpoint the best matches and communicate with applicants easily and efficiently,” said Arran Stewart, CVO of Job.com. “Job.com’s platform brings transparency, speed and immutable recordkeeping to every stage of the hiring process.”

JazzHR focuses on providing flexible recruitment solutions for small businesses, offering a powerful, affordable  solution backed by world class customer support. Job.com will be promoting JazzHR exclusively to its startup and SMB clients who need recruiting assistance.

“We have big expectations for this new venture with JazzHR, and have both worked really hard to make this strategic partnership one that can most effectively address the SMB Market,” says Job.com’s Head of Partnerships Illan Bitton. “This is a perfect match and solution for any growing company that needs to recruit and manage talent in an ultra-competitive market.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer our customers a tool that allows them to strategically source the talent they need when typical avenues can’t,” says Allie Kelly, JazzHR VP of Marketing. “By giving them access to niche job boards like Job.com, we allow small businesses to find and place the candidates they need. JazzHR’s goal is to continue to give SMBs the best possible recruiting and hiring experience we can provide, and our partnership with Job.com only strengthens this.”

For more information about the details of the partnership, please contact Xenique McLeod (xenique@erichopr.com).

About Job.com
Job.com is evolving the traditional recruitment model using AI-matching technology, smart contracts on the blockchain, enhanced feedback and financial incentives. The team behind the company has continuously focused its efforts on utilizing technology to disrupt and revolutionize the recruitment industry. Job.com is harnessing technology with the power of artificial intelligence and blockchain, to create the world’s first fully automated recruitment platform.

About JazzHR
JazzHR is powerful, user-friendly and affordable recruiting software that is purpose-built to help growing companies exceed their recruiting goals. JazzHR’s best-in-class software replaces time-consuming and manual hiring tasks with intuitive software designed to help recruiters and hiring managers recruit, and hire the right talent, fast. To learn more about JazzHR, visit www.JazzHR.com or follow us at twitter.com/JazzDotCo.

Contact: Xenique McLeod, 929-399-6752, xenique@erichopr.com

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Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC Minneapolis

WARREN, New Jersey, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Mindtree, a global technology services and digital transformation company, will lead two presentations at HITEC Minneapolis, the biggest hospitality conference in the world, showcasing breakthrough solutions that address how to meet the growing expectations of the connected, digital-first traveler.

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“Today’s connected travelers demand high-quality digital and mobile experiences, competitive pricing across the value chain and to be recognized and responded to in real-time, according to their preferences and behaviors,” said Nalin Vij, SVP & Head – Travel, Transportation & Hospitality, Mindtree. “However, in the always-on, always-connected world, there is a growing gap between traveler expectations and the ultimate experiences provided by travel brands.”

Based on experience supporting the hospitality industry’s largest companies, Mindtree will showcase a wide portfolio of solutions that demonstrate how to implement emerging technologies to deliver personalization at every stage of the travel journey. At booth #2815, Mindtree will be highlighting:

  • Mindtree Ancillary Merchandising Platform (MARCH) – MARCH empowers travel and hospitality brands to deliver contextual, personalized offers based on physical, emotional, temporal, relational, situational and cultural factors. This accurate context generates a powerful segmentation and targeted recommendations which can be employed by the merchandising teams to deliver the right offers, at the right time, to increase chances of conversion.
  • Customer360: Hotels and other travel providers seeking to deliver more personalized experiences must obtain a 360-degree view of their customers by integrating data silos from multiple digital touch points. Mindtree’s Customer360 platform captures intelligence around likes and dislikes, preferences and behaviors to identify individual customers, personalize consumer interactions and acquire and retain loyal customers.
  • Blockchain Based Loyalty Platform: Mindtree’s blockchain-powered loyalty platform accelerator for the hospitality industry simplifies partner onboarding and allows transparent brand collaboration to enhance the customer’s loyalty rewards redemption experience. It also allows guests the flexibility to earn and use points seamlessly across partner brands, while bolstering brand loyalty. 
  • AI-Powered Solutions: Artificial intelligence (AI) is on the cusp of widespread use in hospitality. AI is being used to predict travel choices, personalize services, complete bookings and manage in-stay or post-stay needs. Solutions address four key areas including digital interactions that are conversational/voice-based, facial recognition with blockchain support, machine learning and accessing social media to uncover sentiment. 

In addition, Mindtree industry experts will lead two presentations at HITEC about how to better serve the connected traveler by leveraging advanced technology. Details include:

  • “4 Real Business Uses Cases of AI in Hospitality,” presented by Adnan Saulat, AVP & Head of Consulting – Travel, Mindtree, June 18, 11:15 a.m.–11:45 a.m. CT, Tutorial Room, Level 1, Exhibit Hall, End of the 2200 Aisle
  • “Expectations vs. Reality: How to Better Serve the Connected Traveler,” presented by Karan Rao, Principal Consultant – Travel, Mindtree, June 19, 11:00 a.m.–11:15 a.m. CT, Level 1, Exhibit Hall, End of the 2500 Aisle

Mindtree will be located at booth #2815 at HITEC Minneapolis from June 18-20, 2019.

About Mindtree

Mindtree [NSE: MINDTREE] is a global technology consulting and services company, helping Global 2000 corporations marry scale with agility to achieve competitive advantage. “Born digital” in 1999, more than 340 enterprise clients rely on our deep domain knowledge to break down silos, make sense of digital complexity and bring new initiatives to market faster. We enable IT to move at the speed of business, leveraging emerging technologies and the efficiencies of Continuous Delivery to spur business innovation. Operating across 17 countries, we’re consistently regarded as one of the best places to work, embodied every day by our winning culture made up of 20,000 entrepreneurial, collaborative and dedicated “Mindtree Minds.”

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ATB Financial Delivers Better, Faster Service Just 6 Months After Moving to Genesys Cloud

Alberta, Canada’s largest financial institution, rapidly completes complex migration from legacy on-premises systems to the cloud

SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ATB Financial (ATB), the largest Alberta-based financial institution, can now deliver better, faster service after moving to Genesys Cloud, the innovation platform from the global leader in omnichannel customer experience and contact center solutions. Genesys® (www.genesys.com) partnered with ATB to transform the way it connects with customers, providing better experiences on each interaction. 

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Genesys Cloud replaced three disparate, legacy, on-premises solutions, which could not fully map the customer journey. “Our previous systems were all in need of upgrades,” said Dwayne Calder, managing director, Insights & Enablement for ATB’s Client Care. “Even the latest versions wouldn’t have enabled us to effectively manage experiences across voice and digital channels.”

Now, with Genesys Cloud, ATB has a single, open technology platform to connect all interactions from virtually every channel for its more than 750,000 customers. As a result, ATB’s ability to manage and measure customer experiences has become exponentially better.

ATB migrated its entire contact center infrastructure to Genesys Cloud in only six months and was completely stable in just two days. “Not only did we go all-in with cloud very quickly, we’re reaping the rewards of a much more cost-effective platform,” Calder explained. “In addition to tremendous support from the Genesys Professional Services team, a big factor of our success was our change management plan. We leveraged our frontline ATB Financial team members to become the subject matter experts for their peers, helping with adoption and buy-in.”

Calder added, “We’re thrilled with Genesys Cloud, our results to date, and the company’s vision for product innovation, security and stability. With its immediate and continuous delivery of new functionality, we can easily adopt technology advancements like artificial intelligence (AI) without expensive and time-intensive on-premises solution upgrades.”

Built on an award-winning, modern SaaS architecture, Genesys Cloud is open, scalable and secure, giving businesses a battle-tested platform that’s validated with real-world loads and scaling. Genesys Cloud provides brands what they need now to innovate and differentiate themselves at every customer touchpoint. It’s simple to connect data, processes and systems through open APIs, powerful orchestration and built-in integrations — enabling customers to extend Genesys Cloud capabilities or customize the platform for their unique requirements.

About ATB Financial
With $54.3 billion in assets, ATB Financial is an Alberta-built financial institution. But don’t let that fool you—we’re so much more than a bank. We got started in 1938 to help Albertans through tough economic times, and today we have 174 branches, 143 agencies, a Client Care Center, four entrepreneur centers, and mobile and online banking. And did you know we’re fast becoming the digital bank and the bank for entrepreneurs? We’re already the place to work for our more than 5,500 team members who love to serve close to 770,000 customers in 247 Alberta communities. To find out more, visit us at atb.com.

About Genesys
Genesys® powers more than 25 billion of the world’s best customer experiences each year. Our success comes from connecting employee and customer conversations on any channel. Every day, 11,000 companies in more than 100 countries trust our #1 customer experience platform to drive great business outcomes and create lasting relationships. Combining the best of technology and human ingenuity, we build solutions that mirror natural communication and work the way you think. Our industry-leading solutions foster true omnichannel engagement because they perform equally well across channels, on-premises and in the cloud. Experience communication as it should be: fluid, instinctive and profoundly empowering. Visit genesys.com on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the Genesys blog.

©2019 Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved. Genesys and the Genesys logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Genesys. All other company names and logos may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies.

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IBM Watson Advertising and Adweek Create Institute for Brand Marketing™

CANNES, France, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Adweek, LLC today announced the creation of the Institute for Brand Marketing™, a program for marketers designed in partnership with IBM Watson Advertising and Adweek. Offering marketers the skills to help  advance in a disruptive marketplace, the initiative will provide complimentary, interactive courses, custom research, thought leadership and live educational experiences at industry events across the country.

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Innovation can be an important component to a brand’s success. According to a recent report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, 81% of marketers believe they need to change the way they run their business, yet the majority are unable to find the time or budget for professional development.The Institute for Brand Marketing™ program in collaboration with IBM Watson Advertising and Adweek, the leading source of news and insight serving the brand marketing and advertising community, can help fill this void by offering key learning resources that are designed to empower marketers with the strategies and knowledge to position them for success.

The Institute for Brand Marketing™ program will be available on Adweek.com starting in September 2019 with one course per quarter produced by Adweek’s editorial team in conjunction with IBM professionals across artificial intelligence, advertising and technology. Ranging in topics from monetizable engagement to marketing technology, each course will include 12 lessons augmented by case studies and relevant industry research and news. The program will track individual progress and reinforce engagement via email, SMS messages and badges for each participant to post on social media.  For those interested in learning more about how to enroll in this program, they can sign up for updates on adweek.com/ibm.

“IBM Watson Advertising and Adweek created this program to help fill a void in the marketplace for marketers who are looking for continual learning and development,” said Randi Stipes, Chief Marketing Officer for IBM Watson Media and Weather. “We’re excited to curate a curriculum designed to give people greater confidence and skills to help them better navigate our constantly evolving industry.”

The Institute for Brand Marketing™ will come to life via live events to connect course participants with industry thought leaders. Onsite development workshops at key Adweek events like NexTech: Programmatic and Beyond (July 24-25 in New York, NY), Brandweek (November 3-6 in Palm Springs, CA), and Elevate: AI (2020) will help unite the course participants and foster the community.

“Adweek and IBM Watson Advertising share a similar view for the need for more education and training of today’s brand marketers,” said Jeffrey Litvack, Chief Executive Officer at Adweek. “The Institute for Brand Marketing™ program will address this need and we are thrilled to be able to provide our platform as a springboard for this educational initiative.”

IBM Watson Advertising is announcing the collaboration at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France, where the company will host an interactive experience for participants to create chatbots and share their personal expectations for technology. Watson Advertising will also discuss ad fraud and brand safety on a panel that explores how brands are using technology for good. To learn more please visit: IBM Watson Advertising at Cannes Lions 2019.

For 40 years, Adweek has been a beacon for the advertising and marketing community, navigating the rapid changes, global trends and societal implications of the ever-evolving industry. Adweek’s mission since its launch in 1979 remains the same: how to help engaged executives and creatives do their jobs better.

About Adweek

Adweek is the leading source of news and insight serving the brand marketing ecosystem. First published in 1979, Adweek’s award-winning coverage reaches an engaged audience of more than 6 million professionals across platforms including print, digital, events, podcasts, newsletters, social media, and mobile apps. As a touchstone of the advertising and marketing community, Adweek is an unparalleled resource for leaders across multiple industries who rely on its content to help them do their jobs better. 

About IBM and Artificial Intelligence

A world leader in AI software, services, and technology for business, IBM has deployed Watson AI solutions in thousands of engagements with clients across 20 industries and 80 countries. IBM’s Watson AI solutions are widely used in industries, including seven of the 10 largest automotive companies and eight of the 10 largest oil and gas companies.  

For more information about the Institute for Brand Marketing™ in partnership with IBM Watson Advertising, please visit website adweek.com/ibm.  For more information about IBM, visit ibm.com. 

Contact: Megan Levinson, megan.levinson@ibm.com

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