DUBLIN, Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

The “Digital Economy: Technology Service to Unions” report from Wintergreen Research, Inc has been added to Research and Markets’ offering.

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Digital Economy: Technology Service to Unions is a way for union leaders to get quick and accurate insight into technology that relates to their charter of serving workers well. The technology information services provide immediate answers to questions, with the answers providing key insight about the details of the technology and the relevance to a particular issue.

The service also addresses ways to create jobs and support innovation with skills training at union headquarters to address teamwork for raising skills in an entire group of local union members. By concentrating on skills, the union would be one of supporting worker mobility. Because the union members are the most skilled at what they do, the benefit of grouping together in the union would be to achieve share expertise and shared values that the employers need.

This is in the tradition of the union movement, but changes the positioning a little and may be more attractive to workers who need representation in various work capacities relating to robots, artificial intelligence, and new materials.

From the analyst:

In an era when skills have come to be valued, when retraining is a necessity, and when robots threaten to replace most manual labor, I suggest that the unions embrace robots and learn how to create skilled workforces that perform jobs that are relevant to the modern industrial culture. I suggest that the task of the union is not just to find work or the worker, but to create investments and savings for the same workers, create money management capability with benefit that flows to every worker in the union, local union or national union.

Key Topics:

  • Technology Service to Unions
  • Digital Economy
  • Innovation
  • Self-Driving Cars
  • LiDAR
  • Bio-Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Robots
  • Artificial Intellience (AI)
  • Mega Data Centers
  • Watson Data Platform
  • 400G Optical Transceivers
  • 400G Transmitter/Transceivers
  • Mega Datacenter
  • Online Commerce
  • Streaming Video
  • Social Networking
  • Cloud Services
  • Scalable Infrastructure
  • IoT Internet of Things

Key Topics Covered:

1 Technology Service for Unions: Unions Finding Members and Organizing in the Digital Economy
1.1 Unions Are Tasked with Negotiating for Groups of Workers as Robots Steal All the Existing Jobs
1.2 Drone Delivery, Self-Driving Cars, And Robots
1.3 As Jobs Change, The Union Mission Will Change

2 Stock Market Provides Way to Invest in Capitalistic Society

3 Examples of Jobs That Evolve

4 Robotics Companies Will Become Big

5 Union Change
5.1 Digital Economy Consists of The Internet of Things, Robots, Drones, Artificial Intelligence, And Smart Devices
5.2 IoT Monitoring Task
5.3 MEMs Sensor Applications
5.4 The Publisher Has a Lot Of Studies In Print Relevant To Union Need To Understand The Digital Economy
5.5 Lidar Summary Example
5.6 LIDAR Stands For Light Detection And Remote Sensing

6 Deliverables
6.1 Cost
6.2 Project Team Approach
6.3 Time and Length

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The focus for healthcare in 2018 will be on fulfilling the promise of current technology advancements rather than breaking new ground, according to experts at SCIO Health Analytics in predictions released today. The company, which offers next-generation analytics that help healthcare payers, providers, and life sciences organizations improve outcomes, lower costs, and drive value, expects that organizations in these markets will look to reap strong returns on technology investments they have already made rather than breaking new ground in 2018.

Serving over 80 healthcare organizations including 20 provider groups and 30 health plans representing more than 90 million members, four of the top six PBMs, and clients in 30 countries for eight of the top 15 global pharmaceutical companies. SCIO’s mission is to drive positive change in healthcare by delivering actionable insights to solve complicated problems simply and efficiently.

“Technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain are interesting, but they require more development before they can be applied operationally in a meaningful way,” said Rose Higgins, president, North America of SCIO Health Analytics. “In the meantime, there is still much work to be done to realize the full value of the technologies that organizations have already implemented. We expect 2018 to be a year of retrenchment and digging deeper in areas such as advanced data analytics that will set healthcare organizations on a stronger path going forward.”

The company offered predictions in several areas.

More and better use of more data

SCIO predicts that healthcare organizations will expand their use of data beyond traditional clinical, claims, and financial data to harness more demographic, behavioral, and other types of data from disparate sources. Rather than only looking at what happened, healthcare organizations will want to understand how they can influence behaviors of patients, providers, and others more effectively. Two aspects that will be critical to this focus on prescriptive analytics are natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning.

“Improvements in NLP will give healthcare organizations access to a level of data and insights that were previously hidden,” Higgins said. “Machine learning will make it easier to spot the trends and patterns that all of that combined data reveals. The result is organizations will be able to be far more prescriptive in their approach, testing hypotheses and making decisions that can drive real behavioral change, which has always been one of the greatest challenges they’ve faced. The greatest programs in the world only have value if they are followed.”

While the focus of the last few years has been on Big Data, SCIO believes the industry is shifting toward an elevated view of “little data,” i.e., being more precise in the interpretation of data which enables it to be applied on more of an individual basis. According to SCIO, each data set has particular value in utilization, and taking advantage of data layering to enhance the outputs will be critical. These types of analytics are highly valuable in spotting the outliers and trends that are easy to miss in a more macro-focused program. The breadth of data, combined with greater precision, will enable healthcare organizations to gain better insights and guidance on the new programs (and changes to existing programs) that will make them most effective.

SCIO believes healthcare organizations will also seek a greater understanding of social determinants for behavior that must be gleaned from sources outside of healthcare. By using data to learn the “why” behind particular behaviors, healthcare organizations will be positioned to drive better outcomes throughout the system.

To answer these requirements for a broader swath of data, SCIO expects data availability and transparency to be a top priority within the industry.

“Everything in healthcare is interconnected,” Higgins said. “Insights need to be more portable and transparent if they’re going to have the desired effect.”

That said, there are still many barriers, especially with sharing clinical data.

“While organizations throughout the continuum have managed to find workarounds, there is still a need to make it easier and more convenient,” Higgins added.  “The longer it takes, the more it will hold back other advancements.”

Of course, with the Equifax data breach and the hacking of the National Security Agency continuing to permeate the news, cybersecurity is certain to be a top priority for all sectors of healthcare. Protected health information has long been demonstrated to have far greater value than credit card or other types of data. As more healthcare organizations move data and analytics to the cloud, they will pay even closer attention in 2018 to all things cybersecurity.

Increased payer/provider/life sciences collaboration

As payers shift more risk to providers and life sciences organizations, collaboration is critical. Despite expected reductions in payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for alternative payment models as a result of tax reform, SCIO believes the healthcare industry as a whole is still committed to moving forward with value-based care. In addition, the focus on outcomes will drive life sciences organizations to use analytics to demonstrate the efficacy of their treatments and work more closely with payers to ensure that information reaches prescribers and members.  

Analytics will also be used more widely to enable payers to develop detailed profiles of provider performance. They can then use this information to recognize and reward high-performing providers through programs such as “gold carding,” i.e., pre-authorizing providers for more procedures based on their history of delivering quality outcomes. At the same time, the analytics will identify variations in provider behaviors that need to be addressed. By sharing this information in a collaborative atmosphere, payers will help raise the overall standard of care while reducing costs and increasing patient/member satisfaction. 

Renewed focus on addressing opioid abuse

The opioid abuse epidemic is a top-of-mind issue for many Americans, including President Trump. Analytics that can help uncover patterns of fraud, waste, and abuse of opioids among providers and patients will be in high demand. The question then will be what to do once they are discovered – especially on the patient side given that programs offering support and treatment for opioid abuse could face serious cutbacks or even elimination.

“The key to reducing opioid abuse in the long-term is by matching patients/members to treatments that have proven effective in others who share similar characteristics and behaviors,” Higgins said. “By monitoring the quality and cost of different treatments, and using analytics to match patients/members to new therapies that may help them deal with their specific circumstances better, we can begin to turn the tide. If we extend this to gain insights on how comorbidities such as mental health disorders affect engagement, behaviors, and costs, we can develop treatment strategies that further drive down risks while improving outcomes.”  

Addressing the high cost of pharmaceuticals

This has been another topic of national discussion, and one many believe is critical to reducing the skyrocketing cost of healthcare in America. Roughly $457 billion was spent on prescription drugs in 2015, which represents 16.7 percent of spending overall on personal healthcare services according to HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).  

In 2018, SCIO expects that life sciences organizations will be held more accountable for proving the impact their drugs and devices have on improving outcomes for patients and populations, including sharing in the risk around those treatments. As part of this effort, they will need to demonstrate how they can help drive compliance and adherence rather than supplying the products and walking away. This mindset will become even more important for high-cost, high-impact specialty drugs. SCIO believes the industry will begin to test the thesis of outcomes-based contracting between Life Sciences and Health Plans and this will be phased over time from claims data to metrics on the health status of the patient.

Value-based care here to stay

Although there may be some uncertainty around the specifics, particularly in the current political climate, SCIO is confident in predicting that the move to value-based care that is already under way will continue. The ongoing shifting of risk from payers to providers and life sciences organizations is already accelerating. The need to think in terms of populations rather than individuals is given additional urgency by the growth of the Medicare Advantage population, where keeping patients/members healthier in the aggregate is critical to controlling costs.

“That ship has sailed,” says Higgins. “Even if HHS pulls back or delays some of its requirements, commercial payers are still focused on implementing value-based strategies. They recognize the importance of delivering high-quality care while reducing costs, and the need for transparency. They also recognize it’s the right thing to do.”

About SCIO Health Analytics

Based in West Hartford, Connecticut, SCIO Health Analytics is a leading health analytics solution and services company serving healthcare organizations across the continuum including provider groups, health plans, PBMs, health services and global life sciences companies.

SCIO provides predictive analytic solutions and services that transform data into actionable insights, helping healthcare organizations create the understanding that drives change through care, network and reimbursement optimization as well as commercial effectiveness. SCIO’s insights as a service approach supports the shift to value-based care, solving healthcare problems simply and efficiently. Visit SCIO’s website for up to date information on their product and solution offerings: www.sciohealthanalytics.com

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BOSTON, Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — 2017 was the year that bought machine learning, artificial intelligence and alternative human-machine interfaces into the fore, greatly impacting the user experience of many devices. But what will be the major innovations in 2018? A recent insight from the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics “10 Trends for Creating Compelling User Experiences in 2018“, has offered 10 predictions for 2018 on how innovations in technology that will most substantially impact the user experience over the coming year.

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Key report findings:

  • In-vehicle smartphone mirroring, streaming media, embedded navigation, and HMI design meet at a crossroads.
  • Fingerprint scanners underneath the display of a smartphone will emerge.
  • Solutions with more compelling content aimed at the mainstream will reinvigorate the high-end VR market.
  • Conversational User Interfaces – including chat bots – will emerge strongly in 2018, providing a more engaging user experience.

Paul Brown, Director, UXIP and report author commented, “The key to successful product and experience planning within the technology environment will hinge upon the definition of compelling use cases. Understanding how devices are connected with each other and how they are used in context will be the key to defining the next generation of experiences that will drive greater adoption, usage and customer satisfaction.”

Kevin Nolan, VP, UXIP, added, “Simplifying and enriching the user experience through adaptive intelligence and context awareness will be the key to winning the battle for the customer.”

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success. www.StrategyAnalytics.com.

About User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP)

The User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics focuses on user behaviors, motivations and interests across multiple consumer verticals including in-vehicle, in the home and whilst mobile. Consisting of the In-vehicle User Experience (IVX) group and User Experience Strategies (UXS) group, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences through both syndicated and proprietary research capabilities. With our extensive expertise in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP’s research methodologies allow strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information.

Press Contacts

US Contact: Paul Brown, +1 617 614 0723, pbrown@strategyanalytics.com

European Contact: Diane O’Neill, +44(0) 1908 423 669, doneill@strategyanalytics.com

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TEL AVIV, Israel, December 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi), a leading global provider of video analytics solutions, announced that its innoVi cloud-based video analytics Software as a Service (SaaS) is integrated with Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, AWS’s newly-launched service to capture, process, and store video streams for analytics and machine learning. Together, the solution will enable any surveillance camera to become “smart” within seconds.

Officially announced at AWS re:Invent 2017 on November 29, Amazon Kinesis Video Streams makes it easy to securely stream video from connected devices to AWS for analytics, machine learning, and other processing. Agent Vi’s innoVi is the first fully cloud-based video analytics SaaS integrated with Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, allowing the camera owner to add smart security analytics functionalities that can automatically detect and alert to events of interest.

The integration of Agent Vi’s innoVi with Amazon Kinesis Video Streams brings a first of its kind end-to-end SaaS solution that is applicable to any IP camera, regardless of brand, and that does not require installation of any dedicated hardware or software.

innoVi is Agent Vi’s cloud-based, innovative video analytics Software as a Service (SaaS) that offers capabilities ranging from detection of security and safety incidents in real-time to expedited investigations via automated video search, big data applications, and more. The video analytics performance and accuracy are of the highest level, implemented with advanced AI and Deep Learning technology.

“The collaboration between Agent Vi and AWS brings a truly disruptive service to the market, that leverages advanced cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to make any camera, of any brand, and from any location, seamlessly smart within seconds,” commented Itsik Kattan, CEO of Agent Vi. “We are honored to have been selected by AWS as one of the first companies to integrate with Amazon Kinesis Video Streams,” added Kattan.

About Agent Vi: 

Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi) is a leading global provider of open architecture, video analytics solutions. Agent Vi’s comprehensive video analytics offering includes software products for on-premise installations as well as cloud-based SaaS, with capabilities ranging from real-time video analysis and alerts to video search and business intelligence applications. Solutions are fully integrated with 3rd party cameras, encoders, VMSs and alarm automation software.

Roni Kresner

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CHICAGO, Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SPLICE Software is a finalist in the 2017-2018 Cloud Awards Program in the categories of Best SaaS (non-U.S.) and CRM Solution of the Year.

SPLICE Software

The Cloud Computing Awards program celebrates excellence and innovation in the rapid-growth cloud computing market. The awarding body accepts applications worldwide, covering the US, Canada, Australasia and EMEA. Organizations of any size are accepted for consideration in the program, including those from governmental bodies, start-ups and established multinationals.

In 2017-18, categories include “Best in Mobile” Cloud Solution, Best Software as a Service, Most Innovative Use of Data and Most Promising Start-Up.

Tara Kelly, President and CEO, said: “For SPLICE, being shortlisted in the Cloud Awards in the categories of CRM Solution of the Year and Best SaaS based outside of the United States is clear recognition of our team’s hard work and dedication to excellence and innovation.”

Cloud Awards organizer Larry Johnson said: “Again, we have seen an overwhelming level of engagement from organizations of all sizes, each showing their commitment to cloud-based technologies and leveraging them in their own unique way.

“A clear pattern has emerged, and that is that the global technology community is not playing catch-up to the US when addressing cloud innovation.

“We have seen new levels of excellence in the submissions reviewed, and the judges have had great difficulty in categorizing those applications which should move further in the process. Indeed, virtually all of the entries scrutinized would be worthy of a place on the shortlist.

“It is clear that while the SaaS category remains as hotly-contested as ever, a new breed of competition for excellence is emerging worldwide, making the non-US SaaS submissions more relevant than ever. For those who did not make this year’s Cloud Awards shortlist, remember that the Cloud Awards sister program – the SaaS Awards – returns in the spring, to put a laser focus on innovation in software.

“We can only wait until 2018 to see which organizations emerge as final Cloud Award winners in their chosen category.”

Over 300 organizations entered, with entries coming from across the globe, covering the Americas, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. You can view the full shortlist here: https://www.cloud-awards.com/2018-shortlist.

Final winners will be announced on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

The Cloud Awards (https://www.cloud-awards.com/cloud-computing-awards/) will return with a new program in late 2018 to continue its recognition of excellence in cloud computing.

The Software as a Service Awards (https://www.cloud-awards.com/software-as-a-service-awards/), judged in the spring, is currently accepting entries for its Spring 2018 program.

Contact details

For SPLICE Software
Kate Weckerly, PR

For the Cloud Awards
James Williams – marketing

About the Cloud Awards

The Cloud Awards is an international program which has been recognizing and honoring industry leaders, innovators and organizational transformation in cloud computing. The awards are open to large, small, established and start-up organizations from across the entire globe, with an aim to find and celebrate the pioneers who will shape the future of the Cloud as we move into 2018 and beyond. Categories include Most Promising Start-Up, Best SaaS, and “Best in Mobile” Cloud Solution. Finalists were selected by a judging panel of international industry experts. For more information about the Cloud Awards please visit http://www.cloud-awards.com/.

About SPLICE Software

SPLICE Software blends art & science in creating stronger connections and improving the customer experience for insurers, bankers, and retailers. Our cloud-based Dialog Suite™ uses Big Data & Artificial Intelligence to deliver personalized Voice & SMS messages at critical moments along the customer journey; allows you to connect with customers via their channels of choice; and, enables you to collect and manage customers’ permissions and preferences so you can personalize, test and measure like never before. For more information on SPLICE, visit our website, connect via LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter at @SPLICESoftware.

SPLICE Software helps users create strong connections and continuously improve the customer experience by delivering personalized messages to customers via the channels they choose. Learn more at www.splicesoftware.com.


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SAN MATEO, California and TEL AVIV, Israel, December 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Gong.io, the #1 conversation intelligence platform for B2B sales, today announces that it fully supports Microsoft Skype for Business, the popular web-conferencing system. The platform joins other commonly used conferencing systems already supported by the platform, including Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx, Join.me, BlueJeans, and ClearSlide.

Recognized last week by CB Insights as an artificial intelligence leader in its AI 100 list, Gong.io can record, transcribe, and analyze all sales calls and demos performed on Microsoft Skype for Business, creating a much-needed layer of value for sales professionals using the conferencing system.

“With Gong.io compatible with Microsoft Skype for Business, sales pros have even more ways to improve their performance using AI to close more deals,” said Gong.io CEO Amit Bendov. “The technology gives salespeople a competitive edge by alerting them to a variety of pain points corresponding to their sales conversations over Skype for Business, including customer objections, competitive comparisons, pricing sensitivity, and a host of other key insights.”

The company’s patented technology uses AI to analyze hundreds of data parameters within each call. Gong.io’s application programming interface allows its customers to easily and seamlessly integrate their dialer, telephony or web conferencing system with the Gong.io Conversation Intelligence Platform. This provides actionable insights on all sales conversations, helping sales leaders close the gap between their top and middle-of-the-pack performers.

Right out of the box, Gong supports most standard telephony systems like Shoretel, RingCentral, TalkDesk, and NICE InContact. Users also enjoy integrations with all popular dialers such as SalesLoft, Outreach, InsideSales, Five9, Groove, FrontSpin, NewVoiceMedia, and Natterbox.

About Gong.io

Gong is the #1 Conversation Intelligence platform for B2B sales. It helps sales teams improve their calls and demos and gives sales leaders insights into how well calls are being conducted. Gong records, transcribes, and analyzes sales calls using AI, helping the sales organization understand what works, and what doesn’t. Visit Gong.io for more information.

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NEW YORK, December 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Sentimente.com, one of the most important players on the online dating market in South-Eastern Europe, launched in mid-November a new version of the platform, based on Artificial Intelligence.

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Using machine learning, WallY – the new star feature – generates a personalized dashboard for every user. Based on the user’s profile and the user’s own actions on the website (people he interacts with, likes he gives, profiles he watches etc.), WallY is very efficient in presenting an interface that sums up:

  • A custom feed with actions other users made on your profile (liking photos, adding as a favorite etc.)
  • Recommendations of users with the highest compatibility
  • Updates about best matches based on your profile description and your interests
  • Updates of new members that match with your interest and lifestyle
  • A fast access to all relevant information: photos, people of interest, messages
  • An easier way to connect using a messenger feature with instant access to conversations

In this way, Sentimente.com gives its users the chance to start a conversation based on real-time data.  

Using React, an open source technology, WallY is now on its first development level. Soon, WallY will notify the user when a preferred profile is online or when a new photo has been added. The messaging system will give members the opportunity to send photos between each other without leaving the inbox.

“WallY learns how to correlate observed behaviors and preferences with compatibility, and eases the process of people interacting on our dating website. We invested in this new feature because we felt that the online dating market is addressing to a new generation – familiar with the newest technologies – and we want to be among the first ones to provide that,” said Flori Dragomir, co-founder of Sentimente.com.

About Sentimente
Sentimente was founded in 2001 and recently reached 1.5 million members. The dating website is constantly growing in popularity in UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, US and Canada.

The most active users are between 35-55 years old, with a balanced sex ratio:  59% of the users being men and 41% women. Most of them speak at least one foreign language, English being the most popular. More than 50% have never been married. More than two thirds declared they want to get married, this being the reason they enrolled on Sentimente.

Contact: Flori Dragomir, Co-founder, flori.dragomir@machteamsoft.ro , +402-120-953-31

SOURCE Sentimente.com

MAIDENHEAD, England, December 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Five Future States of Content Highlights Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2018

SDL, a leader in global content creation, management, translation and delivery, today announced its Five Future States of Content, a series of disruptive content trends for brands to watch in 2018. With content at the heart of every customer journey, SDL predicts content will hit a new dimension of organizational importance, with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) playing a leading role in automating content creation, translation, organization and delivery.

Self-creating and organizing content may seem like something out of a science fiction movie but advances in AI and ML make this, and other exciting advancements, a reality for brands now and in 2018. SDL’s Five Future States of Content report looks at where AI and ML are set to make the greatest impact in the way content is securely created, managed, translated and delivered to global audiences. The Five Future States of Content (register here for report available in January) include:

1. The demand for content is too high to keep pace with: Content will create itself    

In his book “The Grand Design,” world famous physicist Stephen Hawking argues that the universe can create itself out of nothing. But can the same be said about content? Thousands of writers would be needed 24/7 to create all the content required to power future digital experiences. Breakthroughs in AI and ML mean that in 2018 it will become possible for brands to automatically generate finely-tuned content from information stored in a variety of repositories across their business – giving every customer their own, truly unique experience.

2. The amount of content is too overwhelming to manage: Content will organize itself    

Creating content is only one of the many applications that Machine Learning is capable of. Brands will begin to use Machine Learning to create taxonomies of all their company’s content, summarizing and tagging it to facilitate better search results through content management systems, improving metadata and optimizing SEO, and enabling other enterprise systems to automatically discover existing content. This will maximize reuse and return on already invested content creation efforts and help form the next frontier of digital experiences.

3. The waterfall methodology has dried up: Content will be agile  

With the future of content creation and organization being accelerated by AI, content will need to be structured and formatted so that it is machine ready. SDL predicts that the old waterfall approach to creating and delivering content will become obsolete in favor of a continuous global content operating model. We’ll see more companies adopt this approach in 2018, enhancing global content and localization teams with AI and ML capabilities, like authoring tools and machine translation, to create and deliver engaging content at an extreme scale in response to our fast-paced society.

4. The customer decides before they ever talk to your salesperson: Content will become your best seller  

Brands are already shifting their sales priorities to focus on content creation rather than just selling. That’s because salespeople spend just one-third[i] of their day actually talking to prospects, and content never stops talking. SDL expects the creation, translation and delivery of content to become as much of a priority to sales leaders as incentivizing and training sales teams. SDL also predicts that the types of content that sells will expand rapidly beyond the traditional marketing materials into the realm of in-depth product information, a source of information that companies leave mostly untapped today. Our own research supports this trend: more than half (53%) of global customers are now consulting manuals, FAQs and technical content to learn more about a product before purchasing.

5. Content is your biggest security risk: Content will be secured  

Upcoming legislation, including Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), means that businesses will need absolute control of customer information. They will need to provide transparency, a full audit trail and complete data custody come May 2018. But companies outside Europe are failing to prepare, and we expect some big brands to be quickly hit with fines of up to 4% of revenues. In order to organize and secure high volumes of data in 2018, brands will turn to on-premise ML technologies to translate, analyze and automate their content supply chains.

“Content that creates itself, organizes itself, and scales globally with ease all sounds like the stuff of imagination,” said Peggy Chen, CMO, SDL. “But the rules of content and marketing are changing in 2018, and the emergence of new AI and Machine Learning technologies are powering this seismic shift. Smart companies know that this is the future they must prepare for if they’re going to thrive in the years ahead.”

SDL’s Five Future States of Content are based on 15 years of research and development into Machine Learning, translation and content management technologies, over 45 patents and 200+ peer-reviewed industry papers – providing unparalleled insight into the ways ML and AI are set to transform content creation and delivery in 2018.  Pre-register here for the Five Future States ebook available January 1, 2018.

About SDL
SDL (LSE:SDL) is the global innovator in language translation technology, services and content management. Over the past 25 years we’ve helped companies deliver transformative business results by enabling powerful, nuanced digital experiences with customers around the world. Are you in the know? Find out why 78 out of the top 100 global brands work with us at SDL.com and follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.

Media Contacts:

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Corporate Communications
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FREMONT, Calif., Dec. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Inspur unveiled its latest PowerAI solution at the 2017 OpenPOWER China Summit on December 13th. As a part of Inspur’s smart computing strategy, the company announced plans to develop an OpenPOWER Total Solution to support cloud computing, big data and AI.

At the summit, Inspur demonstrated the new PowerAI-based multi-target real-time tracking solution, a video analysis technology widely applicable in security, smart city, transportation and other fields. The solution is based on Inspur’s mature product P820 that supports two 3.4G OpenPOWER processors, 64 memory slots and 12 PCI-E slots.

PowerAI is a mainstream deep learning software toolkit with pre-compiling capability, and an integral part of the IBM Cognitive System. Easier to use and learn than open source AI frameworks, PowerAI also supports NVLink, providing higher throughput, larger data sets, more application runs, and improving the accuracy of cognitive results.

Inspur also showcased an upcoming dual-socket OpenPOWER9 server concept machine, supporting all NVMe SSD and four P100 GPU cards to meet the needs of smart computing.

Looking to the future, Inspur announced plans to develop multiple OpenPOWER9-based solutions and products in traditional server form factor, multi-node server, multi-node rack and other factors for various applications, including cloud computing, big data and AI, targeting both traditional industry users and cloud computing operators.

Today, Inspur is the most comprehensive manufacturer in AI computing. With the highest market share in China’s AI server market, Inspur’s comprehensive products cover computing technologies such as GPU / MIC / FPGA, meeting requirements of both small-scale sample training and super-large model training with samples in the hundred billion and parameters in trillions. Inspur products are designed for leading edge AI scenarios such as artificial intelligence cloud, deep learning model training and online reasoning. Combined with Inspur’s AI platform software, such as AIStation and Caffe-MPI, these technologies make up a unique end-to-end AI technology system. PowerAI will further strengthen Inspur’s competitiveness in AI, facilitating the development of diversified computing technologies and solutions.

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The astounding surge in the price of cryptocurrencies in 2017, most notably bitcoin’s rise from around $1,000 at the start of the year to over $19,000 currently, has been powered by the innovative distributed ledger technology known as the blockchain. The blockchain supports cryptocurrencies and other applications where a secure, transparent record of transactions is required. It enables these transactions by using distributed computer networks to record and store transaction data, eliminating the need for third-party validation. This revolutionary technology has enabled the ever-widening adoption of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, while leading to big gains in the stocks of companies which support or develop blockchain technology. Among the companies which stand to benefit from the increasing acceptance of the blockchain and cryptocurrencies are Victory Square Technologies, Inc. (CSE:VST) (OTC:VSQTF) (FWB:6F6) (VSQTF Profile), Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) , Hive Blockchain Technologies LTD. (OTC: PRELF)( TSX.V: HIVE), MGT Capital Investments, Inc. (OTC: MGTI) and Glance Tech (CSE: GET).

Victory Square Technologies, Inc. (CSE:VST) (OTC: VSQTF) (FWB:6F6) creates, funds and supports entrepreneurs with potentially disruptive technologies in the fields of blockchain technology, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, personalized health, gaming and film. Throughout its history, the company has demonstrated a knack for incubating successful innovators.

Victory Square was ahead of the crowd in realizing the blockchain represented a breakthrough investment opportunity, enabling the company to engage in multiple early partnerships and investments in the space. Victory Square scored a big win in the sector by investing three years ago in BTL Group (TSXV: BTL) (OTC: BTLLF), the first publicly traded blockchain technology company.

With BTL’s market capitalization now exceeding $200 million, Victory Square’s investment in the pioneering blockchain startup has paid off in a big way. From under $2 at the start of 2017, BTL’s U.S-traded shares have more than quintupled this year, surging to a new 52-week high of $12.76 December 19. BTL Group offers blockchain solutions for multiple industries, focusing particularly on the finance, energy, and gaming sectors. The company’s best-known product is Interbit, a blockchain platform designed to support the speedy development of business applications that significantly improve efficiency. A number of the largest institutions in the world currently use Interbit to investigate opportunities with private blockchains.

BTL co-founder Guy Halford-Thompson recently joined Victory Square’s advisory board where he will assist the company in growing and scaling its current portfolio of companies and play a vital role in its new partnership with Blockchain Investment Consortium.

“Victory Square played a key part helping BTL scale in its early days, and I’m extremely excited to join the team as an advisor. The leadership group at Victory Square has consistently shown an ability to identify large market opportunities, as well as the right teams to capitalize on them. They give them the funding, resources and relationships required to accelerate their growth and allow them to scale internationally,” Halford-Thompson stated in the press release (http://nnw.fm/MWFv6 ).

Victory Square provides its portfolio companies with access to education, a global mentorship network, and the expertise of its experienced management team, which possesses more than 100 years of successful entrepreneurial experience. Shafin Diamond Tejani, the company’s CEO, has launched more than 40 start-ups in 21 countries over the past two decades. He has been named both EY Technology Entrepreneur of the Year and Canadian Angel Investor of the Year.

Victory Square combines the keen eye of its executives for spotting entrepreneurial talent with its ability to offer those entrepreneurs access to its retinue of services designed to enable them to accelerate the growth of their companies. In addition to the services already mentioned, this includes distribution partners to help them move from conceptualizing products to marketing them. The company provides its portfolio firms with access to its impressive global network of over 80 business accelerators, with 20 accelerator partnerships in developing tech hubs.

The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, FansUnite Media, Inc., is developing a new social sports betting platform. FansUnite Media is a social sports data platform that offers its members data that helps them collaborate in trying to pick sporting event winners using a free virtual currency sponsored by the company. Integrating blockchain technology into FansUnite’s platform has to the potential to spur blockchain initiatives developed by associated Victory Square divisions. Regarding its blockchain efforts, Darius Eghdami, co-founder and CEO of FansUnite, said, “Blockchain technology and the inherent security it provides will enable us to push every envelope we can to build the most dynamic and responsive social sports betting platform.”

The Victory Square Health Inc. division of Victory Square serves as a venture division for the parent company, developing solutions focused on personalized health technologies. Victory Square has also invested in V2 Games, which develops and publishes high-quality mobile games. V2 Games is best known for successfully launching PAC-MAN Bounce and Beast Brawlers, two popular releases which have garnered millions of downloads. In addition, Victory Square has acquired 40 percent of United Film Fund II, LLC, which plans to produce three major motion pictures in 2017 and 2018.

In a recent press release, Victory Square announced its admission to the Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC), a market-leading organization dedicated to pioneering professional investment activities into digital assets worldwide. The group totals in excess of $2 billion of digital assets across its members, which pool their expertise to perform due diligence with the objective of identifying opportunities in innovative blockchain-oriented companies.  

“By joining this elite investment group Victory Square gains access to promising early-stage blockchain companies, bolstering Victory Square’s position as a pioneering investor in Blockchain companies in Canada and globally,” Victory Square CEO Shafin Diamond Tejani stated in the news release.

On December 11, Victory Square introduced a portfolio company VS Blockchain Assembly Inc., focused on providing financial, technical and management services to assist in the development of early-stage blockchain technology companies and to help existing technology companies integrate blockchain integration to spur growth.

“Blockchain Assembly will act as a services firm providing guidance on technology architecture and development, and will facilitate banking, legal and commercialization services,” Tejani said. “Further, Blockchain Assembly assists these companies with their fund-raising objectives, whether they pursue capital through token generation events, private funding, or raising money through the public markets. We are using our expertise at company building to identify, incubate, advise and invest in the best blockchain entrepreneurs, helping build the tech titans of the next century.”

The tremendous demand from investors for the shares of companies involved in the cryptocurrency revolution can be seen in the rapid ascent of the price of the stock of Riot Blockchain (NASDAQ: RIOT). After changing its name from Bioptix Pharma and reorienting its focus from biopharmaceuticals to the blockchain, RIOT stock has soared from under $7 early in November to a high above $46 in mid-December.

The company’s goal is to brand itself as a leading blockchain authority and offer investment exposure to the blockchain environment. Riot has announced a strategic investment in Verady, LLC, which provides accounting standards and auditing services to the cryptocurrency market. Riot also owns a stake in Coinsquare, the Canadian digital currency exchange, as well as a majority ownership position in TessPay, which serves as a blockchain-based payment resource for wholesale telecom carriers. Cresval Capital Corp. recently signed a merger agreement with TessPay which, when completed, would make TessPay Riot’s first investment to be spun off into an independent public company.

Another segment of the cryptocurrency space which has attracted intense interest from investors is cryptocurrency mining. HIVE Blockchain Technologies (OTC: PRELF)( TSX.V: HIVE) is an early mover in the sector which has amply rewarded investors in its shares. Its stock traded on the OTCPK exchange has exploded from $0.07 at the start of the year to over $3 at one point this year, and $2.68 as of December 15. Cryptocurrency miners operate by verifying transactions using blockchain technology, and are commonly rewarded with digital coins for their services. To build the next generation of infrastructure for blockchain transactions, HIVE has entered into a strategic partnership with Genesis Mining LTD. HIVE has advanced digital currency mining operations in Iceland that work 24/7 producing digital currency. Low energy costs at the location enable reduced working capital requirements giving the company the flexibility to sell coins to optimize profits when it feels the time is right.

MGT Capital Investments (OTCQB: MGTI) is a U.S. based bitcoin miner that has seen its shares skyrocket recently, rising from under $1 in April of this year to $4.20 as of December 15. The company plans to expand, and is working on the development of a portfolio of cyber security applications with the assistance of security software luminary John McAfee. The goal is to create advanced protection technologies for corporate networks and devices for personal use. MGT Capital has reported that it plans to purchase a further 500 S9 Antminer rigs from Bitmain Technologies, with delivery to be completed early in 2018. Once the new cryptocurrency rigs have been added to the company’s existing rigs, MGT Capital will have over 5,000 Bitmain S9s mining bitcoins, generating millions of dollars of monthly revenue.

Glance Technologies (CSE: GET:CN) is another firm positioning itself to benefit from the adoption of cryptocurrencies. The company operates Glance Pay, which is a payment system designed to allow smartphone users to choose where they want to eat, order goods and services, send payments, access receipts, and earn rewards and interact with merchants. The company is focused on building an extensive network of merchants and consumers who can use its targeted in-app marketing, digital coupons, and other services. Glance Pay is currently working on a rewards-based cryptocurrency it plans to integrate into its platform. The Glance Pay mobile payment app functions as a secure, streamlined method of paying restaurant bills. Glance Technologies announced in December that it had completed its purchase of the Blockimpact cryptocurrency and blockchain solution from Ztudium Inc. The company intends to integrate Blockimpact into the Glance Pay mobile payment platform.

With the cryptocurrency-led blockchain revolution still in the early innings, the potential for forward-thinking companies to disrupt existing industries and processes has captured the attention of investors around the world. The companies named in this article have all positioned themselves to play a part in the explosion of innovation that has been unleashed by the rise of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain.

For more information on Victory Square, visit Victory Square Technologies, Inc. (CSE:VST) (OTC: VSQTF) (FWB:6F6).

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