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LevelJump Announces Sales Onboarding and Enablement Software on the Salesforce AppExchange, the World's Leading Enterprise Apps Marketplace

LevelJump customers can now accelerate ramp time and productivity through enhanced sales enablement content and programs

TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – LevelJump today announced the launch of its sales onboarding and enablement software on the Salesforce AppExchange, empowering businesses to connect with their customers, partners and employees in entirely new ways. Launched at Dreamforce 2017, the new software allows customers to build prescriptive and interactive sales onboarding and enablement programs to automate and accelerate ramp time.

Accelerate + Automate Sales Onboarding with LevelJump (CNW Group/LevelJump)

Built on the Salesforce Platform, LevelJump allows sales enablement leaders to link exercises to CRM milestones, metrics and business outcomes. Managers also have the ability to get insight into new reps' progression compared to cohort peers and other users. LevelJump is currently available on the AppExchange at appexchange.salesforce.com/listingDetail?listingId=a0N3000000B5koNEAR.

"Customers leverage their investment in CRM as their single source of truth," says David Bloom, CEO & Founder of LevelJump. "Using LevelJump, your sales teams can now start their journey in the platform they will be using every day. We are bringing sales enablement content and our customers' metrics on Salesforce together to support our mission of accelerating ramp time of every new sales hire. Sales Enablement teams have been able to launch onboarding and certification programs as short as three days after implementing LevelJump."

"We began a sales enablement initiative late last year. Within one week of installing LevelJump, we were using it to make sales enablement videos available to our sellers," says John Macone, Sales Enablement Manager at Magnitude Software. "Our new hires are ramping faster, and the existing team is seeing improved close rates and quicker deal cycles."

LevelJump is seeking to add forward thinking companies to fuel increasing revenue growth and continue to provide product innovation feedback. Learn more about LevelJump on the Salesforce AppExchange or at www.leveljumpsoftware.com.

LevelJump Exhibiting at Dreamforce 2017
LevelJump is an Exhibitor sponsor at Dreamforce 2017, the most inspiring technology event of the year and the world's largest gathering of Trailblazers. LevelJump is exhibiting at booth 2030 in the Dreamforce Customer Success Expo, showcasing how to accelerate and automate sales onboarding.

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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 4,000 solutions, 5 million customer installs and 70,000 peer reviews, it is the most comprehensive source of cloud, mobile, social, IoT, analytics and artificial intelligence technologies for businesses.  

About LevelJump
Built on the Salesforce Platform, LevelJump leverages the capabilities of the Salesforce Platform to enable companies to achieve faster ramp of new reps, time to productivity and quota consistency all within one unified experience. The company is based out of Toronto, ON, Canada.

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Mobile Photo Connect Conference Is Now Visual 1st

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Affirming that visuals are at the core of how consumers communicate and retain their memories, Mobile Photo Connect, the premier conference focused on promoting innovation and partnerships in the photo and video ecosystem, is being re-branded as Visual 1st (visual1st.biz). Conference chair Hans Hartman introduced the new name at the 5th annual Mobile Photo Connect event last week.

Mobile Photo Connect Conference is Now Visual 1st

In his keynote address, Hartman outlined five key market trends which all point to the pervasive and prominent role of visuals in today’s communication and memory retention platforms:

  • Visual-rich social media, publishing and messaging networks
  • Visual-rich ephemeral and Story formats for unrestricted, casual communication
  • Camera-first and creation-focused social media apps to entice ongoing consumer engagement
  • The potential of mixed reality visuals that combine camera-captured visuals with computer-generated VR or other visuals
  • The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) for about any possible visual use case

With visuals as the core to these trends, the choice of Visual 1st as the new conference name was a natural one, according to Hartman, who added, “the terms ‘mobile’ and ‘photo’ are no longer useful descriptors, due either to having become ubiquitous – as is the case for ‘mobile’ – or to being too narrow to reflect the evolution of the conference’s content over the years.

“Mobile imaging used to equal Smartphones, but now we have action cams, drones, 360 cameras, AI-based cameras like Google Clips or Amazon Echo Looks – all are mobile to a significant degree. So ‘mobile’ is the new norm. It’s reminiscent of when we used the term ‘digital photography’ during the transition from film to digital, and before abandoning it when it became clear that ‘digital’ was the default and film the exception.”

In his Visual 1st keynote address, Hartman also pointed out that the worlds of photography and videography are increasingly overlapping, with the same devices taking visuals in either, or sometimes simultaneously in both, formats. Video-frames are being extracted as photos, photos can now be short video clips, and workflows, use cases and tools are increasingly the same for both photos and videos. 

Going forward, Visual 1st will continue the successful formula of Mobile Photo Connect: Bringing together entrepreneurs and senior executives of innovative businesses who can leverage each other’s technologies through APIs, SDKs or other methods to enhance their products or services, for instance to enable automatic image enhancement, to monetize user engagement through photo print products, to offer face or image recognition features, to aggregate and curate user-generated content, to store visuals in the cloud or on devices, or to leverage various (other) AI-based solutions without needing to develop these all in-house.

“We’re already looking forward to designing a Visual 1st event that will make attendance even more rewarding and enjoyable at our sixth conference next year,” said Hartman.

About Visual 1st

Visual 1st (visual1st.biz) is the premier conference focused on promoting innovation and partnerships in the photo and video ecosystem. Visual 1st is the new name of Mobile Photo Connect, the conference founded in 2013.

The annual conference hosts executives and entrepreneurs at photo or video app development startups, mobile device vendors, cellular carriers, cloud storage providers, software companies, print product providers, camera manufacturers, and many others.

The international conference is co-hosted by Hans Hartman, president of Suite 48 Analytics, and Alexis Gerard, founder of Future Image Inc. and the 6Sight Future of Imaging Conferences, and co-author of the seminal 2005 book “Going Visual.”

Contact: Hans Hartman, contact@Suite48A.com

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B-Commerce Company Crowdz Unveils Digitization Initiative

 SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sunnyvale-based blockchain startup Crowdz — The B-Commerce Company™ — has partnered with Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), an initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and one of the country’s leading business-promotion organizations, to launch an aggressive effort to enable Michigan small and midsize businesses’ digital selling capabilities with the help of Crowdz’s revolutionary B-Commerce platform.

Crowdz in Michigan

Crowdz’s blockchain-based digitization initiative commenced on Sept. 28 with a first-in-the-nation webinar, delivered exclusively for Michigan’s small and midsize businesses, entitled “Accelerating Your Sales With Crowdz: The B-Commerce Revolution.” (The archived webinar can be viewed by visiting https://youtu.be/ypoINDqj_J0). This event was followed by Crowdz’s formal introduction to Michigan’s businesses at the 2017 Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) Matchmaking Summit, held in Detroit on Oct. 11. Crowdz’s digitization efforts will continue on an individual-company basis throughout the next 15 months.

Crowdz has established a goal of digitizing at least 500 Michigan-based small and midsize businesses by the end of the fourth quarter of 2018.

Millions of Lost Sales Opportunities

Crowdz’s blockchain-based B2B ecommerce platform is designed especially for small and midsize businesses seeking to cost-efficiently increase their sales and boost their revenue — particularly B2B-focused companies who either have limited reach online or else haven’t yet entered the digital age.

“Throughout the world, blockchain-based commerce, or ‘B-Commerce,’ is still in its infancy,” explained Crowdz CEO Payson Johnston in announcing the initiative. “Today, almost 90 percent of all B2B commerce in the United States still takes place in highly manual fashion, such as via paper catalogs, telephone orders, fax, email, EDI, and sales representatives.” In the United States alone, “fully half of all small businesses don’t even have a website—an amazing statistic.”

The cost of these antiquated ways of doing business are enormous, says Johnston. He points to studies showing that companies worldwide are suffering a combined $4 trillion in unnecessary costs and lost sales each year. “Proportionately, the costs for small and medium-size businesses are even greater,” he notes, “since they are often essentially invisible in millions of potentially rewarding selling opportunities because business buyers either don’t know they exist or don’t know the products or services they offer.”

PMBC Data & Strategy Manager Colin Dillion agrees with this need. “We know that a great many Michigan businesses face growth and sales challenges — now more than ever before. That’s why we’re pleased to be working with Crowdz on this important initiative,” he says. “The Crowdz B-Commerce platform makes it easier than ever before for business buyers to find the products they’re looking for, and for business sellers to find the customers they need, all throughout the supply chain. This platform aligns with Pure Michigan Business Connect’s mission of bringing buyers and suppliers together through market-based solutions. We commend Crowdz for bringing this solution to growing companies.”

A Pathbreaking Sales Solution

Not surprisingly, Johnston concurs. “With Crowdz,” he explains, “manufacturers, brands, and other suppliers can quickly identify and engage the right customers with the right products at exactly the right time. This accelerates buyer sourcing, opens up lucrative new market opportunities, and can dramatically increase sales.”

Johnston offers this explanation of how the Crowdz B-Commerce platform works:

  • First, Crowdz builds compelling, category-specific B2B marketplaces that are designed to create a vastly improved purchasing experience for B2B buyers, bringing large numbers of new potential customers to companies’ doors. 
  • Second, Crowdz digitizes, categorizes, and intelligently tags entire product catalogs — along with each product’s specific attributes — so that a company’s products show up whenever a prospective buyer searches for a type of product they sell. 
  • Third, Crowdz uses cutting-edge artificial-intelligence techniques to precisely match sellers to buyers, maximizing the chances of completing a sale. 
  • Finally, Crowdz automatically propagates each company’s products to all of the top online B2B marketplaces and search systems in order to exponentially expand companies’ sales reach.

For all of these reasons, Johnston says, “We believe that the Crowdz B-Commerce platform is the ideal solution for suppliers wanting to rapidly and cost-effectively increase their customer base, boost their sales, and generate greater revenue.”

About Crowdz

Sunnyvale, California-based Crowdz, is building the world’s first blockchain-based B2B ecommerce transaction networks. Applying cutting-edge artificial-intelligence principles as well as emerging digital technologies like smart contracts and attribute-based search to antiquated B2B commerce systems, the Crowdz platform allow manufacturers, brands, and other suppliers to quickly identify and engage the right customers with the right products at exactly the right time — accelerating buyer sourcing and purchasing, opening lucrative new market opportunities, and multiplying sales volume.

Founded in 2014, Crowdz is headed by Payson E. Johnston, former B2B supply-chain senior manager for Cisco, and its executive team boasts more than 80 years of combined experience in B2B sourcing, supply chain, blockchain, e-retail, and ecommerce. Crowdz’s technologies are currently covered by seven pending patents, and a beta version of Crowdz’s sourcing system is currently being used by 240 seller companies offering 1.3 million products.

For more details, please visit: http://www.crowdz.io.

About PMBC

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) launched its multi-billion dollar Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) public/private initiative in 2011 with the aim of connecting Michigan businesses with each other. Through PMBC’s business-to-business (B2B) network, Michigan companies are encouraged to increase their procurement spending within the state.

In addition, PMBC connects Michigan businesses to essential professional services. These services include pro bono service offerings from other Michigan businesses, services available from MEDC strategic partners, and internal service programs administered by the MEDC. Any business, regardless of size or industry, is encouraged to request these services designed to help companies grow.

For more information on PMBC’s programs and, in particular, its work with Crowdz, please contact Colin Dillon, Data & Strategy Manager for PMBC, at dillonc1@michigan.org.

For more details, please visit: http://www.michiganbusiness.org.

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Phone: 408-910-1975 
Email: paysonj@crowdz.io

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Nation of Insurance Uncertainty: Zocdoc Study Reveals Americans Need Help Deciphering Health Insurance Coverage

NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On the threshold of open enrollment, beginning November 1, 2017, Zocdoc released the results of its Insurance Confidence survey, which examines Americans’ understanding of how insurance works and the level of confidence in their own insurance coverage.

Insurance Understanding and Confidence - Zocdoc Insurance Confidence Survey

The study, conducted on behalf of Zocdoc by Kelton Global, found that insured Americans struggle to identify in-network doctors and find it difficult to determine what their insurance will cover. In particular, millennials were the least confident group surveyed, and are more likely than other generations to have put off seeing a doctor because they didn’t understand their health insurance or they couldn’t find their insurance card.

“The health insurance landscape is changing rapidly, and the burden continues to shift to the patient in the form of higher deductibles and narrower networks,” said Oliver Kharraz, MD, Zocdoc founder and CEO. “These changes make it even more important to provide patients with digital tools that help them find in-network doctors. Zocdoc is committed to using technology to make it easier for people to access the care they need. Our new Insurance Checker feature uses AI technology to scan your insurance card and verify plan details, giving patients more power and confidence when booking appointments.”  

Insured Americans Struggle to Find In-Network Doctors
Patients agree that finding an in-network doctor is one of the most important factors when booking an appointment – above cost, location and reviews – and yet they lack modern, digital tools to easily find this information. 

  • One in five (20 percent) insured Americans have been turned away when booking with a new doctor because the doctor didn’t accept their insurance.
  • More than a quarter (28 percent) of insured Americans are not always confident that the doctors they book appointments with will be in-network, and 16 percent made an appointment with a new doctor not knowing if their insurance covered the visit.
  • The majority (51 percent) of insured Americans think it would be frustrating to ensure their preferred doctors were still in-network if their insurance were to change.*

Major Pain Points: Insurance Coverage and Cards
One major factor in deciphering coverage details is the ability to read and understand insurance cards. Each card has a different format and design, and most lack proper emphasis on relevant information.

  • The majority (56 percent) of insured Americans say they have a difficult time figuring out what their insurance will cover.
  • Roughly half (48 percent) of insured Americans don’t think it’s easy to get answers or clarification from their insurance company.
  • 29 percent of insured Americans have shown up to a doctor’s visit unaware of the co-pay and/or other costs they would incur, and 27 percent are unaware of what’s left on their deductible.
  • Only a small fraction (8 percent) think their insurance card is intuitive, and roughly a quarter (27 percent) think their insurance card is well-designed.
  • Those who feel their insurance cards are difficult to understand are less likely to feel confident they understand what their health insurance covers.**

Millennials Rank Last in Insurance Confidence 
Younger generations expect consumer experiences to be seamless, modern and digital; notably, healthcare is out of step.

  • Compared to other generations, millennials are the least confident, with 44 percent reporting they are not confident in understanding how insurance works.
  • Two-thirds (66 percent) of millennials have a difficult time figuring out what their insurance will cover.
  • Millennials are also more likely than other generations to have put off seeing a doctor because they didn’t understand their health insurance or couldn’t find their insurance card.

Higher Confidence Leads to Better Care
The critical information patients need to book appointments with the right doctor is difficult to access and can add unnecessary stress and cost to the process. These inefficiencies can result in fewer Americans getting the care they need and contribute to increased overcrowding in emergency rooms, causing patients to endure longer wait times.

  • More than three-quarters (77 percent) of insured Americans would like an easier way to ensure their doctor is in-network when booking appointments.
  • If unable to book an appointment with an in-network doctor, nearly a quarter (22 percent) of insured Americans would skip going to the doctor altogether and 17 percent would go to the emergency room.
  • The majority (63 percent) of insured Americans said that if they had higher confidence in their insurance coverage, they would be less likely to avoid getting care.

On the heels of the Insurance Confidence survey, Zocdoc recently launched Insurance Checker – available now on the Zocdoc mobile app for iOS and Android, and mobile web – which scans a picture of a patient’s insurance card and uses artificial intelligence technology to help patients correctly select the right plan. Insurance Checker also helps to verify plan details and guide patients to in-network doctors. This helps boost a patient’s confidence that they aren’t making a costly, out-of-network appointment.

To learn more about the new Zocdoc Insurance Checker feature, visit the dedicated blog post here.

*of those who would find something frustrating about switching their insurance.
**compared to those who don’t find insurance cards hard to understand.

About the Survey
The Zocdoc Insurance Confidence Survey was conducted July 24 – July 31, 2017 by Kelton Global among 1,008 Americans ages 18-65 with health insurance, using an email invitation and an online survey. The margin of error is +/- 3.1% from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample. The margin of error for any subgroups will be slightly higher.

About Zocdoc
Zocdoc is the tech company at the beginning of a better healthcare experience. Each month, millions of patients use Zocdoc to find in-network neighborhood doctors, instantly book appointments online, see what other real patients have to say, get reminders for upcoming appointments and preventive check-ups, fill out their paperwork online, and more. With a mission to give power to the patient, Zocdoc’s online marketplace delivers the accessible, seamless and simple experience patients expect and deserve. Zocdoc is free for patients and available across the United States via Zocdoc.com or the Zocdoc app for iPhone and Android.

Media Contact
Allison Morgan, press@zocdoc.com

 

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Optimove Brings Its Customer Retention Artificial Intelligence Engine to Acquisition Marketing with Optimove 6.0

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 31, 2017 Optimove, the science-first relationship marketing hub, today released Optimove 6.0, introducing a new customer lifecycle stage to its product: the visitor.  Users can now automate targeted marketing campaigns for new visitors as precisely as they can for customers who have already made a purchase.

Ninety-eight percent of people who visit a website never make a purchase. That means in today’s ultra-competitive online retail market, marketers are spending valuable dollars following consumers around the internet and retargeting them with ads for items they will never buy.

Optimove 6.0 brings together web analytics from new visitors with look-alike data, machine learning and artificial intelligence from its retention ecosystem to accurately predict a customer’s future spend before they make a purchase. Based on its predictions, Optimove segments site-viewers into micro categories and provides insights on which campaigns will be most likely to lead to conversion. Rather than go after everyone that visits their site, Marketers can use Optimove’s findings and automation tool, Optibot, to precisely target only those in the 98 percent that are most likely to eventually convert.  

“We’ve been highly focused on applying a scientific approach to relationship marketing, but realized that relationships start long before someone presses the buy button,” said Pini Yakuel, co-founder and CEO of Optimove. “Most acquisition marketers are focused on bringing in as many leads as possible and then parsing from there. With Optimove 6.0 we are flipping the funnel — taking post-purchase data and knowledge and utilizing it for smarter acquisition.”

Optimove’s new release closes the gap between the often siloed acquisition and retention teams, whose opposing goals of lowering cost per acquisition and achieving long term customers tend to clash. Unifying these functions reduces conflicts of interest between teams and eliminates the data loss that occurs when moving from one CRM to another.

With this release, Optimove is officially transitioning from a customer marketing platform to a relationship marketing platform — with that relationship starting with the first website visit, or even before. The company predicts that after integrating the two lifecycle tools into a single CRM, marketers will see an average of 25 percent lift in conversion rates.

The new product was announced today at Optimove Connect. Named one of the Hottest Global Marketing Conferences Across the Globe, the company’s annual relationship marketing conference brings together marketers from some of the world’s most high profile companies, including GoDaddy, Deezer, Adore Me and Lucky Vitamin. This release also comes on the heels of Optimove being named to Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Analytics.

Find more information on Optimove and how to get started with Optimove 6.0 here.

About Optimove

Optimove, the science-first relationship marketing hub, is used by over 250 customer-centric brands to drive their entire customer marketing operation. Optimove drives measurable growth by autonomously transforming customer data into actionable insights, which then power thoughtful customer communications, at scale. Smart marketers use Optimove to orchestrate highly effective personalized customer marketing which maximizes customer spend, engagement, retention and lifetime value. The company has offices in New York, London and Tel Aviv. Learn more at www.optimove.com.

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Puneet Sandhu, Bateman Group 
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Kika Tech Announces Corporate Partnership with San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Kika Tech, a leader in mobile artificial intelligence-based communication products, today announced a new strategic partnership with the San Jose Sharks. The partnership will increase Kika Tech’s visibility and further establish its presence in the Silicon Valley community, while solidifying the company’s brand association with world-leading sports organizations.

Kika Tech, a leader in mobile AI-based communication products partners with the San Jose Sharks.

Kika Tech is proud to call Silicon Valley home,” says Tami Zhu, General Manager for Kika Tech. “2017 has proven to be a pivotal year for the company with Kika experiencing exponential growth in forming new strategic partnerships and new users. We are excited to partner with the San Jose Sharks, a team that has provided an elite level of hockey that fans have enjoyed for many years. With its passionate fan base and success, the San Jose Sharks is a natural partner for Kika Tech.”

Kika Tech enriches the communications and emotional connection between individuals by leveraging the company’s cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) engine, which understands and predicts intentions to make conversations more expressive. With 400M downloads, Kika Tech has inked partnerships with global sports franchises (Real Madrid C.F., FC Barcelona), mobile manufacturers (Samsung, Huawei, and ZTE), movie studios (20th Century Fox, Warner Bros.), and leading technology partners such as GIPHY.

“The San Jose Sharks are a prominent member of the Silicon Valley community and collaborate with leading organizations nationwide,” said John Tortora, Chief Operating Officer, San Jose Sharks. “We have formed a strategic partnership with Kika Tech, whose mission is to help users around the world communicate and engage with each other seamlessly. The Sharks have that same principal when engaging with our fans across the globe and the Bay Area community.”

Kika – Engineered With Artificial Intelligence

The Kika Tech ecosystem includes its award-winning Kika Keyboard app, which has been recognized as a Google Top Developer. With a deep understanding of its users, Kika Tech is able to predict intentions and suggest content including texts, emojis, GIFs, stickers, etc., which makes communications easier and more expressive. Kika Tech also takes advantage of the progress made in machine learning to enable users to communicate more accurately. Analyzing on sentence-level, rather than phrase-level, Kika Tech figures out the broader context and predicts what users will be communicating.

Kika Tech has been ranked a top productivity app in more than 77 countries. The company stands out with an ever-growing engagement rate of 120 times per day per person, which is equivalent to 50 minutes a day. With Kika Tech, companies can grow their established users by tapping into the company’s massive 60M MAU base. To download the Kika app, please visit: bit.ly/kikakeyboard.

About the San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL). As members of the NHL’s Pacific Division, the team plays its home games at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks were founded as an expansion team in 1991 and made their NHL debut in the 1991-92 season. To date, the Sharks have won six Pacific Division titles and advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 19 of their first 25 seasons, including 12 of the last 13 seasons. The Sharks have made four Conference Final appearances in the last 13 seasons and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016.

About Kika Tech

Say it with Kika! Make everyday interactions more engaging and fun with Kika Tech. Integrating into smart devices, Kika Tech enhances self-expression that goes beyond mobile platforms. By leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), Kika Tech enriches the emotional connection between individuals in this technology-driven world. To download the Kika app, please visit: bit.ly/kikakeyboard. Keep up-to-date with Kika Tech on FacebookLinkedInInstagram, and Twitter.

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Cogito AI Day: Artificial Intelligence for business and everyday life with less hype, more benefits

MODENA, Italy, Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Expert System hosted the first Cogito AI Day, a conference dedicated to Artificial Intelligence and its use in business. Industry leaders including Intesa Sanpaolo, Lloyd’s of London and Forrester were among the participants.

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Earlier this year, Forbes included Expert System in the list of companies forging the next generation of Artificial Intelligence systems. “The impact of AI in the near future will be even more decisive,” said Stefano Spaggiari, CEO, Expert System. “Artificial Intelligence allows companies to overcome the purely ‘numerical’ management of data by adding the ability to understand and manage information in a way that captures the maximum business value.”

Keynote speaker Boris Evelson, VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research, noted that one of the most important macro-applications of Artificial Intelligence in the business world is for understanding and making use of the incredible volumes of information that companies already collect. In fact, the current rate of growth in the adoption of AI technologies is comparable to a ‘tsunami’. The number of companies implementing such technologies has grown 27% from 2016 to 2017. This is with the knowledge by users that “certain tasks are suitable for human beings, not machines.”

“It’s important to understand the potential of Artificial Intelligence from the right perspective, and to dispel the false myths and apocalyptic scenarios to which the technology is often linked,” commented Marco Varone, President & CTO, Expert System Group. “Human intelligence remains central, but there are many knowledge management problems that, thanks to AI, can already be resolved effectively, and it will solve many others as the technologies mature and improve.”

Expert System created Cogito, a cognitive computing technology that transforms the way organizations find, comprehend and use information. Cogito leverages proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms to deliver business value and ROI by extracting actionable knowledge from internal and external information and automating business processes. Cogito has been deployed to serve enterprises and government organizations in some of the world’s largest industries (Banking and Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, Oil and Gas, Publishing and Government) including companies such as Shell, Chevron, Eli Lilly, Nalco Champion, Bloomberg BNA, Sanofi, Thomson Reuters, Wiley, Wolters Kluwer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Walter O’Brien (Scorpion) Named STARBASE Indiana Board Advisor

FORT WAYNE, Ind., Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — STARBASE Indiana, the Department of Defense-sponsored 501(c)3 that supports STEM education in grades 5-9, has named Walter O’Brien, founder and CEO of Scorpion Computer Services, to its board of advisors. O’Brien will begin his advisory role in October 2017.

STARBASE Founder and education pioneer, Barbara Koscak was honored by two U.S. Presidents in 1987 and 1990 and has received numerous national awards. Her efforts in bringing science, technology, engineering and math–known as “STEM” subjects–into elementary and middle school classrooms was unconventional in the decades leading up to her White House recognition. By capturing children’s attention through their near-universal curiosity towards airplanes and space travel, Koscak built a curriculum around understandable physics, chemistry and biology never seen before.

With growth from one classroom to a program across 35 states located at Navy, Marine, Air Force and National Guard institutions, the DoD STARBASE Curriculum has served over 1 Million students. STARBASE Indiana was founded in 2012 at the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base in Indiana by Colonel David Augustine.

STARBASE’s advisory board member, Walter O’Brien, is a frequent public speaker and mentor to a number of Fortune 1000 CEOs in the technology industry. He also inspires education and exploration in schools across STEM and other hands-on, technical and vocational subjects. In 2015, O’Brien encouraged STARBASE Indiana-Fort Wayne after-school students by engaging in an informative showcase of his own experiences and successes. During his visit, O’Brien shared how his desire for technological investigation began when he learned to code–through his own trial and error–at the age of 13. The public intrigue in O’Brien’s passion for computer coding rose with the release of Scorpion, the CBS television series inspired by O’Brien’s life as a computer genius who initially struggles with low Emotional Intelligence.

In April of 2017, O’Brien became the youngest recipient of the Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in philanthropic ventures which create positive societal change. His philanthropic works are numerous, including with Code Wars, California State Science Fair, MENSA, MIT Technology Review, the Junior Achievement Conference, Project ECHO, Superhero Brain, and Houston Technology Center. He funded Kilkenny’s Taxi Watch program, which has saved over 100 lives. In his own words, O’Brien repeats that “to be smart is cool.”

O’Brien joins STARBASE Indiana Inc. board members: Dr. Scott Liebhauser, Col (Ret) David Augustine, Todd Stephenson, Carrie Gutman, and Dr. Dave Aschliman. According to STARBASE Indiana Executive Director Dr. Scott Liebhauser, “Walter is a perfect fit for our team as he brings a wealth of STEM expertise and passion for youth education which we can embrace and translate into classroom application.”

STARBASE Indiana operates three academies in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and South Bend, with a new academy in Gary, Indiana set to open in the spring of 2018.

ABOUT STARBASE

STARBASE Indiana is a premier educational program sponsored by the United States Department of Defense. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, community collaborators sponsor extensions through STARBASE Indiana, furthering the impact of its mission goals. STARBASE academies offer free STEM education, after-school programming, summer camps, and many other outreach activities for students in grades 5-9. Since its inception in 2012, over 12,000 students have participated in STARBASE Indiana’s unique form of hands-on, minds-on learning. Students interact with civilian and military professionals to explore careers and observe STEM applications in the real world. The program encourages students to set goals and to achieve them.

ABOUT WALTER O’BRIEN

Walter O’Brien is the founder and CEO of Scorpion Computer Services, Inc., and CEO of Scorpion Studios. He is the Executive Producer and the inspiration behind the hit CBS television drama, Scorpion, with over 26 million viewers in the U.S. and airing in 188 countries. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has certified Walter O’Brien as being a person of national interest to the United States and granted him an Extraordinary Ability EB 1-1 Visa. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, plus Navy and Air Force systems to deploy artificial intelligence that protects American military personnel. Walter was recently recognized by the Fort Wayne Base Community Council for saving countless lives and awarded a member’s Combat Infantry Badge and Battle Dress Uniform from Operation Desert Storm. The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association recognized O’Brien’s tremendous support of defense initiatives.

Walter was the youngest recipient of Unite4:Good’s Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2017 won C-Suite Quarterly’s Visionary award. In addition, he has worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies including the world’s largest mutual fund, Fujitsu, Trados, Oracle Corporation, Baltimore Technologies and Critical Path. O’Brien serves as chairman or former board member for Strike Force Solutions, Talentorum Alliance, Lawloop and previously served on the boards of Houston Technology Center, American Environmental Energy, Starglobe and Toin Corp.

O’Brien regularly donates his time to charities and the community in general, to encourage all generations to celebrate intelligence. O’Brien provided the seed funding for TaxiWatch Kilkenny, a suicide prevention program that has saved over 133 lives since its inception in 2015. Often appearing on CNBC, Fox News and CBS as an expert on computer security, O’Brien has contributed to XPRIZE selection as part of XPRIZE Visioneering.

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Xevo to Discuss AI, Voice, and Data Monetization for Connected Cars at TU-Automotive Europe

BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Xevo Inc. today announced that EVP Timo Bauer will speak on the evolution of voice technology into today’s conversational user experience, and participate in a panel on artificial intelligence and the personalized automobile user experience at the TU-Automotive Europe Conference in Munich.

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Bauer will discuss how data-management software, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and powerful data analysis tools can provide consumers a truly personalized consumer driving experience while also providing automobile manufacturers with new business opportunities. To be truly competitive in the rapidly-advancing connected car industry, OEMs must integrate voice and cognitive services features with the hardware and software in their vehicles as well as the cloud applications. Xevo’s own Journeyware platform is a major step forward in the connected car market, changing the way people think about and connect to their cars, and how automobile manufacturers analyze and act on consumer and vehicle usage data. The advantages of such a solution are technologically agnostic, and provide OEMs and their partners with a monetization path to leverage today’s more robust and satisfying user experience.

TU Europe is the largest and most influential connected- and autonomous-car conference in Europe, widely regarded as the place for Tier-1 car manufacturers to learn about the latest advances in the connected car market. An industry leader, Xevo is honored to present at the conference and to be recognized for their impact on the connected car market. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how Xevo is revolutionizing the automotive UX.

See Xevo at TU-Automotive Europe, November 6-7

Keynote Address – The Journey from Voice + UI to Conversational UX: The Evolution of the Cognitive User Experience
Monday, November 6th, 12:20 to 12:40 Central European Time (CET)

Panel Discussion – AI: Enabling the Truly Personalised Auto Experience
Tuesday, November 7, 3:55-4:25 PM CET

To meet with us at the event, contact Xevo: marketing@xevo.com

About Xevo
Xevo Inc. is a trusted Tier-1 automotive software supplier deployed in millions of vehicles worldwide. Xevo solutions for cloud, car, and mobile devices leverage computer vision, machine learning, and data analytics to continuously create, test, and deploy new AI models that improve performance, safety, and driver experiences. Xevo’s Journeyware suite of automotive products seamlessly connects drivers and their vehicles to mobile applications, content and services. Xevo technology is licensed in vehicle systems worldwide to several of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers. For more information, visit www.xevo.com

Copyright © 2017 Xevo Inc. All rights reserved. The marks Xevo and Journeyware are owned by Xevo Inc. and may be registered. All other trade, brands, names, logos, and marks are the property of their respective owners.

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Frost & Sullivan World Café at Medica Health IT Forum 2017

LONDON, Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Healthcare stakeholders face several challenges and great opportunities in today’s dynamic business environment. The industry is fundamentally changing with tech advances, reimbursement challenges, design needs and changing customer requirements. Megatrends of 2017 ‒ which include artificial intelligence, personal virtual assistants, data as a service and connected living for smart homes ‒ present a great opportunity for companies who are able to leverage these best.

Connectivity is Redefining the Way Healthcare is Delivered
With the advent of Internet of Things (IoT), mHealth apps, health wearables, in-home self-monitoring tools and social networking capabilities, connected health has the potential to radically transform healthcare delivery; consumers today can be more engaged and empowered than ever before. However, with wide spread concerns about issues such as ease of use, reliability, privacy and security, successful deployment of digital health strategies is clogged. Now more than ever, it is crucial to focus on how we use and interact with digital health technologies, to empower consumers to manage their health conditions, enabling them to design and deliver their own health and care services while making them less dependent on healthcare providers. 

The Rise of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)
A major technology leveraging connectivity is the Internet of Things. In healthcare, 60% of organizations around the world have already adopted this technology in some form – either as smart energy meters or as smart patient monitoring solutions. Healthcare is one of the industries that faces significant disruption by IoT, and yet is only partially aware of the advances, the potential and benefits. Application areas for IoT in healthcare, or the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), cover the entire healthcare ecosystem – on body, in home, community, in clinic and in hospital.

To address these opportunities Frost & Sullivan will hold a World Café model-styled session at Medica Health IT Forum, on the 14th of November 2017 in Düsseldorf.

AGENDA:

  • Session 1: 11:00 to 12:15, Keynote Speech & World Café: Healthcare Megatrends and the Role of Connectivity
  • Session 2: 12:15 to 13:40, Keynote Speech & World Café: Internet of Medical Things
  • Session 3: 13:40 to 14:00, Live Product Demonstration: Internet of Medical Things

Each World Café will include a brief presentation followed by an interactive, collaborative round-table discussion session between various industry stakeholders moderated by experts. The collective, cross-representative voice of the industry stakeholders such as payers, hospitals, medical device manufacturers and health IT organizations will help the healthcare industry note key takeaways for better adoption of such technologies.

Interested parties can pre-register to participate as World Café participant or moderator, or audience member here.

Frost & Sullivan World Café at Medica Heath IT Forum, 14th November 2017, 11am-2pm, Hall 15 E56 – E60, Messe Düsseldorf, Germany.

Click here for more information on the Medica Health IT Forum.

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion

About MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM
For 20 years, the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM has been offering a programme at a top-notch level. More than 130 speakers from all areas of the healthcare industry will be discussing industry trends, digitisation levels and innovative solutions in around 40 sessions. Find out from the experts which new IT-based business and supply models are imperative to discover, where regulatory or technological obstacles are slowing down development and which fields the start-up scene is about to change – all this free of charge with your MEDICA admission ticket. www.medica.de/MHIF1

Contact‒Frost & Sullivan:

Magdalena Ford
Corporate Communications – Europe
P: +49 (0)69 77033 43
E: magdalena.ford@frost.com
Twitter: @Frost_Sullivan
http://www.frost.com

Contact‒Medica Health IT Forum:

Christina Rode-Schubert
Exec. MBA in BE | Partner TCI GmbH
Business Development | Medica Health IT Forum
P: +49 (0)172 2060401
E: Christina.Rode-Schubert@tci-partners.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-rode-schubert-49861012/

 

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