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Welltok Ranks on Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Company List for 3rd Consecutive Year

DENVER, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Welltok, the leading consumer health enterprise Software as a Service company, is among the top 5 percent of the nation’s fastest growing private companies on Inc. magazine’s 36th annual list. The company ranked #278 in its third consecutive recognition on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list. Welltok also ranked 6th among Colorado companies and 19th among health companies.

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“It is a great honor to be ranked highly on the list three years in a row, and the ranking speaks to the importance of our mission of empowering and enabling individuals to become engaged health consumers,” said Jeff Margolis, chairman and CEO for Welltok. “Our success is largely attributed to our innovative clients embracing the need for an enterprise-level platform that systematically connects consumers with the resources and tools that help them achieve optimal health.”

Welltok has generated national recognition and built an impressive client roster by developing the health industry’s leading consumer enterprise platform. The company’s health optimization platform organizes the growing spectrum of health-related programs and resources into a unified, highly personalized experience for consumers while also helping population health managers improve operational efficiencies, maximize revenue and drive greater healthcare value.

Additionally, the company’s technology-enabled service offerings effectively target and engage consumers to achieve client-specific business objectives ranging from closing gaps in care to acquiring new members. These services include Welltok Analytics Services, which leverage advanced analytics to provide actionable consumer insights in order to identify and target consumer needs and impactability; and Welltok Engagement Services, formerly Silverlink Communications, which develops and delivers engaging communications across all channels (text, email, IVR, mail and more) based on consumer preferences and goals.

Company milestones contributing to its growth trajectory, include:

  • Expansion and diversification of its client base to include health plans, government programs (Medicare and Medicaid), large employers, providers, health and wellness organizations and retail pharmacy
  • Launch of several new product offerings including SMARTReach, which combines its unparalleled analytics and communications capabilities; and the Virtual Benefit Agent, powered by IBM Watson, which is an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot that provides on-demand and personalized answers to questions about benefits and healthcare costs
  • Continued expansion of Welltok’s proprietary consumer database to include 275 million Americans and 1,600 variables such as income, household composition, purchasing habits and voting records
  • Strategic partnerships with TeleTech, HealthFitness and IBM Watson to create combined high- and low-touch solutions to seamlessly serve the needs of both population health managers and consumers

Inc. 5000 is the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies and the 2017 honorees are being hailed as the “most competitive crop in the list’s history.” The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies in America. Welltok was ranked high thanks to an impressive three-year growth rate of 1,576%, compared to the list average of 481%.

About Welltok
Welltok, the leading consumer health enterprise Software as a Service company, is on a mission to empower consumers to achieve their optimal health. Its award-winning CaféWell Health Optimization Platform connects consumers with available and relevant benefits, resources and rewards by designing personalized action plans. Additionally, the company’s technology-enabled services leverage both advanced analytics to derive meaningful consumer insights and multi-channel communications to reach consumers through the right channel with the right message. Welltok drives greater consumer engagement and healthcare value for customers across the healthcare continuum including payers, employers, government programs (Medicare and Medicaid) and providers. Follow Welltok on Twitter @Welltok.

About Inc. 5000
The 2017 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2013 to 2016. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2013. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2016.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

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The Millennium Alliance announces the creation of its Advisory Board

NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The Millennium Alliance is thrilled to announce the creation of its 2017/2018 Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is a group of world renowned industry leaders and visionaries, who are tasked with providing invaluable input and expertise. The Board’s main task is to ensure that we continue to deliver the highest-level of business transformation content to our members.

For more information about the Advisory Board, please visit our website>

We asked our Advisory Board Members what trends they are keeping an eye on. Here is a collection of their responses.

“The rapid adoption of Cloud Technologies by organizations of all size and scope.”

–        Vincent Campitelli, Enterprise Security Specialist, Cloud Security Alliance

“The evolution of cross-sector collaborations designed to improve population health is an exciting space. Being engaged in discussions with a diverse range of partners from the public and private sectors presents opportunities for many novel, community-impacting approaches to be created and implemented.”

–        Pierre Vigilance, Associate Dean for Practice, Milken Institute School of Public Health

“I’m looking forward to questioning authority and plotting new vectors of change. Big data, genomics and personalized medicine are all big trends in healthcare, but they are all empowered by the emergence of artificial intelligence.”

–        John Nosta, President, NostaLab

“(1) The transformative impact of social media on brand connection, customer service and crisis management. (2) The move from big screens to mobile devices as our primary video consumption. (3) The impacts of mis/disinformation and ‘fake news’.”

–        Adam Sharp, Former Head of News, Government, and Elections at Twitter and now Founder of Sharp Things LLC

“Artificial Intelligence in marketing, ChatBots, Digital PR, Mid-level influencer marketing, IoT, customer service automation.”

–        Cynthia Johnson, Co-Founder, CEO, Ipseity, Inc.

For more information about the Advisory Board, please visit our website>

We are thrilled to be working with a group of industry leaders such as this. Thank you to all the Advisory Board members for getting involved.

Here is a full list of the 2017/18 Advisory Board Members:

  1. Brian Ahier, Digital Health Evangelist, Aetna
  2. Vincent Campitelli, Enterprise Security Specialist, Cloud Security Alliance
  3. Steve Facini, CMO & Director, ondemandCMO and Professor, NYU Stern School of Business
  4. Alan Guibord, President, Integrated Cyber Solutions, Co-Founder & President, The Advisory Council International
  5. Cynthia Johnson, Co-Founder, CEO, Ipseity, Inc.
  6. Russell Klein, CEO, American Marketing Association
  7. Steve Liguori, Founder & CEO, Liguori Innovation
  8. Benjamin Nelson, Governor & Former Senator of Nebraska, Lamson, Dugan & Murray LLP
  9. John Nosta, President, NostaLabs
  10. Adam Sharp, Founder, Sharp Things, Former Head of News Government & Media, Twitter
  11. Rhea Siers, Senior Cybersecurity Expert, RAME: Risk Analysis Network & Exchange Faculty GWU and Johns Hopkins University
  12. Anne Marie Stephen, CEO & Founder, kwolia
  13. Pierre Vigilance, Associate Dean for Practice, Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University
  14. Peter Vogel, Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
  15. Denise Yohn, President, Denise Lee Yohn, Inc.
  16. Rahul Dubey, SVP Innovation & Solutions, America’s Health Insurance Practice

For more information about the Advisory Board, please visit our website >

About The Millennium Alliance

Headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, The Millennium Alliance is a leading technology, business, and educational advisory firm. Focusing primarily in areas such as business transformation, executive education, growth, policy, and need analysis, Millennium is quickly becoming one of the most dynamic locations for collaboration across the world.

We provide a framework for Fortune 1000 C-Level executives, leading public sector/government officials, and thought leaders across a variety of disciplines, to meet their peers, understand industry developments, and receive introductions to new technology and service advancements to help grow their career and overall company value.

For more information about the Advisory Board, please visit our website >

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MIT Technology Review Honors Two IBM Researchers on Annual Innovators Under 35 List

ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Two IBM (NYSE: IBM) researchers – Drs. Abdigani Diriye and Fabian Menges – have been recognized as honorees on the Innovators Under 35 list released today by MIT Technology Review. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world.

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The two scientists, from IBM’s Research labs in Kenya and Switzerland, are focused on improving financial access for all Africans and enhancing our understanding of the thermal phenomena that occur in nanoscale structures and devices.

  • Dr. Abdigani Diriye is a scientist and a manager at IBM Research – Africa in Nairobi and he has been recognized as a visionary for his work. Diriye leads the financial services research group, which is focused on technologies to enable people in Africa to access financial services easily. The team has recently developed and deployed a credit scoring system, which is now giving millions of people access to micro-loans through cellphone apps, including funds to meet medical emergencies or to operate a small business. Diriye has also launched an accelerator for startups in his native Somalia, which has ignited a community of innovators, engineers, NGOs and private-sector companies who now support and invest in the local startup tech scene.
  • Dr. Fabian Menges is a post-doctoral researcher in the materials integration & nanoscale devices group at IBM Research in Zurich and he has been recognized as a pioneer for his work. Menges’ research focuses on the experimental characterization of thermal energy transfer and conversion processes in electronic devices. Recently, Menges and his colleagues invented and patented a thermometer for the nanoscale. The research was motivated by the challenge to understand the thermophysical processes which occur at the scale of individual transistors to support the development of novel materials for energy harvesting and cognitive computing. Menges has recently accepted the prestigious Branco Weiss Fellowship with which he will continue his research at the University of Colorado in collaboration with IBM.

This year’s honorees are featured online at starting today, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on August 29. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference November 6–9 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (

About the List

The selection process begins with hundreds of nominations from the public, MIT Technology Review editors, and international partners who publish Innovators Under 35 lists in their regions. The editors then trim the list to about 80 people, who submit descriptions of their work and letters of reference. External judges are brought in to rate the finalists on the originality and impact of their work. Based on these ratings, the editors put together a final list of honorees.  

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IBM Research is a community of scientist and technical experts dedicated to addressing some of the world’s most complex problems and challenging opportunities for the benefit of all. With more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents, our labs nurture some of the most innovative and creative thinkers in the world. Our scientists are charting the future of artificial intelligence, breakthroughs like quantum computing, how blockchain will reshape the enterprise and much more. We are dedicated to applying AI and science to industry challenges, and making scientific breakthroughs that transform industries and society

About MIT Technology Review

Founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1899, MIT Technology Review is a digitally oriented independent media company whose analysis, features, reviews, interviews, and live events explain the commercial, social, and political impact of new technologies. MIT Technology Review readers are curious technology enthusiasts—a global audience of business and thought leaders, innovators and early adopters, entrepreneurs and investors. Every day, we provide an authoritative filter for the flood of information about technology. We are the first to report on a broad range of new technologies, informing our audiences about how important breakthroughs will impact their careers and their lives. Subscribe. Follow us: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram.

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Seven Stars Cloud Announces New JV, Red Coin Chain, Ltd.

NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSC) (“SSC” or the “Company”), today announced an agreement to establish a Joint Venture (“JV”), Red Coin Chain, Ltd. (“Red Coin“). SSC will be a 60% owner of the JV.

Mr. Jitter Xu, a world leader in the initial coin offering (ICO) space and the former blockchain chief of Alibaba’s, Ant Financial, as well as, Mr. Deng Di, the chairman of Taiyiyun (the leading blockchain-based fintech company in China), will both be parties to the JV in addition to joining management.  A number of other experienced blockchain technology and operations experts will also be joining the management team and will be named at a later date.

Red Coin will operate and focus on SSC’s 2nd Engine, the Digital Asset Tokenization & Exchange Platform, specifically Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and asset-backed financial derivatives.  What will set Red Coin’s business apart is that it will be FINRA and SEC-regulated, it will be enhanced through AI + blockchain capabilities and finally, all asset-backed financial derivatives will be backed by real assets   from industries that are partners and users of our 1st Engine, VPaaS.  These industries include but are not limited to: energy (Ocasia Partnership), cross-border trade, consumer electronics (Wide Angle Group and China Electronic Chamber of Commerce Partnership), big commodities (Beijing Urban Construction Holding Materials Industry Co. Partnership).

About Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (

Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSC) is aiming to be a leading Intelligent Industrial internet (3I) platform, creating a simplified fintech-powered, supply chain solution for commercial enterprises.  There are 2 Engines that drive our business platform: 1. VPaaS – Supply Chain Management for key industry sectors and leaders including but not limited to Big Commodities, Cross-Border Trade, Consumer Electronics & Energy; 2. Digital Finance Solutions – Supply Chain Finance underwritten by our Global Cornerstone Funds and Tokenization and Exchange Platforms, which include FINRA and SEC-regulated: Index Exchanges, Initial Coin Offering / Tokenization, ETFs and Derivatives.  Both Engines and their various arms will run on ‘BASE’ technology and infrastructure (Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Supply Chain & Exchanges) to power a closed trade ecosystem for buyers and sellers designed to eliminate transactional middlemen and create a more direct and margin-expanding path for principals.  

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[24]7 AI-Powered Virtual Agent Now Available for both Speech and Digital Channels

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — [24]7, a global leader in intent-driven customer experience solutions, announced the availability of [24]7 AIVA, an AI-powered Virtual Agent that empowers enterprises to build once and deploy across any self-service channel. Built on [24]7’s common technology platform for both self-service and assisted channels, [24]7 AIVA enables companies to better anticipate and act on consumer intent across channels, in order to provide a more personalized, predictive and effortless customer experience.

[24]7 Becomes First to Offer Deep Neural Networks Technology in Enterprise IVR in Collaboration with Microsoft

Customer journeys take place across both voice and digital channels and often include both self-service and assisted service. [24]7 uses artificial intelligence to break down the siloes between these channels, empowering businesses to deliver enhanced automation that results in faster resolution of consumer queries. With a common language and intent model across speech and digital channels, [24]7 AIVA can be built once and deployed anywhere, including web, IVR, messaging platforms (e.g. Apple Business Chat and Facebook Messenger), and SMS. This provides businesses with the unparalleled opportunity to meet their customers’ needs no matter how or when they choose to interact.

“We’ve designed AIVA to perform as well as a company’s best human agent,” said Scott Horn, chief marketing officer of [24]7. “With [24]7 AIVA, businesses can predict what customers are looking to do, and deliver the best resolution. Consumers can begin a conversation through self-service, and complete the transaction with a live chat agent who has context of the previous conversation. The ability to use channels interchangeably, pick up where they left off, and never have to start over, results in a superior customer experience.”

Smart Interactions Based on Understanding Consumer Intent

[24]7 AIVA enables intelligent, two-way interactions for both voice and text channels, and features the following capabilities:

  • Single Language and Intent Model Across Channels – Using the same language intent model across speech and digital channels means that all interactions draw from the same business logic, application logic and back-end integration capabilities with enterprise systems (e.g. CRM, billing systems). This empowers companies to re-imagine traditional IVR as AI-powered speech, and scale and automate digital interactions with Virtual Agent technology that is tightly integrated with chat.
  • Ability to Understand Vague Intents – Since humans often communicate in vague terms, the ability to understand consumer intent is critical. For example, when a consumer calls a phone company and says “I hate my phone,” AIVA can understand that the consumer is frustrated, and may be looking for a new device.
  • Predictive Modeling – [24]7’s intent prediction is based on 1.6 billion customer interactions, and 17 years of domain expertise. [24]7 identifies models of customer intent specific to each industry, which leads to faster interactions and much higher customer satisfaction that traditional methods.
  • Conversational Design – Using industry-leading Natural Language Understanding, [24]7 AIVA delivers superior speech recognition, built on Microsoft Deep Neural Network technology. This improves recognition of native speakers by two to four points, and for non-native English speakers by up to 26 percent over traditional natural language solutions.
  • Continuous Improvement – Using advanced machine learning techniques, AIVA continuously improves consumer interactions based on real-world voice and digital interactions. This results in the unique ability to learn over time, and emulate the practices of a company’s best human agent.

In addition to the general availability of [24]7 AIVA, the [24]7 Summer Release 2017 includes the following enhancements:

  • [24]7 Active Share – This “online canvas” enables phone agents to share visual experiences with voice callers. With this release, [24]7 Active Share now features the ability to detect web presence, meaning that voice agents can know when someone is online, and share information to the consumer’s desktop via a feature called Active Cards, without the need to send an invite. The Visual Content Composer tool makes it easy to build these Active Cards in minutes.
  • [24]7 Chat – [24]7 Chat uses intent-driven engagement and predictive analytics to enhance customer experience and improve agent effectiveness. With this release, [24]7 Chat is now tightly integrated with [24]7 AIVA. Additionally, a new Chat widget enables integration into any third-party desktop.

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About [24]7
[24]7 is redefining the way companies interact with consumers. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to understand consumer intent, [24]7’s technology helps companies create a personalized, predictive and effortless customer experience across all channels. The world’s largest and most recognizable brands are using intent-driven engagement from [24]7 to assist several hundred million visitors annually, through more than 1.5 billion conversations, most of which are automated. The result is an order of magnitude improvement in digital adoption, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth. For more information, visit:  

[24]7 is a registered trademark of 24/7 Customer, Inc. All other brands, products or service names are or may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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MapD to Collaborate with the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University to Accelerate Research with GPUs

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug.16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — MapD Technologies has announced a collaboration with the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University (CGA) to bring the power of GPUs to geospatial analytics. CGA researchers will use MapD’s technology to analyze and visualize multi-billion-row geospatial data sets in real time, searching for new insights into a wide range of natural and social phenomena. The collaboration is the result of an I/UCRC membership agreement that MapD Technologies and the CGA have entered into in connection with a Spatiotemporal Innovation Center, of which CGA is a founding research member. The Spatiotemporal Innovation Center is funded by the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Program of the National Science Foundation, with support also provided by MapD and others as members of the Center.

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CGA’s first project with MapD will focus on improving access to hydrological models used in water management and public safety. These models operate on large, dynamic data sets of stream flow and water depth measurements, along with detailed weather forecasts and field observations of streams, reservoirs and other hydrographic features to generate hundreds of millions, or even billions of flow, saturation and inundation predictions.

The U.S. National Water Model, for example, uses observations from 7,000 river gauges and other monitoring points, along with weather models and other data sources, to make hourly predictions based on conditions at 2.7 million stream outlets and 1,260 reservoirs. The results are available for daily download or as preprocessed visuals, but are not presently available in an interactive application, nor regularly combined with other information. The computing demands were previously too great.

It is hoped that GPU-based analytics will support faster visualization of data sets like the U.S. National Water Model and enrich them with data such as flood or drought vulnerabilities, local population densities, emergency response availability and even social media sentiment about water policies.

Such technology could be used for new projects, possibly including a study on how political partisanship affects the geographic sorting of voters, according to Ben Lewis, Geospatial Technology Manager at the Center for Geographic Analysis.

“Large spatio-temporal datasets are difficult to analyze,” Lewis said. “The number of data points involved, and the need to join them with external sources can overwhelm CPU-based systems. We’ve traditionally relied on data preparation and massive computing resources to get jobs done in a reasonable amount of time. We hope to explore whether a GPU-based platform will enable testing hypotheses as we think of them, using a fraction of the computing resources at a much lower cost.”

CGA will deploy a MapD resource that includes an open source database, open source visualization libraries and the MapD Immerse visual analytics client. As part of the project, CGA will identify opportunities to add new geospatial features to the MapD platform, improve its general interoperability and extend support for Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards.

“Our relationship with the Center for Geographic Analysis extends back to 2012,” said Todd Mostak, CEO of MapD Technologies. “We’re excited to strengthen the connection and work with CGA to help build a vibrant open-source community. We hope to explore ways together to make the technology even more useful and widely available to the academic community and to work to accelerate research at the CGA and advance the state of the art for geospatial analytics everywhere.”

About MapD Technologies

MapD Technologies is a next-generation analytics software company. Its technology harnesses the massive parallelism of modern graphics processing units (GPUs) to power lightning-fast SQL queries and visualization of large data sets. The MapD analytics platform includes the MapD Core database and MapD Immerse visualization client. These software products provide analysts and data scientists with the fastest time to insight, performance not possible with traditional CPU-based solutions. MapD software runs on-premise and on all leading cloud providers.

Founded in 2013, MapD Technologies originated from research at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). MapD is funded by GV, In-Q-Tel, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), NVIDIA, Vanedge Capital and Verizon Ventures. The company is headquartered in San Francisco.

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Starmind Cognitive Computing Technology Goes Mobile With iOS and Android Applications

NEW YORK and ZURICH, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Starmind, the leading technology to expand human ingenuity with cognitive computing, today announced the launch of its enterprise-ready iOS and Android applications. The technology empowers individuals to quickly solve problems, find experts and to access the entire expertise of an organization.

With the new App customers are now able to access their company’s virtual brain anywhere and anytime they need to, from an on-site sales meeting, to a sudden question that comes to mind in the middle of the night. These applications advance the Starmind goal of using technology and neuroscience to create boundless access to knowledge.

“Our goal is to connect humans and their expertise anytime, anywhere and to give them fast answers. With our mobile app, we give employees the chance to interact and share their knowledge the moment they are able to share it,” explains Marc Vontobel founder and CTO of Starmind International AG. “Imagine finding yourself on the floor of a tradeshow when a prospective customer asks an obscure question about a product, or being an insurance damage expert on the road and confronted with an entirely new claims situation, with Starmind’s mobile application, people in these scenarios, or others, now have the ability to get the information they need from the person best suited to provide it.”

Starmind learns about individual knowledge, expertise, and interests from employee interactions and answers, creating a dynamic knowledge network, empowering employees to quickly solve problems, find experts, and access the entire expertise of an organization. Using self-learning algorithms based on the principles of brain and artificial neural network research, employees’ questions are automatically forwarded to the right person within the company, identified by the algorithm as the designated expert for that specific topic.

The Starmind applications complies with enterprise security policies by incorporating a unique login procedure based on top of any single sign on (SSO) solution.

Starmind is revolutionizing the field of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. Based in Switzerland, Starmind was founded by Pascal Kaufmann and Marc Vontobel in 2010, and currently has operations in the U.S. and Europe. Starmind allows organizations to gather company knowledge across existing organizational boundaries, making it available to all employees, everywhere and in real time.

Using self-learning algorithms based on the principles of brain and artificial neural network research, employees’ questions are automatically forwarded to the right person within the company. Starmind learns about interests and expertise from all interactions and answers, creating a dynamic knowledge base. The algorithms autonomously develop employee profiles and a rich expert network. Starmind’s software is currently in use in over 40 countries by global companies including J. Walter Thompson Worldwide, Telefónica Deutschland and Swiss Re among others. For more information, please visit

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Parks Associates Releases New Whitepaper Examining Top Trends in Global Video Marketplace

DALLAS, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Parks Associates today released a new whitepaper, Top 5 Video Trends in an IP-based World, which examines the factors that will significantly shape the future technology and strategy options considered by video industry players. The whitepaper, sponsored by Ooyala, shows how content producers are evaluating and planning for their changing future, including the potential benefits that IP-based technologies can provide for storytelling, user experience, and control over the content creation and delivery process.

“Increased viewing on connected devices, emerging OTT services, and struggles by traditional players in a new video marketplace are all changing the value chain in content creation,” said Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates. “Content owners, producers, and creators naturally want to get their content in front of as many people as possible and are increasingly turning to cutting-edge IP technologies to prepare for the future of video production and delivery. There are multiple challenges in infrastructure, formatting, and interoperability, but many disparate content owners, from NFL teams to late-night talk shows, are experimenting with video apps, live streaming, and other IP-based systems in order to reach connected audiences.”

“While audiences are flocking to new screens and platforms, it’s the content producers who have the most to gain in a new digital world,” said Belsasar Lepe, co-founder and SVP of products and solutions at Ooyala. “That’s where new, IP-based solutions can help streamline production workflows and provide greater efficiency and flexibility to adapt as the market changes.” 

Top 5 Video Trends in an IP-based World details the nuances that impact long-term success for the global video marketplace. According to the whitepaper, the five key trends most important for the video industry players include:

  • Users expect opportunities to interact with their content.
  • Global, IP-based video services will be the next big revenue pool for content makers.
  • Live TV is not dying; it is shifting to connected devices.
  • Consumers will demand new, diverse types of content.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play a key role in the future success of video services.

“Given the ongoing disruption within the video industry, the final story of the global video industry is yet to be written,” Sappington said. “Though Netflix, Amazon, and others lead in global coverage and subscriber volumes, opportunities remain for a variety of competitors to take their own place on the world’s stage alongside current giants. Because of their creative control over the content, creators can connect with audiences in unique ways, providing them with an important advantage in a market where differentiation will be the key to long-term success.”

To download this whitepaper, visit To schedule an interview or to request data, contact Julia Homier at, 972.996.0214.

About Parks Associates
Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company’s expertise includes digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, and Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer.

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Vectra Issued Five U.S. Patents for Artificial Intelligence that Automates the Hunt for Cyber Attacker Behaviors

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vectra, the leader in automating the hunt for in-progress cyber attacks, today announced it has been issued five U.S. patents, numbers 9237164, 9407647, 9565208, 9602533 and 9628512, for advanced cyber security analytics capabilities automated by artificial intelligence (AI). These patents demonstrate the effectiveness of security research and data science collaborating to enhance visibility into attacker behavior.

Vectra Networks, the leader in automating the hunt for in-progress cyber attacks. (PRNewsfoto/Vectra Networks)

The Vectra patented technology helps address critical issues in today’s fight against cyber attackers. Between the severe shortage of knowledgeable talent and the immense increase in cyber threats, shorthanded security teams are bombarded with endless, disparate alerts that take hours to investigate and prevent a rapid determination of severity or root cause. Vectra combines a number of patented machine learning (ML) and AI techniques to identify individual attacker behavior and to judge the severity of combinations of such behaviors.

One of the most difficult attacker behaviors to detect is malware that “phones home” to the attacker and enables him to take manual control over a compromised host. Security analysts have coined the term RAT (Remote Access Trojan) to describe malware that enables this functionality. However, any number of benign software packages used for remotely controlling a machine can also be used to accomplish the same goal. Vectra has been granted a patent for using innovative machine learning techniques to detect such behavior regardless of the malicious or benign software used to establish manual remote control of an internal host.

Another of the granted patents takes an innovative approach to correlating all attacker behaviors observed on a particular asset in an organization’s network and assigning threat and certainty scores to the observed timeline of attacker behaviors. With such insights, attacks can be stopped at the earliest signs of detection and before data is stolen.

“Timely detection of advanced attacks is key to neutralizing them before they do an organization substantial harm. Using ML and AI to find the individual steps of advanced attacks, correlating them on a machine across time and prioritizing the resulting narratives is key to making events actionable for security analysts,” said Oliver Tavakoli, chief technology officer of Vectra. “Finding the sometimes-tenuous connections across multiple machines which are part of a single attack campaign is the next AI frontier for reducing analysts’ alert fatigue and turning the tables on the attackers.”

Additional Patents Issued Advancing Visibility into Attacker Behavior

Fingerprinting Individual Behavior – Correlation efforts begin by fingerprinting each machine or workload in an organization’s network. These fingerprints allow identification of a host to which individual behaviors can be attributed. The collection of observed behaviors over time can then be scored based on the certainty of compromise and the extent of threat the set of behaviors signal.

Host Scoring & Correlation – Utilizing AI to identify individual attacker behaviors, such as External Remote Access, presents a major advancement, in terms of coverage and accuracy, over current techniques. Even as better coverage for detecting individual attacker behaviors become available, there is also an opportunity to apply machine learning to correlate these behaviors, creating from them a smaller number of individual host narratives and potential attack campaigns.  

Vectra has 14 additional patents pending for cybersecurity applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

About Vectra
Vectra Networks is the leader in automating the hunt for in-progress cyber attacks. Using artificial intelligence, Vectra correlates threats against hosts that are under attack and provides unique context about what attackers are doing so organizations can quickly prevent or mitigate loss. Vectra prioritizes attacks that pose the greatest business risk, enabling organizations to make rapid decisions on where to focus time and resources. In 2016, Vectra was named “Most Innovative Emerging Company” in the Dark Reading Best of Black Hat Awards. InformationWeek also named Vectra one of the Top 125 companies to watch in 2016. Vectra investors include Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, IA Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and DAG Ventures. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. and has European regional headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. For more information, visit

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Manufacturing is Dead? Think Again. Here are 165 Digital Roles Shaping NextGen Manufacturing in the United States

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — UI LABS and ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) today released a groundbreaking workforce analysis that identifies 165 data-centric jobs that will define the future of manufacturing in the United States.

Descriptions for jobs such as collaborative robotics specialist, manufacturing cybersecurity strategist and enterprise digital ethicist give a window into the advanced skills and knowledge needed to put new technology into practice and remain globally competitive.

The Digital Workforce Succession in Manufacturing report is the first to offer such a comprehensive workforce playbook to help companies develop a talent pipeline for existing and future factories. The research includes in-depth profiles for 20 roles that span a range of “digital” technologies and business practices, such as virtual reality/augmented reality systems specialist.

The report also describes the type and level of educational degree associated with each position, ranging from an AAS in Robotics Technology to a Ph.D. in Mathematics or Engineering.

“The new roles we have identified will help prepare American workers for the technological shift that is underway, providing attractive, well-paying jobs for the next generation of manufacturers,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, CEO of UI LABS. “A smart factory is going to be very dependent on this new workforce.”

“Digitization is transforming the job market, creating a need for people with more advanced skills in manufacturing, and our work with UI LABS is evidence of this,” said Jonas Prising, Chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup. “By mapping the digital roles and skills of the future, our research will help companies and schools upskill today’s manufacturing workforce for the connected, smart machine and augmented-technology jobs of an increasingly digital enterprise. This will help bridge the skills gap and highlights the advanced and attractive jobs emerging on the forefront of the manufacturing sector.”

UI LABS’ Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute and ManpowerGroup’s Right Management and Experis brands conducted the research, which was supported by more than 30 industry, academic and government partners. DMDII financed the research using funds from the U.S. Department of Defense, with ManpowerGroup’s experts leading the detailed skills analysis.

The project is part of DMDII’s mission to promote the adoption of new technology across U.S. manufacturing. It also aligns with ManpowerGroup’s broader MyPath™ strategy aimed at closing the skills gap by identifying the roles of the future, building the talent and skills that clients need, and providing people with the guidance and access to jobs that enhance their employability for the long-term.

“The workforce analysis conducted by DMDII and ManpowerGroup offers insight into exciting new roles and skills needed to advance American manufacturing,” said Gail Norris, Director of Customer Technical Learning Services at Siemens. “The report envisions a future in which digital technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality are commonplace in factories across the United States.”

Read the full report, The Digital Workforce Succession in Manufacturing, and view the 20 detailed profiles of advanced digital manufacturing roles at

UI LABS is an innovation accelerator that leverages its network of hundreds of partners from universities + industry to address problems too big for any one organization to solve. Our mission is to transform industries, starting with manufacturing and infrastructure, using digital technology. We drive value for our partners and help make the U.S. economy and workforce the most productive in the world.

In February 2014, UI LABS announced the formation of its first innovation platform, the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, to transform American manufacturing through the digitization of the supply chain. DMDII’s goal is to provide U.S. factories with the tools, software and expertise they need to build things more efficiently, less expensively, and more quickly, so they can win more business and bring jobs back to the United States. Learn more at

About ManpowerGroup
ManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN), the leading global workforce solutions company, helps organizations transform in a fast-changing world of work by sourcing, assessing, developing and managing the talent that enables them to win. We develop innovative solutions for over 400,000 clients and connect 3+ million people to meaningful, sustainable work across a wide range of industries and skills. Our expert family of brands – Manpower®, Experis®, Right Management® and ManpowerGroup® Solutions – creates substantially more value for candidates and clients across 80 countries and territories and has done so for nearly 70 years. In 2017, ManpowerGroup was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the seventh consecutive year and one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, confirming our position as the most trusted and admired brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup is powering the future of work:

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