Contributions From Franck Cohen: A New Addition To The SciDex Team

GENEVA, April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SciDex’s effort to open up the market for scientific data has been bolstered by Franck Cohen’s decision to join the company. As an electrical engineer and the President of Digital Core and Industry Solutions at SAP, Cohen understands the limits of the current scientific data market, as well as how to encourage the adoption of new technologies. This puts him in the perfect position to advise SciDex.

SciDex uses blockchain and AI technology to enhance the market for scientific data, which is currently dominated by large institutions. It designs smart contracts to facilitate the exchange of data, a cryptocurrency to compensate those who contribute data, and an intelligent search engine that can sort through this data. Through these and other tools, it’s making it easier for researchers and professionals to access critical scientific knowledge.

From his work at SAP, Cohen understands how to spread advanced technologies, like artificial intelligence (AI), that will be important pieces in the SciDex ecosystem. As an engineer himself, Franck knows just how important the platform’s work is. He is volunteering his services without compensation, confident that the work he does will benefit him, his colleagues, and all humanity.

SciDex Solutions

Because scientific data is so hard to collect and organize, a small group of institutions control access to it. SciDex breaks their dominance through:

  • Smart Contracts– Smart, or self-enforcing, contracts follow blockchain institutions to enact themselves. These contracts make it easier for researchers and professionals to buy and sell data outside of large institutions.
  • Cryptocurrencies– SciDex has created a secure cryptocurrency, which it offers to everyone who contributes to the platform. This gives scientists and professionals of all stripes a strong incentive to promote and enhance the platform.
  • AI– Using advanced artificial intelligence technology, SciDex is developing a search engine that recognizes human speech. This helps users sort through even the largest loads of data.

SciDex isn’t just aiding scientists and professionals; it’s accelerating human progress! By helping researchers, engineers, and doctors get the data they need, the platform makes it easier for them to develop and use new technology. In this way, it has the potential to save lives, solve intractable problems, and bring humanity to new heights.

Cohen’s Contributions

As an electrical engineer, Franck Cohen knows exactly how the scientific data market’s limitations hamper human progress. He is thus lending his services to SciDex free of charge. He strongly believes in the platform’s efforts, and wants it to succeed as quickly as possible.

Cohen’s experience as an engineer will help him convince scientists and scientific professionals to use the platform. Meanwhile, his background at SAP will give him insight into how SciDex can spread its new technology effectively. As SAP’s President of Digital Core & Industry Solutions, Cohen saw firsthand how individuals and companies in emerging markets adopted advanced tech. With this knowledge, he and SciDex can help all potential users to understand and use the platform’s cutting-edge technology as effectively as possible.

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Former Capital One Tech Exec Joins Naya Ventures as Entrepreneur in Residence

DALLAS, April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Naya Ventures announced today that Don Goin, a former CIO for Capital One and Santander Consumer USA has joined the Naya platform as an EIR. Don’s deep domain knowledge in financial services augments Naya’s capabilities as a leading venture capital fund doing early-stage B2B investments in AI, IoT, and Blockchain. The EIR program at Naya serves to provide business leaders with a platform to source investments, support portfolio companies through engaging in an executive role, provide thought-leadership, and to potentially start their own company.

Don is a veteran CIO and digital leader, having held CIO positions in banking and financial services over the past 15 years. Most recently, he was CIO of Santander Consumer USA, CIO of Capital One Auto Financing and Digital Operations Officer for Capital One Financial Services. Prior to this, Mr. Goin held engineering and technology leadership positions at Southwest Airlines Co., IONA Technologies and Raytheon Defense Systems.

According to Don Goin, “this role with Naya will help us identify new market entrants for businesses and align engineering talent with high potential products. We are seeing a lot of activity and the emergence of new products in artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain that can be differentiators for many industries. We can help companies isolate disruptor risk and execute on their most challenging endeavors to ensure competitiveness in the digital age.”

At Capital One, Don co-led the Capital One Garage innovation center and helped bring new products to market with focus on product, design and engineering and through the implementation of Lean principles and Design Thinking. As a Chief Information Officer, he led teams that drove turnarounds and transformation to resolve complex business problems, strengthen and mature information security, ensure regulatory compliance, develop lean, well managed operations and build new capabilities to create and enhance customer experiences through business agility.

“We are very excited to have Don join our team. When I first met Don, I was extremely impressed with his ability to understand technology and business from a multi-faceted viewpoint. Don’s experience in both startups and large corporations is a big asset for our platform and portfolio companies. We are keen to make this a successful start for both Don and Naya,” said Dayakar Puskoor, Founder and Managing Director at Naya Ventures.

About Naya Ventures
Founded in 2011, Naya Ventures invests in early stage B2B companies where its product development expertise, emerging market channel relationships and go-to-market strategies can efficiently increase enterprise value. Led by serial entrepreneurs with multiple exits, Naya Ventures’ principals work alongside a global network of C-level executives at influential F500 companies. To date, Naya has invested in 18 companies, and its global network of advisors help accelerate value creation.


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XMOS Announces a New Regional Distribution Deal With Weikeng Across China and Taiwan

BRISTOL, England, April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

XMOS Ltd, a leading supplier of advanced embedded voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market, today announced an exciting new partnership with Weikeng, serving China and Taiwan.

This partnership underlines the rapidly increasing demand for interfaces that enable people to control electronc devices the natural way – with their voice. There’s great synergy between XMOS – which supplies the most comprehensive portfolio of far-field voice interfaces and Weikeng – which is a  highly regarded, specialist distributor in the smart speaker, TV and TV accessories market.

Mark Lippett, Chief Executive at XMOS said, “Were delighted to partner with Weikeng and extend the distribution of our voice solutions for the connected home market. Our world class voice and audio solutions appeal strongly to Weikengs customer base and we value their distribution capability across connected devices, especially smart speakers, TVs, soundbars and accessories.” 

Stan Chi, President & COO at Weikeng said, VUI (voice user interface) is becoming mainstream in key market segments including consumer electronics, commercial conferencing, and emerging automotive applications. We are excited to be working with XMOS, who is the leader in these markets and firmly believe there is synergy with our other complementary product lines.

About XMOS 

XMOS is a leading supplier of voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market. Unique silicon architecture and highly differentiated software positions XMOS at the interface between voice processing, biometrics and artificial intelligence. The VocalFusion™ portfolio includes:

  • circular mic arrays for smart speakers and “centre of room” implementations
  • linear mic arrays for “edge of room” devices with stereo-AEC kits optimised for smart TVs, soundbars, set-top boxes and digital media adaptors
  • linear mic arrays and mono-AEC kits for other smart home devices such control panels and washing machines.

The XMOS VocalFusion range captures and delivers a crystal clear voice interaction from across the room for processing by a cloud-based speech recognition system or local application processor. See more at

About Weikeng 

Weikeng is a leading distributor across Asia, specialising in consumer electronics including smart speakers, TV and TV accessories.

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New research from Capgemini shows the automotive industry could gain $160 billion through smart factory adoption by 2023 onwards

NEW YORK, April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Capgemini today announced a new report by its Digital Transformation Institute, which reveals that the automotive industry can expect to achieve $160bn in productivity gains annually from smart factory1 adoption from 2023 onwards. The report, Automotive Smart Factories: How Auto Manufacturers can Benefit from the Digital Industrial Revolution demonstrates that the automotive sector has set more aggressive targets for smart factory initiatives compared to other sectors.

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A global top 102 automotive manufacturer can expect to realize an additional $4.6 billion or a 50 percent growth in operational profits annually within five years of a full smart factory implementation. The report predicts that the average productivity growth of smart factories within the automotive sector will be seven percent as of 2023, while an automaker will break-even within a year of executing the full potential of its smart factories.

By the end of 2022, automotive manufacturers expect that 24 percent of their plants will be smart factories. Nearly half of automotive companies (46 percent) already have a smart factory initiative, behind only industrial manufacturing (67 percent) and aerospace (63 percent), while at a further 43 percent of automotive companies, smart factory initiatives are currently being formulated. According to the report, the automotive sector has the highest share (49 percent) of organizations who have invested more than $250 million in smart factories.

However, 42 percent of automotive manufacturers accept they are not on track to realize the full potential of smart factories and are struggling with the technology move. This is the highest across all the manufacturing sectors studied. The report identified that those making the best progress are investing three times more than the companies who are struggling. The more advanced manufacturers are also investing in software such as advanced analytics and AI-based components, whereas those struggling focus too heavily on hardware-based components putting them on the back foot.  

While a large proportion (46 percent) of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been successful in their smart factory initiatives, less than a third of automotive suppliers (32 percent) claim to have been successful. The report highlights that OEMs are leading the way, but can do more to help suppliers adopt smart factories. For example, it highlights that OEMs can contribute through financial support and working closely with suppliers on innovation via startups and academies. When OEMs and suppliers work together to create smart factory processes, issues can be minimized early on in the production process.

Nick Gill, Chair of Automotive Council at Capgemini said: “Digital maturity holds the key to realizing the full potential of smart factory initiatives. This study clearly demonstrates the enthusiasm among automotive organizations to invest in smart factories and the awareness of the long-term benefits. However, more can be done for automotive suppliers to take a collaborative approach with OEMs to optimize their smart factory initiatives.”

He further added: “The next few years will be critical as OEMs step up their digital maturity, accelerating outcomes to maximize business benefits.”

Grégoire Ferré, Chief Digital Officer at Faurecia and a Capgemini client said: “By using smart factory technology in our business, we have seen great benefits with regard to our employees’ productivity. They use sophisticated tools such as smart robots to create a safer environment, which in turn provide them with more time to focus on other important tasks.”

A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

Capgemini’s Smart Factories Report Methodology
Capgemini surveyed 326 senior executives from the automotive sector over the period of February 2017 to January 2018. These executives were drawn from director-level or above, from a diverse set of functions, and were closely associated with their organization’s smart factory initiatives. The survey covered executives from eight countries – China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States. The survey sample is evenly distributed between OEMs and suppliers, each having US $1 billion or more annual revenues. In addition to the quantitative survey, in-depth discussions were held with eight senior-level executives from leading automotive companies across the world to understand their organization’s vision, objectives and approach of implementing smart factory projects.

About Capgemini
A global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. It is a multicultural company of 200,000 team members in over 40 countries. The Group reported 2017 global revenues of EUR 12.8 billion (about $14.4 billion USD at 2017 average rate).

Visit us at People matter, results count.

About the Digital Transformation Institute
The Digital Transformation Institute is Capgemini’s in-house think-tank on all things digital. The Institute publishes research on the impact of digital technologies on large traditional businesses. The team draws on the worldwide network of Capgemini experts and works closely with academic and technology partners. The Institute has dedicated research centers in India, the United Kingdom and the United States.

1 A smart factory makes use of digital technologies across the whole production journey using technology such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, augmented reality, and components that help to increase productivity, quality, and flexibility of manufacturing plants

2 With an average revenue of $158 billion, and an operating margin of 6%


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Chiron Signs MOU with Saudi Cyber Security College

COLUMBIA, Md., April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Chiron, a leading provider of advanced cybersecurity services and training has entered into a strategic partnership with Prince Mohammed Bin Salman College for Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  The Memorandum of Understanding was finalized and signed at the Chiron Corporate HQ building in Columbia, Maryland.

The College will offer students a well-balanced experience that will leverage traditional academic rigors with hands-on cyber training specific to the skills and abilities that are in high demand within the Cyber Operations Domain.

Dean of the College, Dr. Abdullah Al-Dahlawi, said, “I am highly optimistic that our agreement today will lead us to a long term relationship by which Chiron will deliver high quality Cybersecurity training for our students.”

“Dr. Al-Dahlawi has a vision to create an institution that provides the highest quality academic content while integrating practical, innovative, and specialized technical training throughout the degree program.  Chiron is honored to be a part of this endeavor and looks forward to providing elite cyber security training across multiple domain areas,” stated David Pappas, Chiron President.

About Chiron Commercial, LLC
Chiron is an authoritative source in Cybersecurity learning and consulting services within elite cyber school houses.  Chiron presents a comprehensive training portfolio designed to educate professionals in specific work roles within the core Information Operations domain areas while addressing the organizational need for enterprise wide security operations posture. 

(From L to R) Dr. Abdullah Al-Dahlawi, Dean of Prince Mohammed Bin Salman College for Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, and Advanced Technologies and David Pappas, President of Chiron


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Dell Technologies Capital Announces Strong Exit & Investment Momentum in its First Year Out of Stealth

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — 

News summary

  • Investments in 81 companies since 2012 with numerous portfolio companies experiencing growth rates of more than 100% and several exceeding $50 million in revenue
  • Completed 24 investments one year out of stealth with one third of new investments focused on AI/ML and the remaining focused on security, next-gen infrastructure and developer ecosystem
  • Venture practice  had 11 exits from its portfolio, of which three have gone public in the past seven  months—DocuSign, MongoDB and Zscaler—all “unicorn” IPOs with a collective market value of more than $11 billion
  • Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS) started trading in March 2018 and is a leading pioneer in transforming network security for the cloud era; Dell Technologies Capital was the lead investor in Zscaler’s first institutional round in 2012
  • Key M&A events include VMware’s acquisition of Wavefront and Vista’s acquisition of JAMF

Full story
Dell Technologies Capital, the venture investment practice for Dell Technologies, announces strong investment momentum one year after coming out of stealth. From May 2017 to April 2018, the investment team completed 24 new and follow-on investments as part of its $100 million average annual investment run rate. Since 2012, Dell Technologies Capital has made 81 investments focused on early-stage startups that span a broad range of technology areas. In the past year, a third of new investments focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) and the remaining investments focused on security, next-gen infrastructure and other technology areas strategic to the Dell Technologies family of companies.

The venture team had 11 exits in the past year, of which three of its portfolio companies IPO’d in the past seven months. Dell Technologies Capital was the first institutional investor in Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS), a leading pioneer in transforming network security for the cloud era; the startup went public in March 2018. Dell Technologies Capital invested in MongoDB (NASDAQ: MDB) which went public in October 2017 and the recently public DocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU). These IPOs had a collective market valuation exceeding $11 billion, highlighting the team’s ability to identify early investment opportunities and to help build successful startups. The Dell Technologies Capital portfolio includes several startups currently experiencing growth rates of more than 100% and several exceeding $50 million in revenue. A full list of current portfolio companies can be found here:

“Since coming out of stealth at Dell EMC World last year, we’ve had a very busy, and very successful, year,” said Scott Darling, president of Dell Technologies Capital. “We are delighted with our continued strong performance and the market reception to the DocuSign, MongoDB and Zscaler IPOs. The real value we bring to Dell Technologies and our startup portfolio companies is through our joint work, which allows us to deliver best-of-breed solutions for our customers faster, especially in emerging tech areas.”

The Dell Technologies Capital investment team is comprised of experienced industry professionals with a strong mix of both operational and investment expertise, providing not only the insight to identify promising technologies and teams but also the knowledge and skill to help their portfolio companies achieve scale. The team focuses on early-stage investments in several emerging technology areas including but not limited to Internet of Things (IoT), AI, ML, developer-led Infrastructure, next-gen infrastructure, server-less computing and security.

Key portfolio highlights
Dell Technologies Capital’s portfolio companies continue to build leadership in solving the industry’s most complex problems for G2000 enterprise customers:

  • Cylance’s, one of the industry’s leading cybersecurity startups, announced crossing $100 million in trailing 12-month GAAP revenues just 39 months from the moment its first product was shipped.
  • Graphcore‘s Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) is the first to be designed specifically for machine intelligence workloads. Graphcore IPU platforms are designed to improve performance, increase efficiency and lower the cost of accelerating AI applications in cloud and enterprise datacenters. Dell Technologies Capital co-led the series A in 2017. Since then the company has raised two successful rounds of financing: Series B led by Atomico and Series C led by Sequoia Capital.
  • Minio’s is the fastest growing open source object storage with over 70 million docker pulls. Enterprises use Minio to build high performance, secure and Amazon S3 compatible private cloud storage.
  • Moogsoft is a market leader in applying AI to IT operations (AIOps). The company builds AIOps solutions that reduce IT alerts and ticket volumes by up to 99% so that teams can work faster and smarter to deliver better customer experiences. Moogsoft just raised $40 million in Series D financing, led by Goldman Sachs.
  • RedLock enables effective cloud threat defense across Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud environments. RedLock was a key launch partner for Amazon GuardDuty and Cloud Security Command Center for Google Cloud Platform.

The Dell-VMware-Pivotal advantage
Through its investments and industry relationships, Dell Technologies Capital provides a valuable link for the Dell Technologies business units:

  • BlueData provides a leading Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) software platform and is a Select partner in Dell EMC’s Technology Connect Partner Program. The two companies have a go-to-market relationship enabling on-demand agility and cost savings for Big Data analytics, data science and machine learning in the enterprise.
  • Cylance’s Advanced Threat Protection client is integrated with the Dell Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise and is available for traditional and VDI desktops. Cylance also supports VMware’s Workspace ONE Trust Network which combines simplified management and security of users, endpoints and networks with Cylance predictive and automated security.
  • Edico Genome is delivering a pre-configured, out-of-the- box solution with Dell Technologies that enables the analysis of an entire genome in 22 minutes compared to more than 24 hours using standard software.
  • Faction is a Multi-Cloud Platform as a Service Company providing unmatched performance and control of applications running across multiple public cloud infrastructure. Faction is working with Dell EMC and VMware Cloud on AWS to enable customers to run applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with on-premise performance for a broad range of AWS services.
  • Graphcore is using Dell Technologies’ OEM and product integration capabilities to bring their innovative AI/ML processing technology and platforms to even more customers.
  • Minio provides multi-cloud object storage for Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF). Applications become portable by standardizing on the Amazon S3-compatible API, irrespective of the underlying cloud infrastructure. Minio deploys as a BOSH package or a Pivotal Tile in minutes.

About Dell Technologies World
Dell Technologies World 2018 brings together the power of seven technology leaders committed to making the digital transformation real. Join us April 30 – May 2 in Las Vegas, learn more at or follow #DellTechWorld on Twitter.

About Dell Technologies Capital
The Dell Technologies Capital investment team is comprised of company builders with the mission of helping founders and their teams develop innovative technology solutions and bring them to market. They are active investors, sustaining an investment pace of approximately $100 million a year.  As the global investment practice for the Dell Technologies family of businesses (Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware), Dell Technologies Capital offers deep business and technical expertise and unparalleled go-to-market assistance to our portfolio companies. After operating in stealth for five years, the venture practice emerged publicly in 2017.  Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Dell Technologies Capital currently has offices in Boston, Austin and Herzliya, Israel. For more information visit

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Dell Technologies Announces Customer Award Winners

LAS VEGAS, April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Dell Technologies World

News summary

  • Innovator award winners: Ford Motor Company, Bank Leumi, AeroFarms and Johnson & Johnson
  • Trailblazer award winners: Volvo Cars/Zenuity, Travelers, Unidad de Conocimiento and State Bank of India
  • Dell Technologies to donate $20,000 to four non-profit organizations on behalf of winners

Full story

Dell Technologies is announcing the winners of its 2018 customer awards, recognizing two extraordinary sets of its customers: the Innovators realizing significant business impacts from their innovative digital and IT transformations and Trailblazers in the early stages of their groundbreaking transformation journeys.

A panel of senior Dell executives reviewed all nominations against a range of criteria, and winners were deemed to be standout examples of forward-thinking companies making real progress in the areas of Digital Transformation, IT Transformation, Workforce Transformation and Security Transformation. Winners are collaborating with Dell Technologies and the family of businesses including: Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream and VMware to realize their digital future.

“These awards celebrate organizations across industries and regions using technology to accelerate success in today’s all-digital world,” said Karen Quintos, chief customer officer, Dell. “Not only are these leaders realizing their digital futures through technology innovation, but they are creating an exceptional experience for their employees, customers and communities. We’re honored to be a strategic partner to this extraordinary group and look forward to the continued impact we can make collectively through the power of technology.”

2018 Dell Technologies customer award winners

In the Innovator award category, winners are Ford Motor Company, Bank Leumi, AeroFarms and Johnson & Johnson.


  • Ford Motor Company
    Ford Motor Company is shifting gears and reimagining the future of transportation with connected car technology and the FordPass mobile app. In partnership with Pivotal, Ford is embracing a startup and software development mentality to democratize mobility and bring innovative solutions to market faster. Learn more here.
  • Bank Leumi
    By working with Dell Technologies, Bank Leumi, Israel’s oldest banking corporation, has been able to challenge the status quo of an industry and bring to life its mobile-only bank, Pepper. The company implemented a hybrid cloud model and software-defined data center that allowed them to move code from development to production within hours compared to weeks, establish new environments faster and do this at less cost. This has helped them to bring a new, innovative product to market. Learn more here.
  • AeroFarms
    New Jersey-based AeroFarms is on a mission to transform agriculture and show the world how to feed an ever-growing global population while conserving our limited natural resources. In collaboration with Dell Technologies, the company is using data-driven insights from IoT deployments to increase yields, conserve resources and improve flavor at its indoor vertical farming facilities. Learn more here.
  • Johnson & Johnson
    Johnson & Johnson relies on RSA Netwitness Suite as a core component of the cybersecurity fabric that supports its global portfolio of operating companies. It has facilitated the mind shift from traditional threat detection to mitigation of business risks intrinsic to information and operational technology.

In the Trailblazer award category, winners include Volvo Cars/Zenuity, Travelers, Unidad de Conocimiento and State Bank of India.


  • Volvo Cars/Zenuity
    Zenuity is a joint venture of Volvo Cars and Veoneer (as of April 1, Veoneer is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Autoliv) formed in early 2017 to develop software for autonomous driving and driver assistance systems to help save lives. To manage both the rapid growth of unstructured data and comply with stringent regulatory requirements, Volvo Cars and Zenuity worked with Dell EMC and Virtustream to implement an end-to-end solution – including storage, backup, servers, networking and security – as a managed service, ultimately reducing operational risk and complexity while accelerating the time to value.
  • Travelers
    Travelers, in strategic partnership with Dell EMC, is successfully implementing a companywide IT transformation. Through standardization, simplification and automation, Travelers is changing the economics of IT and how technology products and services are delivered. This is creating meaningful capacity, operating agility and increasing available funding for a broad array of digital business initiatives.
  • Unidad de Conocimiento
    Unidad de Conocimiento is a group of five individual corporations, with approximately 50,000 employees in Colombia and another 10,000 in other Latin American operations. The organization, which includes Grupo Bancolombia, was motivated to equip its growing workforce with the latest PCs and laptops to enhance productivity and efficiency. The group turned to Dell to ensure that all employees – whether in banking, healthcare insurance, cement manufacturing or food processing – had the right device for the right job, backed by a full range of services and support.
  • State Bank of India
    The State Bank of India, the largest public-sector bank in the country, implemented a converged private cloud based on all-flash storage, data protection, services and VMware as part of an overhaul of its branch operations. The bank also recently opened a major innovation center to explore the integration of emerging technology, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

On behalf of each award winner, Dell Technologies will donate $2,500 to one of the following organizations of the winners’ choice supported through Dell’s Legacy of Good program: Save the Children, Deaf Kids Code, Next Wave (via the Lonely Whale Foundation) and Beat Childhood Cancer.

Additional resources

  • View the Dell Technologies World Online Press Kit
  • See more real stories of Digital Transformation online
  • Follow the latest news on Twitter from @DellTech

About Dell Technologies World

Dell Technologies World 2018 brings together the power of seven technology leaders committed to making the digital transformation real. Join us April 30 – May 2 in Las Vegas, learn more at or follow #DellTechWorld on Twitter.

About Dell Technologies
Dell Technologies is a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. The company services customers of all sizes across 180 countries – ranging from 99 percent of the Fortune 500 to individual consumers – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from the edge to the core to the cloud.

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Teknowlogi Adds Marketplace Tool to Address Ongoing Business Challenges in Shipping Industry

ORLANDO, Fla. and ATLANTA, April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Teknowlogi, pioneer of the Logistics Expert System (LES) and creator of Tai, the industry’s only cloud-based solution built on artificial intelligence (AI), today introduced the Tai Shipping Marketplace, a new tool in its technology platform that connects buyers and sellers of shipping rates. The announcement was made at the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC) Annual Shippers Conference and Transportation Expo in Orlando.

“There are two basic, yet big, overarching industry problems—one is that everybody who spends money on shipping is always looking for a better rate, and the other is that anybody who’s making money on shipping is always looking to continue that and/or expand their customers to grow their business,” said Spencer Askew, founder and CEO of Teknowlogi. “The Amazon effect with its free-shipping component continues to create challenges for shippers. Teknowlogi has the platform to facilitate shipment transactions between buyers and sellers to help the industry overcome some of these business challenges.”

The Tai Shipping Marketplace is an online, self-service tool delivered through the Teknowlogi platform that connects buyers of shipping rates who are looking to save money with sellers of shipping rates who are looking to make money across North America. As part of the Marketplace, shippers will also have access to Tai’s artificial intelligence capabilities. For example, Tai will serve as an “advisor” to shippers to tell them what carriers could save them money and/or how to potentially improve service if the shipper needs one-day transit time (versus two or three days) to deliver products to customers.  

“Rather than companies having to think through all the different solutions and parse through their data along with all the available trucking companies and carriers, Tai will be in the background doing the heavy lifting for our Marketplace users,” said Askew. “Even though a lot of research points to the positive impact artificial intelligence will have on the logistics industry, there is still a good amount of confusion as to just how it will work. The Tai Shipping Marketplace allows us to deliver a solution for basic business challenges while giving shippers first-hand experience into how Tai can work on their behalf.” 

Registration to access the Tai Shipping Marketplace is free, with transactional fees charged to companies every time a shipment is booked. The Tai Marketplace is already one of the logistics industry’s fastest growing marketplaces with more than 3,000 organizations already participating. It has also amassed more than 55 million transaction requests.

Marketplace Users Get Additional Boost from Tai Mobile Intelligence

With Tai Mobile Intelligence, Teknowlogi continues to address yet another basic business need for shippers: how to provide visibility across their entire shipment lifecycle.

Tai Mobile Intelligence enables on-demand self-service for data, business process management and API management for all segments of the logistics industry, creating a one-stop shop for all types of asset carriers, 3PLs and shippers. It enables end-users to address industry “hot points” such as shipment visibility and shipment management, trailer management and trailer/truck capacity management anytime and from any location.

“We want to simplify the buzzwords and cut through the hype in order to get to the heart of solving basic business challenges for shippers with a combination of practical and relevant technology solutions,” said Askew.

Teknowlogi is a Diamond Sponsor at the 2018 Shippers Conference and Transportation Expo. Askew will present the “Ask the Expert” session, “Simplifying Your Business with Applied Intelligence,” at 2 p.m., on April 30 at the event. Attendees can also visit Booth 127 to get a personalized demo of how the Tai Marketplace works as well as view the other capabilities of the Tai platform and mobile app.

About Teknowlogi

Based in Atlanta, Teknowlogi is the pioneer of the Logistics Expert System (LES) and the only technology company to offer a cloud-based solution that combines transportation management systems, mobile intelligence, integration intelligence, consulting intelligence, business intelligence and artificial intelligence in one platform. Addressing unmet needs in the market, its affordable Tai solution can analyze millions of data variables in real-time to allow companies to enhance and change business processes within the complicated and multi-party global shipping and logistics industry. The Tai Mobile Intelligence app is another industry first, allowing any segment within the logistics network to address all shipment lifecycle “hot points” anytime, anywhere. Shippers, from 3PLs and freight forwarders to asset carriers, and even other logistics software companies―regardless of size―can benefit from having an intelligent LES platform that’s easy to implement, use and upgrade. For more information on how to advance your logistics into the future, visit, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @Teknowlogi, and like us on Facebook

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Promero announces Oracle Intelligent ChatBOT Services for Oracle Mobile Cloud Customers

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Promero announced today a number of professional services packages that feature Oracle Mobile Cloud Enterprise (‘OMCe’) – ChatBot Facebook Configuration services, Oracle ChatBOT Customer Components services, Configuration for ChatBOT to Live Agent Oracle Service Cloud, ChatBOT Consulting Services for Contact Centers and ChatBOT integrations to 3rd party applications.

During BOT communications, customers many times reach a point where the BOT is unable to answer a question.  Intelligent BOTs like Oracle Intelligent Bots can escalate the communication to a live chat agent, or to a voice call if needed.  With Oracle BOTs, conversational details are transferred from the BOT-to-mobile app-to-live agent in a single digital channel.  Promero’s services team provides services to integrate Oracle BOTs to businesses’ call center solution or PBX and back office solutions.

“OMCe is the only platform in the world that can deliver an artificial intelligent BOT and instant mobile apps within the single commutation digital channel,’ stated Gregg Troyanowski, president of Promero.   “Using Oracle is easy with its Get started with Oracle Cloud with free Credits .  Promero helps companies gain a competitive advantage and improve customer service with this incredible platform.”  

Oracle’s Mobile Cloud Enterprise with Oracle Intelligent Bots is focused on helping your business scale.  Oracle offers a complete solutions stack that includes Integration Cloud Services with integrations to over 75+ enterprise and non-enterprise backend systems. 

About Oracle Partner Network
Oracle® Partner Network (OPN) is Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle® solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more, visit: .

About Promero
Promero is a Worldwide Oracle® Gold Partner in the Oracle® Partner Network and an Oracle® Marketplace Solutions Partner.  Promero, an Oracle Gold Partner since 2007, is dedicated to helping companies configure artificial intelligence, chatbots and mobile applications. Discover how Oracle helps customer engagements and improves customer experience.   Promero offers contact center solutions, managed services and integration services that are used globally in over 26 countries and 12 languages by companies of all sizes.    Visit Promero:
Telephone: (954) 935-8800. Toll free: (888) 204-0822.

Media Contact: G Troyanowski, Promero, inc, 9549358800,

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Year-long, Real World Study of Sales Hiring Managers and Sales Job Seekers Finds Big Gap in Supply and Demand

WATERLOO, Ontario, April 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Plum today announced the results of a year-long, real world study into the attributes of sales job seekers, and what sales hiring managers desire in applicants. Among the most surprising findings: although most sales professionals demonstrate highly assertive personalities, exactly 0% of sales hiring managers rank assertiveness as a top priority for sales job applicants.

The findings are part of an in-depth study conducted by Plum, a hiring platform that marries Artificial Intelligence with Industrial Organizational Psychology. Spanning the entire year of 2017, Plum’s findings are based on 15,421 real-world sales job applicants and over 100 companies across North America. Among the study’s major insights:

The most common applicant attributes sought by sales hiring managers include industriousness, orderliness, and stability:

Industriousness:  44% of job experts agreed that industriousness was the most important trait for a sales professional. Industrious sales candidates maintain high standards, aspire to challenging goals and are willing to put forth extra effort. A high score in industriousness indicates that a sales professional has the drive to meet or exceed sales targets, can persevere to overcome objections, and is motivated to continuously improve their sales process. Although industriousness was among the top traits desired by sales hiring managers, only 20% of sales job candidates are highly industrious.

Orderliness: a sales job candidate should act deliberately, be focused on quality, and prefer to be organized and have a plan. A high score in orderliness indicates that a sales professional can be meticulous with funnel management and sales operations processes, is thorough and detail-oriented with customer needs, and is organized when presenting to prospects. Just 14% of sales job applicants demonstrate a high degree of orderliness.

Stability: a sales job candidate should be calm under pressure, even-tempered, and resistant to the effects of unexpected changes. A high score in stability indicates that a sales professional can thrive in fast-paced, high pressure sales environments, is able to maintain composure when handling tough objections, and is even-tempered in difficult prospect interactions. Just 19% of sales job applicants demonstrated a high degree of stability.

The most common attributes demonstrated by sales professional job seekers were experiential disposition, industriousness, and assertiveness.

Experiential Disposition: the most common attribute in sales job seekers, experientially dispositioned sales candidates seek out new experiences, adapt to changes, and are tolerant of differences between new people. A high score in experiential disposition indicates that sales job candidates are likely to thrive in sales environments that offer new challenges.

Industriousness: 31% of sales job candidates scored exceptionally high in industriousness. The second most common attribute in sales job seekers, industrious candidates (as mentioned above) maintain high standards, aspire to challenging goals, and are willing to put forth extra effort. A high score in industriousness indicates that a sales job candidate aspires to high sales targets and does not give up when roadblocks emerge.

Assertiveness: the third most common attribute in sales job seekers, assertive sales candidates voice opinions, are comfortable being the center of attention, and give direction to others. A high score in assertiveness indicates that sales job candidates aren’t afraid to provide evidence to back up their point and voice counterpoints to objections.

As indicated by study results, a majority of sales job candidates matched with only one attribute (industriousness) sought by sales hiring managers. Not only was there a gap between job candidate attributes (supply) and hiring manager desires (demand), sales job candidates actually scored lowest in orderliness and stability, two of the top three attributes desired by sales hiring managers.

“Our study findings reflect what we see day-in, day-out with our customers: what hiring managers want is often not reflected in the applicant pool. Other times, what hiring managers may think they want is not what they actually need,” said Plum CEO Caitlin MacGregor. “Our study also challenges some fundamental and long-held preconceptions about sales professionals, which is one reason why we wanted to share it.”

Plum’s report also recognizes that the gap between applicant pool attributes and hiring manager needs is not likely to close overnight. Given the average profile of a sales job candidate, Plum recommends that hiring managers keep the following in mind:

  • The sales talent that companies hire will ultimately crave new and varied experiences. Keep them interested by setting challenging goals and offering experiences that set you apart from other companies.
  • Applicants to sales roles will often find it challenging to keep details in check and organize their workflows. Companies should think about how they can better leverage their CRM systems to make detail management and organization easier.

About Plum
Plum marries artificial intelligence with industrial organizational psychology to help employers increase the quality of their hires, develop their talent, and transform their cultures. With 24 trillion data points, Plum’s Talent Neural Network is the single largest database for quantifying the potential of human capital and graphing the future of the workforce. Founded in 2012 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, Plum can be found online at


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