Visual Search Leader Slyce Acquires IP and Social-Media Monitoring Technology of Ditto Labs

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Slyce, the leader in visual search for retailers, today announced it has acquired the intellectual property (IP) assets of Ditto Labs, the developer of image recognition software that detects brand usage in public photos shared on social media. The acquisition includes Ditto Labs’ complete patent portfolio and existing patent applications, and other digital assets of its image recognition technology platform. The terms of the deal were not publicly disclosed.

“This acquisition will help Slyce to further advance our platform to continue providing the industry’s leading visual search solution to our retail partners,” said Ted Mann, CEO of Slyce. “The integration of Ditto Labs’ technology will also bolster Slyce’s existing logo detection capabilities and provide greater insights to how brands and products are being used and shared across the web.”

The Ditto Labs IP features important techniques for highly efficient image matching and object recognition. Slyce can use these techniques to improve the speed and quality of the search results by enabling additional on-device processing.

Ditto Labs was founded in 2012 and headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

With operations in the Philadelphia, PA and New Waterford, Nova Scotia, Slyce’s image recognition technology is used to power visual search in the mobile apps of some of the North America and Europe’s most well-known retail brands, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Home Depot, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Tommy Hilfiger, and others. The company recently partnered with The Landmark Group, one of the largest retail organizations in the Middle East, to launch visual search capability across 10 of its most successful brands.

For more information about Slyce, please visit https://slyce.it.

About Slyce
Slyce is the world’s leading provider of visual product search for Retail and is changing the way people find what they are looking for. Using artificial intelligence and groundbreaking image recognition technology, Slyce has developed a fully integrated visual search SDK for retailers’ mobile apps and websites. The company has deployed visual search for more than 60 major retailers, including Home Depot, Macy’s, and Tommy Hilfiger. For more information, visit https://slyce.it.

CONTACT
Rob Haralson for Slyce
(202) 251-3322, rob.haralson@slyce.it

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Avasant Delves Into the Role of Automation, AI, and Blockchain in Driving Transformation at Empowering Beyond Symposium, Washington, DC

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Global management consulting firm Avasant hosted its signature event, Empowering Beyond Symposium, at the National Union Building, Washington DC on October 30th. Sponsored by Hexaware and Uipath, the event featured industry executives and thought leaders firms such as Bristol Myers-Squibb, US Small Business Administration, the National Council on Aging, and LexisNexis. Over 100 senior executives from major financial institutions, NGOs, and donor firms attended this enterprise executive invitation-only event.

The summit’s theme, “Thriving in the Digital Age: How Automation, AI and Blockchain can Drive Transformation” focused on how the next generation of digital services will push companies to transform and adapt their business and operating model to align with new market realities. Speakers addressed important questions facing technology and business executives today, such as:

  • How should companies develop a transformation roadmap to avoid getting disrupted in the Digital Age?
  • How are digital technologies such as Automation/RPA, AI and Blockchain impacting enterprises and what is the best way to leverage them to drive transformation?
  • How can organizations partner with technology and services firms to implement these transformation initiatives?

Opening keynote by Avasant CEO, Kevin S. Parikh, “Dare to Dream: Creating the Enterprise of the Future” set the right tone with the concept of digital singularity and what it means not only for businesses to adapt in order to survive and thrive in the Digital Age, but also in the goal of serving the needs of humanity. Parikh, known for his work celebrating the inherent connection between humanity and technology, made the point that, “digital singularity brings an opportunity for us that can unlock the capabilities of human beings, enabling us to lead more fulfilling lives.”

Following the opening keynote was a thought leadership panel discussion with executives from the National Council on Aging, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hexaware and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to discuss leveraging automation, artificial intelligence, and blockchain in the transformation journey.

A fireside chat, hosted by Anupam Govil (Partner, Avasant, President, AvaSense™), allowed Ajay Jindal, Senior Director, RPA, Continuous Improvement and Quality, LexisNexis and Joseph Santamorena, Vice President, Sales, Northeast Region, UiPath to share their insights based on their experiences scaling automation across a global organization.

Keynote speakers, Sanjay Gupta, CTO, US Small Business Administration and Naresh Lachmandas, Former CIO, L3 CSW, spoke about innovation and disruption in the digital age and the role of the new CIO therein.

This thought leadership event was part of Avasant’s Empowering Beyond series, intended to be a forum for a broad spectrum of technology leaders around the world to examine technology trends, social impact, and opportunities for economic growth. The event was sponsored by Hexaware and UiPath.

About Avasant

Avasant is a leading management consulting firm focused on translating the power of technology into realizable business strategies for the world’s largest corporations. Specializing in digital and IT transformation, sourcing advisory, global strategy, and governance services, Avasant prides itself on delivering high-value engagements through industry-focused innovation and flexible client-based solutions.

Our seasoned professionals have an average of 20 years of industry-honed expertise, having conducted 1000+ engagements in over 50 countries. Avasant’s next generation consulting and advisory methods have made it the top-ranked firm in its class, with recognition from numerous organizations, including: Vault, NOA, IAOP, and Wall Street Journal.

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Contact
Nicole Dulay
Marketing Manager
Avasant
nicole.dulay@avasant.com

 

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Huobi MENA Announces Partnership with AI Trader and Launches Hybrid Intelligence Trading Mode

AI Trader, one of the most advanced trading platforms powered by Artificial intelligence, integrates Huobi MENA’s cutting-edge trading platform technology and launches its Hybrid Intelligence trading mode.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AI Trader, an autonomous digital asset trading ecosystem and Huobi MENA, part of Huobi Group’s worldwide network of digital asset exchanges, announced a partnership today to offer users the ability to trade with the power of deep learning artificial intelligence (AI).

Huobi MENA Announces Partnership with AI Trader and Launches Hybrid Intelligence Trading Mode.

AI Trader also announced the launch of its Hybrid Intelligence Trading mode, developed on the basis of high-frequency trading (HFT) industry core principles. Hybrid Intelligence Trading enables users to activate technical indicators to analyse market trends and patterns to execute trades. These indicators include Exponential Moving Average (EMA) crossovers, Relative Strength Index (RSI), Bollinger Bands, Stochastics and more. During the launch, AI Trader announced an exclusive flat 40% discount to all users across the subscription packages. Once a Huobi MENA account is created, users can simply click this link to apply the discount. In addition, Huobi MENA is also offering COMMISSION FREE trading in the month of November to all new users who join Huobi MENA.

AI Trader’s spokesman, CMO Santosh Sarma said, “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Huobi MENA. The partnership is a giant leap forward in our vision to bring a fundamental shift in the way crypto traders are trading today. We wish to offer the AI technology, which was only available in the hands of established hedge fund and asset management firms till now, to everyone.” He went on to mention that: “Huobi MENA is the ideal choice of exchange for us. Huobi Group is not just one of the top three digital asset exchanges by trading volumes, but at its core, only Huobi offers carefully selected secure projects to its users, excluding those with low or no liquidity. The exchange has world-class architecture and the highest standards of security to safeguard our traders’ interests from cyber-attacks.”

Huobi MENA’s Co-Founder Mohit Davar affirmed, “At Huobi, we believe that Artificial Intelligence is not just the future but also the present. The strategic partnership with AI Trader enables our users to apply the latest analytical trading tools, thus alleviating the burden on our traders. Our partnership with AI Trader underlines our vision to offer cutting edge solutions to our users.”

Shantnu Saxena, GM and EVP of Huobi MENA, stated, “We are sincerely excited to witness the evolution of the Hybrid Intelligence trading models, which signifies a future step through AI integration into our systems. This partnership fit well with our strategy to continuously innovate.”

Huobi MENA users can securely trade on the AI Trader platform using their API keys. Their funds will remain in their accounts. Upon the completion of a trade, the results are reflected in their Huobi MENA account. The development teams at AI Trader and Huobi MENA have closely collaborated to ensure an unparalleled trading experience, while allowing users to use AI Trader to select and execute their trades.

About Huobi Group:

Huobi MENA is the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia branch of Huobi Group. Consisting of ten upstream and downstream enterprises, Huobi Group is the world’s leading blockchain company. Established in 2013, Huobi Group’s accumulative turnover exceeds $1 trillion. It proudly provides safe, secure, and convenient cryptocurrency trading and asset management services to millions of users in 130+ countries.

For more information, please visit: www.huobimena.com

About AI Trader:

AI Trader features three breakthrough-trading modes that are revolutionizing the digital assets trading industry. In addition to the newly launched hybrid mode users can trade in AI mode, where artificial intelligence reviews and makes trading decisions based on both past and real-time market information. Users simply choose a strategy and press play while the AI does the trading. In OCO mode, the platform offers you the simplicity to trade on all pairs with the ability to place BOTH a stop loss and a take profit level simultaneously, ensuring that only one or the other is executed. The ecosystem was conceived by one of the world’s largest mining operations (Kingdom Mining), which is based in Dubai. Since its inception in May 2018, AI Trader has onboarded a wave of traders on to the platform, and the product has been reviewed and lauded by industry leading publications and many crypto influencers.

For more information, please visit: https://aitrader.ai

Promotion: Claim your 40% discount across all standard subscriptions at AI Trader https://app.aitrader.ai/payment/huobimena

Disclaimer: Trading is subject to market risks and AI Trader or Huobi MENA in no form guarantee returns.

Media Contact:
Tingyu Dong, +6585227502,
media@huobi.com
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SPLICE Software’s Solutions for Voice-First Devices Win Gold in MarCom Awards

CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — SPLICE Software today announced it is a Gold Winner in the 2018 MarCom Awards Program in the category of Voice-First Marketing Technology.

SPLICE Software

The MarCom Awards recognize outstanding achievements by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing communications materials and programs. In its 15th year, the Marcom Awards Program is the leader in recognizing excellence in the distillation of ideas, messages and media by marketing and communication professionals.

“For SPLICE Software’s Data-Driven Dialogs® for Voice-First Devices to be named a Gold Winner in this internationally recognized program is clear evidence of our success in the global marketplace for voice-based solutions,” said Tara Kelly, President & CEO. “As voice continues to dominate conversations of marketing and user experience, we’re committed to giving businesses even more control of their unique brand voice in the marketplace.”

The increasing popularity of AI assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home make establishing a presence on voice-first platforms a must for brands. SPLICE Software’s Solutions for Voice-First Devices let companies create an on-brand voice, building skills one time to be deployed via the company’s powerful Dialog Suite™ software across multiple voice-first platforms (and SMS, social media, email, etc.) rather than creating a one-off presence for each platform. With data and the human voice as its superpowers, SPLICE Software gives companies a way to join the API economy, leveraging data to understand customer needs and preferences so brands can deliver consistent, highly personalized service that competitors just can’t match.  

As an extension of the company’s Solutions for Voice-First Devices, SPLICE Software also recently announced SynthIA™, an intuitive workflow that uses the Data-Driven Dialogs® to deploy customized speech on a scheduled and on-demand basis for voice-first device interactions. SynthIA™ allows brands to create contextually aware content in a voice chosen for their specific brand. The platform’s simple interface makes it easy to create and measure interactions with customers to see what works and what doesn’t, so they can create the best voice-first marketing strategy possible.

Final MarCom Awards winners were announced today, and the program will return in Summer 2019. Since its inception in 2004, MarCom has evolved into one of the largest, most-respected creative competitions in the world. Each year about 6,000 print and digital entries are submitted from dozens of countries. To view the full list of winners, please visit: http://enter.marcomawards.com/winners/

About SPLICE Software

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

CONTACT: Kate Weckerly, 330-858-5149, kweckerly@sspr.com

 

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Tis the Season for Programmatic Media Buying: Digilant Releases Holiday Shopping Insights Report

BOSTON, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ –Today, Digilant, a programmatic media buying services company, released a holiday shopping report that presents noteworthy data and insights on consumer retail behavior. This holiday season advertisers and media buyers need to make informed and strategic decisions that yield increased returns on digital ad spend, and Digilant wants to help.

As shoppers prepare for gatherings and gift giving, marketers can benefit from campaigns that reflect the evolving purchase locations and behaviors of digital consumers. Although consumers are expected to spend an average of $803 between Black Friday (Nov. 23) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 26), it’s important to keep in mind that the 2018 holiday season features the longest possible shopping calendar of 33 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. With more time for shoppers to research and make last-minute purchases, shrewd advertisers will be managing media buying campaigns well beyond Thanksgiving Weekend to take full advantage of this year’s predicted 15.3% increase in Holiday eCommerce sales that will last through the end of December.

Highlights From Digilant’s Holiday Shopping Insights Report

  • With the rise of online and in-store deals throughout the holiday season, Black Friday’s prominence is diminishing and more people are beginning to shop on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Mobile and in-app transactions will account for 50% of all 2018 holiday sales.
  • 75% of shoppers start online whether or not they end up converting there or in-store.
  • Emerging technologies, such as blockchain, will begin to shape more flexible loyalty rewards programs for retail consumers.

Digilant is getting into the 2018 Holiday spirit with this Retail Trends and Insights Report for marketers and media buyers.  Download the full report on our website here: https://www.digilant.com/whitepaper/2018-holiday-shopper-insights-with-media-planning-infographic/.

Download the full report here.

Who’s Buying?

As the year comes to a close, consumers hold a positive economic outlook and plan to express their optimism by spending their disposable income. Deloitte reports that 78% of consumers plan to spend the same amount or more as they did last year on holiday shopping.

Although many are expected to head to department stores and log onto their favorite brand’s sites to find deals and grab gifts; this year’s shopping will lean slightly heavier towards females (51%) and will continue to shift away from Baby Boomers and move towards Gen X and Millennials, who combined, compose nearly two thirds of all holiday shoppers (64%).

Amazon’s Role in Online Holiday Shopping

As consumers look where to purchase their gifts, online shoppers have made their preference for Amazon clear. 2017 was a huge year for the e-commerce giant, taking 4th place for US display ad buying and coming in as the number one e-retail provider for holiday shoppers. As of December 2017, Amazon reached over 183 million unique visitors a month according to Statista and had accounted for 37.53% of all U.S. e-retail sales. During the 2018 holiday shopping season, their reach will continue its ascent and digital marketers should take note of the opportunity it could present. Even brands that do not plan to sell their products on Amazon can benefit from its immense and constantly growing retail data, as approximately half of all product searches start on Amazon.


How to Use The Digilant Holiday Shopping Report for Smarter Media Buying?

It’s key for brands to align their ad buying strategies and creatives with the increasingly multichannel behaviors of their target audiences.

A few tips to optimize your 2018 holiday media buying campaigns:

  • Define your Attribution Model: Holiday Shopping means multichannel madness, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re appropriately measuring the impact of every channel through which your brand advertises so that you can gain valuable first-party insights for future campaigns.

  • Leverage Geolocation for Competitive Conquesting: The separation between the online and offline customer experience is becoming increasingly blurred. As shoppers travel with their devices to brick-and-mortar stores, consider targeting users who have visited your competitors’ locations.
  • Invest in Search: 76% of shoppers change their mind after researching an alternative product, so bidding on competitive keywords is essential to keep your brand top of mind.
  • Diversify your Inventory: As mobile increasingly becomes the go-to channel for researching and purchasing gifts and engagement rates skyrocket with video, try combining the two with mobile video to lift holiday conversions.

In a digital ecosystem where media buyers have to navigate more platforms, technologies, walled gardens, and nuances in consumer behavior, it is essential to take a holistic approach to execute effective campaigns during the 2018 holiday season. Digilant is here to help marketers take the first step. Download the entire Holiday Shopping Insights Report on Digilant’s website here.

About Digilant

Digilant is a programmatic buying company, designed for both agencies and brands. We connect people and technology to create a perfect blend of strategy, insight and efficiency that will elevate any marketing team to find massive success. We also support advertisers who are moving towards programmatic self-sufficiency by aligning them with and training them on the right set of programmatic platforms and technologies.

Using MAIA – Marketing, Artificial Intelligence and Analytics – the harmonious combination of machine power and human expertise behind all things DIGILANT, we intelligently navigate massive data sets. MAIA enables marketers to use data as a currency to generate more efficient media buys, make better informed decisions, optimize and drive performance across all digital channels and campaigns.

Digilant is an ispDigital Group Company.  For more information, visit us at www.digilant.com, read our blog or follow us on Twitter @Digilant_US.

Digilant offers programmatic buying solutions and services designed for independent agencies and brands that are increasing their programmatic spending. Using data science to unlock ‘new’ automated buying strategies, Digilant enables brands to uncover proprietary and complex audience data that gives them the actionable intelligence they need to compete across every important media channel. (PRNewsfoto/Digilant)

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RingDNA Raises $30 Million In Growth Capital

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — RingDNA, the leading sales engagement and conversation analytics provider, today announced that it has closed its growth equity round led by Goldman Sachs Growth Equity (GS Growth), a platform within Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division, with participation from previous investors Palisades Growth Capital and Bryant Stibel. The funding comes as ringDNA’s platform unleashes the modern, untapped goldmine of conversation data powered by artificial intelligence (AI) for all of its customers. Combined with current CRM outcome metrics, conversation data is truly revolutionizing customer engagement by providing actionable insights for every interaction. Until recently, this data was a complete “black box” for businesses. Now, progressive companies are exploiting it for an unprecedented competitive advantage. RingDNA’s customers include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Amazon Web Services, Autodesk, SAP Concur, Cvent, Lyft, and Twilio.

Howard Brown, Founder & CEO of ringDNA:

Science Can Inform the Art of Conversation
“Conversation data is truly the holy grail of business intelligence insights. Within it is the ability to quickly and effectively unlock insights from every conversation between customers, prospects, sales, and support teams. These insights will ultimately improve the customer’s experience with a company. It’s not about automation or removing humans from the processes of sales and customer service. Rather, it’s about augmenting, contextualizing, and training our reps to be better.

Conversations are not as unique as we all assume. There are patterns to how prospects and customers communicate with sales and support reps. By analyzing millions of calls with deep learning, AI, and proven psychological principles, we are able to surface those patterns to optimize conversations for effectiveness and satisfaction of both parties. AI mines this valuable resource with every new conversation, allowing teams to continuously improve.

When teams focus on improving customer engagement, immediately surfacing insights from their own conversation data becomes crucial. Over the past five years ringDNA has processed over 60 million conversations, creating an exclusive conversation data network. RingDNA moves siloed sales processes such as CRM, marketing, and previously inaccessible voice data analysis into an end-to-end solution, resulting in better conversations that have led to exponential sales increases of 300 to 400%. Our customers understand that in order to succeed, the sales process needs to be guided by intentional coaching augmented with AI insights. It’s the rich human interaction powered with insights learned that helps drive sales success.”

Hans Sherman, Goldman Sachs:
“We continue to be very impressed with CEO Howard Brown and the entire ringDNA management team. The sales engagement space has become fairly opaque with automation often the focus of competitors. RingDNA is innovating around the value of meaningful and context-rich conversations coupled with advanced machine AI-driven training and supervision tools to accelerate a company’s sales. We believe this is what makes them stand out and that this is where the growth will be. The fact that ringDNA has been cashflow positive for two years speaks to this reality.”

Jeff Stibel and Kobe Bryant, General Partners, Bryant Stibel:
“When we led the initial investment for ringDNA in 2014, we did so because of a great entrepreneur, strong team and a large and untapped market opportunity.  With this latest growth equity round from Goldman Sachs, ringDNA has added another world-class partner aligned with its goal of helping enterprise sales organizations analyze and learn from their game film to become smarter and more effective.”

Anders Richardson, Palisades Growth Capital:
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Los Angeles innovators like Howard Brown and his team at ringDNA. Sales engagement platforms are the top priority investment for sales teams today, and ringDNA is innovating in the market with the best in class B2B sales acceleration and conversation analytics platform. We are excited to participate in their journey along with several other prominent partners, and they are poised to accelerate their growth with this latest round of funding.”

Dana Clark, Director, Worldwide Sales Tools and Processes, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
“RingDNA’s market-leading platform led our inside sales teams to net 400% more sales opportunities.”

Jeff Lawson, CEO, Twilio
“RingDNA is a completely transformative solution for inside sales teams that helps reps close more deals.”

Dallas Hogensen, Regional Vice President of Corporate Sales, Lyft
“RingDNA is our top sales technology, helping us drive 300% more revenue.”

About Goldman Sachs Growth Equity
Founded in 1869, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (MBD) is the primary center for Goldman Sachs’ long term principal investing activity. With nine offices across seven countries, MBD is one of the leading private equity investors in the world. Since 1986, the group has invested approximately $180 billion of levered capital across a number of geographies, industries and transaction types. Within MBD, Goldman Sachs Growth Equity (GS Growth) is a dedicated platform for venture capital and growth equity investments in leading companies that have built innovative technology or processes to transform their industries. Since 1994, GS Growth has partnered with more than 200 companies and invested more than $5 billion of capital across sectors including technology, software, media, healthcare IT, and business and information services. GS Growth seeks to partner with strong management teams to help companies achieve product, customer and geographic expansion. For more information about GS Growth, please visit: www.gs.com/gsgrowth.

About Palisades Growth Capital
Palisades Growth Capital (“Palisades”) is a Los Angeles-based growth equity firm making investments in technology businesses primarily in Southern California.  Palisades focuses on a variety of sectors including Software, Mobile, and Technology Enabled Businesses. More information on Palisades Growth Capital can be found at www.palisadesgrowth.com.

About Bryant Stibel
Bryant Stibel was founded in 2013 to provide strategic, financial, and operational support to businesses with a focus across technology, media, and data. The Bryant Stibel platform is unique in that it combines the creative vision of Kobe Bryant, one of the world’s most well known and respected sports icons, with Jeff Stibel, a proven market-driven operator and three-time entrepreneur, alongside a team of proven public and private company executives. The team has extensive experience operating technology and data-driven businesses, as well as deploying capital through its growth and venture platforms. www.BryantStibel.com  

About ringDNA
RingDNA is the leading end-to-end sales engagement platform that combines enterprise-grade telephony with conversation intelligence. RingDNA helps teams engage with prospects and customers in the right way, at the right time, with the right context. Sales, support, and customer success teams use ringDNA to dramatically increase productivity, engage in smarter conversations, gain predictive insights, and coach reps to success faster than ever before. RingDNA was named to the “Hot 100” best privately held software companies by JMP Securities. The company was also named “One of The Best Privately Owned Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine. For more information visit www.ringDNA.com.

Additional Resources
Connect with ringDNA on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ringdna/ 
Follow ringDNA on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ringDNA 
Join ringDNA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/salessoftware/

Media Contact
Melissa Halim
Product Marketing Manager
Phone: 415-792-0633
Email: melissa@ringdna.com

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Spinnaker’s Group Vice President George Fowler to Attend JDA FOCUS Connect in Barcelona

HOUSTON, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Spinnaker, the international provider of supply chain strategy, planning, and operational consulting, announced our participation at JDA FOCUS Connect Conference in Barcelona, Spain on November 7thNovember 8th 2018.

Rapidly changing business trends are disrupting how businesses operate. Predictability is being replaced with an undeniable level of uncertainty. Supply chain technologies that once relied on models and algorithms, must now embrace it as a part of its regular business. Today’s supply chain software leaders are being challenged to make the stellar leap to embrace the promise of innovative technologies. This includes, machine learning, the probabilistic ontology, and prescriptive analytic response to address a new age of supply chain complexity. The evolutionary convergence of traditional heuristics, statistics, simulation, constraint-based optimization, and now machine learning and artificial intelligence is paving the way to address these problems.

Spinnaker has worked with our advanced supply chain clients to incorporate these new techniques into their strategic and tactical business planning solutions to increase plan quality and reduce human effort. Combining proven disciplines from the past with the new capabilities from software partners like JDA, our customers have already begun to unlock the potential of this new solution paradigm. Look for Spinnaker’s Group Vice President of Planning Solutions George Fowler and Principal Consultant Brian Weismann at the conference in Barcelona next week. They will share how Spinnaker is leveraging JDA technology in new and exciting ways to continue to drive business value.

In 2017, Spinnaker’s JDA practice recorded another banner year of significant growth and revenue generation. Spinnaker delivered JDA services in the calendar year to more than 23 of the world’s largest companies and is a leading, full-service planning solutions provider, specializing in integrating supply chain business capability development with JDA technology. Spinnaker’s broader set of services include supply chain strategy, business process reengineering, organizational change management, and custom supply chain training services. Spinnaker also provides digital transformation services that include managed services of on-premise, JDA Cloud and customer owned virtual private cloud deployments as well as JDA-focused data governance.

About Spinnaker
Founded in 2002, Spinnaker is a supply chain services company that helps clients grow, manage risk, reduce costs, and improve customer service by developing world-class supply chain capabilities. Our services help clients develop the right supply chain strategy for their business challenges and implement the process and technology solutions to improve Demand/Supply Planning, Procurement and Sourcing, Logistics and Warehousing, and Reverse Logistics business performance. Spinnaker offers a unique service delivery model that combines the strength of deeply experienced management and technology consultants with a seasoned team of business process outsourcing (BPO) and 3rd-party logistics (3PL) professionals. Spinnaker has offices in Boston, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Memphis, Pittsburgh, London, and Singapore. To learn more about this announcement, contact us at our website or call +1-877-476-0576.

Spinnaker Marketing Contact:

Kristin Johnson
Marketing Manager
+1 859 559 0814

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NuMedii Names Industry Veteran Heather Arnett, Ph.D. as Vice President of Research

SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — NuMedii, Inc., today announced the appointment of Heather Arnett, Ph.D., as Vice President, Research. Heather is leading research discovery and early development at NuMedii based on the company’s Artificial Intelligence Drug Discovery (AIDD) technology, which enables the discovery of novel targets and precision drug candidates across a number of therapeutic areas including inflammation, oncology and rare diseases like idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

“We are thrilled to have Heather join NuMedii in this vital role at this important time as we advance our development program to successfully translate AI hits into novel therapeutics. With her breadth of expertise in the discovery and development of large and small molecules, particularly in inflammation, fibrosis and immuno-oncology, Heather will play a critical role in helping us fulfill our mission of developing new therapies for patients with unmet medical needs, such as those with IPF, a fatal lung disease,” said Gini Deshpande, Ph.D., chief executive officer, NuMedii.

Heather has more than 15 years’ experience in large and small molecule drug discovery and development, and more than 30 publications in top-tier journals with research focused on diverse pathways in immunology, neuroscience and fibrotic diseases. Prior to joining NuMedii, she was Director of Research at Amgen where she spearheaded multiple immune modulatory therapy programs. While at Amgen, she built and managed a robust team of scientists and associates focused on filling the pipeline with new therapies for fibrotic and inflammatory diseases and immuno-oncology. A holder of multiple patents, Heather holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a National Multiple Sclerosis Society postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

“The opportunity to join NuMedii greatly appealed to me and I am honored to be here. I am excited to partner with Gini and our talented team to develop novel targets and precision drug candidates for diseases in need of effective treatment options. We look forward to collaborating with academic thought leaders, clinicians and patient communities in the development of these therapies and hope to make a real difference in the lives of individuals impacted by intractable diseases,” said Dr. Arnett.

NuMedii’s AIDD technology employs deep learnings of human biology consisting of hundreds of millions of structured molecular, pharmacological and clinical data points that the company has curated and harmonized. The company couples these data with proprietary machine learning and network-based algorithms to discover and advance precise, effective new drug candidates, as well as biomarkers predictive of efficacy for subsets of patients, in a broad spectrum of therapeutic areas including inflammation, cancer and orphan diseases.

About NuMedii, Inc.
NuMedii, Inc., has been pioneering the use of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and systems biology since 2010 to accelerate the discovery of precision therapies to address high unmet medical needs. As a next generation biopharma company, NuMedii has built a powerful technology, AIDD (Artificial Intelligence for Drug Discovery), originally developed at Stanford University, that harnesses Big Data and AI to rapidly discover connections between drugs and diseases at a systems level. NuMedii has active R&D collaborations with several global pharmaceutical and biotech companies and patient-centric organizations to create pipeline and new products in multiple therapeutic areas including inflammation, oncology and rare diseases. For more information, please visit www.numedii.com.

 

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Content Raven’s Awards Solution Boosts Engagement Among Sales Learners

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Content Raven, the modern sales enablement platform provider, today announced its Awards solution for incentivizing and encouraging sales training, enablement and onboarding.

The success of a sales team is based on the individual sales rep’s ability to obtain, retain and use knowledge, both in terms of selling strategies and company and product differentiators. Two of the biggest barriers to a sales rep’s success are poor onboarding and lack of access to appropriate materials and content. Meanwhile competitiveness and confidence are two of the most valuable personality traits in successful sales executives. With Content Raven’s new awards solution sales managers can cater to their rep’s inherent attributes to solve the problem of poor onboarding, slow ramp-up times, and poor knowledge retention.

Content Raven’s Awards solution is a new feature in the company’s sales enablement platform. Specifically, Content Raven Awards allows sales organizations to:

  • Gamify their training programs by awarding points to users as they consume content, Learning Paths, Quizzes and Video Assessments.
  • Motivate users with badges, notifications and rewards as they “level up” and complete specific training activities.
  • Create friendly competition among the sales team with a Leaderboard that ranks users based on performance and engagement.
  • Encourage improvement and movement up the leaderboard with a content recommendation engine powered by artificial intelligence.
  • Create custom badges unique to their organization. Users can add to their “Trophy Case” and public profile, to promote their levels of expertise.

“We know that sales reps need an immense amount of company knowledge to be top performers, but we also know that these reps want to be in the field and closing deals as quickly as possible,” explains Joe Moriarty, CEO of Content Raven. “If learning is not fun, engaging, competitive and easy, sales reps will not participate. With our platform, and the awards solution, organizations can deliver sales training on-demand and keep sales reps motivated to use the resources available to them. The result is a more engaged sales team, and more quota-achieving sales people.”

Pearson Education, the world’s learning company, is a Content Raven customer focused on maximizing their sales onboarding process.”Content Raven’s sales enablement platform helps us ensure that our salespeople are up-to-speed and have knowledge at their fingertips, in order to do their jobs well,” says Nancy Forsyth, VP of Sales Training & Development at Pearson. “The new Awards feature will help us motivate and engage our sales people and recognize them for their accomplishments, including learning new products, meeting specific goals, and understanding and using our sales content.”

Learn more about Content Raven’s Awards Solution for sales training.

About Content Raven
Content Raven is the industry leading secure content platform that helps enable enterprises to execute on their digital transformation strategy. We help sales leaders ramp up their reps faster and generate more revenue. Some of the most recognizable Fortune 500 companies use Content Raven to train their employees, partners and customers.
For more information about Content Raven, visit contentraven.com

 

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NuMedii Announces Research Collaboration With Leading Academic Research Institution to Explore New Targets and Therapeutics for Pancreatitis

SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — NuMedii, Inc., today announced the formation of a research collaboration with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with the goal of discovering new targets and therapeutic options for pancreatitis. The collaboration brings together deep clinical expertise with NuMedii’s Artificial Intelligence Drug Discovery (AIDD) technology, which will enable the discovery of novel targets and precision drug candidates for both acute and chronic forms of the disease.

Under the research collaboration, NuMedii will work with one of the world’s leading experts in pancreatitis and pancreatic disease, P. Jay Pasricha, MBBS, MD, Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

“Patients with chronic pancreatitis have a higher risk of pancreatic cancer, a horrible disease with a significant unmet medical need. Treatments for acute pancreatitis can potentially be used to prevent the progression to chronic disease and reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer especially among patients with genetic predisposition to such transformation. We are excited to work with Dr. Pasricha and his research team to uncover innovative treatment targets and advance innovative therapies that could help patients and the physicians who treat them,” said Gini Deshpande, Ph.D., chief executive officer, NuMedii.

Acute pancreatitis is one of the most frequent gastrointestinal causes of hospital admission in the U.S. and worldwide. Chronic pancreatitis, although lower in incidence, significantly reduces patients’ quality of life. Patients with the chronic form of the disease have a 20-fold increased risk of pancreatic cancer, which is associated with a high mortality rate and one of the top five causes of death from cancer. There are currently no effective treatment options for acute pancreatitis and the burden of pancreatic disorders is expected to increase over time.  

NuMedii’s AIDD technology employs deep learnings of human biology consisting of hundreds of millions of structured molecular, pharmacological and clinical data points that the company has curated and harmonized. The company couples these data with proprietary machine learning and network-based algorithms to discover and advance precise, effective new drug candidates, as well as biomarkers predictive of efficacy for subsets of patients, in a broad spectrum of therapeutic areas including inflammation, cancer and orphan diseases.

About NuMedii, Inc.
NuMedii, Inc., has been pioneering the use of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and systems biology since 2010 to accelerate the discovery of precision therapies to address high unmet medical needs. As a next generation biopharma company, NuMedii has built a powerful technology, AIDD (Artificial Intelligence for Drug Discovery), originally developed at Stanford University, that harnesses Big Data and AI to rapidly discover connections between drugs and diseases at a systems level. NuMedii has active R&D collaborations with several global pharmaceutical and biotech companies and patient-centric organizations to create pipeline and new products in multiple therapeutic areas including inflammation, oncology and rare diseases. For more information, please visit www.numedii.com.

 

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