IBM Debuts Self-Service AI-Powered Ad Experience to Enable Conversations Between Brands and Consumers

NEW YORK, June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the launch of Watson Ads Builder, a self-service advertising solution that harnesses artificial intelligence (AI) designed to empower creative agencies and developers to help them build engaging, one-on-one conversations between brands and consumers across any digital property.

IBM Watson Ads Builder Can Bring the Power of DIY Conversational Design to Brands

Watson Ads Builder is designed to enable agencies and developers to ingest and understand a brand’s information and create dialogue that is unique to each consumer, helping to deepen engagement and drive brand loyalty.  For example, a creative agency can leverage Watson Ads Builder to create a unique brand experience for an airline client. The ad can enable a conversation and answer the most anticipated questions, like the best time to purchase a plane ticket or details around in-flight experiences — all based on near real-time dialogue.

Prior to Watson Ads Builder, the typical conversational design solutions might take months to develop and could require specialized skills and manual effort. Watson Ads Builder can help simplify this process by using Natural Language Generation and Watson technology to encourage brands to create, deploy, chat and connect with consumers with speed.

“Consumer expectations are shifting, and people expect the ability to communicate with brands on demand,” said Jeremy Hlavacek, Head of Revenue for IBM Watson Advertising. “Watson Ads Builder can change where, when and how brands connect with consumers — helping marketers increase loyalty and purchase consideration.”  

Watson Ads Builder is the next generation of Watson Ads. Since launch, brands like Behr, Best Western, Campbell’s Soup Company, LEGO, Lufthansa and Toyota have leveraged IBM’s AI-backed ad experience to help them deliver answers to consumer questions within an ad in near real-time.

Along with featuring innovations that help solve world issues, IBM Watson Advertising will host an interactive experience to help marketers build their own chatbots and offer them the opportunity to share their personal expectations for technology. Watson Advertising will also tackle ad fraud and brand safety as part of a panel discussion that explores how brands are using technology for good. To learn more please visit: IBM Watson Advertising at Cannes Lions 2019.

About IBM and Artificial Intelligence
A world leader in AI software, services, and technology for business, IBM has deployed Watson AI solutions in thousands of engagements with clients across 20 industries and 80 countries. IBM’s Watson AI solutions are widely used in industries, including seven of the 10 largest automotive companies and eight of the 10 largest oil and gas companies.  

For more information about IBM Watson Ads Builder, please visit
www.ibm.com/us-en/marketplace/watsonadsbuilder. For more information about IBM, visit ibm.com.

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Pega Launches Enterprise Low-Code Factory to Guide Citizen Developers Making Enterprise-Compliant Apps

LAS VEGAS, June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises, today announced at PegaWorld the launch of Enterprise Low-Code Factory – a centralized dashboard that empowers any employee to quickly create enterprise software that complies with company standards. With tools, training, and other resources, Enterprise Low-Code Factory helps businesses cultivate and scale their own home-grown community of citizen developers without sacrificing software quality, consistency, or governance.

This image shows the main dashboard of Pega’s Enterprise Low-Code Factory, which empowers any employee to quickly create enterprise software that complies with company standards. The integrated and intuitive environment gives users quick access to the apps they use most, the apps they are building, and the ecosystem of approved apps to download.

With little to no coding experience required, low-code development has grown rapidly in the face of unprecedented pressure on IT to create more custom software. But left unchecked, these well-intended low-code app makers could unknowingly cause shadow IT issues – including security concerns, software updating gaps, work duplication, and organizational silos. Organic low code adoption might be sustainable for small companies, but it’s hard for large organizations to effectively scale without guardrails in place to prevent IT chaos.

Pega’s Enterprise Low-Code Factory lets businesses operationalize the global deployment of low code companywide to accelerate their race toward digital transformation. Anyone in the business can be empowered with the freedom, skills, and confidence to quickly build any kind of app they need to succeed. At the same time, business and IT leaders get the control to ensure each app is built with the consistency of a fine-tuned assembly line. This all leads to better business and IT collaboration, faster time to value, and lower development costs.

Part of the industry-leading Pega Platform™ low-code development environment, Enterprise Low-Code Factory combines the key elements needed for successful enterprise app building for all employees in a centralized dashboard, including:

  • Tools: software that makes everyone a maker – With the powerful Pega Platform at its core, the Factory makes low-code more accessible to more people in the company. Users of all experience levels can start fast with pre-defined templates to build apps that are quick to deploy, up to date, and easy to change. Pega makes app building collaborative between the maker, IT, and other stakeholders – ensuring a transparent, intuitive, and seamless process with a continuous feedback loop.
  • Guardrails: Uniform governance to ensure consistency – Citizen developers can always dabble in the Pega app making playground, but when it’s time to launch a real business app, the Factory has the guardrails to ensure quality and compliance. Makers just click the ‘Request to Build’ button to generate a simple business case for the company-defined governance team. Governance stakeholders control a host of customizable options, including approvals over which apps get released, what features to include, how ‘enterprise-ready’ they should be, who gets to use them, and who can make changes. These guardrails scale as app functionality evolves over time, allowing small single-function apps to turn into powerful software for the Fortune 500.
  • Education: Courses and resources to empower more makers – Pega empowers all businesspeople—marketers, sellers, service, and operations people alike—to learn how to build the simplest app to the most complex software. Any Factory users can up level their skills with supporting educational resources, including specially-designed Pega Academy courses, video tutorials, help documents, and Pega Community articles.

The dashboard brings all these elements together in an integrated and intuitive environment. Users have quick access to the apps they use most, the apps they are building, and the ecosystem of approved apps built by others to enable better software reuse, as well as links to education resources.

Enterprise Low-Code Factory is scheduled to be available by the end of Q3 2019 for Pega Platform customers with current support contracts. It will also be demonstrated at the annual PegaWorld conference being held this week June 2-5 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. Now in its 17th year, PegaWorld has drawn more than 5,000 people this week from the world’s leading organizations to hear about what is next in digital transformation software.

Part of the Pega Infinity digital transformation suite, the Pega Platform low-code app development environment leverages digital process automation (DPA), including AI and robotics, to drive business processes and customer journeys from end to end. Pega unifies these back-end processes with its customer engagement applications on the front end to enable businesses to provide superior customer experiences on any channel. 

Quotes & Commentary:

“Enterprise Low-Code Factory encompasses three decades of learning from model-driven application development so businesses can immediately roll out low code organization-wide,” said Don Schuerman, CTO and vice president, product marketing, Pegasystems. “Whether you’re a businessperson, developer, or designer, you now have the potential to become a maker within your own organization to create applications that innovate. At the same time, IT managers can rest easy knowing they can balance control and collaboration through repeatable governance processes.”

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About Pegasystems

Pegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega PlatformTM – empowers people to rapidly deploy and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 35-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and digital process automation (DPA) powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading brands achieve breakthrough business results. For more information on Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA) visit www.pega.com.

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Pegasystems Inc.       
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Girls in Tech CEO Announces Largest Donation in History due to Pega’s Fundraising Initiatives

LAS VEGAS, June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises and Girls in Tech, a global non-profit organization focused on the engagement, education, and empowerment of women in technology, have announced a grand total of $402,000 raised as a result of their fundraising initiatives. The announcement was made on the main stage of PegaWorld 2019 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas by Girls in Tech founder and CEO, Adriana Gascoigne, as part of her keynote speech on creating an inclusive culture for the next generation of female technology leaders.

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As part of the fundraising initiatives, Pega donated $500 to Girls in Tech for every eligible PegaWorld registration from January 24 to February 21, 2019. Additionally, the Trefler Foundation pledged to donate an amount equal to 50 percent of the pass price of each eligible PegaWorld registration sold from April 8 through April 30, 2019.

The money raised, which is the largest donation Girls in Tech has received in its history, will go towards global initiatives aimed at educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology. These may include:

  • A year of Global Classroom courses, which help up to 2,000 participants broaden their technical skills
  • Four Hacking For Humanity hackathons around the world, which will help 320 new and seasoned hackers work on solutions that will benefit their communities
  • Expansion of the Girls in Tech Mentorship Program, adding more chapters around the globe
  • Additional funding and exposure for early-stage women founders through AMPLIFY, Girls in Tech’s business pitch competition

Founded in 2007, Girls in Tech is a global non-profit working to put an end to gender inequality in high-tech industries and startups by educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology. It offers everything from coding courses to bootcamps to hackathons and startup competitions. With 43 chapters, and nearly 62,000 members in 32 countries, their mission is to support women with the access and community they need to succeed.

Quotes & Commentary:
“I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to be at PegaWorld and share my vision for a technology industry that not only supports inclusivity, but actively advocates for it and all the benefits it can bring,” said Adriana Gascoigne, founder and CEO, Girls in Tech. “We’re very grateful for the record-breaking generosity shown by Pega and the Trefler Foundation and look forward to seeing how this funding will change the lives of women around the world.”

“Women make up half of the total college-educated workforce in this country, but only 29 percent are in the science and engineering fields,” said Alan Trefler, founder and CEO, Pegasystems. “At Pega, we believe it’s important for us and the technology industry as a whole to more accurately reflect the diversity of today’s workforce. We’re delighted to welcome Adriana to PegaWorld this year to showcase the important role Girls in Tech is playing in creating a culture of female empowerment within the tech industry.”

About Pegasystems
Pegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega Platform™ – empowers people to rapidly deploy, and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 35-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and digital process automation (DPA), powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading brands achieve breakthrough business results. For more information on Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA) visit www.pega.com

Press Contact:

Jon Brigden
Pegasystems      
jon.brigden@pega.com 
+44 (0) 118 9398 584         
Twitter: @pega  

Press Contact:

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Pegasystems      
sean.audet@pega.com 
617-528-5230
Twitter: @pega 

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Pega Introduces New Messaging Capabilities to Help Brands Rapidly Adapt to Changing Customer Service Landscape

LAS VEGAS, June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises, today launched new digital messaging capabilities within Pega Customer Service™ so clients can seamlessly connect with customers regardless of which messaging app they choose. Pega Customer Service users can now easily integrate virtually any chat or messaging channel such as Facebook Messenger, Twitter Direct Messaging, Apple Business Chat, or Google RCS – and others yet to be created – to help future-proof their customer communication and ensure seamless customer service regardless of channel.

New messaging capabilities within Pega Customer Service™ consolidate digital communication channels into a single platform that enables agents to engage with customers regardless of channel. It delivers agent optimization through channel consolidation, allowing businesses to improve agent and customer experience at the same time by giving agents the ability to easily handle multiple channels concurrently without internal process bottlenecks.

The customer service industry is rapidly changing as consumers trend toward chat and messaging, rather than voice interactions for communication with brands. It’s also nearly impossible to predict the next “it” channel – individual users favor particular messaging services for different purposes, which can vary by region, age, and culture. These factors make it even more important that enterprises focus on the end-to-end servicing journey, rather than coding siloed apps into each channel. Pega Customer Service now makes it easy for businesses to do so – all messaging channels are centrally managed within the application, eliminating the need to build out separate integrations with each new messaging service. Connecting all channels to a common process or service case ensures that context and data follow customers regardless of channel for optimal customer engagement.

Part of Pega InfinityTM – Pega’s cloud-based digital transformation suite that enables businesses to improve customer engagement and operational efficiency – Pega Customer Service, the industry leader for managing end-to-end customer service processes across channels, enables organizations to predict and manage the complexities of today’s customer journey on a global scale. It uses AI to anticipate customer needs, connect customers to the right people and systems, and automate or intelligently guide each step of every interaction on any channel. Users are able to centrally manage all customer interactions, enabling brands and customers alike to move across channels throughout their journeys as needed without skipping a beat.

Available now, these new capabilities debuted today on the mainstage at PegaWorld 2019, Pega’s annual conference from June 2-5 in Las Vegas. For more information, visit: https://www.pega.com/customerservice.

Quotes and Commentary
“Given today’s pace of innovation, it’s impossible to predict every channel of communication in which consumers find value, leaving many brands overwhelmed as to how to rapidly adapt to these preference shifts,” said Kerim Akgonul, SVP of products, Pegasystems. “That’s why we start with the customer journey first. With these new messaging capabilities in Pega Customer Service, Pega clients can seamlessly deliver streamlined service processes across messaging channels and easily incorporate new channels as they emerge.”

About Pegasystems
Pegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega PlatformTM – empowers people to rapidly deploy and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 35-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and digital process automation (DPA), powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading brands achieve breakthrough business results. For more information on Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA) visit www.pega.com.

Press Contact:
Ilena Ryan
Pegasystems Inc.
Ilena.Ryan@pega.com
617-866-6722

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Pega Introduces Pega DX Hero Awards to Honor Digital Transformation Visionaries

LAS VEGAS, June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises, today announced a new client recognition program, the Pega DX HeroTM awards. Winners were recognized today during the annual PegaWorld conference in Las Vegas for driving transformational change across their organizations with Pega solutions. 

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This year’s Pega DX HeroesTM have successfully partnered with Pega to turn their bold ideas into powerful solutions to solve business, customer, and employee challenges. The digital visionaries paving the way forward with Pega are:

  • Phil Andrew, CEO, StepChange
  • Mario Bocca, CIO, Unipol Group
  • Rhonda Eller, program manager, Nissan
  • Vaishal Gariwala, head of IT – Lending (BE + NL), ING
  • Duncan MacDonald, CIO, Liberty Global
  • Shally Pannikode, senior vice president, chief information and digital officer, Wellstar Health System
  • Moshe Pridan, senior vice president, business solutions management, SiriusXM
  • Mitch Ribar, executive director, capabilities & innovation, JPMorgan Chase
  • Robert Skinner, vice president, digital strategy & marketing technologies, FordDirect

Winners were determined based on how well they demonstrated the following characteristics throughout a digital transformation initiative with Pega, including:

  • Vision: As natural innovators, Pega DX Heroes possess the technological vision and analytical prowess to distill complex information into actionable insights.
  • Organizational change: Pega DX Heroes seek opportunities to reshape the workforce and build the alignment necessary to deliver transformation.
  • Collaboration: Strong communicators and passionate collaborators, Pega DX Heroes tear down divides between business and IT using new technology as well as organizational and process redesign.
  • Empathy: Human outcomes motivate Pega DX Heroes. They deeply empathize with their customers’ and employees’ needs and always strive to do what’s best for others – not just the bottom line.

For more information on the Pega DX Heroes awards program, please visit: https://www.pega.com/dx-heroes.

Quotes & Commentary:
“We hear a lot of industry noise about digital transformation. However, the individuals recognized in this year’s Pega DX Heroes awards program are creating real change within their organizations by solving some of the toughest business challenges brands face today,” said Alan Trefler, founder and CEO, Pegasystems. “We congratulate this year’s inaugural group of Pega DX Heroes on their tremendous work, and are honored to be a part of their journeys.”

About Pegasystems
Pegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega Platform™ – empowers people to rapidly deploy, and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 35-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and digital process automation (DPA), powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading brands achieve breakthrough business results. For more information on Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA) visit www.pega.com

Press Contacts: 
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Pegasystems Inc.        
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Knovos Launches Next Generation of eDiscovery with eZReview® Update

FAIRFAX, Va., June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Knovos, a leading provider of advanced legal information management solutions, announces the most recent update to its flagship eDiscovery solution, eZReview. The new version of eZReview provides all types of users with a truly comprehensive, single-dashboard solution that eliminates the need for multiple products and complex integrations.

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eZReview covers the litigation life cycle in an easy-to-use, centrally managed platform. With a single sign-on and simple, intuitive dashboard, users now have the ideal all-in-one solution for processing, early case assessment, knowledge management, document review, analysis and production. Seamless to deploy and simple to administer, eZReview is available as either an on-premise or cloud-based solution.

“eZReview is the result of 16 years of experience and systematic development,” said Dharmesh Shingala, Knovos CEO. “This latest update requires significantly fewer resources to operate and support the eDiscovery cycle, resulting in reduced training costs and increased efficiencies.”

eZReview is powered by an analytics engine that smartly mines data for key concepts, patterns and intelligence, delivering the multidimensional analysis needed to successfully navigate a review or investigation. Readily accessible technology-assisted review (TAR) – including continuous active learning (CAL) and artificial intelligence (AI) – also helps case teams quickly sort through massive amounts of files and identify the most relevant documents.

Multidimensional analytics within eZReview include content-based email threading, PII identification and visualized communication mapping. Automated batch assignments, hit highlighting, simple bulk redactions and integrated native redactions allow for cost and time savings. Additionally, managed review reporting generated by eZReview enables administrators to easily oversee resources and track project progress. eZReview’s built-in analytics has seen nearly universal adoption by the case teams using this advanced solution.

To learn more about eZReview, download a product brochure or request a demo, visit https://www.knovos.com/products/ezreview.

About Knovos
Knovos is on a mission to change how the world interacts with data. For the past 16 years, we have empowered leading law firms, corporations and government agencies to solve their data challenges, improve efficiencies and enhance security. Our team of dedicated developers has created an unparalleled suite of products that facilitate end-to-end eDiscovery, project management, regulatory compliance, information governance, arbitration and collaboration.

Contact: Alexis Robbins
Phone: 661-644-8329
Email: arobbins@knovos.com  

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Datavant Acquires Health Data Link to Expand Academic Ecosystem

SAN FRANCISCO, June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Datavant, the leader in helping healthcare organizations safely link their data to improve medical research and patient care, today announced that it has acquired Health Data Link, the leading data linkage provider for academic medical centers, nonprofits, and government agencies. The acquisition strengthens Datavant’s offering to health systems, research institutes, and government agencies, and offers clients the ability to connect a variety of data types in Datavant’s open ecosystem in support of innovative medical research.

Over 40 institutions utilize Health Data Link’s health data connectivity solution, which will become seamlessly integrated with Datavant’s ecosystem of over 200 institutions that have made their health data linkable.

“We’re excited to take the excellent work that the Health Data Link team has done in the academic, nonprofit, and government communities, and to link that to our open data ecosystem where all health data can be connected,” said Travis May, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Datavant. “Our mission is to connect the world’s health data to improve patient outcomes, and we’re excited to further our traction in the research community.”

“From the start, our goal has been to build trusted data sharing networks to support medical research and drive improved patient outcomes,” said Abel Kho, Co-founder of Health Data Link. “When we met Travis and the broader Datavant team, we knew that we had found the right partner to carry our vision forward. We look forward to working together to connect health data sources and users across the entire healthcare system.”

“Bringing health data together without compromising patient privacy is the defining health policy issue of our time. Together, we can make integrated health data a reality, which means better research, better care, and improved outcomes. We are excited about the incredible strength of the Datavant team and the path ahead,” said Jacob Plummer, CEO of Health Data Link.

Jacob Plummer will join Datavant as General Manager, Health Systems and Government. Jasmin Phua, Co-founder and Chief Data Officer of Health Data Link, will serve as Head of Health Systems and Government Solutions. Abel Kho, MD, MS, FACMI, and Co-founder of Health Data Link will serve as a strategic advisor to the company.

Customer Quotes & Use Cases:

In Chicago, investigators at the Chicago Area Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPRiCORN) have used the Health Data Link solution to connect data on over 10 million patients for the development of novel community-based direct patient recruitment techniques to determine trial eligibility for clinical trials, to identify trends in health service utilization for patients with care fragmented across institutions, and to provide accurate patient cohort estimates for academic, government, and industry sponsored research.

In New Orleans, Health Data Link is used by leading research network REACHnet, to link data across health care institutions and payers. REACHnet provides a centralized, integrated, medical research informatics infrastructure that brings together health systems, nonprofits, universities, payers, government, and private healthcare companies. “Health Data Link has played an instrumental role in enabling us to establish a platform with standardized, harmonized, high-quality longitudinal patient data. It has significantly accelerated our ability to link data from various partners including health systems, payers, public health disease registries, state death registries, and Medicaid,” said Thomas Carton, Principal Investigator, REACHnet and Chief Data Officer, Louisiana Public Health Institute.

As a representative linking engagement powered by Health Data Link, PRACnet, a patient centered health plan research network consisting of Humana and Medical Outcomes Management, collaborated with REACHnet to link health systems data in Greater New Orleans in support of an antibiotic study. The work was sponsored by the Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI), and the ability to link de-identified patient data across the two networks was key to achieving the goals of the study. Vinit Nair, Principal Investigator for PRACnet, said, “This study utilized Health Data Link’s technology to identify overlapping member populations, combining and reconciling prescription, medical, and dispensing information by linking claims and clinical records. This analysis enabled a more accurate understanding of the effects of antibiotic utilization while helping organizations protect patient privacy.”

Prior to the acquisition, Datavant had established its own relationships with a number of academic medical centers. “We have been working with Datavant since last fall to help us de-identify and safely share data among academic institutions participating in the Sight Outcomes Research Collaborative (SOURCE), a repository capturing detailed clinical data on patients receiving eye care services at academic medical centers throughout the United States,” said Joshua Stein, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Michigan. “The ability to link de-identified patient data on those with ocular diseases across medical centers enables researchers to identify risk factors for ocular diseases, study surgical outcomes, assess for disparities in care, perform quality improvement initiatives, and leverage such data for deep learning and artificial intelligence research projects. We’re excited to hear about Datavant’s acquisition of HDL and look forward to working with the expanded team going forward.”

About Datavant

Datavant’s mission is to connect the world’s health data. Datavant works with data owners and users to ensure that data can be connected to power next-generation analytics and applications while protecting patient privacy. Datavant is headquartered in San Francisco. Learn more about Datavant at www.datavant.com.

About Health Data Link

Health Data Link enables research data collaboratives to form private data linkage networks based on their unique data governance needs. Their customers and partners use these trust networks to power comparative effectiveness health outcomes research, clinical trial recruitment, and de-identified patient locator services. Learn more about Health Data Link at www.healthdata.link.

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Cielo Global Holdings Announces Sallie Rodriguez as Director of Talent & Culture

LUBBOCK, Texas, June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Cielo Global Holdings (CGH) has announced a new Director of Talent and Culture. Sallie Rodriguez joins the executive leadership team to head up the human resources department and cultivate a positive and welcoming culture within the company. Sallie is a solution-driven and action-oriented leader with experience across multiple industries. Her solid foundation in human resources and talent management coupled with her business background allows a unique approach to positively affect culture, develop strategy and align initiatives with organizational culture and goals. Sallie earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas State University and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She began her career as an accountant and gradually moved into operations and then human resources.

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“We are thrilled to add Sallie to our Executive Leadership Team. Her experience in talent management and strategic approach to maintaining a positive employee environment will be vital in growing our company culture at CGH and recruiting top-notch team members,” says BJ Carter, CEO of Cielo Global Holdings.

“I am thrilled to be part of Cielo. It’s exciting to join a dynamic organization on such a growth trajectory. I look forward to being a part of growing Cielo’s talent, and in turn the organization,” says Rodriguez.

About Cielo Global Holdings
Cielo Global Holdings specializes in managing and investing in disruptive technology companies specializing in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML), and Financial Technology (FinTech). The company’s U.S. operations are headquartered in Lubbock, Texas. Our brands include CieloIT, CieloPay, CieloDesk, CieloAlliance, and CieloGov.

Contact: Briana Vela
Marketing Director
bvela@cgholdings.com
(806) 410-1304 ext. 134
4747 S. Loop 289, Suite 210
Lubbock, TX 79424

 

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EVOTEK Named to CRN’s 2019 Solution Provider 500 List for the 4th Year in a Row

SAN DIEGO, June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — EVOTEK, America’s premier enabler of digital business, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized EVOTEK to the 2019 Solution Provider 500 List for the 4th Year in a Row. This annual list ranks the largest North American solution providers by revenue, making this list, the industry standard for recognizing the highest performers. In 2019, EVOTEK ranked at #168 on the list, a climb of 256 spots in 4 years, 60 spots from last year alone.

EVOTEK Named To CRN's 2019 Solution Provider 500 List for the 4th Year In a Row

“We have two main drivers contributing to our massive growth. First, culture. We view each decision made through the lens of our employees and how it may affect them. The second is leadership. Having the vision and courage to build what is needed and execute in the right way, every time,” said Jeff Klenner, President of EVOTEK. “EVOTEK achievements are consequences of our focus on culture and leadership. I am super-proud of our team.”

EVOTEK has been on a hyper-growth trajectory since its inception in 2014. In 2017, CRN recognized EVOTEK as the fastest growing solution provider in the United States. EVOTEK was founded to pursue a disruptive new vision: to provide technology leadership on innovated ways to thrive in a digital world. With practice areas in Platform Engineering, Mobility, Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence, EVOTEK is connecting the data center to the next generation, secure multi-cloud.

“The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible combined revenue of $320 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “Congratulations to the solution provider organizations leading the way in digital transformation and the latest technology services.”

“I have been with EVOTEK for the past 18 months and the energy and focus put into the culture of the company is nothing like I have seen anywhere I have worked,” said Teresa Annibale, Regional Vice President. “The executive leadership team is completely focused on customer experience and keeping our employees excited. It’s a great time to be at EVOTEK.”

The complete 2019 Solution Provider 500 list is available online at www.CRN.com/SP500 and a sample from the list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine.

About EVOTEK
EVOTEK is North America’s premier enabler of digital business with a focus on innovation. With technology offerings in both data center and cloud, EVOTEK is uniquely equipped to enable customers with the industry shift from traditional IT computing to secure multi-cloud. With services practices in cybersecurity, mobility, platform engineering and artificial intelligence, EVOTEK is moving up the value chain, closer to the part of digital business that matters most. EVOTEK was named to Inc Magazine’s Best Places to work in 2018. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, EVOTEK was named to The San Diego Business Journal’s Best Places to work and recognized as #168 on CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list, CRN’s Next-Generation 250 list, CRN’s Triple Crown and highlighted as CRN’s Top 150 Growth Companies, holding the #1 spot in 2017, as the fastest growing solution provider in the country.

About The Channel Company 
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelcompany.com 

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The Channel Company
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858-362-5083
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U.S. Bank Expands Relationship With Black Knight to Correspondent and HFA Lending Channels on Empower Loan Origination System

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE: BKI) announced today that U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States, will implement Empower, Black Knight’s loan origination system (LOS), to manage loans purchased via its correspondent and HFA lending channels. Empower has been significantly enhanced to include correspondent lending functionality, assess loan quality and help mitigate risk. Today, lenders can use the omni-channel Empower loan origination system to support their retail, wholesale, assumptions, home equity, consumer-direct and correspondent lending business — all on a single platform.

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“Aligning with Black Knight’s Empower for our Correspondent and HFA business serves our forward-looking vision of providing innovative capabilities that advance the lending process and provide a better client experience,” said Tom Wind, executive vice president, U.S. Bank. “Expanding our enterprise relationship with Black Knight allows us to enhance our digital capabilities and customer experience throughout the entire homeownership cycle.”

U.S. Bank will also use Black Knight’s artificial intelligence solution, AIVA, for document classification, data extraction and exception management. AIVA is a cloud-based tool that uses machine learning to automate certain tasks, performing them much faster and more accurately than humans can. By delivering greater automation, accuracy and efficiency to the loan origination process, AIVA can help lenders complete repetitive processing tasks so that staff can be utilized for exception-based processing and enhancing customer satisfaction.

Additionally, Empower is seamlessly integrated with Black Knight’s industry-leading MSP servicing platform, which U.S. Bank uses to support its servicing operations. The tight integration of these two systems helps streamline the loan boarding process for greater efficiency, increased data integrity and reduced risk. This seamless servicing experience can also result in higher customer satisfaction levels and ultimately increase customer retention.

“Enhancing Empower to fully support all lending channels is part of our vision to provide end-to-end support across the loan life cycle,” said Anthony Jabbour, CEO, Black Knight. “By adding Empower to the number of our solutions U.S. Bank uses, they are well-positioned to realize the exponential value that comes from using multiple Black Knight products across the enterprise.”

About U.S. Bancorp
U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $476 billion in assets as of March 31, 2019, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2019 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank at usbank.com or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.

About Black Knight
Black Knight (NYSE:BKI) is a leading provider of integrated software, data and analytics solutions that facilitate and automate many of the business processes across the homeownership life cycle.

As a leading fintech, Black Knight is committed to being a premier business partner that clients rely on to achieve their strategic goals, realize greater success and better serve their customers by delivering best-in-class software, services and insights with a relentless commitment to excellence, innovation, integrity and leadership. For more information on Black Knight, please visit www.blackknightinc.com.

For more information:  

Michelle Kersch  

Mitch Cohen

Black Knight, Inc.  

Black Knight, Inc.

904.854.5043  

704.890.8158

michelle.kersch@bkfs.com

mitch.cohen@bkfs.com

 

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