Obie announced the launch of its new browser extension to democratize access to Obie’s core search, access, and knowledge sharing functionality. They also launched Personal Pro and Personal Free plans that decouple Obie’s search functionality from Slack for the first time to expand availability for individuals and remote teams. Obie uses natural language processing (NLP) to understand complex queries, as well as machine learning (ML) to improve results with every document search. Users can also manually add “FAQs” to store templates, text snippets, and frequently accessed information by simply highlighting the information in their browser and adding it to Obie.
Acquia and Kibo announced a strategic partnership to deliver a more frictionless commerce to retailers. Together, the two companies will allow brands to create headless ecommerce experiences using a unified customer view, and optimize engagement across the customer journey. Acquia’s digital experience platform helps companies build, manage, and optimize digital experiences through unified content, data and machine learning so organizations can orchestrate and deliver individually personalized customer experiences across all channels. Kibo provides an API-first microservices framework that supports headless ecommerce, enabling companies to add new ecommerce experiences, manage order fulfillment, and deliver personalized experiences.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it is introducing a new business segment dedicated to accelerating innovation in the global aerospace and satellite industry. The Aerospace and Satellite Solutions business segment will bring AWS services and solutions to the space enterprise, and work with customers and partners around the world to: reimagine space system architectures, transform space enterprises, launch new services that process space data on Earth and in orbit, and provide cloud solutions to support government missions and companies advancing space around the world. Retired Air Force Major General Clint Crosier, former director of Space Force Planning at the U.S. Space Force, is the leader of this new business segment.
AWS Ground Station helps customers communicate with satellites, and to downlink, process, and distribute satellite data within minutes of capture. AWS Ground Station, a fully managed service that provides satellite owners and operators global access to their space workloads, offers a hint of what these innovative solutions can look like. Enabling customers to downlink data and provide satellite commands across multiple regions with speed and agility—and at a low cost—means satellite operators don’t have to own and manage duplicative ground station infrastructure. AWS Ground Station is already being used by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and other customers.
SDL has formed a strategic partnership with parson AG (“parson”), experts in technical communication services and consultancy, to help European brands deliver multilingual communications within a structured content environment. The partnership will combine SDL Tridion Docs, a component content management system (CCMS), with parson’s expertise in structured content delivery and strategy. Creating and publishing technical communications across digital channels—including chatbots, eLearning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications requires a clear understanding of the underlying processes, standards and structure of different communications types, and delivery methods. The combination of SDL Tridion Docs and parson is meant to simplify creation, management and orchestration of multilingual technical communications.
Liquid Web, a managed hosting and application services provider to SMBs and entrepreneurs, announced the acquisition of ServerSide adding experience in hosting Microsoft Windows content management solutions to Liquid Web’s portfolio. The acquisition accelerates the company’s entrance into the Progress Sitefinity, Kentico, ElcomCMS, and Sitecore hosting market. The ServerSide team, including Steve Oren, founder, and CEO, have joined Liquid Web.
MerlinOne, Inc., provider of digital asset management (DAM) solutions, announced the release of their new product MerlinXpress. Leveraging the foundation of their enterprise-level DAM, MerlinXpress offers a streamlined UI and an assortment of tools designed to solve challenges in content management for small teams. MerlinXpress improves collaboration and streamlines creative workflows to enhance marketing agility and brand management. MerlinXpress is the single source of truth for all digital assets; designed to improve collaboration and streamlining creative workflows. With three available tiers of service and numerous options for add-ons depending on particular needs and scale. Tools such as asset categorization, metadata management, unlimited user accounts, access controls and user permissions, image cropping, file format conversion, automatic text extraction help teams looking to refresh and improve current content management processes.
PunchOut2Go, a B2B eCommerce and eProcurement Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) provider announced the release of PunchOut2Go for Liferay Commerce. PunchOut2Go’s new Liferay Commerce connector allows B2B suppliers to offer PunchOut catalogs and purchase order automation to buyers who use any eProcurement, spend management, or enterprise resource planning platform. PunchOut2Go for Liferay integrates Liferay Commerce with the PunchOut2Go iPaaS, which mediates communication between Liferay and buyer eProcurement platforms. PunchOut2Go translates data as it flows between Liferay Commerce and eProcurement platforms that include Coupa, Jaggaer, SAP Ariba, Oracle PeopleSoft, and others. PunchOut2Go facilitates low-cost, no-code integration for B2B suppliers to streamline procurement, order approval, and invoicing. Liferay Commerce is part of Liferay’s digital experience platform, which also offers Platform as a Service and analytics solutions that allow B2B businesses to deliver tailored digital experiences on an integrated platform. In addition to Liferay Commerce, PunchOut2Go provides integrations for other B2B eCommerce applications, including Magento, SAP Hybris, BigCommerce, Oracle Netsuite, SalesForce B2B Commerce Cloud, and Shopify.
Content management system (CMS) provider, Magnolia announced Magnolia Marketplace, a one-stop shop to help customers build a fully tailored digital experience (DX) stack. Customers can choose from a wide range of marketing, commerce and analytics extensions, as well as solutions that optimize development and operations. Available extensions within the Marketplace include Magnolia’s Connector Packs that integrate Magnolia into complementary systems in a DX stack, special features that extend Magnolia for specific use cases and Incubator extensions. Marketplace is also accelerating the integration of 3rd Party solutions from Magnolia’s partner ecosystem to make it easier for customers to benefit from the combined technology they offer. Partners looking to contribute with extensions can find the requirements and guidelines at https://www.magnolia-cms.com/partners/publish-extension.html