Google Cloud has announced BigQuery Omni, a multi-cloud analytics solution that enables customers to bring the capability of BigQuery to data stored in Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure (coming soon). Part of Google Cloud‘s Anthos, BigQuery Omni will allow customers to connect directly to their data across Google Cloud, AWS and Azure for analysis without having to move or copy datasets. Through a single user interface, customers will be able to analyze data in the region where it is stored, providing a unified analytics experience. Anthos is a hybrid and multi-cloud application platform that provides a consistent development and operations experience for cloud and on-premises environments. Anthos ensures a secure and connection between Google Cloud and the other public clouds, so customers can securely run analytics with a fully-managed infrastructure. Today, BigQuery Omni is available in Private Alpha for AWS S3, with Azure support coming soon. BigQuery Omni supports Avro, CSV, JSON, ORC, and Parquet. If companies are interested to try out BigQuery Omni, they can the Google Cloud blog for a technical deep dive.
CHILI publisher and Sitecore joined forces to optimize the content creation process and centralize all marketing assets from different management systems with Sitecore Content Hub. CHILI publisher, the online editing software for artwork and marketing material creation, turns original designs based on these assets into Smart Templates. These documents can be edited and repurposed by any user within Sitecore Content Hub into brand-compliant print or digital visuals.
Sitecore Content Hub integrates with different content sources (DAM, ERP, PLM, CRM, …) within a company and centralizes key content into one channel that acts as a single source of truth for asset collection and distribution. By maximizing the content lifecycle, users can reuse and repurpose existing content while scaling the creation of new content. CHILI publisher runs on Smart Templates that convert source files via plug-ins into editable documents. The Smart Templates define the content or brand constraints, allow variables (sizes, visuals, text,…), add extra data, and contain template intelligence, enabling users to generate multichannel content. Smart Templates work with content blocks (snippets) that allow users to change files on a granular level to generate any –“ization” they want, like localization, regionalization, customization. Various users from different divisions within any company can create content visuals that are safe, integrated, updated, and stored centrally.
Monsido, a provider of web governance solutions that enhance user experience, today announced the launch of their Data Privacy module. The new module will allow Monsido customers to automate the management of their websites’ personal data by scanning their domains and identifying potential privacy issues.
With global privacy regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in the United States in place, organizations need to be more vigilant with the personal data they collect, process, and store on their websites. It is crucial that organizations take proactive measures like implementing data protection and management software to help guide them through the various regulations. Monsido’s Data Privacy module enables web and compliance teams to:
- Automatically discover and classify sensitive information present on websites such as banking details, passport numbers, medical information, and more
- Customize scans based on existing data privacy standards like the GDPR, CCPA, and the Australian Privacy Act (The Privacy Act 1988)
- Prioritize potential issues by identifying the level of risk associated with the different data on websites
- Prove efforts to comply with data privacy standards to the authorities through audit logs and a history center
Altova announced the release of MobileTogether 7.0, its low code app development framework. This latest version introduces a new debugger for testing and troubleshooting app behavior during development, as well as numerous new tools for defining controls, actions, and UI refinements. The new debugger in MobileTogether Designer offers developers full-featured debugging of both the execution flow of event handlers and operations AND the results of XPath/XQuery functions called during execution. The ability to test and debug apps with precision and immediately understand any app behavior – all directly inside the low-code design environment – enables developers to make a rapid app development process faster.
Highlights of the new features in version 7.0 include:
- All new debugger
- Overwriting Control Template styles and actions at any instance
- New Update Variable action
- Additional scroll-to options
- Support for new units: dp/sp
- Additional pre-defined button looks
- Padding settings for table rows/columns
- Edit Fields – new option to trigger control actions after time interval
- Support for Android 1
Cortical.io announced a new release of Cortical.io Contract Intelligence, an AI-based solution for enterprises that need to review and manage a large corpus of contracts and other legal documents. Cortical.io Contract Intelligence utilizes its natural language understanding (NLU) to automatically extract, classify and analyze relevant information in documents. Cortical.io Contract Intelligence 4.0 now incorporates semantic search to enable the search of an entire database or individual documents.
Other features in Cortical.io Contract Intelligence 4.0 are integration with other Business Intelligence solutions and workflow improvements. These include:
- A dashboard to enable specialists to manage and track the review progress.
- Task assignment for specialists to assign documents and annotation or review tasks to individual subject matter experts.
- Built-in OCR capabilities to detect scanned pdf files and convert them into machine-readable files capable of being annotated.
- Sophisticated table extraction to parse and extract information from tables regardless of the row/column format in the PDF document.
- Active assistance that includes inline messages pop up to guide users when creating new annotations.
Cortical.io Contract Intelligence is available immediately as a stand-alone application or can be integrated into a workflow through the use of REST APIs. The product can be delivered on-premises, in a private cloud or a public cloud. Cortical.io also is partnering with integration partners and other product solution vendors. The solution is licensed on an annual basis and includes maintenance and support.
Brightcove Inc. announced the expansion of the Brightcove Global Partner Program, designed to extend the use of video to reach global audiences. With a broad portfolio of partners specifically focused on media and enterprise organizations, the Brightcove Global Partner Program broadens the reach of Brightcove’s video technology solutions, and enables organizations to implement it through the channels that align best with their business models. The newly-expanded program consists of three types of partners:
- Referral Partners: Partners that refer their clients to Brightcove directly for a full video solution.
- Solution Partners: Systems integrators and resellers that build full video management solutions for their enterprise and media clients.
- Master License Partners: The Master License Partner program puts the full Brightcove platform within reach for all size clients. This new program allows Master License Partners to build upon their expertise, keeping them front and center to their clients, and now they are able to deliver Brightcove video to their customers.
Acquia announced the launch of its new Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP). Acquia’s Open DXP integrates Acquia’s platform to build, design, and run digital experiences (Drupal Cloud) with a data-driven marketing platform to create, personalize, and enhance customer journeys (Marketing Cloud). Drupal Cloud features a new, low-code marketer experience, as well as new developer tools to build, scale and secure websites and applications. With its newly built-in Customer Data Platform (CDP), Marketing Cloud provides a 360-degree view of the customer with real-time data integration, machine learning-driven insights, and marketing support for delivering individualized customer experiences.
Acquia Marketing Cloud now integrates all acquired and existing technologies into a single platform:
- Customer Data Platform (formerly AgilOne)
- Personalization (formerly Acquia Lift)
- Campaign Studio (formerly Mautic)
- Campaign Factory (formerly Maestro)
Acquia Drupal Cloud introduces new marketer and developer experiences, with added platform extensions:
- Site Studio (formerly Cohesion)
- Developer Studio
- CMS Migrate
- Site Factory
- Edge CDN
- Edge Security
I hope all is well.
We have been busy updating our website and I thought you deserved a quick update. In mid-May we woke up “NewsShark” and re-activated our curated news service which hasn’t been active for a while. It is available on our site here, as a feed, and on Twitter. We publish news multiple times a week, and will check with you at some point to see if you are interested in an email version. We have consolidated all of our content on our main site, improved site navigation, added back search, and have a new simplified category structure – all available from any page. Finally, we are using schema.org markup and experimenting with some additional features that it allows — you’ll notice some of them as you poke around. We’ll update you as we formally roll them out.
Now to this issue’s recommended reading…
Comparing human and machine perception
This article is a wonderfully clear and concrete example of how easy it is to incorrectly interpret data from comparisons between deep neural networks and human perceptions, and how to think about further experiments to expose potential misinterpretations. There is also a broader lesson here for evaluating machine learning algorithms.
There is a link to the full paper, but this summary by the authors is a valuable resource for non-specialists. Read More
Decentralized web developer report 2020
The decentralized web is an amorphous collection of technologies and projects that are not a near-term threat to today’s imperfect and increasingly centralized web. But it is encouraging to see so much activity dedicated to a more open web, and this report by Fluence Labs’ Evgeny Ponomarev is an excellent way to get a feel for the landscape of the players, the challenges, and what software engineers, researchers, and others think. This is not one of those promotional market research reports, and doesn’t gloss over the challenges. The raw survey data is included. Read More
The seven deceptions of microservices
Software architectures are not the sort of thing you create or change lightly. Even if you’re convinced a different approach would be better, there are inevitably unforeseen developmental and operational consequences / costs which can quickly multiply scarily as a function of the number of moving parts. Software architects and experienced software engineers know this, but the whole team should understand the pros and cons of such a change. Software engineer Scott Rogowski suggests some things to watch out for when considering moving to a microservices development model. Read More
Online content sharing – pay to play?
Article 17 of Directive (EU) 2019/790 on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the “DSM Directive”), introduces a new content management and liability regime for online content-sharing service providers (“OCSSPs”) … Article 17 is one of the most controversial provisions of the DSM Directive. Its supporters view Article 17 as facilitating more licensing of copyright protected works online to generate remuneration for rightholders whose works are shared by users on profit generating online platforms, while its detractors argue that it goes too far and will have an adverse effect on freedom of expression and the proper functioning of copyright exceptions online. Read More