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Month: July 2020 (Page 2 of 7)

Acquia partners with Xillio for Drupal migrations

Acquia announced a partnership with content migration software and services company Xillio to power its Acquia Migrate Re-Platform solution (formerly CMS Migrate). Using this solution, organizations can move their website’s content and data from other content management systems to Drupal 9 faster. In addition to Acquia Migrate Re-Platform, Acquia has several other solutions that will support organizations’ migrations to Drupal 9, including Acquia Migrate Analyze, which allows customers to extract their content and data from any non-Drupal CMS into reports to investigate their data model and optimize their content before migrating to Drupal 9. This solution is also offered in partnership with Xillio.

Mercatus introduces machine learning “PDF Parser”

Mercatus announced the availability of PDF Parser,  technology-augmented PDF data extraction for private markets. The Mercatus platform’s PDF Parser feature mitigates the challenges of data on-boarding, help to eliminate manual extraction of asset reports, investor memos and other custom reporting. Because PDFs are designed for humans and not computers, they do not have a defined structure that allows users to gather data from it easily. The Mercatus data management platform allows users to query, search, filter, merge, sort and extract texts and images from any PDF documents in an effective way. Features include:

  • Document Parser Templates – leverage configurable document Parser templates for automated and repeatable data extraction from assets, performance reports, investor memos and more.
  • Batching and Historical Entry – Upload a batch of PDFs at one time to load data for single or multiple entities. Upload decades worth of data in minutes.
  • Auditing and Governance – Construct data lineage across an entire investment portfolio. Track and audit where data is coming from, how it is being used and who is using it.


Expert System releases natural language API

Expert System announced the release of the NL API, a cloud-based Natural Language API that enables data scientists, computational linguists, knowledge engineers and developers to easily embed advanced Natural Language Understanding and Natural Language Processing capabilities (NLU / NLP) into their applications. The free NL API provides natural language understanding capabilities based on Expert System’s symbolic approach that leverages AI-based algorithms, machine learning and knowledge graph to provide advanced features for reading and understanding any text, out of the box. Developers and data scientists can bring NLU applications such as text analytics, search and insight engines, content enrichment, tagging and processing, chatbots and virtual assistants, sentiment analysis, email management, contract exposure comparison etc. to market faster. NL API features include:

  • Deep linguistic analysis that parses each sentence into tokens, lemmas, parts of speech and phrases
  • Accurate syntactic analysis that enables the extraction of entity relationships
  • Word sense disambiguation that resolves semantic ambiguities by leveraging Expert System’s  knowledge graph, pinpointing the precise meaning of concepts in context
  • Precise named entity recognition and linking that identify people, companies, locations and other entity types, linking them to leading knowledge bases like Wikidata, Geonames and DBpedia
  • Document classification based on IPTC Media Topics


SAP to take Qualtrics public

SAP announced its intent to take Qualtrics public through an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States. Qualtrics’ focus is on experience management, and SAP intends to remain the majority owner of Qualtrics. SAP’s primary objective for the IPO is to fortify Qualtrics’ ability to capture its full market potential in the market for experience management solutions. This will help to increase Qualtrics’ autonomy and enable it to expand its footprint both within SAP’s customer base and beyond. Qualtrics, which is part of SAP’s cloud portfolio, has operated with greater autonomy than other companies SAP had previously acquired. The founder, Ryan Smith, the and current management team of Qualtrics will continue to operate the company. Ryan Smith intends to be Qualtrics’ largest individual shareholder.

SAP agreed to acquire Qualtrics just four days before Qualtrics was to go public in 2018, recognizing the potential of bringing together experience and operational data to help organizations take action. SAP is committed to experience management and the Qualtrics XM Platform as a key element of its Intelligent Enterprise Strategy. SAP will remain a close innovation and go-to-market Qualtrics partner. A final decision on the IPO and its timing is pending and subject to market conditions. Since SAP, as majority shareholder, will continue to fully consolidate Qualtrics, the transaction is not expected to have an impact on SAP’s 2020 or longer-term financial targets.

Strapi Enterprise Edition beta adds role-based access control for security and governance

Strapi, developers of a headless content management system (CMS), announced beta availability of enterprise editions that add Role-Based Access Control capabilities needed by enterprises for security and governance. The Enterprise Edition beta comes after the general availability of the Community Edition and can be deployed anywhere: public or private cloud (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Digital Ocean), Platform-as-a-Service (Heroku,, etc) or on-premise servers.

The Enterprise Edition is available in two self-hosted paid plans: Silver and Gold. The Silver plan starting price for an unlimited number of users is $299 per month per project, which comes with basic support, as well as online training for developers and content editors. The Gold plan includes a higher level of support with a Service Level Agreement and a dedicated Customer Success Manager to provide guidance on Strapi project architecture, deployment, and hosting, as well as identification of potential workarounds for features that may not yet be available. Pricing is dependent on specific terms and size of the deployment.

SyncWords launches new generation media localization AI in 100+ Languages

SyncWords  launched the next generation of its media localization platform for translating and subtitling both live and on-demand videos in over 100 languages. Content creators have traditionally faced significant barriers to localizing their content including high costs, technical hurdles, and long turnaround times. SyncWords AI automates the process, enabling realtime subtitling solutions and delivering subtitles for pre-recorded content that reduces the time, effort, and cost of machine translation post-editing workflows. SyncWords’ media localization AI provides smart parsing and handling of content and metadata through the translation process and assembles the translated output into UX-optimized subtitles while transferring word-level timings to ensure timing accuracy throughout. The next generation of SyncWords’ media localization AI extends the accuracy and quality of results that can be produced through automation by introducing features for precise adherence to source templates, word-level alignments of translations with the source, automated alignment of human translations with source, and maximum context for translations, among other features.

AWS announces general availability of Contact Lens for Amazon Connect

Amazon Web Services Inc. announced the general availability of Contact Lens, a set of capabilities for Amazon Connect enabled by machine learning, that gives contact centers the ability to understand the sentiment, trends, and compliance of customer conversations to improve their experience and identify crucial feedback. Amazon Connect is a cloud contact center service that helps companies of any size deliver customer service on the same technology as Amazon’s customer service.

Contact Lens capabilities are built into the Amazon Connect experience, and provides metadata (such as transcriptions, sentiment, and categorization tags) in customers’ Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets in a well-defined schema. Businesses can export this information and use additional tools like Amazon QuickSight or Tableau to do further analysis and combine it with data from other sources. Contact Lens requires no technical expertise, and getting started takes just a few clicks in Amazon Connect.

Box and Google Cloud deepen strategic partnership

Google Cloud and Box, Inc.  announced a strategic partnership to help customers transform the way they work. Under the strategic partnership, Box will leverage Google Cloud and its advanced capabilities to enhance the scale, performance, and the intelligence of its cloud content management platform globally. Box and Google Cloud will also create a seamless experience for the thousands of enterprises using G Suite with Box for secure, remote work in the cloud.

  • Box will leverage Google Cloud as a key provider for data storage across the globe.
  • The companies are also building on their machine-learning integrations to deliver Google Cloud’s Document AI as part of the Box Skills Kit to improve intelligent data processing, and are exploring further integrations to enhance intelligent security and compliance use cases to help customers safeguard sensitive content.
  • Box currently supports Google Cloud Identity. Later this year, Box plans to build single sign-on (SSO) enhancements. Box plans to add support for Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication of managed users and external collaborators via time-based OTP (one-time password).
  • Box is developing a new G Suite Add-on to enable a “save to Box” experience for G Suite, allowing customers the ability to start a document within their G Suite environment and save back to Box.

The additional Box for G Suite enhancements are expected to be available for joint customers by Q4 at no additional charge.

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