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Month: November 2020 (Page 2 of 5)

Arc Publishing releases enhancements to its turnkey subscriptions product

Arc Publishing introduced five new enhancements to its turnkey digital subscriptions platform to help customers’ begin monetizing their content across platforms. Arc Subscriptions handles the entire purchase flow from registration and offer creation to checkout and billing. This release provides what customers need to design and deliver complex user journeys and checkout experiences in onboarding timeframes. This includes:

  • The release of a new subscription module in Themes, Arc’s site development quick-launch toolkit. Using Themes, customers can shorten the time it takes to launch a new digital subscription offering.
  • New mobile software development kits (SDKs) for native iOS and Android apps, making it possible for customers to launch a new digital entitlement on native mobile platforms alongside web.
  • The integration of a customer data platform (CDP), BlueConic, to provide real-time insights and dynamic, multi-dimensional segmentation using first-party data.
  • Expanded payment capabilities for payment flexibility. Arc Subscriptions has integrated with flexible payment orchestration platform Spreedly for payment acceptance from a wide-range of global payment providers and optimize transaction success.
  • Expansion of Arc’s experience testing capabilities, enabling users to quickly test, launch and iterate individualized subscriber acquisition experiences and content on both the web and in native apps.

Syncro Soft updates Oxygen XML products

Syncro Soft announced Version 23.0 of Oxygen XML Editor, a major update of new features, productivity enhancements, and customization possibilities. A lot of attention was focused on the DITA community authoring experience more efficient and dynamic. You can expect to discover a new dynamic floating toolbar that provides quicker access to common editing actions, it is now possible to edit submaps directly in the DITA Maps Manager view without needing to open them in their own tab, you can open DITA maps in Author mode with the content from all referenced topics expanded and editable directly in the editor. Two new DITA-specific sample project templates are available to help you get more familiar with how to use projects in DITA, and if you want to experiment with the upcoming version of DITA, DITA 2.0 maps and topics can now be created from new document templates.

On the DITA publishing side, you now have the ability to run multiple DITA-OT or Ant transformation scenarios simultaneously to shorten the time it takes to finish transforming large projects, image map numbers and shapes are now visible and clickable in CSS-based PDF output, and work was done on improving the Oxygen PDF Chemistry processor with various CSS property enhancements.

Some of the general editing productivity enhancements include a new Find Action feature that provides a very quick way to find and trigger actions, it is now possible to copy selected XML content from Author mode to the system clipboard with the XML structure preserved, and you can now easily create a new project from an existing project template. You can now edit JSON documents in Author mode with access to the various features available for XML documents, a handy tool was added for generating documentation for a JSON Schema file, and numerous improvements were made to the JSON to XML, XML to JSON, and JSON Schema Generator tools. For the complete list of updates see:

Ontotext Platform 3.3 streamlines knowledge graph lenses & GraphQL interfaces

The new version of the Platform introduces a web-based administration tool that enables engineering teams to generate, enrich, validate and manage knowledge graph schemas, and comes with a major new component included, Ontotext Platform Workbench, a web-based administration interface to the platform. This simplifies the work of the subject matter experts by lowering the burden of knowing all platform configuration endpoints and commands and streamlines adoption with a graphical interface. The Ontotext Platform Workbench provides the ability to generate, validate and manage schemas using a wizard that guides the user through the process step by step.

Schemas, comprised of declarative definitions of semantic objects, are at the heart of the zero-code approach for access and management of knowledge graphs in Ontotext Platform 3. These schemas act like a lens to focus on specific parts of a large-scale knowledge graph, enabling querying and updates via GraphQL interfaces. This makes it easier for application developers to access knowledge graphs without tedious development of back-end APIs or complex SPARQL. The underlying Semantic Object service implements an efficient GraphQL to SPARQL translation as well as a generic configurable security model.

In earlier versions the setup of the Platform license required some technical skills, and often users without a strong IT operations background had difficulties configuring the license in the docker compose file. With the new version all users can use the Workbench and set up the license much easier and avoid issues related to license path, operation system specifics and others.

Datadobi to support data migration and protection to Azure

Datadobi, a provider of unstructured data management software, announced support for file data migration to and protection on Microsoft Azure. Adding this new capability means enterprise customers have another option to migrate and protect their NAS file data to the cloud, optimizing storage investment while preserving end-to-end data integrity. Using Datadobi software, enterprises get the best of both worlds by allowing them the flexibility to keep their NAS file data either in their data center, in Azure, or both. And because Datadobi documents ‘chain of custody,’ enterprises know the integrity of their data will be fully preserved between the two locations. Datadobi provides IT professionals, legal teams, and compliance officers, as well as the C-suite with the knowledge that the integrity of their file data will be fully preserved throughout the move or copy.

Beezy launches digital workplace Beezy 4.0

Beezy Inc. announced the launch of Beezy 4.0, a digital workplace built to optimize the Office 365 employee experience. Designed to enhance Office 365 and replace legacy intranets, Beezy is focused on productivity, improved communications and efficiencies and reducing bottlenecks. The solution takes usability insights and features from familiar social media and productivity tools and brings them together in a cohesive professional environment. Beezy offers quick and easy setup, data security and compliance, and a robust mobile app, making it easier for employees to stay connected and carry out their tasks in a way that’s engaging and collaborative. The 4.0 updates include:

  • Global and local: With Beezy 4.0, one centralized digital workplace can be deployed at a large scale to unify local intranets across the globe.
  • Hero display: This new feature brings the organization’s most relevant content front and center in a clean and visually compelling way, enabling organizations to maximize the homepage real estate to display rich and engaging content without cluttering the UX.
  • Custom widgets: In addition to Beezy’s expansive out-of-the-box widgets, companies can create custom widgets that align to their unique business needs.
  • Video stories: Beezy 4.0 provides more flexibility for organizations to deliver compelling and integrated video content in a way that’s intuitive and accessible to all levels of technical skill.
  • Microsoft Teams integration: While Microsoft Teams adoption has skyrocketed for team collaboration, it may not replace an intranet and the need for an inspiring digital destination for employees. Beezy 4.0 includes a Teams App to bridge the gap, offering an integrated experience across both technologies.

Google signs copyright agreements with six French newspapers

Alphabet’s Google has signed copyright agreements with six French newspapers and magazines, including national dailies Le Monde and Le Figaro, the U.S. tech company said in a post on its blog on Thursday. The announcement follows months of bargaining between Google, French publishers and news agencies over how to apply revamped EU copyright rules, which allow publishers to demand a fee from online platforms showing extracts of their news. The world’s biggest search engine initially fought against the idea of paying publishers for the content, saying their websites benefited from greater traffic brought by Google. The agreements with the six French newspapers are based on criteria such as the publisher’s “contribution to political and general information,” the daily volume of publications, the monthly internet traffic and the use of their content on Google’s platform, Google said.

The tech giant said it is also in talks with other French national and regional dailies and magazines, and aims to reach a framework agreement with the country’s print-press lobby by the end of the year. The agreements with French newspapers involve Google’s vehicle to remunerate news publishers, dubbed Google News Showcase, which already has agreements with leading publications in neighbouring Germany. Google’s statement comes a month after a court ruling ordered the U.S. company to open talks with publishers in France about paying to use their content.

VMware announces enterprise blockchain platform

VMware, Inc. announced the commercial availability of VMware Blockchain to provide a digital foundation so enterprises can build business networks and deploy business-critical decentralized applications. Recognizing the importance of day-0 and day-2 operations to enable enterprises to bring their blockchain solutions to production, VMware provides a comprehensive set of operational capabilities, including ease of deployment, monitoring, management, upgradability, and world class support. VMware Blockchain’s Scalable Byzantine Fault Tolerance (SBFT), an enterprise-grade consensus engine developed internally by VMware Research, is designed to solve the problems of scale and performance in blockchain solutions while preserving fault-tolerance and defense against malicious attacks. SBFT maintains decentralized trust and supports ongoing governance in multi-party networks.

VMware Blockchain brings a layered architecture that decouples the ledger from the smart contract language. VMware Blockchain supports DAML, an open source smart contract language created by VMware Blockchain technology partner, Digital Asset. VMware Blockchain’s platform architecture includes a virtual smart contract execution engine that is designed to easily extend the platform to support additional smart contract languages.

Clarabridge CX Analytics now on Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Clarabridge, provider of AI text and speech analytics and a member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), announced that Clarabridge Customer Experience Analytics is available on Oracle Cloud Marketplace and is fully integrated into Oracle Cloud CX Service. Clarabridge CX Analytics enables companies to understand customer feedback from multiple data sources including calls, surveys, messages, chats, emails and social media platforms. By leveraging Clarabridge CX Analytics in combination with Oracle Cloud CX Service, users can connect to and analyze hundreds of customer feedback sources in one place and route insights into Oracle Cloud CX Service. An integrated view of customer feedback allows business users to identify how customer sentiment, effort, intent, and emotion impacts purchasing decisions, customer lifetime value, churn and overall satisfaction.

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