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Day: December 1, 2020

Rovva and SDL partner

SDL, the intelligent language and content company, announced a partnership with Rovva, a business support platform, to promote Smart Language Translation, built on SDL SLATE, as a new service for its business community. Rovva’s subscription plans provide businesses with access to private offices, meeting rooms, and co-working spaces across 3,000 global locations. Also available is a digital concierge service, including a virtual receptionist, mail handling facilities and local contact details for individuals looking to start up their own business. Rovva also offers legal and financial support services.

SDL SLATE can be used to translate virtually any document format into dozens of languages including Chinese, Korean and Russian. Users can choose automatic translation only or complement automatic translation with review and revision service options delivered by an extensive network of translators trained to work with business content. Complementary subscription plans are based on the number of documents translated per month. Proprietary neural machine translation (NMT) is combined with 1,400+ in-house human linguistic experts who are available to review and revise content to ensure members receive the quality they need. A GDPR-compliant, fully secure online environment ensures content is never exposed, re-used, or shared without permission.

https://www.sdl.com

Salesforce to acquire Slack

Salesforce and Slack Technologies, Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Salesforce will acquire Slack. Slack shareholders will receive $26.79 in cash and 0.0776 shares of Salesforce common stock for each Slack share, representing an enterprise value of approximately $27.7 billion based on the closing price of Salesforce’s common stock on November 30, 2020.

Together, Salesforce and Slack will give companies a “single source of truth” for their business and a unified platform for connecting employees, customers and partners with each other and the apps they use every day, within their existing workflows. Salesforce enables companies to sell, service, market and conduct commerce, from anywhere. Slack brings people, data and tools together so teams can collaborate and get work done, from anywhere. Slack Connect extends the benefits of Slack to enable communication and collaboration between a company’s employees and all its external partners, from vendors to customers. Slack will be deeply integrated into every Salesforce Cloud. As the new interface for Salesforce Customer 360, Slack will transform how people communicate, collaborate and take action on customer information across Salesforce as well as information from all of their other business apps and systems. As part of Salesforce, Slack will be able to expand its presence in the enterprise, not just among Salesforce customers, but for any company undergoing digital transformation. Upon the close of the transaction, Slack will become an operating unit of Salesforce and will continue to be led by CEO Stewart Butterfield.

https://www.salesforce.com, https://slack.com

Monotype launches Monotype Fonts

Monotype announced the launch of Monotype Fonts, an on-demand font service designed by creatives, for creatives, making it easier to find, manage, share and license fonts. With more than 50,000 unique fonts, and 30,000 typeface designs, as well as a single agreement and central point of access to foundries and type designers, teams can now use fonts limitlessly. Monotype Fonts enables creative professionals to spend less time on administrative work and more time on designing meaningful brand experiences. Known previously as Monotype’s Mosaic, with Monotype Fonts, enterprise brands can tap into the extensive expertise of the Monotype Studio, and our team of type designers and engineers. This includes the Studio’s curated collections, inspirational content, and early access to new releases – such as the recent launch of Futura Now.

Monotype Fonts includes Monotype’s library of over 14,000 designs as well as a collection of independent foundries and type designers. Monotype Fonts covers 90 percent of the world’s spoken languages. Every font in the library is covered by a single license. Use these fonts for anything, from early prototyping to sprawling digital campaigns to a global rebrand. No double-checking licenses and paperwork, no pausing the design process to chase down approvals. Teams can work with auto-activation into creative programs like Sketch as well as Adobe InCopy, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator software, even when offline.

https://www.monotype.com/fonts

AWS announces QuickSight Q

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced QuickSight Q to make it simpler for end-users to get more value from their business data using machine learning, among other new analytics analytics capabilities.

Amazon QuickSight Q is a machine learning-powered capability for Amazon QuickSight that lets users type natural language questions about their business data and receive accurate answers in seconds. As users begin typing their questions, Amazon QuickSight Q provides auto-complete suggestions with key phrases and business terms, and automatically performs spell-check and acronym and synonym matching, so users do not have to worry about typos or remembering the exact business terms for the data. Amazon QuickSight Q uses deep learning and machine learning (natural language processing, schema understanding, and semantic parsing for SQL code generation) to generate a data model that automatically understands the meaning of and relationships between business data, so users receive accurate answers to their business questions and do not have to wait for a data model to be built. Amazon QuickSight Q comes pre-trained on data from various domains and industries like sales, marketing, operations, retail, human resources, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and energy.

https://aws.amazon.com/quicksight/q, https://aws.amazon.com/big-data/datalakes-and-analytics/

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