X1, provider of remote preservation and collection software, announced the extension of its X1 Enterprise Platform to include preserving and collecting data from network file shares and cloud storage platforms Dropbox and OneDrive. These new capabilities allow X1 Enterprise to remotely capture not just laptop and desktop data for Mac and Windows, as well as Office365 and Exchange, but cloud and on-premise file share data as part of any legal proceeding or investigation. Dropbox and OneDrive have become key repositories of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) required to be preserved and collected for legal proceedings and investigations. Collecting ESI from any of these sources has been a major challenge for corporations and their outside counsel and service providers.
X1’s index and search in-place technology allows organizations to remotely process their distributed data in place, in parallel on each machine, without the need to wildly overcollect by forensically imaging the data which must then be taken back to a central location for processing. This streamlined workflow enables X1 to address multiple file servers at once up to hundreds of terabytes in size.
Khoros, a provider of digital-first customer engagement software, announced that it has acquired Flow.ai, a conversational AI platform for designing and managing chatbots. Adding Flow.ai’s technology advances Khoros’ conversational AI and machine learning (ML) capabilities, data science expertise, and reflects the Company’s continued investment in the automation framework that powers Khoros’ customer engagement platform. Khoros currently offers its customer-facing chatbot, Khoros Bot, as a fully developed, ready-to-use service that easily integrates with its digital customer care solution, Khoros Care. With Flow.ai, Khoros will extend the AI/ML capabilities available to brands for greater self-service and operational agility.
With the open APIs available in Khoros’ automation framework, the Company remains “bot agnostic” and will continue to enable brands to integrate with any third-party bot provider. The Company also offers expert guidance on bot strategy through Khoros’ Strategic Services team, who can help brands identify the steps in the customer journey that are best suited for automation and how to maximize the satisfaction and ROI of those experiences.
Xerox Holdings Corporation expanded its growing software portfolio with the acquisition of CareAR, an augmented reality support platform company that provides real-time access to expertise for customers, employees, and field workers. With CareAR software, remote agents and experts can virtually see the situation and visually guide a solution using a suite of augmented reality tools via desktop, mobile, and smart glass devices, as if they were in-person. Many field service on-site calls require remote expert assistance to resolve issues but cannot effectively communicate the context of the situation. This causes delays, creating negative customer perception while risking loyalty and retention. CareAR is the latest addition to a series of solutions Xerox has launched to provide digital transformation tools to customers. These include automation and centralization solutions like DocuShare, a content management platform providing tools to automate processes and support cloud-enabled digital transformation; and XMPie, a flexible technology that allows customization and personalization of assets across customer touchpoints, both online and offline, for full marketing campaign integration.
SOCi, an all-in-one marketing platform built for multi-location marketers, announced the availability of its new listening solution in its localized marketing stack. In today’s digital and local landscape, conversations are happening across hundreds or thousands of national and local digital pages. SOCi Listening enables multi-location marketers and local managers alike to surface and manage these conversations, discover user-generated content, identify social selling opportunities, monitor competitive insights, and deliver a positive customer care experience at every location. Most brand conversations are not directed at the business or even happening on the business’s page. Whether the conversation is a positive one that could benefit the local business, or a negative one that could go viral and impact the entire brand, each conversation carries the potential to affect business. Yet most brands, especially at the local level, lack the visibility into these conversations and with it, the ability to engage consumers and customers at scale when it means the most.
Episerver announced it has rebranded to Optimizely, following its acquisition of the business last year. Rooted in a heritage as a customer-centric digital experience platform (DXP), the new brand reflects the innovation potential of digital experiences with a data-driven, digital-first approach to empower people to unlock digital potential to create and optimize excellent experiences. Optimizely now offers a stronger combination of user and site level data, tied with omni-channel experimentation insights, giving marketers, merchandisers and developers advanced analytics to understand what is happening in each experience as well as how to continually optimize it. Also announced, Optimizely is launching Optimization-as-a-Service. This new offering combines targeting, testing and recommendations, bringing together the solutions from Optimizely Web and Episerver Content Recommendations. Partners like Perficient, Rightpoint and Kin + Carta are expanding their practices to offer optimization. Over the course of 2021 Optimizely will launch content-as-as-service, a headless DXP with authoring and editing capabilities.
Algolia, a Search-as-a-Service company, announced that it has acquired MorphL, a Google Digital News Initiative-funded startup, to help power Algolia’s new AI offering. This new suite of API-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) models enables developers, data scientists, and marketers to predict users’ intent, personalize online experiences, and create targeted offers. Applying AI to every point in a user’s journey can be complex. Historically, developers’, data scientists’, and marketers’ options have been limited to a reliance on either “opaque” proprietary or open source offerings, or to build their own models from scratch, which could take several weeks or months. Algolia’s AI offering simplifies the ability to understand users’ intent so that it is possible to personalize experiences and offers, even from “first visit” and “first search.”
This acquisition extends Algolia’s intelligent search APIs, with recommendations and user behavior models all along the customer journey, so companies can deliver intent-based experiences and iterate quickly in response to market trends and user propensity profiles. It also allows them to leverage their market knowledge to manage and tune the entire experience.
Pryon, an artificial intelligence (AI) company focused on enterprise knowledge, launched an automated natural language processing (NLP) platform that allows companies to add no-code AI capabilities to initiatives without professional services or special skills. Pryon’s ease of use allows teams to quickly prototype and deploy NLP projects without significant upfront commitments or planning cycles. This release of Pryon’s AI platform provides NLP that reads, organizes, and retrieves information. It can process repositories of documents, communications, intranet content, transcripts, and web pages in minutes. It then delivers results to natural language questions through text or voice interactions in an instant.
Today’s AI assistants and chatbots can only respond to a limited set of requests. In addition, search results require too much work by users to find relevant information. Pryon’s AI enables both a better understanding of requests as well as more accurate responses. With Pryon, companies can easily and quickly extend existing assistants and chatbots to answer millions of questions. They can also enhance search capabilities to deliver results from inside source documents along with additional context. Pryon’s fully automated NLP platform is now available as a cloud-based offering for enterprise customers.
Bloomreach announced its acquisition of Exponea, a Customer Data and Experience Platform (CDXP). Bloomreach also announced an investment of $150 million from Sixth Street Growth to fuel the growth of its digital commerce experience platform (brX).
Bloomreach’s e-commerce search and content services combined with Exponea’s customer data platform and marketing automation will create an integrated product and customer data platform. This combination accelerates the speed of execution for businesses to create, personalize, and optimize commerce experiences and accelerate revenue growth for both B2C and B2B brands.
The combination of Bloomreach and Exponea will deliver a commerce experience platform that unifies the full spectrum of customer and product data for Bloomreach’s real-time, AI-based recommendations, and actions that allow clients to drive purchases and loyalty. Further, Exponea’s experience in consumer data, privacy, and security ensures that current and future customers can securely access and manage this combination of data.