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Day: February 8, 2021

Optimizely takes B2B Commerce Cloud global

Optimizely (Episerver), announced the expansion of B2B Commerce Cloud globally throughout 2021. The move comes just one year after the company’s 2019 acquisition of B2B digital commerce platform Insite Software, and gives manufacturers and distributors access to a solution previously available primarily in North America.

Optimizely B2B Commerce Cloud enables B2B companies to uncover efficiencies, deliver customer-centric digital experiences and increase revenue with capabilities for cart and checkout, catalog management, personalization, workflows, integration and more. The product is currently available in Continental Europe, the UK, and Ireland and will be available across APAC, DACH and the Nordics in 2021.

Built with an integration architecture and commerce core, Optimizely B2B Commerce Cloud powers the digital experiences for manufacturers and distributors. With Optimizely, manufacturers and distributors in Continental Europe, the UK and Ireland can now accelerate the creation and delivery of their B2B commerce experiences to future-proof their businesses and join the next generation of digital leaders.

Franz announces AllegroGraph 7.1

Franz Inc., supplier of Graph Database technology for AI knowledge graph solutions, announced AllegroGraph 7.1, which provides optimizations for complex queries across FedShard deployments faster. AllegroGraph with FedShard allows infinite data integration through unifying all data and siloed knowledge into an Entity-Event Knowledge Graph solution for Enterprise scale analytics. Big Data predictive analytics requires a data model approach that unifies typical enterprise data with knowledge bases such as taxonomies, ontologies, industry terms and other domain knowledge. The Entity-Event Data Model utilized by AllegroGraph puts core ‘entities’ such as customers, patients, students or people of interest at the center and then collects several layers of knowledge related to the entity as ‘events’. The events represent activities that transpire in a temporal context.

The AllegroGraph 7.1 release accelerates complex reasoning across enterprise-scale data by providing users with additional query options. Franz’s Research and Development team discovered an approach that can significantly improve certain SPARQL Path Expression queries across database shards. AllegroGraph’s advanced caching methods and merge join operations provide optimizations to the scalable, parallel distributed query approach that is offered via FedShard. The new release includes support for the RDF* and SPARQL* extensions and extended support for SHACL (SHApe Constraint Language).

Adobe adds new headless CMS capabilities to experience manager

Adobe announced new headless content management system (CMS) capabilities in Adobe Experience Manager to help developers seamlessly deliver content, and new updates to the Commerce Integration Framework (CIF) allow developers to create shoppable app-like experiences that combine content and commerce.

To allow developers to fuel content into multiple touchpoints, Adobe is introducing GraphQL APIs for headless content delivery. GraphQL, an application-agnostic query language to retrieve content, lets developers get exactly the content they need, nothing extra, so that content matches the needs of their app. Additionally, queries can also return all nested content in a single call. Because fewer requests are being made in both directions and less bandwidth is being used. By leveraging the GraphQL API, a mobile app developer can query for marketing content from Adobe Experience Manager. Personalized content is then sent to the app which renders its UI. From there, a marketer can use Experience Manager’s authoring UI to flexibly add and edit marketing content across multiple devices and touchpoints.

Adobe Experience Manager can now integrate and extend commerce services from Magento and other commerce solutions through Adobe’s Commerce Integration Framework (CIF). CIF is built on APIs that can be extended, enabling a storefront authoring experience in Adobe Experience Manager.

Nuance acquires Saykara

Nuance Communications, Inc. announced the acquisition of Saykara, Inc., a like-minded startup focused on developing a mobile AI assistant to automate clinical documentation for physicians. The acquisition underscores Nuance’s ongoing expansion of market and technical leadership in conversational artificial intelligence (AI) and ambient clinical intelligence (ACI) solutions that reduce clinician burnout, enhance patient experiences, and improve overall health system financial integrity. Saykara was founded in Seattle in 2015 by Harjinder Sandhu, PhD, a serial entrepreneur who previously served as an executive in Nuance’s R&D division. Sandhu and Saykara’s team of engineers, machine learning experts, and experienced technology executives will join Nuance’s research and development team.,

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