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Gilbane Advisor 12-8-21 — analytics blues, future cloud

This week we have articles from Erik Bernhardsson, and Roger Martin. News comes from RWS / Tridion, Optimizely and Welcome, MongoDB, eccenca, and Quantinuum.

Opinion / Analysis

Singing the data analytics blues

It just ain’t what it is cracked up to be… I get a seemingly endless flow of complaints about Data Analytics (DA for short), even though it is the hottest thing in business these days. Why isn’t DA giving me the insights that it is supposed to provide? We have a DA team now, but the little startups keep figuring stuff out before us and beating us?

Roger Martin has essential reminders for some of us, and a handy short piece for all to share with colleagues who are asking questions like these.

How the cloud will be reshuffled

Though cloud computing is not at all new, is a large and growing market, and is dominated by Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, how it will evolve is unclear. Just as cloud computing makes it possible for startups to jump start, and enterprises to slash some infrastructure costs, it adds cost and complexity to software engineering, and adds future lock-in and data integration and repatriation risks. In addition, while the big three will likely remain entrenched at the lowest level of the computing stack, we don’t know who will share the other layers, or how they will overlap. Erik Bernhardsson has a theory worth checking out, and includes link to his critics.

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Content technology news

eccenca updates multi-graph platform

New eccenca Corporate Memory multi-graph platform release focused on making knowledge graph technology accessible to business users with no-code.

RWS embeds semantic AI capabilities in Tridion

To help companies create, manage, and deliver intuitive multilingual content and digital experiences to customers, employees and partners across channels.

Optimizely to acquire Welcome

Will combine content management, commerce, content marketing, marketing resource management and digital asset management in a single solution.

MongoDB announces pay-as-you-go offering in AWS Marketplace

The new pay-as-you-go option is another way to procure MongoDB in addition to privately negotiated offers already supported on AWS Marketplace.

Cambridge Quantum and Honeywell Quantum Solutions merge into Quantinuum

Quantinuum includes Cambridge Quantum software, operating systems, and cybersecurity, and Honeywell Quantum Solutions hardware.

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Datadobi launches multi-petabyte Starter Packs

Datadobi, experts in unstructured data management, announced they have released new Starter Packs for DobiMigrate ranging from 1PB up to 7PB. The offering is purpose-built to bolster unstructured data management projects’ success in data-heavy, high-volume environments. The new Starter Packs will enable channel partners and end users to accelerate digital transformation and conduct data management projects to any storage platform or cloud environment.

Datadobi’s newest PB-scale Starter Packs equip customers and partners to have choice, flexibility, and range for projects varying from 1PB to 7PB. The DobiMigrate Starter Packs were originally designed for the lower end of migrations up to 500TB to make it easy for customers to get started quickly on their project. These new Starter Packs will assist customers with larger environments to do the same.

Enterprises looking to take advantage of the new Starter Packs can expect that DobiMigrate will protect customer data during a migration. The product and processes have successfully demonstrated the highest standards for integrity, security, and confidentiality according to Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 1 requirements.

eccenca updates multi-graph platform

eccenca, provider of automated decision processing technology, released a new version of its eccenca Corporate Memory. The multi-graph platform is a mature solution for data integration and linking, knowledge capture and reasoning. It has been helping companies like Siemens, Bosch and Total to manage their complex data landscapes and to increase their digital maturity. The latest advancements continue eccenca’s roadmap to make knowledge graph technology accessible and manageable to business users.

eccenca has also increased flexibility of data integration and exploration. As a multi-graph platform with many interface options, eccenca Corporate Memory can ingest a myriad of data sources. This includes other knowledge graph solutions that companies might already have in use for limited (and often siloed) use cases. The latest release of eccenca Corporate Memory further simplifies the integration of new sources. I addition to the optimized import automation options for vocabularies, metadata and master data sets, Google Spreadsheets and Excel sheets files can now be integrated via the commonly used share links. The reusability of project artifacts like workflow definitions help further decrease the workload of data scientists and data engineers. While the added regex extraction allows multi-match requests in complex, long strings of data.

Datawords partners with Contentful

Datawords Group, an agency focused on multicultural technologies, has announced a strategic partnership with Contentful, a content platform for digital-first business. Datawords and Contentful will provide businesses with an advanced approach combining technology integration and cultural intelligence to facilitate the work of in-house digital teams, all while improving the user experience of individual customers.

Contentful unifies content in a single hub and structures it for use across digital channels so digital teams can assemble content and deliver digital experiences faster and at scale. With an API-first approach, Contentful can be integrated with a company’s existing systems and extended through Contentful’s App Framework.

Datawords, meanwhile, combines a mastery of local cultures with technological expertise to roll out international strategies for global brands across all digital platforms. Through the partnership, Datawords helps clients and prospects implement Contentful’s platform to further leverage their content as a strategic asset. The combined expertise of Datawords and Contentful will enable clients to deliver differentiated, culturally-specific digital experiences faster.


Optimizely to acquire Welcome

Digital experience platform (DXP) provider, Optimizely, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Welcome, who brings capabilities of content marketing platforms (CMP), marketing resource management (MRM) and digital asset management (DAM) together in a single solution. The combined company will help marketing teams at brands across the globe to achieve business value through better customer experiences. The complexity and fragmentation of the marketing stack compromises marketers’ ability to deliver personalized, contextual experiences and create relevant content. Welcome’s capabilities combined with Optimizely’s solutions for commerce and content management – as well as its tools for experimentation, personalization and recommendations – means marketers can now:

  • Accelerate the end-to-end marketing lifecycle from concept to execution
  • Gain control and transparency to manage content
  • Grow revenue by scaling adoption of optimization.

The acquisition is expected to close in Q4 of 2021. Until such closing, the companies will continue to operate independently, with Welcome’s core marketing orchestration and asset management capabilities operating standalone.

Microsoft introduces Teams Essentials

Microsoft Corp. announced the general availability of Teams Essentials, the first-ever standalone Microsoft Teams offering, designed specifically for small businesses. Teams Essentials gives small businesses a professional and affordable meetings solution to support collaboration, connection and productivity in a hybrid work environment. Teams Essentials is competitively priced at $4 USD per person per month. Teams Essentials provides:

  • Unlimited group meetings for up to 30 hours
  • Meetings with up to 300 people
  • 10 GB of cloud storage per user

Teams Essentials also includes existing and new capabilities available in the free version of Teams:

  • Simple, easy invitations require only an email address. Users are not required to sign up, sign in or install Teams to participate in a meeting.
  • In addition to Outlook Calendar integration, new Google Calendar integration is coming soon.
  • Professional meeting tools and capabilities like meeting lobby, virtual backgrounds, Together mode, live closed captions and live reactions.
  • Never lose context or continuity with always-available chats in Microsoft Teams.
  • Quickly start a group project and host meetings with anyone, assign tasks to teammates, and create polls to receive feedback quickly all in one hub with the new small-business group chat template coming soon to desktop and web.

Gilbane Advisor 12-1-21 — blockchain, performance + brand

This week we have articles from Viet Nguyen, and Eric Benjamin Seufert. News comes from Marklogic and Smartlogic, Jina AI, Meltwater and DeepReason.AI, and Strapi.

Opinion / Analysis

Blockchain explained in 50 lines of code

Don’t skip over this article if you’re not a programmer, or because you already understand how blockchains work. Software developer Viet Nguyen delivers on the title with a delightfully clear and simple explanation in both English and JavaScript. If you already understand blockchains, you may pick up some pointers for explaining it to others.

The perilous mythology of brand marketing for digital products

…the misconception that Brand marketing sits in opposition to Performance marketing creates misalignment and confusion that can result in a Brand function that exists in parallel to a Performance marketing team. Optimally, the Brand function should sit within the Performance Marketing team and be guided by a unified measurement model.

Eric Benjamin Seufert provides a helpful framework for pulling together competing marketing strategies and tactics.

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Content technology news

MarkLogic acquires metadata management provider Smartlogic

Smartlogic has deciphered, filtered, and connected data for global organizations to help solve their complex data problems.

Strapi CMS v4 released

The open-source “headless” content management system CMS update enhances overall performance, introduces new query engine and plug-in APIs.

Meltwater acquires

To help build one of the largest knowledge graphs of public information. The technology represents 75 years of aggregate research in Graph Reasoning.

Jina AI raises $30 million to scale open-source neural search ecosystem

Jina AI’s core project, built in the open on GitHub, users can quickly create a cloud-native neural search solution with deep learning.

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