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Month: April 2022 (Page 2 of 3)

Netlify Edge Functions accelerate web development at the edge

Netlify, a platform for modern web development, announced Netlify Edge Functions, bringing standards-based edge compute to Netlify’s development workflow. Developers can now build fast web experiences in less time, using Edge Functions to run dynamic content or even an entire application from the network edge without compromising performance. Built on Deno, an open source runtime, Edge Functions work out-of-the-box with new server-side features from existing web frameworks like Next.js, Nuxt, Astro, Eleventy, and SvelteKit as well as new edge-first frameworks like Hydrogen and Remix.

The recent macrotrend of edge computing has led to a wave of innovation at the network edge, but many of these new solutions are proprietary, don’t use popular programming languages, and don’t offer integrations with multiple web frameworks. As a result, edge compute has added substantial complexity to the software development lifecycle. Netlify Edge Functions were built to be an antidote, letting development teams avoid this tradeoff and, ultimately, deliver modern web experiences to market much faster.

Netlify’s suite of serverless capabilities – Netlify Functions, Background Functions, Scheduled Functions, and now Edge Functions – give developers the flexibility to apply compute where and when they need it. Netlify Edge Functions is now available in public beta.

Element announces Connector Portal, Unify Graph, and Advanced Joins

Element, a software provider in IT/OT data management for industrial companies, announced new functionality for simplified connections, knowledge graph-based modeling, and advanced joins. Together they increase flexibility and speed up model development for organizations seeking to deploy digital twins or pursue industrial transformation.

The Connector Portal provides access to pre-built connectors for a range of commonly-used data sources and consuming targets, speeding analytics projects by reducing manually establishing connections. The portal also provides a connector framework that developers can use to build their own custom connectors.

Unify Graph brings a knowledge graph approach to bear for mapping the complex data environments typical at most enterprises that data teams must operate across. It allows flexible data modeling spanning arbitrary dimensions such as processes, assets, organizations necessary for building effective digital twins. The graphs can be queried and explored within Unify or exported for consumption by graph database products such as AWS Neptune or Neo4j.

The Advanced Joins functionality enables users to combine data from various sources based on matching multiple relevant data fields and using matching approaches. The fuzzy matching approach is configurable and allows the user to specify a similarity threshold for deciding matches.

dbt Labs announces availability on Databricks Partner Connect

Analytics engineering tool supplier dbt Labs announced the availability of dbt Cloud on Databricks Partner Connect. Databricks customers now have a fast and frictionless way to experience the benefits of dbt Cloud on the lakehouse. dbt has become popular for data transformation with demand largely driven by the industry-wide shift to cloud-based data platforms like Databricks. It enables data teams to transform data in-warehouse, and deploy analytics code following software engineering best practices.

Through Databricks Partner Connect, all Databricks users will now have the ability to quickly provision a new dbt Cloud trial that is pre-connected to their Databricks account. In just a few clicks, users will be set up with a dbt Cloud account – ideal for those looking to quickly get a feel for what the two can achieve together through a streamlined, pre-configured workflow. Also:

  • Databricks has developed a new, dedicated dbt-Databricks adapter, bringing an easier installation process and a more optimized performance.
  • Databricks Ventures participated as a strategic investor in dbt Labs’ Series D funding round in February 2022.
  • There are more than 1,000 members of the Databricks and Spark channel within the dbt Community Slack


Syncro Soft releases Oxygen Feedback 2.1 for cloud and enterprise editions

Syncro Soft announced the availability of Oxygen Feedback 2.1 for cloud and enterprise editions. The new version of Oxygen Feedback offers new enhancements such as a new page ratings component that gives your website users the power to vote on the quality of your web pages through customizable prompts, a Page Ratings statistics page in the administration interface that displays the top pages that have received votes for the current site configuration, and the option for the users with an administrative role to receive daily reports of the pages that were rated within the past 24 hours.

The block-level comments feature also received several updates that allow you to enable or disable block-level comments in the output, outline the current block on hover, as well as a better placement of the widget so that the comment can be more precisely attached to an element within a hierarchy of elements. Other improvements include the ability to automatically insert selected content as a quote in a new comment, filter reopened comments, and receive notifications when your comments are resolved.

AppTek launches new metadata-informed neural machine translation system

‍AppTek, a provider of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Neural Machine Translation (NMT), Natural Language Processing / Understanding (NLP/U) and Text-to-Speech (TTS) technologies, announced the release of its new neural machine translation system that incorporates metadata as inputs used to customize the MT output and empower localization professionals with more accurate user-influenced machine translations. Additionally, the company expanded its core machine translation platform to support hundreds of language and dialect pairs.

Traditionally, enterprises would need to train, deploy and maintain multiple MT systems to account for translation tasks that differ in aspects such as language, dialect, domain, topic, and more, at the risk of high deployment costs and overfitting models.

With AppTek’s new metadata informed NMT platform, enterprise customers can now access a single NMT system with multi-domain, multi-genre, multi-dialect content which increases the quality and adaptability of the system. By feeding additional metadata into the system, they gain more control of the MT output and can enable translators to simply “flip the switch” to the desired customized translation through relevant functionality in the user interface of the editing tools professionals work with.

Yext updates platform

Yext announced the availability of its Spring ’22 Release for early access. “Nebula,” includes the latest update to the algorithm powering Yext’s AI search platform, as well as several features meant to further streamline building and managing exceptional customer and employee search experiences. Updated features include:

  • Nebula Algorithm: Following last year’s “Phoenix,” the latest Yext algorithm update, Nebula, adds more advanced functionality and a broader reach to search experiences. Businesses now have access to improved ranking of search verticals based on their semantic relevance to the query, Functions in Query Rules that can integrate real-time data from external sources to power new use cases, and additional support for multi-language experiences.
  • Connectors: Allows businesses to pull in data from authorized sources like Google Drive and Jira, and capture more information on their website with a PDF Crawler.
  • Search Merchandiser: Businesses can now use a new drag-and-drop interface specially designed to customize individual search results. This feature can influence the ranking and position of products, locations, services.
  • Posting Modernization: To reach audiences through posts on social media, websites, or listings on Google, Yext’s updated posting UI and API turn communicating important news into a more seamless process.

Gilbane Advisor 4-13-22 — Linked data, prediction machines

This week we feature articles from Ivo Velitchkov and John Ball.

Additional reading is from Cassie Kozyrkov, Chris Kernaghan, Enrique Dans, and dbt.

News comes from Sitecore, Google Cloud, Airbyte, and CYTRIO.

Opinion / Analysis

Linked Data uptake

Linked Data … was meant to be the second big information revolution after the world wide web. It was supposed to complement the web of documents with the web of data so that humans and machines can use the Internet as if it is a single database while enjoying the benefits of decentralisation… Yet, Linked Enterprise Data, just like Linked Open Data, is still marginal. Why is that so? And what can be done about it?

Good questions, and Ivo Velitchkov is well-placed to provide some answers. (9 min.)

Brains are Not prediction machines

If you read Dan McCreary’s article we recently featured that was inspired by Jeff Hawkins’ A Thousand Brains, you’ll want to read this piece from John Ball (27 min.). Hawkins and Ball are not using ‘prediction’ in the same way — a good question for the next quiz! I just finished Hawkins’ book and recommend it. It’s written for a general audience.

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Content technology news

Sitecore updates product suite with technology from recent acquisitions

The new capabilities in their Digital Experience Platform (DXP) come from the acquisitions of Boxever, Four51, Moosend, and Reflektion.

Google announces BigLake, to unify data lakes and data warehouses across clouds

With BigLake teams can analyze data without worrying about the underlying storage format or system and without duplicating or moving data.

Airbyte Cloud now available in U.S.

The open-source data integration platform is a cloud service for data movement and unifying data integration pipelines.

CYTRIO adds GDPR support to data privacy rights management solution

To help companies more easily and cost-effectively comply with GDPR as well as CCPA, CPRA, VCDPA, CPA, and other data privacy regulations.

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Adobe introduces for Creative Cloud

Adobe announced it is bringing’s video collaboration platform to its Creative Cloud customers and released updates to After Effects and Premiere Pro, including native M1 support for After Effects. With the introduction of for Creative Cloud, video editors and key project stakeholders are able to collaborate seamlessly in the cloud. This is an integrated review and approval workflow for post-production, allowing editors to get to final approval faster and easier than before. Now, as part of a Creative Cloud subscription, video creators can:

  • Share work in progress with an unlimited number of reviewers anywhere in the world.
  • Get frame-accurate comments and annotations directly inside of Premiere Pro and After Effects, all without leaving their timeline.
  • Use accelerated file transfer technology for fast uploading and downloading of media with 100GB of dedicated storage.
  • Work on up to five different projects concurrently with another remote user.
  • Work with Camera to Cloud – the fastest, easiest and most secure way to get footage from cameras to editors, motion designers and other stakeholders.

Starting today, for Creative Cloud will be pre-installed with Premiere Pro and After Effects. Creative Cloud customers can log into from within Premiere Pro or After Effects using their Adobe ID.

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