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Month: September 2022 (Page 2 of 3)

Gilbane Advisor 9-21-22 — Emergence in LLMs, SVG

This week we feature articles from Ben Dickson and Kurt Cagle.

Additional reading comes from Jack FitzGerald, Ignacio de Gregorio, and the IAB.

News comes from Adobe & Figma, Progress, Acquia, and Santa Cruz Software.

If you’ve missed any of the past 56 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

AI scientists are studying the “emergent” abilities of large language models

I was fascinated with emergent properties in grad school, and argued for their relevance and value when “big data” became a thing. It’s good to see a disciplined look at emergence in large language models. Ben Dickson’s useful summary of a new study includes helpful background links. (6 min).

https://bdtechtalks.com/2022/08/22/llm-emergent-abilities/

Imaging the web with Scalable Vector Graphics

Being a good data visualization artist does not necessarily require strong artistic skills, but it does depend upon understanding the tools and technologies that are out there. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is becoming an essential technology in the data space, useful for building maps and charts that can work well on the web, creating detailed diagrams with rich metadata, and even laying the foundation for effective data presentations to clients or customers. SVG really is the foundation for intelligent graphics.

SVG has been around for a long time, but as Kurt Cagle points out in this excellent piece, it is still unknown to many and under-utilized. (11 min).

https://www.datasciencecentral.com/imaging-the-web-with-scalable-vector-graphics/

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Adobe to acquire Figma

Figma’s web-based, multi-player capabilities to accelerate the delivery and collaboration of Adobe’s Creative Cloud technologies on the web.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/adobe-to-acquire-figma/

LinkrUI adds DAM syncing for Microsoft Office

LinkrUI for synchronizing digital assets stored in a DAM system now compatible for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Excel.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/linkrui-adds-dam-syncing-for-microsoft-office/

Acquia adds new Channel Portals capabilities to Acquia DAM

Channel Portals allow businesses to create and share branded, secure, and up-to-date digital product catalogs with individual partners.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/acquia-adds-new-channel-portals-capabilities-to-acquia-dam/

Progress updates developer tools

The new release of UI developer tools includes new components and enhancements for Blazor, .NET MAUI, Angular, React.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/progress-updates-developer-tools/

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Fivetran introduces Metadata API

Fivetran announced the availability of Fivetran’s Metadata API to enable the tracking of data “in-flight” from source to destination as it moves through Fivetran-managed pipelines. With this additional visibility, customers can integrate with governance and observability tools to give data teams more control over who has access to what data. Enabling automated data governance, the Fivetran Metadata API also provides data stewards, security teams and data engineering teams the needed visibility to answer where the data came from, who accessed it, and what changes have occurred in the pipeline. With the Fivetran Metadata API:

  • Data analysts are provided with a deep understanding of where data is coming from and are able to run impact analyses on it.
  • Data stewards know end users have access to data that has been handled securely and is compliant with governance requirements.
  • Security and legal teams can complete security audits and ensure the data moved is in compliance with organizational policies.
  • Data architects and engineers will soon be able to understand upstream schema changes and ensure downstream processes are updated.

Fivetran launched better metadata management with four data catalog vendors: Atlan, data.world, Alation and Collibra.

https://www.fivetran.com/blog/governing-data-movement-with-fivetran-metadata-api

LinkrUI adds DAM syncing for Microsoft Office

Santa Cruz Software, provider of software for cross media content publishing, announced a new version of their DAM connector LinkrUI will now enable Digital Asset Manager (DAM) syncing for three Microsoft Office applications. Currently available only via DAM reselling partners, Microsoft Office functionality with LinkrUI is now compatible for applications Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Excel.

LinkrUI enables direct searching, opening, placing and synchronizing of digital assets stored in a DAM system or other storage services, such as Box and Dropbox. The new version of LinkrUI automatically synchronizes assets between Microsoft Office applications and the DAM or storage service to ensure that everyone in an organization can find and work on the latest version.

LinkrUI started as an extension to Adobe applications, providing an in-app panel link between creative applications and the DAM or cloud storage service. The premium version of LinkrUI adds compatibility for Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects and includes additional features like live filtering and Smart-Linkr, which finds and fixes broken asset links automatically. Microsoft Office compatibility is only available in the premium version. LinkrUI for Microsoft Office is currently only available from resellers. A retail version will be announced at a later date.

https://santacruzsoftware.com/linkrui/

Adobe to acquire Figma

Adobe announced a definitive merger agreement to acquire Figma, a web-first collaborative design platform, for approximately $20 billion in cash and stock. Figma’s mission is to help teams collaborate visually and make design accessible to all. Founded by Dylan Field and Evan Wallace in 2012, the company pioneered product design on the web. Figma is making it possible for everyone who designs interactive mobile and web applications to collaborate through multi-player workflows, sophisticated design systems and a rich, extensible developer ecosystem.

The combination of Adobe’s and Figma’s communities will bring designers and developers closer together to unlock the future of collaborative design. Adobe and Figma will benefit all stakeholders in the product design process, from designers to product managers to developers, by bringing capabilities from Adobe’s imaging, photography, illustration, video, 3D and font technology into the Figma platform.

The transaction is expected to close in 2023, subject to the receipt of required regulatory clearances and approvals and the satisfaction of other closing conditions. Upon the closing Dylan Field, Figma’s co-founder and CEO, will continue to lead the Figma team, reporting to David Wadhwani, president of Adobe’s Digital Media business. Until the transaction closes, each company will continue to operate independently.

https://news.adobe.com/news/news-details/2022/Adobe-to-Acquire-Figma/default.aspxhttps://www.figma.com

Gilbane Advisor 9-14-22 — The Merge, Internet Archive, PyTorch

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This week we feature articles from Nitish Pahwa & Emma Wallenbrock, and Fred Wilson.

Additional reading: Edin Kapić, Mike Wheatley, and Webb Wright

News: Ontotext, Algolia, Optimizely, and Brave.

If you’ve missed any of the past 55 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

Could the Internet Archive go out like Napster?

You may recall the lawsuit for “willful mass copyright infringement” filed against the Internet Archive for its National Emergency Library by a number of major publishers in early 2020 (Hachette v. Internet Archive). This was/is a case where it is difficult to find a true villain. A number of authors, who had the most to lose have dropped support for the suit, which is still active. Nitish Pahwa & Emma Wallenbrock provide a useful update, with enough background for anyone who needs it. Their title is to grab your attention, but they acknowledge such a fear may be overblown. (9 min).

https://slate.com/technology/2022/09/internet-archive-national-emergency-library-lawsuit.html

The Merge

The, apparently imminent, Ethereum merge that is. To the extent we cover crypto our focus is on the potential of blockchains for platform and enterprise applications rather than fintech or fads. The Ethereum merge is important for crypto in general. AVC’s Fred Wilson has a short explanation of why the merge is so important. As a VC whose family and company “have large holdings in ETH and other crypto assets”, he is both knowledgeable and an interested party. (In terms of disclosure, I have a truly minuscule amount of ETH.) (< 3 min).

https://avc.com/2022/08/the-merge/

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Ontotext announces Metadata Studio

To help enterprises orchestrate content tagging and evaluate text analysis services to get the best results and maintain metadata quality.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/ontotext-announces-metadata-studio/

Algolia acquires Search.io

Algolia will combine its keyword search and Search.io’s Neuralsearch into a single API-First Search and Discovery platform.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/algolia-acquires-search-io/

Brave integration deepens support for Unstoppable Domains

Creators can build decentralized content with a domain that they fully own and control, hosted on the InterPlanetary File System (IFPS).
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/brave-integration-deepens-support-for-unstoppable-domains/

Optimizely experimentation platform on Google Cloud Marketplace

Optimizely’s experimentation solutions ease creation of personalized, meaningful engagements through data to improve customer experience (CX).
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/optimizely-experimentation-platform-on-google-cloud-marketplace/

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Progress updates developer tools

Progress announced the latest release of its developer tools portfolio, including Progress Telerik, Progress Kendo UI and Progress Telerik Test Studio. With today’s R3 2022 release, Progress introduced Progress ThemeBuilder Pro, enabling developers and designers to implement design systems more seamlessly in web applications, delivering a greater level of design consistency without manual coding work. The company also announced advanced capabilities for development frameworks including Blazor, .NET MAUI, Angular and React to help developers build consistent, high-quality and accessible UI.

Now available for Progress Telerik UI for Blazor, Progress Kendo UI for Angular and Progress KendoReact, ThemeBuilder Pro enables developers and designers to create their own design system in a visual interface, starting with Material, Bootstrap or Fluent design, and when done, implement this design system via their UI components, across web applications. They can make edits to themes in a visual UI without the need to go into the code.  

The Telerik and Kendo UI R3 2022 release is available today.

https://www.telerik.com/support/whats-new

Acquia adds new Channel Portals capabilities to Acquia DAM

Acquia announced new capabilities for Acquia DAM (previously Widen), Channel Portals. They allow businesses to easily create and share branded, secure, and up-to-date digital product catalogs with individual partners to accelerate sales and ensure products are accurately represented in the market.

In-store displays, sales conversations, email promotions, and websites all require current product content. Channel Portals makes it easier for a business user to filter down a product catalog to the information and assets each group needs to market and sell the products, and then share it in an portal. Channel Portals removes the need for ad hoc spreadsheet exports and zip files of images, videos, and PDFs.

Using Channel Portals, sales teams can access product details for training purposes or create a custom portal for each dealer and distributor channel, exclusively featuring their organization’s branding, including logo, font, and colors. Customers can embed Channel Portals into a webpage or share them via a link, made public or password-protected.

In addition, Acquia released task management for product enrichment, which extends Acquia DAM’s product information management (PIM) capabilities. Task management for product enrichment allows product managers to automatically delegate tasks for writers, marketers, and creatives as new products are added to the system.

https://acquia.com

Algolia acquires Search.io

Algolia, an API-First Search & Discovery Platform, announced the acquisition of Search.io, whose flagship product is Neuralsearch – a vector search engine that uses hashing technology on top of vectors to provide price performance at scale. Algolia will combine its keyword search and Search.io’s Neuralsearch into a single API-First Search and Discovery platform with a hybrid search engine, which comprises both keyword and semantic search in a single API.

The combination of Algolia (with its keyword search) and Search.io (with its vector-based semantic search), enables Algolia to more effectively surface the most accurate and relevant results for users, whether they use specific keywords or natural human expressions. Many companies claim to offer some form of semantic search, however, these companies may not offer the capabilities of keyword search and vector-based semantic search in a single API cost-effectively, or the ability to scale. In essence, Algolia provides users with the ability to search as they think. With Search.io, Algolia aims to empower business users with a better way to manage the automation of unique and engaging end user experiences.

https://www.algolia.com/about/news/algolia-disrupts-market-with-search-io-acquisition-ushering-in-a-new-era-of-search-and-discovery/

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