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Month: November 2022 (Page 1 of 2)

Gilbane Advisor 11-16-22 — Future browsers, federated future

This week we feature articles by Amber Case, and Jeff Jarvis.

Additional reading from Vera Smirnoff, Ellane W, and Jeremie Pineau.

News comes from Expert.ai, Bloomreach, Optimizely, and Neo4j.

If you’ve missed any of the past 64 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.

NoteWe will most likely not publish next week.


Opinion / Analysis

Browsers reimagined

Browsers are the lens through which we see the web. And considering how much the content of the web has changed over the past few decades … it sometimes feels a little strange that the browser experience has remained more or less the same.

Amber Case has some suggestions for future browsers / versions. (13 min).

https://caseorganic.medium.com/browsers-reimagined-2b53caca1114

Hope for a Post-Musk Net. A federated future and suggestions for citizens and institutions

Jeff Jarvis is not leaving Twitter. But he is also now happily on Mastodon, rooting for Bluesky, a fan of protocols over platforms, and owning your own presence and content. Having your own website and using platforms for additional distribution, as I do, is the way to go if you can, but protocols can help everyone get back some control. (8 min).

https://medium.com/whither-news/hope-for-a-post-musk-net-f156d0cdf431

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Content technology news

Bloomreach joins the MACH Alliance

The MACH Alliance certifies that Bloomreach meets the MACH standard of being Microservices based, API-first, Cloud-native SaaS, and Headless.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/bloomreach-joins-the-mach-alliance/

Optimizely launches digital experience platform on Azure

Their content management system (CMS), and commerce, and personalization solutions are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/optimizely-launches-digital-experience-platform-on-azure/

Expert.ai enhances hybrid AI platform

New capabilities fortify knowledge models, deliver new solutions for Life Science, harness language understanding for intelligent automation.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/expert-ai-enhances-hybrid-ai-platform/

Neo4j releases Neoj4 5 graph database

Neo4j 5 improves query performance, and eases Fabric database creation, autonomous clustering, and operations and administration.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/neo4j-releases-neoj4-5-graph-database/

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Datadobi introduces StorageMAP 6.3

Datadobi, provider of an unstructured data management platform, announced enhancements to its multi-vendor, multi-cloud unstructured data management platform StorageMAP. The 6.3 release introduces the ability to copy file data to any S3-compatible object storage system. The new file-to-object copy functionality adds to StorageMAP’s ability to help IT leaders archive, pipeline, and replicate file data to S3.

Unstructured data makes up 80% or more of enterprise data and is growing by 55% to 65% per year, making it difficult for companies to keep up with unstructured data management efforts. The complexity of today’s heterogeneous storage environments has caused organizations to cite the need to manage unstructured data as a problem for their business.

With StorageMAP 6.3, companies can create a copy of file data on a cost-effective object storage server or service within different geographies, tech stacks, or networking providers. This enables organizations to archive aging and/or redundant, obsolete, and/or trivial (ROT) data to less expensive storage, pipeline data to the cloud for running cloud-native analytics and AI/ML applications against the data, or maintain a safe copy of data on heterogeneous storage operating systems (OS) helping protect against OS specific bugs or hacks.

https://datadobi.com

Optimizely launches digital experience platform on Azure

Optimizely, a digital experience platform (DXP) provider enabling Boundless Digital Invention, announced its content management, commerce, and personalization solutions are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Optimizely DXP offers personalization features, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and benefitting from the scalability, reliability, performance, and security of Azure.

Optimizely DXP is an advanced Content Management System (CMS) offered in a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model, built on Microsoft .NET 5/6, and natively designed to run on Azure, enabling customers to take full advantage of Microsoft Azure for ease of use, reduced complexity, and cost-effective technology consumption. This launch allows customers to benefit from the latest release of Optimizely Content Management Version 12 and B2C Commerce Version 14, which is Optimizely’s first version built on ASP.NET Core. It also comes on the heels of the recent release of the .NET Upgrade Assistant to make it easier for customers to move to .NET 5/6.

https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps/episerver.optimizely_customer-centric_digital_experience

Neo4j releases Neoj4 5 graph database

Neo4j announced the Neoj4 version 5 graph database is now available. with greater performance, scale, and ability to run Neo4j databases anywhere you want. Neo4j 5 includes updates to:

Query performance. Runtime optimizations by Neo4j engineers have made K-Hop queries faster. The Cypher clauses CONTAINS and ENDS WITH are widely used for filtering results by text properties. The new TEXT indexes implementation in Neo4j 5, based on trigrams, makes them much faster.

Sharding and Fabric. Since version 4, Neo4j has made it possible to read from your database shards as if they were a single graph, using Fabric. In Neo4j 5, you can instantaneously create a Fabric database using Cypher’s Composite database command. Fabric also comes in handy when you want to create queries that span across multiple databases to bust the silos that hide insights and hinder collaboration.

Autonomous Clustering in Neo4j 5 shifts the administrative burden from the operator to the software. All you have to do is declare how many primary or secondary copies you need and how you want those copies managed in the cluster, and your wish is Neo4j’s Cypher command.

https://neo4j.com/blog/announcing-neo4j-5-graph-database/

Expert.ai enhances hybrid AI platform

Expert.ai updated its natural language (NL) platform. Combining machine learning (ML) and symbolic knowledge representation (Hybrid AI), the updated platform facilitates the design, development and deployment of language models, and accelerates production of enterprise applications, through accurate language understanding. Upgrades include:

  • Knowledge models fortified: Built in pre-trained rules-based models contain expanded industry, role and use-case concepts, and relationships to improve the accuracy of natural language (NL) projects. Other model enhancements include updated environmental, social, governance (ESG) classification and sentiment, and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) extraction.
  • New solutions for pharma & life science: Additional knowledge models support solutions for drug discovery, clinical trial insights, opinion leader identification, and scientific publication insight analysis. A new preclinical report analysis solution speeds up the quality control check process of reports prior to their submission to regulatory bodies.
  • AI-driven Robotic Process Automation (RPA): The NL, hybrid platform integrates with UiPath, Blue Prism and Automation Anywhere, expert.ai supercharges bots with NL capabilities by merging different AI techniques. This expands the scope of intelligent process automation across tasks.
  • Expanded deployment options: The expert.ai Platform now supports on-premise deployments of NL workflows for.
  • New operational monitoring dashboard: Delivers improved visibility to operational metrics associated with language operations (LangOps).

https://www.expert.ai

Gilbane Advisor 11-9-22 — Leaving the cloud, what metaverse?

This week we feature articles by David Heinemeier Hansson, and Benedict Evans.

Additional reading from Karl Bode, Tushar Mehta, Patrick McFadin, and Gibbs Cullen.

News comes from Pinecone, Smartling, Access Innovations & Aptara, and Sonic Foundry.

If you’ve missed any of the past 63 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

Why we’re leaving the cloud

The cloud has never been the solution for everyone, but after years of marketing by cloud platforms, VCs, analysts, and the media, that may come as a surprise to some. We have covered some of the cost and control challenges before (hereherehere, and here). David Heinemeier Hansson explains why the cloud is not the right fit for his company and other “medium-sized” organizations. (4 min).

https://world.hey.com/dhh/why-we-re-leaving-the-cloud-654b47e0

Ways to think about a metaverse

I hesitate to include anything about “metaverse” these days as there is little to recommend besides thisthis, and this post where Benedict Evans provides his useful elevated analysis. (10 min).

https://www.ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2022/10/31/ways-to-think-about-a-metaverse

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Content technology news

Pinecone launches hybrid search functionality

Keyword-aware semantic search solution enables advanced combination of semantic and keyword search results to businesses of all sizes.
https://gilbane.com/2022/10/pinecone-launches-hybrid-search-functionality/

Access Innovations and Aptara partner to provide digital publishing solutions

Both Aptara and Access Innovations have extensive content experience, from structuring to conversion and metadata enrichment.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/access-innovations-and-aptara-partner-to-provide-digital-publishing-solutions/

Contentful announces new capabilities to content platform

Includes their vision and the new Contentful Studio product, platform orchestration capabilities, and App Framework.
https://gilbane.com/2022/10/contentful-announces-new-capabilities-to-content-platform/

Smartling expands Neural Machine Translation Hub

The NMT Hub is built to solve language translation issues difficult for single-engine approaches, to help web developers and content managers.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/smartling-expands-neural-machine-translation-hub/

Sonic Foundry launches Video Solutions

Incorporates many services offered under Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite Events brand with a variety of additional enterprise-facing services.
https://gilbane.com/2022/11/sonic-foundry-launches-video-solutions/

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The Gilbane Advisor is curated by Frank Gilbane for content technology, computing, and digital experience professionals. The focus is on strategic technologies. We publish recommended articles and content technology news weekly. We do not sell or share personal data.

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Bloomreach joins the MACH Alliance

Bloomreach, a commerce experience cloud, announced it has joined the MACH Alliance, a group of independent tech companies dedicated to advocating for open, technology ecosystems. Its inclusion in the MACH Alliance certifies that Bloomreach now meets the MACH standard of modern technology: Microservices based, API-first, Cloud-native SaaS, and Headless.

With solutions built specifically to enable digital commerce growth, Bloomreach has been recognized by customers for the control and revenue-optimization it offers to non-technical business users. Its products — Engagement, Discovery, and Content — empower users to personalize the entire customer journey with a business-oriented UI that offers access to relevant, real-time customer and product data. As a MACH certified company, Bloomreach is ensuring its solutions meet the needs of developers as well, offering the MACH agility that allows them to build a modern composable commerce environment that is both easy to integrate from a technical standpoint and maximized for value from a business standpoint.

https://www.bloomreach.com/en/blog/2022/mach-alliance

Access Innovations and Aptara partner to provide digital publishing solutions

Access Innovations, Inc., provider of Data Harmony software solutions, announced a partnership with Aptara to provide intelligent publishing solutions to book and journal publishers. Serving as a digital publishing provider since 1988, Aptara is proficient in designing and developing custom content for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations from all industries. They create, enrich, and optimize content to ensure it can be reused and repurposed — future-proofing it for all known and as yet undiscovered outputs.

Both Aptara and Access Innovations have extensive content experience, from structuring to conversion and metadata enrichment. Having the depth of experience will provide the combined client base with a full range of services to help reduce expenses while creating the digital-first experience most publishers need to compete in today’s evolving publishing industry. With this partnership in place Aptara clients can expect to see smoothly integrated options for taxonomies, and other metadata enhancement offered as a regular production flow service. Access Innovations clients can utilize significant additional options in production and distribution options.

https://www.accessinn.comhttps://www.aptaracorp.com

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