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Day: May 15, 2024

Elastic announced Search AI Lake to scale low latency search

Elastic, a Search AI company, today announced Search AI Lake, a cloud-native architecture optimized for real-time, low-latency applications including search, retrieval augmented generation (RAG), observability and security. The Search AI Lake also powers the new Elastic Cloud Serverless offering. All operations, from monitoring and backup to configuration and sizing, are managed by Elastic – users just bring their data and choose Elasticsearch, Elastic Observability, or Elastic Security on Serverless. Benefits include:

  • Fully decoupling storage and compute enables scalability and reliability using object storage, dynamic caching supports high throughput, frequent updates, and interactive querying of large data volumes.
  • Multiple enhancements maintain query performance even when the data is safely persisted on object stores.
  • By separating indexing and search at a low level, the platform can automatically scale to meet the needs of a wide range of workloads.
  • Users can leverage a native suite of AI relevance, retrieval, and reranking capabilities, including a native vector database integrated into Lucene, open inference APIs, semantic search, and first- and third-party transformer models, which work with the array of search functionalities.
  • Elasticsearch’s query language, ES|QL, is built in to transform, enrich, and simplify investigations with fast concurrent processing irrespective of data source and structure.

DataStax to launch new Hyper-Converged Data Platform

DataStax announced the upcoming launch of DataStax HCDP (Hyper-Converged Data Platform), in addition to the upcoming release of DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 6.9. Both products enable customers to add generative AI and vector search capabilities to their self-managed, enterprise data workloads. DataStax HCDP is designed for modern data centers and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) to support the breadth of data workloads and AI systems. It supports on-premises enterprise data systems built to AI-enable data and is designed for enterprise operators and architects.

The combination of OpenSearch’s Enterprise Search capabilities, with the high-performance vector search capabilities of the DataStax cloud-native, NoSQL Hyper-Converged Database, enables users to speed RAG and knowledge retrieval applications into production.

Hyper-converged streaming (HCS) built with Apache Pulsar is designed to provide data communications for a modern infrastructure. With native support of inline data processing and embedding, HCS brings vector data to the edge, allowing for faster response times and enabling event data for better contextual generative AI experiences.

HCDP provides rapid provisioning and data APIs built around the DataStax one-stop GenAI stack for enterprise retrieval-augmented generation (RAG), and it’s all built on the open-source Apache Cassandra platform.

Foxit partners with Straker Translations

Foxit Software, a provider of PDF products and services, today announced a strategic partnership with Straker Translations, integrating Straker’s AI-powered language translation technology into the Foxit ecosystem. Foxit and Straker’s collaboration provides on-demand, accurate translation capabilities to Foxit’s eSignature services, enabling users to seamlessly translate and sign documents in multiple languages.

Straker’s integration within the Foxit eSignature solution will be valuable for Foxit users across critical sectors such as finance, legal, insurance, tax accounting, healthcare, and biotech, where precision and accessibility in documentation are essential.

This integration ensures that Foxit’s diverse international user base can engage with legal documents in their native language, enhancing understanding and compliance while simplifying the signing process for documents that cross linguistic borders. The addition of Straker’s translation technology not only streamlines the workflow but also enhances legal compliance and reduces the risk of misunderstandings in global transactions.


Gilbane Advisor 5-15-24 — Agentic UX, Meta vs OpenAI

This week we feature articles from Alex Klein, and Alberto Romero.

Additional reading comes from Jim Clyde Monge, James O’Donnell, Cobus Greyling, and Scott Brinker.

News comes from Adobe, Apple, SoundHound & Perplexity, and Acquia.

All previous issues are available at

Opinion / Analysis

The agentic era of UX

“The future of digital experience is here — but it’s being minced into microscopic use cases.”

Alex Klein argues that AI user experience requires a holistic approach that pulls together point use cases into a workflow that addresses more complete user journeys, and that the role of design is critical. He explains, and has some good advice on how to proceed. (8 min)

OpenAI rules the changes but Meta changes the rules

Alberto Romero comes up with an enlightening analysis of the AI market focused on Meta’s strategy of making LLMs a commodity with Llama, and OpenAi, representing current LLM leadership. 

OpenAI’s Monday announcement of GPT-4o keeps the pressure on Google, Anthropic, et al. Some the impressive GPT-4o demos were on phones and suggest what we might see if Apple and OpenAI finalize an agreement. (7 min)

More Reading

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Content technology news

Adobe launches Acrobat AI Assistant for the enterprise

Acrobat AI Assistant can be deployed in minutes with enterprise controls, increasing productivity for knowledge workers on desktop, web and mobile.

SoundHound AI and Perplexity partner

Perplexity’s capabilities added to SoundHound Chat AI will respond to questions conversationally with real-time knowledge from the web.■

Apple Final Cut Pro 2 on iPad and Mac get new AI features

Final Cut Pro 2 transforms video creation with Live Multicam on the new iPad Pro and new AI features on iPad Pro and Final Cut Pro Mac 10.8.

Acquia supports latest W3C content accessibility guidelines

With the Accessibility Module in Monsido, customers can scan their websites, obtain an accessibility score, and get recommendations to improve accessibility.

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