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AtScale expands semantic layer solution for Microsoft Excel

AtScale, a provider of semantic layer solutions for modern business intelligence and data science teams, announced deeper integration with Microsoft Excel’s advanced analytic functions. AtScale makes it possible to connect Excel workbooks to live cloud data platforms, including Snowflake, AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Databricks. Excel users can work with data without extracting or moving data. Leveraging native MDX (Multi-Dimensional Expression) integration, the AtScale semantic layer is accessible with Excel PivotTables, Slicers, and Cell Definitions. New support includes the ability to work with cell-level CUBE functions for embedding dimensional queries directly in cell formulas. Capabilities include:

  • Native Connection – AtScale’s MDX-based connector lets Excel users access models and data through a semantic layer, with no additional drivers or client-side software. AtScale shields data consumers from the raw data structures and cloud access.
  • Performant Access to Live Cloud Data – Data requests through AtScale’s semantic layer are directed in real time to underlying cloud data platforms, with no need for extracts or pre-processing of data.
  • Analytics Governance and Security – Supports Excel’s single sign-on with Active Directory / LDAP integration.
  • Automatic Data Refresh – Supports Excel’s automatic data refresh to avoid stale data and the need to manually copy and paste raw data.

Elastic announces Enterprise Search 7.15 with App Search web crawler

Elastic announced new updates and enhancements across the Elastic Enterprise Search Solution in its 7.15 release, including the general availability of the native Elastic App Search web crawler and new personalization capabilities in Elastic Workplace Search.

The web crawler offers a fast and efficient way for users to ingest content directly from publicly accessible web sites and create new search experiences for any use case without having to write code or access the underlying datastore. The native web crawler also provides enhanced performance and stability features, such as automatic crawling controls and content extraction tools, streamlining implementation for users, and optimizing content findability within their App Search engines. Customization features in Elastic Workplace Search enable users to unify internal search experiences, meet infrastructure demands, and deliver relevant real-time results. New features include:

  • Customized internal search branding to give users the ability to create a consistent look and feel across all workplace productivity tools.
  • Enhanced sync configurability to ensure computing resources meet infrastructure demands and provide real-time results.
  • Configurable automatic filter detection to automatically recognize natural language queries and deliver relevant search results.
  • Improved Search API, enabling customers to build custom search implementations within high-traffic applications like intranets and workflow applications.

Brightspot launches partner program

Brightspot, a content management system (CMS) provider, announced the launch of the Brightspot Partner Program, developed for solution partners and digital agencies and consultancies that are looking to deliver and execute on CMS projects quickly. Brightspot’s API-first platform includes headless capabilities and gives organizations the option to access and use a number of pre-built integrations to save valuable development time and effort.

Brightspot offers its partners API-first CMS benefits, including out-of-the-box features such as a rich text editor, customizable workflows, a native digital asset management (DAM), global and federated search, an inherent modular approach, and a seamless approach to integrations. Benefits include:

  • Training on Brightspot’s API-first approach and headless architecture
  • Support in co-selling Brightspot with Partner Services
  • Continued support – Brightspot supports with customer demos and initial implementations
  • Access to the Brightspot Partner Portal
  • Referral commission on Brightspot license for closed deals sourced by a partner
  • New opportunities sourced by Brightspot for established partners

Gilbane Advisor 9-22-21 — No-code, data stacks, OpenMetadata

This week we have articles from Louise de Leyritz and Suresh Srinivas. News comes from RWS Language Weaver and ServiceNow, Adobe, Progress, and Kentico.

Opinion / Analysis

What If … you had to build a data stack with no-code tools?

Well, not only with no-code tools. Louise de Leyritz’s title is usefully clicky in that it will get you thinking about how no-code tools can contribute to building a modern data stack. In particular, support for data democratization — providing a way for non-technical parts of your organization to gain operational access to critical data. The article looks at the pros and cons, and suggests an appropriate set of no-code tools to consider for data science / machine learning.

Announcing OpenMetadata

Metadata a a critical component for lots of corporate applications, but how do you manage it in a world of data lakes and hybrid data stacks that need to be shared across different functions? Suresh Srinivas is well placed to tackle this problem having done so at Uber. But he is proposing an open source approach that goes beyond a centralized Metadata Lake to a Metadata Graph. Very interesting.

More reading…

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Content technology news

Language Weaver now available for ServiceNow customers

Supports the translation of most business content: documents, chatbot discussions, email conversations and incident tickets within ServiceNow.

Adobe announces Payment Services for Adobe Commerce

Adobe merchants will have access to the integrated payment solution that can easily be managed from their Adobe Commerce Admin.

Progress releases Sitefinity DX 14.0

The digital experience platform (DXP) has new capabilities for low-code integration, chat-driven engagement, and headless content delivery.

Kentico updates Kentico Xperience 13

Refresh 3 features include selecting multiple pages using the Content Selector, Widget Zone Restrictions, and Widget Zone Names.

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Optimizely’s data core service to strengthen digital experience platform

Optimizely introduced data core service, enhancing its digital experience platform (DXP) with deeper analytics and unified data insights across its suite of products. With data core service, companies will gain a greater understanding of their customers, as well as their overall digital business performance. The new service will be available to Optimizely cloud customers in Q1 2021 and will be included at no charge, subject to a 250K MAU usage limit, for customers who are implementing one or more of its solutions, including Content Cloud, Commerce Cloud, B2B Commerce Cloud and Experimentation.

Data core service will serve as the connective tissue for Optimizely customers, unifying data to serve as the underlying force across content-centric, commerce-centric and experimentation use cases, as well as customer profiling. It also provides common context, helping customers bring data across Optimizely into a centralized place and gain access to dashboards and analytics on how their digital business is performing. Ultimately, data core service will help companies deliver the right experience at the right time, thanks to visibility into their digital properties. The service launch follows the company’s unification of the Optimizely and Episerver brands and acquisition of Zaius in March 2021.

Language Weaver now available for ServiceNow customers

RWS, a provider of technology-enabled language, content management and intellectual property services, has released a new Language Weaver Connector for ServiceNow, allowing customers to quickly and securely translate content across 130+ languages within their ServiceNow environment.

Language Weaver is RWS’s secure, adaptable machine translation (MT) platform that processes and instantly translates large volumes of content. The Connector supports the translation of almost any type of business content – including documents, chatbot discussions, email conversations and incident tickets – directly within the ServiceNow platform. The Language Weaver Connector extends the ability for customers to communicate and collaborate within the ServiceNow platform through a variety of features:

  • Proprietary neural MT across 3,000+ language combinations.
  • Pre-trained industry engines that can be further refined to a company’s own branding and corporate dictionaries.
  • Adaptable engines that can be trained and customized with an organization’s own data.
  • All major document types are supported with format preservation.
  • Backed by the full support of RWS’s team of MT and translation best-practice experts.

Compatible with the Quebec and Rome releases of ServiceNow, Language Weaver can be deployed as a secure cloud solution or on-premise behind the firewall.!/store/application/6353007ddbef6010dab3c5860596198a

ServiceNow expands Microsoft partnership with new collaborative app in Teams

ServiceNow announced an expanded strategic partnership with Microsoft to empower employees as they to navigate new ways of working. As part of ServiceNow’s Now Platform Rome release, the company introduced a collaborative app for its Employee Center that integrates with Microsoft Teams for streamlined employee experiences in hybrid work environments. The companies also announced expanded investments in co-innovation and go-to-market efforts.

ServiceNow’s new Employee Center is a collaborative app that can be embedded directly into Teams. Collaborative apps are a new class of Teams apps that surface in rich ways across chat, channels, and meetings. Employee Center provides employees a single, unified portal to find information, get help across departments – including IT, HR, facilities, procurement, and legal – and request the services they need. Through the Teams app, employees can access the portal directly in the flow of their work.

ServiceNow has adopted Microsoft Teams for chat, meetings, and collaboration with full deployment across its 15,000 global employees targeted for the end of September 2021. Microsoft is already using ServiceNow IT Service Management (ITSM) and ServiceNow Virtual Agent integrated with Teams to streamline workflows across its enterprise, resolve IT incidents as well as employees’ IT issues and questions faster.

Kentico updates Kentico Xperience 13

Kentico released “Refresh 3” for Kentico Xperience 13. When creating new web pages in Page Builder you can now offer visitors related content, for example blog articles and similar products. Up to now, if you wanted to add several related pages, you needed a separate widget for each card. Adding multiple cards with related pages to a single widget needed a custom workaround. 

If an editor chooses a wrong widget for a zone, it doesn’t display correctly and looks like a bug. With Widget Zone Restrictions, developers can define which widgets are suitable for each zone. When building pages, you get only the suitable widgets offered. And when you drag-and-drop a widget to a different position, you see which zone it is allowed to sit in.

With the new Widget Zone Names, developers can allocate a title to every zone. Then, the system remembers which zone each widget belongs to. In case an editor decides to swap the zones, the widgets automatically “follow” them to the new positions. This gives you freedom to be creative with your page layout, try different options and choose the best one. Focus on the final look rather than manual work.

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