Coveo, a Relevance Platform and applied AI provider that transforms digital experiences with AI-powered search, recommendations, and personalization, announced the acquisition of Qubit, a provider of AI personalization technology for merchandising teams to accelerate Coveo’s expansion into the UK and European markets.
Coveo and Qubit’s combined ecommerce experience provides solutions for retailers who need to compete as the digital shift accelerates and will help them meet new consumer expectations around relevance through AI. The combined offering will also help drive customer lifetime value, from acquisition, through conversion, and retention with the addition of tools for merchandisers to deploy their promotions, test what’s working, and rapidly iterate. The acquisition expands the Coveo Relevance Cloud to:
- Tap into AI Commerce Search that detects shopper intent and determines individual context
- Equip merchandising teams to shape the shopper journey, from personalized search to product and content recommendations, from guided browsing to product listing pages, optimized through A/B and Multivariate testing and analytics
- Engage shoppers from chatbot to mobile applications, from digital store to marketplaces, and enabled through plug-in UI components, headless API, and open commerce support
- Be relevant across the customer lifecycle with shared personalization across customer self-service, assisted support, and customer communities.
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Alation Inc., a provider of enterprise data intelligence solutions, announced the acquisition of Lyngo Analytics, a Los Altos, Calif.-based data insights company. The acquisition will elevate the business user experience within the data catalog, scale data intelligence, and help organizations drive data culture. Lyngo Analytics CEO and co-founder Jennifer Wu and CTO and co-founder Joachim Rahmfeld will join the company.
Lyngo Analytics uses a natural language interface to empower users to discover data and insights by asking questions using simple, familiar business terms. Alation an intelligent and user-friendly machine-learning data catalog. By integrating Lyngo Analytics’ artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning (ML) technology into its platform, Alation deepens its support for the non-technical user, converting natural language questions into SQL. Business users can acquire and develop data-driven insights from across an enterprise’s broad range of data sources. This means even data consumers without SQL expertise can ask questions in natural language and find data and insights without the support of data analysts.
Conscia, a content intelligence platform, announced a partnership with Contentful, a content platform for digital-first business, coinciding with the launch of the Unify app. Purpose-built for new and existing Contentful customers, the Unify application joins together content from multiple Contentful spaces and other applications, and provides a unified API response for front-ends to enable a composable architecture for all digital channels.
Unify, powered by Conscia, sits on top of Contentful’s multi-space architecture and provides a no code way to assemble localized and personalized experiences for all channels to accelerate the digital supply chain. Unify’s ability to federate content, from legacy and siloed enterprise applications into Contentful’s global delivery infrastructure, capitalizes on Contentful’s ability to deliver content globally to all digital channels, such as web, mobile, voice, chatbots, call center and more. Many organizations currently undertaking the challenge of orchestrating content do so using custom GraphQL back-ends, application integration platforms and other home-grown architectures. Unify eliminates the need to build bespoke architectures to solve the challenge of digital experience orchestration.
DataStax, mostly known for AstraDB the multi-cloud database based on Apache Cassandra, announced the addition of new capabilities to its Stargate Gateway product, a data gateway deployed between client applications and databases, that exposes the database layer as multiple APIs offering flexibility to the way you expose your data.
The APIs in question are the Document, REST, CQL and GraphQL. As such under the Document API you can modify and query data stored as unstructured JSON documents in collections. The REST API exposes CRUD access to data stored in Cassandra tables, while under the CQL API you can access those tables using Cassandra’s native query language CQL. Lastly, under the GraphQL API you can easily modify and query table data using GraphQL types, queries, and mutations. The GraphQL API has now been extended so developers can create tables and define schemas in Apache Cassandra without the need to work directly with CQL.
Through integration with the Apollo Gateway it can also interface with other databases that support GraphQL including MongoDB, MySQL and PostgreSQL, as well with data stores on AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Stargate is available as part of the Astra DB cloud service.
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) announced the availability of Semantic Search within RightFind Navigate through a partnership with SciBite, a semantic technology organization. CCC also announced several features to RightFind Enterprise.
Through semantic enrichment in RightFind Enterprise, now extended to RightFind Navigate, users can locate relevant data beyond just the specific words used, letting them find more relevant data associated with similar words and phrases. Established controlled vocabularies, such as SciBite’s VOCabs, which apply an explicit, unique meaning and description to scientific terms, provide comprehensive coverage of relevant terminology and the foundation necessary for an effective literature monitoring strategy. RightFind Navigate enables researchers to find relevant content easily through contextualized discovery that is based on machine learning and smart data. RightFind Navigate unifies searching across multiple licensed content sources, publicly available data, and internal proprietary content.
Features added to RightFind Enterprise include:
- See available reuse rights in personal and shared libraries to minimize infringement risk without interrupting workflows
- Order multiple articles in personal or shared libraries with one click
- View the average rating from colleagues for an article in shared libraries, including the number of reviews
- Easily view a large number of supplemental material files in one convenient list.
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced Apache OpenOffice 4.1.11, the Open Source office-document productivity suite. Apache OpenOffice supports more than 40 languages, offers hundreds of ready-to-use extensions, and is a productivity suite for governments seeking to meet mandates for using ISO/IEC standard Open Document Format (ODF) files. Apache OpenOffice comprises six productivity applications: Writer (word processor), Calc (spreadsheet tool), Impress (presentation editor), Draw (vector graphics drawing editor), Math (mathematical formula editor), and Base (database management program).
The OpenOffice suite ships for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Apache OpenOffice is available as a free download to all users at 100% no cost, charge, or fees of any kind. Apache OpenOffice is available on the Windows 11 Store as of 5 October 2021. The 14th release under the auspices of the ASF, OpenOffice v4.1.11 reflects dozens of improvements, features, and bug fixes that include:
- New Writer Fontworks gallery
- Updated document types where hyperlink is allowed
- Updated Windows Installer
- Increased font size in Help
In addition, the project is mitigating 5 CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) reports, three of which will be disclosed on 11 October, in coordination with The Document Foundation.
John Snow Labs, a Healthcare AI and NLP company and developer of the Spark NLP library, announced that it will enable free access to its enterprise-grade Annotation Lab and NLP Server software for all users. The Annotation Lab, a data labeling and AI/ML solution for teams, enables users to annotate documents, images, and videos. The software automatically trains models using active learning and transfer learning. The project-based workflow helps users leverage real-time analytics on productivity, dataset bias, and inter-annotator agreement.
The enterprise solution also supports strong user management and role-based access, fully versioned and auditable completions, customizable workflows and tags, the ability to use custom models and embeddings, and integration with other tools using an API. Users can install the Annotation Lab within their own software infrastructure, including in air-gap networks, avoiding the need to share any data. There are no limits on the number of deployments, users, and customers. The NLP Server grants users access to thousands of pretrained out-of-the-box NLP models, enabling their use with no coding or data science experience necessary. Users can simply install the server as a single Docker container or on a cloud compute instance and access APIs.
DataStax announced that K8ssandra, an open-source distribution of Apache Cassandra on Kubernetes, is available on the VMware Marketplace. VMware Marketplace enables customers to discover and deploy compatible, validated third-party solutions to VMware environments. Once validated, partners can easily publish their solutions for VMware customers across platforms. Customers will be able to access these third-party partner solutions directly from their cloud environments, while also being able to experience the convenience of features such as notifications, reporting, and analytics.
Every element of a modern data application should embody the cloud native principles of scale, elasticity, self-healing, and observability. K8ssandra is at the forefront of the move to cloud native data on Kubernetes. K8ssandra combines the flexible, cloud-native benefits of Kubernetes together with the global scale of Cassandra — the NoSQL database used by enterprises including Apple, Instagram, Netflix, Sky, Spotify, TikTok, Uber, and Yelp. It is a complete operational data platform for Kubernetes including APIs, monitoring, and backups, providing database administrators (DBAs) and site reliability engineers (SREs) elastic scale for data on Kubernetes.