Liferay, Inc., which makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile, and connected devices, announced it will join the IBM Cloud for Financial Services ecosystem and intends to onboard its flagship Liferay Digital Experience solution to the platform. The IBM Cloud for Financial Services is designed to help institutions safely migrate their sensitive operations to the cloud and take advantage of cloud-native technologies from IBM’s independent software vendor (ISV) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) partners. Liferay DXP will provide financial institutions with a single platform on which to develop omnichannel experiences for their customers, partners, and employees. The IBM Cloud for Financial Services is designed to help address financial services institutions requirements for their regulatory compliance, security, and resiliency. IBM’s ecosystem of partners fuels hybrid cloud environments by helping clients manage and modernize workloads from bare-metal to multicloud and everything in between with Red Hat OpenShift.
The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology consortium, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), announced a collaboration to accelerate public service innovation and transformation for better citizen outcomes and optimal utilization of ICT infrastructure. By working together, The Open Group and ITU will aim to promote, guide, and build capabilities for digital government strategies and citizen-centric Enterprise Architecture (EA) across the globe. With the necessary guidance and materials, resource-constrained countries will be better placed to convert digital strategies into implementable large-scale systems. As such, the strategic alliance between ITU and The Open Group will fill the gap between digital investments and best practice architectural approaches for the achievement of the SDGs.
The work undertaken as part of the collaboration will be executed by The Open Group Government EA Work Group. The Work Group will develop processes that enable seamless information flow across various government ecosystems, making existing EA resources – including guides, frameworks, use cases, and methodologies – easier to use and available to all. Through providing access to these resources, both The Open Group and ITU will help governments to build the capabilities needed to implement architectural approaches at scale, based on their country-specific needs.
Asana, Inc. announced the addition of new and expanded enterprise integrations with Atlassian Jira (Server Edition), Microsoft Teams, Slack and Zoom to its app ecosystem. Asana also introduced increased admin capabilities and more ways for teams to work securely with automation.
Zoom for Asana
With the new Zoom for Asana, customers can attach Zoom call transcripts to Asana tasks for quick reference or to give teammates further context, reducing the number of times teams will have to switch between both platforms. Also, Asana for Zoom Apps will enable Zoom customers to subscribe and receive notifications from Asana projects within Zoom chat channels.
Asana for Slack
With the updated Asana for Slack integration, teams can share milestones, projects and portfolios as unfurls within Slack channels. The Asana for Slack enhancement adds to the ability to create and assign tasks from Slack messages for Slack Enterprise Grid customers. Enterprise Grid is designed for very large businesses or those in highly regulated industries.
Asana for Microsoft Teams
Customers can now create tasks directly within Microsoft’s recently launched Teams meetings feature, ensuring that key action items are reflected in Asana in just a few clicks.
Asana for Atlassian Jira (Server Edition)
Coupled with Asana’s current integration for Jira Cloud, Asana for Atlassian Jira (Server Edition) enables teams to create and link Jira issues from directly within Asana tasks, and receive updates on open Jira issues – whether they’re working in the cloud or on-premise.
New Suite of Controls for Enterprise Admins
Asana is also making it easier to protect and manage an organization’s data with new admin controls. Now, enterprise admins have the power to view, block and accept which third-party apps integrate with Asana and control whether users can attach files to tasks. Asana is encrypted both in transit and at rest for all users and with admins have the ability to terminate user sessions if a device is lost or stolen.
Snowflake announced new features to enable Snowflake customers to work with more types of data, have a more powerful developer experience, deliver more control over data, and access data services within the Data Cloud. Features include:
Unstructured Data – In addition to structured and semi-structured data, Snowflake announced support for unstructured data such as audio, video, pdfs, imaging data and more – which will provide the ability to orchestrate pipeline executions of that data. Unstructured data management in Snowflake means customers will be able to avoid accessing and managing multiple systems, deploy fine-grained governance over unstructured files and metadata, and gain more complete insights. This feature is currently in private preview.
Snowpark – A new developer experience that will allow data engineers, data scientists, and developers to write code in their languages of choice, using familiar programming concepts, and then execute workloads such as ETL/ELT, data preparation, and feature engineering on Snowflake. Snowpark is currently available in testing environments only.
Data Services on Snowflake Data Marketplace – Snowflake Data Marketplace enables any Snowflake customer to discover and access live, ready-to-query, third-party data sets from more than 100 data providers, without needing to copy files or move the data. Now the marketplace also features data service providers.
Row Access Policies – Customers will be able to advance their data governance across all data objects and workloads in Snowflake. Row access policies will give Snowflake customers the ability to create policies for restricting returned result sets when queries are executed. Row access policies are designed to mitigate risk, improve governance, and help organizations better adhere to regional and industry-specific data privacy regulations. Snowflake’s row access policies feature is expected to be in private preview later this year.
SnapLogic, provider of the Intelligent Integration Platform, announced that it now supports SaaS contracts in AWS Marketplace, a digital catalog with thousands of software listings from independent software vendors that make it easy to find, test, buy, and deploy software that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS). SnapLogic’s Intelligent Integration Platform uses AI workflows to automate all stages of IT integration projects – design, development, deployment, and maintenance – whether on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments. With availability in AWS Marketplace, customers can now leverage SnapLogic’s self-service interface to give both expert and citizen integrators the ability to manage all their application and data integration projects on a single, scalable platform. With SnapLogic, organizations can move data from hundreds of apps and data sources into Amazon Redshift with just a few clicks. Fast integration and accurate analysis are critical elements of digital transformation success. Customers also benefit from a simplified software procurement experience by leveraging their existing payment terms with AWS, and get consolidated billing for all of their AWS services, software, and SaaS product usage. SnapLogic is an AWS Advanced Technology Partner that has achieved AWS Data and Analytics Competency status as well as Amazon Redshift Ready designation.
Tim Berners-Lee‘s (unedited) announcement…
Today marks a huge milestone in Inrupt‘s journey to deliver on my vision for a vibrant web of shared benefit and opportunity. I’m thrilled that the first enterprise-ready version of a Solid Server, Inrupt’s ESS, is now available for businesses and organizations. It’s the fruit of two years of work by our outstanding team. These technologies will fundamentally change how organizations connect people with their data and create value together. It’s going to drive groundbreaking new opportunities that not only restore trust in data but also enhance our lives.
We’ve reached this milestone alongside a trusted cohort of early adopters including the BBC, NatWest Bank, the UK’s National Health Service, and the Flanders Government. They’re each proving what’s possible for their users by changing the way they think about, share, and use data. You can read more about these important pilots in this blog post from Inrupt CEO, John Bruce.
The web was always meant to be a platform for creativity, collaboration, and free invention – but that’s not what we are seeing today. Today, business transformation is hampered by different parts of one’s life being managed by different silos, each of which looks after one vertical slice of life, but where the users and teams can’t get the insight from connecting that data. Meanwhile, that data is exploited by the silo in question, leading to increasing, very reasonable, public skepticism about how personal data is being misused. That in turn has led to increasingly complex data regulations.
There had to be a better way. The Solid architecture provides that better way.
I founded Inrupt to trigger an inevitable shift in how the web operates, to mobilize resources and set a long-term direction in motion. Today that shift takes a significant step.
The technologies we’re releasing today are a component of a much-needed course correction for the web. It’s exciting to see organizations using Solid to improve the lives of everyday people – through better healthcare, more efficient government services and much more.
These first major deployments of the technology will kick off the network effect necessary to ensure the benefits of Solid will be appreciated on a massive scale. Once users have a Solid Pod, the data there can be extended, linked, and repurposed in valuable new ways. And Solid’s growing community of developers can be rest assured that their apps will benefit from the widespread adoption of reliable Solid Pods, already populated with valuable data that users are empowered to share.
Ultimately, this new foundation of trust and cooperation will lead to entirely new business models that actually benefit users as well.
Starting today, more organizations worldwide can take the first step towards building a trusted web where innovation flourishes, and everyone – businesses, developers, and web users – share the benefits. We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey.
Oracle announced a new cloud-based customer experience (CX) management solution for the communications industry. Oracle Digital Experience for Communications is a suite of industry-specific applications that capture and analyze customer-interaction data from front and back-office operations. This helps service providers better understand their customers’ unique buying behaviors and preferences so the providers can quickly launch compelling new offers and products, provide better service, and increase sales. Digital Experience for Communications supports the TM Forum‘s Open Digital Architecture and Open APIs to help service providers quickly integrate existing applications with the solution to provide a consistent and accurate view of customer and billing data. Coupled with a new user-interface built for the industry’s unique workflows, the solution gives service providers the data and tools to improve how they create and launch service offers, sell across channels, fulfill and monetize services, and deliver proactive care. Digital Experience for Communications also offers communications charging, operations support, and billing and revenue management.
The conversational experience platform, SurveySparrow, announced their new integration with Microsoft Teams. The integration facilitates Teams users to send surveys, collect feedback, resolve customer queries, host customer forums, conduct standups and access survey reports via Teams. From conducting regular employee pulse surveys to weekly reflections and daily scrum, the users of SurveySparrow can now simply log in to their account and do all this within Teams. The integration helps to simplify employee feedback & engagement programs, automate actions, establish customer forums, and improve ticket resolutions in your businesses. Whether your company is partially or fully remote, SurveySparrow – Teams integration lets you build a shared understanding of key data with your colleagues. You get to design a workflow and assign actions to each response. The real-time notification helps ensure you never miss a response & the reports help identify patterns in employee behavior or performance and thus alerts you to step in for fixes.