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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 weekly via email and on our blog except for August and December.  Subscribe here

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Gilbane Advisor 10-20-21 — Learn like a human, enterprise software futures

This week we have articles from John Ball and Stephen O’Grady. News comes from Cloudinary, Coveo and Qubit, Contentful and Conscia, Alation and Lyngo, and DataStax.


Opinion / Analysis

Solving the NLU crisis: next steps

“Crisis” may seem a dramatic way to describe the current state of natural language understanding given the impressive demonstrations of large language models. But there is an inflection point here, or coming soon, where progress stalls. Last week’s recommended article by Walid Saba argued that current ML approaches are flawed.

This week, John Ball makes the case for combining linguistics, neuroscience, and computer science for an approach to NLU that is closer to how humans learn, without “reading thousands of books and memorising colocation patterns and probabilities”. He provides an example to explain how this works (with a link to a short video that is helpful after reading the article). This is not a silver bullet since there is domain expertise, effort, and their cost in application, but it does promise better NLU results.

Saba and Ball both have companies in stealth mode but regularly publish articles on their approaches with supporting research for further evaluation.

https://medium.com/pat-inc/solving-the-nlu-crisis-next-steps-5ce23ec7eef9

Fragmentation leads to abstractions which lead to what?

Buyers of enterprise software have a wider and richer range of choices than ever, but this comes with increasingly complex decision-making as central versus functional needs diverge, and increasing software fragmentation costs make integrated software services appealing even when not optimal. Will AWS, Google, and Microsoft compete on native integrated services? How will independent software / service suppliers deal with this? How will enterprise customers react? Stephen O’Grady provides some useful thoughts on how this will play out.

https://redmonk.com/sogrady/2021/09/20/fragmentation-abstractions/

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Content technology news

Cloudinary updates products

Media Optimizer and DAM enhancements: Media Optimizer self service, Apps for Digital Asset Management, and WordPress Plugin.
https://gilbane.com/2021/10/cloudinary-updates-products/

Coveo acquires Qubit

Their combined ecommerce experience provide solutions for retailers North America and Europe to meet consumer expectations around relevance.
https://gilbane.com/2021/10/coveo-acquires-qubit/

Contentful and Conscia launch Unify

A multi-space, no-code orchestration solution for personalization and headless commerce for all channels.
https://gilbane.com/2021/10/contentful-and-conscia-launch-unify/

Alation acquires Lyngo Analytics

Business data consumers without SQL expertise can ask questions in natural language and find data and insights without data analysts.
https://gilbane.com/2021/10/alation-acquires-lyngo-analytics/

DataStax extends Stargate

The new GraphQL API in Stargate allows developers to create tables and define schemas in Apache Cassandra without the need to work directly with CQL.
https://gilbane.com/2021/10/datastax-extends-stargate/

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Gilbane Advisor 10-13-21 — NLP ≠ NLU, zombie subscribers

This week we have articles from Walid Saba and Sarah Scire. News comes from Sinequa, Sitecore, WP Engine, John Snow Labs, and Copyright Clearance Center.


Opinion / Analysis

Machine learning won’t solve natural language understanding

Walid Saba argues that “it is time to re-think our approach to natural language understanding, since the ‘big data’ approach to NLU is implausible and flawed”, and that the main problem is due to what he calls the “missing text phenomenon”. We recommended an earlier article of his where he discussed this in the context of ontologies and knowledge graphs, but this article is more focused on the key problem and his best explanation for a broad audience. Given the importance of both natural language processing and natural language understanding for machine learning applications, combined with issues surrounding the dependence on large language models, this is an important read. Afterwards see Saba’s response to objections to the article here.

https://thegradient.pub/machine-learning-wont-solve-the-natural-language-understanding-challenge/

How news publishers are turning casual infrequent readers into paying subscribers

The longer you’re in the market with your subscription product, the more light-reading subscribers you are going to have,” the report notes. “The majority of conversions come from light readers. The proportion of conversions that come from this cohort grows the longer that you are in the market.

Plus, approximately 40% subscribers are “zombies”. Note the report (which I have not read) mentioned is about and for news publishers, so mileage may vary.

https://www.niemanlab.org/2021/10/how-news-publishers-are-turning-casual-infrequent-readers-into-paying-subscribers/

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Sinequa announces Starter Apps

Helps customers build and deploy custom Insight Apps with tailored search experiences faster and more easily.
https://gilbane.com/2021/10/sinequa-announces-starter-apps/

Sitecore launches Sitecore Manager Experience Cloud

The cloud-native CMS (content management system) offering is a new addition to the Sitecore Digital Experience Platform (DXP).
https://gilbane.com/2021/10/sitecore-launches-sitecore-manager-experience-cloud/

John Snow Labs announces free no-code natural language processing tools

The data labeling solution for teams enables annotation of documents, images, and videos. The NLP Server grants access to pretrained NLP models.
https://gilbane.com/2021/10/john-snow-labs-announces-free-no-code-natural-language-processing-tools/

WP Engine launches Atlas Content Modeler

ACM is a WordPress CMS plugin to create custom post types and fields for headless WordPress sites. ACM integrates seamlessly with WPGraphQL.
https://gilbane.com/2021/10/wp-engine-launches-atlas-content-modeler/

CCC adds SciBite Semantic Search capability within RightFind Navigate

Enables researchers to find relevant content more quickly through contextualized discovery that is based on machine learning and smart data.
https://gilbane.com/2021/10/ccc-adds-scibite-semantic-search-capability-within-rightfind-navigate/

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Gilbane Advisor 9-29-21 — data repatriation, legacy scaling

This week we have articles from Kendall Clark and Timothy Prickett Morgan. News comes from Umbraco, Elastic, Brightspot, Optimizely, ServiceNow and Microsoft.

➔ We’ll be traveling and mostly off the grid next week. Our next issue will be October 13th.


Opinion / Analysis

Why the big three can’t win the hybrid multicloud game

Data integration is not solved by AWS, Azure, or Google cloud platforms. Though each have been building partnerships with third party data management tools, it is not in their interest to work together, or to tempt regulatory reaction. So how do enterprises address this problem, and the dreaded repatriation costs? Kendall Clark (founder and CEO of Stardog) doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but delivers a dose of reality. Also see The cost of cloud, a trillion dollar paradox.

https://www.analyticsinsight.net/why-the-big-three-cant-win-the-hybrid-multi-cloud-game/

The endless pursuit of scale at LinkedIn

Switching software stacks is incredibly complex and costly, but keeping up with scaling needs can’t be avoided given never-ending data growth. Timothy Prickett Morgan provides a peek at how LinkedIn has been dealing with this balancing act. Not all of you have exabyte size data stores as they do, but nonetheless may find this a fascinating (I know, a strange word choice) read as I did. There is also a bonus link describing LinkedIn’s knowledge graph.

https://www.nextplatform.com/2021/09/15/the-endless-pursuit-of-scale-at-linkedin/

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Content technology news

Umbraco moves content management system to .NET 5

Umbraco 9 is a complete update of the CMS’ technology stack, from .NET Framework to .NET 5 (previously known as .NET Core).
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/umbraco-moves-content-management-system-to-net-5/

Elastic announces Enterprise Search 7.15 with App Search web crawler

Including general availability of the native Elastic App Search web crawler and new personalization capabilities in Elastic Workplace Search.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/elastic-announces-enterprise-search-7-15-with-app-search-web-crawler/

Brightspot launches partner program

Developed for solution partners and digital agencies and consultancies that are looking to deliver and execute on CMS projects.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/brightspot-launches-partner-program/

Optimizely’s data core service to strengthen digital experience platform

To enhance its digital experience platform (DXP) with deeper analytics and unified data insights across its suite of products.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/optimizelys-data-core-service-to-strengthen-digital-experience-platform/

ServiceNow expands Microsoft partnership with new collaborative app in Teams

The new collaborative app for its Employee Center integrates with Teams to streamline employee experiences in hybrid work environments.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/servicenow-expands-microsoft-partnership-with-new-collaborative-app-in-teams/

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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.

https://towardsdatascience.com/what-if-you-had-to-build-a-data-stack-with-no-code-tools-c01380697117

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.

https://blog.open-metadata.org/announcing-openmetadata-20399b816e60

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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.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/language-weaver-now-available-for-servicenow-customers/

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.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/adobe-announces-payment-services-for-adobe-commerce/

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.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/progress-releases-sitefinity-dx-14-0/

Kentico updates Kentico Xperience 13

Refresh 3 features include selecting multiple pages using the Content Selector, Widget Zone Restrictions, and Widget Zone Names.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/kentico-updates-kentico-xperience-13/

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Gilbane Advisor 9-15-21 — bio neurons, neural nets, GraphQL over SPARQL

This week we have articles from Kurt Cagle and Alberto Romero. News comes from Acquia and Widen, Google Workspace, InMoment and Lexalytics, DataRobot, and Grammarly.


Opinion / Analysis

Why GraphQL will rewrite the Semantic Web

I like SPARQL, but increasingly I have to admit a hard reality: there’s a new kid on the block that I think may very well dethrone the language, and perhaps even RDF. …I think that the king of the hill will likely end up being GraphQL.

The title may startle, but Cagle is providing a thoughtful look ahead. This is an important read if you work with or track these or related technologies. Even if you don’t work directly with any of the technologies he discusses but are, or will be, managing or using applications based on them, his 12 minute (2/* perhaps) explanation will make you smarter.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-graphql-rewrite-semantic-web-kurt-cagle/

Here’s why we may need to rethink artificial neural networks

“What if I told you that a biological neuron is better represented by a whole artificial neural network than by a single artificial neuron?” Alberto Romero asks, and then explains why, and what this means if the current trajectory of AI investment continues. To over-simplify, using artificial neuron networks is valuable and useful for certain types of ML applications, but not for advancing Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). There are also ethical and environmental repercussions. The 15 minute read is worth your time and happily accessible for non-specialists.

https://towardsdatascience.com/heres-why-we-may-need-to-rethink-artificial-neural-networks-c7492f51b7bc

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Content technology news

Grammarly introduces Text Editor SDK

Developers get access to everything they need to deliver easy-to-use, real-time writing assistance in any web application.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/grammarly-introduces-text-editor-sdk/

DataRobot launches DataRobot AI Cloud

Platform brings together disparate data and users, spanning expert data scientists to IT operators to business analysts for collaboration.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/datarobot-launches-datarobot-ai-cloud/

InMoment completes acquisition of Lexalytics

Lexalytics brings decades of structured and unstructured data experience and expertise in natural language proccessing and machine learning.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/inmoment-completes-acquisition-of-lexalytics/

Google Workspace updates to improve hybrid work

Spaces in Google Chat, updates to Google Meet and Calendar for hybrid meetings, Google Meet hardware, and third-party interoperability.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/google-workspace-updates-to-improve-hybrid-work/

Acquia to acquire Widen

The digital asset management (DAM) and product information management (PIM) software will be available as part of Acquia DXP or, standalone.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/acquia-to-acquire-widen/

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Gilbane Advisor 9-1-21 — Privacy-what to do? ML explained

This week we have articles from Benedict Evans and an educational video starring Hillary Mason. News comes from Apache, Bridgeline, Qumu, Apple, Wondershare, Otter ai, and TransPerfect + Webcertain.

We’ll be on vacation next week so our next issue will be September 15th. We were kidding last week when we said we would probably be back :).


Opinion / Analysis

Privacy, ads, and confusion

Privacy is coming to the internet and cookies are going away. This is long overdue – but we don’t know what happens next, we don’t have much consensus on what online privacy actually means, and most of what’s on the table conflicts fundamentally with competition.

Benedict Evans’ description of where we are and what we don’t know is on target, and is a rewarding read for those who know they don’t know, as well as those that think they do know – perhaps a colleague.

https://www.ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2021/8/27/understanding-privacy

Watch a computer scientist explain machine learning in 5 levels of difficulty

Hillary Mason does a delightful job of explaining machine learning to, in order, an 8 year old, a 9th grader, a college student, and a grad student, and then discussing the current state of ML with a fellow computer scientist. This 26 minute video (with transcript) is a valuable learning tool for anyone not versed in computer science. It is just as valuable to those who are proficient in ML but looking for short helpful ways to explain it to a child, parent, spouse, boss, whoever. Plus, it is fun to watch.

https://www.wired.com/video/watch/5-levels-machine-learning

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Content technology news

The Apache Drill Project releases Apache Drill v1.19

Open Source, enterprise, schema-free Big Data SQL query engine designed for rapidly evolving data on modern Big Data applications.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/the-apache-drill-project-releases-apache-drill-v1-19/

Bridgeline expands investment in BigCommerce partnership

Hawksearch is an AI-powered search, personalization, and recommendations app that optimizes the online buying experience for B2C & B2C.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/bridgeline-expands-investment-in-bigcommerce-partnership/

Wondershare releases EdrawMind Version 9.0

The multifunctional collaborative mind mapping and brainstorming tool brings a new UI, and advanced features.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/wondershare-releases-edrawmind-version-9-0/

Qumu adds on-demand transcriptions and AI-powered captions

Asynchronous video transcriptions make it easier to review video content and aid in regulatory compliance for meeting transcript requirements.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/qumu-adds-on-demand-transcriptions-and-ai-powered-captions/

Apple introduces the News Partner Program

Designed for subscription news publishers that provide their content to Apple News in Apple News Format.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/apple-introduces-the-news-partner-program/

TransPerfect acquires Webcertain

Webcertain will complement TransPerfect’s TPT Digital division which shares a common focus on targeted campaigns beyond language translation.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/transperfect-acquires-webcertain/

Otter.ai launches Otter Assistant for Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Cisco Webex

Users can access all of their notes, regardless of video conferencing platform, through Otter.ai’s web app or mobile apps on iOS and Android.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/otter-ai-launches-otter-assistant-for-microsoft-teams-google-meet-and-cisco-webex/

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Gilbane Advisor 8-25-21 — Bluesky, big data, graphs and hypergraphs

This week we have articles on Twitter Bluesky and beyond graphs to hypergraphs. News comes from Adobe and Frame io, Umbraco and Monterro, Confluent, and Mural.

We’ll be back as usual next Wednesday to provide you with reading for the holiday weekend in the U.S. – if you can’t help yourself. We’ll be on vacation the week after reading other things and communing with all things Atlantic seashore. We’ll probably be back :).


Opinion / Analysis

How big data carried graph theory into new dimensions

Graph databases and knowledge graphs are already advancing our ability to express, navigate, and learn from data. But as computing power and data sets grow, graphs as we know them are not sufficient for keeping up with the full richness and complexity we find. Stephen Ornes explains why, and why hypergraphs are a necessary part of the future.

Don’t panic. You’re not behind the curve. But this article will help you think strategically about current knowledge graph initiatives, and start preparing you for what comes next.

Mike Hughes for Quanta Magazine

https://www.quantamagazine.org/how-big-data-carried-graph-theory-into-new-dimensions-20210819/

Twitter’s decentralized social network project finally has a leader

Twitter announced the Bluesky project in 2019, and the reception was an unsurprising combination of skepticism and cheers. Tim Bray’s reaction included both, and is still a good and relevant read. Last week’s announcement of an official project leader has generated what is probably the most press the project has received since. Not that there hasn’t been some progress — see the Ecosystem Review by the new project lead Jay Graber, published in January. Nonetheless, this is not something imminent. It is however, worthy of contribution and encouragement.

https://techcrunch.com/2021/08/16/twitter-taps-crypto-developer-to-lead-bluesky-decentralized-social-network-effort/

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Content technology news

Adobe to acquire Frame.io

Brings together Adobe Creative Cloud’s video capabilities with Frame io’s workflow functionality for end-to-end video collaboration.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/adobe-to-acquire-frame-io/

CMS supplier Umbraco acquired by Monterro

Swedish firm takes majority ownership, bringing knowledge in CMS to help expand Umbraco’s digital experience platform (DXP) worldwide.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/cms-supplier-umbraco-acquired-by-monterro/

Confluent launches Q3 ʼ21 Release

Goes beyond Apache Kafka to deliver a platform for data in motion that is cloud-native, complete, and everywhere.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/confluent-launches-q3-ʼ21-release/

MURAL offers free plan for guided visual collaboration

Includes a free forever digital workspace that includes five murals, unlimited members, and all of MURAL’s Facilitation Superpowers features.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/mural-offers-free-plan-for-guided-visual-collaboration/

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Gilbane Advisor 8-18-21 — Graph thinking, machine learning ops

This week we have articles from Paco Nathan (@pacoid)and Kabir Nagrecha (@KabirNagrecha). News comes from Bloomreach, MarkLogic, Acquia, OpenAI, and Moonwalk Universal and IBM.


Opinion / Analysis

The last, and often the most difficult and costly, step before a promising but complex enterprise technologies becomes mainstream is for organizations to figure out how to operationalize them. Knowledge graphs and machine learning are two such technologies at this stage. How do they fit in with existing software, systems, processes, and resources? What has to change, what will it cost, and how long will it take?

Big questions, but both articles this week should be useful when you’re thinking about strategies. First, Kabir Nagrecha discusses how existing systems research and practices contribute to machine learning operations (MLOps). Next, Paco Nathan looks at ways to think about knowledge graphs in the context of systems thinking and complex problem solving.

Systems for Machine Learning

On the field of Machine Learning Systems and how it addresses the new challenges of ML with a lens shaped by traditional systems research.

https://thegradient.pub/systems-for-machine-learning/

ML system architecture from D. Sculley’s “Hidden Technical Debt in Machine Learning Systems”. Note the relative importance of data management versus ML code.

Graph Thinking

A kind of cognitive framework called graph thinking is circulating through the KGC community. Let’s explore this notion.

https://medium.com/knowledge-technologies/graph-thinking-5e9c85134ab0

Ambrose: knowledge organization by level of expertise

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Content technology news

Bloomreach enhances e-commerce search experience

Automatic Query Filtering to make it faster and easier for customers to find the products they need for a better Customer experience.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/bloomreach-enhances-e-commerce-search-experience/

Moonwalk Universal updates support for IBM Spectrum Discover

Moonwalk version 12.12 provides enhanced metadata and content inspection to streamline AI workflows and integrate data environments.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/moonwalk-universal-updates-support-for-ibm-spectrum-discover/

Acquia renews Drupal Steward Program support

Web application firewall bridges the gap between when a security release is announced and when site is updated with the new security patch.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/acquia-renews-drupal-steward-program-support/

OpenAI improves OpenAI Codex

An AI system that translates natural language to code for more than a dozen programming languages, in partnership with GitHub.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/openai-improves-openai-codex/

MarkLogic announces Solution Accelerators for Data Hub for Medicaid

An open source framework for enabling FHIR Interoperability and FHIR-compliant queries directly in the MarkLogic Data Hub for Medicaid.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/marklogic-announces-solution-accelerators-for-data-hub-for-medicaid/

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