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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 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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Gilbane Advisor 8-11-21 — Standardized internet, Facebook & FTC

This week we have articles from Mark Nottingham (@mnot)and Ethan Zuckerman (@EthanZ). News comes from KPS and Brightspot, Lilt, Elastic Search, and LumenVox.


Opinion / Analysis

How the next layer of the internet is going to be standardised

Mark Nottingham takes a look at the UK Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) investigation and agreement with Google, and the US proposed ACCESS Act 2021, which would require designated platforms to conform to interoperability standards set a new committee run by the FTC. He explains why these well-intentioned efforts could result in internet fragmentation and ossification. Nottingham then asks whether the IETF and W3C should take on this standards development and discusses the pros and cons. Certainly they should have at least an advisory role — anything less would be negligent. This article should be required reading for anyone advising government regulators, if not the regulators themselves.

https://www.mnot.net/blog/2021/06/21/standards-competition-governance

Facebook only cares about privacy for advertisers

The “only” in the title may sound a little strong, but given that 98% of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertisers, the title is fair enough. Especially as Facebook just shut down accounts of researchers at NYU’s Ad Observatory project and said it was to “protect people’s privacy in line with our privacy program under the FTC Order”. To put it mildly, this was a misleading statement. Ethan Zuckerman explains what happened, and why this kind of research is critical to understanding how personal data is being used to spread misinformation, among other things.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2021/08/facebook-only-cares-about-privacy-advertisers/619691/

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Content technology news

Lilt launches Quick Translate Machine Translation solution

New user interface enables higher quality machine translation in a secure environment.
https://lilt.com

KPS and Brightspot partner to deliver content management

Brightspot CMS will enable international KPS customers to scale quickly and accommodate complex workflows.
https://www.brightspot.com ▪︎ https://kps.com/global/

Deeper insight with Kibana visualizations, precision tuning in App Search, synonym support in Workplace Search, data ingestion flexibility.
https://www.elastic.co/blog/whats-new-elastic-enterprise-search-7-14-0

LumenVox launches new speech recognition engine with transcription

Built using artificial intelligence (AI) and deep machine learning (ML), helps deliver more accurate speech-enabled customer experiences.
https://www.lumenvox.com

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Gilbane Advisor 8-4-21 — metaverses, DYI scrape and clean data

This week we have articles from Jon Udell and Ben Thompson. News comes from TransPerfect and Semantix, Datadobi, Couchbase, HubSpot, and the Apache Cassandra Project.

BTW, I don’t normally recommend anything to read that is completely behind a firewall. I do often recommend articles when the publisher offers a few free articles before restricting access.


Opinion / Analysis

A beautiful power tool to scrape, clean, and combine data

Are you someone who is not a data scientist but would love to be able to do some of your own data analysis without learning to code? Jon Udell has been looking for a way for non-technologists do this for years. He is technical himself, but often finds the effort more trouble than it’s worth. He provides an in-depth review of a product (it’s not his and there is a free version), and walks you through how he has used it. If you want some data analysis agency and don’t mind digging in to some details, this article is worth a look.

https://blog.jonudell.net/

Metaverses

In his weekly free article Ben Thompson picks up on the fact that both Microsoft and Facebook have recently started talking about “the metaverse”. Of course their concepts of the metaverse differ in predictable ways: think Microsoft -> enterprise applications, and Facebook -> a virtual reality platform. Thomson goes deeper and provides some background on the term and its use. It is a great word, and it’s a safe bet we’ll be hearing it a lot more and used with much imagination.

https://stratechery.com/2021/metaverses/

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Content technology news

TransPerfect and Semantix merge

Through the acquisition of Semantix International Group AB. Semantix is Nordics’ largest provider of translation and interpretation services.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/transperfect-and-semantix-merge/

HubSpot launches CMS Hub Starter

The new content management tier joins existing Professional and Enterprise editions of CMS Hub to provide tools and features for growing companies.
https://gilbane.com/2021/08/hubspot-launches-cms-hub-starter/

Datadobi unveils Mobility Engine for unstructured data

Will leverage the company’s two products to address the complex issue of managing the volumes of unstructured data enterprises are generating.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/datadobi-unveils-mobility-engine-for-unstructured-data/

Couchbase releases Couchbase Server 7t

New release of Couchbase Server combines the best of relational databases with the flexibility and scale of a NoSQL document database.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/couchbase-releases-couchbase-server-7/

The Apache Cassandra Project releases Apache Cassandra v4.0

Open Source enterprise-grade Big Data distributed database for mission-critical deployments with improved performance and scale in the Cloud.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/the-apache-cassandra-project-releases-apache-cassandra-v4-0/

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Gilbane Advisor 7-21-21 — DAM scaling, quantum computing

First of all please note that next week I’ll be on vacation. 🏖

This week we have articles from the Netflix Technology Blog, HBR, and McKinsey. This week’s news comes from Widen and Clarifai, Sinequa, Microsoft, Agilty CMS, and Appfire and Spartez.


Opinion / Analysis

Not every organization has the digital asset management challenges that Netflix has, at least in terms of scale. But even if you don’t, our first article this week is a generous how-they-did-it by Netflix software engineers Burak Bacioglu and Meenakshi Jindal, to share with product and development teams.

We follow with two explainers / perspectives on quantum computing. Both are short, high level, and will help keep you current. First, Francesco Bova, Avi Goldfarb, and Roger Melko explain why computing applications that require combinatoric calculations are an effective way to understand existing and near term uses of quantum computing. Next, Victor Galitski, Dmitry Green, Benjamin Lev, Yuval Oreg, and Henning Soller discuss how to navigate investment decisions in quantum computing given its nascent state.

Elasticsearch indexing strategy in Netflix digital asset management platform

At Netflix, all of our digital media assets (images, videos, text, etc.) are stored in secure storage layers. We built an asset management platform (AMP), codenamed Amsterdam, in order to easily…

Fig 2. Indices based on Time Buckets

https://netflixtechblog.medium.com/elasticsearch-indexing-strategy-in-asset-management-platform-amp-99332231e541

Quantum computing is coming. What can it do?

Digital computing has limitations in regards to an important category of calculation called combinatorics, in which the order of data is important to the optimal solution. Computers and software that are predicated on the assumptions of quantum mechanics have the potential to perform combinatorics and other calculations much faster…

https://hbr.org/2021/07/quantum-computing-is-coming-what-can-it-do?

Separating the wheat from the chaff: Quantum technology in an era of hype

Investors can cut through the noise by understanding which technologies are likely to be viable in the short term.

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/tech-forward/separating-the-wheat-from-the-chaff-quantum-technology-in-an-era-of-hype

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Widen and Clarifai Enhance Computer Vision for DAM

Clarifai who provides AI metadata tagging in the Widen Collective, introduced a visual similarity search that instantly finds related images.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/widen-and-clarifai-enhance-computer-vision-for-dam/

Sinequa brings Intelligent Search to Microsoft Teams

Offers a single access point to surface relevant insights both from within and outside the Microsoft ecosystem.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/sinequa-brings-intelligent-search-to-microsoft-teams/

Complete Windows 10 and Windows 11 experience in the Cloud

Will deliver a full, personalized PC experience from the cloud to any device, giving organizations simplicity and security for hybrid work.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/microsoft-unveils-windows-365/

Agility CMS Launches GraphQL support

Provides users with a GraphQL Playground Interface where they can query content from their Agility CMS Instance.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/agility-cms-launches-graphql-support/

Appfire acquires Spartez Software

Acquisition includes the Whiteboards collaboration toolset, built to enable in-context visual communication for distributed teams.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/appfire-acquires-spartez-software/

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Gilbane Advisor 7-14-21 — big data to big metadata

This week we have articles by Prukalpa Sankar, and James G. Kobielus, with news from Aquia, Primer, Monotype, Lighthouse, Zoom and Sensory.


Opinion / Analysis

Metadata is nothing new for most of you, though it’s likely your experience with it is in the context of a specific business function with similar data types and sources. But the value of metadata extends to data processing applications across organizations, and these days cross-application metadata is becoming a requirement. Our two authors this week have very different professional backgrounds, but both are addressing how to manage this complexity. As you’ll see, knowledge graphs have a critical role in each their recommendations.

The rise of the metadata lake

Architecture for a modern metadata lake. (Image by Atlan.)

Introducing a new way of storing metadata for today’s limitless use cases like data discovery, lineage, observability and fabrics.

https://towardsdatascience.com/the-rise-of-the-metadata-lake-1e95127594de

The role of ontologies within unified data models

Before tackling the complexity of disparate data sources, you need to understand how semantic abstraction layers can save you from a world of pain.

https://tdwi.org/articles/2021/07/07/ba-all-role-of-ontologies-in-unified-data-models.aspx

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Primer launches Primer Engines for NLP

An integrated suite of industrial-grade NLP models that bring machine learning (ML) to mission-critical operations at any organization.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/primer-launches-primer-engines/

Acquia announces updates to digital experience platform

Includes support for the employee experience, a new China hosting service and a newly integrated user interface for Marketing Cloud.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/acquia-announces-updates-to-digital-experience-platform/

Lighthouse to acquire H5

Puts Lighthouse in the document review space with search, analytics technology and experts to help clients find & classify sensitive documents.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/lighthouse-to-acquire-h5/

Monotype announces iType 6.0

Brings scalable type and multilingual font display to embedded environments such as automotive and other consumer electronics manufacturers.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/monotype-announces-itype-6-0/

Zoom releases edge speech recognition by Sensory

Zoom-native voice commands support expanded functionality, with all voice commands being processed locally, not in the cloud.
https://gilbane.com/2021/07/zoom-releases-edge-speech-recognition-by-sensory/

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