In this week’s real-time analytics news: Accenture and Google Cloud expand their work focused on bringing cloud-based data analytics and AI to retailers.
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Google Cloud announced new initiatives with Accenture to help retailers modernize their businesses and benefit from cloud technology, including updates to Accenture’s widely-adopted ai.RETAIL platform that deeply integrates Google Cloud’s capabilities in data analytics, AI, and product discovery. The two companies also committed to go-to-market initiatives to provide retailers with the technology and resources needed to transform store operations, expanding on joint customer successes.
The new features and benefits of the solution include:
- Centralized supply chain analysis: ai.RETAIL includes a supply chain control tower powered by Accenture’s Intelligent Supply Chain Platform. With deeper integration across Google Cloud’s popular products, such as Looker and BigQuery, customers can now better organize data and provide a real-time view of their most critical supply chain metrics, including procurement, logistics, inventory, and sales.
- Personalized customer experiences: ai.RETAIL now leverages Google Cloud’s Discovery AI solutions for retail, which can reduce search abandonment through Google-quality search capabilities, deliver personalized recommendations at scale, and help shoppers find products with images. Additional integrations with Accenture’s Customer Data Architecture and Google Cloud’s Customer Data Platform will let retailers break data silos and drive predictive marketing engagements with AI or machine learning.
- Assortment optimization: Using BigQuery, Looker, and Vertex AI, ai.RETAIL now features new store clustering capabilities that will help retailers identify, group, and optimize stores with similar characteristics, enhancing strategies for assortment, space management, and inventory. This includes recommendations for whether to maintain, reduce, or drop specific products and ultimately improve overall sales performance.
Intel and NVIDIA are powering new platforms with the latest Intel Xeon W and Intel Xeon Scalable processors, paired with NVIDIA RTX 6000 Ada generation GPUs, as well as NVIDIA ConnectX-6 SmartNICs. These next-gen workstations bring together AI computing, rendering, and simulation horsepower to tackle demanding workloads across data science, manufacturing, healthcare, and more. Specifically, the new systems are designed to meet the need for accelerated computing power, which is growing exponentially due to the explosion of AI-augmented workflows, from traditional R&D and data science workloads to edge devices on factory floors or in security offices to generative AI solutions.
Real-time analytics news in brief
Ably announced it is available on the Netlify Integrations Hub. Adding Ably to the selection of ready-to-use integrations makes it easier for Netlify developers to add real-time digital experiences to the web applications, such as multiplayer collaboration, live chat, data synchronization, data broadcast, and notifications.
airSlate announced the release of airSlate API, expanding the company’s API offerings beyond its current signNow API. This launch enables developers to build customizable, scalable document workflow automation solutions to embed within any application, website, or CRM.
Amazon Web Services announced the general availability of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) R7g and M7g instances, the next generation of compute-optimized instances powered by AWS-designed Graviton3 processors and designed for general purpose and memory-optimized workloads. The new R7g and M7g instances use AWS Graviton3 processors to provide up to 25% better compute performance for compute-intensive applications than equivalent sixth-generation instances powered by AWS Graviton2 processors. They make it possible to more efficiently run a wide range of compute-intensive workloads, including batch processing, distributed analytics, machine learning inference, and more.
Alteryx announced new self-service and enterprise-grade capabilities to its Alteryx Analytics Cloud Platform. The enhanced platform, which now includes all access for Designer Cloud, offers an easy-to-use drag-and-drop modern interface accessible to employees of all skill levels without compromising data governance or security standards. Additionally, new updates include Alteryx Auto Insights, new machine learning capabilities, and Metrics Store.
APIwiz announced the release of APIwiz 2.0, a new release of the company’s API lifecycle management solution, now with automated support for API Governance and API Compliance. In conjunction with the latest release, APIwiz offers Astrum a free, downloadable version of its API management platform for developers.
BigPanda announced new Data Engineering capabilities that empowers enterprise DevOps and ITOps teams to unlock the full value of their monitoring and observability tools and get started on their AIOps journey. BigPanda’s Data Engineering capabilities now include easy integrations with leading observability, monitoring, IT service management, and IT operations management tools; standardization of disparate monitoring event formats into a common format that makes it easy to perform cross-source event correlation; seamless noise filtering; and more.
Canonical announced the general availability of real-time Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Real-time Ubuntu provides a deterministic response to an external event, aiming to minimize the response time guarantee within a specified deadline. The new enterprise-grade real-time kernel is ideal for stringent low-latency requirements. Enterprises in industrial, telecommunications, automotive, aerospace and defense, retail, public sector, and more can now run their most demanding workloads and develop a wide range of time-sensitive applications on the open-source operating system (OS).
Databricks announced a new development experience for the Databricks Lakehouse Platform: the VS Code Extension for Databricks. The new extension lets developers write code locally, leveraging the authoring capabilities of the IDE while connecting to Databricks clusters to run code remotely. This will be the first of many planned releases for teams who rely on IDEs for their development process. In the future, Databricks will be rolling out support for other IDEs and additional tools.
Domino Data Lab announced the general availability of Domino Code Assist (DCA), a new product for business analysts that enables enterprises to rapidly close the data science talent gap and democratize data science. With DCA, Domino Data Lab enters the low-code space to elevate business analysts using Python and R into the data science world.
EnterpriseDB (EDB) announced the immediate global availability of Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), which extends Postgres with robust security and performance capabilities for enterprises. TDE significantly hardens data security and mitigates risks for large enterprises. It includes block-level encryption, data encryption and decryption managed by the database, and key management that is external to Postgres.
Espressive unveiled new advancements to its no-code Integration Designer powered by the company’s AI-based virtual agent, Espressive Barista. The next-generation Integration Designer integrates and communicates with multiple backend systems concurrently and in real-time to automate the resolution of complex issues. Leveraging Integration Designer, the new Service Quality Wizard instantaneously determines the health of over 2,000 SaaS applications, verifies the availability of on-premises applications, and identifies and resolves hardware and software issues before executing complex runbooks, streamlining the support process.
Fauna announced the general availability of Fauna logs. The data available via Fauna logs provides customers with increased visibility into the performance and cost of applications running on Fauna. More visibility gives development teams, and enterprises confidence in both the database and application and encourages continuous improvement. With the new functionality, customers get access to query performance data, including read and write ops, compute, storage, query runtime, and total cost per query.
Fiberplane announced it is making its WebAssembly-based plugin system (called “Providers” at Fiberplane) open source and available to anyone to connect to observability tools such as Prometheus, ElasticSearch, and other data sources. It is also open-sourcing its Provider Development Kit (PDK), written in Rust, that allows developers to build their own plugins or providers, and the Fiberplane Daemon that executes the plugins or providers for those who are using their own servers.
Logz.io announced the expansion of its AI-driven insight into the optimization of cloud applications and infrastructure through the integration of generative AI. The inclusion of generative AI enriches the Open 360 platform’s Cognitive Insights features for addressing availability, performance, resilience, and security issues. Specifically, through this integration, the company’s Open 360 platform gains more powerful capabilities to recommend improvement steps for engineering, DevOps, and ITOps teams working to optimize their cloud applications and infrastructure.
Mattermost announced a new set of open-source integrations for GitLab, the leading DevSecOps platform. The enhanced offering speeds productivity and reduces risk in developer organizations needing to meet stringent data control and security requirements while accelerating innovation. To that end, Mattermost Solutions for GitLab has three parts, including integrated deployment, the Mattermost-GitLab plugin, and a set of custom “Command Center” use cases.
Nstream (formerly Swim) announced that it is offering exclusive early access to its streaming application platform as a service (PaaS). Nstream Cloud makes it easy to configure, deploy, and manage end-to-end streaming applications for real-time data observability, analysis, and automation. Early access to Nstream’s purpose-built, low-code platform allows developers to see how straightforward it is to build full-fledged applications that stream data non-stop from ingestion through stateful objects, streaming APIs and real-time UIs.
Quali announced enhancements to Torque, its end-to-end infrastructure automation and orchestration platform. The new product updates improve security and minimize risk through automated actions and policies. This release gives organizations the ability to ensure adherence to security postures and compliance policies, support existing Open Policy Agent (OPA) policies, automate approvals tied to OPA-based policies, and integrate infrastructure provisioning into workflows.
Sylabs announced that it has released SingularityCE 3.11, taking a step towards full OCI compatibility in the future 4.0 release. The newest update adds a variety of features, including improvements to container builds, broadened workflows for signing and verification of images, and monitoring and applying limits to services run in container instances. These additions to Singularity will provide users with greater flexibility, security, and control over their container-based applications and services.
Yellow.ai announced the launch of its Dynamic Conversation Designer, which creates human-like conversation flows using generative AI. The solution reduces development time and delivers increased productivity. The integration between design and development workflows streamlines the creation of human-like conversational experiences, saving both time and costs on hiring and training new design talent.
Partnerships, collaborations, and more
Coalesce.io announced that it has expanded its partnership with Snowflake by joining the Snowflake Partner Connect program. By joining the program, Coalesce’s data transformation capabilities will now be available to Snowflake customers directly on Snowflake’s platform. Additionally, Coalesce announced it has achieved both Snowflake Ready Technology Validation and Premier tier partner status as part of the Snowflake Partner Network.
Dataddo announced it has joined the Snowflake Partner Network. As part of the Snowflake Partner Network, Dataddo can help mutual customers streamline the centralization and distribution of data across their organizations using fewer tools.
Kore.ai announced the integration of its conversational AI XO Platform with Intelligent Virtual Assistant automation for Zendesk Sunshine Conversations. Companies that usethe Kore.ai XO Platform with Zendesk Sunshine Conversations have complete control over their customer experience with no-code deployment and multi-lingual support for over 100 languages. The combined offering can help automate front-line requests and streamline the customer service process.
MinIO has partnered with Veeam to launch support for Veeam Backup and Replication v12. Through the partnership, MinIO can now be used in Veeam’s performance and capacity tiers. The ability to use MinIO in this way provides greater flexibility than when MinIO was previously limited to Veeam’s capacity tier, opening backup architectures to take advantage of MinIO’s performance and scalability where it is most needed.
Next Pathway announced that its product, SHIFT Cloud, is now available as a SaaS offering on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The Azure Marketplace allows customers access to the most innovative products that help customers take full advantage of the benefits of the Azure cloud platform. By joining the Azure Marketplace, Next Pathway extends the reach of its automatic code translation product.
Sway AI announced it has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN), a global community of AWS Partners that leverages programs, expertise, and resources to build, market, and sell customer offerings. By joining the APN, Sway AI will work with AWS account teams to support the use of AI/ML.
Waylay announced it has joined the ServiceNow Partner Program to help businesses to automate and boost their field service operations in energy, industrial, transportation, and telecom markets. Under the partner program, Waylay will empower service organizations using ServiceNow for asset management with its Digital Twin platform to resolve connected asset issues faster, improve asset performance visibility, and evolve from reactive to proactive service delivery.
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