Artificial Intelligence

C3 IoT and Intel join hands on new AI and IoT platform

C3 IoT, a digital transformation software provider, has joined hands with Intel on an artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) partnership. The companies together aim to provide on-premise, hybrid and edge-based AI and IoT applications to large commercial and public-sector organizations. The joint solution is an optimized AI software and hardware platform called C3 IoT AI Appliance powered by Intel AI. It is a full-stack turnkey system which can be used to develop and train deep learning and several machine learning models. C3 said that the joint solution is built on C3 IoT Platform which is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) to develop, operate and scale AI and IoT applications. Further, the appliance comes pre-installed with Microsoft Azure Stack. “With Intel’s powerful engi...

Microsoft, Accenture and Avanade join hands to deliver industry-specific AI solutions

Microsoft is collaborating with Accenture and Avanade to build a number of customized artificial intelligence (AI) services that can address industry-specific demands. Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President of Commercial Partner Channels & Programs at Microsoft, announced the collaboration via a LinkedIn blog post. While Microsoft and other AI companies provide flagship AI services, the enterprises are looking for the right combination of technologies, data science expertise and industry-specific knowledge. “Business decision makers aren’t interested in APIs or individual services. They want out-of-the-box solutions that simplify and solve their business processes,” wrote Schuster. She mentioned that delivering such solutions requires power of partnership. Hence, Microsoft, Accen...

Microsoft powers SharePoint with mixed reality and AI capabilities

Microsoft steps ahead in its commitment to bring mixed-reality and artificial intelligence to all its products. At its SharePoint Virtual Summit, the tech giant announced the preview version of SharePoint spaces, and new AI innovation to SharePoint and OneDrive. The SharePoint spaces will enable users to view and interact with content from every angle, and visualize and manipulate data and product models in real-time, Microsoft said. SharePoint with mixed reality experience will help businesses in onboarding new employees, learning new objectives, and developing new products. It comes with simple point-and-click functionality and smart templates, allowing users to create mixed reality environments with ambient sounds, lighting, beautiful surroundings, and rich textures. Users can add the e...

Microsoft snaps up conversational AI startup Semantic Machines

On Sunday, Microsoft announced that it has acquired Semantic Machines, a California-based conversational artificial intelligence (AI) startup. Founded in 2014, Semantic Machines uses machine learning to build conversational AI interfaces which allows users to communicate naturally with computers. The conversational AI technology of Semantic is currently powering many e-commerce websites, social networks, and devices like Siri and Google Now. The commercial natural language systems like Siri, Cortana and Google Now only understand the commands rather than conversations. However, it is sometimes difficult to express ideas with commands. Semantic Machines is working to develop technology using which the language systems will be able to understand conversations. With years of expertise in spee...

Oracle acquires DataScience.com to add data science capabilities to its cloud platform

Oracle is acquiring DataScience.com, a cloud workspace platform for data science projects and workloads, to expand the analytics capabilities of its cloud platform. DataScience.com provides data science tools which can be run both in cloud and on-premises. Its tools allow users to customize their data science environments according to the projects, through a simple wizard. The data science professionals and analysts can specify the computing power, memory and storage capacity as per the requirements, and can define the configuration settings. With DataScience.com, users also have the option to set up environment on virtual machines. On the other hand, Oracle is a leading cloud provider, which integrates artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning solutions across its platform as a se...

Top 10 habits of customer-centric organizations

Poor customer experiences will destroy 30% of the digital business projects by 2020, according to a research by Gartner. With the acceleration in pace of technology, the customers expect more from the suppliers. They expect to be heard and involved. They’re quick to switch preferences and seek out new suppliers and vendors more authentic and transparent experiences. Hence, it is important for organizations to have a customer-centric approach to fulfil the expectations and meet the demands of customers. What is customer-centric approach? Customer-centric approach or customer-centricity is about providing great customer service, from awareness stage, through the purchasing process, and after the purchase process. It’s about putting your customers at the core of your business, and considering...

Three steps to drive an effective AI strategy

Digital transformation has become a core part of the business strategies in organizations of all sizes. The adoption of digital technologies helps the organizations to deliver the customers and employees a good digital business experience. Artificial intelligence (AI) is known as the key driver of digital transformation by senior executives in most of the organizations. However, organizations find it hard to build an AI strategy to leverage intelligent services as a part of the digital transformation initiatives. A majority of CEOs cite digital transformation as the top priority for their organizational growth. According to Gartner, many enterprises want AI solutions but don’t know what it is, and how they can integrate it into their existing technology stack, and what use cases can demons...

Global deep learning market expected to reach $256 billion by 2023: KBV Research

Global deep learning market is expected to touch $256.2 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 31% during the forecast period (2017-2023), according to a report by KBV research. Deep learning, a part of machine learning, provides optimized memory utilization compared to the traditional computing systems. The modern technologies like NLP (natural language processing) and visual data mining have been developed using the deep learning techniques. The report revealed that the lack of technical expertise, complex algorithm, absence of standards and protocols will act as barriers to the growth of deep learning market size. By Type: Software market was dominated by North America in 2016, and is expected to continue its dominance till 2023, showing a CAGR of 37.6% during the forecast period. Hardwa...

Microsoft Build 2018: Know top 8 announcements in just 2 minutes

Microsoft Build 2018, the annual developer event, brought together around 6000 developers, customers and partners in Seattle. Microsoft made a broad range of announcements at the Build conference, which were focused on artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), and bringing the algorithmic computing to edge devices. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that computing has reached everywhere, and is embedded in places, things, homes, and cities. The world has become a computer itself. And if the world is a computer, the developers are a new seat of power. Microsoft shipped around 650 new capabilities to Azure in last one year. At its developer conference, the company introduced 70 more capabilities to Azure. Before making the major announcements at Microsoft Build 2018, Satya Nadell...

Red Hat and IBM strengthen their partnership to help customers adopt hybrid cloud

At Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, Red Hat and IBM strengthened their two decades of partnership by integrating IBM’s containerized software and Red Hat’s hybrid cloud infrastructure, aimed to help customers of both companies to adopt hybrid cloud. IBM will now extend the IBM Cloud Private, IBM Cloud Private for Data, and its middleware services to Red Hat’s OpenShift Container Platform. The IBM Cloud Private platform helps companies to create on-premises cloud capabilities to speed up the app development. It is built on Kubernetes-based container architecture, and allows support for Docker and Cloud Foundry containers. “Today’s enterprises need a succinct roadmap for digital transformation as well as confidence in deployment consistency across every IT footprint,” said Paul Cormier, Pres...

Oracle extends its autonomous cloud portfolio with new AI-based services

After launching the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud in March, Oracle has now extended its autonomous capabilities with general availability of new PaaS services. The company launched Oracle Autonomous Analytics Cloud, Oracle Autonomous Integration Cloud, and Oracle Autonomous Visual Builder Cloud. The new autonomous cloud services will have built-in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms, which will help organizations to automate the significant tasks, easily build and deploy applications, and integrate and analyze the data. “Embedding AI and machine learning in these cloud services will help organizations innovate in revolutionary new ways,” said Amit Zavery, executive vice president of development, Oracle Cloud Platform. “These new cloud services are the latest in a...

Microsoft launches Project Brainwave to accelerate real-time AI calculations

Microsoft announced a new AI-based offering called Project Brainwave, designed to speed up the real-time artificial intelligence calculations. The Project Brainwave is a hardware architecture deployed on Intel FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays). These FPGAs help in reducing the latency and lag time in making AI calculations. It is expected to be perfect for the demands of AI computing. The users will be able to remap the hardware design to the FPGA after every improvement. This capability will be helpful for users to keep pace with new discoveries and rapidly changing AI algorithms. Customers can reprogram the FPGAs to respond to new advances in AI. The advantage of programmable hardware is that it will be easier to reprogram and add new innovations that come along the time. The tradit...

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