Big Data Analytics for Dynamic Energy Management in Smart Grids

The smart electricity grid enables a two-way flow of power and data between suppliers and consumers in order to facilitate the power flow optimization in terms of economic efficiency, reliability and sustainability. This infrastructure permits the consumers and the micro-energy producers to take a more active role in the electricity market and the dynamic energy management (DEM). The most important challenge in a smart grid (SG) is how to take advantage of the users' participation in order to reduce the cost of power.

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What Is Cloud-Native and Why Does it Matter for CI

Article | February 27, 2024

Continuous intelligence (CI) relies on the real-time analysis of streaming data to produce actionable insights in milliseconds to seconds. Such capabilities have applications throughout a business. In today’s dynamic marketplace, new CI applications that use data from various sources at any given time might be needed on very short notice.The challenge is how to have the flexibility to rapidly develop and deploy new CI applications to meet fast-changing business requirements. A common approach employed today is to use a dynamic architecture that delivers access to data, processing power, and analytics capabilities on demand. In the future, solutions also will likely incorporate artificial intelligence applications to complement the benefits of traditional analytics. Increasingly, cloud-native is the architecture of choice to build and deploy AI-embedded CI applications. A cloud-native approach offers benefits to both the business and developers. Cloud-native applications or services are loosely coupled with explicitly described dependencies.

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Cloud Security, Cloud App Management, Cloud Infrastructure Management

Why Microsoft Should Spinoff Its Cloud Business

Article | August 8, 2023

Microsoft currently features old-school solutions that are growing relatively slowly (Office and Windows) and new cloud solutions that are growing tremendously (Dynamics 365 and Azure). If the company stays in its current form, Microsoft stock will keep steadily advancing. But because the company’s total top and bottom lines are never going to increase much more than 30% or 35% per year, the shares are never going to deliver truly huge returns. But that would change if the company was to spin off its rapidly growing cloud businesses. In such a scenario, the current owners of Microsoft stock would receive shares in a cutting edge cloud services company (let’s call it Azure), and shares in a company focused on providing old, mostly PC-based software to businesses and consumers.

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Cloud Security

Intelligence Giant Upgrading its Cloud Technology

Article | September 5, 2023

With the huge amounts of data in all fields, a future in the cloud is imperative to help deal with this explosion of data, especially in the field of intelligence technology. This is the reason why the US Central Intelligence Agency is updating its cloud technology. The agency has recently released a draft request for proposal for its Commercial Cloud Enterprise contract.The C2E tens of billions contract will be a multi-award commercial cloud computing contract with a five-year base period and two five-year options for a period of performance of up to 15 years, according to nextgov.com.In a March 2019 presentation by the Directorate of Digital Innovation, a division of the CIA, the department outlined its vision for C2E. It would be broad and include infrastructure, platform and software cloud services supporting a broad range of users, with a variety of security clearances and a worldwide presence, as reported by techcrunch.com. The principal C2E Program objective is to acquire cloud computing services directly from commercial cloud service providers with established records for innovation and operational excellence in cloud service delivery for a large customer base,the department stated in the presentation.Apparently, the agency prefers to avoid all the attention that the Pentagon’s JEDI cloud procurement process got, and quietly go about its business.

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AWS tags US$235 million to expand its cloud infrastructure in Latin America

Article | February 10, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is raising its stake on cloud computing infrastructure in Latin America. Proof of this is that the IT company will use R$1 billion (around US$235 million) to expand its data center in Sao Paulo. These millions will be used for its Data Processing Center located in that part of Brazil. In addition, a portion of these US$235 million will also be used to increase the services it offers to both public and private parties.The move gives reason to suggest that AWS is upping the ante in the future of startups and tech in the region that rely on cloud services to develop their own products.It launched its cloud center in Brazil in 2011 but it’ll be getting some beefing up thanks to these funds. Moreover, AWS has two Edge networks in São Paulo and two in Rio de Janeiro. As well as one in each of the following cities: Bogotá (Colombia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Santiago (Chile).The objective of all of this is to be the region’s prime provider of cloud infrastructure and beat out its competition AKA, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft’s Azure.

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Cloud App Development, Cloud App Management

SmartSimple Introduces AI-Powered Instant Application Summaries: An Innovative Solution for the Grant Application Review Process

PRnewswire | July 14, 2023

In response to the escalating complexity in the grants management industry, SmartSimple is excited to announce the release of a new use case for SmartSimple Cloud +AI: Instant Application Summaries. This feature, marking a significant progression in the industry, employs advanced AI technology to streamline the grant application review process, offering a critical solution to the daunting task of creating individual application summaries. Instant Application Summaries is a tool designed to reshape the way organizations handle grant applications. For instance, imagine a growing grantmaking organization receiving hundreds of grant applications for a community project. Instead of the labor-intensive process of manually sifting through each application, the feature uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms to extract key points and summarize vital details. This results in concise, understandable summaries, enabling grant managers to quickly grasp the core elements of each application and devote their time to strategic decision-making. "In an industry where the volume of applications can be overwhelming, understanding the pain points of grant managers is essential," said Eric Lauer, CEO and Co-Founder of SmartSimple Software. "We've developed Instant Application Summaries to directly address these challenges, enhancing efficiency and consistency, and enabling more informed and equitable decision-making." The Instant Application Summaries feature brings significant benefits to grantmakers, including: Efficiency: Drastically reduces the time required to review and summarize applications. Scalability: Adapts seamlessly with the volume of grant applications, making it ideal for large-scale grant programs. Improved decision-making: Provides concise summaries for more informed and effective distribution of funds. Consistency: Ensures a uniform approach to summarizing applications, mitigating subjective bias. The progression of AI technology is fueling the development of cutting-edge tools that are reshaping diverse industries. Staying current with these advancements is vital for any organization, and SmartSimple stands at the forefront of these developments in the grants management sector. About SmartSimple Founded in 2002, SmartSimple Software emerged from the University of Toronto's Accelerator Program, dedicated to fostering innovative technology start-ups. With headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we have expanded our presence globally, establishing regional hubs in Grand Rapids, USA, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, and Barcelona, Spain. With over 20 years of experience, SmartSimple offers a comprehensive platform that streamlines critical operational processes such as grants management, research grants management, scholarship management, and corporate giving. Trusted by leading foundations, Fortune 500 companies, and governments worldwide, our smart solutions leverage the latest technologies to simplify complex workflows. Learn more about us at www.smartsimple.com and connect with us on LinkedIn.

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Cloud App Development, Cloud App Management, Cloud Deployment Models

SmartSimple Launched SmartSimple Cloud + AI to Streamline CSR and ESG Program Management

SmartSimple Software | March 10, 2023

On March 9, 2023, SmartSimple Software has announced the launch of its SmartSimple Cloud + AI product, which provides end-to-end AI support for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) program management. The product is designed to help organizations automate their ESG and CSR programs, making it easier to track progress, measure impact, and report on results. With SmartSimple Cloud +AI, companies can leverage the power of AI to improve their sustainability efforts and drive positive social and environmental change. Users can talk to AI through the SmartSimple Cloud user interface. This is possible because the product's text completion is powered by AI. It adds to and improves data in real time, does accurate and automatic text summarization, and makes it possible for large-scale, personalized communication. Mike Reid, SmartSimple Software’s co-founder and COO, said, "We believe that the advent of the AIs will release a torrent of innovation such as the world has rarely seen." He also said, "By integrating the AIs into our platform, SmartSimple Cloud, and integrating them early, we will unleash this power to our clients in support of their missions." (Source - PRNewswire) SmartSimple Cloud + AI leverages advanced AI using large language models and is now available for preview through the SmartSimple Cloud Marketplace. Companies can use this technology to look at a lot of data and find patterns that can help them make better decisions about their sustainability efforts. Also, the AI-powered text completion feature can help speed up communication and cut down on mistakes, making sustainability efforts more efficient and effective in the long run. About SmartSimple SmartSimple is a leading cloud-based automation and collaboration software provider with a 20-year history. It works with more than 500 clients in 192 countries. Its clients include large foundations that give out grants, Fortune 500 companies, research and higher education institutions, and governments. SmartSimple is dedicated to making its clients' processes better and achieving its mission of providing cutting-edge technology to help businesses deal with tough problems. As a company that is owned and run by its employees, SmartSimple is responsible and committed to giving its customers the best products and services possible. Its goal is to be the world's leading expert in process solutions, and it has become a leader in the field by offering customized solutions and putting security and compliance first. SmartSimple holds SOC 1, SOC 2, and ISO 27001 accreditations and adheres to the industry's highest security standards.

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Cloud App Development

Smartronix Announces Creation of Smartronix Cloud Center of Excellence

Smartronix | January 21, 2021

Smartronix, an OceanSound Partners organization; Gartner Magic Quadrant perceived leader; and AWS Premier, Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP), and Google Premier Partner reports the production of the Smartronix Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE). The Smartronix CCoE was set up to guarantee the most significant level of cloud development and aptitude for our clients by giving market-leading, multi-cloud capacities and arrangements on the main cloud platforms, to incorporate Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. The CCoE helps public area and business market clients in arranging their cloud activities and managing the cloud adoption life cycle — from cloud strategy, guide, plan, relocation, and application modernization to cybersecurity, compliance, and next-generation managed services. These abilities are conveyed inside the Smartronix Cloud Assured™ system for the development and enhancement of repeatable cloud best practices and devices that can be utilized to advance the conveyance of cloud solutions. “The formation of the Smartronix CCoE supports our position as a national leader in cloud solutions,” says Rick Kelley, CCoE Lead. “Customers look to us as a trusted advisor as they navigate their path through the cloud adoption life cycle and leverage the innovation cloud brings to achieving their mission goals. Smartronix will continue to build and manage solutions that meet enterprise cloud needs now and into the future.” Peter LaMontagne, Smartronix CEO, referenced the establishment of the CCoE as “an investment in our future that reflects our commitment to digital transformation and the people, processes, and technologies that make it possible. The CCoE will develop our solutions and expertise in advancing our nationally recognized leadership in cloud solutions.” Smartronix deploys cloud solutions at scale and has achieved FedRAMP Authorization for its Cloud Assured Managed Services (CAMS) platform to support state-of-the-art private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions for highly regulated workloads. Smartronix also has been named a Leader for the third time in Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide. About Smartronix: Smartronix, an OceanSound Partners company, designs, builds, manages, and secures the world’s mission-critical cloud solutions. We are the leading provider of next-generation multi-cloud platforms to highly regulated and security-first organizations. Smartronix provides world-class expertise in application migration, digital modernization, and solution automation; and has created an industry-leading FedRAMP-accredited CAMS and Managed Security Services solution.

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Cloud App Development, Cloud App Management

SmartSimple Introduces AI-Powered Instant Application Summaries: An Innovative Solution for the Grant Application Review Process

PRnewswire | July 14, 2023

In response to the escalating complexity in the grants management industry, SmartSimple is excited to announce the release of a new use case for SmartSimple Cloud +AI: Instant Application Summaries. This feature, marking a significant progression in the industry, employs advanced AI technology to streamline the grant application review process, offering a critical solution to the daunting task of creating individual application summaries. Instant Application Summaries is a tool designed to reshape the way organizations handle grant applications. For instance, imagine a growing grantmaking organization receiving hundreds of grant applications for a community project. Instead of the labor-intensive process of manually sifting through each application, the feature uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms to extract key points and summarize vital details. This results in concise, understandable summaries, enabling grant managers to quickly grasp the core elements of each application and devote their time to strategic decision-making. "In an industry where the volume of applications can be overwhelming, understanding the pain points of grant managers is essential," said Eric Lauer, CEO and Co-Founder of SmartSimple Software. "We've developed Instant Application Summaries to directly address these challenges, enhancing efficiency and consistency, and enabling more informed and equitable decision-making." The Instant Application Summaries feature brings significant benefits to grantmakers, including: Efficiency: Drastically reduces the time required to review and summarize applications. Scalability: Adapts seamlessly with the volume of grant applications, making it ideal for large-scale grant programs. Improved decision-making: Provides concise summaries for more informed and effective distribution of funds. Consistency: Ensures a uniform approach to summarizing applications, mitigating subjective bias. The progression of AI technology is fueling the development of cutting-edge tools that are reshaping diverse industries. Staying current with these advancements is vital for any organization, and SmartSimple stands at the forefront of these developments in the grants management sector. About SmartSimple Founded in 2002, SmartSimple Software emerged from the University of Toronto's Accelerator Program, dedicated to fostering innovative technology start-ups. With headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we have expanded our presence globally, establishing regional hubs in Grand Rapids, USA, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, and Barcelona, Spain. With over 20 years of experience, SmartSimple offers a comprehensive platform that streamlines critical operational processes such as grants management, research grants management, scholarship management, and corporate giving. Trusted by leading foundations, Fortune 500 companies, and governments worldwide, our smart solutions leverage the latest technologies to simplify complex workflows. Learn more about us at www.smartsimple.com and connect with us on LinkedIn.

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Cloud App Development, Cloud App Management, Cloud Deployment Models

SmartSimple Launched SmartSimple Cloud + AI to Streamline CSR and ESG Program Management

SmartSimple Software | March 10, 2023

On March 9, 2023, SmartSimple Software has announced the launch of its SmartSimple Cloud + AI product, which provides end-to-end AI support for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) program management. The product is designed to help organizations automate their ESG and CSR programs, making it easier to track progress, measure impact, and report on results. With SmartSimple Cloud +AI, companies can leverage the power of AI to improve their sustainability efforts and drive positive social and environmental change. Users can talk to AI through the SmartSimple Cloud user interface. This is possible because the product's text completion is powered by AI. It adds to and improves data in real time, does accurate and automatic text summarization, and makes it possible for large-scale, personalized communication. Mike Reid, SmartSimple Software’s co-founder and COO, said, "We believe that the advent of the AIs will release a torrent of innovation such as the world has rarely seen." He also said, "By integrating the AIs into our platform, SmartSimple Cloud, and integrating them early, we will unleash this power to our clients in support of their missions." (Source - PRNewswire) SmartSimple Cloud + AI leverages advanced AI using large language models and is now available for preview through the SmartSimple Cloud Marketplace. Companies can use this technology to look at a lot of data and find patterns that can help them make better decisions about their sustainability efforts. Also, the AI-powered text completion feature can help speed up communication and cut down on mistakes, making sustainability efforts more efficient and effective in the long run. About SmartSimple SmartSimple is a leading cloud-based automation and collaboration software provider with a 20-year history. It works with more than 500 clients in 192 countries. Its clients include large foundations that give out grants, Fortune 500 companies, research and higher education institutions, and governments. SmartSimple is dedicated to making its clients' processes better and achieving its mission of providing cutting-edge technology to help businesses deal with tough problems. As a company that is owned and run by its employees, SmartSimple is responsible and committed to giving its customers the best products and services possible. Its goal is to be the world's leading expert in process solutions, and it has become a leader in the field by offering customized solutions and putting security and compliance first. SmartSimple holds SOC 1, SOC 2, and ISO 27001 accreditations and adheres to the industry's highest security standards.

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Cloud App Development

Smartronix Announces Creation of Smartronix Cloud Center of Excellence

Smartronix | January 21, 2021

Smartronix, an OceanSound Partners organization; Gartner Magic Quadrant perceived leader; and AWS Premier, Azure Expert Managed Service Provider (MSP), and Google Premier Partner reports the production of the Smartronix Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE). The Smartronix CCoE was set up to guarantee the most significant level of cloud development and aptitude for our clients by giving market-leading, multi-cloud capacities and arrangements on the main cloud platforms, to incorporate Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. The CCoE helps public area and business market clients in arranging their cloud activities and managing the cloud adoption life cycle — from cloud strategy, guide, plan, relocation, and application modernization to cybersecurity, compliance, and next-generation managed services. These abilities are conveyed inside the Smartronix Cloud Assured™ system for the development and enhancement of repeatable cloud best practices and devices that can be utilized to advance the conveyance of cloud solutions. “The formation of the Smartronix CCoE supports our position as a national leader in cloud solutions,” says Rick Kelley, CCoE Lead. “Customers look to us as a trusted advisor as they navigate their path through the cloud adoption life cycle and leverage the innovation cloud brings to achieving their mission goals. Smartronix will continue to build and manage solutions that meet enterprise cloud needs now and into the future.” Peter LaMontagne, Smartronix CEO, referenced the establishment of the CCoE as “an investment in our future that reflects our commitment to digital transformation and the people, processes, and technologies that make it possible. The CCoE will develop our solutions and expertise in advancing our nationally recognized leadership in cloud solutions.” Smartronix deploys cloud solutions at scale and has achieved FedRAMP Authorization for its Cloud Assured Managed Services (CAMS) platform to support state-of-the-art private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions for highly regulated workloads. Smartronix also has been named a Leader for the third time in Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Professional and Managed Services, Worldwide. About Smartronix: Smartronix, an OceanSound Partners company, designs, builds, manages, and secures the world’s mission-critical cloud solutions. We are the leading provider of next-generation multi-cloud platforms to highly regulated and security-first organizations. Smartronix provides world-class expertise in application migration, digital modernization, and solution automation; and has created an industry-leading FedRAMP-accredited CAMS and Managed Security Services solution.

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