Accenture | April 23, 2022
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has acquired Ergo, a data-centered business located in Argentina that helps companies create a culture of data-driven decision-making using big data, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). Ergo’s team of 200 data specialists will join the Data & AI team within Accenture Cloud First. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The acquisition expands Accenture’s Cloud First capabilities to drive data-led transformations for clients in the Hispanic South American market, spanning Argentina, Chile, and Colombia.
With headquarters in Buenos Aires, Ergo brings human-centric design principles to build data solutions that guide better business decisions. Founded in 2004, Ergo combines technology expertise and customer-focused consulting to integrate data and AI across the enterprise and create a trusted single source of insights.
Almost every day, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created by humans and machines across the cloud continuum at the edge, on the internet and in data centers. Cloud is the place where all this data gains accessibility and scale. Cloud’s advanced data & AI tools empower companies to transform data into intellectual capital like never before. By acquiring Ergo, Accenture will bring more resources to help clients gain insights about where to focus their transformation for the most value and how data can support better decision-making through the transformation process.”
Karthik Narain, global lead for Accenture Cloud First
Ariel Güelmos, Ergo’s CEO said, “Joining the Accenture Cloud First team will enable us to scale our data-led experience for major worldwide clients to achieve better business outcomes, faster – from improving how they work, how they serve customers, and how they differentiate through new products and services.”
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 699,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities
CLOUD DEPLOYMENT MODELS
IntelliShift | March 30, 2022
IntelliShift, the leading cloud-based fleet and safety management platform, today announced the AI Dash Cam 400, available for immediate deployment. The reimagined solution includes optimized hardware with rapid install technology using plug-and-play connections that enable fleets to keep their vehicles on the road to yield an even faster time to value. Vehicles can be upfitted in less than 30 minutes, and the solution can be easily moved to other vehicles when leased or replacement vehicles get onboarded to a fleet.
IntelliShift has also released new platform enhancements that enable fleet owners to deploy and manage comprehensive safety technology quickly and seamlessly with IntelliShift’s all-in-one solution. Offering the industry’s tightest integration of video, AI, advanced telematics, and engine diagnostics, IntelliShift gives fleet owners across industries, ranging from construction to field service and utilities, the real-time access to unified data that unlocks efficiency, visibility, and safety.
The IntelliShift AI Dash Cam 400 generates cost savings and immediate safety ROI by reducing accidents, lowering insurance premiums, and providing a full-picture view of safety events through its integrated approach to collecting and analyzing data. Compared to other systems that utilize insights from disparate platforms, IntelliShift prevents siloed analytics and reporting, which often results in mixed signals about the next step to take to improve your fleet business processes.
IntelliShift’s single-source data, built on a common architecture, is always in-sync across video and telematics, ensuring accuracy and fairness in post-accident fault determination to exonerate innocent drivers and reduce settlement costs. IntelliShift’s telematics and AI video technology was designed with the knowledge that quick access to advanced AI video is central to a fleet’s ability to reduce dangerous driving and lower costs. The AI Dash Cam 400 provides key AI functionality without extraneous features that don’t directly contribute to ROI.
About 3,000 people die every year as a result of distracted driving and approximately 400,000 others are injured. A recent survey by IntelliShift also found that 82% of consumers prefer commercial vehicles have driver-facing and road-facing dash cameras installed to promote better driving behavior. IntelliShift’s AI Dash Cam 400 captures video of the road and driver simultaneously, providing proactive in-cab driver coaching to prevent dangerous behaviors. In fact, customers who implement the IntelliShift platform with integrated AI dash cams and driver scorecards, and follow its proven safety best practices, realize a 9X reduction in harsh driving incidents, including hard braking, speeding, and rapid acceleration, key contributors to high vehicle accident rates.*
“When developing the AI Dash Cam 400, we went beyond creating a product that offers a faster installation and an intelligently designed form factor. Our development was rooted in ensuring we could deliver tangible ROI through every possible avenue by solving many of the problems that the first-generation AI video solutions left out,” said Ryan Wilkinson, Chief Technology Officer at IntelliShift. “Additionally, we evolved our approach to supply chain to get product into users’ hands quickly and at scale.”
IntelliShift is the leader in connected fleet and safety operations. Leveraging 20 years of telematics expertise, our cloud-based IoT platform unites people, processes, vehicles, and equipment. Connecting real-time operational data, IntelliShift delivers actionable insights and intelligently predicts and optimizes business performance. As a trusted partner to mobile and field operations spanning SMB to the enterprise market, our client-centric approach ensures a seamless deployment, easy integration with existing solutions and generates immediate returns through increased productivity, improved safety metrics and a demonstrable reduction in costs per asset. We are proud to work with leading brands including Bimbo Bakeries, Thyssenkrupp Elevators and US Ecology.
CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT
Astadia | May 24, 2022
Astadia, the market-leading software-enabled mainframe migration company, announced the upcoming availability of its Mainframe Migration Factory SaaS offering for the third quarter of 2022. The Astadia FastTrack Factory is a fully automated software platform that provides a complete mainframe-to-cloud migration solution, which can reduce the duration of a typical transformation project significantly.
With half of the global legacy application landscape expected to be modernized in the following two years and a mainframe modernization services market likely to reach $109B in the next ten years, global system integrators are looking for advanced solutions to help businesses from multiple sectors overcome the complexity of their digital transformation projects.
“The surge in technology disruption and digital economy has turned the mainframe migration sector into an explosive market. Many of the world’s 20,000+ mainframes are being migrated to the cloud and Astadia is at the heart of this movement by providing the technology and services needed to move mainframe workloads safely, cost-effectively, and fast,”
Scott G. Silk, Astadia’s Chairman and CEO.
The Astadia FastTrack SaaS model will help enterprises accelerate and standardize mainframe migration projects while reducing costs, timeframes, and associated risks. By refactoring or replatforming mainframe applications, organizations can save up to 80% on operating costs, resolve the skills issue, integrate legacy business functions and data with cloud-native applications, gain agility and shorten time to market.
IT industry leaders like ClearScale, GFT, and FNTS have partnered with Astadia to leverage the FastTrack Factory in their transformation projects. The Astadia FastTrack SaaS model will also support global System Integrators (SIs) who wish to assist their customers interested in mainframe migration alternatives. Utilizing the factory, SIs will be able to offer services at scale, which is difficult to achieve with standard solutions.
Astadia is the market-leading software-enabled mainframe migration company, specializing in moving IBM and Unisys mainframe applications and databases to distributed and cloud platforms in unprecedented timeframes. With more than 30 years of experience, and over 300 mainframe migrations completed, enterprises and government organizations choose Astadia for its deep expertise, range of technologies, and the ability to automate complex migrations, as well as testing at scale.
CLOUD APP DEVELOPMENT
Compass UOL | December 24, 2021
Compass UOL, a global digital transformation company, and Furious Technologies, a North American revenue management and pricing optimization solutions provider, announced a strategic collaboration to provide online sellers in Latin America and USA with an integrated digital commerce solution.
The partnership will combine advanced cloud-based data science and Compass UOL's digital next-generation platforms services portfolio with Furious Technologies' artificial intelligence models for data-driven pricing. It will enable organizations to innovate, make better data-driven decisions, solve business challenges, and increase business value. The objective is to seize insights and use data generated by customer digital interactions to help sellers optimize price and increase average value per customer by dynamically recommending relevant products and purchase incentives.
Data-driven pricing, revenue management and higher margins
While typical IT departments deal with an overload of demands and daily problems, which makes it difficult to meet business's innovation and expansion goals, Compass UOL and Furious Technologies believe that end-to-end customer journeys must be created in the cloud and optimized to ensure continuous growth.
According to Alexis Rockenbach, CEO at Compass UOL, many companies are burdened by the need to increasingly use data to drive business decisions, solve supply chain issues and deal with the increasing material costs. As a result, they lack time and attention to customer touchpoints, or to sales and marketing overall.
"Compass UOL and Furious Technologies combine experience, data science and proven methodologies to maximize revenue, deploy state-of-the-art technology, and mentor customer-oriented teams on business acceleration", concludes Rockenbach.
Combining diverse US-based business teams, companies will be able to drive significant business development acceleration, having the potential to serve hundreds of B2B and B2C sellers in Latin America and the United States in the short term, and expand to other regions in the future.
"Compass UOL and Furious' cloud and virtual structure offer customers a scalable solution to meet their immediate needs to both manage risk and combat disruption. This combination of flexibility and experience provides an optimal environment to perform and deliver business transformation solutions. This effort enables businesses to ensure that the entire online journey is set to improve service, revenue and exponentially expand customer reach",
Ashley J. Swartz, CEO at Furious Technologies