Why Salesforce has bought a unicorn built on its platform

gigabitmagazine.com | February 27, 2020

Best known for its customer relationship management (CRM) software, the US-based Salesforce has acquired tech unicorn Vlocity for a reported $1.33bn.Vlocity and Salesforce’s synergy’s are obvious, with the former being built on the latter’s platform. Vlocity itself offers industry specific cloud solutions in six specific industries: communications, media and entertainment, energy and utilities, insurance, health and government.In a blog post, Vlocity’s CEO and founder David Schmaier, provided more information on the reasoning behind Salesforce’s acquisition, saying: “Because every organization, including the world’s largest customer-centric corporations and industries, must digitally transform, it is more important than ever for our customers to have products that speak the language of their industries. Our deep expertise in vertical industries enables organizations to digitally transform while delivering seamless, industry-specific processes and data models across any channel, helping to increase sales, service and marketing agility, operational efficiency, digital adoption and simplicity.

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LTI | November 04, 2022

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ThinkData Works Now Available On Google Cloud Marketplace

ThinkData Works | September 09, 2022

Data catalog provider ThinkData Works Inc has launched its catalog and enrichment services on Google Cloud Marketplace, providing customers with reduced time-to-value and access to Google Cloud’s leading AI and data analytics capabilities. The ThinkData Works catalog platform allows customers to make better business decisions by connecting to both internal and external data sources and providing rich metadata, governance, and discoverability features. Unlike alternative solutions, it offers unique enriched data feeds on global trade, demographics, business attributes, and more – fueling powerful insights when combined with existing internal data assets. Google Cloud Marketplace allows customers to quickly and simply access powerful software and Google Cloud-based data solutions. “Google Cloud is committed to helping organizations scale their data analytics and AI/ML initiatives,” said Dai Vu, Managing Director, Marketplace & ISV GTM Programs, Google Cloud. “With ThinkData Works’ data catalog available on Google Cloud Marketplace, customers will be able to easily access and act on data insights, enabling them to execute on data-driven initiatives with greater speed and at scale.” The partnership builds on a growing ecosystem of data and management tools available to customers of both organizations. “Many companies have invested in AI and ML solutions but find that data variety and poor data health restrict their progress, Availability on Google Cloud Marketplace means customers can more easily deploy our leading catalog platform through their existing relationship with Google Cloud, enabling them with the tools to manage and distribute data to unlock further AI and ML capabilities.” Brendan Stennett, ThinkData Works co-founder and Chief Technology Officer About ThinkData Works ThinkData Works unlocks the value of data to grow your business. Connect seamlessly to any source, drive critical insights, and deliver data while retaining visibility and control. Founded in 2014, ThinkData Works offers flexible data connections, an intuitive catalog interface, and secure tools to deliver data where it needs to be — inside or outside your organization. Purpose-built to handle the complexities of data variety, their unified cloud platform cuts overhead, fuels innovation, and drives revenue growth.

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Dynatrace Launches Grail for Boundless Observability, Security, and Business Analytics

Dynatrace | October 10, 2022

Software intelligence company Dynatrace announced today the launch of its Grail™ core technology within the Dynatrace® Software Intelligence Platform. Grail will revolutionize data analytics and management by unifying observability data as well as security and business data from cloud-native and multicloud environments, retaining its context, and delivering instant, precise, and cost-efficient AI-powered answers and automation. Initially, Dynatrace is leveraging Grail to power log analytics and management. Going forward, the company expects to extend the technology to power additional IT, development, security, and business analytics solutions. Multicloud and cloud-native architectures, the backbone of modern digital transformation, produce an explosion of data. This data is siloed, reflecting the diverse parts of the cloud ecosystem where it originated. To extract value from this data using traditional solutions, ITOps, DevOps, SRE, and security teams need to structure it to reflect questions they expect to ask in the future. They rely on time-consuming manual procedures, including data indexing and rehydration, in addition to managing multiple data repositories, which cannot react quickly enough to rapidly changing application and cloud environments or evolving security threats. The cost and overhead of maintaining antiquated procedures and fractured toolsets outpace the business value. Modern clouds demand a new approach. “Sprawling and dynamic cloud-native and multicloud environments are an ecosystem of various technologies and services, and the composition changes by the second. This paradigm makes it critical for organizations to acquire a platform with advanced AI, analytics, and automation capabilities. The platform must be able to ingest all observability, security, and business data, put it in an accurate context in real time, and facilitate access to data-backed insights when needed.” Stephen Elliot, Group Vice President, I&O, Cloud Operations, and DevOps at IDC Adding Grail to its platform positions Dynatrace to address these needs. Grail is a causational data lakehouse with a massively parallel processing (MPP) analytics engine. It leverages the new Dynatrace Query Language (DQL) for context-rich log analytics. It works in concert with other core Dynatrace platform technologies, including: OneAgent services to automatically discover, activate, and instrument applications, microservices, infrastructure, and any dependency in modern cloud environments; Smartscape continuously updated full-stack topology; PurePath distributed tracing and code-level analysis; and Davis causal AI to process data and deliver precise answers prioritized by business impact. Philip Mendez, Product Owner – IT Performance Monitoring at Toyota Financial Services, said, “We’re on a mission to accelerate digital transformation. Success requires real-time insights from the enormous quantity of data streaming from our clouds. Grail takes our analytics capabilities to the next level by presenting logs in the context of user experience, traces, and related events. Our teams no longer have to decide which data to keep or what to do before storing it. And we no longer have to pay an arm and a leg for fast queries. Grail enables us to deliver more value to our customers with always-optimized systems and user experience.” Bernd Greifeneder, Founder and Chief Technical Officer at Dynatrace, said, “Organizations are painfully in need of a revolutionary approach to observability, security, and business data analytics that transcends the performance limits of their existing solutions by as much as 100X for complex use cases while relieving existing cost constraints for managing cloud-native and multicloud environments. Grail delivers by boosting the Dynatrace-approach to causal AI, which retains data-context with precision and at massive scale. Starting with logs, Grail makes it possible for teams to leverage instant analytics for any query or question cost-effectively.” Grail for log management and analytics is expected to become available within 30 days of this announcement for customers using Dynatrace SaaS on AWS. For additional details on Grail and Dynatrace log management and analytics capabilities, please visit the Dynatrace resource center or Dynatrace.com. About Dynatrace Dynatrace exists to make the world’s software work perfectly. Our unified software intelligence platform combines broad and deep observability and continuous runtime application security with the most advanced AIOps to provide answers and intelligent automation from data at an enormous scale. This enables innovators to modernize and automate cloud operations, deliver software faster and more securely, and ensure flawless digital experiences. That’s why the world’s largest organizations trust the Dynatrace® platform to accelerate digital transformation.

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A More Efficient, Innovative and Greener 11.11 Runs Wholly on Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud | November 16, 2022

Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, has once again excelled in its mission of supporting the group’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, thanks to its high-performance computing and innovative technology. Drawing on self-developed infrastructure upgrades, the group saw an 8% year-on-year saving in computing cost per resource unit from April 1 to November 11. “The breadth and depth of cloud technology deployment during this year’s 11.11 has once again showcased Alibaba’s best cloud and technology practice; be it through fundamental architecture like self-proprietary technology powering high-performance computing and database products, or consumer-facing XR (extended reality) and livestreaming technologies. We intend to continue applying these proven capabilities to even better serve our customers and help them to be more efficient, innovative and greener in their own digital transformation journeys,” Li Cheng, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Alibaba Group Doing more with less through cloud-native and serverless innovations This year’s 11.11 was powered by Alibaba Cloud’s dedicated processing unit for the Apsara Cloud operating system. The upgraded infrastructure system, significantly improved efficiency of computing, storage and network in data centers supporting the event, while also reducing network latency. For example, with this new upgrade supported by cloud-native technology, ordering, pre-sale balance payment and refunding could be launched simultaneously with an enhanced scalability and lower latency. During this year’s 11.11, the front page of Taobao, one of Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms, was upgraded by the latest serverless technology, allowing for automatic scaling with extreme elasticity based on actual workloads. Alibaba Cloud’s cloud-native database products also significantly expanded the capacity of consumers’ shopping carts by more than a double, from 120 items to 300. The ApsaraDB for Redis Enhanced Edition (Tair), a cloud-based in-memory database service for enterprises, supports new functions such as product grouping and sorting, enabling consumers to organize their shopping cart according to their own preferences. They could also make use of the ‘select’ function to enjoy cross-merchant discounts, to pre-order goods and use vouchers for a more rewarding shopping experience. Innovative technology delivers more immersive consumer experience A more immersive shopping experience was created this year thanks to Alibaba’s proprietary technology in supporting extended reality. Alibaba’s technology in 3D modeling leverages a neural radiance field (NeRF), a neural network technology for generating novel views of complex 3D scenes. During this year’s 11.11, it assisted luxurious retail and furniture brands, like Burberry, Estee Lauder and SK-II, to build virtual stores on the e-commerce platform Tmall. Through self-developed 3D renderings that realistically represent natural light, flames and natural flowing water, an outdoor nature scene was built for sportswear brands including Descente (Japan), to showcase its latest products in a vibrant and invigorating environment. Consumers can also view the products in three dimensions, enabling them to inspect details up close, or try on their chosen watches and accessories virtually thanks to AR technologies. Consumers are also free to arrange different items of furniture indoors, or tents for outdoor camping. Another new expressive interaction came from an XR-powered marketplace on Tmall and Taobao. Using the automatic 3D space creation technology from Alibaba’s research institute DAMO Academy, a virtual shopping street was built, featuring over 700 products from 70 brands including 30 internationally-recognized franchises, such as Sanrio’s iconic Hello Kitty, and Hollywood’s franchise Minions. Shoppers can choose their own avatars, check out the products and place them in their virtual shopping carts. During this year’s 12-day festival from October 31 to November 11, nearly 2 million packages were delivered by Xiaomanlv vehicles, Alibaba’s last-mile logistics vehicle. This is double the package delivery volume from the same period last year. The logistics robot was deployed in over 400 campuses across China, which has greatly reduced the time of queuing for package deliveries during peak hours. A greener 11.11 powered by clean energy In addition to its cloud computing solutions helping to reduce energy consumption, Alibaba Cloud’s five hyper-scale data centers across China also doubled the amount of clean energy used to support this year’s 11.11 compared to last year. More than 32 million kilowatt-hours of electricity used by Alibaba Cloud to support 11.11 this year came from renewable energy, up by 30% on a daily basis average compared to last year. Additionally, Alibaba Cloud's Heyuan data center, the cloud company’s largest hyper-scale data center in South China, now runs entirely on clean energy. Alibaba Cloud’s self-developed immersion cooling technology has reduced the energy consumption of the data centers, with power usage effectiveness (PUE) reaching as low as 1.09 - a world-leading level. Alibaba Cloud has also worked with Tmall to leverage the carbon management platform, Energy Expert. It provided online carbon footprint modeling, calculations and certifications for more than 40 brands in various sectors, including paper & pulp, food and personal care, to help them categorize low-carbon products, identify carbon emission resources and conduct informed sustainability practices to reduce carbon emissions. About Alibaba Cloud Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com) is the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group. It offers a complete suite of cloud services to customers worldwide, including elastic computing, database, storage, network virtualization services, large-scale computing, security, management and application services, big data analytics, a machine learning platform and IoT services. Alibaba maintained its position as the third leading public cloud IaaS service provider globally since 2018, according to IDC. Alibaba is the world’s third leading and Asia Pacific’s leading IaaS provider by revenue in U.S. dollars since 2018, according to Gartner.

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