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Software AG, SAP partner on industry 4.0 data

Software AG | February 24, 2021

Software AG, SAP partner on industry 4.0 data
Software AG and SAP have partnered to better surface supply chain management data with the aim of improving product quality.

The news, which landed as Software AG held its Capital Markets Day, highlights how multiple players are forming partnerships to focus on the industry 4.0 market.

Software AG's alliance with SAP will combine SAP's S/4HANA Cloud with Software AG's TrendMiner, which is self-service industrial analytics software for smart factories.

According to the companies, the partnership will bring sensor-generated time-series data into the analytics and operational performance fold.

Software AG in January reported bookings growth of 31% in the fourth quarter and 24% for 2020. Digital transformation drove demand for Software AG.

For 2020, Software AG reported revenue of €834.8 million, down 3.8% from a year ago. Net income (non-IFRS) was €125.4 million.

Software AG said that it will "double down on its existing strategy by focusing on five priority areas, namely: continuing to develop its subscription growth engine, fostering product innovation, driving internal simplification to improve productivity, progressing the ongoing cultural transformation driving its success, and taking a more proactive stance towards Mergers & Acquisitions."

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Cloudian Partners with WEKA to Deliver High-Performance, Exabyte-Scalable Storage for AI, Machine Learning and Other Advanced Analytics

Cloudian | January 20, 2022

Cloudian® today announced the integration of its HyperStore® object storage with the WEKA Data Platform for AI, providing high-performance, exabyte-scalable private cloud storage for processing iterative analytical workloads. The combined solution unifies and simplifies the data pipeline for performance-intensive workloads and accelerated DataOps, all easily managed under a single namespace. In addition, the new solution reduces the storage TCO associated with data analytics by a third, compared to traditional storage systems. Advanced Analytics Workloads Create Data Storage Challenges Organizations are consuming and creating more data than ever before, and many are applying AI, machine learning (ML) and other advanced analytics on these large data sets to make better decisions in real-time and unlock new revenue streams. These analytics workloads create and use massive data sets that pose significant storage challenges, most importantly the ability to manage the data growth and enable users to extract timely insights from that data. Traditional storage systems simply can’t handle the processing needs or the scalability required for iterative analytics workloads and introduce bottlenecks to productivity and data-driven decision making. Cloudian-WEKA Next Generation Storage Platform Together, Cloudian and WEKA enable organizations to overcome the challenges of accelerating and scaling their data pipelines while lowering data analytics storage costs. WEKA’s data platform, built on WekaFS, addresses the storage challenges posed by today’s enterprise AI workloads and other high-performance applications running on-premises, in the cloud or bursting between platforms. The joint solution offers the simplicity of NAS, the performance of SAN or DAS and the scale of object storage, along with accelerating every stage of the data pipeline from data ingestion to cleansing to modeled results. Integrated through WEKA’s tiering function, Cloudian’s enterprise-grade, software-defined object storage provides the following key benefits: High Performance – Run concurrent workloads while eliminating compute cluster bottlenecks and reducing processing times. Exabyte Scalability – Grow deployments on demand, from terabytes to an exabyte without disruption, achieving the flexibility and elasticity of the public cloud within a private data center or hybrid cloud model. Enterprise-grade Security – Protect data with encryption in flight and at rest, integrated firewall, RBAC/IAM and SAML access controls, and certification with the most rigorous regulatory requirements, such as Common Criteria, FIPS and SEC Rule 17a-4(f). Resiliency – Achieve high data durability with the option to protect and distribute data using replication or erasure coding, thereby eliminating the need for a separate data backup process. Multi-tenancy – Provision multiple users on shared infrastructure without compromising security. Cost-effective – Save on storage costs, as the solution runs on standard x86 hardware with local NVMe SSDs. “As organizations increasingly employ AI, ML and other advanced analytics to extract greater value from their data, they need a modern storage platform that enables fast, easy data processing and management,” said Jonathan Martin, president, WEKA. “The combination of the WEKA Data Platform and Cloudian object storage provides an ideal solution that can seamlessly and cost-effectively scale to meet growing demands.” “When it comes to supporting advanced analytics applications, users shouldn’t have to make tradeoffs between storage performance and capacity,” said Jon Toor, chief marketing officer, Cloudian. “By eliminating any need to compromise, the integration of our HyperStore software with the WEKA Data Platform gives customers a storage foundation that enables them to fully leverage these applications so they can gain new insights from their data and drive greater business and operational success.” About Cloudian Cloudian is the most widely deployed independent provider of object storage. With a native S3 API, it brings the scalability and flexibility of public cloud storage into the data center while providing ransomware protection and reducing TCO by up to 70% compared to traditional SAN/NAS and public cloud. The geo-distributed architecture enables users to manage and protect object and file data across sites—on-premises and in the cloud—from a single platform.

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Penguin Releases the Decentralized Data Network for Web3.0

Penguin | January 03, 2022

Recently, Penguin team has announced the launch of their decentralized data network for Web3.0. With the advancement of blockchain technology, some innovative new players are entering the market. Some are bringing the offline world to a global audience, while others transform the way we invest in our future. Decentralized applications, DeFi, NFTs, and the Metaverse, hold immense potential for future growth and real-world uses. But what the current crypto arena lacks is an independent & one-stop web service that includes a high-performance smart contract blockchain together with a decentralized storage solution. The Penguin network brings in a universal decentralized data network specifically designed for Web 3.0. Penguin - The Decentralized Storage Platform Exclusively designed for Web 3.0, Penguin is a peer-to-peer network of nodes, which jointly provides decentralized storage and communication service. By offering a universal decentralized data network for Web3.0, the platform can fulfill multiple roles for different areas of blockchain space. Moreover, Penguin aims to work with the blockchain industry to create decentralized applications (DApps), products, and services seamlessly accessible in Web 3.0. A unique feature of the platform is that it offers automatic scaling; that is, an increase in storage space demand would be efficiently handled. This will eventually lead to a lowering of costs for the blockchain arena. Penguin also facilitates efficient data storage capabilities and quick data retrieval. The network is economically automated with a native protocol token, PEN, thanks to its built-in smart-contract-based incentive system. Therefore, the purported goal of the platform is to extend the blockchain by utilizing decentralized storage and communication to position itself as a world computer that can efficiently serve as an operating system and deployment environment for dApps. Web 3.0 - The Decentralized Internet of the Future Web 3.0 is not merely a buzzword that tech, crypto, and venture-capital classes have become interested in lately. It aims to provide a future where distributed users and machines can seamlessly interact with data, value, and other counterparties through peer-to-peer networks, eliminating the need for any third parties. It is built majorly on three novel layers of technological innovation. Those are edge computing, decentralized data networks, and artificial intelligence. Web 3.0, built on blockchain, eliminates all big intermediaries, including centralized governing bodies or repositories. Moreover, the most significant evolution enabled by Web 3.0 is the minimization of the trust required for coordination on a global scale. It fundamentally expands the scale and scope of human and machine interactions to a far new level. These interactions range from easy payments to richer information flows and trusted data transfers, all without passing through a fee-charging intermediary. Web 3.0 enhances the current internet service with significant characteristics like trustless, verifiable, permissionless, self-governing, etc. This is why a permissionless, decentralized blockchain like Penguin plays a pivotal part in developing the so-called "decentralized internet of the future." Decentralized data networks like Penguin make it possible for data generators to store or sell their data without losing ownership control, compromising privacy, or reliance on intermediaries or go-betweens. Blockchain Technology and Web 3.0 Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies have always been an integral part of Web3.0. It provides financial incentives for anyone who wants to create, govern, contribute, or improve projects. Today the internet needs Web 3.0, a new generation of the Internet protocol that facilitates free identity, free contracts, and free assets. Blockchain technology with its advanced network fundamentals offers a near-perfect solution with in-built smart contracts for self-deployment and access, decentralized addresses as accounts, etc. Penguin, the decentralized data network, provides an available decentralized private data storage solution for all Web3.0 developers. How Does Penguin Benefit The Development Of Web 3.0 Today we live in a data-driven world, where companies often collect massive amounts of user data and use this data with the intent to deliver value. Data privacy has become a greater concern over the past few years. However, the Internet ecosystem has fundamentally changed several concerns like data privacy and storage. This is referred to as Web 3.0, and it ensures this by deploying blockchain. Penguin primarily focuses on data storage with zero downtime. It also features permanent versionable content storage, zero error operation, and resistance to intermittent disconnection of nodes. With its exceptional privacy attributes like anonymous browsing, deniable storage, untraceable messaging, and file representation formats that leak no metadata, Penguin meets with the growing security demand on the web. Penguin also offers continuous service and resilience against outages or targeted attacks. The platform facilitates the creation of many products, where all products rely on APIs and SDKs provided by Penguin. Penguin - An Infrastructure for A Self-Sovereign Society Penguin is more than just a network; the protocol sets a strong foundation for creating a market economy around data storage and retrieval. The platform also has entered into a host of prospective and strategic partnerships and collaborations with different projects and protocols in the DeFi, GameFi, NFTs, smart contract, and other metaverse spaces. Moreover, as a platform for permissionless publication, the Penguin network promotes information freedom. The platform’s design requirements can only be met by the network native token PEN. Some of the significant features that Web 3.0 offers are zero central point of control by removing intermediaries, complete ownership of data, sharing information in a permissionless manner, reducing hacks and data breaches with decentralized data, and interoperability. On the other hand, Penguin aims to build an infrastructure for a self-sovereign society. Without permission and privacy, Penguin efficiently meets the needs of freedom of speech, data sovereignty, open network market, and ensuring its security through integrity protection, censorship resistance, and attack resilience. Some of its vital meta values are Inclusivity, the need to include the underprivileged in the data economy, lowering the barrier of entry to explain complex data flows, and building decentralized applications. The integrity of the online persona is necessary. Because Penguin is a network with open participation and offers services and permissionless access to publishing, sharing, and investing your data, users have complete freedom to express their intention and have full authority to decide whether they want to remain anonymous or share interactions. Incentivization or economic incentives ensure that participants' behavior aligns with the network's desired emergent behavior. Finally, Impartiality guarantees content neutrality and prevents gate-keeping. It successfully rules out other values that treat any particular group as a privileged or express preference for specific content or even data from any specific source. These meta values make Penguin an efficient decentralized, permissionless data network for Web 3.0. Penguin’s Future-Proof Design Principles - Meeting the Needs of Web 3.0 The information society and data economy have ushered in an era where online transactions and big data are pivotal for everyday life. Therefore, it is essential to have a future-proof and advanced supporting technology like Penguin. The network offers a strong guarantee for continuity. The Penguin network ensures continuity by following some general requirements or system attributes. Some of them are stable and resilient specifications and software implementation. 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The Smart Data Summit Plus Set to Begin Next Week

Expotrade | November 15, 2021

The 8th Smart Data PLUS Summit and SDS+ Data Awards will get underway next week on the 17th and 18th of November 2021 at the Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, UAE, providing a live and in-person overview of the latest advancements in the big data and advanced analytics space. Organized by Expotrade Global, the two day event will bring together over 400 senior delegates representing big data analytics, business intelligence, marketing and customer experience, digital transformation, and strategy, from the region and other countries across the globe. In a world with unprecedented digital transformation, the program agenda will oversee conversations around data maturity, data observability, data governance and data ethics. Through keynotes, in-depth panel discussions and insightful fireside chats from international and regional subject matter experts, attendees can gain first hand access to the latest developments in the fast moving world of big data and AI. Just some of the insightful topics delegates can expect to learn about include: Exerting Influence & Extending Impact –The Evolving Dynamics of Tech & Data from a Middle Eastern Context, a fireside chat between H.E.Thuraya Al Hashimi, Executive Director - Digital Data Enabling Sector, Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Centre, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs UAE and Mostafa Zafer, Vice President, Data, AI, Automation and Security MEA, IBM – Lead Sponsor Data Democratization – How to Bridge the Divide between People and Technology, presented by Vishal Soni from our Platinum Sponsor - Alteryx Breaking the Data Gravity Notion with Logical Data Fabric, presented by Alexey Sidorov, Data Management Director from Gold Sponsor - Denodo Urban Change Makers: The story of Abu Dhabi’s AI Capability, presented by Dr. Humaid Saif Saeed, Director of the Artificial Intelligence Applications, Abu Dhabi Police ArabyAds Data Transformation : Migrating a Complex Coupons Tracking Analytics to Snowflake, presented by Frédéric Leroy, Chief Technology Officer, ArabyAds How AI Bring Social Listening to New Levels of Sophistication presented by, Awis Kilani, Marketing Manager from our Gold Sponsor - Lucidya Empowering MENA governments and Public Sector – Leveraging Smart Data, Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Delegates can expect to hear from such esteemed speakers as: H.E.Thuraya Al Hashimi, Executive Director - Digital Data Enabling Sector, Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Centre, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs – UAE Budoor Al-Amoudi, Chief of Data Management, Dubai Airport Freezone Authority Latifa Saleh AlShehhi, Head of Algorithms Analysis & Development Section, Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Center, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs Ramzi Ben Ouaghrem, CTO, Cloud & Cognitive Technical Executive, IBM Middle East & Africa Mohamed AlMadhaani, Advisor - Technology & Policy, Abu Dhabi Digital Authority Dr. Amjed Al.Thuhli, Information Technology Consultant, Ministry of Transport, Communications & Information Technology - Oman Faisal Ali, Group Chief Information Officer, Gargash Group Ahmad El Sayed, Chief Data Scientist, Data & AI, IBM Prashant Tewari, Regional Sales Director, Acceldata Seham El- Behissy, General Manager Digital & Connected Cars - Middle East, Groupe Renault Suraj Nair, Head of IT, MENAP & Customer Digital Lead, Mondelēz International Awad Ahmed Ali El Siddig, Team Leader, AI & Analytics, Adnoc Distribution Muzoun Al-Nuaimi, Director of Reporting and Analytics, Jumeirah Group Natalie Fuller, Head of Data Analytics, CAFU Shaily Verma, Director Data Insights, DAMAC Properties Taghrid Al Saeed, Senior Vice President - Head of Media Intelligence & Innovation, Mubadala Group Communications Nicola Hobson-Langley, Regional Head Analytics & CRM Europe & Middle East, RBWM, HSBC Tina Chikhani Nader, Head of Digital Commerce, Unilever MENA Shaikha Hassan Al Mansoori, Head of Investment & Strategy - Digital Health Department, Ministry of Health and Prevention – UAE With the exciting new addition of the SDS+ Data Awards, this event will acknowledge and celebrate the organisations that are excelling in their implementation of AI and big data analytics. The awards will recognise the achievements of companies that have truly embraced digitization and have enjoyed significant improvements to their business as a result. Don't miss out on the opportunity to attend the Smart Data Summit Plus and SDS+ Data Awards next week and discover the latest advancements in big data analytics and AI Technology. The Smart Data Summit Plus and SDS+ Data Awards is an in-person event, with hygiene and social distancing measures strongly enforced in accordance with DHA guidelines. For more information, visit: bigdata-me.com About Expotrade Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. 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Fractal expands cloud AI offerings with the acquisition of Neal Analytics

Fractal | January 12, 2022

Fractal, a global provider of artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to Fortune 500® companies, today announced the acquisition of Neal Analytics, a cloud, data, engineering and AI Microsoft Gold consulting partner, for an undisclosed amount. Neal Analytics strengthens Fractal's AI engineering capabilities & cloud-first offerings on Microsoft's multi cloud ecosystems and enables clients to scale AI and power decisions; It also strengthens Fractal's presence in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and India. Founded in 2011, Neal Analytics is a Microsoft Gold Consulting Partner supporting its cross-industry clients, such as PepsiCo and Microsoft, in their data-driven transformation initiatives. Neal Analytics' 200+ team brings deep expertise on the Azure stack - across data science, AI & ML, IoT, Edge Computing, BI, application development, migration and modernization, and automation. Neal Analytics also has partnerships with Intel, Nvidia, and Databricks. "We are excited about partnering with Dylan and his talented team at Neal Analytics. They have built a great client-centric, people-oriented culture, and have an impressive track record of solving and scaling AI engineering challenges, especially on the Microsoft platform, for marquee clients. This partnership will accelerate our ability to power data-driven decisions end-to-end for our Fortune® 500 sized clients." Srikanth Velamakanni, Co-founder and Group Chief Executive, Fractal Dylan Dias, CEO, Neal Analytics, said, "This is the successful culmination of a thorough, year-long process. Our goals were to find the best long-term home for Neal's 200+ employees, a platform to scale faster, and the ability to play a bigger role in this fast-accelerating space. Fractal was a clear choice. Our culture and vision are 100% aligned. This is an exciting opportunity to empower our people and work alongside like-minded practitioners to transform businesses with cloud, data, and AI. It will enable Neal Analytics and Fractal to grow and achieve more together." Satish Raman, Chief Strategy Officer, Fractal, said, "Hyperscale cloud infrastructures are enabling organizations to be more agile and improve their business performance to better serve clients. Neal's award-winning experts in Microsoft's Azure and cloud technologies have been helping organizations to securely migrate, modernize and accelerate their business transformation within the cloud for more than a decade. We're delighted that this acquisition of Neal will further strengthen our rapidly growing analytics, AI, and data engineering business in North America." About Fractal Fractal is one of the most prominent players in the Artificial Intelligence space. Fractal's mission is to power every human decision in the enterprise and brings AI, engineering, and design to help the world's most admired Fortune 500® companies. Fractal's products include Qure.ai to assist radiologists in making better diagnostic decisions, Crux Intelligence to assist CEOs and senior executives make better tactical and strategic decisions, Theremin.ai to improve investment decisions, Eugenie.ai to find anomalies in high-velocity data, Samya.ai to drive next-generation Enterprise Revenue Growth Management, Senseforth.ai to automate customer interactions at scale to grow top-line and bottom-line and Analytics Vidhya is the largest Analytics and Data Science community offering industry-focused training programs. About Neal Analytics Neal Analytics is a cloud, data, and AI Microsoft Gold Consulting Partner supporting data-driven transformation initiatives from data strategy to solution design, architecture, development, operationalization, and support. Neal leverages Agile methodologies and flexible engagement models to deliver measurable customer value with a focus on right sized and pragmatic approaches towards digital transformation.

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