Automation Anywhere: Tackling RPA at scale

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Automation Anywhere, one of the RPA technology market’s leading vendors, offers a growing suite of tools to drive digital operations at scale. Top takeaways On a fast-growth trajectory Automation Anywhere was founded in 2003 by current CEO Mihir Shukla (formerly of Kiva Software, Netscape, Infoseek and OmniSky) and several colleagues. Initially a provider of macro-based […]

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Google Cloud AutoML: no longer just bots-for-boffins

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This week saw Google announce early alpha access to its Cloud AutoML service, designed to bring custom machine learning models to the general developer population (i.e. those without any specific deep learning expertise – not just deep learning researchers, or the data scientist community). By Google’s reckoning, that opens up the power of deep learning […]

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It’s ML-with-everything, as AWS equips builders for (AI) business

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As much as a conference as wide-ranging as AWS re:Invent can have a focus, last week’s main message was that developers (“builders”, in CEO Andy Jassy’s parlance) need to embrace machine learning techniques in order to deliver the next generation of applications everywhere. It’s AWS’ mission to make that as accessible as possible. It’s fair […]

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Box Skills and the search for intelligent content

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I spent last week in San Francisco at BoxWorks, getting a sense of where Box is now and where it sees itself heading. Admittedly, we’re seeing scripted demos at a vendor’s flagship annual event – so the usual conference caveats apply (some of the services announced at BoxWorks won’t even see daylight as Beta releases […]

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Salesforce Einstein, Thunder and Lightning – just hooks to grab your attention?

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Salesforce’s World Tour rolled into London last week. The company focused heavily on how its Intelligent Customer Success Platform enables developers to pull together IoT (Thunder IoT Cloud) and AI (Einstein) capabilities to power sales and marketing apps (built on the Lightning Platform). When Salesforce talks ‘IoT’, it’s really talking about real-time event processing. It’s […]

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IBM Cloud: the best place to get digital enterprise value from data

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This week at IBM InterConnect 2017, IBM repeatedly stressed the way it wants to differentiate the IBM Cloud from competitors’ cloud platforms: through cognitive and data management services. Given the amount of time, money and people IBM’s put into transforming Watson from a gameshow-playing computer into a toolkit of component learning-system services, it’s probably no surprise that IBM is […]

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AWS brings on ‘bots for the masses’ with new AI services

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If you like your hullabaloo to come in compute, storage, database/analytics, and devops-related flavours, then AWS’ annual re:Invent ‘educational conference’ event in Las Vegas last week didn’t disappoint. And that’s before the company revealed its new AI services and IoT on-device capabilities. This year’s highlights included seven new Amazon EC2 instances; a ‘simple VPS’ called […]

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