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8 Epic App Innovations that Help Your Business Stand Out

Article | July 20, 2022

Contents 1. The Market for Mobile Application Development 2. Innovations in Mobile Application Development 2.1 In-App Paid Features: Android and iOS Development 2.2 Augmented and Virtual Reality 2.3 Beacon Technology 2.4 Al and Ml 2.5 Wearables 2.6 Predictive Analytics 2.7 Blockchain Technology 2.8 On-Demand Applications 3. Long-Term Benefits of Mobile App Development Innovations for Your Small Business: 4. Tying Everything Together Increased use of the internet and smartphones demands better mobile applications be developed. Innovation is the key driving force that can make or break the market regarding mobile app development. A fantastic team of mobile app developers and smart innovation employing the latest technology produce a huge hit app. Let us learn more about how the mobile app development market grows. 1. The Market for Mobile Application Development The mobile application development market is projected to grow at a 13.4% CAGR from 2023 to 2030, with a value of $187.58 billion recorded in 2021. This is due to the increased use of the internet and smartphone platforms, as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning. The app's algorithms learn and understand user interests to deliver refined results that generate better user engagement. As Ericsson and the Radicati Group forecasted, 6.64 billion people own a smartphone today, which is around 83.32% of the world population, and by 2025, 7.33 billion people will own a smartphone. As a result, there is a substantial rise in demand for better smartphone apps, for which creative and innovative mobile application development is the need of the hour. Innovation will give your business a competitive edge it's never had before. It will also open up new ways to grow your business. Discover the top innovations in mobile app development. 2. Innovations in Mobile Application Development Some of the technological breakthroughs in mobile app development will greatly improve the user experience in the future. These focus mainly on the implementation of the latest technological innovations to realize functionality that has never been seen or done before. Let us now delve into their specifics. 2.1 In-App Paid Features: Android and iOS Development While Android has a market share of 70%, iOS has grabbed a market share of around 28% in the mobile operating systems market as of 2022. In-app advertising and in-app purchases generate the major ROI from mobile applications on both mobile operating platforms. A great UI and UX go a long way toward boosting your app and business, and they also help you rank highly in the respective app markets, i.e., the Google Play Store and the App Store. Rolling out constant updates and adhering to the security standards of the marketplace keeps your business app ranking at the top. 2.2 Augmented and Virtual Reality With the AR kit, you can design and make 3D mobile apps for your customers that use virtual reality. AR and VR are constantly changing the business of making mobile apps. You can use these trends to give mobile users really great experiences. A few of the sectors making successful use of these technologies include gaming, e-commerce, retail, interior design, real estate, tourism and travel, education, training, healthcare, manufacturing and construction, advertising and marketing, and entertainment. Your AR and VR mobile apps are more valuable if you can meet your expectations for maximum ROI with a minimum budget. You can do this by making constant improvements to your minimum viable product. 2.3 Beacon Technology The beacon technology uses a smartphone's Bluetooth to identify any store, museum, or other business in the vicinity. As mobile devices get more powerful, IoT and edge sensors will be used more and more. Because of that, beacon technology will change the way we interact with the world. This technology sends notifications to your customer’s phone about your product when the customer passes by, sends content and descriptions about an ongoing event at your location to your customers, and more. Proximity marketing and indoor navigation notifications are the few ways retail is using this technology. With the help of beacon technology, your business can track assets, keep track of contacts, offer access to loyalty programs, gather advanced data, and send mobile tickets. 2.4 Al and ML The versatility and power of innovations in Al and ML keep them relevant. For example, they let you turn pictures into animations that look real. These animations provide real-time analytics and other valuable insights. As an AI learns from its own experience, providing a better customer experience based on the data you feed it helps create intelligent chatbots. Personalized shopping assistance, fraud prevention, task automation, smart content, voice assistants, and autonomous vehicles are a few of the examples where you will see AI implemented. An AI trains itself through machine learning, or ML. ML forecasts future data trends using available historical data. This invaluable addition to your existing apps transforms the way they interact with customers. We are one step closer to a super-personalized experience. 2.5 Wearables Wearables let you make calls, find your way to your destination, measure and analyze your vital signs in real time, and look at your own personal insights. So, app developers and businesspeople should focus on making apps that give people who use wearables a great digital experience. Getting better apps for wearable devices can greatly enhance their functionality and the user experience. From listening to your favorite music to tracking your fitness goals, taking notes, finding a parking spot, and adhering to your health and fitness regimen, a wearable device does it all. If developing your company’s wearable app delivers more value, this technology is not just a game changer but a lifesaver for many. 2.6 Predictive Analytics Predictive analytics is essential to e-commerce. When it comes to making mobile apps, predictive analysis can help improve both the process and the user experience. By putting together information from many developers, it can help predict problems and suggest solutions. Your predictive analytics will be better if you use artificial intelligence (AI), data mining, machine learning, modeling, and statistics. The data that your small and medium-scale businesses have gathered over a period of time becomes one of the most valuable sources of information that helps predict and forecast future market trends. Unexplained market rises and falls will now have an explanation, as will mobile apps that can precisely tell what, when, and where needs to be changed, replaced, or repaired. Using constants and variables that are already known, predictive analytics and data modeling can help make accurate predictions about the future. 2.7 Blockchain Technology The world of blockchain has innumerable possibilities. Applications backed by blockchain technology benefit from end-to-end encryption. This means no one but you can retain data ownership rights. Blockchain technology is used for a lot of important communication and financial transactions because it is safe and private. Blockchain holds promise for better efficiency, productivity, and performance, as well as for elevating the user experience. Blockchain is more secure and reliable, offers better transparency in financial transactions, makes you go password-free using an SSL certificate (Secure Sockets Layer), promotes simplicity, protects your identity, safeguards access to your digital data and information, and helps transmit and receive accurate data with the help of balanced data transfer using several nodes at once. 2.8 On-Demand Applications As lockdowns and quarantines went on for a long time, many delivery apps started to appear. There were apps for taxis, grocery stores, and even medicine delivery. The on-demand model is likely to grow as more service-based companies shift their focus towards on-demand apps. Technology is always changing, and every year, new versions of technology hit the market. That's why we need to keep up with the latest updates and use them to make applications that are both new and full of features. That's a must for a successful launch of a mobile app. Making the software development process easy for the developers reduces the time it takes to develop applications using the software. There are options like rapid application development software, no code, and low-code application development software. These can include mobile app development, SaaS (software as a service), cloud apps, on-premise standalone apps, desktop apps, and web-based apps for many devices, including IoT devices. Using AI to power the application development process speeds up development, testing, and deployment, which helps a lot with scaling from small to medium to large and beyond. Some quick and effective mobile app development platforms include AppSheet, AppInstitute, Appery.io, AppyPie, Bizness Apps, Caspio, GoodBarber, iBuldApp, Quixey, Rollbar, Shoutem, and more. 3. Long-Term Benefits of Mobile App Innovations for Your Small Business: Creating a winning product doesn’t have to be a long process. Improvements on the product offered by competitors and finding competitor product shortcomings, along with using innovative technologies, help add value to your mobile app as a product. Mobile app development innovations help in many ways, such as: Improve your brand's relationship with your customers Offer 24/7 access to your business Get excellent customer insights Efficiently market your product online Save on additional marketing costs Boost employee efficiency by increasing engagement Improve communication shreds down the busy work and Streamline the data Generate a new revenue stream from ads targeted at in-app purchases. As a result, you meet customer expectations efficiently, allowing you to expand your business and attract potential customers. Your customers and potential customers are always looking for something new and exciting to experience and adopt. Sooner or later, they make habits of seeing something, and then they start thinking of that mobile app as a standard benchmark to look up to. Talking about the scalability of a mobile application, there is a lot of scope to improve using innovative technologies, and all minor to major updates take you from where you are to where you want to be. Finding the right mix of technologies will help your business grow and expand. 4. Tying Everything Together Business growth for small-scale businesses starts with new inputs and strategic technological investments in mobile app development. Although they sound promising, striking the right balance to implement innovative technologies relies heavily on rigorous predictive analysis. Tools and technologies help meet customer expectations at scale and grow the business beyond imagination with the power of innovation.

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Empowering Industry 4.0 with Artificial Intelligence

Article | July 14, 2022

The next step in industrial technology is about robotics, computers and equipment becoming connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and enhanced by machine learning algorithms. Industry 4.0 has the potential to be a powerful driver of economic growth, predicted to add between $500 billion- $1.5 trillion in value to the global economy between 2018 and 2022, according to a report by Capgemini.

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Transforming Businesses

Article | July 14, 2022

Whilst there are many people that associate AI with sci-fi novels and films, its reputation as an antagonist to fictional dystopic worlds is now becoming a thing of the past, as the technology becomes more and more integrated into our everyday lives. AI technologies have become increasingly more present in our daily lives, not just with Alexa’s in the home, but also throughout businesses everywhere, disrupting a variety of different industries with often tremendous results. The technology has helped to streamline even the most mundane of tasks whilst having a breath-taking impact on a company’s efficiency and productivity

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The advances of AI in healthcare

Article | February 11, 2020

With the Government investing £250 million into the project, the Lab will consider how to use AI for the benefit of patients – whether this be the deployment of existing AI methods, the development of new technologies or the testing of their safety. Amongst other things, the initiative will aim to deliver earlier diagnoses of cancer. It is estimated that in excess of 50,000 extra patients could see their cancer being detected at an early stage, thus boosting survival rates. More specifically, a study has shown that AI is quicker in identifying brain tumour tissue than a pathologist.This would have a positive knock-on effect in other areas, such as enabling money to be saved (that otherwise would have been spent on further treatment) and reducing the workload of staff (at a time when there is a crisis in NHS workforce numbers).

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Optimizely Launches Digital Experience Platform on Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Optimizely | November 15, 2022

Optimizely, the leading digital experience platform (DXP) provider enabling Boundless Digital Invention, today announced its content management, commerce, and personalization solutions are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Optimizely customers can now take advantage of the productive and trusted Azure cloud platform, with streamlined deployment and management. Optimizely DXP offers rich personalization features, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and benefitting from the scalability, reliability, performance, and security of Azure. “Launching Optimizely DXP on Microsoft Azure Marketplace is the next step in helping more organizations unleash their full potential and transform digital experiences. “The best digital experiences begin with learning from customers, gaining their trust, and using superior intelligence to serve them and drive outcomes. By using Optimizely’s DXP with Azure, marketing teams have unlimited possibilities to drive exceptional digital experiences, while ensuring the highest level of reliability and security.” Alex Atzberger, CEO of Optimizely Optimizely DXP is an advanced Content Management System (CMS) offered in a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model, built on Microsoft .NET 5/6, and natively designed to run on Azure, enabling customers to take full advantage of Microsoft Azure for ease of use, reduced complexity, and cost-effective technology consumption. This launch allows customers to benefit from the latest release of Optimizely Content Management Version 12 and B2C Commerce Version 14, which is Optimizely’s first version built on ASP.NET Core. It also comes on the heels of the recent release of the .NET Upgrade Assistant to make it easier for customers to move to .NET 5/6. Jake Zborowski, General Manager, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp. said, “We’re pleased to welcome Optimizely to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, which gives our partners great exposure to cloud customers around the globe. Azure Marketplace offers world-class quality experiences from global trusted partners with solutions tested to work seamlessly with Azure.” The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling cloud solutions certified to run on Azure. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use. About Optimizely At Optimizely, we're on a mission to help people unlock their digital potential. With our leading digital experience platform (DXP), we equip teams with the tools and insights they need to create and optimize in new and novel ways. Through Boundless Digital Invention, we’re reinventing marketing and allowing marketers to innovate without limits through confident content creation, inclusive collaboration and customer foresight. Now, companies can operate with data-driven confidence to create hyper-personalized experiences. Building sophisticated solutions has never been simpler. Optimizely’s 900+ partners and 1100+ employees in offices around the globe are proud to help more than 9,000 brands, including Toyota, Santander, eBay, KLM and Mazda, enrich their customer lifetime value, increase revenue and grow their brands.

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Renault Group and Google Accelerate Partnership to Develop the Vehicle of Tomorrow and Strengthen Renault Group's Digital Transformation

Renault Group | November 08, 2022

Renault Group and Google announced today an expanded partnership aimed at designing and delivering the digital architecture for the "Software Defined Vehicle" (SDV) and accelerating the group's digitalization. The two partners will develop a set of onboard and offboard software components that are dedicated to the SDV and will grow synergies and use cases related to the group's "Move to Cloud'' strategy. This collaboration on cloud computing, initiated in 2018, is accelerating today with the creation of a Digital Twin, a virtual twin of the vehicle that will feature the most advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, for an easier and continuous integration of new services into the vehicle and the creation of new onboard (In-Car Services) and offboard applications. The group will eventually transform its entire operational model to the cloud for more agility, better performance, and higher profitability. "The complexity of the electronic architecture of cars is increasing exponentially, driven by the sophistication of the functionalities and services expected by customers. Equipped with a shared IT platform, continuous over-the-air updates, and streamlined access to car data, the SDV approach developed in partnership with Google will transform our vehicles to help serve future customers' needs. This will increase residual value and after-sales retention, which are two key drivers of our financial performance, and help Renault to roll out our portfolio of new services. Finally, our strategic partnership with Google will allow us to accelerate our end-to-end digital transformation, from the design of the car to its market launch through its production, and ultimately to bring added value to our customers. With Google, we are going beyond mere cooperation: a software champion and a mobility champion are joining forces to create game-changing technologies." Luca de Meo, Renault Group CEO "Our collaboration with Renault Group has improved comfort, safety, and connectivity on the road. Today's announcement will help accelerate Renault Group's digital transformation by bringing together our expertise in the cloud, AI, and Android to provide for a secure, highly-personalized experience that meets customers' evolving expectations." Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet New innovations onboard vehicles Renault Group and Google are expanding their partnership into a collaboration to develop platforms and services for the future of SDVs. The collaboration includes in-vehicle software to enable the "Software Defined Vehicle" Platform and cloud software to enable a Digital Twin. This collaboration will enable Renault Group to reduce costs, improve efficiency, flexibility, and speed of vehicle developments, and increase value for end-users thanks to continuous software innovation. Renault Group will expand its use of Google Cloud technology for the SDV to better manage data capture and analytics, securely and confidentially, as well as software development for the vehicle. This supports first use cases in development, such as: Predictive maintenance and better detection and rectification of failures in near real time if necessary. A personalized experience onboard the vehicle (In-Car services) to adapt to driving behaviors, often-used destinations such as EV Charging Stations, etc. Insurance models based on actual usage and driving behaviors. Combined with the "Software Defined Vehicle" Platform and its Car Data Platform, Renault Group plans to monitor and analyze car usage for a better understanding of customers' needs and behaviors and for better and highly personalized services according to their expectations, in compliance with the security and privacy norms that apply. Renault Group, becoming a tech company with Google Cloud With one billion pieces of data captured every day across all manufacturing sites, connected production lines, supply chain data hosted and analyzed in the cloud, Renault Group has recognized the benefits of agility and performance after more than four years of partnership on cloud computing. The Group today appoints Google as its preferred cloud partner and intends to leverage its innovation in machine learning and AI, its constant investments in its open and always more sustainable infrastructure, and its secure cloud approach. About Renault Group Renault Group is at the forefront of a mobility that is reinventing itself. Strengthened by its alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors, and its unique expertise in electrification, Renault Group comprises 4 complementary brands - Renault, Dacia, Alpine and Mobilize - offering sustainable and innovative mobility solutions to its customers. Established in more than 130 countries, the Group has sold 2.7 million vehicles in 2021. It employs nearly 111,000 people who embody its Purpose every day, so that mobility brings people closer. Ready to pursue challenges both on the road and in competition, Renault Group is committed to an ambitious transformation that will generate value. This is centred on the development of new technologies and services, and a new range of even more competitive, balanced and electrified vehicles. In line with environmental challenges, the Group's ambition is to achieve carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040. About Google Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Google Cloud, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

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Digital.ai Introduces New Version of Its AI-Powered DevOps Platform That Empowers Large Organizations to Innovate Through Global Economic Shifts

Digital.ai | October 21, 2022

Digital.ai today unveiled the Banff release of its AI-Powered DevOps Platform, featuring expanded intelligence, automation and collaboration, to further help companies accelerate digital transformation. The new version makes it possible for public sector and enterprise organizations to accelerate delivery while managing risk, all with a focus on driving maximum value from software investments. At the heart of the AI-Powered DevOps Platform is its Intelligence capabilities which aggregate customer data spanning the entire software development and delivery lifecycle, automatically creating an industry-leading DevOps data lake. This data lake creates a single source of truth for an organization's software investments across the full lifecycle from planning and into production. Customers gain real-time insights, historical trend analysis and predictability in augmented analytic dashboards. This contextual data allows organizations to observe top level trends across the enterprise and quickly drill down to the team and individual levels to drive successful business outcomes. This release includes further expansion of Digital.ai’s machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions, allowing customers to move past historical trends to predictive, actionable insights. "We are investing significantly in AI and machine learning across all domains of IT, and a good example of this commitment is our partnership with Digital.ai,” said the CIO of Enterprise Infrastructure and Operations at one of the country's largest financial services companies. “By using Digital.ai's AI-driven Change Risk Prediction module we've been able to reduce business impact caused by change activity, increase the success of change releases and accelerate delivery of low-risk changes -- ultimately freeing our developers to be more productive. We've been encouraged by these results and we plan to deploy additional Digital.ai features, such as Incident Topic Clustering and Change Impact Detection.” Both private and public sector organizations are under increased pressure to manage overall costs and optimize existing software investments in an uncertain economic climate. At the same time, the need to develop and deliver secure, high-quality, innovative software releases at scale remains a business imperative. This situation is fueling global demand for software delivery platforms like Digital.ai’s AI-Powered DevOps Platform. Digital.ai solutions are currently being used by more than a thousand organizations worldwide including more than 50% of the Fortune 500 and the company’s technology protects 5+ billion app endpoints. “Software strategy now underpins every business strategy and business leaders need to navigate global economic uncertainty with agility, automation and security. “We are truly excited to be delivering to our customers our latest release that removes the mystery and complexities in mapping software investments to topline business goals and priorities. Digital.ai believes that the future of enterprise DevOps is being able to turn data into actionable, predictive insights.” Stephen Elop, CEO of Digital.ai Digital.ai solutions can be easily integrated into existing processes, applications and infrastructure to optimize existing investments while propelling innovation and bringing greater visibility and insight across the entire software architecture and ecosystem. Harness the Deflationary Force of Software by Delivering Better Releases New enhancements include: Improved Software Delivery Insights Model Monitoring dashboard: The updated model monitoring dashboard features key improvements for change risk prediction, making it easier to track the model’s performance of retraining and validation in production. Deployment intelligence: Users can now capture all manual deployment tasks defined in a release and view the deployment metrics and impact on applications and environment. Continuous Testing analytics: Organizations can now provide details of test execution and test by applications to get an understanding of the volume of testing and its results by various device types. A More Comprehensive DevOps Ecosystem A single identity across the platform: Digital.ai has enhanced identity protection and created a unified experience across all its products, docs, support and community, allowing users to seamlessly move between apps across Digital.ai with Digital.ai Identity. Beyond creating a new low friction experience, Digital.ai Identity brings key capabilities which modern enterprises require for their software development and delivery solutions, including enhanced shared service configurations, integration with common enterprise identity services and audit information. Hoylu whiteboarding integration: Users can unlock the power of whiteboard-based collaboration with Hoylu’s visual and iterative approach for better agile planning. By combining whiteboarding techniques with scaled Agile practices, this integration provides distributed teams with new ways to collaborate and further understand risk and dependencies. Digital.ai Community: Digital.ai Community provides an additional avenue of support so users and their teams can get more value out of Digital.ai products and processes. Digital.ai Community is designed for social, peer-to-peer engagement, and makes it easy for users to find answers, share product wisdom and get inspiration from other members of the Digital.ai Community. Enhanced and expanded Cloud native deployments: A new integration of Argo Rollouts helps customers deploy strategies such as blue/green, canary, canary analysis, experimentation and progressive delivery features to Kubernetes®. Argo Rollouts helps developers manage the entire application release and deployment process – removing bottlenecks and risks of change failure and delivering a better user experience. More Secure and Higher Quality Applications Recorder for Testing: New enhancements to the recorder for test editor enable non-experts to easily record software experiences and generate tests. Automation and low code approaches of Continuous Testing help address the global shortage of QA professionals. Expanded Accessibility Testing: Now Android™ environment developers can similarly take advantage of the robust level of accessibility monitoring offered for iOS, so they can increase compliance with global accessibility standards. The new Android™ Inspector feature identifies onscreen elements in Android™ applications and gives users information about different accessibility properties such as visual filters and Voiceover. Application Security: New innovation reduces attack surface, allowing for faster reporting and more datasets – so organizations can secure a wider range of applications, including mobile, web and desktop apps made for more OS versions. About Digital.ai Digital.ai is an industry-leading technology company dedicated to helping Global 5000 enterprises achieve digital transformation goals. The company's AI-powered DevOps platform unifies, secures and generates predictive insights across the software lifecycle. Digital.ai empowers organizations to scale software development teams, and continuously deliver software with greater quality and security while uncovering new market opportunities and enhancing business value through smarter software investments.

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Optimizely Launches Digital Experience Platform on Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Optimizely | November 15, 2022

Optimizely, the leading digital experience platform (DXP) provider enabling Boundless Digital Invention, today announced its content management, commerce, and personalization solutions are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, an online store providing applications and services for use on Azure. Optimizely customers can now take advantage of the productive and trusted Azure cloud platform, with streamlined deployment and management. Optimizely DXP offers rich personalization features, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and benefitting from the scalability, reliability, performance, and security of Azure. “Launching Optimizely DXP on Microsoft Azure Marketplace is the next step in helping more organizations unleash their full potential and transform digital experiences. “The best digital experiences begin with learning from customers, gaining their trust, and using superior intelligence to serve them and drive outcomes. By using Optimizely’s DXP with Azure, marketing teams have unlimited possibilities to drive exceptional digital experiences, while ensuring the highest level of reliability and security.” Alex Atzberger, CEO of Optimizely Optimizely DXP is an advanced Content Management System (CMS) offered in a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model, built on Microsoft .NET 5/6, and natively designed to run on Azure, enabling customers to take full advantage of Microsoft Azure for ease of use, reduced complexity, and cost-effective technology consumption. This launch allows customers to benefit from the latest release of Optimizely Content Management Version 12 and B2C Commerce Version 14, which is Optimizely’s first version built on ASP.NET Core. It also comes on the heels of the recent release of the .NET Upgrade Assistant to make it easier for customers to move to .NET 5/6. Jake Zborowski, General Manager, Microsoft Azure Platform at Microsoft Corp. said, “We’re pleased to welcome Optimizely to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, which gives our partners great exposure to cloud customers around the globe. Azure Marketplace offers world-class quality experiences from global trusted partners with solutions tested to work seamlessly with Azure.” The Azure Marketplace is an online market for buying and selling cloud solutions certified to run on Azure. The Azure Marketplace helps connect companies seeking innovative, cloud-based solutions with partners who have developed solutions that are ready to use. About Optimizely At Optimizely, we're on a mission to help people unlock their digital potential. With our leading digital experience platform (DXP), we equip teams with the tools and insights they need to create and optimize in new and novel ways. Through Boundless Digital Invention, we’re reinventing marketing and allowing marketers to innovate without limits through confident content creation, inclusive collaboration and customer foresight. Now, companies can operate with data-driven confidence to create hyper-personalized experiences. Building sophisticated solutions has never been simpler. Optimizely’s 900+ partners and 1100+ employees in offices around the globe are proud to help more than 9,000 brands, including Toyota, Santander, eBay, KLM and Mazda, enrich their customer lifetime value, increase revenue and grow their brands.

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Renault Group and Google Accelerate Partnership to Develop the Vehicle of Tomorrow and Strengthen Renault Group's Digital Transformation

Renault Group | November 08, 2022

Renault Group and Google announced today an expanded partnership aimed at designing and delivering the digital architecture for the "Software Defined Vehicle" (SDV) and accelerating the group's digitalization. The two partners will develop a set of onboard and offboard software components that are dedicated to the SDV and will grow synergies and use cases related to the group's "Move to Cloud'' strategy. This collaboration on cloud computing, initiated in 2018, is accelerating today with the creation of a Digital Twin, a virtual twin of the vehicle that will feature the most advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, for an easier and continuous integration of new services into the vehicle and the creation of new onboard (In-Car Services) and offboard applications. The group will eventually transform its entire operational model to the cloud for more agility, better performance, and higher profitability. "The complexity of the electronic architecture of cars is increasing exponentially, driven by the sophistication of the functionalities and services expected by customers. Equipped with a shared IT platform, continuous over-the-air updates, and streamlined access to car data, the SDV approach developed in partnership with Google will transform our vehicles to help serve future customers' needs. This will increase residual value and after-sales retention, which are two key drivers of our financial performance, and help Renault to roll out our portfolio of new services. Finally, our strategic partnership with Google will allow us to accelerate our end-to-end digital transformation, from the design of the car to its market launch through its production, and ultimately to bring added value to our customers. With Google, we are going beyond mere cooperation: a software champion and a mobility champion are joining forces to create game-changing technologies." Luca de Meo, Renault Group CEO "Our collaboration with Renault Group has improved comfort, safety, and connectivity on the road. Today's announcement will help accelerate Renault Group's digital transformation by bringing together our expertise in the cloud, AI, and Android to provide for a secure, highly-personalized experience that meets customers' evolving expectations." Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet New innovations onboard vehicles Renault Group and Google are expanding their partnership into a collaboration to develop platforms and services for the future of SDVs. The collaboration includes in-vehicle software to enable the "Software Defined Vehicle" Platform and cloud software to enable a Digital Twin. This collaboration will enable Renault Group to reduce costs, improve efficiency, flexibility, and speed of vehicle developments, and increase value for end-users thanks to continuous software innovation. Renault Group will expand its use of Google Cloud technology for the SDV to better manage data capture and analytics, securely and confidentially, as well as software development for the vehicle. This supports first use cases in development, such as: Predictive maintenance and better detection and rectification of failures in near real time if necessary. A personalized experience onboard the vehicle (In-Car services) to adapt to driving behaviors, often-used destinations such as EV Charging Stations, etc. Insurance models based on actual usage and driving behaviors. Combined with the "Software Defined Vehicle" Platform and its Car Data Platform, Renault Group plans to monitor and analyze car usage for a better understanding of customers' needs and behaviors and for better and highly personalized services according to their expectations, in compliance with the security and privacy norms that apply. Renault Group, becoming a tech company with Google Cloud With one billion pieces of data captured every day across all manufacturing sites, connected production lines, supply chain data hosted and analyzed in the cloud, Renault Group has recognized the benefits of agility and performance after more than four years of partnership on cloud computing. The Group today appoints Google as its preferred cloud partner and intends to leverage its innovation in machine learning and AI, its constant investments in its open and always more sustainable infrastructure, and its secure cloud approach. About Renault Group Renault Group is at the forefront of a mobility that is reinventing itself. Strengthened by its alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors, and its unique expertise in electrification, Renault Group comprises 4 complementary brands - Renault, Dacia, Alpine and Mobilize - offering sustainable and innovative mobility solutions to its customers. Established in more than 130 countries, the Group has sold 2.7 million vehicles in 2021. It employs nearly 111,000 people who embody its Purpose every day, so that mobility brings people closer. Ready to pursue challenges both on the road and in competition, Renault Group is committed to an ambitious transformation that will generate value. This is centred on the development of new technologies and services, and a new range of even more competitive, balanced and electrified vehicles. In line with environmental challenges, the Group's ambition is to achieve carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040. About Google Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Google Cloud, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

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Digital.ai Introduces New Version of Its AI-Powered DevOps Platform That Empowers Large Organizations to Innovate Through Global Economic Shifts

Digital.ai | October 21, 2022

Digital.ai today unveiled the Banff release of its AI-Powered DevOps Platform, featuring expanded intelligence, automation and collaboration, to further help companies accelerate digital transformation. The new version makes it possible for public sector and enterprise organizations to accelerate delivery while managing risk, all with a focus on driving maximum value from software investments. At the heart of the AI-Powered DevOps Platform is its Intelligence capabilities which aggregate customer data spanning the entire software development and delivery lifecycle, automatically creating an industry-leading DevOps data lake. This data lake creates a single source of truth for an organization's software investments across the full lifecycle from planning and into production. Customers gain real-time insights, historical trend analysis and predictability in augmented analytic dashboards. This contextual data allows organizations to observe top level trends across the enterprise and quickly drill down to the team and individual levels to drive successful business outcomes. This release includes further expansion of Digital.ai’s machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions, allowing customers to move past historical trends to predictive, actionable insights. "We are investing significantly in AI and machine learning across all domains of IT, and a good example of this commitment is our partnership with Digital.ai,” said the CIO of Enterprise Infrastructure and Operations at one of the country's largest financial services companies. “By using Digital.ai's AI-driven Change Risk Prediction module we've been able to reduce business impact caused by change activity, increase the success of change releases and accelerate delivery of low-risk changes -- ultimately freeing our developers to be more productive. We've been encouraged by these results and we plan to deploy additional Digital.ai features, such as Incident Topic Clustering and Change Impact Detection.” Both private and public sector organizations are under increased pressure to manage overall costs and optimize existing software investments in an uncertain economic climate. At the same time, the need to develop and deliver secure, high-quality, innovative software releases at scale remains a business imperative. This situation is fueling global demand for software delivery platforms like Digital.ai’s AI-Powered DevOps Platform. Digital.ai solutions are currently being used by more than a thousand organizations worldwide including more than 50% of the Fortune 500 and the company’s technology protects 5+ billion app endpoints. “Software strategy now underpins every business strategy and business leaders need to navigate global economic uncertainty with agility, automation and security. “We are truly excited to be delivering to our customers our latest release that removes the mystery and complexities in mapping software investments to topline business goals and priorities. Digital.ai believes that the future of enterprise DevOps is being able to turn data into actionable, predictive insights.” Stephen Elop, CEO of Digital.ai Digital.ai solutions can be easily integrated into existing processes, applications and infrastructure to optimize existing investments while propelling innovation and bringing greater visibility and insight across the entire software architecture and ecosystem. Harness the Deflationary Force of Software by Delivering Better Releases New enhancements include: Improved Software Delivery Insights Model Monitoring dashboard: The updated model monitoring dashboard features key improvements for change risk prediction, making it easier to track the model’s performance of retraining and validation in production. Deployment intelligence: Users can now capture all manual deployment tasks defined in a release and view the deployment metrics and impact on applications and environment. Continuous Testing analytics: Organizations can now provide details of test execution and test by applications to get an understanding of the volume of testing and its results by various device types. A More Comprehensive DevOps Ecosystem A single identity across the platform: Digital.ai has enhanced identity protection and created a unified experience across all its products, docs, support and community, allowing users to seamlessly move between apps across Digital.ai with Digital.ai Identity. Beyond creating a new low friction experience, Digital.ai Identity brings key capabilities which modern enterprises require for their software development and delivery solutions, including enhanced shared service configurations, integration with common enterprise identity services and audit information. Hoylu whiteboarding integration: Users can unlock the power of whiteboard-based collaboration with Hoylu’s visual and iterative approach for better agile planning. By combining whiteboarding techniques with scaled Agile practices, this integration provides distributed teams with new ways to collaborate and further understand risk and dependencies. Digital.ai Community: Digital.ai Community provides an additional avenue of support so users and their teams can get more value out of Digital.ai products and processes. Digital.ai Community is designed for social, peer-to-peer engagement, and makes it easy for users to find answers, share product wisdom and get inspiration from other members of the Digital.ai Community. Enhanced and expanded Cloud native deployments: A new integration of Argo Rollouts helps customers deploy strategies such as blue/green, canary, canary analysis, experimentation and progressive delivery features to Kubernetes®. Argo Rollouts helps developers manage the entire application release and deployment process – removing bottlenecks and risks of change failure and delivering a better user experience. More Secure and Higher Quality Applications Recorder for Testing: New enhancements to the recorder for test editor enable non-experts to easily record software experiences and generate tests. Automation and low code approaches of Continuous Testing help address the global shortage of QA professionals. Expanded Accessibility Testing: Now Android™ environment developers can similarly take advantage of the robust level of accessibility monitoring offered for iOS, so they can increase compliance with global accessibility standards. The new Android™ Inspector feature identifies onscreen elements in Android™ applications and gives users information about different accessibility properties such as visual filters and Voiceover. Application Security: New innovation reduces attack surface, allowing for faster reporting and more datasets – so organizations can secure a wider range of applications, including mobile, web and desktop apps made for more OS versions. About Digital.ai Digital.ai is an industry-leading technology company dedicated to helping Global 5000 enterprises achieve digital transformation goals. The company's AI-powered DevOps platform unifies, secures and generates predictive insights across the software lifecycle. Digital.ai empowers organizations to scale software development teams, and continuously deliver software with greater quality and security while uncovering new market opportunities and enhancing business value through smarter software investments.

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