Google | September 20, 2023
Google announces Bard chatbots’ integration into popular apps for an enhanced user experience.
Bard overcomes regulatory hurdles for global launch and introduces extensions for Google Drive, Gmail, and YouTube.
Users can use Bard for summarizing emails, finding routes, and fact-checking; privacy controls are emphasized amid competition with ChatGPT.
Google is set to integrate its Bard chatbot into popular applications such as Gmail, YouTube, and more, as part of Alphabet's efforts to enhance user experiences. This move follows OpenAI's release of ChatGPT, which prompted Google to develop Bard in response.
Earlier this year, Google overcame regulatory hurdles to launch Bard worldwide, despite concerns about data security from European regulators. To gain public support, Google is now introducing Bard extensions, enabling it to function as a plug-in within Google Drive, Gmail, YouTube, and other platforms.
Users will be able to leverage Bard to summarize lengthy emails, find quick routes on Google Maps, and extract bullet points from dense documents. To address concerns about accuracy, a fact-checking feature will be included to verify Bard's responses in real time.
Generative AI relies on data scraping from extensive databases to provide human-like responses. Google assures users that Bard will access private data only with consent and will not use it for targeted advertising or training Bard. Private content will remain inaccessible to Google employees, and users will have control over their privacy settings.
Google remarked in a blog post,
You’re always in control of your privacy settings when deciding how you want to use these extensions, and you can turn them off at any time.
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This development comes after Microsoft incorporated ChatGPT into Bing earlier this year but failed to challenge Google's search engine dominance. Google aims to capitalize on ChatGPT's declining user base and position Bard as a strong competitor in the generative AI landscape.
While Bard's integration into Google's ecosystem offers convenience, it may face competition with established AI models like ChatGPT. Some users might still have reservations about privacy and data usage, despite Google's assurances. Additionally, Bard's success in challenging ChatGPT's dominance remains to be seen, as generative AI popularity fluctuates.
Google's integration of Bard into popular apps enhances the user experience, making tasks like summarizing emails and finding routes more convenient. Bard's global launch and extensions for Google Drive, Gmail, and YouTube offer versatility. The fact-checking feature ensures accuracy, and Google emphasizes privacy controls, addressing concerns about data security.
Software, Future Tech, Application Development Platform
Businesswire | August 10, 2023
Nylas, the state-of-the-art communications platform giving developers universal access to email, calendar, and contacts providers through a single API integration, today announced its partnership with Devfortress, a leader in software development, design, and project management consulting and services. With this partnership in place, companies can now access Nylas’ Email, Calendar, and Contacts APIs alongside Devfortress’ team of product managers, developers, and digital designers in order to accelerate development cycles and bring innovative and ROI-driving email and scheduling features into their applications.
The combination of Nylas and Devfortress means businesses can leverage modern APIs and development services to enhance productivity and operational efficiency while simultaneously delivering cutting-edge features and lasting user experiences.
“Developer experience and productivity go beyond just faster and more efficient development cycles, it means businesses can deliver meaningful experiences and services to their customers, faster. Given the immense workload development teams face, many are turning to third-party APIs and integration services to help them meet their deadlines without increasing burnout,” said Jesse Ervin, Chief Revenue Officer at Nylas. “The combination of Nylas and Devfortress will help businesses ensure seamless integrations into critical communication channels such as email and calendars so they can spend more time on their core business operations and their customers.”
In recent years, APIs have become business-critical tools as the majority of developers and technical teams are faced with smaller teams, tighter deadlines, and more work. In their 2023 State of Developer Experience report, Nylas found that 98% of developers said that they view APIs as a key contributor to helping themselves and their teams get their work done.
“Partnering with Nylas allows us to expand our tools and services that we can bring to our customers,” said Shao Hang He, President of Devfortress. “By bringing Nylas’ communications APIs into our development, design, and customized software solutions for web, mobile, and e-commerce products, we’re confident that our customers will have everything they need in one solution in order to meet their deadlines and modernize their tech stack.”
Integrating new features and communication channels as a way to drive a better customer experience along with additional revenue is particularly critical within the e-commerce industry, where Amazon just experienced their single largest sales day in company history as part of their Amazon Prime Day event.
Hundreds of thousands of developers around the world use Nylas to increase velocity and seamlessly build customizable email and scheduling capabilities through state-of-the-art APIs. Nylas is the only platform giving developers universal access to email, calendar, and contacts providers through a single integration. Companies like Upwork, Rippling, Wix, Dialpad, and more turn to Nylas to quickly and securely launch critical features, enabling them to spend less time on their infrastructure and more time building software with limitless potential.
Devfortress offers all-inclusive software development and consulting services with an agile, professional, and organized solution to empower your digital presence. Our team is passionate to build lasting digital experiences and durable solutions.
Software, Future Tech
Prnewswire | July 05, 2023
Lakeside Software, the leader in digital employee experience (DEX), announced today the launch of the new Lakeside Velocity Framework, which outlines a clear path to quickly realizing proven returns from the Lakeside SysTrack platform and guides enterprises through how to successfully handle the most pressing IT challenges. This new program is the signature piece of Lakeside's mission to arm IT teams with unique, actionable insights derived from the most accurate, comprehensive view of endpoint data.
The Lakeside SysTrack platform captures, processes, and transforms 10,000 data points from every endpoint every 15 seconds. The Velocity Framework acts as a roadmap for success, guiding IT and business leaders on how to extract strategic and actionable insights from this industry-leading data. Leveraging the framework, which includes tactical Value Blueprints, organizations can realize value through increased productivity, reduced hardware and software costs, automated issue detection and resolution, and ultimately enhancements to the digital employee experience.
Since the beginning of the year, Lakeside has completed more than 70 blueprints with 35 customers, enabling them to realize an estimated $84 million of savings.
"We created the Velocity Framework to ensure our customers get the most from our platform not only to see value quickly but to continue to realize returns as they mature on their journey with SysTrack," said Guy Lever, SVP, Customer Success, Lakeside Software. "The platform is designed to provide the insights needed to support employees with their technology needs and drive operational efficiencies for the enterprise in an expedited manner."
The Lakeside Velocity Framework's powerful Value Blueprints offer strategies, along with step-by-step guides, to gain rapid insights into real-time health, usage, and performance of an organization's entire IT estate and identifying areas for improvement. The program launched with nine Value Blueprints and will expand from these:
Software License Optimization
Proactive IT Ops Resolution
Boot & Login Analysis
Endpoint Compliance & Governance
Helpdesk Ticket Avoidance
Mergers & Acquisitions
With the guidance of the Velocity Framework, enterprises can implement targeted initiatives that result in tangible and measurable returns on investment. Key customers have already begun using the Velocity Framework and have seen significant returns. For example, using the Hardware Optimization Value Blueprint, one large government agency determined nearly 30 percent of its laptops up for annual refresh could be replaced with Chromebooks, resulting in savings of nearly $1.5 million. A major health insurance company reduced IT Helpdesk incident rate per employee by 40 percent using the Helpdesk Ticket Avoidance Value Blueprint, and another enterprise customer reclaimed nearly $750,000 in unutilized software with the Software License Optimization Value Blueprint.
About Lakeside Software
Lakeside Software is a leader in digital employee experience (DEX). Lakeside's SysTrack platform gathers and analyzes data on everything that may impact end-user experience and business productivity and provides the unmatched visibility IT teams need to design and support rapidly changing digital workplaces. Customers use Lakeside's technology to enhance digital employee experience, proactive IT, digital transformations, and sustainable IT efforts. For more information, visit www.lakesidesoftware.com.