SOFTWARE, FUTURE TECH, COMPUTER VISION
Red Hat | October 19, 2022
Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, and IBM Research today announced Project Wisdom, the first community project to create an intelligent, natural language processing capability for Ansible and the IT automation industry. Using an artificial intelligence (AI) model, the project aims to boost the productivity of IT automation developers and make IT automation more achievable and understandable for diverse IT professionals with varied skills and backgrounds.
According to a 2021 IDC prediction1, “by 2026, 85% of enterprises will combine human expertise with AI, ML, NLP, and pattern recognition to augment foresight across the organization, making workers 25% more productive and effective. Technologies such as machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, pattern recognition, and knowledge graphs are producing increasingly accurate and context-aware insights, predictions, and recommendations.”
Project Wisdom – underpinned by AI foundation models derived from IBM’s AI for Code efforts – works by enabling a user to input a command as a straightforward English sentence. It then parses the sentence and builds the requested automation workflow, delivered as an Ansible Playbook, which can be used to automate any number of IT tasks. Unlike other AI-driven coding tools, Project Wisdom does not focus on application development; instead the project centers on addressing the rise of complexity in enterprise IT as hybrid cloud adoption grows.
From human readable to human interactive
Becoming an automation expert demands significant effort and resources over time, with a learning curve to navigate varying domains. Project Wisdom intends to bridge the gap between Ansible YAML code and human language, so users can use plain English to generate syntactically correct and functional automation content.
It could enable a system administrator who typically delivers on-premises services to reach across domains to build, configure, and operate in other environments using natural language to generate playbook instructions. A developer who knows how to build an application, but not the skillset to provision it in a new cloud platform, could use Project Wisdom to expand proficiencies in these new areas to help transform the business. Novices across departments could generate content right away while still building foundational knowledge, without the dependencies of traditional teaching models.
Driving open source innovation with collaboration
While the power of AI in enterprise IT cannot be denied, community collaboration, along with insights from Red Hat and IBM, will be key in delivering an AI/ML model that aligns to the key tenets of open source technology. Red Hat has more than two decades of experience in collaborating on community projects and protecting open source licenses in defense of free software. Project Wisdom, and its underlying AI model, are an extension of this commitment to keeping all aspects of the code base open and transparent to the community.
As hybrid cloud operations at scale become a key focus for organizations, Red Hat is committed to building the next wave of innovation on open source technology. As IBM Research and Ansible specialists at Red Hat work to fine tune the AI model, the Ansible community will play a crucial role as subject matter experts and beta testers to push the boundaries of what can be achieved together. While community participation is still being worked through, those interested can stay up to date on progress here.
“This project exemplifies how artificial intelligence has the power to fundamentally shift how businesses innovate, expanding capabilities that typically reside within operations teams to other corners of the business. With intelligent solutions, enterprises can decrease the barrier to entry, address burgeoning skills gaps, and break down organization-wide siloes to reimagine work in the enterprise world.”
Chris Wright, CTO and SVP of Global Engineering, Red Hat
Ruchir Puri, chief scientist, IBM Research; IBM Fellow; vice president, IBM Technical Community
“Project Wisdom is proof of the significant opportunities that can be achieved across technology and the enterprise when we combine the latest in artificial intelligence and software. It’s truly an exciting time as we continue advancing how today’s AI and hybrid cloud technologies are building the computers and systems of tomorrow.”
About Red Hat, Inc.
Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.
IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 4,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM's hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM's breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM's legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.
AI TECH,GENERAL AI,AI APPLICATIONS
Urbint | November 11, 2022
Urbint, the leading AI platform for predicting and stopping threats to critical infrastructure and workers, announced today that it has acquired iRestore, a no-code mobile workforce management platform serving energy utilities. The deal brings together Urbint's incident prevention technology with best-in-class mobile field applications, increasing the adoption and effectiveness of AI for operational risk reduction.
"The biggest obstacle for infrastructure operations teams implementing AI technology is getting users to adopt it and feed the right insights from the field back into the system. "By bringing the predictive power of Urbint's AI solutions together with iRestore's mobile capabilities, we're going to seamlessly standardize and integrate a risk-driven approach across all operational programs."
Corey Capasso, CEO of Urbint
"Urbint has had a tremendous impact in reducing operational risk across the critical infrastructure sector, and I'm excited about the combined impact of our technologies," said Deepak Swamy, CEO of iRestore. "By adding iRestore's no-code app platform, we can together scale our ability to design, build and configure transformational solutions to keep workers, assets, communities, and the environment safe."
iRestore's mobile development team has built easy-to-use mobile applications for field operations from storm response to vegetation management, in use by North American utilities serving more than 25 million customers. iRestore is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Urbint.
Capasso added, "Urbint's goal is to transform how the infrastructure sector manages operational risk. With this acquisition, we're one step closer to making that goal a reality."
Urbint predicts threats to workers and critical infrastructure to stop incidents before they happen. Leveraging real-world data and artificial intelligence, Urbint's software delivers a clear picture of risk up to a week in advance, and enables decision makers to take action in the right place, at the right time, before an incident occurs. Many of the largest energy and infrastructure companies in North America trust Urbint to protect their workers, assets, and the communities they serve.
AI TECH,GENERAL AI,AI APPLICATIONS
Dataiku | November 15, 2022
Dataiku, the platform for Everyday AI, today announced it has enhanced the Dataiku Partner Network to help partners build joint offerings and go-to-market capabilities for co-sales, service delivery, and resell routes to market to serve companies on their AI journey better. Members of this Partner Network will work with Dataiku to build a world-class partner ecosystem that delivers high-value AI and ML offerings at scale.
Today, the Dataiku Partner Network has a global reach across over 50 countries with 3,000 (and growing) Dataiku certifications. The network includes over 325 cloud, ISV, systems integrator, and resell partners, including today's leading AI innovators – AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Snowflake, Deloitte, Capgemini, Slalom, and many others.
"Dataiku is committed to helping enterprises derive more value from their data. "We're building a network of market-leading aligned organizations that bring the power of AI and ML to customers and prospects to make a powerful impact on the bottom line. Whether a technology, resell, or services partner, the expanded Dataiku Partner Network is designed to help our partners and their customers achieve the extraordinary."
David Tharp, SVP of Ecosystems and Alliances at Dataiku
The Dataiku Partner Network was created to build a legion of AI partners of all types, including technology partners who are now able to offer an AI platform that works seamlessly with their own platform; resell partners looking to expand their product portfolio with a leading AI platform that their customers need; and services partners who can support their client's adoption of the Dataiku platform to use their data across a broader set of users than was ever before available.
Members of the enhanced Dataiku Partner Network will enjoy benefits such as:
New partner tiering model with badges to showcase expertise and achievements
Early insights into important Dataiku product and company announcements
Exclusive access to Dataiku training, sales enablement, and events
Richer onboarding support to accelerate business goals
Spur demand generation with marketing assets, programs, and campaigns
Dataiku is the platform for Everyday AI that allows companies to leverage one central solution to design, deploy, govern, and manage AI and analytics applications. Since its founding in 2013, the company has been the leader in democratizing data and empowering organization-wide collaboration. Today, more than 500 companies worldwide use Dataiku to integrate and streamline their use of data, analytics, and AI, driving diverse use cases from fraud detection and customer churn prevention, to predictive maintenance and supply chain optimization.