Google Cloud acquires DORA to bolster DevOps expertise

Cloud Tech | January 07, 2019

Google has added a little app expertise to its skillset with the acquisition of DORA (DevOps Research and Assessment). The move will aim for the research firm to help ‘continue to create delightful experiences for developers and operators’, in the company’s own words. DORA said the company’s positioning was a ‘natural fit’ for Google Cloud with both organisations “known for mutual commitment to the developer and operations ecosystems.” In a statement, DORA noted: “DORA’s data-driven approach has helped teams leverage automation, process, and cultural change to improve the quality of their software and the quality of their work-life. Google Cloud is beloved for its contributions to the open source community, and is known for its research-driven approach to understanding how developers and operators work, and what makes them successful.” It’s difficult to argue with that. Google’s mission with regards to openness is evident, and like all the other cloud behemoths there is a panoply of products available for building and running applications – although AWS may quibble at the depth of its competition. As far as DORA is concerned, its annual State of DevOps report is, alongside an equivalent from software automation provider Puppet, one of the benchmarks of research in the sector. The most recent offering, published in September, found organisations’ initiatives had matured to the extent that a few ‘elite’ performers across industries were becoming apparent.

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Unqork Unveils Codeless as a Service

Unqork | November 11, 2022

Unqork, the leader of codeless architecture software development, today announced their vision for the future of software: Codeless as a Service. Codeless as a Service allows enterprise customers to seamlessly build, run and manage next generation software – with a single open data definition. Unqork customers can achieve a secure, multi-cloud codeless architecture for applications that provide usability, extensibility, upgradability, portability, reliability and more. As a result, customers are able to create future-proof software applications that unlock substantial productivity gains with a faster proof of value than traditional coding. In support of Codeless as a Service, Unqork unveiled two major investments in the evolution of its codeless platform, Unqork OS and Codeless Data Experiences. Both releases will meet the evolving needs of enterprise customers looking for easier ways to manage software applications, with a focus on integrability and data functionality. "As we look to the future of software development, we're picking up where the serverless movement left off and continuing on the journey of abstraction and empowering enterprises to build, run and manage their applications without having to think about the underlying code," said Gary Hoberman, CEO and Founder, Unqork. "Codeless as a Service allows customers to create technology with the security, scalability, usability and extensibility that they need, all while simultaneously uniting their business and technology teams, improving developer productivity and reimagining the customer experience." Unqork OS Unqork OS is the next generation of the codeless platform that empowers customers with the tools to build powerful, performant and secure enterprise software and consumer-grade experiences. Driven to expand the possibilities of what customers can build, Unqork OS will unlock the next evolution of Codeless as a Service development. Core features of Unqork OS will focus on providing robust, powerful capabilities. These include: High-Performance Engine & Rules Orchestration: executes complex business logic for more optimized use cases that require high volumes of user content, business logic and data transactions. Embedded Unqork: gives creators the ability to embed Unqork applications picture in picture within existing technology ecosystems to deliver a seamless end-user experience. Self-Service Styling: provides UI tooling that empowers consumer-grade, pixel-perfect, branded digital experiences with design and accessibility in mind. Extensible Component Architecture: enhances creator personalization and control over their application with decomposed, reusable components that they create themselves. Codeless Data Experiences In addition to Unqork OS, Unqork introduced its new Codeless Data Experiences, a world class approach to data-first application development on the Unqork platform. The Codeless Data Experiences include platform features that will enhance data-centric innovations with increased usability so that users can shape, scale, validate and migrate their application data. Features of the Codeless Data Experiences will be incrementally available to Unqork users, with extended features made available over time. These features include: Bring Your Own Schema: supports customers to import their own schema and data models and centralize data management. With Bring Your Own Schema, customers are able to collaborate throughout the SDLC planning phase. Data Binding: a codeless experience that allows creators to drag-and-drop fields directly from a data model into a UI canvas, with the power to have greater control over how data interacts with the application's UI interface. Data Contracts and Validation: provides quick, easy data modeling onboarding and data validation, with full support to import, export and mutate data operations. Data Access: natively ensures all queries are efficient and performant for data models. Data Access allows users to optionally build queries with a visual query builder and delivers centralized RBAC at the data model-level for greater permission control access. Unqork announced these product features at its annual Unqork Create conference, the first-ever conference centered on codeless software development. The conference featured codeless creator sessions, hands-on workshops, training, Unqork experts as well as insights from technology partners and industry luminaries, including leaders from BlackRock, MongoDB, Edward Jones, State Street, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Chubb and more. About Unqork Unqork is the leading codeless development platform that helps leading organizations build, deploy and manage complex software without having to think about code. Unqork created the codeless architecture standard – the future of software development that frees the world's largest enterprises from the pitfalls of legacy code and allows them to focus on innovation to drive business and maintain a competitive edge. More than one third of Unqork's corporate customers are in the Fortune 500, with a customer roster that includes Goldman Sachs, Marsh, Maimonides Medical Center and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Originality.AI Launches the First AI Tool Available to Detect Content Created by Popular AI Writing Tools

Originality.AI | December 06, 2022

With the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) writing tools publishers are concerned that the content being created by their writers is AI-generated and not original work. The problem is that Google has made it clear, AI-generated content, without the addition of extra value, is against their policies. Google states “content that's been generated programmatically without producing anything original” is against their policies which means it may rank lower in results or not appear at all. The team at Originality.AI is excited to announce the creation and launch of the world's first AI that is built and trained to predict when a block of text has been created by any of the popular AI tools (covering the natural language processing (NLP) models GPT-2, GPT-NEO, GPT-J and OpenAI’s latest GPT-3). “It is important for publishers to know when the content they are publishing may be created by humans and not AI tools,” said Jonathan Gillham, Founder of Originality.AI. “Until now that has not been possible. We think of the AI built at Originality.AI to be the good version of the Terminator – AI working for our benefit to detect other AI-generated content.” A recent study showed that Originality.AI was successfully able to detect AI-generated content by several of the most popular tools including Jasper.AI, Rytr.me and WriteSonic.com. “Our model is able to detect content generated by the most popular NLP API’s with an accuracy of 94.06% for GPT-3, 94.14% for GPT-J and 95.64% for GPT-Neo.” Conor Watt, Lead Developer at Originality.AI Originality.AI was created based in part on the experience the team had running a content marketing agency that was sold in 2022. “We wanted to be able to provide publishers data showing that the content they were going to publish is truly original,” said Gillham. “For us “original” simply means both free from plagiarism and created by a human, not a bot.” In addition to Originality.AI’s AI detection, it has a robust plagiarism detection module with features that publishers who manage a team need but are not currently available. This includes a dashboard, team management, complete website scans and team history.

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Credo AI Announces New Capabilities to Bring Transparency Through Comprehensive Assessment and Reporting

Credo AI | November 07, 2022

Credo AI, the governance company operationalizing Responsible AI, today announced the general availability of new assessment and reporting capabilities in its Responsible AI Governance Platform. These enhancements will enable enterprises to easily meet new regulatory requirements and customer demands for governance artifacts, reports and disclosures on their development and use of AI, with a focus on assessing and documenting Responsible AI issues like fairness and bias, explainability, robustness, security, and privacy. This release is the latest addition to Credo AI's software that helps enterprises manage AI risk and compliance at scale. The new feature set allows organizations to standardize and automate reporting of Responsible AI issues across all of their AI/ML applications. These features were developed in response to the growing call for transparency and documentation of AI systems from regulators, customers and consumers. Increasingly, the world is demanding to know how AI systems behave, particularly when it comes to issues like fairness and bias. Forthcoming regulations like New York City's algorithmic hiring law and the EU AI Act will soon mandate that organizations building, buying and using AI conduct regular assessments or audits of their AI tools and publish reports for public consumption. Recently, the White House also introduced a blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights which provides guidance on the design, use and deployment of AI. And last month, the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing on managing the risks of AI where tech leaders including Credo AI's founder and CEO Navrina Singh discussed the need for context-focused governance and transparent reporting. Credo AI enables customers to comply with upcoming regulations and address their customers' questions and concerns about the AI systems they're offering and implementing. The platform is already in use at Fortune 100 enterprises in the financial services, insurance, high tech, and aerospace and defense sectors, which are using it to generate governance artifacts and reports on the fairness, performance, and governance of their AI systems to share with customers and regulators. The product update also includes enhancements to the Platform's integration with Credo AI Lens, an open source Responsible AI assessment framework, to enable programmatic technical assessments of fairness and bias, explainability, robustness, security, and privacy of ML models and datasets, significantly reducing the burden of Responsible AI reporting and documentation on technical teams. "Credo AI is building the governance layer that will empower organizations to ensure that all of their internal and third-party AI is meeting business, regulatory and ethical requirements. "This product release is the next step in our journey to bringing context focused governance and accountability to AI. Not only will this solution help companies bring their AI into compliance, but also ensures that their AI is working in alignment with human-centered values." Navrina Singh, founder and CEO of Credo AI Credo AI's newest product capabilities were informed by conversations across the RAI ecosystem. For the past two years, Credo AI has been actively building a community of practice in RAI with stakeholders from private, public and government sectors. Last week, Credo AI brought this community together at its inaugural Global Responsible AI Summit to amplify the Responsible AI movement globally, catalyze practical action and bridge the gap between diverse groups of stakeholders to collectively advance a future society and economy that is positively impacted by AI. About Credo AI Founded in 2020, Credo AI is a venture-backed company on a mission to empower organizations to deliver Responsible AI (RAI) at scale. Credo AI brings context-driven governance and risk assessment to ensure compliant, fair, transparent and auditable development and use of AI. Credo AI's Intelligent SaaS platform empowers enterprises to measure, monitor and manage AI introduced risks at scale. Credo AI enables organizations to create AI with the highest ethical standards, so that they are able to capture its tremendous benefits while mitigating unintended negative consequences. Credo AI customers include AI first and Global 2000s across Finance and Banking, Insurance, Retail, Defense and High Tech.

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AWS and Slalom Expand Next-Generation Strategic Collaboration

Amazon Web Services | November 30, 2022

At AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), and Slalom, LLC (Slalom), a global business and technology consulting company, announced a multiyear extension to the companies’ global Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA). The two companies will work together to develop vertical solutions and accelerators on AWS for customers in the energy, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, public sector, and media and entertainment industries, delivering specialized end-to-end cloud migration and modernization services to help accelerate their cloud journeys. In addition to supporting accelerated growth in Slalom markets in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, and New Zealand, AWS and Slalom in 2023 will jointly create go-to-market strategies and make co-investments in support of Slalom’s continued expansion into Ireland and the Netherlands, followed by additional countries in Latin America, Asia Pacific, and through Europe over the next three years. As part of the agreement, AWS and Slalom are expanding upon their 2019 announced collaboration to deliver AWS | Slalom Launch Centers (Launch Centers) that help enterprises accelerate their business transformations and modernize information technology services. Launch Centers provide customers with access to the unique combination of AWS Professional Services—a global team of AWS experts who help customers reach their desired outcomes with the cloud—and Slalom’s expertise in business transformation, software engineering, and analytics capabilities. Over the last three years, more than 160 customers have migrated and modernized to AWS through their work with Launch Centers. AWS is working with Slalom to develop solutions to help customers solve specific industry challenges. For example, Slalom offers the Slalom Meter Data Analytics solution on AWS, which uses Amazon SageMaker (AWS’s service for building, training, and deploying machine learning models in the cloud and at the edge) to help utility and renewable energy customers improve billing and energy efficiency, and forecast power outages. In addition, the companies collaborated to introduce in 2022 Slalom Agile Supply Chain, a solution aimed at helping manufacturing customers build agility and resiliency into their supply chains to reduce costs, increase capacity, and improve their customers’ experiences. “This agreement enhances our relationship with AWS and serves as a key growth driver for Slalom’s business over the next three years. “Through the expansion of our AWS practice, we will be better equipped to help our customers find new ways to use AWS technologies to dream bigger, move faster, and build better tomorrows for all.” Brad Jackson, CEO of Slalom “Slalom has a proven track record and is a trusted partner in providing innovative business and technology consulting services to our mutual customers, helping them accelerate their transitions to the cloud and leverage the vast portfolio of AWS services to drive innovation,” said Ruba Borno, vice president, Worldwide Channels and Alliances at AWS. “By extending our collaboration with Slalom, expanding more broadly into markets together, and combining Slalom’s consulting and technical skills with our leading cloud services and migration expertise, we are giving customers a broader range of capabilities and offerings to better support their cloud strategies and digital transformation journeys.” TC Energy is a North American energy company headquartered in Canada. Working with AWS and Slalom, TC Energy used the Amazon Working Backwards process to envision and then build a new business intelligence application that maximizes capacity in its network of gas pipelines. Maximizing pipeline capacity helps TC Energy avoid the years-long process, capital expenditures, and environmental impact associated with building new pipelines. “We will save millions of dollars in greenhouse gas emissions costs by innovating on AWS,” said Peter Jarmola, TC Energy’s director of enterprise innovation, in an AWS-published case study. “That’s an important benefit because it helps us demonstrate to our customers, our regulators, and the government that we are a responsible operator.” Slalom—an AWS Premier Tier Services Partner in the AWS Partner Network for over a decade, the 2021 National Systems Integrator Partner of the Year in the US, and the 2022 SI Partner of the Year in North America—holds 15 AWS Competencies and seven AWS Service Delivery designations. In addition to the more than 160 customers who have migrated and modernized with Launch Centers, more than 500 customers have optimized their business in the cloud by working together with AWS Professional Services and Slalom. About Amazon Web Services For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 200 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 96 Availability Zones within 30 geographic regions, with announced plans for 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. About Amazon Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon. About Slalom Slalom is a purpose-led, global business and technology consulting company. From strategy to implementation, our approach is fiercely human. In six countries and 43 markets, we deeply understand our customers—and their customers—to deliver practical, end-to-end solutions that drive meaningful impact. Backed by close partnerships with over 400 leading technology providers, our 13,000+ strong team helps people and organizations dream bigger, move faster, and build better tomorrows for all. We’re honored to be consistently recognized as a great place to work, including being one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For seven years running.

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