IBM Introduces New Store Technologies, Accelerates AI and Analytics

IBM | July 09, 2020

IBM Thursday introduced new storage hardware and software aimed at placing its storage at the center of large-scale data requirements for artificial intelligence and analytics workloads.
The new offerings are aimed at helping to build the kind of information architecture needed to get the most out of businesses' fast-changing data, said Eric Herzog, IBM's chief marketing officer and vice president of worldwide storage channels.

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Pacsun Improves Profitability with Intelligent Allocation and Replenishment with Antuit.ai

ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES | January 17, 2022

Antuit.ai, a leader in AI-powered SaaS solutions for consumer products and retail insights and now part of Zebra Technologies, and Pacsun, a leading specialty retailer, will co-present for NRF 2022 about how they worked together to double Pacsun’s ship completes by better anticipating online demand and intelligently leveraging their stores as online fulfillment centers. Retailers have seen their online sales accelerate since the start of the pandemic, leading them to devise new ways to meet customer expectations. Because of this growth, costs increased so Pacsun added intelligence to its allocation and fulfillment processes to optimize its inventory efficiency. Pacsun wanted to be ready for the holiday season by proactively managing our costs created by the increase in online sales, By adding more intelligence to our allocation processes with antuit.ai, we allocated inventory for the omnichannel demand and minimized split shipments." Mike Relich, Co-CEO of Pacsun. Antuit.ai’s omnichannel-aware allocation technology resulted in the reduction of shipping distance traveled for the orders, doubling the number of ship completes. This resulted in more accurate forecasting for Pacsun store and online demand, and a balanced inventory between stores and its web-depot location for online sales. In September, antuit.ai launched its Forecasting, Allocation and Replenishment solution suite to the retail market. This omnichannel-aware suite employs leading-edge AI and machine learning to anticipate consumer demand at the most granular levels across all fulfillment channels by leveraging internal and external data to evaluate all demand drivers. To be customer-centric and profitable in today’s omnichannel-world, retailers must optimize inventory by placing it in the right places in their network, at the right time, To do so requires leveraging granular forecasting for online fulfillment and store sales demand, while taking returns into account." Yogesh Kulkarni, Co-CEO of antuit.ai. ABOUT ANTUIT.AI Serving Fortune 1000 companies globally, antuit.ai – now part of Zebra Technologies – is rethinking the way retail and consumer products companies use AI to solve real business problems. Antuit.ai offers solutions that inform the most important business decisions, from supply chain to merchandising to marketing, empowering world-class retail and consumer products companies to digitally transform their businesses to achieve substantial business results. ABOUT ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) empowers organizations to thrive in the on-demand economy by making every front-line worker and asset at the edge visible, connected and fully optimized. With an ecosystem of more than 10,000 partners across more than 100 countries, Zebra serves customers of all sizes – including 94% of the Fortune 100 – with an award-winning portfolio of hardware, software, services and solutions that digitize and automate workflows. Supply chains are more dynamic, customers and patients are better served, and workers are more engaged when they utilize Zebra innovations that help them sense, analyze and act in real time. In 2021, Zebra expanded its industrial automation portfolio with its Fetch Robotics acquisition and increased its machine vision and AI software capabilities with the acquisitions of Adaptive Vision and antuit.ai. Zebra is #25 on Newsweek’s inaugural list of America’s Most Loved Workplaces and on Forbes’ list of America’s best employers for the fifth year. ABOUT PACSUN Pacsun is a leading specialty retailer offering a cross section of emerging brands and trending fashion through the lens of youth culture. Throughout the contemporary, streetwear and active lifestyle markets, Pacsun partners with the best brands to offer curated collections, rare and exclusive products, and creative collaborations on every level. Founded in 1980, Newport, CA. Curated in Los Angeles.

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AgreeYa Spins-Off BeatBlip, Launches HuLoop to Accelerate Growth and Innovation in the Intelligent Automation Space

AgreeYa Solutions | June 01, 2022

AgreeYa Solutions, a global leader in software, solutions and services, today announced it is spinning off BeatBlip, its AI-powered, codeless, intelligent automation platform with the launch of HuLoop Automation (HuLoop), a new software company, to accelerate growth and innovation. The new company will build upon AgreeYa’s longstanding investment in BeatBlip, which enables business process automation (BPA), robotic process automation (RPA) and software test automation (STA). Forrester projects the RPA market will reach $22 billion by 2025; Markets and Markets expects the global BPA market size to grow to $19.6 billion by 2026; and a 2021 Research and Markets report put the global automation testing market at $20.7 billion last year and forecasted 19.2 percent compound annual growth. HuLoop aims to become a leader in each of these high-growth markets. The BeatBlip platform is uniquely positioned to be a single source solution across an expanding array of automation requirements. The user-friendly no-code/low-code platform is designed to orchestrate tasks and activities across complex business workflows and disparate systems. It can generate, deploy and manage bots to automate manual and mundane tasks, and it can control and execute repetitive software tests verifying results against expected outcomes. Todd P. Michaud, an accomplished and high-energy technology executive with a proven track record for driving growth and innovation in both mature and high growth start-up software companies, has been appointed CEO of HuLoop. He previously served in executive leadership positions with IBM, Revionics, Retalix, NCR, Amdocs, Hypersonix and DemandTec. “The automation market is poised for significant growth, and we intend to earn our fair share of that growth by delivering industry leading innovation,” said Michaud. “We are committed to helping our clients solve their most complex challenges while delivering meaningful cost savings and productivity gains.” The HuLoop name was chosen to underscore the company’s commitment to supporting humans being in-the-loop during automation while also supporting full unattended automation. “We believe AI-powered automation can do amazing things, especially when it is blended with the strategic thinking, emotional intelligence and empathy unique to humans. We are in the business of unleashing the power of automation to help enterprises realize maximum value from their human capital,” added Michaud. “The BeatBlip platform has been helping customers around the globe successfully adopt and scale automation with ease for years. “Existing customers won’t experience any disruption, and in fact, they benefit from expanded capabilities, focus and resources. With Todd at the helm of HuLoop, together we will build an amazing company that leads emerging trends and delivers on the promise of automation for our customers.” Ajay Kaul, managing partner at AgreeYa Solutions and HuLoop board chairman ABOUT HULOOP AUTOMATION, INC. Based in the Sacramento, Calif. area, HuLoop Automation, Inc., helps enterprises realize maximum value from their people by keeping humans in-the-loop during intelligent automation in addition to ungoverned automation. The innovative AI-powered automation company was built to accelerate the growth of the low-code/no-code BeatBlip platform previously led by AgreeYa Solutions, Inc. HuLoop will expand BeatBlip’s business process automation, robotic process automation and software test automation capabilities. Learn more at www.huloop.ai and follow HuLoop on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. ABOUT AGREEYA SOLUTIONS AgreeYa Solutions is a leading global provider of software, solutions, and services to small, medium, and global Fortune 100 organizations. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Folsom, Calif., AgreeYa has over 2,000 professionals helping clients across the U.S., India, EMEA and Mexico. Leveraging a technology-enabled, consultative approach and diverse talent, AgreeYa offers modern workplace, smart analytics, intelligent automation, AI/ML, cloud transformation, mobility, and talent management solutions to deliver digital transformation to its clients. AgreeYa has received considerable recognition including certifications like Microsoft Gold Partner and Cloud Solutions Provider; AICPA SOC 2 Type 2, SEI CMMI, and ISO 9001:2015; and awards including “Dream Company to Work For” and “Best Employer Brand.”

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Silicon Labs Brings AI and Machine Learning to the Edge with Matter-Ready Platform

Silicon Labs | January 24, 2022

Silicon Labs, a leader in secure, intelligent wireless technology for a more connected world, today announced the BG24 and MG24 families of 2.4 GHz wireless SoCs for Bluetooth and Multiple-protocol operations, respectively, and a new software toolkit. This new co-optimized hardware and software platform will help bring AI/ML applications and wireless high performance to battery-powered edge devices. Matter-ready, the ultra-low-power BG24 and MG24 families support multiple wireless protocols and incorporate PSA Level 3 Secure Vault™ protection, ideal for diverse smart home, medical and industrial applications. The SoC and software solution for the Internet of Things (IoT) announced today includes: Two new families of 2.4 GHz wireless SoCs, which feature the industry's first integrated AI/ML accelerators, support for Matter, Zigbee, OpenThread, Bluetooth Low Energy, Bluetooth mesh, proprietary and multi-protocol operation, the highest level of industry security certification, ultra-low power capabilities and the largest memory and flash capacity in the Silicon Labs portfolio. A new software toolkit designed to allow developers to quickly build and deploy AI and machine learning algorithms using some of the most popular tool suites like TensorFlow. The BG24 and MG24 wireless SoCs represent an awesome combination of industry capabilities including broad wireless multiprotocol support, battery life, machine learning, and security for IoT Edge applications." Matt Johnson, CEO of Silicon Labs. First Integrated AI/ML Acceleration Improves Performance and Energy Efficiency IoT product designers see the tremendous potential of AI and machine learning to bring even greater intelligence to edge applications like home security systems, wearable medical monitors, sensors monitoring commercial facilities and industrial equipment, and more. But today, those considering deploying AI or machine learning at the edge are faced with steep penalties in performance and energy use that may outweigh the benefits. The BG24 and MG24 alleviate those penalties as the first ultra-low powered devices with dedicated AI/ML accelerators built-in. This specialized hardware is designed to handle complex calculations quickly and efficiently, with internal testing showing up to a 4x improvement in performance along with up to a 6x improvement in energy efficiency. Because the ML calculations are happening on the local device rather than in the cloud, network latency is eliminated for faster decision-making and actions. The BG24 and MG24 families also have the largest Flash and random access memory (RAM) capacities in the Silicon Labs portfolio. This means that the device can evolve for multi-protocol support, Matter, and trained ML algorithms for large datasets. PSA Level 3-Certified Secure VaultTM, the highest level of security certification for IoT devices, provides the security needed in products like door locks, medical equipment, and other sensitive deployments where hardening the device from external threats is paramount. AI/ML Software and Matter-Support Help Designers Create for New Innovative Applications In addition to natively supporting TensorFlow, Silicon Labs has partnered with some of the leading AI and ML tools providers, like SensiML and Edge Impulse, to ensure that developers have an end-to-end toolchain that simplifies the development of machine learning models optimized for embedded deployments of wireless applications. Using this new AI/ML toolchain with Silicon Labs's Simplicity Studio and the BG24 and MG24 families of SoCs, developers can create applications that draw information from various connected devices, all communicating with each other using Matter to then make intelligent machine learning-driven decisions. For example, in a commercial office building, many lights are controlled by motion detectors that monitor occupancy to determine if the lights should be on or off. However, when typing at a desk with motion limited to hands and fingers, workers may be left in the dark when motion sensors alone cannot recognize their presence. By connecting audio sensors with motion detectors through the Matter application layer, the additional audio data, such as the sound of typing, can be run through a machine-learning algorithm to allow the lighting system to make a more informed decision about whether the lights should be on or off. ML computing at the edge enables other intelligent industrial and home applications, including sensor-data processing for anomaly detection, predictive maintenance, audio pattern recognition for improved glass-break detection, simple-command word recognition, and vision use cases like presence detection or people counting with low-resolution cameras. Alpha Program Highlights Variety of Deployment Options More than 40 companies representing various industries and applications have already begun developing and testing this new platform solution in a closed Alpha program. These companies have been drawn to the BG24 and MG24 platforms by their ultra-low power, advanced features, including AI/ML capabilities and support for Matter. Global retailers are looking to improve the in-store shopping experience with more accurate asset tracking, real-time price updating, and other uses. Participants from the commercial building management sector are exploring how to make their building systems, including lighting and HVAC, more intelligent to lower owners' costs and reduce their environmental footprint. Finally, consumer and smart home solution providers are working to make it easier to connect various devices and expand the way they interact to bring innovative new features and services to consumers. Silicon Labs' Most Capable Family of SoCs The single-die BG24 and MG24 SoCs combine a 78 MHz ARM Cortex-M33 processor, high-performance 2.4 GHz radio, industry-leading 20-bit ADC, an optimized combination of Flash (up to 1536 kB) and RAM (up to 256 kB), and an AI/ML hardware accelerator for processing machine learning algorithms while offloading the ARM Cortex-M33, so applications have more cycles to do other work. Supporting a broad range of 2.4 GHz wireless IoT protocols, these SoCs incorporate the highest security with the best RF performance/energy-efficiency ratio in the market. About Silicon Labs Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) is a leader in secure, intelligent wireless technology for a more connected world. Our integrated hardware and software platform, intuitive development tools, unmatched ecosystem, and robust support make us an ideal long-term partner in building advanced industrial, commercial, home, and life applications. We make it easy for developers to solve complex wireless challenges throughout the product lifecycle and get to market quickly with innovative solutions that transform industries, grow economies, and improve lives.

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CGS’s TeamworkAR® Selected to Join Meta’s Exclusive Quest for Business ISV Program

CGS | February 25, 2022

CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, today announced it has been selected to join Meta’s exclusive Quest for Business (ISV) Program. The program, formerly called Oculus for Business, is designed to accelerate the development and global business adoption of VR/AR technologies supported by its Oculus Quest enterprise products. TeamworkAR integrates seamlessly with the Oculus Quest enterprise platform, providing a hands-free, easy-to-use, fully portable solution ideal for on-the-job training, data visualization and remote collaboration. With tens of thousands of active TeamworkAR and Oculus users today, CGS is driving digital transformation in learning and its customers are realizing the benefits and business growth. At CGS and with TeamworkAR, we’re helping usher in a new era of virtual and augmented reality, driving a seismic shift from what’s historically been seen as consumer entertainment to a true enterprise-ready solution that you can use – today – to decrease costs, improve profitability and create an amazing customer experience, From phlebotomists and fast-food workers to field services professionals and retail salespeople, we’re already empowering frontline workers with the right information and training at the right time, when and where it’s needed. Our partnership with Meta and the Oculus program is an exciting step toward realizing our shared vision of bringing experiential learning and augmented reality to enterprises.” Doug Stephen, President, Enterprise Learning division, CGS. Meta’s Quest for Business Program The Quest for Business Program (formerly Oculus ISV Program) works with enterprise developers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to engage with Oculus. The goal of the ISV program is to build awareness of Oculus as a true business productivity tool and accelerate commercialization and customer adoption of VR solutions built for Oculus enterprise products. What’s especially unique and powerful about this partnership and leveraging Oculus Quest devices is it provides an ideal environment – the Metaverse – in which businesses and users in highly-regulated industries can learn, practice and hone their skills in a virtual environment, prior to operating in the physical world, The Metaverse and this new digitally transformed approach to learning opens the door to new possibilities for innovative ways to leverage and deliver learning solutions. It’s already dramatically improving time-to-success for employee training, and is resulting in a more engaged, confident and skilled workforce.” Regina Nowlan, Senior Strategist for Learning and Development, CGS. About CGS For nearly 40 years, CGS has enabled global enterprises, regional companies, and government agencies to drive breakthrough performance through business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services. CGS is wholly focused on creating comprehensive solutions that meet clients' complex, multi-dimensional needs, and support clients' most fundamental business activities. Headquartered in New York City, CGS has offices across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

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