Radware Snaps Up ShieldSquare for New Bot Management Product Line

SDxCentral | January 07, 2019

ShieldSquare, founded in 2014, is a security firm that specializes in bot management. It delivers an API-based service that can detect and eliminate “bad bots” from websites, mobile applications, and APIs. The technology detects bots and relies on a cloud engine to classify visitor activity as either human, search engine crawler, or bad bots to secure the application. Bot management — according to Michael Groskop, Radware’s vice president of product management portfolio — refers to the detection of malicious bot activity and the practice of mitigating bot attacks by differentiating legitimate flows from bots. It also must allow differentiation between good and bad bots. He noted that as bots grow more sophisticated, bot management must include “advanced behavioral detection and intent analysis,” delivered with machine learning, which ShieldSquare provides. ShieldSquare technology will be offered as a new product line called Radware Bot Manager. The product line will integrate with Radware’s additional attack migration products, particularly its web application firewall (WAF) cloud services. Groskop said it selected ShieldSquare for its machine learning capabilities, the way it expands its existing security services, and the “strong technology synergy” between the two firms. Additionally, he said that ShieldSquare’s technology “sets a stronger path for us in the context of API and mobile application protection.” The new product line of bot management technology will boast a number of tools. This includes an out-of-path, inline-capable bot detection engine, deep behavior analysis that identifies attack intent and stops automated attacks, and anti-bot feeds to allow both proactive and preventive bot management.

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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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AI Dynamics Joins Newchip’s Global Series A Accelerator Program

AI Dynamics | December 13, 2022

AI Dynamics, a business founded on the belief that everyone should have access to and benefit from the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to change the world, was accepted out of 1,000+ applicants into Newchip’s renowned global accelerator program’s latest cohort. The online accelerator provides the mentorship, connections and tools that growth-stage teams need to drive greater scale, expand business operations, and position their company for potential exit or acquisition. Since its inception in 2019, the equity-free, fully digital accelerator has helped over 1,500 founders from more than 50 countries and 250 cities raise over $450 million in funding with an estimated portfolio of over $9B. “When evaluating companies for our Series A Accelerator, we search for proven business models that are prepared to scale their strong revenues and traction quickly in order to gain further market share and increase their likelihood of industry disruption. “We see real potential in AI Dynamics and are excited to integrate them into our global network of VCs, angel investors, and family offices seeking to invest in this particular space.” Armando Vera Carvajal, Vice President at Newchip AI Dynamics’ mission is ​​to create an operating system for AI that empowers anyone, at any skill level, to create AI solutions. The company’s core product, the NeoPulse AI Platform, does just that by enabling organizations to manage their entire AI workflow and infrastructure from one place. Since launching in 2015, AI Dynamics has closed more than $8.9 million in funding, received accolades from industry-leading analyst firms and media like Gartner, Clutch and CIO Review, and partnered with enterprises like Soracom, MBC BioLabs and Pettigrew Medical. “Being part of the Newchip Accelerator, we are looking forward to making AI accessible and beneficial to enterprises in all industries,” said Rajeev Dutt, CEO at AI Dynamics. “Our current focus is heavily on healthcare, biotechnology and medical coding, as well as the industrial and manufacturing industries, and we look forward to expanding as our business grows.” About AI Dynamics AI Dynamics aims to make artificial intelligence (AI) accessible to organizations of all sizes. The company's NeoPulse® Framework is an intuitive development and management platform for AI, which enables companies to develop and implement deep neural networks and other machine learning models that can improve key performance metrics. The company's team brings decades of experience in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence from leading companies and research organizations. About Newchip Newchip is an online, global startup accelerator led by a world-class team of entrepreneurs and investors. It was designed to provide founders with the tools needed to rapidly fund, build, and scale. Since its inception in 2019, the equity-free, remote accelerator has enabled over 1,500 startups from 50+ countries to raise over $450 million in funding with an estimated $9B portfolio. It has three distinct six-month accelerator programs based on company stage: Pre-Seed, Seed, and Series A. Its vast network of global investors, strategic partners, and mentors guide companies from team building and prototype development to securing high-profile VC investment, corporate partnerships, and everything in-between.

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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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WNS Recognized as a ‘Leader’ in AI and Analytics & Social Media for CX Services by ISG

WNS | November 14, 2022

WNS Limited, a leading provider of global Business Process Management (BPM) solutions, today announced that it has been recognized as a ‘Leader’ in AI and Analytics, and Social Media for CX Services in the ISG Provider Lens™ 2022 Global Contact Center Customer Experience Services report. WNS’ leadership position in AI and Analytics has been attributed to WNS Triange (the company’s Data, analytics and AI practice); proprietary technology ecosystem and strategic partnerships; and WNS EXPIRIUS, a proprietary framework that enables clients to optimize analytics-driven, intelligent omni-channel conversations with customers. WNS’ ‘Leader’ position in Social Media CX Services is driven by its robust social media practice capable of handling up to 85 million online conversations at 85 percent accuracy; a comprehensive social media product suite for everything from social listening to advanced analytics; and WNS EXPIRIUS Social, which leverages intelligent automation to deliver heightened customer experience. “We are delighted to be chosen as ‘Leader’ across Social Media, AI and Analytics for Customer Experience – two areas where WNS has made considerable strategic investments over the past several years. Our robust CX practice is built on a foundation of intelligent analytics, Artificial Intelligence and automation to address the entire customer engagement journey. Our clients leverage WNS’ advanced digital solutions to create unique experiences that drive new revenue streams and deep customer loyalty,” said Keshav R. Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS. “WNS has leapfrogged into the leader’s quadrant with its improved CX offerings. Responding to the rapidly evolving enterprise needs, WNS is driving investments in technology and frameworks that are more aligned to the current needs of its customers. The company’s meaningful investments in building WNS Triange symbolises value-driven services that help its clients in delivering superior experiences.” Namratha Dharshan, Director of Research and Principal Analyst, ISG WNS Triange enables clients from 10+ industries to develop an actionable data strategy and then translate it into action. With a team of 4,000 specialists, WNS Triange powers business transformation through three pillars: Triange Consult, Triange NxT and Triange CoE. WNS’ proprietary and industry-first Digital Customer Experience (CX) framework, EXPIRIUS, equips businesses to capitalize on analytics-led, intelligent omni-channel customer conversations. About WNS WNS Limited is a leading Business Process Management (BPM) company. WNS combines deep industry knowledge with technology, analytics, and process expertise to co-create innovative, digitally led transformational solutions with over 400 clients across various industries. WNS delivers an entire spectrum of BPM solutions including industry-specific offerings, customer experience services, finance and accounting, human resources, procurement, and research and analytics to re-imagine the digital future of businesses. As of September 30, 2022, WNS had 57,503 professionals across 60 delivery centers worldwide including facilities in Canada, China, Costa Rica, India, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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