Year-End Deals on Track for Federal IT Providers

InfoZen | October 19, 2016

Just when most of the country is on vacation -- including the U.S. Congress -- federal government agencies become active in awarding contracts. The federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, and many agencies wait until the last quarter of the year to make acquisitions. The last few months have brought billions of dollars in federal contracts for information technology providers.Based on trends for the prior two years, "fiscal 2016 fourth-quarter spending is likely to represent between 37 percent and 40 percent of IT contracting for the year," noted Deniece Peterson, director of federal market analysis at Deltek.

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Small- and medium-sized businesses have become increasingly attractive targets for cybercriminals because they lack the budget, resources, and security knowledge to put an effective defense in place and their data is just as valuable as an enterprise’s. For IT service providers, this shift in focus to SMBs creates both an opportunity and a challenge.


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Eidosmedia partners with Sophi.io on AI-powered print automation

Eidosmedia | September 29, 2022

Eidosmedia, a developer of digital publishing solutions for leading news-media groups worldwide, has partnered with Sophi.io, an AI-powered automation, optimization and prediction platform developed by The Globe and Mail, to bring seamless print laydown automation to Eidosmedia customers. The solution brings the entire print page layout process down from hours to just minutes, without the use of templates. Publishers can dramatically improve productivity and cut costs, all within the Méthode platform they currently use. “The complexity of print page layouts has until now defied the easy automation that speeds the publishing of online formats. “For our customers, especially large regional groups and national titles, print editions continue to be a major source of revenue. There’s intense interest in ways to cut production times and costs in this important publishing channel.” Marco Cetola, Eidosmedia Sales and Partner Program Director “The fit between our print edition building routines and Sophi’s AI engine turned out to be very good,” said Marco. “We were quickly able to start training the pagination model on existing layouts, and we had the first results in a matter of days”. “The productivity boost obtained is exceptional,” said Marco, “especially for daily publications where the page-design operation is usually running against the clock.” In fact, a typical 32-page print edition can be paginated in minutes compared to several hours for a manual operation. Sophi-powered print automation is different than other print production solutions in that it is completely template-free. It uses smart AI to ensure that a publisher’s printed pages look and feel as though they were produced by experienced editors and page designers. Each page is designed from scratch following each individual brand’s design vocabulary. The final output is a print-ready PDF or InDesign file that’s ready in minutes. Among those who stand to benefit from the new technology are page designers themselves. Page designers have been under pressure for some time to increase their productivity as publishers try to cut costs. With fewer hands to lay out growing numbers of pages, the designer’s job has in many cases become a stressful race against time. The automation engine will take routine tasks off their hands so they can devote more time to the front pages, features and special layouts where their creativity can really add value. “Page automation is the greatest innovation in the publishing industry since the personal computer replaced typewriters,” said Marco. Gabe Gonda, VP at Sophi.io, commented: “Sophi is delighted to be entering a partnership with Eidosmedia to deliver our print automation technology through the Méthode platform. Eidosmedia is a first-class CMS vendor with deep knowledge of its clients’ evolving needs. This partnership will help deliver a unique and high-value solution to some of the best newspaper publishers in the world.” About Eidosmedia Eidosmedia is a global leader in content management and digital publishing. Eidosmedia solutions are used by news-media organizations throughout the world to create and deliver portfolios of news products ranging from advanced digital formats to traditional newspapers and magazines. About Sophi Inc. Sophi.io was developed by The Globe and Mail to help content publishers make important strategic and tactical decisions. It is a suite of AI and ML-powered automation, optimization and prediction solutions that include Sophi Site Automation, Sophi for Paywalls and Sophi for First Party Data. Sophi also powers one-click automated laydown of template-free print publishing. Sophi is designed to improve the metrics that matter most to your business.

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Workato joins AWS ISV Accelerate Program and AWS Marketplace

Workato | August 12, 2022

Workato, a leading enterprise automation platform, has announced today that it has been accepted into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Accelerate Program, a co-sell program for organizations that provide software solutions that run on or integrate with AWS. The program helps organizations drive new business and accelerate sales cycles by connecting the participating ISVs with the AWS Sales organization. Workato Enterprise Automation Platform is also now available in AWS Marketplace. Through the AWS ISV Accelerate Program, Workato receives focused co-sell support and benefits to connect with AWS field sellers globally, who service millions of active AWS customers. Co-selling provides better customer outcomes and provides mutual commitment from AWS and AWS Partners. AWS Marketplace is a curated digital catalog that customers can use to find, buy, deploy, and manage third-party software, data, and services to build solutions and run their businesses on AWS. Customers can find thousands of software, solutions, and services across a number of categories including security, machine learning, business applications, and more. They can quickly launch pre-configured software, and choose software solutions in Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), software as a service (SaaS), and other formats. “We are beyond excited to join the AWS ISV Accelerate Program, further cementing our position within the enterprise automation space. To pair this with our debut in AWS Marketplace lends itself to our continued commitment to enabling companies to tap into the growth mindset and transform their organization with Workato. “This endeavor allows us to reach new AWS customers and help them reach their fullest potential.” Markus Zirn, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at Workato Workato is transforming automation across businesses with a single platform for data, apps, and processes and is emerging as a market leader in enterprise automation. Workato is a proven automation platform that allows organizations to build scalable quote-to-cash processes that increase accuracy and speed while reducing human intervention. Enterprises significantly improve their quote-to-cash approach while also providing a better purchasing experience to the end customer. Workato solutions running on AWS allow companies to automate work throughout the entire organization — completely on the cloud. Building on the relationship with AWS, Workato is also helping joint customers solve complex business challenges, starting with Quote-to-Cash. The solution enables organizations to better integrate their tech stack to allow for seamless data transfer and bilateral sync and to automate repeatable processes at scale to further improve efficiency and accuracy. About Workato The leader in enterprise automation, Workato helps organizations work faster and smarter without compromising security and governance. Built for Business and IT users, Workato is trusted by over 17,000 of the world's top brands, including Broadcom, Intuit, and Box. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Workato is backed by Altimeter Capital, Battery Ventures, Insight Venture Partners, Tiger Global, and Redpoint Ventures.

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Lakeside Software Recognized as a Leader in End-User Experience Management by Independent Research Firm

Lakeside Software | August 02, 2022

Lakeside Software, an enterprise-class digital experience management software provider, has been named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: End-User Experience Management, Q3 2022 report. Among the vendors analyzed, Lakeside was cited for enabling deep historical analysis of telemetry data for RCA. The Q3 2022 report evaluated the most significant end-user experience management (EUEM) providers and scored them using 30 criteria. Lakeside scored the highest possible marks in the strategy criteria of partner integration, market approach, and supporting products and services. Lakeside's telemetry monitoring was also scored highest, a benefit of SysTrack's Intelligent Edge which collects 10,000 metrics out of the box. The report notes that the exceptional UI of Lakeside's Prevent solution makes it easy for service desk administrators to quickly identify common high-severity events and remediate them at scale. The evaluation findings were supported by strong references from the customer community. Customers cited Lakeside's "exceptional support, granular data analysis, and improved usability." The report also highlighted differentiated support services in the form of DEX packs, which help customers quickly implement new services such as proactive management. "In an increasingly digital working environment for many of today's global enterprises, we are proud to serve our customers with IT solutions that will drive employee engagement and productivity, while reducing downtime caused by tech disruptions. "We believe earning a leader position in the end-user experience management category demonstrates our continued commitment to offer best in class solutions that meet the needs of today's modern enterprises." David Keil, CEO, Lakeside Software Lakeside has experienced tremendous market share and talent acquisition growth. The company recently announced the appointment of three new executives who will lead national and international markets. About Lakeside Software Lakeside Software is a leader in cloud-based digital experience management. Lakeside's Digital Experience Cloud, powered by SysTrack, 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 perform end-user experience management, digital workplace planning, IT asset optimization, remote work management, and proactive service desk operations.

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Inspur Information's AIStation Works With NVIDIA AI Enterprise Software Suite to Power Innovation

Inspur Information | August 03, 2022

Inspur Information, a leading IT infrastructure solutions provider, is combining AIStation, its unified management and scheduling AI computing resource platform, with NVIDIA AI Enterprise, a cloud-native suite of AI and data analytics software, to provide enterprise users with a convenient and efficient platform for utilizing AI computing resources. This includes professional development, advanced deployment tools, and state-of-the-art components. The combined platform allows enterprises to quickly implement the industry's most advanced AI capabilities and rapidly deploy AI applications to drive intelligent business innovation. There have been multiple attempts to build AI resource stacks for improving AI innovation and implementation. However, implementing AI technologies is a very challenging task. Enterprises not only need to meet requirements for computing power, but also maximize their computing resource utilization, quickly build and manage AI deployment environments, and efficiently introduce AI capabilities. It requires an AI platform that supports agile development and necessitates easy management and deployment to quickly implement AI applications and accelerate their performance. Inspur Information's AIStation is an end-to-end platform that provides one-stop support for AI development and deployment. With powerful resource scheduling and management capabilities, it accelerates the development and deployment of AI technologies. NVIDIA AI Enterprise is an optimized end-to-end, cloud-native AI and data analytics software suite. It supports the processes from environment construction, data processing, training, and inference to allow for faster development and implementation of AI technologies. AIStation's superior scheduling, management and monitoring capabilities are able to fully unleash NVIDIA AI Enterprise's excellent AI development and deployment capabilities. The combined solution expertly handles data storage, computing power and task scheduling, cluster operation and maintenance, and provides enterprises with an agile and easy-to-use AI platform that can fully utilize their AI computing resources. It also enhances the development and deployment of AI-related tools and components. Resulting AI development and deployment is markedly sped up, making AI transformation more efficient, and improving the business value of AI. Detailed benefits of the combined Inspur Information and NVIDIA AI Enterprise solution include: Maximizing computing resources The solution makes it easier for enterprise customers to use and manage hardware infrastructure including NVIDIA GPUs, and supports Multi-Instance GPU features in the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, enabling users to centrally allocate and monitor computing resources and efficiently allocate those computing resources in large-scale computing power clusters. Acquiring AI capabilities quickly The cloud-native environment management mechanism based on Docker containers gives users an effort-free experience for building cloud-native development environments. Thanks to the powerful scheduling and management capabilities of Inspur Information's AIStation and the professional frameworks, models, applications and development tools of NVIDIA AI Enterprise, users can build AI environments and run AI tasks with ease to achieve fast delivery and quickly introduce advanced AI capabilities. Managing AI infrastructure with ease The multi-tenant management policy allows cluster administrators to focus on managing hardware infrastructure and controlling user quotas. Users can manage AI services and perform AI production within quota limits, and developers can quickly obtain AI compute resources without needing to be audited by administrators often. In addition, administrators can monitor key services and performance of the platform in real-time, and improve system availability by leveraging the fault-tolerant mechanisms and high-availability architecture. Today, AI technologies are changing various industries such as finance, transportation, medical care, education, and scientific research. By introducing AI technologies and applications, enterprises can boost their business capabilities and create greater value. Inspur Information is working closely with NVIDIA to promote the construction of intelligent computing infrastructure and develop AI capability stacks to further accelerate enterprises' AI strategies and AI transformation. Inspur Information and NVIDIA have a longstanding collaboration, with Inspur AI servers supporting the full lineup of NVIDIA GPUs, including the NVIDIA A100, A30, A10, and A2. Inspur AI servers were among the first in the industry to fully support NVIDIA Ampere architecture-based GPUs and the company has obtained NVIDIA-Certified System status for its AI servers. About Inspur Information Inspur Information is a leading provider of data center infrastructure, cloud computing, and AI solutions. It is the world’s 2nd largest server manufacturer. Through engineering and innovation, Inspur Information delivers cutting-edge computing hardware design and extensive product offerings to address important technology sectors such as open computing, cloud data center, AI, and deep learning. Performance-optimized and purpose-built, our world-class solutions empower customers to tackle specific workloads and real-world challenges.

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