SpaceX will set up ground stations within Google's data centers that connect to the Starlink satellites, enabling fast and secure internet services via Google Cloud, the search giant said.This service is expected to be available in the second half of 2021 for enterprise customers, the company said
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Photo: Skydio US dronemaker Skydio has begun shipping its first enterprise drones today with prices starting at an enterprise-worthy $10,999. Skydio is best known as a pioneer of self-flying drone tech, but in recent years has shifted its attention away from a consumer market dominated by Chinese giant DJI to courting enterprise customers instead. This switch is partly due to geopolitics. The US government blacklisted various Chinese drones over spying fears last year, meaning law enforcement, military, and federal customers are looking more to US firms instead. The switch helped boost Skydio to a $1 billion valuation, no doubt assisted by the higher prices such business can command. Skydio’s enterprise drones are available with thermal and color... Continue reading…
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Alliance of Salesforce Partners Opens New Possibilities in B2C and B2B Ecommerce Atlanta, GA – April 28, 2021 – Docmation and PixelMEDIA join to create a single organization that delivers holistic digital commerce solutions on Salesforce with growth-oriented investment and support from BV Investment Partners.magento commerce cloud  Pixel, headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an established leader in launching, supporting, and growing B2C brands’ eCommerce operations on the Salesforce platform.salesforce development  Docmation, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with global delivery centers in India, is an established leader focused on implementing and supporting B2B commerce, CPQ, and billing solutions on Salesforce.cloudcraze salesforce  The founders of both companies remain significant shareholders and will continue to lead the company, which maintains shared values and commitments to customers, communities, and employees.B2C companies are extending digital commerce initiatives to address B2B needs and strategies, while B2B companies are expected to deliver a “consumer-like” experience for their enterprise customers and internal constituents.salesforce system  “Our clients rely on us to stay ahead of the ever-evolving technology trends surrounding digital commerce and related Salesforce platform capabilities, enabling them to maximize the success of their digital commerce operations and initiatives,” states Erik Dodier, Co-Founder and CEO of PixelMEDIA, salesforce consulting partners  “This partnership will allow our clients to tap into a wider breadth of Salesforce and commerce-related talent and capabilities to create customizable and best-of-breed experiences for their end customers.” b2b commerce salesforce  Both recognized as Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Docmation & Pixel have a combined 35 years of experience.
Microsoft is previewing Azure Web PubSub, an Azure cloud service for building real-time web applications using the WebSocket protocol for two-way communication.Unveiled April 29, Azure Web PubSub enables developers to use WebSockets and a publish-subscribe pattern to build real-time web applications such as live monitoring dashboards, real-time location on maps, and cross-platform live chats. [ Also on InfoWorld: Why Microsoft Azure wins with enterprise customers ] Microsoft said Azure Web PubSub is meant to spare developers from significant infrastructure investment, setup, and maintenance tasks, allowing them to focus on user experiences. Implementing a WebSocket-based real-time experience would otherwise require a developer to set up infrastructure to handle client connections, establish mechanisms for on-demand scaling, and ensure business SLA requirements are met.To read this article in full, please click here
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Apple CEO Tim Cook believes many of his company’s enterprise customers will continue to support hybrid workforces once the threat of COVID-19 recedes.Work from home ‘very critical’ Cook's comments came as he was discussing his company’s record-breaking Q2 21 results. “It seems like many companies will be operating in a hybrid kind of mode,” he said about record-setting Mac and iPad sales. “And so, it would seem that work from home and the productivity of working from home will remain very critical.”To read this article in full, please click here
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Kairos Technologies Quality Engineering Center of Excellence (QECOE) is a ready framework, of our internal test organization, used to establish a value-based service for our enterprise customers.
Productiv, the leading SaaS Management Platform, today announced it has closed a $45M Series C funding round led by IVP with additional participation from existing investors Accel, Norwest Venture Partners, Okta Ventures, and new strategic investor Atlassian Ventures.In conjunction with the financing, Steve Harrick of IVP will join the Productiv Board of Directors.This latest financing brings the company’s total funding raised to $73M and underscores continued momentum.During the last year, Productiv has more than tripled revenue and doubled its headcount, added an impressive roster of enterprise customers including DocuSign, Kayak, PagerDuty, SentinelOne, Robinhood, and GlobalLogic, and welcomed technology industry veteran Aashish Chandarana as Chief Information Officer.CIOs today struggle to spread their time, effort, and budget between supporting an ever-expanding and complex SaaS portfolio and working on transformative business initiatives.Productiv gives CIOs actionable insights and intelligent recommendations, enabling them to focus on real, measurable business outcomes.By distilling previously scattered information into a single pane of glass, Productiv helps enterprises understand exactly how their employees are using SaaS.Managing all of these applications is overwhelmingly complicated in breadth and depth: from securing, provisioning, and renewing apps to answering questions of ‘am I getting fair business value from each’,” said Jody Shapiro, founder and CEO, Productiv.
Webee and Semtech Simplify LoRaWAN® connectivity for growing low-power IoT application marketWeBee’s No-Code End-to-End Solution Builder running on Microsoft Azure, operating on the LoRaWAN® protocol and leveraging Semtech (Nasdaq: SMTC) LoRa® devices simplifies the development of enterprise IoT use cases including industrial remote monitoring, smart farming, and smart cities.LoRa devices have been pre-integrated and work out of the box, including the LoRaWAN network server.Additionally, the Webee platform provides unique tools to accelerate and facilitate IoT including no-code Cloud services, visual drag and drop integration, and a natural language ask feature.The Webee solution recently won the M12 Microsoft Venture Fund Female Founders award for best U.S. Enterprise Software.Analyst firm ABI Research estimates that total non-cellular LPWA connections in 2026 are expected to reach 1.3 billion with LoRa forecasted to comprise one-fourth share of all LPWA network connections and more than half of all non-cellular LPWA connections.To date, the Webee solution is in production at over a dozen enterprise customers, supporting data collection from over 300 different types of sensors operating on the LoRaWAN protocol in industries ranging from agriculture to industrial manufacturing.“Customers with complex connectivity issues turn to Semtech’s LoRa devices, but customers still need help to get their IoT projects off the ground quickly and efficiently.Webee’s No-Code End-to-End Solution Builder powered by Azure provides for very easy creation of IoT solutions using LoRaWAN connectivity,” said Alistair Fulton, Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless Sensing Products Group at Semtech.“Webee removes the technical, time, and cost investment barriers for organizations to successfully move their IoT projects from POC to production across the manufacturing, industrial, agricultural, supply chain, and smart cities industries,” said Lucas Funes, CEO and Co-Founder at Webee.Tony Shakib, Partner/General Manager Azure IoT, at Microsoft added, “Using Webee’s Visual IoT for LoRaWAN, customers can easily set up public and private LoRaWAN networks by connecting pre-integrated Semtech LoRa devices to Azure without developing or managing a LoRaWAN network server.
Photo by Altan Gocher / DeFodi Images via Getty Images The Wikimedia Foundation is creating a new paid service for companies that draw on Wikipedia data. The foundation announced the news today via an article in Wired, and it’s planning to launch later in 2021. Wikimedia Enterprise, as it’s called, won’t change how current Wikipedia services work. Instead, it will offer new options for companies that use its content, a category including giants like Google and Facebook. Wikimedia is still finalizing how Wikimedia Enterprise will operate. But broadly, it’s like a premium version of Wikipedia’s API — the tool that lets anybody scrape and re-host Wikipedia articles. Enterprise customers could get data delivered faster or formatted to meet their needs, for instance, or get new options for... Continue reading…
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft is going to adjust its release cycles for Microsoft Edge to match the every-four-weeks release cadence for Chrome that Google announced last week. “As contributors to the Chromium project, we look forward to the new 4-week major release cycle cadence that Google announced to help deliver that innovation to our customers even faster,” Microsoft said in a blog post on Friday. The change will go into effect with Edge 94, which is targeted for a September release. Google has committed to making the switch with Chrome in Q3 with Chrome 94, but hasn’t given a specific month like Microsoft has. Like Google, Microsoft is also offering enterprises the option of a longer release cycle enterprise customers. On that Extended Stable... Continue reading…
Google will be shipping Chrome updates faster but the company will also offer an Extended Stable option for enterprise customers.
Microsoft has introduced Mesh, a collaboration platform offering mixed-reality capabilities on the Azure cloud.Microsoft Mesh enables persons in different locations to share collaborative holographic experiences on many kinds of devices. Over time, users will be able to use holoportation to project themselves as their lifelike, photorealistic selves, Microsoft said. Designers or engineers who work with 3D physical models could appear as themselves in a shared virtual space to collaborate on holographic models. [ Also on InfoWorld: Why Microsoft Azure wins with enterprise customers ] With Microsoft Mesh, geographically distributed teams can:To read this article in full, please click here
As the old IT truism goes, nobody ever got fired for buying IBM. Now, in the cloud era, many are starting to apply the same logic to another well-known vendor: Microsoft.For enterprises with extensive Microsoft footprints—spanning Office, Windows, Dynamics, Outlook, and other popular business applications—turning to Microsoft Azure services as part of a cloud strategy can certainly look like the path of least resistance. [ Also on InfoWorld: Why AWS leads in the cloud ] “If you have to move to the cloud with constrained resources, it is a safer path to go with Microsoft and use many of the tools your employees are familiar with,” said Carla Arend, senior program director for software and infrastructure at IDC in Europe.To read this article in full, please click here
Enterprise customers targeted with new Google Pixel for Business site.
Observe.AI, a leader in Contact Center AI, today announced that they will be working with Microsoft to bring the power of automation and AI to enhance customer experiences, improve compliance, and boost agent performance.Enterprise customers can purchase Observe.AI’s Contact Center AI solution today on Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace and on AppSource.Contact centers have a wealth of data that can improve the overall quality of the customer experience.Leveraging Observe.AI and Microsoft together, enterprises can apply AI to modernize their customer service teams across use cases like customer support, sales, compliance, and workforce optimization.“Observe.AI’s experience in the Microsoft for Startups program has been critical in reaching enterprise customers who can benefit from our solution.Having Microsoft as a key growth partner gives us critical resources to conduct machine learning research and train our deep learning models.” said Swapnil Jain, Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder, Observe.AI.“We look forward to further developing our product within Microsoft’s ecosystem and expanding our global presence by leveraging the Microsoft Commercial Marketplace.”Observe.AI leverages Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning services to train its deep learning AI models, which enables more accurate interaction and sentiment analytics for customers.The Observe.AI platform can integrate with customers’ existing CRM and business intelligence tools via API, and data can be imported into data visualization tools, such as Microsoft Power BI.
Atlassian has launched its most advanced cloud offering to date: Atlassian Cloud Enterprise for Jira Software, Confluence, and Jira Service Management.Specifically designed to “meet the needs of [Atlassian’s] enterprise customers," it's designed to  provide users with improved scalability, security, and governance controls to help standardize various Jira Software, Confluence, and Jira Service Management deployments on a purpose-built cloud platform.Cloud Enterprise offers five new capabilities to address the “core needs” of enterprise customers. These include global scale, where customers are given the ability to not only standardize on one cloud platform that can scale on demand, but also set up multiple instances to support specific team needs; a 99.95% SLA guarantee; and a dedicated support team and enterprise-grade security and compliance to ensure safe, convenient access to Atlassian cloud products on any device while  meeting data privacy requirements across the globe.To read this article in full, please click here
DirectDefense, Inc., an information security services company that provides enterprise risk assessments, penetration testing, compliance management, and 24/7 managed services, announced today the launch of the Enterprise Security Program Review (ESPR), a joint security offering with IronNet, Unlimited Technology and Exero.A first-of-its-kind in the Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) space, the ESPR measures the current and desired future state of an organization’s infrastructure against the National Industry Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity controls.The ESPR will assess, test, and review an organization’s existing security controls, analyze risk exposure, and help implement individually-tailored security solutions.Applying a holistic approach to cybersecurity, this offering addresses cyber risks missed by single-solution providers.ESPR is the only comprehensive solution to support both large and small enterprise customers, ensuring the installation, modification and operation of a successful cybersecurity defense platform.DirectDefense will conduct the information security assessment of the client infrastructure and test the effectiveness of security controls and existing tools.Utilizing the ThreatAdvisor risk management platform, DirectDefense offers an unparalleled detailed strategic roadmap and remediation guidance plan to address findings from the assessment process.As a managed security service provider (MSSP), DirectDefense will also offer managed security services for IronNet.IronNet’s Collective Defense platform provides behavior-based analytics at the network level that detect anomalous activity at individual enterprises — then allows organizations of all sizes to share threat data anonymously, at network speed, to increase visibility into incoming cyber attacks.
Enterprise customers 'are struggling with the implementation of Kubernetes at scale' says virty cloud giant VMware has completed the first phase of its Kubernetes-based Tanzu project by making the Advanced Edition generally available, and has a new (but delayed) tool in the works which promises to simplify application modernization.…
Facebook hopes to make it easier to get work done within Workplace via new productivity features — some natively built, others from third parties — and other changes it has in mind this year for Workplace, its enterprise social network. The Workplace platform, which jettisoned its free tier last month, had grown to 5 million paid users as of last May, including a roster of enterprise customers such as Nestle and Walmart in the four-and-a-half years since its launch. Facebook Workplace Ujjwal Singh, head of product at Facebook Workplace.To read this article in full, please click here
Lenovo released its new pair of sleek and lightweight AR glasses called the Thinkreality A3 today. The glasses can connect to your PC or a Motorola phone through a USB-C cable — but sadly, it’s still just for enterprise customers. The headset is powered by Qualcomm’s XR1 mixed-reality platform. It has 1080p stereoscopic displays for each eye lens. It has dual fish-eye cameras to track and map the room around you. Plus, an 8-megapixel 1080p camera that sits right above your nose tip, to stream your view to remote teams. Lenovo says that you can fold these glasses up like any sunglasses… This story continues at The Next Web
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