Posts tagged: Artificial Intelligence

OpenText Enterprise World: A Shift into the Information Era!

Marc Mascara
 Jul 18, 2019

On July 9, OpenText kicked off Enterprise World 2019 in Toronto with a week’s worth of information exchange, learning opportunities, breakout sessions, and keynote speeches. Thousands of attendees joined the event to learn how to make the most of underutilized information and capitalize on the next wave of transformation in productivity and growth. Offering insights into the latest trends as well as stories on successful digital transformations, Enterprise World is designed to help attendees unlock their information advantage.

Figure 1: Open Text Enterprise World Entrance

This year’s event was located at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. Open Text Enterprise World is touted as the most expansive EIM (Enterprise Information Management) technology event in Canada and the world’s largest information conference. The most recent event included over 200 breakout sessions as well as 15+ LearnPath opportunities to educate attendees on digital transformation and productivity. Pre-conference training courses were also offered on July 7th and 8th, including over 25 accelerated sessions that spanned ten different industries.

This year’s event featured a number of keynotes from Mark Barrenechea (OpenText CEO & CTO), Muhi Majzoub (OpenText Executive Vice President of Engineering), Sir Tim Berners Lee, and special guest Peter Gabriel. Mark Barrenechea kicked things off with an insightful and compelling keynote that set the tone for the entire event. Mr. Barrenechea thanked all his customers and partners for their undivided trust in allowing OpenText’s platform to manage some of the world’s most trusted data, which was especially interesting and timely given that data security is such an important topic.

As the amount of information captured in the cloud continues to increase exponentially, the need for data security will only increase as time goes on. To that end, Barrenechea announced on stage that Google Cloud has selected OpenText as its preferred partner for Enterprise Information Management Services. Meanwhile, OpenText has named Google Cloud its preferred partner for enterprise cloud. In other cloud news, OpenText Release 16 will move to OpenText Cloud Editions (CE) in April 2020. Moving forward, all OpenText offerings will be cloud-first, but can be containerized and operate off-cloud. This means that with OpenText CE, customers will never have to upgrade again. OpenText is also confirming its commitment to content services by providing new and expanded products and capabilities to its platform.

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Highlights from DSF18: The DOCUMENT Strategy Forum

David Stabel
 Jun 12, 2018

Celebrating its 10th year, the 2018 DOCUMENT Strategy Forum (DSF18) was held last month (May 21 – 23) in downtown Boston, MA. This peer-driven, peer-reviewed, and peer-produced conference is designed to educate professionals on how to deliver and manage customer communications, customer engagement, and information management. As was the case in previous years, the 2018 event offered a wide array of educational sessions, executive round tables, panels, and inspiring keynotes. Visitors had plenty of opportunities to network with industry peers or any of the 44 exhibitors in attendance.

This year’s opening keynote speech was given by Ian Khan, a world-renowned speaker and author. During his keynote entitled “Tomorrow 4.0: Are You Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?”, he asserted that man and machine are coming together in new and unprecedented ways in today’s era of digital disruption.

Industrial revolutions are momentous events, and many experts believe that only a few have occurred to date. The first was triggered in the 1700s by the commercial steam engine and the mechanical loom. The second took place prior to World War I with the harnessing of electricity and mass production. The third occurred when technology shifted from analog electronic and mechanical devices to digital technologies and computers. A number of industry strategists now believe that we have entered the fourth revolution, which builds on the third revolution. It is driven by interconnected digital technologies and has been marked by technological breakthroughs in a number of fields.

During his keynote speech, Khan hinted that we might actually be on the cusp of a fifth Industrial Revolution, which is all about Artificial Intelligence (AI). He believes that many of today’s emerging technologies will impact industries more profoundly in the very near future than they have in the past 500 years.

Timur Kalimov, Vice President of Products and Services at HyperScience, expanded on Khan’s keynote by talking about the claims that vendors make about AI. When it comes to Artificial Intelligence, Kalimov suggests being skeptical of vendors that fall into the following categories:

  • “Singularity” vendors basically claim that their AI solutions can handle everything in terms of performing machine learning. For machine learning to work well, though, the AI solution must develop a painstaking understanding of the specific business problems that the company is working to address. Unfortunately, none of today’s AI solutions have been able to master this capability.
  • “Trainer” vendors promise to deliver a working product after the business has provided its customer data. The challenge is that this data will not usually have been collected with machine learning in mind, and it will often be subject to strict security and privacy constraints. Furthermore, since machine learning is  uncertain by its very nature, it is impossible to know if a functional solution is even a reality at the outset.
  • “Perfectionist” vendors promise 100% automation with no human involvement. The issue with this approach is that neither people nor machines are perfect. The reality is that machines will need human supervision when real-world problems arise.

Another concept that was front and center during the sessions at DSF 18 was the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was officially implemented on May 25, 2018. The legislation is expected to influence the formation of data localization laws on a global basis, and it will likely have a major impact on where and how enterprises do business. During a Compliance Power Session during DSF 18, Lauren Barnes (S&P Global), Kurt Neumann (Prime Therapeutics), Tom Serven (State Street), and Lane Severson (Doculabs) spoke about how today’s businesses can prepare for regulations like GDPR. Although this is a European initiative, GDPR is expected to have wide-ranging implications for companies on a worldwide basis.

According to survey data on Marketing Communications from Keypoint Intelligence – InfoTrends, only 41% of respondents in North America and 56% of those in Western Europe had already taken steps to prepare for GDPR. Most respondents were at least aware of the regulation, but the share of respondents who were unaware of it was considerably higher in North America than it was in Europe.

Another common theme that came up multiple times during the educational sessions at DSF 18 was the commoditization of the customer experience. Today’s businesses are strongly focused on delivering a better overall experience to increase customer satisfaction, engagement, and loyalty. In response to this, a number of vendors are developing solutions that are designed to improve specific parts of the overall customer experience.

Alan Pelz-Sharpe of DEEP ANALYSIS presented a session on the impact of blockchain during the PFMA Annual Conference, which was co-located with DSF 18. Pelz-Sharpe believes that blockchain—a shared digital ledger for recording the history of transactions—will be the biggest disruptor of business information management in decades.

Blockchain is distributed across a network, so the entire ledger is stored multiple times in various locations. Every computer that is part of the blockchain network will contain a complete copy of the entire ledger. This method of storage is absolutely secure because the ledger in the blockchain is immutable and cannot be changed. This makes it ideal for documenting contracts, legal documents, and other critical documentation along a variety of supply chains.

The 10th annual DOCUMENT Strategy Forum placed a strong focus on transforming processes, the changing regulatory landscape, and disruptive technologies. Artificial Intelligence, regulations like GDPR, the customer experience, and blockchain will continue to shape and reshape our industry. Industry players must keep pace with and react to these new and emerging trends, and educational events like DSF are a great way for service providers and vendors to ensure that they can do just that!

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