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Event Report: Google Cloud Industries Analyst Day


On March 31st, 2021, Google Cloud hosted an Vertical Analyst Roundtable. Google Cloud CEO, Thomas Kurian, opened up the day with a warm introduction on the role industries will play in the growth of Google Cloud. Lori Mitchell-Keller, VP of Industry Solutions shared how Google Cloud differentiates its approach to Industries with customers. The key industries and the leaders for Google Cloud's Verticals include: While most of the customers are focused on Level 1 and Level 2 capabilities, Google Cloud is starting to see growth in Level 3 vertical industry wins and becoming more competitive with both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in industry deals (see Figure 1). Google Cloud's customer wins at Amwell, Ford, MLB, Target, Unilever, Unity, and Verizon are proof points on the extent of the partnerships with industry for data-driven digital transformation.

News Analysis: MIcrosoft Doubles Down On The Metaverse With $68.7 B Offer For Activision


On January 18th, 2022, MIcrosoft announced its intent to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in an all cash offer. Constellation estimates that the combined deal will give MIcrosoft more than 10% of the gaming market. Activision titles such as Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Call of Duty, and Candy Crush join Microsoft's Xbox game pass and PC Game pass. The massive collection of titles and digital assets can be leveraged to grow the 25 million subscribers on XBox Game Pass. POV: Gaming software companies along with movie studios are a great place to build a platform for future worlds.

Quantinuum launches as Honeywell Quantum, Cambridge Quantum deal closes


Quantum computers offer great promise for cryptography and optimization problems, and companies are racing to make them practical for business use. ZDNet explores what quantum computers will and won't be able to do, and the challenges that remain. Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum have completed their business combination and have re-emerged as Quantinuum, which aims to be a "full-stack" quantum computing company. Quantinuum's launch is a precursor to the release of its flagship cyber security product in a few weeks. Tony Uttley will serve as its President and COO.

Tuesday's Tip: Seven Factors For Precision Decisions In Artificial Intelligence - A Software Insider's Point of View


While market leaders and fast followers have not yet achieved mass personalization, the next rush is focused on investments in artificial intelligence (see Figure 1). Searching for a competitive advantage and fearful of disruption, board rooms and CXO's have rushed to artificial intelligence as the next big thing. The investment in pilots for AI's subsets of machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing have moved from science projects to new digital business models powered by smart services. With the goal of precision decisions, successful AI projects require more than just great algorithms or access to data scientists. The seven success factors for AI foreshadow a world where limited players can deliver AI smart services.

Tuesday's Tip: Know When To Automate With Artificial Intelligence - A Software Insider's Point of View


Recent client conversations indicate a desire for designing new AI Driven Smart Services. The rush to incorporate artificial intelligence into processes often requires a deeper examination of which services should be AI enabled. Constellation's latest framework for augmenting humanity encompasses six factors (see Figure 1): Six factors play a significant role in identifying which AI driven smart services deliver the greatest opportunities. Early adopters have prioritized business processes using the Constellation business hierarchy of needs. Keep in mind, that AI enablement must require a strong data strategy, deep data governance, mature business process optimization, and a data driven design point.