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Automation Hero raises $14.5 million to help companies automate repetitive processes

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SalesHero, a platform that meshes robotic process automation (RPA) with artificial intelligence (AI) to help businesses automate repetitive software-based processes, has raised $14.5 million in a series A round of funding led by Atomico, with participation from Baidu Ventures and Cherry Ventures. The San Francisco-based startup also announced that it is now called Automation Hero -- a name-change that reflects its renewed focus beyond sales teams. This round takes Automation Hero's total amount raised to $19 million, following its $4.5 million seed round last April, and Atomico principle Ben Blume will now join Automation Hero's board of directors. While RPA may not be the sexiest concept to emerge from the technology sphere, it is becoming a driving force behind companies' efforts to optimize workflows through automation and machine learning. In a nutshell, RPA involves installing software that sits on top of a company's own applications and observes what an employee does at the user interface level.


SalesHero Defines the Modern Sales Process With Artificial Intelligence

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SalesHero introduced Robin, a new class of sales AI assistant built for the sales rep but truly benefiting the entire sales organization. Leveraging powerful artificial intelligence, Robin learns from the user's actions and automates sales processes to improve daily productivity. IDC predicts that from 2017 to 2021 AI-powered CRM activities will boost business revenue by $1.1 trillion. Sales teams, in particular, must learn to combine their efforts with disruptive technologies to improve efficiency. In fact, 60 percent of reps' time is spent on repetitive and menial tasks.


Where are We with Machine Learning? - DATAVERSITY

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Stefan is currently CEO and Chairman of Datameer. Stefan Groschupf is a big data veteran and serial entrepreneur with strong roots in the open source community. He was one of the very few early contributors to Nutch, the open source project that spun out Hadoop, which 10 years later, is considered a 20 billion dollar business. Open source technologies designed and coded by Stefan can be found running in all 20 of the Fortune 20 companies in the world, and innovative open source technologies like Kafka, Storm, Katta and Spark, all rely on technology Stefan designed more than a half decade ago. In 2003, Groschupf was named one of the most innovative Germans under 30 by Stern Magazine.


Datameer gets an overhaul to make big-data analytics easier

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The rise of the citizen data scientist has placed a new premium on easy-to-use analytics tools, and on Tuesday Datameer announced a fresh version of its namesake platform designed with that imperative in mind. New in Datameer 6 are a simplified front end as well as an expanded tool for selecting the best processing framework for the job. Datameer 6's new front end combines the previously linear steps of data integration, preparation, analytics and visualization into a single screen. Shifts in context, tools or teams are no longer required every time a data change is needed, the company says. Instead, users can toggle among different phases of the workflow, with visualization along the way to illustrate the effects any changes have made.


Researchers Develop New Way to Increase Energy Efficiency of Smart Computers

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Anthony is recognized as a thought leader and primary innovator of products, solutions, and technologies for the intelligent capture, RPA, BPM, BI and mobile markets. ABBYY is an innovator and leader in artificial intelligence (Al) technology including machine learning and natural language processing that helps organizations better understand and drive context and outcomes from their data. The company sets a goal to grow and strengthen its leadership positions by satisfying the ever-increasing demand for AI-enabled products and solutions. ABBYY has been developing semantic and AI technologies for many years. Thousands of organizations from over 200 countries and regions have chosen ABBYY solutions that transform documents into business value by capturing information in any format.