AI, machine learning blossom in agriculture and pest control

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is rising in prominence with the proliferation of chatbots, virtual assistants and other conversational tools that companies are using to improve customer service, productivity and operational efficiency. But AI is also helping to automate and streamline tasks in data-intensive industries traditionally ruled by rigorous science and good old-fashioned human analysis. Seed retailers, for example, are using AI products to churn through terabytes of precision agricultural data to create the best corn crops, while pest control companies are using AI-based image-recognition technology to identify and treat various types of bugs and vermin. Such markedly different scenarios underscore how AI has evolved from science fiction to practical solutions that can potentially help companies get a leg up on their competition. AI is any technology that emulates human performance by learning, reaching conclusions, understanding complex content, engaging in natural dialogs with people or replacing people for non-routine tasks, according to Gartner.


Every company in future will need to embrace digital

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Many of the most important senior executives I speak to, ask how can I their company so it embraces digital? Companies of the future are going to be reliant upon new digital services built on rapidly accelerating technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and robotics process automation (RPA). Top executives at world class companies know this. But they have valid questions regarding how to transform their corporate culture, reskill their staff and make the leap to the new world order. And they have valid questions about the technology itself.


AI, machine learning blossom in agriculture and pest control

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In a departure from using AI and machine learning tools for tasks such as automating customer service, some companies are applying the technologies to grow better corn crops and exterminate bugs and vermin. Artificial intelligence (AI) is rising in prominence with the proliferation of chatbots, virtual assistants and other conversational tools that companies are using to improve customer service, productivity and operational efficiency. But AI is also helping to automate and streamline tasks in data-intensive industries traditionally ruled by rigorous science and good old-fashioned human analysis. Seed retailers, for example, are using AI products to churn through terabytes of precision agricultural data to create the best corn crops, while pest control companies are using AI-based image-recognition technology to identify and treat various types of bugs and vermin. Such markedly different scenarios underscore how AI has evolved from science fiction to practical solutions that can potentially help companies get a leg up on their competition.


Google sets sights on the enterprise with Google Cloud

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Google have rebranded and repackaged their popular enterprise toolbox into a single portfolio called Google Cloud. The new brand combines all of Google's developer, collaboration and productivity tools as well as their APIs, Android OS and Chromebook OS, creating a unified and consistent experience across the brand's software. The move is seen as being a step towards making their overall offering more'enterprise appropriate' and integrated across different platforms. "Because digital transformation and moving to the cloud are technical processes, we have customer engineers, customer reliability engineers, site reliability engineers, product engineers, all there to partner with our customers as they migrate, deploy and evolve." said Diane Greene, Senior Vice President, Google Cloud. "Our approach and our commitment to Google Cloud customers is simple: we're in it together.


SAP and Accenture Expand Collaboration to Build Breakthrough Digital Solutions on SAP® Leonardo

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WALLDORF, Germany & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SAP SE (NYSE:SAP) and Accenture (NYSE:ACN) announced an expanded collaboration to co-innovate, co-develop and jointly go to market with breakthrough digital solutions based on the new SAP Leonardo digital innovation system. The long-standing strategic partners will focus on embedding digital technologies including additional machine learning, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the core of clients' businesses to deliver even greater value from their SAP investments. "Every CEO in the world is focused on digital innovation," said Bill McDermott, chief executive officer of SAP. "With SAP HANA and SAP Leonardo, we are alone in delivering the power of in-memory computing together with a rich combination of modern digital technologies. We could not be more pleased to announce an expanded partnership with Accenture to create a new wave of industry-specific digital solutions for our customers."