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AI is the New Black

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On February 9, 2017, two technology market leaders made announcements: SAP unveiled its next-generation intelligent ERP system, and Nvidia announced that demand for artificial intelligence (AI) applications was driving demand for its graphics platform. Simply speaking, cognitive computing refers to self-learning systems that mimic the way the human brain works. In the SAP announcement, the "intelligent" piece of "intelligent ERP" comes from a digital assistant (SAP CoPilot) of which users can ask questions and to which they can give commands via voice, text, or gestures, just as they would to a human assistant. We might do the same on our path to build artificial intelligence brains."


AI is the New Black

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On February 9, 2017, two technology market leaders made announcements: SAP unveiled its next-generation intelligent ERP system, and Nvidia announced that demand for artificial intelligence (AI) applications was driving demand for its graphics platform. On the face of it, these announcements were business as usual – routine sound bites that proliferate in the tech news landscape. Look a bit deeper, though, and you realize that this day marked a profound shift in both the way businesses use technology and the implications for the rest of us. For decades, developing a computer that could think has been the Holy Grail of technology. And while we have made tremendous progress in our ability to process vast amount of data, the "thinking" part has remained mostly elusive.


Here are Constellation Research's 2016 Enterprise Award Winners

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Constellation Research hopes you all have a great holiday season this year with friends and family. In the spirit of recognizing memorable achievements in the tech industry, we also want to use this occasion to announce the winners of Constellation's first annual Enterprise Awards. The winners were selected through a combination of internal voting and heated debate among Constellation's analyst team. Each category also includes a number of runner-up winners, as there were so many deserving of recognition. We hope you enjoy reading the results and welcome your comments--approving, dissenting and otherwise.


AI in the enterprise - how software vendors from IBM to SAP are striving to make systems smarter

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The world's biggest tech companies are investing heavily in artificial intelligence (AI): software that can learn to think and solve problems in a human-like way. Each company takes a slightly different approach to making business processes smarter through the development and deployment of machine learning, or cognitive computing. David Schatsky, head of the trend-sensing program for the US innovation team at Deloitte said at the AI Summit in London earlier this year that the big victories in artificial intelligence over the last couple of decades have all been in games, from IBM's Deep Blue mastering chess in 1997, to Deep Mind's AlphaGo beating Lee Sedol at Go this year. Read next: 10 innovative businesses using IBM Watson: Which companies are using Watson's big data and analytics to power their business?


SAP CEO Bill McDermott: Machine Learning will Fundamentally Change the Enterprise

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CEO Bill McDermott predicted that over the next five to 10 years machine learning, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality will increasingly come to the fore: "I think very strongly that intelligent applications will fundamentally change the way you do work in the enterprise and the way you collaborate with your trading partners outside of the enterprise," he said. McDermott went on to say that machine learning has the capabilities to help businesses make more informed decisions around how they can better serve their end-customer. "We need the system to tell us what to do," he said. "Based on algorithms of that data and inputs that are in that data bank, we need to be able to advise you on the next step for your sales cycle, who you should meet with, and what the expected outcomes are, and what the level of probability would be on you striking a deal." At the same time, McDermott said the appeal of using machine learning as part of business processes is that it will "liberate workers."


SAP Makes Cloud Moves, Google Advances AI: Big Data Roundup - InformationWeek

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Expanded partnerships with big cloud providers Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) were among the announcements at Sapphire Now in Orlando, Fla. SAP said it will deliver broader support for SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure to enable big data apps to run while still being protected by enterprise-level security and compliance. SAP said that Amazon's new instances, called X1, are available for SAP S/4 HANA, SAP Business Suite on HANA, and SAP Business Warehouse on HANA. Dell and SAP are also collaborating on an IoT effort, including an IoT client for SAP HANA and transaction availability for remote suites working in connection with Dell Edge Gateways for industries such as oil and gas, and retail. Finally this week, AtScale, a company that provides a self-service BI platform that works with Hadoop data, has secured a B-round of funding that brings its total funding to date to 20 million.


SAP Makes Cloud Moves, Google Advances AI: Big Data Roundup - InformationWeek

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Expanded partnerships with big cloud providers Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) were among the announcements at Sapphire Now in Orlando, Fla. SAP said it will deliver broader support for SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure to enable big data apps to run while still being protected by enterprise-level security and compliance. SAP said that Amazon's new instances, called X1, are available for SAP S/4 HANA, SAP Business Suite on HANA, and SAP Business Warehouse on HANA. Dell and SAP are also collaborating on an IoT effort, including an IoT client for SAP HANA and transaction availability for remote suites working in connection with Dell Edge Gateways for industries such as oil and gas, and retail. Finally this week, AtScale, a company that provides a self-service BI platform that works with Hadoop data, has secured a B-round of funding bringing its total funding to date to 20 million.