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CIO: Middle East’s digital transformation laggard status may be a benefit

The Middle East is better positioned for digital transformation than many other regions because it is not over-encumbered with complex legacy IT systems that have been heavily customised over time, according to Alan Pelz-Sharpe, founder of research and analysis consultancy Deep Analysis and author of bestseller “Practical Artificial Intelligence – An Enterprise Playbook.”

TechTarget: New capabilities added to Alfresco Governance Services

“AI is offered in some legal discovery software systems, and over time all these specialized vendors will leverage AI and machine learning,” said Alan Pelz-Sharpe, founder and principal analyst at Deep Analysis. He added that the AI-powered feature of Alfresco Governance Services is one of the first such offerings from a more general information management vendor. “It is positioned to augment the specialized vendors’ work, essentially curating and capturing relevant bodies of information for deeper analysis.”

CMSWire – ARMA InfoGov

One of the highlights was Alan Pelz-Sharpe’s keynote on artificial intelligence (AI). He shared stories of startups trying to solve information governance challenges. They would show him their solution and he would quickly realize they hadn’t spoken to any records managers. Pelz-Sharpe stressed the need for records managers to learn what AI can do as they have the organizational knowledge to provide the proper guidance. More importantly, if records managers don’t get involved, AI will take their jobs and likely won’t do it very well.

TechTarget: Microsoft acquires to ease OneDrive migrations

The fact that SharePoint’s been around for nearly two decades, pre-dating widespread cloud adoption, compounds the issue. Pelz-Sharpe described one of his clients, a utility company, whose SharePoint on-premises footprint has grown over the years to 12,000 SharePoint sites. “They have no idea what is in them, and no idea what to do with them,” Pelz-Sharpe said. “These things can be complex. It’s a recognized problem, so the more experience, skills and tools Microsoft can bring to help, the better.”

TechTarget: WebPurify launches profanity filter for memes and images

While there are many systems that identify profanity to filter it out, Deep Analysis founder Alan Pelz-Sharpe said doing it at the OCR level is not common. “There are many other vendors that analyze and extract text from images and memes, though they don’t necessarily utilize OCR,” he said. “Today, newer vendors tend to also leverage machine learning, computer vision and artificial intelligence.” Pelz-Sharpe added that products like WebPurify or Microsoft Azure Content Moderator are good first steps in stopping profanity before it is published or distributed.

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