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TechTarget: Acquia release employee experience features

Making the next iteration of a corporate intranet a Drupal website is an interesting way to solve that issue, Pelz-Sharpe said. Companies like Adobe and Acquia have enabled developers to create elegant apps for customers over the last 20 years and doing that for employees is the next logical step. Developers will likely see it as a new avenue to deploy and monetize their skills. “Corporate intranets are terrible places,” Pelz-Sharpe said. “Absolutely horrible things. Everyone’s got one, and no one likes them. Nobody wants to build another one, but everybody wants to build a better employee experience.”

ITBrief Asia: Veritone releases version 3.0 of its AI operating system

“As enterprises begin to use multiple AI models and systems to extract and understand growing data volumes, the need for enterprise AI platforms is increasing,” says founder of market research firm Deep Analysis and co-author of Practical Artificial Intelligence: An Enterprise Playbook, Alan Pelz-Sharpe. “Veritone aiWARE has the potential to open up new possibilities to use AI in a coordinated manner across enterprises, along with expanded applications for digital transformation.”

TechTarget: EO zeros in on big tech, anticompetitive behaviour

Alan Pelz-Sharpe, the founder of consulting firm Deep Analysis, said Biden’s push to crack down on anti-competitive behavior has produced one of the most significant EO’s for the tech sector, especially its focus on data collection. Big tech is built on massive amounts of consumer data, which once accumulated represents an “impossible bar for other nascent competitors to reach,” he said. He believes the EO could have two effects — a pathway for smaller firms to grow rather than just be acquired and the potential to foster more innovation. “Simply having a lock on a consumer’s — or business’ — internet history means you don’t have to try that hard to sell to them or keep them as customers, as you essentially own them,” he said. “If that lock is opened, it then opens opportunities to build less intrusive and more equitable relationships between sellers and buyers.” 

SearchCIO: Senate dilutes US Innovation and Competition Act of 2021

Alan Pelz-Sharpe, founder of consulting firm Deep Analysis, said that 20 years ago, China was behind the technology curve compared to other countries in the region like Japan or Korea, but huge investments into its own R&D have closed that gap. “China no longer relies on the U.S. for technology advances, though I am not sure many in the U.S., including the House and Senate, fully grasp that,” he said. “A case in point is BSN, China’s massive rollout of affordable blockchain infrastructure, which has truly set a high mark for other nations to match.” Legislators seem to recognize that the U.S. is in catch-up mode due to the push for funding through legislative packages like the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 and the push for global alliance through legislation like the Democracy Technology Partnership Act, which establishes a technology partnership among democratic countries. “How long, though, this will take to have an impact is the question, as technology is moving at hyperspeed, and government initiatives typically do not,” Pelz-Sharpe said.

TechCrunch: Box takes fight with activist investor public…

“Like any activist investor Starboard is interested in a quick increase in shareholder values and a flip. Box is in it for the long run. Further, it seems that Starboard may have mistimed or miscalculated their moves, Box clearly was not as weak as they appeared to believe and Box has been doing well over the past year. Bringing in KKR was the start of a big fight back, and the proposed changes couldn’t make it any clearer that they are fed up with Starboard and ready to

TechTarget: Antitrust lawsuits against Facebook dismissed

Alan Pelz-Sharpe, founder of consulting firm Deep Analysis, said although the FTC’s complaint will likely be amended and refiled, he’s doubtful of a successful outcome. He called Facebook a powerful company, deeply embedded in consumers’ lives and said it will have “factored in a plan B to deal with any outcome,” even if the case rises to the level of the Supreme Court. “Firms at the scale of Facebook can afford to fight these moves with near unlimited resources,” he said. “Moreover, they can afford to drag them out over long periods of time with no impact on their bottom line.” Still, he said, the dismissed lawsuits send a strong message to technology companies like Facebook that the days of gobbling up companies without scrutiny and growing at an unprecedented pace are over. “The [antitrust lawsuits] are a threat and will be treated as such,” he said. “Not a threat to their existence or profitability, but a threat to [companies like Facebook] continuing to do what they want, when they want — and potentially a threat to their image.”

EXBulletin: Five Antitrust Reform Bills

Alan Pelz-Sharpe, founder of consulting firm Deep Analysis, said the proposed bill was far behind, but delays in regulation by companies such as Apple and Google were also part of the problem. Had the bill been enacted 10 years ago, it would have been more successful in preventing such companies from becoming today’s megacorporations. Today, tech giants are active on a global scale with “few people can imagine” and can fight the legislature in a “previously unimaginable” way. “Undoubtedly, some of this law may move forward and some may be enacted,” he said. “For people like Facebook and Google, life will be a little harder. It will be a thorn on their side, but I don’t think it will have a serious impact on their business.”

DMCollaborators: Unless we start being honest and ethical about workplace automation, we’ll face a massive blow-back

It’s an important question—and one that has had a very rigorous exploration in Alan Pelz-Sharpe’s latest ‘Ethical Innovation’ column for KMWorld magazine. For Alan—ex Ovum and 451, and who now heads up an advisory firm focused solely on disruption and innovation in information management, Deep Analysis—now is definitely time to start seriously considering these issues. His starting point is that while in a technical briefing with a software vendor, the following rather startling question was posed: “How many resources are required to execute that task—of course, that covers both humans and robots?”

WBOC: Over 80% of business professionals acknowledge deepfake threats

Alan Pelz-Sharpe, the founder of Deep Analysis, an industry analyst firm focused on innovation and disruptive technologies, states “AI & ML is used in one form or another by virtually every company today, whether they know it or not. Though technology can bring great advances, it comes with many challenges and risks. Many firms are starting to get to grips with challenges in AI, few have considered the external challenges of malicious actors using AI and deepfake techniques to defraud or damage them.”

Wall Street Journal: Beijing Tries to Put Its Imprint on Blockchain

“The blockchain community is utterly fascinated by [BSN] because it’s such a big bold move,” said Alan Pelz–Sharpe, founder of technology advisory Deep Analysis….. A Beijing-backed initiative aims to shape a category of online record-keeping called blockchain. Most commonly associated with bitcoin, blockchain holds broad promise for business and other uses but has been hobbled by a lack of uniform technical standards.

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