Adobe Sensei

Adobe shows how Sensei AI technology is helping marketers search for stock images without words

Adobe is working on enhancements to its Sensei artificial intelligence tool that will make it easier for marketers to search for images through its stock service without having to use words to describe what they need. In a presentation to designers at the Flash In The Can Toronto event on Monday, Adobe stock group product […]

innovation

Editor’s Note: There’s only one way to overcome innovation fatigue

I won’t shame the speaker or the event that recruited him for a keynote, but let’s just say that a few weeks ago I experienced one of those moments at a conference that prompted more eye-rolling than insight. It happened when the speaker in question put up a slide which suggested organizations that adopt artificial […]

Next Pathway big data Fuse

Next Pathway says it can fast-track the process of preparing business data for analytics and AI applications

A firm called Next Pathway is offering marketers, sales leaders and other business a short cut to taking advantage of big data and artificial intelligence by alleviating the manual and onerous process of having developers create code to meet their requirements. Headquartered in Toronto and with a recent sales office opened in New York, Next […]

artificial intelligence buzzword

Artificial Intelligence Isn’t Just a Buzzword

There’s a common misconception that I keep hearing when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) implementation in marketing and sales. It often comes across that companies are expected to implement AI in-house. But that’s not the case at all. Your typical B2B marketing and sales organization can’t buy AI, but they can access AI-powered services. […]

Microsoft FutureNow

Microsoft FutureNow gathers AI experts to map the best routes to enterprise adoption

Enterprises that want to accelerate their adoption of artificial intelligence should prioritize the most feasible projects with the greatest impact and take a “combinatory approach that includes analytics and the Internet of Things, experts told Microsoft’s FutureNow event. A day-long conference hosted in Toronto, FutureNow keynotes included Mark Skilton, a professor at Warwick Business School […]

IBM Think

IBM Think positions ‘analytics governance’ as the key to enterprise data-driven decision-making

When Deborah Leff was preparing her presentation for IBM Think, she looked online to find the best antonym to the word “insight.” The top results were “ignorance” and “stupidity.” While not exactly an example of data science in action, the findings showed Leff, IBM’s global sales leader of business analytics, the stark difference between those […]

Conversocial

Conversocial CEO predicts customer service shift from phones to private messaging applications

We tend to think of social media services as public forums where everything we say or do is visible, but the CEO of Conversocial predicts a rise in the use of private messaging functions will soon change the way businesses solve some of the most sensitive customer service challenges they face today. Conversocial, which has […]

Gopher protocol

Gopher Protocol: A revolutionary AI technology developing a more reliable mesh network

What started as an artificial intelligence-based tool to track pets is being developed into what Gopher Protocol describes as a means for improving everything from the delivery of products to autonomous driving. Based in San Diego, Gopher Protocol calls itself a “development stage” company that is using AI, the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile […]

business transformation

How to chart a course for business transformation that incorporates DX, blockchain and any future innovations

In 1998, the marketing department at IBM spent a reported $40 million on an advertising campaign aimed at convincing businesses to do something that seems obvious today: offer e-commerce alongside traditional ways of buying and selling. Though they didn’t use the term “business transformation,” all those e-business commercials may have marked the beginning of the […]

datametrex conversational intelligence

Datametrex: Big data meets conversational intelligence

We get to do some pretty cool stuff at B2B News Network, like have a real life conversation with an astrophysicist about conversational intelligence. Claude Théoret from Nexalogy, joined Jen Evans from B2B News Network for a Twitter chat about their product, client work, and being acquired by Datametrex (DM.V).   You and I met […]

digital trends

Digital Trends and Business Implications for 2018

The digital transformation has demanded a lot from businesses during recent decades. In many cases, companies have been forced to adapt to evolving technologies at rapid and often uncomfortable speeds. Early adopters of emerging technologies can gain a significant competitive advantage in this data-fuelled digital landscape. Luckily, my peers and I at G2 Crowd have […]

fast companies

Editor’s Note: Even fast companies finish last unless they pursue the hardest transformation of all

The words and the image were everywhere, and every time I saw them I tried not to roll my eyes. I was at a conference for HR professionals, and the main graphic across every banner and program guide showed a human hand about to join with that of — wait for it — a robot. […]

Alexa For Business

Alexa for Business: Voice tech experts speak up about what’s ahead

Amazon is joining the ranks of firms trying to help automate office chores with virtual assistants, but industry experts say the launch of Alexa for Business could open up applications that go way beyond what consumers do with an Echo in their homes. At its AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, Amazon confirmed […]

SaaS

Sales and marketing tools dominate the $1.02B being invested in ‘SaaS North’

The needs of senior executives in marketing and sales roles are driving investments of more than $1.02 billion in software-as-a-service startups across Canada, according to a study conducted by B2B accelerator L-Spark. “State of SaaS 2017” will be formally presented as part of SaaS North, the second annual event of its kind organized by L-Spark […]

Zoom.ai

Zoom.ai wants to start a conversation about chatbots and AI in the enterprise

If human language is the new user interface and messaging the predominant medium, businesses should start thinking about making better use of artificial intelligence and chatbot technologies, according to Zoom.ai. Speaking at the 2017 Data Marketing Toronto event earlier this week, Zoom.ai vice-president of business development Amanda Parker said the rise of Facebook Messenger, Kik […]

SAS

SAS exec defines the role of empathy vs expertise in marketing with AI

It was the kind of conversation about marketing with artificial intelligence that made SAS exec Monique Duquette tilt her head in confusion: a customer who said she wanted AI to tell her which campaigns were successful and which were not. “I asked, ‘Do you have reporting?’ (She said) ‘Yes.’ Well, then why do you need […]

virtual assistants

Cisco offers survey data to prove virtual assistants can handle enterprise admin chores

Cisco is using market research from a survey of knowledge workers across 10 countries to demonstrate potential interest in having virtual assistants take over some of the most mundane administrative tasks in the enterprise: running meetings and conference calls. The networking giant this week released the data as a followup to the launch of Cisco […]

ZoomInfo

ZoomInfo promises to accelerate sales with data-as-a-service suite

ZoomInfo is getting a jump on next week’s Dreamforce conference by launching a data-as-a-service suite that integrates its B2B database tools into Salesforce’s flagship customer relationship management system. The Waltham, Mass.-based company said its ZoomInfo Salesforce Suite would include access to more than 88 million professional e-mail addresses, 47 million direct-dial phone numbers and nearly […]