Shelby Austin Omnia Deloitte

The head of Deloitte’s Omnia AI practice poses questions that could reframe ‘non-prediction’ problems

About 10 years go, long before she took the lead at the Omnia artificial intelligence practice of Deloitte, Shelby Austin was working as a partner in a law firm, reviewing documents and preparing for trial. The documents — all 30,000 of them — were in binders, and they were being divided “relevant,” “privileged” and “hot […]

Samsung data science Matthew Fritz Big Data Toronto

Samsung data science director shows off the prescriptive engine that’s dramatically boosting its KPIs

Companies need to move past using analytics and artificial intelligence to merely inform business decisions and allow the technologies to actually make decisions on their own across all functional areas, according to the director of data science at Samsung. In his keynote at the Big Data Toronto conference on Tuesday, Matthew Fitz suggested enterprises are […]

Purpose-driven B2B marketing SAP Google

Purpose-driven B2B marketing is both possible and profitable, according to the CMOs of Google and SAP

When she joined software giant SAP as its marketing leader about nine months ago, Alicia Tillman did something she said most CMOs don’t often to: look backwards instead of forwards. Speaking at the company’s annual user conference, Sapphire Now, Tillman said she wanted to figure out her strategy by looking at the original purpose behind […]

AiDecentralized

AiDecentralized identifies some of the key areas where AI and blockchain may intersect

Blockchain will help clean up and validate the data used in artificial intelligence applications, make predictive capabilities more accessible and allow individual people to treat their data as a commodity, experts told the AiDecentralized conference. Orgnaized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and held in Toronto on Tuesday, AiDecentralized brought together researchers and practitioners […]

Adobe Magento

Adobe says Magento acquisition will help scale digital shopping experiences in the enterprise

Adobe said its $1.68 billion acquisition of Magento will bring the ability to develop shopping experiences based on digital commerce, order management and predictive intelligence to its content creation and marketing analytics tools for both business- and consumer-oriented firms. Magento, an open source-based e-commerce application provider that was once sold to eBay, is best known […]

ad fraud blockchain AI

An online ad fraud counterattack built with blockchain, AI and cryptography

Online ad fraud is a big problem because it wastes the money of the advertisers. B2B marketers need to remain aware of the new technologies that are of great help to restrict the growing menace of ad fraud. Ad Fraud has costed advertisers a loss of around $18 billion in 2018 that represents around 9% […]

Showpad

Showpad promises to accelerate account-based selling through personalized ‘Shared Spaces’

Showpad may have started as a way to arm sales people at conferences and events, but its latest tools are designed to extend their reach with branded microsites for specific customers and prospects. With a North American head office in Chicago, Showpad is based on the idea of salespeople using something other than a slide […]

AWS AI

The chief technical evangelist at AWS believes these AI use cases will convert enterprise execs

“Looks like a face. Appears to be male. 26-44 years old. Appears to be sad.” These are the findings of an artificial intelligence application called Rekognition developed by Amazon, which is studying the image of a man attending the recent Canadian Cloud and DevSecOps event in Toronto. When quizzed, the attendee admits that he is, […]

PathFactory LookBookHQ

LookBookHQ rebrands as PathFactory as it launches an AI-based content insight and activation engine

LookBookHQ on Tuesday launched an application to help B2B marketers get more insight to improve their content marketing efforts called PathFactory Engine, the first word of which will also serve as the firm’s new name as part of a rebranding effort. The company will be showcasing PathFactory Engine and speaking at the Sirius Decisions Summit […]

Hanson robots Sophia

Why business professionals should learn to love the robots coming to work in the enterprise — or else

David Hanson is well aware of the reasons business professionals might be a little easy about robots coming into the enterprise, but he believes job security should be the least of their concerns. The founder and chief designer of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics took the keynote stage at OCE Discovery in Toronto on Monday, but […]

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 […]