IDG Contributor Network: From chatbots to Einstein, artificial intelligence as a service

The recent announcement of Salesforce Einstein — dubbed “artificial intelligence for everyone” — sheds new light on the new and pervasive usage of artificial intelligence in every aspect of businesses.

From consumer to business

Even without knowing it, the consumer world has long been using AI-based systems. Siri knows which movies are showing at what time and recommends the best theater based on the user’s location. Nest learns about household habits to optimize heating and cooling patterns. Facebook recognizes friends in photos with nearly 98 percent accuracy.

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Microsoft bolsters artificial intelligence with additions to Project Oxford

Microsoft’s Project Oxford, a suite of developer tools based on the company’s machine learning and artificial intelligence research, is getting a new quintet of services, the company announced at its Future Decoded conference in London. 

Developers can now take advantage of an emotion detection service that looks at a photo and lists an array of emotions that it detects on the subjects’ faces. For each person in an image (up to a certain number), the service will pass back the probabilities that someone is expressing anger, happiness, fear, surprise, disgust, sadness, contempt or nothing at all.

According to Ryan Galgon, a senior program manager at Microsoft, the company built the service after it saw developers using Project Oxford’s existing face detection technology in applications that run sentiment analysis on photographs. The new service makes different applications possible, like editing photos based on the feelings of the people in them.  

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Network World Cloud Computing Brings Agile Intelligence to IoT via IBM BlueMix, a division of Flow Corporation, today announced that the internet of things platform is now directly available on IBM Bluemix. The company also announced a series of platform enhancements, including interactive visual tooling and analytics, which dramatically decrease the time-to-market and costs associated with developing IoT applications.

Delivered on-demand as a cloud-based service from IBM Softlayer, provides the kind of advanced event processing and protocol support that are traditionally found in far more expensive, less nimble legacy systems. The company is focused on providing IoT developers all the tools necessary to simply create intelligent data workflow.

“Our latest wave of updates addresses several aspects of our vision of empowering innovators and ecosystems in the IoT space,” described co-founder and CTO, Tom Luczak. “First, tools and protocol support shorten the existing cycle of ideation, creation and deployment for solution creators. Second, the things we are doing with data aggregation within a real-time context open up a new category of capabilities that enable developers to quickly and easily transform and enhance data-in-motion as it flows between services, applications and devices.”

IBM Bluemix provides developers a way to deploy the platform alongside a host of supporting IBM IoT and analytics products.

“Using developers literally flow data between devices, services, and applications while executing processing rules that create actionable intelligence,” said Mac Devine, VP & CTO Networking and Innovation Services, IBM Cloud Division. “Because it’s available on-demand as a Bluemix service, can also connect data to and from any number of IBM analytics and IoT solutions, including Watson.”

Next generation IoT applications have sophisticated requirements that demand simple, secure and scalable solutions. With, developers can quickly create applications that deliver actionable information by blending data from numerous sources—streaming data from the IoT world, enterprise data stores and third-party services.

“Orchestrating data-in-motion with event processing is a core requirement for IoT applications,” said Flow Corporation CEO Eric Alterman. “Customers can deploy their IoT applications in days, not months, without standing up a single server. Easily combining real-time device data streams with existing enterprise and public data sources is how delivers what we call agile intelligence.” is built on a micro-services architecture that separately scales all core processes to ensure predictable performance off-the-shelf, regardless of deployment requirements. Another core differentiator is granular stream access rules that ensure data-level security even when many developers, device types, and data owners are engaged within the same IoT ecosystem or “data exchange”, which is often the case with industrial IoT applications. is also pleased to announce the issuance of its second patent associated with real-time data processing for IoT-related applications. The patent is related to use cases where real-time data is enhanced by previously stored data. “We’ve been focused on IoT much longer than most startups in the market, which allowed us to create some very fundamental IP,” said Eric Alterman. “We are a technology-first company, but establishing a strong intellectual property portfolio is an important component of our strategic plan.”

The platform is available directly at and via IBM Bluemix.

About empowers any developer or organization to leverage the growing instrumentation of the physical world in order to build IoT solutions that surprise with their intelligence, contextual awareness and effectiveness in both operations and end-user experiences.

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HG Data Selected as Winner of 2015 NextGen Relationship Intelligence Awards

HG Data, the global leader in competitive intelligence on installed technologies, announced today that it was recognized as the Most Disruptive NextGen winner in Relationship Intelligence technology.

SIIA’s NextGen program provides exposure to companies delivering game-changing solutions. The program aims to bring awareness to 5 verticals: Mobile, Relationship Intelligence, Security, Healthcare, and Financial Services. Nominating companies were judged by a group of industry experts who determined the Most Innovative, Most Disruptive and overall NexGen winner of the Mobile category.

“There is tremendous innovation taking place in the software and services market as companies leverage mobile to gain competitive advantage,” said Rhianna Collier, Vice President & Managing Director of the Software & Services Division at SIIA. “NextGen companies–chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of M&A, VC and advisory executives–are offering game-changing products that add significant value to the market.”

HG Data provides installed technology intelligence on a global scale to fuel detailed analyses including ideal customer profiling, market potential, competitive displacement and predictive modeling. HG Data’s B2B index of installed technologies currently tracks more than 1,700 technology vendors and over 5,000 technology categories in its proprietary datasets including SaaS, cloud, security, networking, storage, open source, applications, mobile, big data, CRM, virtualization, visualization and analytics. Dozens of new technologies are added monthly.

“HG is honored to be recognized as the SIIA Most Disruptive Technology in Relationship Intelligence,” said Craig Harris, CEO of HG Data. “Judging by past winners of the various SIIA awards, HG is in very good company and we are thankful to SIIA and the judging panel for the recognition. It’s especially auspicious to earn the honor for being disruptive as we plan to roll out new integrations that will enable companies to leverage the power of HG Data directly within the browser, marketing automation and CRM platforms they’re already using.”

About HG Data

HG Data is the global leader in competitive intelligence for installed technologies. The world’s largest technology companies, the fastest-growing start-ups, and some of the most innovative OEM partners achieve an unfair advantage by using HG Data in building market analysis, competitive displacement, predictive modeling, marketing campaigns, and client retention initiatives. Every day, HG Data indexes more than one billion unstructured documents across the open Internet, the archived Web and offline resources to produce a detailed, accurate census of B2B technology installations in use at companies globally. Indexed resources include content such as social media, case studies, press releases, blog postings, government documents, content libraries, technical support forums, website source code, and job postings. Founded in 2010, the company is based in Santa Barbara. For more information, see

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