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Microsoft to acquire XOXCO to advance conversational AI and bot development

Microsoft announces intent to buy XOXCO to bolster push for conversational AI.

Microsoft has announced its intent to buy XOXCO – an Austin based software developer company focused on bot design and development. It will be the fourth AI-related company to be acquired by Microsoft, this year.

Conversational AI is gradually becoming a new model of engagement between employees and customers. Microsoft, identifying the growing opportunity, has kept a special focus on AI throughout this year. This becomes evident with the various acquisitions it made this year.

XOXCO was initially founded in 2009, though the company came into bot development in 2013. It was credited for the creation of first commercially available bot for Slack – Howdy, to help schedule meetings. Later, the Botkit development introduced new development tools which is used by a large number of developers on GitHub.

Microsoft aims to simplify AI experience for developers by allowing them to tap into Azure platform or downloading a bot framework via GitHub.

With this acquisition, we are continuing to realize our approach of democratizing AI development, conversation and dialog, and integrating conversational experiences where people communicate.” Lili Cheng – Corporate Vice President, Conversational AI, wrote in a blog post.

Microsoft’s new Virtual Assistant Accelerator solution – announced today, further fits into its intent to acquire XOXCO. The solutions accelerator is designed to perform actions like finding local services or answering simple questions, through some premade skills. It uses Microsoft Bot Framework – which is available as service in Microsoft Azure and on GitHub. However, the new solution is in preview for now.

The acquisition is line with Microsoft’s previous acquisitions this year. The tech giant acquired Semantic Machines earlier in May, followed by Bonsai acquisition in June. Then in September, the company acquired Lobe and recently in October it acquired GitHub in one of the most significant acquisitions of the year.

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Witness the most transformative opportunity of the next decade, at Edge 2018

The edge computing market size is expected to grow from USD 1.47 Billion in 2017 to USD 6.72 Billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 35.4% during the forecast period.1

A voluminous increase in the amount of data generated from millions of devices streaming music, videos, social networking, is creating a high network load and demand for more bandwidth. Edge computing is one of the most feasible solutions when it comes to improving user experience and optimizing bandwidth usage.

Increased load on cloud infrastructure, growing application range in various types of industries, and an increase in the number of intelligent and connected devices are the main driving forces for the Edge Computing Market.

Amongst this growing market for Edge Computing, organizations need to equip themselves with information about the latest and upcoming trends in the edge computing and edge datacenters, the strong market players, opportunities etc.

To explore how computing data at the edge will connect everything, BroadGroup is conducting Edge 2018 on October 24-25, 2018 at Austin, Texas.

Let’s quickly take a sneak peek into Edge 2018

Edge 2018 will be a highly interactive platform which will see the coming together of world leading edge players and datacenter leaders to discuss new opportunities that exist in the edge ecosystem.

Edge 2018 will respond to the emerging opportunities coming forth due to the growing inclination towards distributed infrastructure through the convergence of new technologies like AI (Artificial Intelligence), IoT (Internet of things), 5G like smart cities, autonomous cars, micro-datacenters, connected things and edge facilities.

Edge represents the most metamorphic and profound change for decades, connecting things everywhere and enabling new ways of analyzing and managing the data needed to alter society, drive change and prioritize information critical to local infrastructure operations enabled by 5G and AI,” said Philip Low, the Chairman of BroadGroup.

Highlights of Edge 2018

1. Anixter Workshop and Opening Reception

Anixter’s pre-conference workshop and opening reception on a day before the event – 23rd October, will feature speakers from Black & Veatch and Equinix. The workshop will explore key trends and best practices to be followed within the edge data center environments.

2. MeetMe

MeetMe is a golden opportunity for all the registered delegates to arrange meetings with the edge visionaries and discuss key trends in the edge market.

3. Infrastructure Masons Edge Meeting

Edge Congress will also conduct a meeting of iMasons – an association of digital infrastructure professionals. Though it is primarily for the iMasons members, non-members can also come and share their knowledge.

4. Automation and AI Panel

The panel will discuss the role of AI and automation in managing data at the point of collection to ensure that the networks are not overburdened, which in turn can increase agility and production.

5. Edge Leaders Panel Discussion

Led by IGR President Iain Gillott, the panel will discuss about how the rising demand for IT services is driving the growth of datacenters.

6. Farewell BBQ Hosted by Vertiv

At the end of Day 2, the attendees will get to enjoy the authentic taste of Texas at the Farewell BBQ hosted by Vertiv.

7. Picturesque Views of Austin Texas

Attendees can enjoy the beautiful environment and culture of Texas, its inspiring cuisine, and stunning views, along with networking at the main event venue.

A look at the speakers

The event will have eminent C-level speakers, data center leaders and edge experts who will share their knowledge through respective sessions. A quick look at speakers:

  • Kevin Brown – Senior Vice President of Innovation & CTO, Schneider Electric, IT Division
  • Gaurav Chawla – VP and Fellow, Dell EMC and EdgeX Foundry Member
  • Kit Colbert – VP & CTO, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware
  • Mark Collier – Chief Operating Officer, OpenStack Foundation
  • Jeff Ferry – VP, Goldman Sachs
  • Alon Gavrielov – Infrastructure Planning & Growth, Cloudflare
  • Andrew Jimenez – VP of Technology, Anixter
  • Mike McBride – Sr. Director, Innovation & Strategy, Huawei Technologies
  • Jimmy D. Pike – SVP and Senior Fellow, Dell EMC

You can access the full list here.

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World Satoshi Summit and NASSCOM Blockchain SIG team up to promote blockchain adoption across enterprises

South Asia’s leading blockchain conference – World Satoshi Summit, recently announced partnering with NASSCOM blockchain SIG to promote adoption of blockchain across various sectors and industries.

With exactly one month remaining for World Satoshi Summit, it is time to gear up for getting some latest updates on the revolutionary blockchain technology. The conference recently announced a strategic partnership with the apex body of the USD 154B IT-BPM industry – NASSCOM, through its NASSCOM Blockchain SIG.

The partnership aims to accelerate the move towards a much connected and transparent India, where every industry and sector will be able to leverage blockchain technology for their betterment. With this, blockchain ecosystem in India will get a tactical direction through proper architectural support, which will serve as a base for the Indian corporates and startups who can benefit from the blockchain technology.

Blockchain innovations like bitcoin and distributed ledger have the potential to renovate the entire economy.

World Satoshi Summit is a series of events that will be taking place across the world. Its first event is going to be held in India in the capital city of New Delhi between 12th – 13th May, 2018 at the JW Marriott Hotel Aerocity.

The conference will bring together over 3500 blockchain believers under one roof.

With World Satoshi Summit we are providing stakeholders of the Blockchain community a universal platform to ideate and innovate around the revolutionary technology. We firmly believe that India, world’s largest democracy, will serve as the proving ground for the emergent technological revolution. Tying up with NASSCOM is indeed an exhilarating opportunity for our team as the partnership will enable us to give the required support to the Blockchain community of this Region.” – Harmeet Singh Monga, Founder, World Satoshi Summit.

Also read: Calling all the blockchain enthusiasts in the largest blockchain conference: World Satoshi Summit 2018

The event will have some expert speakers who will deliver keynotes on the impact of the distributed ledger technology on the world economy. The list of speakers includes:

Sally Eaves – CTO, Emergent Technology, Forbes Technology Council. Top 100 Blockchain Influencer.

Devie Mohan – Founder of Turya, Co-Founder and CEO at Cashaa. Among top 100 blockchain influencer.

Ajeet Khurana – CEO at Zebpay.

Kumar Gaurav – Founder & CEO at Cashaa, Blockchain expert/speaker. Top 100 blockchain influencer.

Leanne Kemp – Founder & CEO at Everledger. Mapped 1M + diamonds on Blockchain.

Roger Ver – CEO,

Richard Kastelein – Co-Founder at Crypto-assets Design Group. Top 100 Blockchain Influencer.

Ross Smith – Director of Engineering at Microsoft.

Ted Lin – Head of International Markets, Binance.

Lawrence Lerner – CEO at Rchain.

Janina Lowisz – VP Marketing, Cashaa. Amongst top 100 Blockchain Influencer.

Vinod Tiwari – GM, Business Development and Sales, Powerledger.

Summit’s key highlights

Blockchain for Enterprises

The conference will have dedicated sessions for multiple industries like Travel, Insurance, Healthcare, FinTech etc. The sessions will help enterprises understand the benefits that can be leveraged through successful deployment of the ledger based technology in organizations’ core processes.

Smart Contracts

The onset of distributed ledger and other blockchain innovations is redefining transactions. Smart contract is one such example that has eliminated dependence on intermediaries and minimized costs that existed in the traditional contracts. They are much more secure and time saving than their previous counterparts. At WSS, developers stand a chance to attend special workshops and learn the specifics of a smart contract and know how to build one.


At Blockathon, developers will be seen solving real life blockchain problems and queries. This will be a golden opportunity for the organizations to identify the right talent for their enterprise.

Nova-Stride for Startups

The event has a special focus on the startups who can showcase their blockchain skills and talents and get the opportunity to get on the spot funding by attracting the panel of investors IBs, VCs, HNIs and Angels through their blockchain skills.

Women empowerment at World Satoshi Summit

WSS aims to focus on the development of underprivileged in order to make them a part of the technological revolution. As a part of this, they have initiated Women Economic Empowerment program, under which they will train 250+ underprivileged women from across the globe in technical and non-technical blockchain skills by the year 2020. This will help them to be future ready for the huge opportunities that will be created in the decentralized industry.

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Know strategies to drive success of your eCommerce business as Big Data & AI shape its future: IE’s eCommerce Innovation Summit

The eCommerce Innovation Summit, 2018 – powered by the Innovation Enterprise, brings together the senior leaders in ecommerce, sales, marketing and digital space, to discuss about the latest ecommerce strategies and opportunities in the market.

The event kick-started on 20th March at San Francisco and has brought in over 28 speakers and an interactive audience of 100 business executives. The key discussion points this year are:

  • Identifying and adopting new digital trends like virtual reality, chatbots, etc.
  • Ways to enhance the modern mobile shopping experience.
  • Growth of AI applications.
  • Cross channel marketing.
  • Required skill set of an ecommerce team.
  • Ways to build and develop brand credibility.

This year, the event has been co-located with the Chief Marketing Officer Summit, in which discussions are held for multi-channel brand strategy, evolution of social media and ways of survival, and how CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) can be used as a tool to develop brand identity.

The first day at the event was full of learning with key sessions and networking exchanges. Marat Gazlev – Director of SEO, IGN Entertainment, took the opening keynote, wherein he discussed the importance of schema markup for ecommerce sites. He shared some tricks and tips to leverage schema markup to stand out in Google’s search results.

Virginia Hines, Product Director, Yahoo Payment Platform, Yahoo, in her session Opportunities and challenges for eCommerce merchants in the evolving payments industry discussed about rapidly changing payment modes and how merchants need to use a plenty of methods and tools to ensure secure transactions. She discussed about merchant side changes in the Yahoo/Oath Global Payments to enhance the security of online payments and present an opportunity for payment service providers.

Annie Barry – Product Manager, Front End Optimization, Levi Strauss & Co. discussed about how brands can develop a data-driven and brand centric product roadmap using their unique identity. She discussed about sprint planning prioritization methods in her session.

Later, Tanumoy Ghosh – Director, Platform Analytics and Customer Data Science, Customer and Strategy, GAP, took a session on Powering customer experiences through data science, wherein he emphasized the impact of customer experience on a brand’s image, how data science can be used to study each phase of customer’s buying journey and ensure maximum customer satisfaction.

Gaurav Agarwal – VP Growth, Molekule in his session Finding your channel mix in a disparate ecosystem said that in the last 3 years, total advertising spends in the US increased by only 20%, whereas digital advertising spends increased by 70% and mobile spend by over 200%. He discussed about the major pitfalls that a brand can commit while choosing an advertising channel mix and how to select the right channel mix for maximizing cost efficiency.

Luke Edson – CRO at Future PLC talked about how to drive qualified consumers to purchase leveraging custom content. He discussed how brands and retailers can build a unique ecommerce approach, which is completely integrated to provide a smooth path to purchase for the consumers.

The event also had an interesting session on the role of AI and machine learning to drive user engagements in ecommerce. Karthik Bala – Head of Data Strategy, Conde Nast, discussed about how publishers can use operational optimization in marketing, personalization and advanced search. He said that AI is shaping the future of shopping with processes like automated inventory planning, dynamic pricing etc.

General Assembly, in association with L’Oréal, conducted a skill assessment test of digital marketing wherein over 20,000 people participated. The session headed by Chief Marketing Officer at General Assembly – Edward Nevraumont, revealed the details of the digital marketing gap to eventually find out about the skills that companies require in order to differentiate themselves in the market.

Chang Li – VP of Technology at Contentful, shared with the audience his experience of building out an ecommerce solution based on headless architecture on the Amazon Cloud leveraging Contentful, for a North American Telco.

Elizabeth Carbone – Lead Product Manager, Hotel Tonight, discussed about ways to grow your shopping revenue across your mobile sites.

The first day at the event was full of informational sessions and the second day will again bring in more knowledge for the ecommerce folks.

Stay tuned to get more details.

Cloud News Datacenter

CBRE and Litbit team up to bring AI into datacenter 

The leading data center solutions provider, CBRE, has partnered with Litbit, in an effort to bring artificial intelligence to facilities management in datacenters and crucial environments.

Litbit is an AI platform that makes it easy for non-data scientists to train AI models for industrial predictive maintenance. CBRE manages over 800 datacenters globally, with its portfolio covering enterprise, hyperscale, colocation, as well as cloud datacenters.

“Artificial intelligence is transforming industries in all parts of the economy. CBRE has always had a commitment to using technology to provide better results for our customers at optimal cost to value, and we believe this technology will allow us to further this agenda,” said Paul Saville-King, President, CBRE Data Centre Solutions.  The idea that expert knowledge of all the facilities, assets and equipment we manage can be in the back pocket of every CBRE technician is exciting and revolutionary.

As part of the alliance, Litbit will leverage its expertise in operational data and AI, to train a machine learning model (AI persona). This AI persona, named REMI (Risk Exposure Mitigation Intelligence), will initially be trained on normal datacenter operating conditions and equipment. Further, CBRE will use REMI for predictive maintenance and detecting issues before they occur and cause operational disruption.

The AI persona will work like a co-worker, and will help employees and organizations, by covering an overnight shift or managing a new data hall, for example.

The integration of AI into datacenter, CBRE said, is a decisive step to lead in datacenter AI space by creating world’s largest actionable AI repository of machine operating data.

“CBRE is the perfect example of a company whose operating model can be transformed by artificial intelligence. Their global scale, varied client base, and mission critical remit mean that they need complete flexibility of implementation, massive scalability, and a completely noninvasive way of implementing AI,” said Scott Noteboom, CEO of Litbit, Inc.

Also read: Switch Datacenters unveils DCaaS program for rapid data center deployment

REMI will provide an enhanced coverage for manned locations, and basic coverage for unmanned locations. Organizations will be able to run REMI in cloud (using smartphones), as well as on the edge (using permanently deployed computing devices).

Cloud Cloud News Datacenter

95% of total datacenter traffic to come from cloud by 2021: Cisco report 

Global cloud traffic will nearly triple over the next five years, accounting for 95% of total datacenter traffic by 2021, as per Cisco GCI report.

Cisco Global Cloud Index (2016-2021), company’s seventh annual report, focuses on data center virtualization and cloud computing. The report reveals that both consumer and business applications are driving the cloud adoption.

The datacenter traffic is rapidly growing, and it global cloud IP traffic will touch 19.5 ZB (zettabytes) per year by 2021, up from just 6 ZB a year in 2016. On the other hand, Big data will reach 403 EB (exabytes) by 2021, growing 8-times from 25 EB in 2016. It alone will represent 30% of the overall datacenter traffic.

With rapid rise in demands for datacenter and cloud resources, the large-scale public cloud datacenters called hyperscale datacenters have been developed. Hyperscale datacenter count in 2016 was 338, which will grow to 628 by 2021, representing 53% of all installed datacenter servers.  

“Data center application growth is clearly exploding in this new multicloud world. This projected growth will require new innovations especially in the areas of public, private and hybrid clouds,” said Kip Compton, Vice President of Cisco’s Cloud Platform and Solutions Group.

According to the study, 94% of workloads and compute instances will be on cloud data center, while only 6% by traditional datacenters by 2021.

Of the total cloud workloads and compute instances, SaaS will comprise 75%, followed by IaaS (16%) and PaaS (9%) in 2021.  

The improvements in data control and datacenter governance have reduced the security issues, which are major barriers to cloud adoption. Additionally, the advanced technologies like internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) will also increase datacenter demands.

The IoT applications like smart cars, smart cities, connected health and digital utilities need storage solutions and scalable computing. The IoT connections are expected to reach 13.7 billion by 2021, up from 5.8 billion in 2016. The data created by IoT devices will grow from 218 ZB per year in 2016, to 847 ZB per year in 2021.

Also read: Cisco unveils its own container platform for multicloud environments

Cisco GCI 2016–2021 report concludes that along with the growth in datacenter traffic, the datacenters are also streamlining with architectural innovations like NFV and SDN. The cloud traffic will more than triple over the forecast period, where the major traffic will be enabled by rapid extension of datacenter virtualization.

Cloud News

Microsoft embraces Kubernetes to auto-scale deep learning training 

Microsoft recently collaborated with a San Jon-based startup Litbit, to build a new auto-scaling system using Kubernetes for deep learning training.

Litbit provides a platform to package, automate, and magnify internet of things (IoT) skills into AI personas with superhuman senses.

For scalability in running containerized distributed deep learning, Microsoft has opted for Kubernetes due to its expertise in cluster management technology.

Using the new project, organizations can augment IoT data (sight, sound, and touch sensors) into conscious personas that can learn, think and do many helpful things. It will help them to identify the capabilities of their employees for specific situations.

The new project can be used to run several machine learning workloads by creating a Kubernetes cluster with GPU support on Microsoft Azure. Microsoft is using acs-engine, an open source tool, to generate ARM template and GPU supported Kubernetes cluster.

“Some of these training jobs (e.g., Spark ML) make heavy use of CPUs, while others (e.g., TensorFlow) make heavy use of GPUs. In the latter case, some jobs retrain a single layer of the neural net and finish very quickly, while others need to train an entire new neural net and can take several hours to days,” mentioned Microsoft in a blog post.

The uses and applications of AI personas vary depending on the use cases and purposes, and might lead to bursty and unpredictable training loads.

To address the bursty demands cost-effectively, Litbit has generalized some instructions which explain how the auto-scaling can be done using acs-engine auto-scaler for different types of virtual machines.

“This solution is ideal for use cases where you need to scale different types of VMs up and down based on demand,” Microsoft added.

Earlier this month, Microsoft also announced the ONNX (Open Neural Network Exchange) format with the support of Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit to make artificial intelligence (AI) more accessible to developers.

Also read: Microsoft announces public preview of application protection tool- Adaptive Application Controls

Litbit has been using the project for last four months, and Microsoft has now helped Litbit to further develop its platform to scale up to 40 nodes at a time.


Dell EMC’s new Machine and Deep Learning solutions to bring power of HPC and data analytics to enterprises

Dell EMC at SuperComputing conference 2017, announced its new machine learning and deep learning solutions to bring the power of HPC (high performance computing) and data analytics to the mainstream enterprises.

The new solutions combine HPC and data analytics to empower enterprises with opportunities in image processing, fraud detection, financial investment analysis and other similar areas through ready bundles for easier deployment.

Artificial Intelligence techniques like machine and deep learning have been increasingly deployed and used by enterprises but not many have the required skill set and expertise to manage such systems effectively. Here, Dell EMC’s new solutions built around its expertise in HPC and data analytics, offer customers the ability to leverage maximum insights from their collected data for faster and better performances.

Our customers consistently tell us that one of their biggest challenges is how to best manage and learn from the ever-increasing amount of data they collect daily. With Dell EMC’s high-performance computing experience, we’ve seen how our artificial intelligence solutions can deliver critical insights from this data, faster than ever before possible. Working with our strategic technology partners, we’re able to bring these powerful capabilities to all enterprises. When you think about what this means for industries like financial services or personalized medicine, the possibilities are endless and exciting.Armughan Ahmad, senior vice president/general manager, Hybrid Cloud and Ready Solutions, Dell EMC.

The new solution bring together optimized pre-tested and validated servers, storage and networking for machine and deep learning applications. Simplified identification, analysis and automation of data patterns will help customers use data insights in a variety of applications from facial recognition in security to studying human behavior in retail industry.

Customers will also be benefitting from the introduction of new Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 server – supporting NVIDIA latest generation technology.

The Dell EMC Ready Bundles will be available in the first innings of 2018 via Dell EMC and its efficient channel partners, while Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 will be available by December 2017.

With AI going mainstream, technology vendors like IBM, HPE and Dell EMC are pushing their services to be HPC and AI capable, and help developers and enterprises deploy HPC applications. While, HPE has been a leading name in HPC and supercomputing for years, other vendors are also increasing their efforts in the realm. This include IBM integrating its deep learning PowerAI enterprise software with its Data Science Experience.


HPE’s new high-density compute and storage solutions to help businesses adopt HPC and AI applications

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) recently announced new high-density compute and storage solutions that will help enterprises utilize the power of high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

The new solutions are a part of HPE’s Apollo compute platform.

There’s no doubt that HPC and AI have moved to the mainstream from the fringes and now find usage in financial trading, engineering, computer- aided design, text analytics and video surveillance, helping drive new revenue streams and efficient operations. But, these areas need parallel processing and storage means to perform well. HPE Apollo portfolio comes as a solution to these issues.

HPC and AI applications are not exclusive to big research organizations and corporations; they can drive efficiency and innovation in the day-to-day business of every company,” said Bill Mannel, Vice President and General Manager, HPC and AI Segment Solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Today, HPE is augmenting its proven supercomputing and large commercial HPC and AI capabilities with new high-density compute and storage solutions to accelerate market adoption by enabling organizations of all sizes to address challenges in HPC, big data, object storage and AI with more choice and flexibility.

The purpose-built new and enhanced offerings include:

HPE Apollo 2000 Gen10 System

The multi-server platform with next-generation capabilities and plug and play system configuration is ideal for customers who have limited data center space and want to support enterprise HPC and deep-learning web applications. With support for NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators, it enables deep learning training across various types of environment.

HPE Apollo 70

With Apollo 70, HPC customers get more choice and flexibility, as it provides easy access to HPC technology, supporting standard HPE provisioning, performance software and cluster management. It is ideal for memory intensive workloads with the capacity to deliver up to 33 percent more memory bandwidth.

HPE Apollo 4510 Gen10 System

It is an ideal platform for customers who want to optimize the retention and placement of large amount of data. It is designed for object storage and thus delivers one of the highest storage capacities. It has a higher performance delivery with 16 percent more cores from its previous generation.

HPE LTO-8 Tape

Tapes are again emerging as an added layer of protection against cybercrime and ransomware attacks, to lower the risk of complete data loss. HPE’s latest data retention solution allows customers to save primary storage content into tape to reduce the cost associated with storing data overtime. HPE LTO-8 tape provides 2X capacity in same data center footprint as the LTO-7 – previous generation data cartridge.

HPE displayed its HPC and AI solutions at Supercomputing 2017 conference, where it also bagged the award for best HPC server and top supercomputing achievement. It will also display its Superdome Flex for in-memory HPC.

HPE Apollo 2000 and HPE Apollo 4510 have been made available, while HPE LTO-8 Tape will be available in Decmeber’17 followed by HPE Apollo 70 in 2018.

News Technology

AT&T and Tech Mahindra open source Acumos to make AI deployment easier 

AT&T, the leading telco, has collaborated with Indian multinational IT provider Tech Mahindra, to build an open source AI project named Acumos, hosted by the nonprofit Linux Foundation.  

The companies are providing this platform with an intention to make artificial intelligence accessible to everyone by making the AI apps development easier.   

“With the Acumos Project, AT&T and Tech Mahindra are leading the way in bringing AI and machine learning tools to the developer community,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “Making it easy for developers to get involved and to really steer the ecosystem around the project in the direction they want it to go is the key to making the Acumos platform successful.” 

While the Linux Foundation will sustain and host the Acumos project, AT&T and Tech Mahindra will contribute with the programming codes. Acumos, the extensible framework for machine learning solutions, will offer the capabilities to compose, edit, integrate, train and deploy the AI microservices.  

“Our goal with open sourcing the Acumos platform is to make building and deploying AI applications as easy as creating a website,” said Mazin Gilbert, vice president of Advanced Technology at AT&T Labs. “We’re collaborating with Tech Mahindra to establish an industry standard for AI in the networking space. We invite others to join us to create a global harmonization in AI and set the stage for all future AI network applications and services.” 

Most of the AI development tools are complex and are designed for data scientists, but AI is no longer a sci-fi concept. It is already a part of our data-driven world. Acumos will make artificial intelligence user-centric with smart automation and predictive analytics that will make drones, connected cars and appliances, and robots an everyday reality.  

“Our investment in AI solutions over the past few years is helping us find tremendous opportunity to make it simpler for higher adoption,” said Raman Abrol, SVP & Strategic Business Unit Head at Tech Mahindra. “In collaboration with AT&T, we will help enable enterprises apply AI to reimagine business models, unlock the potential of data and drive business outcomes. Our ultimate goal with the Acumos Project is to accelerate and industrialize the deployment of AI at enterprises and get developers and businesses to collaborate effectively in order to improve how we all live, work and play.” 

Acumos will be enhanced more in the future and it is expected to be able to communicate with home appliances, help self-driving cars take themselves for repairing, and improve life at home, school and work. 

This project is expected to be available in early 2018.  

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