pEp looks to reclaim users digital privacypEp, which stands for pretty Easy privacy, recently launched an Indiegogo campaign with the hopes of setting a new Internet standard for digital communication.“We designed pEp with the user in mind, as the solution that seamlessly integrates with the habits of the user, avoids central infrastructure and is available for many platforms, mail clients, and communication channels,” the pEp team wrote on its Indiegogo page.pEp offers peer-to-peer communication with end-to-end encryption, transforms digital messages from unencrypted and unprotected to anonymous and encrypted, and provides zero-touch, secure and private communication on users’ servers on any host communication platform. Indiegogo funds will be used to speed up the delivery of more solutions based on the pEp engine.WaveMaker adds new software for Application Platform-as-a-ServiceWaveMaker has announced WaveMaker Enterprise, new software that allows organizations to run their own end-to-end aPaaS to build apps quickly and to deploy apps efficiently, according to the company. Features of WaveMaker Enterprise include app development using WYSIWYG drag and drop, ability to edit generated code, auto-responsive apps for Web, tablet and smartphone interfaces, enterprise-standard technologies, easy API integration, reusable API “Prefab” modules and team collaboration capabilities including version control, shared projects and activity feeds.“We offer a dramatic change from previous approaches, even aPaaS,” said Samir Ghosh, CEO of WaveMaker. “Ours is the first aPaaS software specifically developed for enterprises to run their own Docker-architected aPaaS and optimize cloud and multi-device custom app delivery—from rapid development through ongoing management on their private infrastructure or a public cloud.”Keynote releases mobile testing for wearablesKeynote wants to provide businesses with insight into their customers’ mobile experience. The company just announced the addition of smartwatches on Keynote’s cloud-based Mobile Testing solution, and its Competitive Rankings Benchmark Report now compares native mobile app performance.“Organizations need insight into the fastest part of their digital channel, the native mobile apps,” said Jonathan Rende, executive vice president of products and marketing at Keynote. “Moreover, they need to be ready for tomorrow’s requirements as mobility is evolving faster than any other disruption. With the release of the first native app industry scorecard and support for wearable device testing, Keynote is demonstrating our commitment to mobile innovations in step with leading customer digital requirements.”Keynote plans to add support for more wearables to meet the expected increase of devices like smartwatches and bands.
About two-thirds of companies are emphasizing an “AI First” culture to take advantage of the many benefits that it offers, yet few can boast that they have obtained enterprise-wide success in implementing the technology. A recent report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) said that only a quarter of companies worldwide have an enterprise-wide AI strategy.Additionally, 50 percent of companies state they have AI as a priority and have AI projects at a business unit level, and that 25 percent have yet to devise their AI approach. RELATED CONTENT:New machine learning inference benchmarks assess performance of AI-powered appsArtificially intelligent “co-developers”MIT researchers create AI programming language“For many organizations, the rapid rise of digital transformation has pushed AI to the top of the corporate agenda. However, as AI accelerates toward the mainstream, organizations will need to have an effective AI strategy aligned with business goals and innovative business models to thrive in the digital era,” said Ritu Jyoti, program vice president of IDC’s Artificial Intelligence Strategies.The biggest barriers to implement an AI strategy include the cost of AI solutions, a lack of skilled personnel and bias in the data that AI deduces information from. The report surveyed 2,473 organizations that are using artificial intelligence solutions in their operations, either developing them in-house, using commercial off-the-shelf solutions or a combination of both. Jyoti told SD Times the study focused on what companies are currently working on and what they plan to work in the next 12-24 months, compared to what they worked on in the past 12-24 months. She added that organizations working with AI frameworks is definitely increasing rapidly from an overall marketing perspective. Jyoti said that the most notable finding in the survey is that more than 60 percent of surveyed organizations reported changing their business model in the past two years because of implementing AI.Additionally, last year’s survey by the Boston Consulting Group and MIT, titled “Artificial Intelligence in Business Gets Real,” showed that 88 percent of companies that adopted AI early on are investing more in AI than they did in the previous year and are eager to scale AI throughout their enterprise. Also, these “pioneers” prioritize revenue-generating applications over cost-saving ones.IDC outlined four key elements that it says will help companies succeed in implementing an effective AI strategy:Align the AI strategy with a strategic business goal such as improving profits or reducing workforce costsUse rich data sets as the foundation of your strategy execution and to follow secure governance guidelines Consider which business processes will need to be updated to support the strategy.Include ethical considerations in your strategy to eliminate AI bias