Almond Blossom March Image by Cristina MM from PixabayLast week, Sailes launched the second generation of Sailbot, its AI-powered sales automation robot. Salesforce Data Cloud Spring ‘24 release includes innovations to make data in Data Cloud more usable across Salesforce’s CRM applications and platform services. Salesforce has announced the availability of Einstein 1 Studio. This is a set of low-code tools that enables Salesforce admins and developers to customise Einstein Copilot.

Copado launched Copado Explorer, extending its testing platform with a tool that will help automate testing for Salesforce development teams. Wix, a website builder platform, launched its AI Website Builder solution. Akeneo, the Product Experience (PX) company, has announced new capabilities in its latest release.

Qumulo has expanded its Qumulo’s Scale Anywhere platform for the hybrid enterprise. With the launch and general availability of Azure Native Qumulo Cold (ANQ Cold).

Appian released the latest version of the Appian Platform. It integrates AI, data and process automation into a single product to accelerate business growth and automation. It includes Case Management Studio, a Case Management as a Service (CMaaS) modular design solution.

Icertis announced that Jungheinrich, the global Intralogistics company, has selected its Contract Intelligence (ICI) platform. Riyadh Air and Adobe have announced a strategic technology partnership.

Zoho announced the opening of two data centres in the Middle East, its first in the region.

Precisely announced the promotion of Christopher Hall to the position of Chief Product Officer. Deltek announced that Bob Hughes will become CEO and President of Deltek from April 10th, 2024. Deazy announced a new sales team to target enterprise and mid-market sales teams as they look to scale up development teams.

Bold Commerce, the headless checkout company, has launched its Build with Bold Partner Program.

Remofirst, the global HR solution for remote workers, has raised $25 million in a Series A funding round led by Octopus Ventures. Cayosoft Inc. secured $22.5 million in its first major funding led by Centana Growth Partners.

Accenture has launched LearnVantage, an AI-native learning platform. It acquired Udacity and pledged a $1 billion investment over the next three years. Deel, one of the fastest-growing SaaS vendors, has acquired PaySpace for an undisclosed amount.

Clari, in partnership with Fierce Pharma, published the State of Sales in Healthcare and Life Sciences, which examines how Sales teams are evolving.


Amperity announced two new generative AI capabilities, Explore and Assist. These join existing AI-powered capabilities, Stitch and Predict, to create a comprehensive suite collectively known as AmpAi. The new suite helps organisations fix their data quality and access challenges within their Amperity CDP.

Explore empowers everyone across the organization. By operating off of the same data truth to make decisions like a business owner with natural language. Predict helps marketers understand what they need to do to keep the customers they have and make them even more profitable.

Barry Padgett, CEO at Amperity, commented, “We’re on the cusp of a transformative shift in how brands interact with their customer data. For too long, the complexity of data queries and segment creation has been a barrier, consuming valuable time that could be spent on strategic initiatives.

“With Generative AI, we are empowering all users to be data scientists by democratizing data usage and making customer insights accessible across the organization. We’re not just helping brands save time; we’re empowering every team member to drive value and make informed decisions based on a trusted data foundation.”


ASUS announced the TUF Gaming GT302 ARGB chassis. The case includes superb cooling, enabling gamers to build a personalised machine with high-performance parts with excellent cooling. The front panel is designed to maximize airflow efficiency. Using a wide-open, high-porosity square-type mesh that leaves ample room for fresh air to enter a PC.

Four pre-installed 140 mm ARGB case fans move cool air through the chassis. These fans are exceptionally thick, measuring 28 mm in depth. These fans deliver up to 3 mmH2O static pressure and 115 CFM airflow for excellent cooling with quiet operation.

The TUF Gaming GT302 ARGB also has enough elbow room to install a large liquid-cooling radiator of up to 360 mm. The top panel is fully detachable, so it’s easy to install and clean the radiator. The chassis comes in two colours, black or white.


Elecosoft announced the beta release of AstaGPT, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered tool for its Asta suite of project planning and scheduling solutions. The browser-based tool answers questions about Asta Powerproject, Asta Vision and SiteProgress in 150 languages.

The AI tool is able to answer questions about the Elecosoft documentation in their native language. Global Product Manager Martha Karagiorgi said, “AstaGPT is a significant tool for both new and experienced users of Asta. This feature will save them precious time when accessing our expert help, meaning they can get back to their tasks faster and equipped with the right solutions. We also see AstaGPT as a valuable addition to our customers’ onboarding and upskilling journeys.”

Martha Karagiorgi added, “We are immensely fortunate to have invested in developing best-in-class Asta Suite help documentation over many years. All 1.5 million words of it have been written and carefully updated by our software experts. AstaGPT complements this resource by significantly enhancing how users access, understand and action those 1.5 million words of expert help.”


FourKites published two announcements last week. It revealed that Dan Abramson, Senior Vice President and Head of Sales, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

Abramson commented, “NAM is the preeminent advocate for American manufacturers, and being invited to join this community is a huge honor. This board appointment is an exciting opportunity for FourKites to elevate the importance of data and digital transformation across US manufacturing. On behalf of FourKites, I’m excited about this opportunity to help shape policies around supply chains, giving us a voice in decisions that can help strengthen the manufacturing sector and the greater economy.”

FourKites also revealed that Barilla, the world leader in pasta production, has achieved 80% visibility of the complete lifecycle of its ocean and road shipments using FourKites. The comprehensive visibility has enabled the global company to improve its supply chain and increase accuracy for customers and itself.

Davide Busato, Logistic Competence Center Innovation Project Manager at Barilla, said, “Before we started using FourKites’ platform, we could only react to an issue when it was too late. Now, we react before an issue escalates into a major problem, which saves time while reducing transportation costs and fines. This, in turn, improves our relationships with carriers and customers.

“Freight forwarders had overseen Barilla’s ocean shipments, but it was costly and time-consuming because we had to manually check with carriers on the location of shipments. Adding FourKites’ ocean visibility to our setup was an obvious choice, and it’s paid off handsomely. Now, we don’t need to spend time hunting for answers and instead can focus on more important tasks like acting on the FourKites data to improve customer satisfaction.”


Infosys launched a new initiative for Infosys Springboard with Table Tennis Victoria. This is to nurture young leaders from within the sport in Australia. Seven hundred young players from Victoria will spend a day at the Infosys Living Lab in Melbourne. They will benefit from an immersive learning experience to enhance their digital skills and community awareness. Participants will leverage a bespoke version of Infosys Springboard, the company’s digital learning and collaboration platform. They will learn important skills such as inclusion, leadership, technology, and design thinking.

Ashok Mysore, Vice President of Infosys and Regional Head of Delivery and Operations, in Australia and New Zealand, said, “We are excited to collaborate with Table Tennis Victoria. Through a bespoke version of our digital learning and collaboration platform, Infosys Springboard, and our Living Lab in Melbourne, budding leaders in Victoria will have access to important digital and leadership skills.”

Infosys also announced that it has renewed its partnership with the ATP Tour until 2026. The three-year extension of the partnership will continue to draw on Infosys’ deep expertise in digital technologies. Such as Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, and Cloud, which will enrich the fan experience and player performance in professional tennis.

Daniele Sano, ATP Chief Business Officer, said, “We’re thrilled to renew our partnership with Infosys until 2026. Over the years, Infosys’ expertise in AI, technology and sustainability has yielded groundbreaking digital innovations that have elevated experiences for players and fans and also grow the global tennis fan base. Through the ATP Carbon Tracker, Infosys helped us navigate a difficult challenge and inspire greener choices for tomorrow. We’re excited to further leverage Infosys’ expertise across the digital landscape of men’s professional tennis over the next three years.”

Panasonic Connect

Panasonic Connect announced the latest iterations of its TOUGHBOOK G2 and 33 detachable rugged tablets. The 10.1-inch G2mk2 and 12-inch 33mk3 deliver market-leading ruggedness, battery life, customisation, connectivity and performance. These provide the modern mobile worker with a balanced solution, regardless of the task, application or environment.

The G2mk2 and 33mk3 both utilise the 12th generation Intel Core (Alder Lake) i5 processor range. With Intel vPro Technology, helping to run the most demanding applications on Windows 11 Pro.

The latest TOUGHBOOK G2 is the most customisable rugged tablet available. Panasonic has taken the modular design to new levels, with increased security in mind for any application. The device’s rear expansion area can now be fitted with a fingerprint reader. This is ideal for users such as those in defence who need to authenticate secure access to sensitive or mission-critical data.

Furthermore, the G2mk2 Top Expansion Area – already customisable with five peripherals – is now compatible with a MicroSD Memory Card Slot. This enables personnel to quickly access and transfer important data between devices when in the field.


Qumulo revealed how an unnamed leading financial services company moved their remote desktop services to Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD). It used Nerdio Manager for Enterprise to manage AVD resources and services. It also used FSLogix to manage remote user profiles for all users in both deployments.

The company’s old system did not scale beyond 4,000 users per region. With a requirement for 8,000, it turned to Azure and Qumulo to resolve its challenge. After evaluating the available Azure data services for storage profiles, the customer chose Azure Native Qumulo (ANQ). This is a cloud-native file-storage service, recognizing that of the storage services reviewed, only ANQ was able to meet all the customer’s objectives for scalability, performance and simplicity.

With Qumulo, the firm has a lower-cost, scalable solution underpinned by Azure. Azure Native Qumulo met its requirements for single-namespace scalability, performance—delivering both sustained and burst IOPS as needed—and simplicity, even in a multi-regional deployment utilizing Qumulo’s native replication features, all at a lower cost.


Workday announced that Inter IKEA has leveraged Workday for over five years. This is to help ensure that it continues to hire and retain the right people with the right skills. It has used Workday to improve internal mobility and skills training, showing and enabling career paths across the organisation.

Amela Delic, Digital Transformation Manager Inter IKEA, said, “Employee experience is key to our success. Many employees want meaningful work that supports their overall well-being. By bringing together effective HR approaches and technology, we are able to move flexibly, respond quickly to employees’ needs and aspirations and prepare for the future. The real-time insights that Workday HCM provides us will enable us to optimise our employee experience and continue to build a future-proof company.”

Richard Doherty, Senior Director Product Marketing EMEA at Workday, commented, “According to Gallup research into workplace engagement, just 23% of employees worldwide are engaged at work – with this falling to only 10% within the UK.” says “This underscores the critical need for businesses to invest in improving employee experiences and it’s fantastic to see Inter IKEA and Workday partnering to achieve this. Implementing Workday’s HCM technology will empower Inter IKEA to bolster its employee engagement, nurture a culture of learning and better prepare its business – and its people – for the future.”


Zoho announced two product enhancements last week. Zoho PageSense is now integrated into OPenAI’s GPT. The combination enables users to produce multiple copy recommendations for every website. The solution generates product descriptions, headlines, and CTAs. These are based on a user’s input and can also translate content into several languages.

Zoho Sign now has better granular access controls. Administrators can now streamline and assign responsibilities individually, thereby reducing any room for error. This offers distinct, granular control to each user. Which results in increased productivity and precision when it comes to managing and sharing business data.

Zoho has also launched Zoho Tables, a new work management solution that allows organisations to structure and organise work, create and leverage workflows and collaborate in context. Zoho Tables has a simple spreadsheet-styled interface that empowers any user, irrespective of their technical expertise, to build their solution. It lets you efficiently collect, organize, and structure data, establish relationships between data, and automate workflows.

Pricing is impressively low, and free for up to two users. There is also an initial free trial with the professional version starting at £3.20 pupm with a minimum of 3 users (annual pricing).

News from the week beginning 26th February 2024



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