Waterloo re-enactment June 2016 (image credit (c) S. Brooks 2015Last week Parsable launched AI-Powered Analytics, a product expansion expected to disrupt traditional frontline models in manufacturing. Makip, the company behind Unisize, announced that the platform will now enable customers to try on any clothing regardless of their gender. commercetools has launched commercetools for Healthcare, its new HIPAA-compliant and HDS-certified solution.

Alchemer, the vendor behind one of the fastest, easiest, and most effective enterprise feedback management platforms on the market, announced Alchemer Pulse. Seismic, the sales enablement vendor, announced its Spring/Summer 2024 product release. Amperity announced it expanded its paid media capabilities to help brands close the digital advertising feedback loop with a “first-party data advertising graph.”

GoCardless has partnered with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). To help small businesses tackle the ever-present issue of late payments. Monta, the vendor behind the leading Electric Vehicle (EV) charging platform and Electricity Maps, have forged a partnership to help firms reduce carbon emissions. BT has yet again deepened its relationship with ServiceNow, announcing for the third year in a row more details of their partnership.

Salesforce opened its first AI centre in central London. Welcoming more than a hundred developers and administrators to a free AI training event at the new venue. FourKites announced that Westlake Global Compounds, a global manufacturer of PVC compounds, has enhanced its supply chain visibility with the FourKites platform.

Manhattan Associates Inc. has published findings from its 2024 State of Warehouse Operations research. IFS published findings from a survey of senior construction leaders. Rimini Street published the “C-suite Imperatives: Evolving IT and Enterprise Investments” study (registration required). Global research from Celigo suggests enterprise IT and operations leaders are realising positive results from early AI deployments.

Screendragon has announced the appointment of P Cory Hogan as its new CEO. Redwood celebrated its 30th year in business. And its 20th in partnership with SAP for its automation fabric solutions with three new appointments.

Bill Conner, the new CEO of Jitterbit, spoke to Enterprise Times about the changes he has and will make to re-energise the IpaaS firm. At Appan World, Annelise Dubrovsky, Vice President of Product Management at Appian, talked about Process HQ and Appian’s Data Fabric updates in this podcast.

Finally, Grant Halloran, CEO of Planful, shared a tip about communication as a CEO.


Celebrus introduced a new Diversity, Equality & Inclusion (hashtag#DEI) policy as Pride month continues. The DEI policy is designed to support everyone in their efforts to create an inclusive workplace within Celebrus. Celebrus will also roll out training sessions in the coming months for new starters and refresher courses for all employees to ensure understanding and implementation.


Certinia published an interview between DJ Paoni, CEO of Certinia and Adam Hay, Senior Director at Jellyfish. Hay explained how they are using the AI tools that are now embedded within Certinia. Hay spoke of the challenges around clean data. And how Jellyfish intends to expand its use of AI in the future.


Deltek revealed details of a new KPI Dashpart. That is within the latest release of Deltek Vantagepoint. The new feature is designed to help project-based firms visualize their key performance indicators (KPIs) more effectively than ever before. It allows users to display a single calculation in a customized format. Offering unparalleled control over how you view your critical metrics.


New York Bell

Infosys revealed that it was invited to ring The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on June 21, 2024. The event commemorates Infosys’ 25 years of being listed in the US. Salil Parekh, Chief Executive Officer, along with Jayesh Sanghrajka, Chief Financial Officer, and other key leaders from Infosys, rung The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Salil Parekh, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Infosys, commented, “We are delighted to be invited to ring The Opening Bell at the NYSE and to celebrate 25 years of listing in the US. For over 4 decades, we have partnered with American businesses as they digitally transform to navigate their next. Today, we are enabling new pathways to move them forward – with expanded growth opportunities and enhanced productivity – into an AI-first future.”

Infosys Aster

Infosys launched Infosys Aster – a set of AI-amplified marketing services, solutions and platforms. These deliver engaging brand experiences, enhanced marketing efficiency, and accelerated effectiveness for business growth.

It drives AI-led transformation of marketing with an integrated, real-time view across customers, brands and channels. Thus enabling companies to increase ROI from marketing. With creative services experience in design, digital commerce, MarTech orchestration, performance marketing and marketing operations. Infosys Aster brings agility to the marketing value chain for B2B and B2C brands. With Infosys Aster, global brands have realized up to a 50% increase in repeat buyers. A 30% improvement in the cost of marketing operations, and a 40% increase in sales.

Satish H C, EVP and Co-head of Delivery, Infosys, said, “Our clients want to tap into new avenues of growth while deepening customer intimacy, efficiently, in near-real time. They understand the role that modern agile marketing, enabled by data and AI, can play to accelerate their strategy and disintermediate execution. Infosys Aster helps our clients’ marketing organizations master the duality of marketing effectiveness and marketing efficiency to truly transform into customer-champions and growth-partners.”


Makip announced that yet anoter Japanese fashion brand has started using Unisize. Select MOCA, a brand owned by Ms.ID Co., Ltd., has started using the solution.

Panasonic Connect

Panasonic launched several new Laptops in the Toughbook 50 range.

The Toughbook 40 mk2 Everything Proof is a 14” rugged Windows 11 pro notebook with a full HD touch screen. The device includes the Intel AI Boost neural processing unit (NPU). Vastly increasing efficiency and accuracy for mobile workers across industries. The standalone AI capabilities – without the need for network connectivity – promise to deliver the next wave of productivity boosts for mobile workers. By helping to analyse faults, provide information and complete administrative tasks more quickly.

The Toughbook 40 Tactical revolutionises in-vehicle connectivity with command and control defence networks in wheeled and tracked vehicles. Based on the new Toughbook 40mk2 version, the T40 TACTICAL is the latest solution from the long-standing relationship between Panasonic and roda Computer GmbH.


Precisely announced that it has expanded its partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Through collaboration on the new AWS Mainframe Modernization Application Testing feature. The new feature of the AWS Mainframe Modernization service leverages Precisely Connect to simplify and accelerate the application testing process in the AWS Cloud. Thus helping customers reduce risk, save development time, and quickly modernize mainframe applications.


Qumulo announced the industry’s fastest and most cost-effective cloud-native storage solution. As demonstrated by the latest SPECstorage Solution 2020 AI_IMAGE Benchmark result. Qumulo’s Azure Native Qumulo (ANQ) achieved an Overall Response Time (ORT) of 0.84ms. With a total customer cost of just $400 for a 5-hour burst period.

Deploying cost-effective AI training infrastructure in the public cloud requires transferring data from inexpensive and scalable object storage to limited and expensive file caches. This results in added complexity and up to 40% GPU idle time. As data is being staged from object storage into local file caches.

ANQ acts as an intelligent data accelerator for the object store. Executing parallelized, prefetched reads served directly from the Azure primitive infrastructure via the Qumulo filesystem to GPUs running AI training models. This innovative architecture improves GPU-side performance. By accelerating load times between the object layer and the filesystem. Fundamentally transforming how file-dependent AI training in the cloud should be architected.


Following up on the recent State of Manufacturing research, Rootstock has published a follow-up analysis that compares the 2023 and 2024 results in more detail.

Stu Johnson, VP of Product Marketing at Rootstock Software, commented, “The comparison between 2023 and 2024 survey results highlights the rapidly changing landscape of manufacturing technology. With the increasing focus on operational efficiency and the integration of AI. Manufacturers are now more aware than ever of the need to stay ahead of the curve. At Rootstock, we’re committed to providing the ERP and AI solutions that matter to manufacturers so they’re able to navigate changes and achieve their digital transformation goals.”

On priorities, in 2023, cybersecurity topped the list, with 29.3%, yet in 2024, 41% of respondents now prioritize the enhancement of operational and production performance. Cybersecurity dropped to the second highest priority. Manufacturers appear more pragmatic about their progress on digital transformation in 2024 than they were in 2023. The comparison also looked at the challenges with supplier reliability, already the top challenges, which increased its severity by over 4%.


In a transparency notice, Wolverhampton City Council revealed that it will migrate its existing Unit4 ERP to a cloud-based one for an initial term of four years. It reached the decision partly following the announcement that Unit4 would terminate support for its on-premise solution from 31 December 2024. The total value of the contract is £4,545,615.


TSIA announced several new pieces of content:

Driving XaaS Revenue through Channel Partners (registration required). It is an abridged report that identifies the practices that drive partner-led recurring revenue. Through a comprehensive analysis of vendor practices and partner perspectives, the research uncovered several practices that lead to improved partner performance. The key takeaway is that vendors looking to increase their XaaS (technology-as-a-service) revenue sold by channel partners. Should focus on creating XaaS offers that are designed to be sold by partners. This includes evolving financial incentives, strengthening vendor-partner alignment, co-creating partner service offers, and simplifying program requirements.

Pricing Renewable Revenue Services: (Registration required) Current Strategies and Trends. A quick poll insight that looks at how professional services organizations are pricing their renewable services offers. By looking at pricing methodology, how these offers are sold, discounts, and factors considered in the pricing process.

Content Development: From AI to Z (subscription required). Part 3 of 3 looks at the impact of people/resources. It found that insufficient headcount, the emergence of new forms of content, customer demand for a continuous flow of content, and ever more frequent product development cycles have bogged down even the most stalwart of education organizations.


Workday announced the appointment of Michael Speiser to its board of Directors. Speiser is a Managing Director at Sutter Hill Ventures. He serves on the boards of several private companies and unannounced projects. From 2012 to 2014, Speiser served as the part-time CEO of Snowflake, Inc. He also served as a Director since the company’s inception in 2012. Speiser also served as founding CEO at Augment, Observe, Pure Storage, Inc., and others; and held executive leadership positions at Bix, Inc., Veritas Software, and Yahoo!.

Michael Speiser, Independent Director Workday board of directors, commented, “I’m deeply passionate about helping engineering teams transform to embrace AI. In its early days, Workday bet big on the cloud and now it’s doing the same with AI. It’s because of that, and the leadership of Carl and Aneel, that I’m most looking forward to working with the company’s leadership to support the next phase of Workday’s growth.”

Aneel Bhusri, Co-Founder and Executive Chair Workday, said, “I’ve known Mike for a long time and he’s a builder at his core. He has an incredible track record of building products that stand the test of time. In addition to exceptional operations and venture capital expertise that will help us further accelerate our AI efforts. He also fully embodies Workday’s core values, with an emphasis on innovation and integrity, which is why we are thrilled to have him join our board.”


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