Wednesday, October 21, 2020

IBM Drives Capabilities for Clients to Run Business-Critical SAP Software Workloads on Hybrid Cloud


* Coca-Cola European Partners, Cementos Pacasmayo, Primadonna Collection adopt IBM Cloud to run SAP® software workloads in a secured and open environment

* SAP and IBM grow ecosystem of GSIs and ISVs including Syniti, TCS, Tech Mahindra

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new services, partnerships and capabilities designed to help clients accelerate their hybrid cloud journeys and deploy and run SAP® software workloads wherever they choose – from the IBM public cloud to on-premises. These new offerings expand on IBM and SAP’s global alliance partnership to help clients optimize their SAP software workloads.

Global clients across industries are choosing to run their SAP software workloads on IBM Cloud, including Peruvian construction company Cementos Pacasmayo, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the world's largest Coca-Cola bottler based on revenue, and Italian fashion footwear retailer Primadonna Collection. Reinforcing IBM’s commitment to investing in a hybrid cloud ecosystem, IBM and SAP are also expanding their ecosystem of GSI and ISV partners, to include Syniti, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tech Mahindra and others, to help simplify and speed how clients run their SAP software workloads on IBM Cloud.  

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, enterprises around the world are looking to modernize their operations. According to a recent IBM IBV study,64 percent of executives surveyed now plan to shift to a more cloud-based business model over the next two years. With this acceleration comes the need for deploying complex enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business process workloads in a way that provides clients with the industry’s highest levels of security. Based on IBM Hyper Protect Crypto Service, the only service in the industry built on FIPS 140-2 Level 4-certified hardware.

"The global pandemic has seen a year's worth of digital transformation efforts with the acceleration of cloud adoption compressed into months,” said Harish Grama, general manager, public cloud, IBM. “Clients across industries are looking to shift to cloud and this is the core focus of our collaboration with SAP – giving our clients the ability to embrace the benefits of cloud without compromising on security and controls. This is all done through an open hybrid cloud architecture so our clients have a choice in how they approach their digital transformation, guided by the industry expertise needed to be successful in their journey.”

Clients globally choose hybrid deployments to run SAP software workloads:

Clients working to deploy their SAP software workloads to IBM Cloud include:

·        Peruvian construction company Cementos Pacasmayo, who deployed its SAP S/4HANA suite to IBM public cloud as it sought to expand beyond construction sales to value-added services, which allowed it to handle the additional ERP complexity that came with its new business line.

·        Coca-Cola European Partners, who is deploying several large SAP software workloads -- including the SAP ERP application and the SAP BW/4 HANA® solution -- as part of its hybrid transformation. The work is designed to help CCEP deliver higher levels of service to its customers by leveraging advanced analytics while retaining a reliable infrastructure.

·        Italian footwear retailer Primadonna Collection, who deployed its IT infrastructure to a certified SAP software environment on IBM public cloud for VMware to improve manageability and performance. This is designed to help Primadonna Collection modernize its business-critical processes, such as sales and customer care, as it looks to expand its global footprint.  

IBM launches new partnerships, services, and capabilities to support SAP software deployments:

New partnerships, services and capabilities are designed to make it easier for businesses to deploy their SAP applications to IBM public cloud – or another environment of their choice.

·        Expansion of partner ecosystem: To help clients more quickly and easily deploy SAP technologies in the cloud, IBM is expanding its SAP ecosystem of GSI and ISV partners with the addition of Syniti, TCS, BlueIT, H.T. High Technology, and Tech Mahindra. Syniti’s Knowledge Platform™ Cloud Edition on IBM Cloud is helping speed project times by up to 46 percent for clients deploying complex datasets to SAP S/4HANA. SAP also sells the SAP Advanced Data Migration application by Syniti, with a cloud edition delivered on IBM Cloud. Syniti is an SAP partner offering solution extensions to SAP software. IBM and TCS are engaging in joint go-to-market initiatives focused on accelerating cloud transformation journeys with TCS industry solutions and extensions for large enterprises.

·        New offerings through IBM Services: To help ease and speed clients’ cloud deployment processes, services including IBM Rapid Move for SAP by IBM, are powered by IBM Cloud to help clients deploy to SAP S/4HANA. The services are bundled to include access to IBM Services, IBM Cloud and IBM Global Financing. IBM Services offers clients a hybrid option to allow customers to selectively deploy applications to the new cloud-based platform.  

·        New SAP certifications: IBM recently acquired several new SAP certifications – adding to its portfolio of more than 100 solutions tested and certified by SAP -- to allow customers more choices around where and how to run their SAP software workloads. These will allow clients running SAP software workloads on an IBM infrastructure to access SAP applications in an optimized, quality-controlled way. The new certifications include:

o        IBM Power Systems Virtual Server – helps customers modernize their SAP software workloads with the option to run them in a virtualized infrastructure hosted in IBM data centers. With this certification, IBM can run applications based on SAP HANA® or the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform within its virtual server stack. IBM Power Systems Virtual Server is a private infrastructure-as-a-service offering with access to the full catalog of IBM Cloud offerings.

o        2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor-based servers on virtual private cloud -- enterprises can grow business value with faster data insights from SAP certified instances on IBM Cloud with Intel technologies.

o        NetApp certified storage for SAP workloads – gives clients running large and highly complex enterprise workloads access to ultra-high performance storage. IBM is now offering up to 180,000 IOPS of NetApp-based storage in the cloud – previously available only on-premises – to deliver high levels of performance, resilience and reliability.

As part of their global alliance partnership, IBM and SAP have worked with hundreds of clients across the globe on more than 5,500 individual projects to modernize their systems and business processes based on an open, hybrid cloud approach. IBM brings deep industry expertise and experience gained from 37,000 SAP-certified professionals, and is one of the most awarded SAP partners, named an SAP Pinnacle Award winner 36 times.  https://www.ibm.com/blogs/digital-transformation/in-en/blog/the-ibm-sap-digital-transformation-partnership/

About IBM Cloud For further information visit: www.ibm.com/cloud/.

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Malabar Gold & Diamonds Introduces “One India One Gold Rate”

 


Malabar Gold & Diamonds, one of the leading gold and diamonds jewellery retail chains in the country launches ‘One India One Gold Rate’ - an initiative offering uniform gold rate across all states in the country for 100% BIS hallmarked and responsible sourced gold without compromising on the quality and purity of gold. 

While the international gold prices are transparent and uniform custom duty and taxes are applied across the globe, in India, there exists a disparity across states in the rates of gold, even though gold is primarily sourced from the same designated banks. Such differentiated pricing of gold, which is essentially a commodity of specified and measurable quality, does not favour consumer interest. In some cases, the price difference between the states with highest gold rates and lowest rates is as high as Rs.400 per gram. Malabar Gold & Diamonds, over the years has recognized this issue and worked towards creating a uniform pricing policy to safeguard gold buyers across the country.  

In India, gold is not only considered auspicious, it also is a primary instrument of saving and investment across strata. The One India One Gold Rate initiative will ensure the customers across the country purchase gold at fair price. Also, the gold they are buying is conflict-free and pure by ensuring responsible sourcing. Another key aspect from Malabar is the buyback assurance to the customer whenever they want to sell or exchange their gold all across India.  

Commenting on the new initiative, Ahammed MP, Chairman, Malabar Group said, “While the Covid-19 pandemic has caused severe turmoil across sectors, the demand for gold has stayed consistently high. This shows the Indian consumer’ affinity towards the yellow metal as a saving and wealth creation instrument. Our initiative of One India One Gold Rate aims to further protect the consumer interest by providing them with a uniform gold rate without compromising on purity. Gold is a part of Indian tradition since centuries and is a part of all auspicious occasions. However, for it to be truly auspicious, it needs to be procured responsibly without exploitation of the stakeholders. We at Malabar, believe in our key principles – consumer interest, transparent business practices, and sustainable and inclusive growth. This is one big step towards our commitment to our customers across the country.” 

As the customers gear up for Dhanteras and Diwali, Malabar’s initiative on uniform gold pricing would be implemented across its 120 showrooms in the country. Malabar Gold & Diamonds is known for its quality and exquisite designs. The company prides itself in maintaining complete transparency and ensures responsible sourcing of gold, diamond, and platinum to provide its customers conflict-free products. 

Enthusiastic about the One India One Gold Rate, Asher Ottamoochikkal, MD India Operations, Malabar Gold and Diamonds said, “It is time for the Indian gold sector to set a standard in pricing, sourcing responsibly, and exchange policies to build a sustainable ecosystem. The only differential between buying gold from one manufacturer to another should be the value of designing the ornament and the auxiliary benefits provided to the customer during and after purchase. One India One Gold Rate is a step in this direction and demonstrates our market leadership as far as customer centricity is concerned. At Malabar, we believe that by being transparent and by empowering the customer, we can create an ecosystem built on trust for the sector.” 

The sector has several challenges in term of supply chain, certifications and documentation needed to deter unscrupulous business practices. For this, the industry needs to seek transparency throughout, from the mining source and enabling tracking mechanisms till it reaches various establishments. Tracking of gold throughout the supply chain will help arrest malpractices and strict provisions from the govt will bolster the sector. Lowering duty and other levies will also discourage and help eliminate smuggling of gold, which is a major concern for the sector. Malabar’ One India One Gold Rate is a step in the direction to create a transparent and level playing field, while ensuring the benefit to the consumer as the primary objective.  

The best part is One India One Gold Rate is not an offer campaign, but this is Malabar Promise to its patrons. Malabar Promise’ is a set of assurances offered by the brand exclusively to its customers to enable worry-free shopping as well as to safeguard their purchases for their lifetime.  All existing privileges such as 0% deduction on exchange and best value on buyback continue like before. Malabar Gold & Diamonds has been offering 100% BIS hallmarked gold ornaments for more than two decades despite no government mandate to ensure the same in the interest of customers. 

Godrej Appliances Makes its Refrigerators Work Harder for Consumers, with 6 in 1 Convertible Freezer Technology


 ~ Available in two of its Frost-Free refrigerator ranges -Godrej Eon Vibe and Godrej Eon Valor, the 6 in 1 Convertible Technology delivers maximum flexibility

~The technology can deliver a freezer temperature of -25°C, lowest in the category, ideal for long-lasting preservation.

Staying true to its philosophy of ’Things made thoughtfully’, Godrej Appliances, leading consumer durables manufacturer, brings yet another smart technology for its consumers - Convertible freezer Technology with 6 in 1 Freezer Modes – from Freezer to Deep Freezer and even, Cold Storage Mode. 

Owing to the pandemic and fear of infection, people continue to stock more in their refrigerator – more fruits and vegetables, more cooked food, more food prep for the next set of meals, more frozen foods. New practices are being adopted by consumers – borrowing from each other – of more meal preparation and more long-term preservation hacks. Herbs and Vegetables are being chopped and frozen, kulfis and ice creams are replacing store-bought ice creams, newer items are finding their way into the freezer and fridge for longer preservation and so on. Where in earlier days, freezers were not used enough, today more often than not the freezers are going full. And so is the main compartment. 

This is where 6 in convertible freezer technology comes into play. It lets you pick from 6 unique custom cooling options-

·         Auto Mode – the default setting which intelligently controls freezer temperature 

·         Low Load Mode – consumes less power even when the freezer is loaded

·         Ice Cream mode – just the ideal temperature for ice creams

·         High Load Mode – even when the main compartment is stuffed, the high load mode continues to maintain the right freezer temperatures

·         Deep Freezer Mode –provides frozen food preservation at temperatures as low as -18°C ideal for frozen desserts, frozen peas.

·         Cold Storage Mode - provides frozen food preservation at temperatures as low as -25°C, ideal for frozen meat.

Available in two Frost Free refrigerator ranges -Godrej Eon Vibe and Godrej Eon Valor, powered by Intelligent Inverter Technology, the refrigerators adjust cooling with variable compressor speed, resulting in greater efficiency, durability and silent operation. With the PUF thickness of 2.75 inches, these refrigerator models provide best-in-class cooling retention, giving long-lasting freshness. It also offers a large vegetable tray of 27 litres which gives consumers enough space to store all their veggies. In times of lockdown, consumers’ food preservation and storage habits are changing and the new Godrej EON VIBE and EON VALOR are an endeavor to meet these needs better. Available in 261L and 290L capacities, these models start from INR Rs. 23,500 (+ taxes).

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Kamal Nandi, Business Head and EVP – Godrej Appliances said, “The fear of pandemic is driving shifts in consumer behaviour and decision making. Storage space, flexibility and convenience are features that consumers seek even more today as they can in turn deliver higher safety to consumers reducing frequent trips outside and help them manage their umpteen chores better. At Godrej, we endeavour to bring meaningful innovations that transform the lives of our consumers, based on insights gathered from their current needs. Our new Godrej 6 in 1 Convertible Freezer Technology is one such attempt at addressing the core concern of our consumers. With consumers seeking the right value proposition in today’s difficult times, we are confident this unique technology will help them in their day to day lives.”

Mr. Anup Bhargava, Product Group Head – Refrigerators, Godrej Appliances, further added, “Our recently launched Convertible Freezer Technology with 6 in 1 Freezer modes allows consumers to get more convenience out of their refrigerator. Stylish and sleek, these are uniquely designed to cater to the underlying need for more storage and lasting preservation, especially during this pandemic. We are confident this new range will generate a revenue of INR 250 Cr in this year and further strengthen our position in the refrigerator category.”

Truecaller Introduces Call Reason - Next Step in Evolution of Caller ID & Releases SMS Scheduling and Message Translation


Building upon its core proposition of making communication safer and more efficient for their users, Truecaller has rolled out three highly anticipated features: Call Reason, Schedule SMS and SMS Translate for users globally.

Truecaller has been the pioneer in the mobile identity space, and has pushed the innovation of Caller ID to great heights. Consumers trust Truecaller to tell them who is calling but now they will also know why they are calling. Call Reason enables users to set a reason for their call, enabling the receiver to check what the call is about, whether the incoming call is personal, business or something urgent. This would increase pick up rates, especially when callers are calling from new numbers.  

The new 'Schedule SMS' extends the platform’s Caller ID feature to enable users to schedule a message reminder of any events, meetings, or what groceries you need to pick up at the end of the day. Additionally, the SMS Translate feature allows users to instantly translate the content of their messages directly in Truecaller without leaving the app. This feature works for both SMS and instant messages (IM). All these features will be free for all consumers.

Commenting on the feature, Rishit Jhunjhunwala, Chief Product Officer at Truecaller said, “We are thrilled at the launch of Call reason, Schedule SMS and SMS Translate. We have been working towards building an innovative communication suite for our users and these three features are the next big step in line with this mission. Communication in 2020 is easier in many ways, but also complicated by the vast ways in which people connect for information. As a brand, we strive to stay true to the core principle of building a product for masses while always acting in the public interest. We are constantly listening to our users and want to help them by putting more power in their hands.”

About Call Reason

The new Truecaller is bringing your communication home, by organising everything for you more easily and smartly. Call Reason was one of the most requested features in 2020 from Truecaller users around the world. With this, the new feature extends the platform’s Caller ID feature to help users to send a note in their outgoing calls. This would empower users in higher pick-up rates on outgoing calls as the receiver would know "what reason the call has been placed". Businesses can set a customized text before every call which would increase engagement with their customers .

This feature will start rolling out today to all Android users and will be launching for iOS early next year.

Schedule your SMS

Users can schedule SMS by simply selecting the icon while messaging and choose a date and time. Your message will be sent then, and you will always be able to see it scheduled in your chat. This feature is available for Android users only.

SMS Translate

The app automatically detects if a foreign language is used in the messaging screen and will show that a translation is available. This feature is powered by Google’s ML Kit and all messages are processed locally in the phone, which means the content of your messages never leaves your device. Language packs are downloaded to your device before translation begins. Users can also download additional languages to use them offline, anytime and anywhere. SMS Translate will only be available for Android.

About Truecaller:

People use Truecaller to stay ahead. It helps them know who’s getting in touch, filter out unwanted calls and SMS, and focus on what matters. The company provides a suite of unique services such as a dialer that offers caller ID, spam detection, messaging and more. Truecaller’s mission is to build trust everywhere by making communication safe and efficient. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company was founded in 2009 by Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Atomico and Kleiner Perkins.

Zendesk Offers Instagram Messaging for Businesses Across India


Zendesk, Inc. today announced the addition of Instagram messaging to its customer support offering. This means businesses can now provide customer service on Instagram from directly within Zendesk. As a leader in messaging for customer service, this aligns with the company’s continued investment in new social messaging channels and a new, modern workspace for businesses to connect, engage and transact with customers.

The Messenger API for Instagram offers support for businesses to efficiently manage customer service inquiries that come over Instagram messaging. With this API, companies can have rich, seamless conversations with customers who respond to stories, start DMs, and more. For example:

· A retail company that receives a direct message from a customer about the status of their order can reply to the customer quickly with accurate information about the shipment directly from Zendesk.

· A customer who is scrolling through Instagram and watches a brand’s Story promoting a holiday sale can immediately message them for more information. The customer could then receive a personalized response from an agent, whether it be a promo code, website link or shipping information that will remain in the conversation history for when a purchase is made. This eliminates the need to switch to another support channel such as phone or email.

Zendesk makes it even easier for businesses to get up and running on Instagram quickly by integrating this API directly into the Zendesk platform. At launch*, customers will be able to access these capabilities from right inside the agent workspace, and also be able to turn on Instagram for other software built with Zendesk.

From February to August of this year, customer service inquiries through channels such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Twitter DMs, and SMS rose nearly 50 percent. Also, according to Zendesk’s yearly Benchmark report, messaging apps have the highest customer satisfaction rating of any channel, with a CSAT of 98%. With over one billion active monthly users, Instagram is an important channel for businesses to add to the mix.

“At Zendesk, we work to make it easy for brands to communicate with customers across any channel, and social media is quickly becoming the preference. All social messaging conversations can easily flow into one place inside Zendesk,” said Mike Gozzo, VP of Product, Zendesk. “With its tremendous popularity, Instagram is a key addition so businesses can serve customers who reach out on Instagram in a more timely, consistent and personal manner.”

“We are thrilled Zendesk is launching support for Instagram messaging. Businesses and people are messaging with each other more than ever, and Instagram is a critical platform to connect with customers and build relationships,” said Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, VP of Platform Partnerships at Messenger. “Messenger API support for Instagram means businesses and developers can now manage their customer communications on Instagram at scale.”

*This capability is currently available to a limited number of customers in early access, more details on broader availability to come in 2021.

To learn more about Zendesk and Sunshine Conversations visit zendesk.com/conversations.

About Zendesk

Zendesk is a service-first CRM company that builds support, sales, and customer engagement software designed to foster better customer relationships. From large enterprises to startups, we believe that powerful, innovative customer experiences should be within reach for every company, no matter the size, industry or ambition. Zendesk serves more than 160,000 customers across a multitude of industries in over 30 languages. Zendesk is headquartered in San Francisco, and operates offices worldwide.

Infogain Recognized as ‘Major Contender’ in Everest Group’s Digital Interactive Experience (IX) Services PEAK Matrix Assessment 2020


Infogain, a Silicon Valley based digital platform and software engineering company, today announced that it has been recognized as a ‘Major Contender’ in Everest Group’s Digital Interactive Experience (IX) Services PEAK Matrix® Assessment 2020.

Everest Group’s PEAK Matrix® is a proprietary framework for assessing market capability, impact, and vision.  The Digital Interactive Experience (IX) Services PEAK Matrix® Assessment 2020 categorizes 18 Digital Interactive service providers as Leaders, Major Contenders, or Aspirants. The assessment is based on Everest Group’s interactions with leading Interactive Experience (IX) service providers, proprietary database of participants, client reference checks, and an analysis of the digital IX market.

Vikas Kamran, EVP - Infogain and CEO - Revel Consulting said, “With customer acquisition costs on the rise, most business leaders believe their companies need to provide authentic experiences that build trust, instill loyalty, and grow customer lifetime value. Infogain’s experience-led approach blends human-centered design with software engineering to understand, reframe and unlock latent value. We’re passionate about improving customer and employee delight through personalized digital experiences that feel valuable, not intrusive.”

Ayan Mukerji, President and Chief Operating Officer, Infogain, said, “Digital Interactive Experience (IX) is an important part of Infogain’s Value Delivery Framework, where we identify B2B and B2C digital strategies and unlock new potential by delivering touchless and frictionless experience. We adopt a cloud-first digital platform approach to drive competitive advantage in the network economy.” 

“Digital Interactive Experience (IX) services are helping enterprises differentiate in the experience economy and unlock more value for their customers, employees, and partners. The new experience ecosystem, accelerated by the ongoing pandemic, is characterized by digital-first, touchless operations, coupled with increased consumption of at-home experiences,” said Nitish Mittal, Vice President, Everest Group. “Infogain has made notable strides in digital IX services by establishing a credible set of offerings in marketing, digital experience, and commerce.”

Everest Group is a consulting and research firm focused on strategic IT, business services, and engineering services. For more information on the report, click here.

About Infogain

Infogain is a Silicon Valley headquartered company with digital platform and software engineering expertise in the travel, retail, insurance, healthcare, and high technology industries. We accelerate design-led transformation and delivery of digital customer engagement systems and platforms. Infogain engineers business outcomes for Fortune 500 companies and digital natives using technologies such as cloud, microservices, robotic process automation, IoT, and artificial intelligence.

A ChrysCapital portfolio company, Infogain has offices in California, Washington, Texas, London, Dubai, India, and Singapore, with delivery centers in Austin, Kraków, New Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, and Mumbai.

Odias in ML Global Conference 2020 Discussed How to Leverage AI/ML for Overall Socio-Economic Development


Odisha can chart out a data-driven strategy to propel the next phase of its growth leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning, agreed participants in a global virtual conference, Odias in ML, organized by a group of Odias, also called Odias in ML, with a shared interest in AI and M recently. The first-of-its-kind conference saw participation of a multitude of stakeholders including researchers, IT professionals, data scientists, academicians, linguists, administrators, entrepreneurs, business executives, media persons, and community leaders. 

The conference comprised four sessions, themed AI for Odisha, AI for Odia language, Research & Career Opportunities in AI; and Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunities in AI. Each session was a combination of keynotes, presentations and panel discussions.

Speaking in the session, research and career opportunities in AI/ML for Odisha, Prof Prasant Mohapatra, Vice Chancellor of Research, University of California Davis, identified two specific areas – agriculture and healthcare – where leveraging data and application of AI/ML could help Odisha significantly.  Prof Panchanan Mohanty, noted linguist and President of Linguistic Society of India, outlined areas which natural language processing (NLP) technologies could address. The community agreed to work towards forming teams for developing fundamental lexicographic tools needed for NLP in Odisha. Dr Pragyasmita Nayak, Chief Data Scientist at Hitachi, outlined how Odisha could leverage data for its development and administration. Manoj Mishra, Secretary, Electronics & IT outlined areas (including in COVID management) where Odisha is currently using analytics, and expressed his desire to work closely with Odia techies and data scientists across the world for betterment of Odisha. Prof Chitta Baral, Professor of Computer Science at University of Arizona, talked about his research in the area of natural language processing.

Various speakers and panellists also suggested that Odias across the world should consistently collaborate with each other in this area to create opportunities for Odisha and Odias. Many speakers stressed the need to create a conducive environment for entrepreneurship in Odisha. Many also agreed on the need to impart AI/ML and data science education across universities and institutes in Odisha.

“The response to the conference was beyond all our expectations. We immensely thank the Odia community for their overwhelming support and encouragement. We will continuously work to strengthen the Odias in ML community and will work closely with government, educational institutions and various external stakeholders like technology companies and institutions to continuously further the cause,” said Anjan Kumar Panda, Convenor, Odias in ML. 

The inaugural session on AI for Odisha saw participation of Manoj Mishra, Secretary Electronics & IT; Dr Pragyasmita Nayak, Chief Data Scientist, Hitachi; Kirti Sundar Sahoo, researcher at University of Waterloo, Canada; and Kuku Das, President, Odisha Society of Americas. The session was moderated by technology editor Shyamanuja Das.

The session on AI for Odia language has participation from Prof Panchanan Mohanty, noted linguist; Tushar Pattnaik, Joint Director C-DAC; Vivekananda Pani, CTO, Reverie Language Technologies; Subharadashi Panda and Soumendra Sahoo, architects of Odia-English translation bot MTE2O. The session also had a discussion featuring Prof Sanghamitra Mohanty, ex HoD computer science Utkal University & ex Vice-Chancellor of North Odisha University; Dr Shantpriya Parida,  post-doctoral researcher at Idiap Research Institute;  Soumendra Sahoo, architect and Kumarika Mohanty, leader of community at MTE2O, an English-Odia language translation bot, with Subhashis Panigrahi, independent researcher moderating the discussion. The entire session was moderated by Anjan Panda, the convenor of the Odias in ML conference.

The session on Research & Career Opportunities in AI/ML had speakers like Prof  Prasant Mohapatra of University of California Berkley; Prof Chitta Baral of School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University; Sudeept Maharana, VP Engineering Priceline & Country Head, Priceline India; and Pradeepta Mishra, Head of AI - Leni at LTI. Abhijeet, Parida, Data Scientist at Deepc.ai;  Jyotirmay Senapati, Assistant Research Scientist, Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging; Subhadarshi Panda, PhD scholar in Computer Science at the Graduate Center City University of New York and Satwik Panigrahi, student at Dougherty Valley High School San Ramon, CA, USA shared their research experience. The session was moderated by Damodar Sahu, Head of Global Strategic Alliances, New Age & SaaS Applications, and Wipro.

The final session on Entrepreneurship & Business Opportunities in AI included talks by Sitikantha Panigrahi, Managing Director, Software Research at Mizuho Americas; Chidananda Khatua, noted technologist and CEO of Equbot; Ayaashkanta Mohanty, Managing Director, Tatwa technologies; Dhirendra Kar, President, Business Intelligence Professionals and Dr Sanjay Raut, CEO of Innovation Solution Lab. Sitikantha Panigrahi also moderated the session.  

The conference ended on a high note with participants across the world pledging to work together in various areas of AI/ML application that could benefit Odisha, Odia language and Odia people.

Odias in ML has also received a lot of suggestions from stakeholders post the conference. The group is compiling those suggestions to create a definite plan of action, which will be released soon.

About Odias in ML

Odias in ML is an umbrella organization for Odias in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, Data Science. This is an organization of volunteers from the Odia community participating in various capacities in the field of machine learning.  Applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning for growth and prosperity of Odisha and Odia language by creating an ecosystem for Odisha and Odias across the globe. A group of interdependent, complementary skilled collaborating volunteer Odias globally is a platform on while Odias in ML is nurturing the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs will build the next generation solutions for Odisha and Odia.

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