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Softchoice | October 31, 2022
Softchoice has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Migration Competency status. To receive the designation, solution partners must have AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS.
The AWS Migration Competency recognizes Softchoice’s excellence in helping customers move to AWS through all phases of complex migration projects: discovery, planning, migration and operations. It further strengthens Softchoice’s offering as an AWS Partner with proven technical proficiency and customer success and adds to Softchoice’s other AWS competencies, which include:
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“Softchoice is proud to have earned the AWS Migration Competency Status. The agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS offers are pivotal to our vision and value proposition. “As a strategic partner, our team’s focus is to help customers succeed in their digital transformation agendas. This competency is an endorsement of our ability to strategize and execute cloud migrations for customers across sectors and stages of maturity.”
Chris Woodin, Vice President, Cloud Business Unit at Softchoice
AWS enables scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions for organizations ranging from startups to global enterprises. The AWS Competency Program supports the integration and deployment of these solutions by helping customers find AWS partners, like Softchoice, with deep industry experience and expertise to support AWS-led transformation projects. Softchoice recently completed a critical AWS migration for Nortek, a leading manufacturer of HVAC systems for residential, commercial and data center locations.
“Softchoice’s performance, reliability, security, and technical expertise are ahead of every partner we evaluated. Their understanding of and relationship with public clouds like AWS were also a major draw for us to work with them,” says Brad Green, Group Vice President and CIO of Nortek. “Softchoice’s solution-first mindset, consulting capabilities, and deep technical expertise with AWS were the pillars of our cloud migration. The team offered critical operational support, cloud management capabilities, and valuable advice at every step of our migration, helping us secure and modernize our systems and redesign our IT architecture for growth.”
With AWS, Softchoice helps organizations advance their digital transformation agendas, including developing and delivering new, differentiated digital customer experiences. Moving infrastructure, data, and application services to the cloud is a crucial enabler of this offering, and the AWS Migration Competency validates organizations’ trust in Softchoice’s approach and experience to follow best practices while delivering business value.
Softchoice is a software-focused IT solutions provider that equips organizations to be agile and innovative, and for their people to be engaged, connected and creative at work. That means moving them to the cloud, helping them build the workplace of tomorrow, and enabling them to make smarter decisions about their technology portfolio.
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Elucidata | September 27, 2022
Elucidata, a TechBio company that powers life science research & development (R&D) with its data-centric Machine Learning Operations (ML-Ops) platform, Polly, announced that it has raised $16 million in a Series A fundraising today. The round was led by leading global investment firm Eight Roads Ventures, with participation from F-Prime Capital, IvyCap Ventures, and Hyperplane Venture Capital. The newly infused capital will be used to deepen product capabilities in translational drug research and allied markets, scale go-to-market initiatives, and accelerate global expansion of operations.
Successful AI/ML initiatives are built on high-quality data. Elucidata's platform Polly, enables pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies to adopt a data-centric approach for successful AI/ML initiatives. Polly provides R&D teams access to clean, curated biomolecular data that can be queried and analyzed over a graphical user interface (GUI) or programmatically.
Used by leading life sciences companies on over 2.5 million biomolecular datasets, Polly leverages proprietary Bio-NLP technology to rapidly curate biomedical data with human-levels of accuracy, making it machine learning-ready (ML-ready).
"Organizations often underestimate the importance of data quality, and as a result, a lot of AI/ML initiatives are compromised. We're on a mission to derisk such initiatives in life sciences R&D by empowering them with high-quality biomedical data at every stage of the R&D process," said Dr. Abhishek Jha, CEO, and Co-Founder of Elucidata. "The new infusion of capital is a testament to how Polly is creating value for its customers by cleaning and linking data at scale. I am thrilled to have world-class investors at the table as we continue to build a category-defining company.
Elucidata sees the era of AI as one in which life sciences companies leverage the benefits of AI. This would require a complete reimagination of the current "model-centric" AI narrative, that has largely been driven by internet companies, but does not apply to niche industries like life sciences R&D.
"Deciphering insights from biomedical data is at the heart of addressing the world's most important breakthroughs in biopharmaceuticals. There is an explosion in the generation of these complex, heterogeneous datasets, driven by innovations in sequencing technologies and the proliferation of connected devices. Elucidata's technology platform seeks to democratize access to curated biomedical data at scale, allowing biopharmaceutical companies to accelerate the discovery and development of novel therapies. We are proud to partner with Abhishek, Swetabh, and the team on their vision to accelerate data-centric drug discovery and development." said Ashish Venkataramani, Partner, Eight Roads Ventures.
Events of interest in life sciences are rare. Predicting these events is critically dependent on the availability of high-quality data to base the predictive model on, which is a key tenet of the data-centric approach.
"When it comes to AI projects, the quality of labeled data can play a vital role in the difference between success and failure. "Elucidata is providing life science companies access to high-quality datasets and, as a result, effectively accelerating their R&D efforts towards developing innovative solutions that can improve human health."
Nihal Sinha, M.D., Partner at F-Prime Capital
Today, 30+ premier life science companies, including Genentech, Pfizer, Janssen as well as research institutes like Stanford and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are leveraging Polly to significantly shorten their drug discovery cycles.
Elucidata was founded in 2015 by University of Chicago and MIT graduate Dr. Abhishek Jha and IIT Delhi alumnus Swetabh Pathak. The company's cutting-edge platform Polly operates on unique Bio-NLP technology that cleans and links 26+ R&D data types and caters to companies in various stages of their drug discovery process. The platform helps data science teams scale by providing them 70 TB of ML-Ready biomedical data, from ~30 public and proprietary sources. Today, 3 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies are using Polly to fast track their R&D initiatives.
About Eight Roads Ventures
Eight Roads Ventures is a global venture capital firm backed by Fidelity, managing $11 billion of assets across offices in China, India, Japan, the UK, and the U.S. Our 50-year history of investing includes partnerships with over 300 healthcare and technology companies. In May this year, Eight Roads launched its first dedicated US$250 million healthcare and life sciences fund for India. Eight Roads Ventures' India active and exited healthcare partner companies include Ashish Life Science, Caplin Steriles, Carestack, Cipla Health, Core Diagnostics, Denali Therapeutics, Doceree, Eywa Pharma, Elucidata, Immuneel Therapeutics, Laurus Labs, Medwell Ventures, NOCD, Plasmagen Biosciences, Proximie, OZiva, PharmEasy, Richcore Lifesciences, Specsmakers, Spry, Toothsi, Trivitron Healthcare, and Ujala Cygnus.
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Airbyte | December 07, 2022
Airbyte, creators of the fastest-growing open-source data integration platform, today announced a deeper partnership with dbt Labs, the pioneer in analytics engineering. The partnership now includes a new integration that allows dbt Cloud customers to trigger dbt jobs from directly within Airbyte Cloud.
The integration brings together two of the leading open-source products in the data ecosystem, making it simpler than ever to move and transform data, while minimizing the risk of lock-in. Airbyte helps move data from a collection of sources, and dbt helps organize that data for analysis by, for example, consistently defining key business logic or standardizing data structures.
“Our companies already share hundreds of users and now they will see the integration of our Cloud products, making it simple to use the two together,” said Michel Tricot, co-founder and CEO of Airbyte. “With partners like dbt Labs, we are building a more open modern data stack to better serve the data community.”
“We’re thrilled to deepen this partnership with Airbyte, a company with whom we are aligned regarding the importance of open standards in the data ecosystem. This partnership and integration will help better serve our joint users, customers, and the data community as a whole.”
Nikhil Kothari, director of technology partnerships at dbt Labs
With its growing community of 10,000 data practitioners and 600 contributors, Airbyte is redefining the standard of moving and consolidating data from different sources to data warehouses, data lakes, or databases in a process referred to as extract, load, and, when desired, transform (ELT). Over the past year and a half, more than 25,000 companies have used Airbyte to sync data from sources such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, Facebook Ads, Salesforce, Stripe, and connect to destinations that include Redshift, Snowflake, Databricks, and BigQuery.
Airbyte’s open-source data integration solves two problems. First, companies always have to build and maintain data connectors on their own because most less popular “long tail'' data connectors are not supported by closed-source ELT technologies. Second, data teams often have to do custom work around pre-built connectors to make them work within their unique data infrastructure.
dbt Cloud enables data teams to develop faster and collaborate more effectively to build and deploy production-grade data pipelines with version control and CI/CD, pre-production testing and documentation of models, modular SQL modeling, and dependency management built in. dbt Cloud provides a centralized development experience to safely deploy, monitor, and investigate transformation code with a web-based user interface.
Airbyte is the open-source data integration leader running in the safety of your cloud and syncing data from applications, APIs, and databases to data warehouses, lakes, and other destinations. Airbyte was co-founded by Michel Tricot (former director of engineering and head of integrations at Liveramp and RideOS) and John Lafleur (serial entrepreneur of dev tools and B2B). The company is headquartered in San Francisco with a distributed team around the world.
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise | October 11, 2022
Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced that leading Belgium insurance provider AG has selected HPE to design, develop, implement and migrate all of AG’s applications onto a more cost-efficient and flexible open systems solution to replace its historical and aging mainframe. The new standardized infrastructure, built on HPE Synergy and HPE Primera, combined with HPE’s application migration services allowed AG to maintain high level performances, reduce operating cost by 75% and increase agility to support emerging API-based developments.
AG is the largest Belgian insurance company that insures about three million policy holders, individuals, companies and self-employed persons. The insurance industry relies heavily on back-end infrastructure and critical data to ensure the offered services are resilient, highly available and always on. Latency and downtime on insurance transactions have an immediate impact on the customer experience.
Until recently, AG operated on mainframe technology. This large central computer was used by applications requiring high volumes of data processing and critical availability at the cost of less flexibility and expensive maintenance from specially qualified profiles. AG needed a flexible and efficient solution to support its digital transformation into a better-optimized, automated and data-driven insurance.
“Working with HPE has enabled us to move away from a traditional centralized IT to a modern de-centralized and cloud-ready architecture for a fraction of the cost. “We feel confident that this modern solution will help attract new talent and put AG in a more competitive position in the long term to develop competitive, data-driven and API-based solutions while reducing time to market.”
Philippe Van Belle, Chief Information & Technology Officer at AG
More than 25 employees from HPE Advisory & Professional Services together with AG and their partners MicroFocus, the technology provider and Capgemini, the test services provider, worked together for three years to deliver the seamless migration of customized insurance applications that cover life, health, auto and homeowners spread across more than 80 million lines of code and 100 TB of data running on Cobol1 programming language.
“I am thrilled to know the HPE solution will allow AG to achieve significant cost savings and power platform modernization,” said Stephane Lahaye, Managing Director, HPE Belgium. “Moving from a mainframe-centric to a cloud-ready decentralized approach is a leap that will unleash AG flexibility while accelerating digital transformation.”
With a share (end 2021) of 29,5% in the Life insurance market and 16.7% in Non-life, AG is the undisputed leader in the Belgian insurance market. To better tailor its offer to fulfil different customer needs, AG has a multi-channel distribution strategy that includes independent brokers and Fintro agents, bank branches (BNP Paribas Fortis, bpost bank) and collaboration with large corporate clients and sectors for their group insurance. AG employs over 4,000 specialised staff members.
About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service. With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Workload Migration, Compute, High Performance Computing & AI, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Storage, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance.