This week in Software: Partnerships revolving AI emerges as focus shifts to provide an end-to-end experience from a single platform

Latest Industry Insights from Draup Braindesk

New-age technologies such as Augmented Reality, AI, and Blockchain are enabling software companies to develop automation solutions. 

Quantum Computing: Quantum Computing developments are enabling organizations to develop advanced solutions for powerful electric batteries, logistic planning, optimizing traffic routes, drug modeling, and fraud detection.

AR/VR Assisted Product Design and Maintenance:  Deployment of AR/VR-based head-mounted glasses and devices are enabling  users take over design and maintenance issues remotely.

Real-Time Fraud Detection: Enables organizations to analyze data in real-time to detect fraud transactions, and anomalous activities. 

AI-based Personalized Recommendation: Leveraging AI to build personalized recommendation systems to analyze customer behavior in real-time. 

Latest Reports Published in Draup

Volkswagen Group Account Intelligence Report: Volkswagen focuses on the implementation of cloud-based Automated Driving Platform by leveraging compute and data capabilities of Microsoft Azure to deliver an advanced automated driving experience. Read More>>
Volvo Account Intelligence Report: Volvo expands its portfolio by upgrading its driver support solutions which embrace its infotainment and connected services, leveraging blockchain technology for traceability of minerals in truck and bus batteries to drive a sustainable manufacturing service. Read More>>

Key Funding Alert

Nissan-backed self-driving startup WeRide raises new funds, puts value at USD 3.3 Bn 
WeRide is pursuing what is known in the auto industry as a level 4 autonomous standard, in which the vehicle can handle all aspects of driving in most circumstances with no human intervention. Read More>>

Startup Spotlight

Company – Streamlit
HQ Location – San Francisco Bay Area, US 
Total Funding – USD 62 Mn
About: Streamlit helps data scientists and machine learning engineers to develop performant applications in a few hours, thereby enabling businesses to create custom applications and interact with the data in their models. Read More>>

Key Signals in Enterprise Software

Centre setup and Expansion
Ireland opens its first quantum computer engineering center at Tyndall
The multi-million-euro investment will see 900 sq. meters of research space dedicated to quantum technology at Tyndall’s new facility on Cork’s North Mall. This new investment will result in an additional 45 quantum research jobs giving a further boost to Tyndall’s quantum ecosystem that already counts the highest concentration of researchers in Ireland. Read More>>
Vertiv opens a factory in Croatia to support the growing demand for integrated modular solutions 
The opening of a new factory in Rugvica, Croatia, to support its integrated modular solutions (IMS) business in EMEA. Compared to the previous factory, the site offers 130% more indoor space and 60% more outdoor space. The factory also includes several innovations for the construction of PFM modules as well as thermal management air handling units. Read More>>
Deals and Deal Renewal 
Oracle Digital Assistant to boost PLDT’s customer service process
PLDT will now be using Oracle Digital Assistant (ODA) to boost its customer service experience. The software giant is tasked to provide real-time and contextual responses to an average of 12,000 users a day. PLDT serves 3.3 million broadband household subscribers. Read More>>
AWS announces IoT partnership with farming solutions provider Yara
Yara will benefit from AWS’ expertise in machine learning to predict the quality and composition of products, improve the balance of site utilities, and determine when machines are in need of repair to prevent/minimize downtime and keep production at optimal levels. Read More>>
Aus Post Teams Up with BigCommerce For Shipping
Australia Post has inked a strategic partnership with e-commerce platform BigCommerce to integrate its MyPost Business parcel sending service. The move will see Australia-based BigCommerce merchants gain access to the MyPost Business shipping and automation tools, as well as its rates and benefits. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisition
OnForm acquires the Hudl Technique application from Hudl
OnForm is offering a seamless migration tool for existing Hudl Technique users to migrate their content to the OnForm app. Hudl will continue to accelerate its investment into products that enable organizations and teams to improve their game but will partner with OnForm to transition Technique users across platforms. Read More>>
Twilio to acquire Seattle business texting startup Zipwhip
Twilio will acquire Zipwhip for approximately USD 850 Mn in an equal blend of cash and stock. Zipwhip will become part of Twilio’s Messaging Business Unit upon close. The boards of directors of Twilio and Zipwhip have each approved the transaction.Twilio and Zipwhip share a vision for the future of business messaging and its growing role within customer engagement. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Teresa Poggenpohl joins Unisys to bring a fresh marketing take 
Unisys Corporation announced that Teresa Poggenpohl, who formerly served Accenture as chief marketing and communications officer for North America, has joined the company as chief marketing officer and senior vice president, Marketing and Communications. She reports directly to Unisys Chair and Chief Executive Officer Peter Altabef. Read More>>
Microsoft confirms role expansion for EVP Judson Althof
Althoff will add chief commercial officer to his title and will now ‘lead a unified global commercial organization,’ while EVP Jean-Philippe Courtois is also getting an adjustment to his role. Read More>>

Key Signals in Consumer Software

Centre setup and Expansion
Google to launch engineering centers in Mexico and Argentina
In Mexico City, Google is said to be looking for engineers with expertise in app development, data management, telecom, and telematics. The company wants to hire data scientists and AI professionals in Argentina, where its office will be located in Buenos Aires. Read More>>
Cazoo expands Customer Centre network with Doncaster car handover site
Cazoo has expanded its physical car handover Customer Centre network into Doncaster after securing an 18,000 square foot facility in one of the town’s key automotive retail locations. Cazoo’s new Doncaster facility is one of 17 Customer Centres now listed on the online car retailer’s website. Read More>>
Parler is coming back to Apple’s app store, but it won’t look the same for iPhone users
The social media platform will filter out posts it labels as ‘hate’ for Apple users while allowing those post to be seen on non-Apple devices. Parler, the social media platform once embraced by former President Donald Trump and his supporters, is set to return to Apple’s app store on Monday with some changes curtailed for Apple. Read More>>
Deal and Deal Renewal 
SpaceX expands Starlink to Google Cloud
Starlink, the streak in the night sky launched by SpaceX, will connect with Google’s cloud infrastructure, enabling the satellite broadband network to deliver low-latency applications, data and other cloud services to network edge deployments. Read More>>
IMAA adds ten media partners, including LinkedIn and Gumtree
The IMAA represents the independent media agency industry, and now includes Amobee, BlisMedia Australia, Criteo, Gumtree, GWI, LinkedIn, Moove Media, Shopper Media, Val Morgan and Weatherzone among its media partners. Both globally and locally, these independent agencies represent one of the most important and fastest-growing partnerships to LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. Read More>>
Skyward, A Verizon company, introduces mapping and modeling powered by Pix4D 
Skyward, A Verizon company, announced its integration with Pix4D, giving customers the ability to turn drone data into 2D maps and 3D models. Enterprises and drone pilots can now plan flights, receive approval to fly in controlled airspace with LAANC, fly with Skyward’s InFlight ground control station, and process data using Pix4D. Read More>>
Email production platform Dyspatch partners with Canva to make email design effortless 
Dyspatch is an email production platform that helps businesses scale their email strategy, while increasing engagement through innovative email technology. With the new Canva button integration, Dyspatch customers can implement email designs and collateral from Canva’s library of more than 100 million design assets into Dyspatch email templates with a few easy clicks. Read More>>
Mergers and Acquisitions
Amazon in talks to buy MGM to take fight to Disney and Netflix Inc is said to be in talks to buy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) for about USD 9 Bn, in a deal that would give the ecommerce giant’s Prime Video members access to a vast library of premium film and television content. Read More>>
Gojek and Tokopedia merge to form GoTo Group
Ride-hailing giant Gojek and marketplace Tokopedia, have combined their businesses to form GoTo Group, the largest technology group in Indonesia, the fourth most populous country that is currently navigating to contain the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Babylon announces executive advisory board
Babylon announced the formation of an Executive Advisory Board to support the company’s growth and product development strategy. Comprising decades of C-Suite experience in some of the nation’s largest healthcare organizations, the Board will advise the Babylon executive team as it further scales its offerings to meet soaring demand. Read More>>
Foxtel Media promotes Chris Oxley to national head of digital sales
His new role will see Oxley creating, implementing and executing strategic digital sales plans across the business, reporting in to Nev Hasan, Foxtel Media’s executive director of agency sales. Read More>>
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