Facebook releases low-latency online speech recognition framework

Facebook | January 13, 2020

Facebook AI Research (FAIR) today said it’s open-sourcing wav2letter@anywhere, a deep learning-based inference framework that achieves fast performance for online automatic speech recognition in cloud or embedded edge environments. Wav2letter@anywhere is based on neural net-based language models wav2letter and wav2letter++, which upon its release in December 2018, FAIR called the fastest open source speech recognition system available. Automatic speech recognition, or ASR, is used to turn audio of spoken words into text, then infer the speaker’s intent in order to carry out a task. An API available on GitHub though the wav2letter++ repository is built to support concurrent audio streams and popular kinds of deep learning speech recognition models like convolutional neural networks (CNN) or recurrent neural networks (RNN) in order to deliver scale necessary for online ASR.

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Spotlight

This joint BloomThink – Squirrelworx whitepaper introduces the
concepts of social SEO and cross channel marketing. It outlines four key
questions businesses should use to diagnose their social SEO readiness.
It presents the complementary nature of traditional SEO and social
media. It looks at three key principles for understanding and executing
social SEO strategy. These include a discussion of the roles of content,
context and engagement.
We discuss why social SEO strategy is not simply a check-box task for
interns and raw recruits. Rather it is a business strategy that needs to be
crafted with and adopted by senior management then executed
according to the trajectory that was mapped out.
Finally the paper outlines foundational SEO concepts and the ways they
are impacted by social business practices.

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ConnectWise Wraps Day Two of IT Nation Connect with Announcements of New Innovation Across its Expansive Software and Services Portfolio

ConnectWise | November 15, 2022

Today, ConnectWise, the world’s leading software company dedicated to the success of IT solution providers (TSPs), announced multiple product news milestones and innovation-accelerating partnerships spanning its product and service portfolios. From innovation in business management, to remote monitoring and management, to cybersecurity, these offerings, powered by ConnectWise’s modern Asio™ platform, are designed to help partners save time, reduce costs, secure their environments, strengthen customer experience, and improve profitability. ConnectWise anchored its innovation story around the Asio platform, which launched last year, with many new products and services now benefitting from this modern engineering approach. With this modern, unified, open, and extensible platform, partners can expect infinite scalability, intelligent automation, value-added reporting and insights, and a common user interface. The company also showcased its ability to move from ideation to implementation at a more rapid speed than before—even daily at times—to deliver updates and enhancements across the portfolio. “In order to future-proof the TSP channel as they navigate the infinite edge of computing, ConnectWise is moving towards more rapid innovation with the Asio platform as our centralized data layer that can scale with predictive and consultative AI,” said Jason Magee, ConnectWise CEO. “In order to future-proof the TSP channel as they navigate the infinite edge of computing, ConnectWise is moving towards more rapid innovation with the Asio platform as our centralized data layer that can scale with predictive and consultative AI,” said Jason Magee, ConnectWise CEO. “The partnerships and improvements we’ve announced today are examples of the breadth of services we can bring together in a way that is meaningful for partners, powerful in its extensibility, and rooted in secure development principles.” A variety of new offerings were announced during the product keynote of IT Nation Connect demonstrating these priorities. Just a handful of examples include: Supporting TSPs with Relentless Automation & Streamlined Business Management Navigating through multiple platforms may take only a “few clicks” but when done hundreds of times a day, that work adds up. Integrations spanning various ConnectWise products brings these functions into a single pane of glass. ConnectWise PSA™ (Manage) now has an ITBoost overlay where partners can link-to and access ITBoost data within tickets and the broader system without leaving the PSA. Similarly, an integration with SmileBack™, a ConnectWise solution, merges customer feedback directly into the Service Desk module. The company also showed off the Microsoft Intune integration with ConnectWise RMM™ which allows partners to see compliance status of all devices without needing to click into each Intune tenant. Attendees got an up-close view of a refreshed ITBoostTM, a ConnectWise solution. ConnectWise has invested significantly in ensuring the knowledge ITBoost provides to partners is readily available. Scalable business management tools, like being able to perform bulk actions and mass updates on core assets, custom templates within ITBoost, are critical to MSPs success. The company also touched on its intentions with Wise-SyncTM, a ConnectWise solution, a payments automation company recently acquired by ConnectWise. Partners are already benefitting from the Wise-Sync integration with ConnectWise PSA, and Wise-Pay for ConnectWise CPQTM, and the company pointed towards an intent to expand Wise-Pay to PSA. Mobilizing the importance of payments is another component ConnectWise is solving for MSPs. Managing a variety of similar solutions across a breadth of products puts further burden on TSPs cash flow. Long-term, ConnectWise expects Asio to be the go-to hub to present the right solution at the right time at the right price from the right vendor through the right supplier with a clean experience weaving it all together. The strategic alliance ConnectWise announced with distributor Arrow yesterday is just one example of this. Today, the company also announced key integrations with ConnectWise CPQ (Sell) to enhance the quoting process, streamline quote creation and billing reconciliation, and reduce the need to chase clients for payments. These include a Wise-Pay integration that eliminates accounts receivables burdens, ensuring timely payments; and new integrations with Amazon Business and Anixter. Putting Data to Work for TSPs The industry-leading dashboards from BrightGauge®, a ConnectWise solution, are now available across other products in the ConnectWise family of solutions. BrightGauge and Sentinel One enable partners to raise visibility of when threat actors may be at work. BrightGauge with ConnectWise RMM allow partners to visualize health scores, status, and summary of clients' devices. And BrightGauge paired with ITBoost demonstrate ways to stay on top of asset expirations, how your documentation is getting used and more. Bringing data from multiple sources into a single dashboard has a powerful impact with many partners already benefiting from these powerful insights. Provide an Outstanding Experience ConnectWise is striving to be easier to do business with and ensure our partners are able to take similar ideologies forward to their clients. SIEM Executive Reports are designed for MSPs to pass pertinent details and insights on to their clients outlining the number of potential attacks that were blocked, demonstrate the effectiveness of the tools, and help MSPs communicate the value and effectiveness of their security services to their customers. With talent shortages as an international challenge, and recognizing employees are often the drivers of a business’s reputation, ensuring employee satisfaction is more important than ever. ConnectWise introduced a new policies and packages feature within ConnectWise RMM that can push necessary software to various libraries of technology types based on preconfigured settings. Features like this simplify the manual tasks for technology employees, freeing up time for them to focus on strategic priorities. Helping TSPs Secure Themselves and Their Customers ConnectWise announced that it has expanded its cybersecurity portfolio to offer increased capabilities, in some cases by teaming up with other providers to architect best-in-class solutions. ConnectWise Vulnerability Management automates routine scanning of an environment for exposures and vulnerabilities, giving end-users visibility towards potential cyber risk and areas where incremental security investments could deliver the best protection. SASE by ConnectWise and Exium offers endpoint protection from malware and data leaks with a suite of technologies partners typically have to purchase individually. This unique partnership provides secure internet access for users and zero-trust access to cloud and on-premises resources through a cost effective and modern cloud-based SASE platform. IAM by ConnectWise and Evo extends protection for MSP-centric multi-factor authentication, single sign-on and elevated access for MSP administration to defend against the most exploited attack vector, partners’ employees themselves. Whether starting from scratch or expanding services to an existing cybersecurity practice, ConnectWise solutions are purpose-built to launch quickly and deliver outstanding client security outcomes. For partners who want assistance building their cybersecurity practices, the ConnectWise Partner Program offers enablement, marketing support, sales support, investment funds and more—those in the program have grown their cybersecurity practices four times faster than others.

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Unilog Welcomes Aktion Associates to Partner Ecosystem

Aktion, Unilog | August 29, 2022

Unilog, a leading provider of B2B eCommerce solutions for wholesale distribution and manufacturers, announced today that Aktion Associates, the largest Infor Distribution partner in the U.S., has joined their Reseller Program. As a national software reseller and IT infrastructure provider, Aktion has helped more than 5,500 customers across the wholesale distribution industry solve business challenges using the best technology-based solutions available. Together, Unilog's B2B eCommerce platform and Aktion's Infor and Acumatica ERP integrations will enable small to medium-sized businesses to achieve digital commerce success and meet customer needs. "We're pleased to have Aktion Associates join our partner ecosystem. Their expertise with Infor and Acumatica ERP systems will help us broaden our service delivery capabilities and accelerate customer time to market. Unilog's award-winning eCommerce platform is a perfect fit for Infor and Acumatica users," said Brian Lombardo, SVP of Partners & Channels for Unilog. "We're pleased to have Aktion Associates join our partner ecosystem. Their expertise with Infor and Acumatica ERP systems will help us broaden our service delivery capabilities and accelerate customer time to market. Unilog's award-winning eCommerce platform is a perfect fit for Infor and Acumatica users," said Brian Lombardo, SVP of Partners & Channels for Unilog. Pat Brennan, VP Supply Chain Division at Aktion Associates, stated, "Aktion is excited for the partnership with Unilog, and to be able to offer next generation and heritage Infor and Acumatica product customers a full-featured eCommerce platform that will drive innovation and improve core business functions." Unilog's eCommerce platform is a powerful cloud-based solution purpose-built for the B2B marketplace. Out of the box it includes buyer-friendly tools like sophisticated site search, sort and filter tools, multi-level cart approval workflows, flexible payment options, a self-service account portal, and a user-friendly interface. Unilog's pre-built integrations with both Infor and Acumatica ERPs will enable distributors to display customer-specific pricing, inventory availability, customer orders, invoice history, and more on their eCommerce website. For more information or to discuss partner opportunities, contact Brian Lombardo of Unilog's Partner Program Operations at brian.lombardo@unilogcorp.com. About Aktion Aktion Associates is a national software reseller and IT infrastructure provider for companies in the Architectural Engineering & Construction, Distribution and Manufacturing industries. For more than 40 years, the Infor Gold Channel Partner has delivered industry-specific ERP software and IT solutions to help businesses meet current and future challenges. Learn more at www.aktion.com. About Unilog Unilog is a global technology company that delivers powerful, affordable eCommerce solutions for the B2B marketplace. Our cloud-based eCommerce platform and product data enrichment services help distributors, manufacturers, and wholesalers increase online sales, reduce cost to serve, and enhance their digital channels. For more information, visit www.unilogcorp.com.

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Gary Abad Joins LogRhythm as the VP of Global Channels

LogRhythm | September 17, 2022

LogRhythm, the company helping busy and lean security operation teams save the day, today announced the appointment of Gary Abad as VP of Global Channels. Abad joins LogRhythm as an accomplished channel sales leader with 25 years of experience in Senior Channel leadership positions with Trustwave, Ivanti, Meru Networks (acquired by Fortinet), Kaspersky Labs, and F5 Networks. Abad has extensive experience in having a successful track record of sales development and results, with the ability to build strong channel sales organizations and effective worldwide partner programs. He has also led large and complex teams in the technology industry selling hardware, software, cloud, and security solutions and professional services. “Having first started at LogRhythm back in 2015, I’m thrilled to be rejoining the company’s strong team of experts and impressive senior leadership team,” said Abad. “LogRhythm continues to gain more momentum every year and I am looking forward to driving channel revenue and expanding the reach and benefits of LogRhythm’s solutions to new channels and key partnerships.” At LogRhythm, he will be responsible for growing the company’s global channel partner program, increasing the channel’s LogRhythm market penetration, and providing LogRhythm’s partners with best-in-class support as they address increasing customer demand for best-of-class cyber security solutions. “As LogRhythm MSSP Partner of the Year, Avertium collaborates with LogRhythm to deliver the best cyber defense operations in security,” said Jeff Schmidt, CEO of Avertium. “As LogRhythm MSSP Partner of the Year, Avertium collaborates with LogRhythm to deliver the best cyber defense operations in security,” said Jeff Schmidt, CEO of Avertium. “We are excited to continue our collaboration alongside Gary to meet the evolving threats that face our customers.” This new appointment validates LogRhythm’s mission to continue meeting the needs of its customers and extending its position as an industry leader. LogRhythm’s leadership is focused on providing a platform for end-to-end threat lifecycle management that makes it easier for customers to detect, investigate and neutralize attacks in this ever-changing threat landscape. “Abad brings significant experience to our executive team and shows a passion for the direction that LogRhythm is headed in building trust with customers through continuous innovation,” said David Kluzak, CRO of LogRhythm. “With his background, we have no doubt Abad will grow our world-class channel sales teams and drive valuable new partnerships.” To learn more about LogRhythm, visit the website. About LogRhythm LogRhythm helps busy and lean security operations teams save the day — day after day. There’s a lot riding on the shoulders of security professionals — the reputation and success of their company, the safety of citizens and organizations across the globe, the security of critical resources — the weight of protecting the world. LogRhythm helps lighten this load. The company is on the frontlines defending against many of the world’s most significant cyberattacks and empowers security teams to navigate an ever-changing threat landscape with confidence. As allies in the fight, LogRhythm combines a comprehensive and flexible security operations platform, technology partnerships, and advisory services to help SOC teams close the gaps. Together, LogRhythm and our customers are ready to defend. Learn more at logrhythm.com.

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