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Blend and DataIQ Expand Partnership: Empowering the CDAO Community through Modern Data Practices and Scaled AI

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NEW YORK, July 11, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Blend is excited to announce the expansion of our strategic partnership with DataIQ, a leading organization focused on creating a community for data, analytics, and insight leaders. This collaboration aims to provide enhanced support to the Chief Data and Analytics Officer (CDAO) community through innovative solution development, thought leadership, and expanded networking opportunities.

Our strengthened partnership with DataIQ reflects our shared commitment to fostering a global network of data professionals and advancing the fields of data and AI. By combining Blend’s expertise with DataIQ’s community-building, we aim to create a powerful ecosystem that drives excellence in the data and AI landscape.
“Data and AI Leaders are very much at the heart of our thinking, alongside getting their expertise and influence firmly into the boardroom to drive business value. Leading edge partners like Blend are crucial for delivering capability and innovation so our client-side Data and AI leader community can accelerate successfully at scale. We are delighted that our DataIQ 100 Summit in Miami was a big success for Blend and are excited to be expanding our partnership with Blend globally for the benefit of our community.” remarks Adrian Gregory, Co-founder and CEO, DataIQ.
Inaugural DataIQ 100 Summit and DataIQ AI Awards in Miami: A Resounding Success
The recent DataIQ 100 Summit in Miami focused on ‘Winning with AI’, the first US-focused DataIQ event, served as a testament to the strength of our partnership. This event brought together thought leaders, provided valuable networking opportunities, and celebrated achievements in the CDAO community at the inaugural DataIQ AI Awards.
Coverage of key topics throughout the AI Summit to support CDAOs
CDAOs are navigating uncertainty, but they don’t have to do it alone. Blend brings the right experts and clients together to share mission-critical knowledge with today’s data leaders. Content is a key channel through which Blend and DataIQ will continue to support CDAOs on topics ranging from Scaling AI to Business Transformation.
Blend kicked off this initiative with two highly engaging sessions at the DataIQ 100 Summit in Miami.
Keynote Session
Ozgur Dogan, President of Solutions and Service Lines at Blend, joined John Lee, Chief Data Officer at NBCUniversal, to present “AI at Scale: Building Out an Enterprise-Grade Approach to GenA.” This session covered the strategic planning, team assembly, and executive commitment required to successfully scale generative AI beyond proof-of-concept experiments.
Panel Discussion
Rob Fuller, SVP of Technology at Blend, moderated an insightful panel on “Gen AI – How to Lead Business Transformation.” The discussion featured industry leaders from Delek, Credit Suisse, T-Mobile, and Destination Canada, exploring the potential of Gen AI to transform business performance, drive innovation, and deliver significant business value.
“We’re finding that there is a real appetite amongst Data and AI Leaders in North America to connect, learn from, and help each other, especially around the adoption of responsible AI at scale,” says Susan Feigenbaum, SVP of North America, DataIQ. “The DataIQ 100 Summit and AI Awards in Miami added the important ingredient of recognition to demonstrate the value to their businesses. This helps raise investment and attract talent. Introducing expert partners like Blend to the mix that integrate cutting-edge technology with proven experts able to share success stories, and accelerate scale up, really does make it a winning combination for our members. We’re delighted that Blend has extended its partnership with DataIQ”.
Recognition and Awards
Blend360’s commitment to excellence was recognized with two prestigious awards at the DataIQ AI Awards Gala Dinner:
AI-Enabling Solution of the Year: This award acknowledges our innovative solutions that empower businesses to harness the full potential of AI, driving transformative outcomes across various industries.Best Place to Work in AI and Data – Vendor Side: This accolade celebrates our dedication to creating an exceptional workplace for AI and data professionals, fostering a culture of innovation and growth.These awards underscore Blend’s position as a leader in the AI and data space, reflecting our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions and nurturing top talent in the industry.
“We at Blend are very excited to expand our Global Partnership with DataIQ. The DataIQ team and community are leading the world in best of breed Data, Analytics and AI thinking and solutions. Going beyond the strategy on paper and actively delivering high value solutions that drive meaningful impact for their respective brands and we are proud to be a part of that community”- Adam Mincham, Head of GTM, Blend
Digging deeper on key topics: The Critical 7 – Challenges in Scaling AI
As an extension of the Blend Keynote following the DataIQ 100 Summit, Blend is digging deeper on the seven critical challenges that organizations face when scaling AI initiatives. Our unique perspective on these challenges is based on extensive experience working with Fortune500 companies across various industries:
AI Talent ShortageThe rapid adoption of AI technologies has created a significant talent gap, with executives forecasting that almost half their teams will need to reskill in the next three years.1 To address this, we recommend a multi-faceted approach including upskilling existing employees, fostering partnerships with educational institutions, and implementing innovative talent acquisition strategies. Organizations that successfully bridge this gap can expect an increase in productivity and overall performance.Lack of Strong Data FoundationResearch shows that 62% of companies struggle to change organizational behaviors towards data-driven decision-making.2 We advocate for building comprehensive data strategies, investing in data literacy programs, and establishing robust data governance practices to create strong foundations for AI initiatives.Technical ChallengesScaling AI involves complex technical hurdles, from data management to model performance and infrastructure requirements. Our MLOps services blend creative data science with trusted engineering to overcome these challenges, ensuring seamless AI deployment and scalability.Speed of InnovationThe AI field is evolving rapidly, requiring organizations to adapt quickly. We emphasize the importance of agile development practices and continuous learning to compete in this fast-paced environment.Failure to Integrate with Business Strategies Many organizations implement AI in silos, missing opportunities to align with core business objectives. Our approach focuses on identifying high-impact use cases and fostering cross-functional collaboration to ensure AI initiatives drive tangible business value.Change ManagementWith 40% of CDAOs struggling with employee adoption of new initiatives, effective change management is crucial.2 We support leaders in driving organizational transformation and fostering data-driven cultures essential for successful AI adoption.TrustBuilding trust in AI systems is fundamental to their successful adoption. We prioritize responsible AI practices, transparent communication, and strategic use-case selection to build confidence in AI solutions across organizations.Blend’s committed to solving big challenges by blending people with AI, ensuring our clients are at the center of every solution, and fostering a culture of innovation and teamwork. Through our expanded partnership with DataIQ and our continued focus on addressing the critical challenges in AI scaling, we are poised to drive significant advancements in the data and AI landscape.
Sources
World Economic Forum, “Why we must bridge the skills gap to harness the power of AI”AWS, “CDO Agenda 2024: Navigating Data and Generative AI Frontiers”                                              Photo – https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/2458857/Blend_DataIQ_Hero_Image.jpgLogo – https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/2272514/Blend360.jpg

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Twelve Students from KIIT-DU Qualify for Paris Olympics

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KIIT-KISS Founder announces Rs 7 lakh to each of the athletes 
BHUBANESWAR, India, July 19, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — In a big achievement for KIIT Deemed to be University (KIIT-DU), Bhubaneswar, 12 students have successfully qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024 beginning July 26, bringing pride and joy to the institution.

KIIT is the first university in the country to be sending the largest contingent of athletes among all universities in India.
The Founder of KIIT and KISS Dr Achyuta Samanta has announced Rs 7 lakh to each of the athletes, encouraging them to give their best in the field and bring glory to the country. 
The athletes who have earned their spots are — Amit Rohidas in Men’s Hockey, Kishore Kumar Jena in Javelin Throw; Parul Chaudhary in 3000m Steeplechase & 5000m; Priyanka in 20 km Race Walk & Marathon Race Walk Mixed Relay; Annu Rani in Javelin Throw; Jyothi Yarraji in 100m Hurdles; Tajinderpal Singh Toor in Shot Put; Abha Khatua in Shot Put; Prachi in the 4x400m Relay Team; Ankita in 5000m; Paramjeet Singh Bisht in 20km Race Walk and Suraj Panwar in the Marathon Race Walk Mixed Relay Team. 
Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, congratulated the proud contingent at a special programme in Bhubaneswar, saying, “Your hard work and dedication have brought you to this prestigious stage.” He declared Rs. 7 lakh cash support to each player. All 12 players, who are currently in various camps in different countries of Europe, joined the programme virtually. 
Informing the media, Dr. Samanta said that KIIT & KISS is the first organization in India to send the highest number of players to the Olympics. He also mentioned that KIIT & KISS has produced 20 Olympians and 2 Paralympians who represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and will be representing the country at the 2024 Paris Olympics. KIIT & KISS is proud to have 7 Arjuna Awardees, he added.
“We are happy that 12 students from KIIT are participating in the Paris Olympics 2024, making us and the country proud. Give your best and shine with your achievements. The entire KIIT & KISS family stands behind you, cheering you on”, he said.
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eQ Technologic Elevates Industry Standards with Inaugural Customer Conference, exeQute

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COSTA MESA, Calif., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — In an era brimming with industry conferences, eQ Technologic, Inc., the developers of the eQube®-DaaS Platform, is making a bold entrance with its inaugural customer conference, exeQuteSM, Oct. 7-10, 2024. Unlike other customer conferences in the data as a service (DaaS) industry, exeQute is set to stand out with a focus on actionable tactics tailored to meet the unique needs of its customers, reflecting the company’s deep commitment to customer-centricity and innovation.

As Gartner predicts that by 2027, 25% of CIOs will have compensation linked to their sustainable technology impact, exeQute’s conference is shaping the future of digital transformation with sustainability and responsibility top of mind. This conference goes beyond theoretical discussions, offering a hands-on experience where top brands share real-world solutions that attendees can immediately apply. This focus on actionable content ensures that every participant leaves with a toolkit of strategies to drive improvements in their business.
eQ Technologic’s dedication to understanding customer needs is evident in every aspect of exeQute. The conference sessions delve into the specific challenges faced by customers, offering personalized solutions and insights. This tailored approach showcases the company’s commitment to not just listening to its customers but collaborating with them to develop solutions that drive their success.
“Execution is one of our key operating principles at eQ. An organization’s ability to execute materially separates winners from the pack,” said Dinesh Khaladkar, President & CEO of eQ Technologic. “We strongly believe that the gap between the future and now is bridged by execution. The future doesn’t just happen, it must be defined, and actions must be taken to achieve it. It’s time to envision what lies ahead and act upon the future vision with exeQute.”
exeQute provides a unique platform for attendees to network with industry leaders, peers, analysts, and media, fostering a collaborative environment where new ideas and partnerships will enable the future growth of companies. The conference’s comprehensive approach to addressing both current challenges and future opportunities highlights eQ Technologic’s role as a catalyst for positive change in the industry by catalyzing cross-industry innovation and offering insight into how organizations leverage eQ’s industry agnostic solutions to gain and maintain a competitive advantage.
exeQute is not merely another event in the crowded conference landscape. It is setting a new standard for customer engagement, providing value through actionable insights, innovative solutions, and a steadfast commitment to sustainable practices. For those seeking to navigate the complexities of digital transformation responsibly, exeQute is an indispensable resource, reinforcing eQ Technologic’s position as a leader in the industry. With executives and decision-makers from some of the world’s leading organizations, the conference will unravel future trends, disruptive technologies, and emerging opportunities. Power-packed with keynotes, success stories, product roadmaps, demos, fireside chats, and more, the conference furthers eQ Technologic’s position as a leader in the industry.
Conference details:
VEA, A Marriott Resort & Spa, Newport Beach, California Oct. 7-11, 2024 Agenda, speakers, sponsorship opportunities, and registration information can be found at exequteconference.com.
About eQ Technologic
Over the past two decades, eQ has been instrumental in accelerating digital transformation across industries such as Aerospace & Defense, Department of Defense, Automotive, Energy, Heavy-Machinery, Electronics, High-Tech, Electronics, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), and more.
The Low/No-Code eQube®-DaaS (Data as a Service) Platform establishes a Data Fabric with a connected network of integrated data, applications and devices that puts the power of analytics in the hands of end users, leading to Actionable Insight. eQ’s 100+ OOTB plug and play Connectors connect disparate heterogeneous systems in an instant, empowering organizations to work with any data, any format, any API, any speed, with any system, any application, and any device without writing any code. It enables secure, scalable, and robust information collaboration while honoring security rules. This enables eQ to offer solutions like Digital Thread, CLM (Closed Loop Manufacturing), Multi-PLM Solutions, For-purpose Apps, API Factory with Common Data Model, and many others.
Some of eQ’s marquee customers include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, US Navy, Rolls-Royce, Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Adient, ULA, Moog, Micron Technologies, Boeing, General Electric, Siemens Energy, Panasonic, EDF, and General Dynamics to name a few.
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Research Solutions Announces Partnership with Jisc to Enhance UK Higher & Further Education Research

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This highlights Research Solutions’ commitment to improving the quality and accessibility of scientific research for academic institutions.
HENDERSON, Nev., July 18, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Research Solutions (NASDAQ: RSSS), a trusted partner providing cloud-based workflow solutions to accelerate research for R&D-driven organizations, is proud to announce a significant partnership with Jisc, the UK digital, data, and technology agency focused on tertiary education, research, and innovation.

This collaboration will make Scite’s award-winning AI platform more affordable and accessible for more than 280 higher education and research institutions in the UK. It aims to advance research quality by leveraging ethical AI technology.
Scite, now part of the Research Solutions family, is transforming the discovery and evaluation of scientific articles through its innovative Smart Citations and AI Assistant. This advanced technology allows researchers to gain deeper insights into the impact and relevance of scientific work.
Beyond its powerful discovery search capabilities across over 187 million publications, 2 billion references, and 1.3 billion citation statements, Scite offers unique workflows for identifying editorial concerns and providing instant reference analysis through its Reference Check feature. The platform also enables the creation of integrated dashboards with reference library tools and validates large language models, assisting in the creation of structured literature reviews via Scite Assistant.
Scite is utilized by researchers and institutions worldwide, underscoring its global impact and commitment to advancing scientific research and innovation.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Jisc to make Scite more readily available to the Higher Education institutions in the UK,” states Josh Nicholson, co-founder of Scite and Chief Strategy Officer at Research Solutions. “By bringing context to citations, we can provide a better way to discover, understand, and evaluate research, something that is critically needed in the world today.”
Jisc’s endorsement of Scite highlights the platform’s value in delivering accurate, insight-rich research tools to prestigious institutions such as the University of Manchester and the University of Exeter. Research Solutions is delighted to extend services to additional UK educational institutions and looks forward to making significant contributions to the academic landscape.
For more information on how Jisc is enhancing lives through the digital transformation of education and research, visit their website here. To learn more about how Scite and Research Solutions are providing universities and libraries with tools to elevate their academic work, click here.
About Jisc
Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be a world leader in technology for education and research. It owns and operates the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection. Jisc also provides technology solutions for members (colleges, universities, and research centres) and customers (public sector bodies), helps members save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals and provides advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions. For more information, contact [email protected] or 07443 983571.
About Research Solutions
Research Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSSS) provides cloud-based technologies to streamline the process of accessing, managing, and creating intellectual property. Since its founding, the company has been a pioneer in developing solutions to serve researchers. Today, more than 70 percent of the top pharmaceutical companies, prestigious universities, and emerging businesses rely on our family of products, powered by AI and NLP technologies, to support the innovation process from end to end with the most comprehensive information and knowledge tools on the market. For more information and details, please visit www.researchsolutions.com.
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