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Microsoft’s need to make its voice louder in conversational AI drives Semantic Machines buy

Microsoft's need to make its voice louder in conversational artificial intelligence (AI) has driven its acquisition of Semantic Machines, announced this week. Semantic Machines focuses on understanding conversations, not just phrases, to support full conversations in voice or text. It has speech recognition technology and natural language generation (NLG) technology to communicate with the user

By | 2018-05-22T15:17:01+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Categories: AI, Deep learning, M&A, Machine learning|Tags: , |0 Comments

Why now is a great time to rejoin the analyst business

I'm very excited to be returning to the industry analyst business full time with 451 Research, the company I co-founded 15 years ago. I've spent just over three years away, running product marketing in the eDiscovery software business and more recently, running my own consulting business. I've rejoined as research VP for software. That somewhat bland

By | 2018-02-09T16:52:12+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Categories: Analyst Relations, Big data, eDiscovery, Information governance, M&A|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Equivio deal is classic Microsoft – good enough eDiscovery & info governance

So the long-rumoured acquisition of Equivio by Microsoft has finally been confirmed. It the comparatively small world of eDiscovery it caused quite a lot of navel-gazing when news first emerged in October 2014. The price is apparently somewhere in the $150m-$200m, which is chump change to Microsoft but a nice return for Equivio's investors and management - a