Geospatial Tech: A Silver Lining in the Pandemic

In this contributed article, Ajay K. Gupta, CISSP, MBA, CEO at, discusses how geospatial data is now at the core of how most states in the US are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no doubt that GIS is demonstrating its incredible power during COVID. Integrating geospatial data with relevant statistics can help understand and evaluate the transmission and spread of a viral contagion.

Webinar: Using External Data to Accelerate Business in a Post-Vaccinated World

Join this webinar to learn how companies are developing insights to better prepare for growth opportunities, improve business performance and mitigate risk in a post-pandemic economy. Wednesday, June 24th, 2021 at 11:00 AM PT (2:00 PM ET)

SingleStore Research Highlights Spike in Data Demands Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Many aspects of life and work stopped or slowed down significantly during the pandemic. But new research from SingleStore, the unified database for fast analytics, indicates that data requirements in the age of COVID-19 have been greater than ever. This research is based on a 500-person survey of IT professionals that Propeller Insights conducted in January 2021 on behalf of SingleStore.

Data-Centric Transformation in the Age of Disruption

In this contributed article co-authored by Atul Chadha and Arun Rajagopal of Affinity Solutions, we look at how it is time for organizations to integrate data into their business models, going beyond serving as an asset for improving marketing. Being data-centric is about weaving several internal and external data assets into the fabric of strategic decision-making processes across all functions and at all levels of the organization. Now is the time for businesses to shift from being data-driven to data-centric to achieve customer-centric business transformation that yields hyper growth in this era of continuous change.

COVID-19 Has Underscored the Need for Brands to Harness the World of Signals Around Them

In this contributed article, Gil Sadeh, Co-founder & CEO of Signals Analytics, says that COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be going anywhere – in fact, the future seems uncertain, leaving brands trying to find ways to adapt and strategize in order to stay afloat and satisfy their customers’ ever-changing needs. During this time, in order to stay ahead of the competition, many brands are turning to advanced analytics.

How AI & Price Optimization Can Offset COVID-19’s Impact on B2B Supply Chains

In this contributed article, Barrett Thompson, General Manager of Commercial Excellence at Zilliant, highlights that while 2020 has provided no shortage of supply chain challenges, adopting AI and price optimization can offset negative financial impacts. When equipped with advanced pricing science and software, companies can correct course on the pitfalls of the traditional pricing approach and regain anywhere from 1 to 3% in lost margin.

Video Highlights: COVID Data Community Profile Report

With the COVID-19 data now open to the public, the need for better analysis and aggregation of that information in the U.S. has skyrocketed. If you’re interested in learning more about the current trends impacting the nation and the data that backs it up, check out the Datapalooza COVID Data Community Profile video presentation below, hosted by data journalism firm, CareSet.

AI Solving Real-world Problems and AI Ethics Among Top Trends for 2021, According to Oxylabs’ AI and ML Advisory Board

The ongoing impact of Covid-19 is still affecting organizations nearly a year since the pandemic began, with business leaders continuing to leverage technology in order to navigate the crisis. According to Oxylabs’ dedicated AI and ML advisory board, some of the most important trends in 2021 will include the increased use of ethical AI for diversity, accountability, and model explainability, alongside increased instances of AI solving challenging real-world problems.

Why AI Needs the Human Touch in the Post-COVID Service World

In this contributed article, Nic Ray, CEO of BrandsEye, observes that in a post-Covid world, organizations will need to ensure they are using tools that allow them to go beyond simple keyword matching to find the customer conversation that matters. Digital service should by no means spell the demise of the human touch, on the contrary, it reminds us of its importance.

COVID-19 Causes Significant Upheaval to Digital Transformation Plans but Spurs Surge in Innovation and Improved End User Experience, Couchbase Research Finds

Despite significant upheaval to organizations’ digital transformation plans, the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to a surge in innovative projects, according to research from Couchbase, the creator of the enterprise-class, multicloud to edge NoSQL database. In Couchbase’s fourth annual digital transformation survey, 77 percent of organizations had to either make “noticeable” or “major” changes to their digital transformation plans or start again from scratch.