Intelligent automation • Ago 2020
In the 2020 report, Gartner evaluated 16 vendors and has positioned Blue Prism in the Leaders quadrant based on the company’s ability to execute and completeness of vision. According to Gartner, “Leaders provide mature offerings that meet market demand and have demonstrated the vision necessary to sustain their market position as requirements evolve. The hallmark of Leaders is that they focus on, and invest in, their offerings to the point where they lead the market and can affect its overall direction.
As a result, Leaders can become the vendors to watch as you try to understand how new market offerings might evolve. Leaders typically possess a large, satisfied customer base (relative to the size of the market) and enjoy high visibility within the market. Their size and financial strength enable them to remain viable in a challenging economy. Leaders typically respond to a wide market audience by supporting broad market requirements. However, they may fail to meet the specific needs of vertical markets or other more specialized segments.”2
“We believe our leader placement is a nod to what’s at the heart of the automation revolution—the fact that all systems can be made to interoperate through digital workers,” says Jason Kingdon, Chairman and CEO of Blue Prism. “Going way beyond traditional RPA, our enterprise-grade technology frees people to create and train a digital workforce that mimics a human, scales as demand increases, and swarms to tasks according to business priority. Soon, every company will have a digital workforce to automate, streamline, and accelerate work—we’re dedicated to making the vision of a digital workforce for every enterprise a reality.”
Blue Prism is the only automation product that enables automations to be centrally shared, reused and expanded across the enterprise. As a result, customers get a centralized audit trail of every process automation, including digital worker actions and training history, which helps maintain total compliance and governance transparency. Low to no coding means business users can get the job done. The intuitive operating system within Blue Prism makes it easy for people to draw, create and deploy process automations. Blue Prism’s industry leading Robotic Operating Model (ROM®) implementation methodology is proven to help users quickly identify, build, develop, and automate enterprise-grade processes at scale. • 8/20
Commerce • Communication • Nov 2020
Twenty years ago, Clickatell, a global leader in mobile communications and chat commerce, became the first company to connect the world's fastest growing commerce platform – the internet – with the world's fastest growing communications platform – the mobile phone. Today, Clickatell is pioneering chat commerce – the biggest transformative chapter in the unfolding digital economy – to enable brands to connect, interact, and transact with their customers on mobile messaging and chat channels, anywhere, reliably, securely, and in real-time on the world's most popular chat apps.
Consumers spend 90% of their screen time on five mobile apps, and chat apps rank number one. They prefer digital commerce experiences and expect to be able to buy goods and access services 24x7 from anywhere.
A recent Aberdeen research report Maximize the ROI of Chat in Commerce Activities indicates that companies incorporating chat capabilities enjoy 75% greater year-over-year growth in annual revenue and 89% greater annual growth in cross-sell and up-sell revenue.
"Chat commerce is how availability for financial opportunities will unfold for the next billion people," said Pieter de Villiers, co-founder and CEO at Clickatell.
COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation across businesses around the world, including digital commerce, and people are embracing commerce via chat. "The next billion people and millions of merchants will not be onboarded through websites, email, and point of sale devices, but through digital and chat commerce experiences," de Villiers added.
Despite the pandemic, Clickatell is experiencing rapid growth and recently appointed Glen Braganza as CFO and Jennifer Shambroom as CMO. The veterans of fintech, payments, and the mobile ecosystem respectively bring substantial insight and leadership to position Clickatell for further growth.
De Villiers believes a technology company does not survive and grow amidst two decades of technology disruptions if it does not continue to innovate. Clickatell's recent innovations include the launches of chat commerce, chat banking, and chat self-service solutions and products. In addition, Clickatell's unique low/no code digital engagement and payment orchestration capabilities make it fast and easy for leading brands to deploy the company's chat commerce experiences in minutes rather than days.
"We aim to grow by ten times in the next six years. A larger Clickatell can have a bigger and better impact in the world," concluded de Villiers.
2000: Became the first to connect internet businesses with consumers on mobile using SMS that could be implemented with four lines of code.
2012: Pioneered global SMS API offering and award-winning mobile payments and distribution platform Transact.
2017: Developed proprietary technology for natural language understanding and in-chat application delivery as part of its Touch platform.
2018: Introduced the world's first chat banking solution: ABSA.
2019: Became the premier enabler of chat commerce in emerging markets.
2019: Became the first to bring chat commerce capabilities to the telecom sector: MTN South Africa .
Satellite • Ethiopia • Ago 2020
Eutelsat 8 West B is a state-of-the-art satellite with dedicated coverage of Ethiopia on its East beam, and is part of the 7/8° West video neighborhood
Eutelsat Communications and Strong Roots Ethiopia Broadcasting Service PLC have concluded a Master Service Agreement for a Ku capacity on a 36 MHz transponder on Eutelsat’s EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite. The capacity will enable Strong Roots to launch a new free to air DTH platform covering Ethiopia as well as Ethiopian diaspora in zones within the satellite’s footprint, notably the Middle East.
Part of the Ethiopian-owned Strong Roots Group, Strong Roots Ethiopia Broadcasting Services PLC is an upcoming player in the Ethiopian broadcast market. Its new DTH Platform will distribute high quality content on news, entertainment, education, kids, documentary, movies and sport in SD or HD.
Eutelsat 8 West B is a state-of-the-art satellite with dedicated coverage of Ethiopia on its East beam, and is part of the 7/8° West video neighborhood, one of the most dynamic in the global satellite TV market.
Commenting on the deal, Tsegaye Alemayehu, Chairman of Strong Roots said: “We are delighted to be supported by Eutelsat in our quest to provide a high-quality broadcast experience to viewers across Ethiopia and beyond. As indicated by its name, Strong Roots is striving to put down solid foundations in the broadcast industry in Ethiopia, building its reputation based on quality of service and broad coverage with heartfelt Ethiopian Hospitality”.
Philippe Oliva, Chief Commercial Officer of Eutelsat added: “We are proud to add Strong Roots to our line-up, highlighting the dynamic broadcast landscape in Ethiopia and confirming the unparalleled coverage of Eutelsat’s in-orbit assets for the African continent”.• 8/20