Microsoft, Moovit, and TomTom team up for multi-modal transport platform

A triumvirate of tech companies today announced what they’re touting as the “world’s first truly comprehensive multi-modal trip planner.”

Taking the stage at the Move mobility conference in London, executives from Microsoft, TomTom, and Moovit outlined how they’re pooling their various transport, data, and cloud processing smarts so developers can integrate more extensive transport options into their own applications.

“Over the last few years, cities have experienced rising urban sprawl, where residents of metropolitan areas have been pushed out toward suburban areas, often beyond the limits of public transit lines,” noted Azure Maps head Chris Pendleton. “With most jobs still residing in densely populated cities, the typical commute is becoming multi-modal.”

Moovit, for the uninitiated, constitutes two core elements: a consumer-facing app that gives travelers the easiest way to get around a city and a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) platform that provides municipalities with data and analytics to improve city transport infrastructure.

A few months back, Moovit and Microsoft announced a partnership that would allow developers who use Azure Maps to hook into Moovit’s transit data. Last week, GPS navigation stalwart TomTom announced an expanded tie-up with Microsoft, one that will bring TomTom’s extensive maps and traffic data into the Azure fold — in effect, TomTom will serve as the primary location data provider for Microsoft’s cloud platform, Bing Maps, and Cortana.

Fast-forward to today, and the three companies are now pooling their respective capabilities for an urban transport offering that any third-party developer can leverage.

“This will lead to commuters having the best option to plan a trip [by] combining legs on public transit, ride-sharing, bike, or scooter and other legs by car, including finding available parking lot spaces in real time,” added Moovit cofounder and CEO Nir Erez.

Through Azure Maps, Microsoft’s developer-focused mapping platform, users will be able to access not only Moovit’s public transit data, but also TomTom’s real-time driving and parking data. So developers will be able to include the full gamut of transport options inside their own apps — including buses, trains, metros, ferries, carpooling, bike-sharing, and now driving and parking.

“Blending TomTom’s specific auto and parking lot data with Moovit’s multi-modal trip planning gives Azure Maps an unprecedented view of every facet of urban mobility,” Pendleton continued. “No one else has provided this comprehensive level of service in one solution.”

Multi-modal

We’ve seen a growing number of integrations between transport service providers, and the term “multi-modal” is springing up more frequently in urban mobility conversations.

Back in 2016, Moovit combined its public transport data with Uber to find the best route in dozens of cities. A year later, Uber revealed that it would make it easier for its ride-hailing customers to keep tabs on other transit options by displaying real-time public transport data alongside private vehicles. Earlier this month, Uber revealed it was doubling down on efforts to show full transit options directly inside the Uber app.

Elsewhere, navigation giant Here recently launched a new social transport app for planning and sharing rides, merging all modes of transport, including public, private, and personal, into a single platform.

Tying these myriad transport options together is maps and data, which is the currency for urban mobility companies. TomTom was pretty much blindsided by the arrival of iOS and Android a decade ago, with smartphones enabling portable navigation in everyone’s pockets. In recently times, TomTom has been striving to refocus its core business to better compete with Google in maps and navigation, and it recently offloaded its telematics unit for $1 billion to help with this push.

Today’s announcement, alongside TomTom’s broader Azure partnership announced last week, should go some way toward helping the company gain more traction.

“Location data has become more relevant and important than ever before, and no one knows this better than TomTom,” added managing director Anders Truelsen.

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IBM sales strategy enlists users as product partners

SAN FRANCISCO — IBM has gravitated back to a sales method it largely abandoned over the past decade or more to help gain momentum in several key markets such as hybrid cloud, AI and DevOps.

The revised IBM sales strategy now incorporates the “reference selling” model, which matches customers that have successfully implemented a new technology or product with potential customers that are skeptical or hesitant to commit. The approach aims to convince leery customers of the technologies’ value in a corporate context. Many large IT vendors provide reference customers — it’s an effective way to build credibility among prospective corporate customers and thereby increase sales.

However, in an increasing number of cases, IBM also co-creates a number of products with its users, something its top tier archrivals don’t do.

IBM sales strategy revisits the ’80s

IBM relied on this strategy in the 1980s and 1990s to fuel its success, but gradually reduced its emphasis because of changes in senior management, and adoption of more narrow approaches on individual technologies during a period of rapid technological advances.

But Big Blue has turned its spotlight back on reference customers, according to industry watchers and insiders. Evidence of this is the abundance of user companies IBM has featured on stage at conferences in recent months, including the massive Consumer Electronics Show in January. Here at the IBM Think 2019 event, an IBM exec confirmed that indeed the company has conducted much more reference selling, and intends to continue more of it.

Much of IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s keynote was to bring out top executives from IBM’s larger accounts — Geico, Hyundai, Kaiser Permanente, AT&T — who detailed why they standardized on IBM’s technologies and products, with step-by-step descriptions of their implementation process and IBM’s contributions.

Shining the spotlight on how customers have successfully implemented IBM technologies, and less on the specific hardware and software involved, underlines IBM’s long-term commitment to key markets such as hybrid cloud computing, AI and open source DevOps, said Frank Dzubeck, president of Communications Network Architects in Washington, D.C. It’s also one of the reasons the company has signed several long-term contracts.

“IBM has all the hardware and software pieces in place to be successful in today’s markets, but they need to sell much more of it,” he said. “This could be what helps get them over the hump.”

Tapping users to boost blockchain work, AI strategy

IBM isn’t just using reference selling to build its credibility in the eyes of major corporate accounts, it’s also partnering with large user organizations to jointly develop products to solve problems in that end user’s market, added Judith Hurwitz, president of Hurwitz & Associates in Needham, Mass.

IBM has all the hardware and software pieces in place to be successful in today’s markets [for hybrid cloud, AI and DevOps], but they need to sell much more of it. … This could be what helps get them over the hump.
Frank Dzubeckpresident, Communications Network Architects

Examples include partnerships to create a cloud-based blockchain with Maersk for more secure shipping supply chains, a food safety blockchain with Walmart, and a number of long-term joint projects with Vodafone, one of Germany’s largest telecommunications makers.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, which has a long relationship with IBM, built its LiveWire H-D Connect service on the IBM Cloud to deliver a range of mobile and concierge services for riders. The service exploits IBM’s AI, analytics and IoT offerings.

Marc McAllister, vice president of product planning at Harley-Davidson, said his company has partnered with IBM on the company’s latest offering because he sees IBM’s global presence as an asset in the voraciously competitive motorcycle market.

“We look for partners who are first reliable and global and who can differentiate themselves from other providers,” McAllister said here at Think 2019. “Partners have to take you where you want to go and we think IBM has the offerings to do that down the road.”

IBM’s return to reference selling also may be in response to the increased competition from other large technical service providers such as Accenture and PwC.

“What I am sensing is their efforts to migrate up the stack of tech services and management consulting services hasn’t worked out as well as they planned,” said Geoff Woollacott, principal analyst at Technology Business Research Inc. in Hampton, N.H. “And the proliferation of open source platforms has also cut into some of that business on the technical side.”

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For Sale – Ryzen 7 gaming PC, GTX 1070, SSD, HDD

hi all

following the purchase of a z390 mobo from these forums, i’ve decided to upgrade now and gone intel/RTX and build a new PC! foolish, as this is only 8 mths old ish.

it was built from mostly new parts and most have warranties which i will help with should issues arise. not sure if they can be transferred like EVGA?? anyway, on with the beast.

The machine won’t have an activated OS as i am taking the drives(m.2) i had running and replacing with a new SSD and HDD.

SPEC:

CPU: Ryzen 7 1700 8 core w/wraith cooler
mobo: MSI B450 gaming plus – 6 mth plus warranty
Mem: 16 gb of Adata premier pro 2666 mhz ram
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1070 8gb – 2 yrs plus warranty
SSD: 240 gb ssd
HDD: 2 x 500 gb drives
Case: Aerocool midi RGB lighting – was new
PSU: Riotoro enigma g2 650 watt gold fully modular 9 year plus warranty left (made by seasonic)
OS: windows 10 trial will be installed due to current being removed. you will need you own key.

£795 to include all fees and shipping.

Price and currency: 795
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: bank transfer
Location: heybridge
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Microsoft, Moovit, and TomTom team up for multi-modal transport platform

A triumvirate of tech companies today announced what they’re touting as the “world’s first truly comprehensive multi-modal trip planner.”

Taking the stage at the Move mobility conference in London, executives from Microsoft, TomTom, and Moovit outlined how they’re pooling their various transport, data, and cloud processing smarts so developers can integrate more extensive transport options into their own applications.

“Over the last few years, cities have experienced rising urban sprawl, where residents of metropolitan areas have been pushed out toward suburban areas, often beyond the limits of public transit lines,” noted Azure Maps head Chris Pendleton. “With most jobs still residing in densely populated cities, the typical commute is becoming multi-modal.”

Moovit, for the uninitiated, constitutes two core elements: a consumer-facing app that gives travelers the easiest way to get around a city and a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) platform that provides municipalities with data and analytics to improve city transport infrastructure.

A few months back, Moovit and Microsoft announced a partnership that would allow developers who use Azure Maps to hook into Moovit’s transit data. Last week, GPS navigation stalwart TomTom announced an expanded tie-up with Microsoft, one that will bring TomTom’s extensive maps and traffic data into the Azure fold — in effect, TomTom will serve as the primary location data provider for Microsoft’s cloud platform, Bing Maps, and Cortana.

Fast-forward to today, and the three companies are now pooling their respective capabilities for an urban transport offering that any third-party developer can leverage.

“This will lead to commuters having the best option to plan a trip [by] combining legs on public transit, ride-sharing, bike, or scooter and other legs by car, including finding available parking lot spaces in real time,” added Moovit cofounder and CEO Nir Erez.

Through Azure Maps, Microsoft’s developer-focused mapping platform, users will be able to access not only Moovit’s public transit data, but also TomTom’s real-time driving and parking data. So developers will be able to include the full gamut of transport options inside their own apps — including buses, trains, metros, ferries, carpooling, bike-sharing, and now driving and parking.

“Blending TomTom’s specific auto and parking lot data with Moovit’s multi-modal trip planning gives Azure Maps an unprecedented view of every facet of urban mobility,” Pendleton continued. “No one else has provided this comprehensive level of service in one solution.”

Multi-modal

We’ve seen a growing number of integrations between transport service providers, and the term “multi-modal” is springing up more frequently in urban mobility conversations.

Back in 2016, Moovit combined its public transport data with Uber to find the best route in dozens of cities. A year later, Uber revealed that it would make it easier for its ride-hailing customers to keep tabs on other transit options by displaying real-time public transport data alongside private vehicles. Earlier this month, Uber revealed it was doubling down on efforts to show full transit options directly inside the Uber app.

Elsewhere, navigation giant Here recently launched a new social transport app for planning and sharing rides, merging all modes of transport, including public, private, and personal, into a single platform.

Tying these myriad transport options together is maps and data, which is the currency for urban mobility companies. TomTom was pretty much blindsided by the arrival of iOS and Android a decade ago, with smartphones enabling portable navigation in everyone’s pockets. In recently times, TomTom has been striving to refocus its core business to better compete with Google in maps and navigation, and it recently offloaded its telematics unit for $1 billion to help with this push.

Today’s announcement, alongside TomTom’s broader Azure partnership announced last week, should go some way toward helping the company gain more traction.

“Location data has become more relevant and important than ever before, and no one knows this better than TomTom,” added managing director Anders Truelsen.

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LinkedIn’s recruiting platform billed as ‘Intelligent Hiring Experience’

LinkedIn is combining three recruiting tools into one platform. The company, known best for its professional networking site, calls it the Intelligent Hiring Experience. This is a technology-driven change designed to improve its job-matching capabilities.

The recruiting platform, which launches this summer, combines its Recruiter, Jobs and Pipeline Builder into a single product. It uses AI such as machine learning to get a deeper understanding of its users, and one goal is to make better recommendations for job seekers and recruiters.

The Intelligent Hiring Experience platform appears to be part of a broader goal by LinkedIn to add new features to its talent management system. Last year alone, it added LinkedIn Talent Insights to help with workforce planning. And it recently acquired Glint, an engagement tool that has the potential of using employee engagement data to help determine who might be a good job fit. Last year, LinkedIn also announced an applicant tracking system.

LinkedIn’s system learns what’s best

This new platform will allow all of these products to learn from each other so that matches in each system get more intelligent.
John Jersinvice president of product, LinkedIn Talent Solutions

LinkedIn spent the last year rebuilding its core products into a “common platform,” said John Jersin, vice president of product for LinkedIn Talent Solutions. The recruitment products work from a shared pool of data, and each informs the other, he said.

“This new platform will allow all of these products to learn from each other so that matches in each system get more intelligent,” Jersin said at an online press briefing.

LinkedIn ranks the search results — whether by job seeker or recruiter — with what the platform deems are the best fits, placing them at the top. LinkedIn’s engine will also recommend candidates to recruiters.

In arriving at the search results, LinkedIn’s recruiting platform uses three different data sets, according to Jersin. The first is explicit data or information listed as skills and experience on a candidate’s profile or information in a job description.

The second data set is behaviors, or the actions candidates take on the platform. This data set includes a history of searches and jobs clicked on.

The third kind of data that LinkedIn’s recruiting platform uses is inference. The platform infers facts about a candidate that aren’t apparent from the profile or from behavior.

For instance, a candidate may have a skill that doesn’t appear in a profile. But based on a candidate’s job history, the platform fills in the gaps, inferring that a person may have picked up a skill at a previous job, Jersin said.

LinkedIn candidate reject feature interface
LinkedIn is creating a tool to make it easier to close the loop on applicants who aren’t hired.

Better results for recruiters, LinkedIn says

Jersin said the recruiting platform’s tools improve the match rates for recruiters and people hunting for jobs.

“As we’re showing job seekers more of the right opportunities, it’s more likely that recruiters on the other end will be getting more people who are well-qualified for the role,” he said.

Some other changes that are arriving include a bulk reject feature. While the label might make the technology sound harsh, the intent is to end the frustration candidates have with job applications. A common complaint by job seekers is they never hear back after applying. There will also be interface improvements to help recruiters work with the tools.

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For Sale – Ryzen 7 gaming PC, GTX 1070, SSD, HDD

hi all

following the purchase of a z390 mobo from these forums, i’ve decided to upgrade now and gone intel/RTX and build a new PC! foolish, as this is only 8 mths old ish.

it was built from mostly new parts and most have warranties which i will help with should issues arise. not sure if they can be transferred like EVGA?? anyway, on with the beast.

The machine won’t have an activated OS as i am taking the drives(m.2) i had running and replacing with a new SSD and HDD.

SPEC:

CPU: Ryzen 7 1700 8 core w/wraith cooler
mobo: MSI B450 gaming plus – 6 mth plus warranty
Mem: 16 gb of Adata premier pro 2666 mhz ram
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 1070 8gb – 2 yrs plus warranty
SSD: 240 gb ssd
HDD: 2 x 500 gb drives
Case: Aerocool midi RGB lighting – was new
PSU: Riotoro enigma g2 650 watt gold fully modular 9 year plus warranty left (made by seasonic)
OS: windows 10 trial will be installed due to current being removed. you will need you own key.

£795 to include all fees and shipping.

Price and currency: 795
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: bank transfer
Location: heybridge
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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