AI adoption and analytics are rising, survey finds

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The need for enterprise digital transformation during the pandemic has bolstered investments in AI. Last year, AI startups raised a collective $73.4 billion in Q4 2020, a $15 billion year-over-year increase. And according to a new survey from ManageEngine, the IT division of Zoho, business deployment of AI is on the rise.

In the survey of more than 1,200 tech execs at organizations looking at the use of AI and analytics, 80% of respondents in the U.S. said that they’d accelerated their AI adoption over the past two years. Moreover, 20% said they’d boosted their usage of business analytics compared with the global average, a potential sign that trust in AI is growing.

“The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to adopt — and adapt to — new digital technologies overnight,” ManageEngine VP Rajesh Ganesan, a coauthor of the

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Docket Launches App for Zoom to Enhance In-Meeting Collaboration | Business


Docket, an online platform for managing better work meetings, today announced the launch of the new Docket App for Zoom Video Communications, Inc., delivering an embedded experience accessible within Zoom Meetings.

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Docket launches a new app for Zoom for a more cohesive meeting experience. (Photo: Business Wire)

The new Docket App for Zoom is now available in the Zoom App Marketplace, which hosts more than 1,400 third-party integrations that extend the power of Zoom’s video communications platform.

“Docket helps Zoom users promote more effective business communication before, during, and after meetings,” said Ross Mayfield, Product Lead, Zoom Apps & Integrations, Zoom. “Bringing the functionality of these platforms together enhances the total meeting experience and delivers happiness to our users.”

This new collection of apps provides greater in-meeting functionality for all Zoom users within Zoom

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Schlumberger’s profit beats forecast as margins soar on revenue gains

  • Schlumberger delivers optimistic outlook for North American and international oil markets
  • Reports earnings of 30 cents per share, beating Wall Street estimates of 26 cents per share
  • Operating margins almost double to 14.3%, highest since 2018

July 23 (Reuters) – Oilfield services giant Schlumberger NV (SLB.N) issued a bullish forecast for 2021 on Friday as second-quarter profit topped estimates due to surging margins, with a rebound in oil prices boosting demand for its software and equipment.

Energy services firms are benefiting from a resumption of drilling driven by rising crude prices, which are up 18% in the latest quarter and 42% since the start of 2021.

Still, oilfield activity levels remain far below pre-pandemic levels and oil demand could face a threat as a resurgence of infections from coronavirus variants prompts fresh restrictions in some parts of the world.

Schlumberger officials offered an optimistic outlook for the rest of the

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What Emergency Responders Can Learn from the Business World

In 2015, New Jersey was ready for a pandemic. The state’s Department of Health (NJDOH) had conducted a full-scale exercise for influenza response, modeled on H1N1 and SARS as a highly contagious and airborne respiratory illness. Bringing in federal and state partner emergency management agencies, local jurisdictions, and hospitals, the scenario provided valuable insight into rapid procurement of medical equipment, hospital personnel needs, and vaccine distribution, all of which were carefully incorporated into a comprehensive statewide pandemic response plan. Still, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, New Jersey was not spared. More than 26,000 people have died of the virus since early 2020, more than five times as many deaths as the NJDOH had predicted in their 2015 modeling of just such an event.

NJDOH is not alone. U.S. emergency response teams at all levels of government have been caught off-guard; hurricanes, wildfires, winter weather, and civil

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