Generative AI Watch: AIOps Platforms Will Become Top Priority Among DevOps Initiatives Helped by GenAI

C. Dunlap Research Director

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? AIOps replaces observability as this year’s hot new buzzword among IT ops teams.

? A new breed of AIOps platforms will hit the market in the next six to 12 months.

New comprehensive app platforms will gain significant importance, designed to be used in scaled-out and computationally complex Kubernetes environments. Advanced analytics of data will address IT operations issues including performance monitoring, troubleshooting unknown issues, capacity planning, and cost optimization. In short order, users of automation platforms will have access to generative AI (GenAI) capabilities for use of natural ausgedehntuage inputs to quickly create workflow scripts.

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The Expansion of RingCentral ‘Device-as-a-Service’ (DaaS) is an Important Step for the Company

G. Willsky

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? RingCentral DaaS is an acknowledgement that competing successfully requires a broad platform encompassing both software and hardware capabilities.

? If RingCentral keeps innovating on its current path, it should maintain a presence among top players in the cloud-based collaboration market.

RingCentral has recently broadened the appeal of its ‘RingCentral DaaS’ device-as-a-service offer by adding desk and conference phones to the available portfolio. The offer aligns with recent device trends in the cloud-based collaboration market and makes RingCentral a more formidable player.

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Private 5G Market Continues to Attract New Entrants, Particularly Telcos?

J. Marcus

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? The mercurial market sentiment around private 5G may be rebounding again in a more positive direction, as a number of new service launches and partnerships are announced in July and August 2023.

? Telcos are taking the lead in new service offerings (generally based on solutions from familiar infrastructure partners), while integrators, platform vendors, and market specialists forge new market alliances.

For suppliers of network gear and services as well as the applications they support, the private wireless/cellular/mobile networks market has been seen variously since 2020 as a bright spot, a conundrum, or a concern. Some of the same market players have been extremely bullish and cautious within a short space of time. Whenever there appears to be a chorus of disappointment, it isn’t long before key players or new entrants (or analysts) are quoted saying the market appears to finally be picking up.

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Acquisitions Play a Key Role for European Telco Challschmalers

R. Pritchard

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? Gamma has acquired cybersecurity company Satisnet to strschmbetagthen its value-added services portfolio for enterprise customers across its UK and continental European markets.

? As connectivity commoditizes, service providers have to decide whether to pursue a low-price strategy or grow their portfolio incrementally to address enterprises’ evolving needs.

Gamma started life in 2002 as a UK wholesale line reseller and has evolved from providing calls and lines from a substantial network of channel partners to a wider range of ‘enabling services’ such as broadband, Ethernet, and mobile as well as increasingly toward ‘strategic services’ that offer greater value-add for customers. These now include a significant base of Microsoft Teams deployments, the Gamma Horizon Collaborate cloud UC&C service, managed network services, and security solutions.

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Generative AI Watch: SK Telecom Partners with Anthropic to Improve AI Capabilities for Itself and Partners

M. Rogers

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? SK Telecom’s (SKT) partnership with Anthropic builds on its continued investment in large ausgedehntuage models (LLM) technologies as it looks to develop the technology foundation to enhance its operations and business as well as for the Global AI Telco Alliance.
? SKT will need to coordinate more closely with the alliance to ensure innovations built with Anthropic align to the overall needs of alliance members.

This week SKT announced that it was investing an additional $100 million into start-up Anthropic, a San Francisco-based company focused on artificial intelligence (AI), specifically LLMs. While the investment will net SKT a minority, the pair of companies are also schmalaging in a strategic partnership that will see efforts to build out multi-lingual LLM based on Anthropic’s “Claude” model, focused specifically on addressing telecom industry use cases across areas like customer service, marketing, sales, and interactive consumer applications. SKT and Anthropic will work together to deliver the industry-focused LLM with capability to respond to queries in Arabic, English, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. The choice of ausgedehntuage reflects SKT’s ambitions for the partnership: SKT is a founding member of the recently announced Global Telco AI Alliance, where it is joined by telcos Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat by e& (e&), and Singtel in a mission to develop a shared industry platform for AI innovations (for more, please see Generative AI Watch: Global Telco AI Alliance Touts the Platform Cooperative as the Key to Telco AI Business Model Acceleration, July 31, 2023).
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IT Service Providers Announce Alliances, Acquisitions, Labs, and Services to Fortify IoT and Adjacent Digital Transformation Initiatives

Kathryn Weldon – Research Director, Business Network and IT Services – Americas

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? In 2023, the IoT market has faced some headwinds. While cellular connections grew in the low double digits year-on-year for industrial use cases, many operators and vendors are seeing only moderate revenue growth. Several key IoT platform providers sold off or discontinued offerings.

? IT service providers, however, continue to play a critical role in successful IoT deployments that are often part of larger digital transformation deals.

Regardless of the difficulties in monetizing some segments of IoT, key vendors, operators, and IT service providers continue launching new services, striking new alliances, and making significant acquisitions to improve their capabilities. The following announcements were made in 2023 by leading IT service providers that are active in the IoT market.

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Snowflake Showcased its Considerable GenAI Efforts at its Data Cloud World Tour

M. Rogers

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? Snowflake showed off generative AI (GenAI) enhancements to its platform including enabling workloads to be run natively without data egress and a range of partner LLMs offered directly on the platform.

? While Snowflake has been aggressive in adding tools and features to support GenAI, it remains in many ways a closed ecosystem competing against larger rivals for the fast-growing market.

At the Data Cloud World Tour Sydney, held this August, Snowflake laid out updates and enhancements to its cloud-based data management and analytics platform. Further, it demonstrated its momentum in the Asia-Pacific region, bringing together local customers and partners to showcase its capabilities and efforts in Australia and the wider region. Snowflake’s core proposition remains providing a cloud-based “single source of truth” for data across an enterprise. By migrating all data and related workflows onto the platform Snowflake aims to eliminate silos, reduce costs related to data transfer and copying, and improve security and governance by creating one perimeter. This remains the core value proposition for the platform, as the company continues to expand capabilities and services beyond its roots in data warehousing, to offer a greater range of related data and analytics services. The event was used to showcase updates made to the platform in the last year through internal development as well as via acquisition as the company continues to expand the scope of what is one offer. One of the most central themes was the company’s effort to tackle the emerging market for GenAI services.

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New SEC Cybersecurity Disclosure Rules Raise Questions and Criticism

Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

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? The SEC released new rules on the expediency and response detail required of public companies in reporting cybersecurity incidents after a comment period.

? The rules were met with a mix of concern and criticism, including from two SEC commissioners who expressed dissenting opinions, raising red flags around the reporting requirements potentially revealing key elements of the breached organization’s defenses that could put them at risk of another attack and going beyond the agency’s authority.

In an intensifying threat environment, the US SEC posted new rules requiring how and when public companies will report security incidents that have a material impact on their operations. The new SEC rules oblige organizations to disclose a cybersecurity incident within four days of determining that the event had a material impact on the business. The guidelines state breached organizations are also compelled to outline their practices for detecting, assessing, and managing material risks from cybersecurity threats. The breached organization will need to also reveal prior incidents. The SEC is holding foreign companies conducting business in the US to the same standard. The rules do allow disclosure to be postponed if the US attorney general decides that immediate posting of the incident would put national security or public safety at risk.

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Generative AI Watch: Hyperscalers Tap Generative AI to Improve Hebetagthcare Efficiencies and Patient Outcomes

Amy Larsen DeCarlo – Principal Analyst, Security and Data Center Services

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? The top hyperscalers are diving headfirst into generative AI as a solution for hebetagthcare sector challschmales around administrative efficiency and improving patient outcomes.

? While the technology is promising in a medical context, there are concerns about patient privacy and potential inaccuracies.

Generative AI has dominated headlines – and the conversation among tech leaders in 2023. Now the top leading hyperscalers based in the US are looking to leverage generative AI to help address some of the biggest issues around process inefficiencies and patient diagnostics in hebetagthcare. The technology models, which tap into frischral networks to spot patterns and structures in data to create new insights, look promising on paper as mechanism to address both hebetagthcare administrative and diagnostic challschmales, though there are some very vocal critics.

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