69% of businesses have re-evaluated digital transformation initiatives
The self-service application an...
According to new research from SnapLogic, 69% of enterprises have re-evaluated their digital transformation strategies.
The self-service application and data integration firm discovered that 59% of business would approach and conduct their transformation initiatives differently if they had the chance.
40% of the respondents are either behind schedule or have not yet begun their digital transformation projects.
The firm claims that 13% of IT Decision Makers (ITDMs) are entirely satisfied with their strategies.
According to SnapLogic, 55% of the companies claim a reliance on legacy technologies and/or a lack of the right technologies was hindering their transformation.
20% of enterprises did not test their projects before launching, and 21% continued to roll out a company-wide digital transformation despite unsuccessful pilots.
“Despite all the noise around digital transformation in recent years, it’s clear from our research that there’s still much work to be done to help organizations be successful,” remarked Gaurav Dhillon, CEO at SnapLogic.
“While some companies may take solace in knowing they are not the only ones struggling, for those of us in the technology industry this is a stark wake up call that we must do a better job advising, partnering with, and supporting customers in their digital transformation journey if we are to ever see the reality of a digital-first economy.”
Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online
Discord, a popular chat app, has acquired the software company Sentropy to bolster its efforts to combat online abuse and harassment. Sentropy, monitors online networks for abuse and harassment, then offers users a way to block problematic people and filter out messages they don’t want to see.
First launched in 2015 and currently boasting 150 million monthly active users, Discord plans to integrate Sentropy’s own products into its existing toolkit and the company will also bring the smaller company’s leadership group aboard. Discord currently uses a “multilevel” approach to moderation, and a Trust and Safety (T&S) team dedicated to protecting users and shaping content moderation policies comprised 15% of Discord’s workforce as of May 2020.
“T&S tech and processes should not be used as a competitive advantage,” Sentropy CEO John Redgrave said in a blog post on the announcement. “We all deserve digital and physical safety, and moderators deserve better tooling to help them do one of the hardest jobs online more effectively and with fewer harmful impacts.”
Cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse
Redgrave elaborated on the company’s natural connection with Discord: “Discord represents the next generation of social companies — a generation where users are not the product to be sold, but the engine of connectivity, creativity, and growth. In this model, user privacy and user safety are essential product features, not an afterthought. The success of this model depends upon building next-generation Trust and Safety into every product. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are humbled to work at the scale of Discord and with Discord’s resources to increase the depth of our impact.”
Sentropy launched out of stealth last summer with an AI system designed to detect, track and cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse. The company emerged then with $13 million in funding from notable backers including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his VC firm Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Horizons Ventures and Playground Global.
“We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities,” Redgrave said.