Rolls-Royce to accelerate digital transformation through partnership with TCS
Britain’s Rolls-Royce Holdings has announced that it will be expanding its partnership with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT firm, in order to accelerate its digital transformation strategy.
The two firms have been working together since 2010. However, this extension will see Rolls-Royce more readily adopt key features and developments of industry 4.0 such as AI and automation.
“This is an example of how we intend to unleash data innovation through collaboration,” said Neil Crockett, Chief Digital Officer of Rolls-Royce. “TCS is an outstanding partner with excellent experience in delivering a flexible and agile platform capability across many different markets.”
TCS, headquartered in Mumbai, will aim to help Rolls-Royce in this venture by improving its existing services and driving its development and growth using the TCS Connected Universe Platform – a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that better enables the development and deployment of IoT applications.
“TCS’s Connected Universe Platform with its services and solutions offer a wealth of functionalities that will allow Rolls-Royce to more easily develop, deploy, and launch products and services to the market quickly,” said Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO and Managing Director of TCS. “Organisations are increasingly building upon a digital foundation to transform their businesses, and TCS is actively guiding our customers to become increasingly more intelligent, automated and agile.”
Rolls-Royce’s expanded partnership with TCS builds on an existing partnership with Microsoft, agreed in 2016, that will now position the company as a strong industry influence, with two leading digital service providers at its side.
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.