SAP named the best IoT employer
According to Forbes, using data taken from Glassdoor, SAP has been named the top internet of things (IoT) company to work for, with 91% of employees willingly recommending the firm as an employer.
Alongside SAP, fellow IoT leaders including ARM, Google, Samsara AND Nvdidia are also highly praised, each with a minimum 88% recommendation rate.
As leading global operators, these companies amongst others on the list, are expected to lead the way in the growth of the global IoT market, predicted to see $15tn in global spending between 2017 and 2025, according to a report Business Insider Intelligence (BI Intelligence).
Similarly, a separate report from MarketsandMarkets has forecast that the global IoT market will exceed $639bn by 2022, growing at an average rate of 25.1% for the next five years.
“The market has a huge potential across various industry verticals such as industrial, automotive & transportation, and building automation,” MarketsandMarkets said.
Aside from SAP which operates within the IoT software and services sector, the majority of the leading recommended IoT companies work within the IoT hardware category, rounding out the rest of the top five.
For more information, see the full infographic from Forbes.
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.