Dialpad | January 12, 2022
Dialpad, Inc., the industry leader in AI-powered communication and collaboration, announced the appointment of Prashanti Aduma as the company’s first Chief Information Officer (CIO). With more than 20 years of demonstrated leadership and project management experience at high-growth startups and enterprises, Aduma will play a significant role in advancing the core business systems, data, and security framework in concert with Dialpad’s rapid growth and global scale.
Aduma is a transformative leader who brings deep experience in building world-class IT organizations and driving global strategic initiatives to enable next-generation technologies. Aduma joins Dialpad from Salesforce where she served as Senior Director of Enterprise Services. Prior to Salesforce’s acquisition of Vlocity, Aduma served as Vice President of Business Applications at Vlocity and was responsible for the full suite of front and back-office business applications. Aduma has also held leadership positions at Rodan + Fields, SunPower, and VMware where she led the rollout of major IT and engineering initiatives.
Work as we know it has been forever changed, driving the need for better methods to connect and collaborate. In order to succeed in this new world, businesses need cloud-first, customer-first solutions that can accommodate all forms of communication. As the only truly unified AI-powered enterprise cloud collaboration platform, Dialpad is uniquely positioned to fill this need. I could not be more thrilled to welcome Prashanti Aduma to the Dialpad executive team as we prepare for a tremendous year ahead. She is an insightful leader with a focus on building strong teams and trusted partnerships throughout the organization and with the external community. We have a huge opportunity in front of us and believe when the right people come together — anything is possible.”
Craig Walker, CEO, Dialpad
As CIO, Aduma will play a critical role in ensuring the company is well-positioned through its rapid global expansion. Aduma will lead the business technology group which focuses on digital transformation, establishing industry standards and securing end-to-end business processes through next-generation technology roadmaps, data-driven analytics, automations, security, mergers and acquisitions. In her role, Aduma will focus on creating an integrated operating model providing A+ customer service across all business functions. Beyond her technical acumen and work experience, Aduma is passionate about mentorship, promoting empathetic leadership, and encouraging youth in STEM education.
“Dialpad has the only AI-powered cloud communications and collaboration platform that spans all modes of contact center, unified communications, distributed meetings, and text and team messaging. I could not be more excited to become a member of the amazing team at this important vector point for the company,” said Prashanti Aduma, Dialpad CIO. “This is the perfect time to embark on the digital transformation journey as we scale globally and get the company ready for the public markets.”
Dialpad is the global leader in AI communications for business, transforming how the world works together. Dialpad customers benefit from truly unified business and customer communications, including a cloud business phone system, text and team messaging, video meetings, and the world’s most advanced AI-powered contact center — all in one beautiful app. More than 7,000 innovative brands and millions of people use Dialpad to connect their teams from anywhere including Motorola Solutions, Netflix, T-Mobile, Twitter, Uber and WeWork.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Haslam College of Business | February 14, 2022
On a Thursday morning in fall 2021, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville seniors weren't sure what to expect from the next session of their capstone marketing course at the Haslam College of Business. As they took in the scenic view of a desert landscape surrounding them, they watched their fellow students fill the class space, where instructor Mark Collins stood at the front of a futuristic-looking auditorium.
These students weren't on a field trip; they were in their apartments and dorm rooms, attending an experimental hybrid section of Marketing Strategy (MARK 460), which Collins, distinguished lecturer of marketing at Haslam and director of the college's Office of Technology-Enhanced Education, believes to be the first class at UT to utilize virtual reality as a regular delivery modality.
Engaging Marketing Students in a New Way
VR technology has become common in fields like medicine where training involves high risk or high price tags, but Collins was inspired by marketers who had begun using the related technology of augmented reality, enabling users to view their physical surroundings through a phone or tablet and see computer-generated content such as a brand mascot overlaid on the space. With the encouragement of the college's leadership, he obtained Oculus Quest 2 headsets to interface with the VR platform Spatial, which provides high-quality audio and video and integrates easily with smartphones and Microsoft Office.
For this hybrid section of MARK 460, Collins planned for six or eight class sessions in the middle of the semester to be delivered via VR and the rest face-to-face. In the same semester, he taught another section of the course that was completely face-to-face. He says that while both sections achieved the required level of learning for the class, he believes the VR class absorbed the material at a higher level.
"Because it was so different, it made them focus and pay attention a lot more," says Collins, who makes a clear distinction between VR and other types of remote learning. "The interaction and engagement by the students in VR is night and day compared to if we only had met on Zoom. Part of it, I'm sure, is the fact that they're an avatar, so they don't feel that self-consciousness."
Bridgette Liederbach, a Haslam marketing major scheduled to graduate in May 2022, agrees.
Having an avatar makes the classroom experience feel personal and like we are all in the room together but also makes it less intimidating. Zoom sometimes makes me uncomfortable to have my camera on and [unmute myself] because I know everyone will see my face pop up on their screen, but using Spatial makes talking in class easier."
Bridgette Liederbach, a Haslam marketing major
Potential for Teaching Across Disciplines
For future sections of the course, Collins wants to take his entire class on a virtual field trip to a store, using VR footage of retail aisles that has already been shot.
"I want to stand there with them in front of that and say, 'OK, what's happening here? Why are there 13 different types of Cheez-Its?'" he says. "Then we can go down the aisle and see how the competitors are reacting, and what they're doing that kind of matches up with what Cheez-It did."
Other Haslam faculty members have approached Collins about the feasibility of using VR in their courses, and he is enthusiastic about the possibilities, especially as more units, apps and software become available at lower price points. While he doesn't recommend teaching full courses exclusively via VR yet, he imagines financial reports in which students could reach out to pick up information and place it where it belongs, or a VR supply chain where they could identify and manipulate bottlenecks.
"Across all disciplines, there are moments where we want the students to understand something at a really deep and meaningful level, and we can use VR to make that engagement and interaction happen," he says. "I can see using it in a focused, short time span, to keep it really powerful rather than just becoming the new normal."
Meta | January 25, 2022
Following Meta Platforms, Inc. October 2021 announcement that we would implement a new financial reporting structure, we are sharing additional information about the reporting format of our segmented financials.
Beginning with the fourth quarter 2021 earnings results on February 2, 2022, Meta will report revenue and income (loss) from operations for the following two segments:
Family of Apps (FoA) includes Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and other services.
We will continue to report total advertising revenue and advertising revenue by user geography using our legacy methodology.
We will also report other revenue, which consists of net fees we receive from developers using our payments infrastructure and revenue from various other sources, within the Family of Apps segment.
Reality Labs (RL) includes augmented and virtual reality related consumer hardware, software and content.
In addition to reporting segment financials for the fourth quarter of 2021, we will provide historical segment information for all quarters of 2021, the fourth quarter of 2020, and full years 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Meta's fourth quarter and full year 2021 financial results will be released after market close on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. Meta will host a conference call to discuss its results at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET the same day. The live webcast of the call can be accessed at the Meta Investor Relations website at investor.fb.com, along with the company's earnings press release, financial tables, and slide presentation.
Following the call, a replay will be available at the same website. A telephonic replay will be available for one week following the conference call at 402.977.9140 or 800.633.8284, Conference ID: 22013689.
Transcripts of conference calls with publishing equity research analysts held on February 2, 2022 will also be posted to the investor.fb.com website.
Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology.
Sterlite Technologies Ltd. (STL) | March 04, 2022
STL, an industry-leading integrator of digital networks, together with ASOCS and VMWare, announced the launch of industry's first end-to-end 5G Enterprise solution to address the growing demand for private 5G enterprise connectivity for campus, industrial and venue applications. Unveiled at MWC 2022, where STL demonstrated its All-in 5G offerings, this 5G Enterprise solution will comprise Garuda, STL's O-RAN 5G indoor/outdoor small cells, CYRUS, Open Distributed Unit and Centralised Unit from ASOCS and VMware Edge Compute Stack as the virtualization layer and cloud management .
5G Enterprise networks have proven to be game changers for businesses and are set to have a market value of US$ 14 billion by 2028. These future-ready 5G networks will be enabled by open standards-based architectures and will be able to handle dense environments required for seamless indoor coverage.
STL's Garuda small cell radio is ideal for small, medium and large enterprises, supporting more than 30 concurrent user devices per radio. ASOCS' CYRUS, a fully virtualized O-RAN CU/DU enterprise solution, delivers standalone and 5G connectivity in a single software stack. VMware Edge Compute Stack is an edge computing solution that helps to build, run, manage, and protect edge-native applications at the Near and Far Edge. The combination of STL, ASOCS and VMware offers a powerful on-premise fully virtualized and open RAN 5G solution on general purpose servers; this solution can be hosted alongside enterprise IT infrastructure on general purpose commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers, seamlessly blending with an enterprise's existing infrastructure.
In December 2021, STL & ASOCS had jointly demonstrated the 5G enterprise use-case as a part of the O-RAN Alliance annual plugfest, including the interoperability of Garuda with ASOCS' Distribution Unit/Centralised Unit.
Our strong partnership with STL and VMware brings a strong end-to-end Private 5G enterprise network solution which we already see being adopted in Smart Manufacturing and the digital transformation to Industry 4.0. With our CYRUS virtual RAN solution along with STL's Garuda and computation at the edge with VMware, enterprises will be able to easily deploy and manage 5G networks with high high-performance level, security, and flexibility."
Gilad Garon, ASOCS CEO
Commenting on the solution, Muneyb Minhazuddin, vice president of edge strategy, VMware, said: "We are delighted to associate with STL and ASOCS to bring the 5G enterprise networks solutions to provide compelling benefits to businesses. VMware Edge Compute Stack provides a purpose-built, integrated VM and container-based stack that enables organizations to deploy and secure edge-native apps at the far edge. It will complement STL's Garuda and ASOCS' CYRUS in paving the way for more seamless 5G enterprise connectivity."
Speaking on the collaboration, Chris Rice, CEO, Access Solutions, STL, said: "This collaboration is a testament to the benefits of open networking principles - bringing three partners together to offer a very powerful solution to address various 5G Enterprise opportunities, globally. Enterprises will now be able to leverage a robust, secure 5G network that is easy to scale and upgrade and drives greater levels of service efficiency."
About STL - Sterlite Technologies Ltd
STL is a leading integrator of digital networks providing All-in 5G solutions. Our capabilities across wireless connectivity, optical networking, software, and services, place us amongst the top 5G RAN vendors by Gartner. These capabilities are built on open-source and converged architectures helping telcos, cloud companies, citizen networks, and large enterprises deliver next-gen experiences to their customers. STL partners with service providers globally in achieving a green and sustainable digital future in alignment with UN SDG goals.
STL has a strong global presence in India, Italy, the UK, the US, China, and Brazil.