Artificial Intelligence – Is It Just a Load of Hot AIr?

Fraud chief investigates if AI in the language industry is driving digital transformation or still in the stone age

Companies on the digital transformation journey will find the powerful algorithms in Guildhawk Aided machine translation solution extremely helpful”

— David Clarke, Head of Multilingual Due Diligence Services, Guildhawk

LONDON, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, February 28, 2021 / — From the factory floor to the C-suite, over the last year, the subject of Artificial Intelligence for Digital transformation (AI for DX) has seemed completely inescapable along with the global response to the COVID 19 pandemic that is. The language and technology sector is certainly no exception to the AI digital transformation trend, with new AI platforms, products and all-encompassing “solutions” popping up and promising to totally change the game. It seems AI is the great saviour of the modern business – the answer to all of the current market’s needs in terms of cost efficiencies, time savings, and everyone’s New Year’s resolution to “work smarter”.

But how good is AI in the translation industry? Can translation software really drive digital transformation, especially in those industries very much stapled to the paper rich analogue world?

Former police fraud squad chief and Guildhawk director of Integrity Services David Clarke did some investing and found that, if you scratch beneath the surface, you don’t need to be an expert to see there’s often not much substance to what is being offered. The “game-changing” AI platform turns out to be a futuristic interface plastered on top of a traditional service; the AI’s “efficiencies” actually come from linguists being paid a pittance for higher-volume, lower-quality work, and so on.

However, he also found lots of clues and evidence of new software technology that is changing the rules of the translation game and being used to help companies in a range of industry sectors to transform and best of all, win new business deals.

Guildhawk is a privately held, woman owned technology and language business established in 2001 by entrepreneur Jurga Zilinskiene MBE and has become a world leader in the sector. The company pioneered Guidlhawk Aided an AI powered machine translation tool that produces exceptional quality results. The software was released to customers during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Impact Integrated Collaborated With Techninier To Develop The 1st State Of The Art National Esports Platform

Aspire to achieve 1 million registered users by 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, FEDERAL TERRITORY, MALAYSIA, February 28, 2021 / — Impact Integrated and Techninier Sdn. Bhd. have signed an agreement for the development and management of (a National Esports Tournament platform). The eSports platform allows Malaysians to participate, watch and organise eSports tournaments anywhere at any time.

The signing of the agreement was witnessed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican. is the National Esports Tournament platform developed for Esports Integrated Initiative (ESI), an initiative to create a vibrant, sustainable, and inclusive eSports ecosystem powered by Impact Integrated, under the purview of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The platform is being progressively developed by Techninier, a leading software and mobile game development company in Malaysia. As a proud partner of this project, Techninier believes will greatly benefit the Malaysian eSports community by fostering collaborations among various industry stakeholders, government agencies, and enthusiasts to provide a comprehensive foundation for the local gaming and eSports ecosystem.

"We appreciate the opportunity and trust given by The Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) and Impact Integrated to develop as Malaysia’s most comprehensive esports platform. Following the discussion with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, we acknowledged that the government is highly supportive of the eSports industry which can potentially contribute significantly to Malaysia’s economy. We are grateful and honored to be able to contribute towards the growth and development of National eSports development strategies. We aspire to achieve 1 million unique registered users by 2022," said Dato’ Lion Peh, CEO of Techninier.

Whether you are a gamer or an event organiser, is opened for registration to all Malaysians aged 13 and above. Upon registration, users are able to join the available tournaments as a team or create a tournament as an event organiser. was introduced back in November 2020 and has become the official platform for the inaugural Malaysia Esports Championship which hosted over 11,000 participants gaining over 1 million views. Prior to its official launch, has successfully obtained approximately 20,000 registered users. The platform will progressively introduce new features across four development phases. In year 2021, targets to host over 20 eSports tournaments covering mobile, PCs and console and hitting the 500,000 registered users’ milestone.

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Whitaker Holdings Acquires Advanced Cable Technology

Idaho-based communications company is the newest addition to fast-growing ESOP company

With the addition of Advanced Cable Technology, Whitaker Holdings has increased our capabilities to offer our clients quality fiber optic construction solutions.”

— Whitaker Holdings CEO Mike Whitaker

BOISE, IDAHO, USA, February 26, 2021 / — The mission statement of Whitaker Holdings is “Building the Best: People, Communities and Futures.”

The company can now add “network cable solutions” to that motto.

Today, Whitaker Holdings announced the acquisition of Idaho’s Advanced Cable Technology. Advanced Cable Technology is a beginning-to-end provider of communications solutions for a variety of networks, including voice, data and video.

In a letter released to Advanced Cable Technology employees about the acquisition, the companies indicated that the acquisition was initiated by Whitaker Holdings “with the idea of selling and becoming an ESOP company within Whitaker Holdings’ portfolio. Both businesses felt like the move would strengthen their companies.”

The acquisition is the latest in a rapid series of purchases for Whitaker Holdings. Since it formed in 2020 to further the goals of its legacy company, Whitaker Construction Company, Whitaker Holdings has grown to include an impressive portfolio of infrastructure-related companies, including Bighorn Traffic Services, Whitaker Transportation, Dasco of Idaho.

“As an employee-owned group, we are passionate about our company’s Vision Statement to ‘Build the Best; People, Communities and Futures’ and with the addition of Advanced Cable Technology, Whitaker Holdings has increased our capabilities to offer our clients quality fiber optic construction solutions,” said Whitaker Holdings CEO Mike Whitaker. “The skilled network professionals at Advanced Cable Technology will complement the other companies within Whitaker Holdings’ portfolio to help us support our communities’ growing telecommunications, broadband and fiber optic needs.”

Whitaker Holdings is available for interviews regarding this purchase. To schedule an interview, contact Madelyn McGill at

About Whitaker Holdings:

Whitaker Holdings was formed in 2020 as a means of furthering the goals of its legacy company, Whitaker Construction Company, which was established in 1953. Whitaker Holdings believes in growing healthy, well rounded businesses that embody the company’s philosophy of “Building the Best: People, Communities and Futures.” Whitaker Holdings is an employee-owned company with a workforce of more than 450 employee owners, and performs over $185 million in revenue annually. Learn more:

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Advanced Cable Technology delivers comprehensive communications solutions for voice, data, and video networks. Through our design and implementation capabilities, we utilize vendor-independent solutions to ensure that each customer’s network functions as designed. We provide strategic planning, need assessment, design, engineering, implementation, testing, ongoing maintenance, and technology consulting services to ensure that your network functions all day every day. Learn more:


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AFFIRM Testing Platform 2020 MVP for BlackFin Group

BlackFin Group has released its 2020 performance report, which shows its AFFIRM testing platform contributed significantly to the company’s growth.

Having a robust testing platform ready to go made 2020 a very good year for our company.”

— Lloyd Booth, BlackFin Group CTO

LAGUNA HILLS, CA, USA, February 26, 2021 / — BlackFin Group, a management consulting firm serving the Mortgage Banking Industry, has released its 2020 performance report to internal stakeholders, which shows that the company’s AFFIRM testing platform was embraced by the industry in 2020, contributing significantly to the company’s growth. AFFIRM is a state-of-the-art, blended approach to testing that delivers a cost-effective, accurate and efficient software testing strategy.

“2020 was all about digital lending for many lenders, as they struggled to keep up with volume and consumer expectations,” said BlackFin Group CEO Keith Kemph. “We saw a lot of new technology implemented last year. Testing is always a critical element of this process. Few other IT activities can be as difficult to get right or as costly to get wrong. This was a great opportunity for BlackFin Group and our AFFIRM testing platform.”

New software implementations are complex initiatives. Success is dependent upon a good testing methodology, but manual testing is expensive and time-consuming. AFFIRM combines well designed manual testing with affordable automated testing to tailor testing processes to meet each organization’s unique business processes. AFFIRM leverage's state-of-the-art technology and BlackFin Group’s own testing best practices, which are built upon decades of software implementation experience.

Last year, BlackFin Group worked with banks, credit unions and independent mortgage banks on new implementations as well as software updates and patches to existing solutions.

“Our client engagements may vary from analysis, to advisory, or doing the heavy lifting to implement your business strategy or technology initiative,” said BlackFin Group Chief Operating Officer and CTO Lloyd Booth. “Having a robust testing platform ready to go made 2020 a very good year for our company.”

For more information about AFFIRM or any of BlackFin Group’s consulting services, visit the company online.

About BlackFin Group
BlackFin Group is a management consulting firm that specializes in training, application development, and consulting within the Mortgage Banking Industry. We are skilled in the successful execution of your firms’ critical initiatives by providing clients the best in resources that ensure project success. For more information, contact the company at (949) 326-5675,, or visit its website

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rSchoolToday Partners with MaxPreps

rSchoolToday and MaxPreps, have created a data-sharing partnership that will benefit their mutual State Associations and schools.

TAMPA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2021 / — Two of the leading companies in the high school athletics space, rSchoolToday and MaxPreps, have created a data-sharing partnership that will benefit their mutual State Associations and schools. With the goal of eliminating redundant data entry, Schedules, Rosters and Scores entered into rSchool’s Activity Scheduler will now sync to MaxPreps. Additionally, scores entered into MaxPreps will also sync back to rSchool’s Sports Management Platform in states where coaches already use MaxPreps to enter their results.
Maine and Rhode Island are the first two states that will roll out the new partnership, and other states have already expressed interest.

“We’ve admired what MaxPreps does for a long time and it just seemed a natural fit for the largest high school stats company and the largest high school athletic scheduling company to work together for our states and school’s mutual benefit.” Ray Dretske, President and Co-Founder, rSchoolToday

“This is a partnership we have discussed for several years, and I’m thrilled we are finally aligned with rSchoolToday. This partnership will be a time-saver to those coaches and athletic directors who use both platforms and will allow both companies to better serve the high school space overall.” Gerry Valerio, Director of Association Partnerships, MaxPreps

About rSchoolToday
rSchoolToday is a 27-year-old, Florida-based software company providing an integrated suite of 25 cloud-hosted Software and Mobile App solutions to the K-16 education market. rSchool’s Sports Management Platform includes the most widely adopted Athletic Scheduler on the market. rSchool currently serves over 8,700 schools and Educational Associations. For more information:

About MaxPreps
MaxPreps is the leading online high school sports destination, offering the most comprehensive coverage with the latest news, analysis and rankings. MaxPreps aspires to cover every high school team, game and player by partnering with more than 200,000 coaches throughout the country, in addition to partnering with 30 high school state associations and the National Federation of State High School Associations. A unit of ViacomCBS and a site, MaxPreps was founded in August 2002 and is headquartered in El Dorado Hills, Calif. For more information about MaxPreps, please visit

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Why Web Security Is Imperative for the Modern Corporation

Think of how much of your company’s daily operations rely on a stable online network to run, and then imagine what would happen if that were to be compromised.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA, February 26, 2021 / — We don’t live in the wild west anymore. Modern day robberies aren’t done by masked outlaws who break in take money – they’re done by sophisticated hackers who can rob unwitting companies blind without them even knowing. For any SMB or enterprise corporation, cyber security must be taken extremely seriously, as with the massive integration of tech with the daily operation of corporations, if a system is hacked and taken down, or data is stolen, it can be absolutely detrimental to the company and cost them not only money, but also client trust, which is often worth even more.

Cyber attacks can often be dismissed as a non-issue or something that takes the backburner. Even when a company will hire out a full security team to guard the actual premises, they may take a more relaxed approach to their online security and data protection. The truth though is that a company’s online security needs to be held at the same – or higher – standard as their physical security measures. The bottom is that not only is there as big a threat online compared to physical, but the effects of an online attack can be astronomical, there’s no telling exactly how much damage a hacker can do to a company’s online system or what information they can steal until it happens.

So what can your company do to prevent an online attack?
What if instead of being reactionary with cyber security measures, your company was proactive? There are cyber security agencies that employ their own “hackers” who can test your online system (referred to as Penetration Testing, or pentesting for short) to find any vulnerabilities, and see what data they can extract. They then provide feedback and a plan on what you can do to secure your systems and protect the data.

In addition to seeing what outside hackers can get access to in your system, these penetration testing companies also conduct internal penetration tests which see what information is accessible via an internal attack. To test this, the pentesting company will take the different access levels that each of your employees have and test the internal network to see if there is any additional data that they would have access to that they are not supposed to see. Again, they would then provide a full report of their findings, and a plan to fix any weaknesses in the systems to mitigate the risk of an actual attack.

Just think of how much of your company’s daily operations rely on a stable online network and need access to various programs to run, and then imagine what would happen if that were to be compromised. This is why cyber security needs to be of paramount importance to corporations. With a properly secured network, your company can save time, money, and protect sensitive data and hold onto the trust of your clients and customers.

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Pathways Consulting Group CEO Jeff Giovinazzo Talks Digitizing the Workplace With ServiceNow On Inside the Blueprint

Pathways Consulting Group CEO Jeff Giovinazzo talks about the future of work and digitizing the workplace with ServiceNow on Inside the Blueprint

We are incredibly proud of our status as an Elite ServiceNow partner and the valuable successful outcomes that we deliver to our customers.”

— Jeff Giovinazzo

ISELIN, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2021 / — Pathways Consulting Group’s CEO Jeff Giovinazzo will be featured on this weekend’s edition of Inside the Blueprint, discussing ways to digitize the workplace to unlock productivity and expand your digital footprint with ServiceNow. “ServiceNow is what we do. It’s all we do,” he said. “I started Pathways because I believe that customers deserve the successful outcomes that they signed up for.”

Anthony Torsiello, Vice President, ServiceNow Alliances and Channel Ecosystem will also be joining the conversation. “Our partnership with Pathways goes back ten years, to when we were just an ITSM company,” said Torsiello. “It has evolved over the years where they are now delivering successful deployments across the platform, across industries. They also have a customer satisfaction rating of 5/5, which is unprecedented. “

“We have spent over 10 years perfecting a methodology to help clients maximize their investment in ServiceNow,” continued Giovinazzo. “We are incredibly proud of our status as an Elite ServiceNow partner and the valuable successful outcomes that we deliver to our customers.”

This episode of Inside the Blueprint will air on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 12:30 p.m. ET on WMBC and on Sunday, Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. ET on WLNY.

It will also be available to view on Inside the Blueprint’s YouTube channel:

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Ryan McMillen Appointed CEO of RyanTech Cloud Services

Not Just Another I.T. Company

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President and Board of Directors member

Ryan McMillen, newly appointed CEO

RyanTech Cloud Services today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ryan McMillen as President and Board of Directors member.

Ryan is a proven leader with hard-core programming and engineering skills, business vision, and the ability to bring people together.”

— Kevin McMillen, RyanTech’s Founder and Board of Directors member

HIGLEY, ARIZONA, USA, February 26, 2021 / — RyanTech Cloud Services today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ryan McMillen as President and Board of Directors member effective immediately. McMillen for the prior year has held the position of Director of Business Development at RyanTech.

“During this exciting time in cloud transformation and adoption, there is no better person to lead the team at RyanTech than Ryan McMillen whom the company was aptly named after decades ago,” said Kevin McMillen, RyanTech’s Founder and Board of Directors member. “Ryan is a proven leader with hard-core programming and engineering skills, business vision, and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how cloud technology will be used and experienced, especially in the automotive space, is exactly what the company needs as it enters its next chapter of expanded product and service innovations.”

Since joining the company in 2017, Ryan has spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts across the company’s portfolio of products and services.He is most notably responsible for the company’s creation of CloudProtect, Advanced Support + Security, and other leading-edge initiatives that are driving clients in positive directions. During his tenure overseeing RyanTech’s Business Development initiatives, the department outperformed the market, took shares from competitors, and revamped its internal sales processes and tools. This was all done while focusing on creating a more closely connected relationship with RyanTech’s clients and attracting new clients with groundbreaking innovative solutions.

Ryan McMillen, RyanTech CEO responded, “The RyanTech culture is a rare breed where every employee shows up to do their best every day. Without them, we couldn’t implement these revolutionary strategies and goals in the tech sector. I’m honored to be chosen to lead a company of such hardworking staff and exceptional clients. The opportunities ahead for RyanTech are vast, but to seize them we must focus clearly, move faster, and continue to transform. A big part of my job is to accelerate our ability to bring innovative products to our customers quickly.”

“It’s been a lifelong mission of mine to groom, lead, and provide for my successor to take the reins,” said Kevin McMillen, who announced on December 1, 2019, that he would retire within the next year. “I’ve had the distinct privilege of not only personally hiring but also working with the most talented employees and senior leadership team in the industry. I know their passion and hunger for greatness will continue to only grow stronger under Ryan’s leadership.”

Over this past year, RyanTech has been able to transition and thrive. Now, RyanTech is on par to deliver on its next chapter of success for its clients, staff, and partners like Microsoft, Google, and the automotive industry.

“Ryan McMillen has been instrumental in taking RyanTech to the next level and positioning us for continued success,” said Carol Wall, Director of Operations. “I’m excited to work with Ryan in this next phase. This new role as president widens his gap in terms of responsibility and recognizes what he has accomplished as well as the positive impact he has had on our company and our customers.”

“I would urge the industry and RyanTech’s partners to invest in learning more about who Ryan is and why he does what he does. Those that investigate the time Ryan has invested in earning this position will be delighted to learn that it is not of divine promotion but of sweat and grit,” said Kevin McMillen.

Ryan worked for the company through summer intern programs, part-time while attending college at George Fox University, and has experienced every position in the company from vehicle inventory auditor for our Carpod offering (sold to Authenticom) to DMSi© deployments and integrations. After college, Ryan joined the workforce for two years at an Adesa company called AFC and then returned to RyanTech in 2017. Upon Ryan’s return to RyanTech, he was instrumental in the success of RyanTech programs with Barrett-Jackson, In Motion Tires, CloudProtect©, and many other initiatives.

“As RyanTech evolves and Ryan’s vision for the company is being realized every day, he is showing his colors with a depth of education, experience, and ingenuity much needed at the company,” said Kevin McMillen.

Kevin McMillen will continue as an advisor to the Board in a non-executive role supporting the leadership team on an as-needed basis.

About RyanTech
We are a Cloud Solution Provider that crafts end-to-end systems uniquely designed for your business. Several of our areas of expertise are Email Systems, Business Wifi, and Office 365 along with keeping your network and tech stack safe from intrusion and cyber attacks. We are longtime experts in application development, network solutions, and cloud computing in Azure.

Awarded by Microsoft, CIOReview:

Microsoft Partner of the year in North America
Southwest Cloud Champion Partner of the Year
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VARStreet Announces Integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365

VARStreet’s eCommerce & quoting software now integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Dynamics 365 to bring data, people & operations together for VARStreet users.

Customers who use both these applications can now get the advantage of complete sync between VARStreet and Dynamics 365 for a seamless flow of information and a comprehensive view of their customers”

— Shiv Agarwal

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, USA, February 26, 2021 / — VARStreet Inc. is a leading provider of quoting, eCommerce, CRM and procurement software to value-added resellers (VARs) in the IT and office supply industries in the United States and Canada.

Their comprehensive business management solutions ensure that VARs can run their businesses effortlessly and have a holistic view of business processes, transactions and customer data.

Shiv Agarwal, Vice-President, VARStreet Inc. said, “Many VARStreet customers use Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP, and this integration will streamline and accelerate workflows for their businesses. Customers who use both these applications can now get the advantage of complete sync between VARStreet and Dynamics 365 for a seamless flow of information and a comprehensive view of their customers.”

The bi-directional integration between VARStreet and Microsoft Dynamics 365 will synchronize information like new customer or contact information, product updates, transactions, sales orders, purchase orders, tracking details, etc. This will remove data duplication and inconsistencies, minimize errors, boost productivity and performance, and accelerate turnaround times for quotes, orders, invoicing, etc. resulting in the efficient running of the business and improved customer satisfaction.

VARStreet also integrates with Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains and Microsoft Dynamics Nav as well as other popular ERP and CRM software like Netsuite, e-Automate, Salesforce, HubSpot and more.

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About VARStreet

VARStreet Inc is a premier provider of a hosted B2B, B2G and B2C advanced sales quoting and eCommerce solution for IT and office supplies VARs, system integrators and solution providers. VARStreet can also be leveraged by IT manufacturers, distributors and other channel partners.

Fueled by more than $20 million capital investment, VARStreet is headquartered in Boston, MA and has a subsidiary in Pune, India. VARStreet XC has been available in the market since 1999 and has undergone continual upgrades to adapt to the changing needs of the market and its customers.

VARStreet also integrates with many other popular and widely used ERP, CRM and accounting applications. They have a team of highly experienced engineers to carry out custom integrations with any home-grown software businesses may use.

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Clearsulting Achieves 2021 Platinum Partner Status with BlackLine in North America

Clearsulting has achieved Platinum Partner Status with BlackLine in North America for 2021.

Firm Also Earns 2020 BlackLine Regional Partner of Year for North America and EMEA

The Clearsulting team is a delight to work with and is held in high esteem by BlackLine and our respective clients.”

— Mel Zeledon, BlackLine’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances

CLEVELAND, OH, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2021 / — Clearsulting has achieved Platinum Partner status – the highest tier in BlackLine’s alliance program – in North America for 2021. This honor recognizes the impressive degree to which Clearsulting has assisted clients with their finance transformation journeys as well as the firm’s BlackLine expertise.

Mel Zeledon, BlackLine’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances, notes, “The Clearsulting team is a delight to work with and is held in high esteem by BlackLine and our respective clients. Clearsulting’s global capability and strong BlackLine credentials and investment are a testament to our joint success.”

“We are honored to be recognized as a Platinum Partner in North America this year,” says Annabelle Dang, Solution Owner at Clearsulting. “Earning Platinum status demonstrates our commitment to excellence and teamwork. Our priority is the success of our clients, and our partnership with BlackLine allows us to deliver truly transformational solutions to complex problems. We’re proud to partner with BlackLine.”

Clearsulting has also been named BlackLine’s 2020 Regional Partner of the Year in both North America and EMEA.


About Clearsulting: Clearsulting is a management consulting firm specializing in Finance Transformation, Record-to-Report, Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Treasury Management, Risk Advisory, and Technology Services. Every day, we help our clients implement practical solutions to their most complex business problems, from strategy through execution. Our cutting-edge culture and streamlined business model allow us to deliver world-class talent at an unbeatable value. Our clients like working with us because we are different. We combine the industry-proven methodologies used by large firms with the speed and innovation only a startup can provide. The result: a uniquely valuable experience for our clients, colleagues, and communities.

About BlackLine: BlackLine provides solutions to manage and automate financial close, accounts receivable and intercompany accounting processes, helping large enterprises and midsize companies across all industries do accounting work better, faster and with more control.

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