COVID-19 Accelerates Trends In Emerging Markets’ Corporate Debt

As an asset class, emerging markets’ corporate debt has shown quite a bit of resiliency. Longer term, we think the COVID-19 crisis will likely accelerate trends that were already underway.

As an asset class, EM corporates have shown quite a bit of resiliency. While defaults are likely to pick up some from here, they’re not expected to be anywhere near financial crisis levels or the original knee-jerk expectations of many on the sell-side.

In general, companies in our universe have been appropriately managing their maturity profiles for a while now and this has been evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. Longer term, we think the COVID-19 crisis will likely accelerate trends that were already underway.

The transition to a greener economy is evident as many countries have set limits to their nonrenewable resources as part of their electric generation matrix, and companies incorporate those plans. The rise of ESG as an

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Takeda Accelerates Digital Transformation with Accenture and AWS

Collaboration will leverage cloud and data-driven insights to accelerate drug development, increase operational agility, reduce technology costs and develop the workforce of the future

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502/NYSE: TAK) (“Takeda”), Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) have entered into a five-year strategic agreement to accelerate Takeda’s digital transformation.

Not only will patients benefit from Takeda’s ability to respond with greater speed, agility, and insights across the value chain, but customers, employees, and partners will also benefit. This long-term collaboration will fuel Takeda’s cloud-driven business transformation by modernizing platforms, accelerating data services, establishing an internal engine for innovation, and equipping Takeda’s employees with new skills and ways of working.

“By combining the power of three organizations, Takeda is making a bold move to be at the intersection of human health, technology and business growth,” said Christophe Weber, Takeda president and chief executive officer. “My vision is

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Global Pandemic Accelerates Digital Transformation According to Latest Study from Dell Technologies

  • Digital transformation seen as critical business driver for recovery
  • 80 percent of organizations globally have fast-tracked some digital transformation programs this year
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity concerns, limited resources and difficulty extracting insights from data identified as barriers to Digital Transformation
  • Complete results can be found at: https://DellTechnologies.com/DTIndex

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Dell Technologies today released results from a global study that shows organizations are shifting their digital transformation programs into high gear and are on the path to accomplish in a few months what would normally have taken them years. The findings, updated biennially in the Dell Technologies’ Digital Transformation Index (DT Index), indicate organizations are accelerating transformational technology programs during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In one of the first global studies to measure business behavior as a result of the pandemic, Dell’s 2020 Index found that eight in 10 organizations have fast-tracked some digital transformation programs this year and 79

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New Technology Accelerates Crop Improvement with CRISPR

Summary

Researchers know how to make precise genetic changes within the genomes of crops, but the transformed cells often refuse to grow into plants. One team has devised a new solution.

Wheat Plants

Scientists who want to improve crops face a dilemma: it can be difficult to grow plants from cells after you’ve tweaked their genomes.

A new tool helps ease this process by coaxing the transformed cells, including those modified with the gene-editing system CRISPR-Cas9, to regenerate new plants. Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Specialist Juan M. Debernardi and Investigator Jorge Dubcovsky, together with David Tricoli at the University of California, Davis Plant Transformation Facility, Javier Palatnik from Argentina, and colleagues at the John Innes Centre, collaborated on the work. The team reports the technology, developed in wheat and tested in other crops, October 12, 2020, in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

“The problem is that transforming a plant is still

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AI Adoption Accelerates during COVID-19 Pandemic; 68% of US Businesses Increased Investment in AI Technologies

Highlights

  • Use of AI technologies reached 81%, up 33 percentage points since 2018

  • AI investment and adoption accelerated during COVID-19 pandemic

  • 86% of survey respondents believe that ethical considerations are a strategic priority in the design and implementation of their AI systems

  • AI is more likely to be used to increase efficiencies and worker productivity than to replace labor

  • US competitiveness in AI on the world stage remains a concern

The adoption of new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and further investment in existing AI technologies accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study released today by RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The study also reveals that overall implementation of AI technologies across the business landscape increased for the third consecutive year.

The 2020 RELX Emerging Tech Executive Report marks the third edition of the survey and provides a three-year

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RELX Survey: AI Adoption Accelerates during COVID-19 Pandemic; 68% of US Businesses Increased Investment in AI Technologies – Press Release

NEW YORK–(Business Wire)–The adoption of new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and further investment in existing AI technologies accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study released today by RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The study also reveals that overall implementation of AI technologies across the business landscape increased for the third consecutive year.

The 2020 RELX Emerging Tech Executive Report marks the third edition of the survey and provides a three-year overview of AI adoption. It features insights from business leaders across eight industries (government, healthcare, insurance, legal, science/medical, banking and agriculture) and covers AI’s impact on businesses’ success, the future of work, global competition, ethics, and the global COVID-19 response. More than 1,000 U.S. senior executives were surveyed.

COVID-19 Drove AI Technology Investment and Adoption

COVID-19 is the most pressing issue facing US executives today as it reshapes

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EX.CO Launches New Addition to its Content Technology that Accelerates Personalized Product Matching

Already tested and loved by leading brands such as Sky TV, Journey offers the most cutting edge approach to content personalization. Using smart technology, Journey truly helps brands open up a dialogue with consumers, match them with the right product offerings in real-time while they are engaged and interested, and gain invaluable first-hand reported insights that can immediately be activated upon for comprehensive consumer profiles, audience segmentation and retargeting capabilities.

Sky TV partnered with EX.CO for a recent Netflix campaign in which they used the Journey feature to pair users with specific TV shows based on their respective responses to questions about their day. The content stood out to target audiences, resulting in an impressive Nielsen Brand Uplift score of 1120% vs. the average 10.2% for entertainment campaigns, a Click-Through-Rate of 9% (well above the industry recognized benchmark of 1%), and a Completion Rate of 84.3%. Sky and Netflix then

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New Denodo Platform 8.0 Accelerates Hybrid/Multicloud Integration, Automates Data Management with AI/ML, and Boosts Performance

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep 30, 2020–

Denodo, the leader in data virtualization, today announced that its new Denodo Platform version 8.0 accelerates hybrid/multicloud integration, automates data management with artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML), and boosts performance with smart query acceleration. By further augmenting the Denodo Platform’s already advanced data integration, management, and delivery capabilities with intelligent recommendations, hyper performance, and PaaS support, Denodo Platform 8.0 advances data virtualization into a logical data fabric.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200929005427/en/

“Data fabric is a hot, emerging market that delivers a unified, intelligent, and integrated end-to-end platform to support new and emerging use cases,” wrote Noel Yuhanna, VP and principal analyst at Forrester Research, and author of The Forrester Wave TM: Enterprise Data Fabric, Q2 2020. The report also states, “Denodo is known for data virtualization, and over the years it has also evolved into

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