• Security, ease of use, speed and data are driving technology spending in travel and hospitality.
    • Providing the same, great experience on all devices core for development in 2017.
    • Blockchain’s potential is clear – but whether it can work for the travel industry is still in question.

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  • SXSW: When All Roads Lead to Austin

    23 March 2017
    By Elena Seregina, Marketing Manager

    Last week, the DataArt Media & Entertainment team flew to Austin, TX, to take part in what is undoubtedly the biggest event the industry has to offer – South by Southwest (SXSW) – where both newcomers and leaders of the industry engage in conference sessions, a trade show, a start-up incubator, and of course, professional networking.

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  • Albums, Singles or Playlists? How Consumption Patterns are Changing

    17 March 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

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    We are in an age where music consumption patterns are changing. Just as any other aspect of the music business, they follow the evolution of the industry based on the consumer behavior. Singles once were the driving force behind record sales, until cassettes and later CDs gave the pedestal to Albums. The digital revolution brought yet another change not just to how music is created and distributed but to how it is consumed. And the current patterns are not as clear cut as their predecessors.

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  • Too big to miss and too informative to forget!

    14 March 2017
    By Khrystyna Kovtun, Marketing Manager

    The moment the DataArt team entered the Orange County Convention Center, they got a feeling that the conference had no borders and boundaries in size and length. If you have never visited HIMSS, it is like nothing you have ever experienced before in a tradeshow. More than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world came to Orlando, FL, as participants of this industry-leading conference. This biggest educational event appears to be a great place to find out about novelties in the healthcare sector and connect with peers.

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  • Will AI Take Over Musicians Jobs?

    13 March 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

    Is the future destined to be a vast wasteland of musicians cast aside with artificial intelligence (AI) and bots taking over control of the artistry of composing music?

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  • Have the Tables Turned? The Rise of Vinyl or Fall of the Downloads?

    06 March 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

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    The tables have turned with a revival of interest in vinyl records following a decade of digital music dominance. Whether through efforts made by musical purists, trendsetting nostalgic hipsters or initiatives such as Record Store Day, the LP resurgence appears to be a big hit as sales of LPs, also called vinyl and records, continued an 11-year upward trend, reaching sales of 13 million in 2016 – the largest number since 1991.  Some of this recent growth has been attributed to the deaths of legendary music luminaries, with fans looking to buy their music in its original format to recreate what it would have been like when these albums were first released. However, today’s biggest artists are embracing vinyl as well. Taylor Swift put out an LP version of her hit “1989” and Justin Bieber released a 12-inch picture record for his single “Purpose”.

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  • Bots and the Music Industry – A Vision of the Future

    27 February 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

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    We are hearing a great deal about bots in the media these days. If you had not heard of bots before, you likely learned about them thanks to Microsoft’s Tay scandal when Twitter users exploited its new artificial intelligence chat bot, teaching it offensive remarks. With the advent of mobile and messaging apps, we have seen a rapid increase in bot-hype over the last several years. The term bot is coined from robots and applies to chatbots, chatterbots, spambots, and Botnets. They were originally designed to perform automated tasks, however, bots are becoming more and more intuitive based on the integration with (artificial intelligence) AI. As these bots become smarter and smarter, they can be used in many ways to accomplish activities that are normally relegated to a person or through personal search via engines, and so on. Instead of having to rummage through the web to look for something you want or download an app, you can simply chat about it to a human-like bot to make the experience less of a hassle.

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  • We See You — Machine Learning and Its Growing Effect on the Music Industry

    17 February 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

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    There are more than enough articles concerning Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) these days. AI is going to make our life easier, it is going to have a beneficial impact on how we conduct business and it may even replace certain things that we do not expect at this moment and time. One thing is sure: the ML/AI movement is on the fast track to broad adoption that will affect almost every industry.

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  • Blockchain, DDEX, dotBC and OMI – Oh my!

    09 February 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

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    The Race for Digital Music Standardization and Adoption 

    The music industry is at a technological crossroad. One of the biggest challenges for the music industry is accurate tracking of songs that are streamed or downloaded; streamlining the distribution of the music; and improving how musicians, writers, and owners are compensated.

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  • The Next Frontier for Music Tech Startups – Predictive Social Intelligence

    09 February 2017
    By Sergey Bludov, SVP Media & Entertainment

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    Social Intelligence

    What if artists, record companies, producers, and publishers had the ability to read minds? Well, social listening and social intelligence technology have made it easier to discern and track what people are thinking and saying than any other time in history. Now that almost everyone posts almost everything on social media, review sites, forums, and blogs, those opinions can be analyzed and tracked.  The ability to extract insights from social data is a practice that is being widely adopted by organizations across the world, and the music industry is ready for innovation in this important growing category.

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