Joining AI pioneer Arago as “Director Market Research & Technology Evangelism”

I’ve kept it as a secret and less than a handful of people knew it so far. On January 1, I’ve joined artificial intelligence (AI) pioneer Arago as “Director Market Research & Technology Evangelism”. In my role, I am responsible for analysis & content as well as the areas market intelligence & analyst relations and am one of Arago’s official spokespersons for media, at events and for keynotes. I am very excited about this new gig since I’ll work with a team of smart and highly talented people and can still make use of my 7+ years experiences as a technology analyst.

About Arago and HIRO

Furthermore, Arago is one of the most compelling companies in the AI field focusing on building tools for the B2B sector using AI and analytical components. Started in 1995 founder and CEO Chris Boos managed it to maintain Arago’s start-up mentality giving the entire company an agile pathway.

Arago’s AI-driven core solution HIRO is built to run and automate the entire IT stack from IT operations up to business processes supported by sophisticated algorithms. HIRO’s autonomic problem solving AI leverages its algorithm to analyze large problem sets, apply XML-code based Knowledge Items (KIs) and past experiences to find a solution and retain gained knowledge to future proof against similar challenges. This knowledge is not only retained for reference but can be applied to address different issues and deployed in dynamic environments. Through its utilization of memory and contextual thinking, HIRO simulates human problem solving behavior.

HIRO and the Freeciv Strategy Challenge

In the world of AI it has become best practice to demonstrate a system’s capability using a game. Arago and HIRO are taking the gaming challenge by competing against Freeciv players from around the world. Arago decided to let HIRO play Freeciv since

  • the number of possible games in Freeciv is exponentially higher compared to e.g. Go or Chess.
  • Freeciv is not a perfect information game that gives players insight into the whole world and a view of opponents’ moves.
  • Freeciv imitates real world randomness.

In addition, HIRO is primed to address this challenge because instead of simply using trial and error to statistically understand “what” needs to be done, it employs human intelligence to understand “why”.

If you want to learn more about my role, Arago and HIRO just get in touch with me via email, Twitter or check frequently out where you can meet me in person.

About the Author

Rene Buest is Gartner Analyst covering Infrastructure Services & Digital Operations. Prior to that he was Director of Technology Research at Arago, Senior Analyst and Cloud Practice Lead at Crisp Research, Principal Analyst at New Age Disruption and member of the worldwide Gigaom Research Analyst Network. Rene is considered as top cloud computing analyst in Germany and one of the worldwide top analysts in this area. In addition, he is one of the world’s top cloud computing influencers and belongs to the top 100 cloud computing experts on Twitter and Google+. Since the mid-90s he is focused on the strategic use of information technology in businesses and the IT impact on our society as well as disruptive technologies. Rene Buest is the author of numerous professional technology articles. He regularly writes for well-known IT publications like Computerwoche, CIO Magazin, LANline as well as Silicon.de and is cited in German and international media – including New York Times, Forbes Magazin, Handelsblatt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wirtschaftswoche, Computerwoche, CIO, Manager Magazin and Harvard Business Manager. Furthermore Rene Buest is speaker and participant of experts rounds. He is founder of CloudUser.de and writes about cloud computing, IT infrastructure, technologies, management and strategies. He holds a diploma in computer engineering from the Hochschule Bremen (Dipl.-Informatiker (FH)) as well as a M.Sc. in IT-Management and Information Systems from the FHDW Paderborn.

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