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1206, 2024

Launch Consulting Investigates AI Hallucinations: Causes, Risks, and Prevention

AI hallucinations: What are they? Why do they happen? And most importantly, how do we prevent them? Get the answer to these questions and more with insights from Launch Consulting. AI is rapidly becoming an integral part of our daily lives, driving innovations in everything from healthcare to finance. But there’s a perplexing phenomenon lurking beneath the surface: AI hallucinations. AI systems have made strange predictions, generated fake news, insulted users, and professed their love. Given the headlines, we obviously have an emotional reaction to hallucinations. But is that really fair? Are they just doing what they’re trained to do? [...]

3004, 2024

Powering Change with Palantir Foundry

As a proud partner of Palantir Technologies, Launch Consulting employed the Palantir Foundry platform to tackle significant safety challenges faced by a national utility company. This initiative focused on enhancing data management to proactively address the risks of aging power lines, which posed threats of severe wildfires and disrupted essential services, including hospital operations. Our recent case study outlines how we leveraged this powerful technology to mitigate risk and enhance decision-making and operational efficiency. Our efforts ensured robust infrastructure management and prevention of potential financial, reputational, and regulatory repercussions. Discover the full scope and impact of our project HERE.

1403, 2024

Propoint Technology Inc. Case Study: Statewide EBT Support

Propoint Technology, Inc. (Propoint) was selected to provide transition services, to represent the State of California in transitioning Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) services from the current vendor to a new solution. Due to the large scale of the project, Propoint was engaged to provide transition project management, county transition, and technical support to facilitate a smooth transition of benefits statewide.

903, 2024

IBM Commits Up To $45M to Climate Adaptation, Starting With New RFP for Resilient Cities

ARMONK, N.Y., March 6, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Aligned with United Nations SDG 11, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today a new request for proposals from government and non-profit organizations for the IBM Sustainability Accelerator, focused on technology-driven projects to advance city resiliency. IBM also announced that it would increase investment in the pro-bono social impact program by 50%, committing to make up to $45 million in cash and in-kind donations of technology and services available over the next five years. The IBM Sustainability Accelerator applies IBM technology, including IBM watsonx, an AI and data platform and AI assistants, to support populations vulnerable to environmental threats around the world, [...]

703, 2024

Launch Consulting is Thrilled to Attend the California Public Sector CIO Academy in Sacramento, CA

We are delighted to announce that Launch Consulting will attend the California Public Sector CIO Academy on March 18th and 19th, 2024, in Sacramento, California. This prestigious event is a cornerstone for professionals in the public sector and technology industries, offering unparalleled insights into the future of digital government. As we step into an era where data and artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming the backbone of innovative public services, the California Public Sector CIO Academy provides a unique platform for us to engage with industry leaders. We are particularly excited about the opportunity to hear from public sector visionaries [...]

503, 2024

Acuity Technical Solutions Announces Shasta Millhollin as New IT Consulting Manager

Acuity Technical Solutions has announced Shasta Millhollin will serve as their new IT Consulting Manager. She brings more than 20 years of leadership and management experience to our team. Manages all aspects of RFO's and works with business partners and firms to find consultants. Her high energy and passion for team success bring vitality to everyday operations. 

2802, 2024

Empowering AI Safety & Ethics: The Inauguration of the AI Safety Institute Consortium

The Biden-Harris Administration has taken a pivotal step in the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) by inaugurating the U.S. AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC). Announced by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, AISIC embodies a groundbreaking initiative aimed at fostering the development and deployment of AI technologies that are both safe and trustworthy. This consortium, incorporating over 200 stakeholders from diverse sectors, underscores the administration’s commitment to establishing robust AI safety and ethical guidelines.

702, 2024

IBM Releases Its AI Global Adoption Index 2023

New research commissioned by IBM found that about 42% of enterprise-scale organizations (over 1,000 employees) surveyed now have AI actively in use. Early adopters are leading the way, with 59% of responding enterprises already working with AI intending to accelerate and increase investment in the technology.

2301, 2024

Elyon is excited to share some wonderful news of our new Chief Revenue Executive, Ben Hafer

Ben is an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of experience planning, developing, and implementing cutting edge technology solutions. His expertise spans across State and Federal IT leadership roles, including significant work as the Chief Technology Officer for California Child Welfare Digital Services and Principal Solutions Architect at the Office of Systems Integration.

2101, 2024

Case Study: Private Equity Solution – Propoint Technology, Inc.

Propoint Technology, Inc. (Propoint) provided implementation support for a private equity solution targeting a large state pension system’s weaknesses in the operational process and infrastructure supporting Private Equity investment (PE). Propoint focused on implementing a new services technology solution to manage and account for PE portfolio data and activity while increasing PE data transparency through the implementation of new data standards and an automated transmission process.

1701, 2024

The Impact of AI on the Job Market: Navigating the Evolution of Work 

In recent years, AI technology has experienced exponential growth, driven by breakthroughs in machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. The integration of big data and powerful computing resources has further accelerated progress. AI's ability to analyze vast datasets, recognize patterns, and make predictions has led to its widespread adoption across various industries, revolutionizing the way tasks are performed and decisions are made.

1411, 2023

Executive Order on AI: Charting the Path for Responsible AI Innovation in America

The White House recently announced an Executive Order on the safe, secure, and trustworthy development and use of Artificial Intelligence. This move marks a defining moment in shaping the trajectory of AI development, deployment, and regulation for both the public and private sectors. This article highlights the key takeaways from the Executive Order and digs into the impact and transformative potential AI holds across diverse industries. Our experts also examine the future of AI in a constantly evolving landscape. Read the article here.

1411, 2023

Fortuna BMC Makes Vet100 List Two Years in a Row

Fortuna BMC has once again secured a place in the esteemed VET100list, compiled by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families - IVMF at Syracuse University. The Vet100 list is compiled annually and recognizes the fastest-growing, veteran-owned and operated businesses in the United States. We're honored to be among the nation's leading veteran-owned businesses for two consecutive years and this recognition inspires us to drive our mission forward to support veterans and their spouses while making a lasting impact on the military community. This honor wouldn't have been possible without our exceptional team, our dedicated partners, and most importantly, the [...]

411, 2023

Propoint Technology Inc. Successful Solution for CSD

Propoint Technology, Inc. (Propoint) successfully implemented a solution for the California Department of Community Services & Development’s (CSD) 2022 California Arrearage Payment Program (CAPP) Energy Utility Debt Relief. This program provided relief to residential utility customers who carried COVID-19 utility debt.

111, 2023

Fortuna BMC joins a partnership with the Defense Department

On Oct. 18, 2023, Fortuna BMC joined the Defense Department Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program and Military Spouse Employment Partnership for an induction ceremony and annual event in Alexandria, Virginia. Fortuna BMC joins more than 70 new partners to MSEP — bringing the number of employers to more than 700. Military spouses have long struggled with maintaining employment due to PCS moves and other challenges associated with military life. Unemployment among military spouses stood at 21%, according to the 2021 Survey of Active Duty Spouses. The same year, overall civilian unemployment was 5.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor [...]

1810, 2023

How Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Can Supercharge Your Teams

Issue #1 of Launch Comics – Robots to the Rescue! is here. In this issue, you will meet RPA Bot, learn about the qualifiers for successful RPA integration, and review how RPA bots can power up your organization. Organizations on the journey to incorporating AI and automation to empower team collaboration and streamline day-to-day operations will find immense benefit in Robotic Process Automation (RPA). RPA streamlines employees' tedious and repetitive tasks to allow more time for strategic and creative endeavors. By automating routine processes, companies can significantly reduce human errors, minimize operational costs, and accelerate task completion times - resulting [...]

410, 2023

2023 MISAC Event – Post Event Thoughts with Launch Consulting

Launch Consulting participated in the 2023 Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) annual conference, where CIOs, IT professionals, government officials, and industry leaders gathered to explore the latest trends and innovations in information technology, cybersecurity, leadership, AI, and digital transformation. A highlight for MISAC attendees visiting our booth was the opportunity to take our free Launch Consulting AI assessment to rate their organization’s current AI readiness level. Our free AI assessment guides users through a series of questions to evaluate organizational strategy, infrastructure, culture, and overall investment pertaining to AI. Whether your focus is urban planning, transportation, agriculture, or [...]

2209, 2023

Navigating Generative AI with Sensitive Data: Balancing Innovation and Security

How do you access generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) models today? If you're one of the 15% of American adults who have used ChatGPT, you likely accessed it on a website owned by OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT. If you've used Bard, Google's competitor to ChatGPT, you did so on Google's website. And if you've used Claude, the flagship model from Anthropic, you did so on a website maintained by Anthropic.

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