Missions acquisition will simplify Slack integrations

Slack plans to use the technology gained from its acquisition of Missions, a division of the startup Robots & Pencils, to make it easier for non-developers to customize workflows and integrations within its team collaboration app.

A Slack user with no coding knowledge can use Missions to build widgets for getting more work done within the Slack interface. For example, a human resources department could use a Missions widget to track and approve interviews with job applicants.

The Missions tool could also power an employee help desk system within Slack, or be used to create an onboarding bot that keeps new hires abreast of the documents they need to sign and the orientations they must attend. 

“In the same way that code libraries make it easier to program, Slack is trying to make workflows easier for everyone in the enterprise,” said Wayne Kurtzman, an analyst at IDC. “Without training, users will be able to create their own automated workflows and integrate with other applications.”

Slack said it would take a few months to add Missions to its platform. It will support existing Missions customers for free during that time. In a note to its 200,000 active developers, Slack said the Missions purchase would benefit them too, by making it easier to connect their Slack integrations to other apps.

Slack integrations help startup retain market leadership

The acquisition is Slack’s latest attempt to expand beyond its traditional base of software engineers and small teams. More than 8 million people in 500,000 organizations now use the platform, which was launched in 2013, and 3 million of those users have paid accounts.

With more than 1,500 third-party apps available in its directory, Slack has more outside developers than competitors such as Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex Teams. The vendor has sought to capitalize on that advantage by making Slack integrations more useful.

Earlier this year, Slack introduced a shortcut that lets users send information from Slack to business platforms like Zendesk and HubSpot. Slack could be used to create a Zendesk ticket asking the IT department for a new desktop monitor, for example.

The automation of workflows, including through chatbots, is becoming increasingly important to enterprise technology buyers, according to Alan Lepofsky, an analyst at Constellation Research, based in Cupertino, Calif.

But it remains to be seen whether the average Slack user with no coding experience will take advantage of the Missions tool to build Slack integrations.

“I believe the hurdle in having regular knowledge workers create them is not skill, but rather even knowing that they can, or that they should,” Lepofsky said.

Container security emerges in IT products enterprises know and trust

Container security has arrived from established IT vendors that enterprises know and trust, but startups that were first to market still have a lead, with support for cloud-native tech.

Managed security SaaS provider Alert Logic this week became the latest major vendor to throw its hat into the container security ring, a month after cloud security and compliance vendor Qualys added container security support to its DevSecOps tool.

Container security monitoring is now a part of Alert Logic’s Cloud Defender and Threat Manager intrusion detection systems (IDSes). Software agents deployed on each host inside a privileged container monitor network traffic between containers within that host, as well as between hosts for threats. A web application firewall blocks suspicious traffic Threat Manager finds between containers, and Threat Manager offers remediation recommendations to address any risks that remain in the infrastructure.

Accesso Technology Group bought into Alert Logic’s IDS products in January 2018 because it supports VM-based and bare-metal infrastructure, and planned container support was a bonus.

“They gave us a central location to monitor our physical data centers, remote offices and multiple public clouds,” said Will DeMar, director of information security at Accesso, a ticketing and e-commerce service provider in Lake Mary, Fla.

DeMar beta-tested the Threat Manager features and has already deployed them with production Kubernetes clusters in Google Kubernetes Engine and AWS Elastic Compute Cloud environments, though Alert Logic’s official support for its initial release is limited to AWS.

Immediate visibility into intrusion and configuration issues … [is] critical to our DevOps process.
Will DeMarDirector of information security, Accesso

“We have [AWS] CloudFormation and [HashiCorp] Terraform scripts that put Alert Logic onto every new Kubernetes host, which gives us immediate visibility into intrusion and configuration issues,” DeMar said. “It’s critical to our DevOps process.”

A centralized view of IT security in multiple environments and “one throat to choke” in a single vendor appeals to DeMar, but he hasn’t ruled out tools from Alert Logic’s startup competitors, such as Aqua Security, NeuVector and Twistlock, which he sees as complementary to Alert Logic’s product.

“Aqua and Twistlock are more container security-focused than intrusion detection-focused,” DeMar said. “They help you check the configuration on your container before you release it to the host; Alert Logic doesn’t help you there.”

Container security competition escalates

Alert Logic officials, however, do see Aqua Security, Twistlock and their ilk as competitors, and the container image scanning ability DeMar referred to is on the company’s roadmap for Threat Manager in the next nine months. Multiple layers of infrastructure are involved to secure Docker containers, and Alert Logic positions its container security approach as network-based IDS, as opposed to host-based IDS. The company said network-based IDS more deeply inspects real-time network traffic at the packet level, whereas startups’ products examine only where that network traffic goes between hosts.

lert Logic Threat Manager UI
Alert Logic’s Threat Manager offers container security remediation recommendations.

Aqua Security co-founder and CTO Amir Jerbi, of course, sees things differently.

“Traditional security tools are trying to shift into containers and still talk in traditional terms about the host and network,” Jerbi said. “Container security companies like ours don’t distinguish between network, host and other levels of access — we protect the container, through a mesh of multiple disciplines.”

That’s the major distinction for enterprise end users: whether they prefer container security baked into broader, traditional products or as the sole focus of their vendor’s expertise. Aqua Security version 3.2, also released this week, added support for container host monitoring where thin OSes are used, but the tool isn’t a good fit in VM or bare-metal environments where containers aren’t present, Jerbi said.

Aqua Security’s tighter focus means it has a head start on the latest and greatest container security features. For example, version 3.2 includes the ability to customize and build a whitelist of system calls containers make, which is still on the roadmap for Alert Logic. Version 3.2 also adds support for static AWS Lambda function monitoring, with real-time Lambda security monitoring already on the docket. Aqua Security was AWS’ partner for container security with Fargate, while Alert Logic must still catch up there as well.

Industry watchers expect this dynamic to continue for the rest of 2018 and predict that incumbent vendors will snap up startups in an effort to get ahead of the curve.

“Everyone sees the same hill now, but they approach it from different viewpoints, more aligned with developers or more aligned with IT operations,” said Fernando Montenegro, analyst with 451 Research. “As the battle lines become better defined, consolidation among vendors is still a possibility, to strengthen the operations approach where vendors are already focused on developers and vice versa.”

For Sale – NCASE M1 Laing DDC-Pump 12V DDC-1T Plus PWM -Bitspower Premium Magic-Cube Pump Heatsink

PARTS AVAILABLE NOW
NCASE M1 V5 OUTSIDE BLACK NEMESIS 240GTX RADIATOR
WATER COOLING MODS LASER cut custom ALUMINIUM PLATE — 300 pounds

CableMod C-Series SF Cable Kit Custom –60

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Laing DDC-Pump 12V DDC-1T Plus PWM -Bitspower Premium Magic-Cube Pump Heatsink — 80

Black Ice HWL-R126 Nemesis GTX 240mm Radiator – Black

2x NB-eLoop Ultra silent 120mm bionic fans

Metal Flow Indicator G1/4” Cooling Flow Meter Sensor with 5 Impeller Blades for Computer –10

I am selling it to go back to ATX computer setups.

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For Sale – Apple Thunderbolt Display 27”

Very lightly used Thunderbolt Display, model A1407, complete with box and all the original packaging. The display, body and stand are in mint condition and there is no marking or damage to the cables. Bought 08/2014.

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For Sale – Clearout

Having a sort out of stuff that was brought for various projects which are now finished so selling on.

First up is a Toshiba 2TB P300 7200rpm 3.5″ hard drive, perfect working order £30 inc.

Second is a WD my passport 1TB 2.5″ usb 3.0 recertified hard drive in red finish, perfect working order £24 inc.

Third is a WD my passport 1TB 2.5″ usb 3.0 recertified hard drive in orange finish, perfect working order £24 inc.

Fourth is a stunning Dell U2917W UltraSharp UltraWide 29 Inch Monitor complete with the Dell AC511 undermount speaker, the monitor has 2 years 9 months warranty left which I am happy to help out with. Collection only on this £330.

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For Sale – Gigabyte Z270X – Ultra Gaming LGA 1151 RGB Motherboard

I’ve a Gigabyte Z270X Ultra Gaming LGA 1151 RGB LED’s Motherboard for sale.

Comes boxed with all accessories.

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Microsoft Cloud drives record fourth quarter results | Stories

REDMOND, Wash. — July 19, 2018 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:

  • Revenue was $30.1 billion and increased 17%
  • Operating income was $10.4 billion and increased 35%
  • Net income was $8.9 billion GAAP and $8.8 billion non-GAAP
  • Diluted earnings per share was $1.14 GAAP and $1.13 non-GAAP

“We had an incredible year, surpassing $100 billion in revenue as a result of our teams’ relentless focus on customer success and the trust customers are placing in Microsoft,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Our early investments in the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge are paying off, and we will continue to expand our reach in large and growing markets with differentiated innovation.”

The following table reconciles our financial results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to non-GAAP financial results. Additional information regarding our non-GAAP definition is provided below. All growth comparisons relate to the corresponding period in the last fiscal year.

Three Months Ended June 30,
 ($ in millions, except per share amounts) Revenue Operating Income Net Income Diluted Earnings per Share
2017 As Reported (GAAP) $25,605 $7,682 $8,069 $1.03
  Restructuring Expenses 306 243 0.03
2017 As Adjusted (non-GAAP) $25,605 $7,988 $8,312 $1.06
2018 As Reported (GAAP) $30,085 $10,379 $8,873 $1.14
  Net TCJA Impact (104) (0.01)
2018 As Adjusted (non-GAAP) $30,085 $10,379 $8,769 $1.13
Percentage Change Y/Y (GAAP) 17% 35% 10% 11%
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) 17% 30% 5% 7%
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) Constant Currency 15% 24% 2% 3%

GAAP results include a net benefit of $104 million related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and a charge of $306 million related to restructuring expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017, which are excluded from our non-GAAP results.

Microsoft returned $5.3 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, an increase of 16% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017.

“Exceptional sales execution delivered double-digit revenue growth across all segments and strong progress against our strategic priorities, anchored by commercial cloud revenue growing 53% year-over-year to $6.9 billion,” said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft.

Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $9.7 billion and increased 13% (up 10% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Office commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 10% (up 8% in constant currency) driven by Office 365 commercial revenue growth of 38% (up 35% in constant currency)
  • Office consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 8% (up 6% in constant currency) and Office 365 consumer subscribers increased to 31.4 million
  • LinkedIn revenue increased 37% (up 34% in constant currency) with continued acceleration in engagement highlighted by LinkedIn sessions growth of 41%
  • Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 11% (up 8% in constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 61% (up 56% in constant currency)

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $9.6 billion and increased 23% (up 20% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Server products and cloud services revenue increased 26% (up 24% in constant currency) driven by Azure revenue growth of 89% (up 85% in constant currency)
  • Enterprise Services revenue increased 8% (up 7% in constant currency)

Revenue in More Personal Computing was $10.8 billion and increased 17% (up 16% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Windows OEM revenue increased 7% (up 7% in constant currency) driven by OEM Pro revenue growth of 14%
  • Windows commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 23% (up 19% in constant currency) driven by an increased volume of multi-year agreements and the mix of products that carry higher in-quarter revenue recognition
  • Gaming revenue increased 39% (up 38% in constant currency) with Xbox software and services revenue growth of 36% (up 35% in constant currency) mainly from third party title strength
  • Surface revenue increased 25% (up 21% in constant currency) driven by strong performance of the latest editions of Surface against a low prior year comparable
  • Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs increased 17% (up 16% in constant currency) driven by higher revenue per search and search volume

Fiscal Year 2018 Results

Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, as compared to the corresponding period of last fiscal year:

  • Revenue was $110.4 billion and increased 14%
  • Operating income was $35.1 billion and increased 21%
  • Net income was $16.6 billion GAAP and $30.3 billion non-GAAP
  • Diluted earnings per share was $2.13 GAAP and $3.88 non-GAAP
  • GAAP results include a $13.7 billion net charge related to TCJA

The following table reconciles our financial results reported in accordance with GAAP to non-GAAP financial results. Additional information regarding our non-GAAP definition is provided below. All growth comparisons relate to the corresponding period in the last fiscal year.

Twelve Months Ended June 30,
 ($ in millions, except per share amounts) Revenue Operating Income Net Income Diluted Earnings per Share
2017 As Reported (GAAP) $96,571 $29,025 $25,489 $3.25
  Restructuring Expenses 306 243 0.04
2017 As Adjusted (non-GAAP) $96,571 $29,331 $25,732 $3.29
2018 As Reported (GAAP) $110,360 $35,058 $16,571 $2.13
  Net TCJA Impact 13,696 1.75
2018 As Adjusted (non-GAAP) $110,360 $35,058 $30,267 $3.88
Percentage Change Y/Y (GAAP) 14% 21% (35)% (34)%
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) 14% 20% 18% 18%
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) Constant Currency 13% 17% 15% 16%

GAAP results include a net charge of $13.7 billion related to TCJA for the twelve months ended June 30, 2018 and a charge of $306 million related to restructuring expenses for the twelve months ended June 30, 2017, which are excluded from our non-GAAP results.

Business Outlook

Microsoft will provide forward-looking guidance in connection with this quarterly earnings announcement on its earnings conference call and webcast.

Webcast Details

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer, Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Frank Brod, chief accounting officer, Carolyn Frantz, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, and Michael Spencer, general manager of investor relations, will host a conference call and webcast at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time (5:30 p.m. Eastern time) today to discuss details of the company’s performance for the quarter and certain forward-looking information. The session may be accessed at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/investor. The webcast will be available for replay through the close of business on July 19, 2019.

New Accounting Standards

We adopted new accounting standards related to revenue recognition and leases effective July 1, 2017. The prior periods presented here have been restated to reflect adoption of these new standards.

Non-GAAP Definition

Restructuring Expenses. We recorded $306 million of restructuring charges primarily related to our sales and marketing restructuring plan during the three months ended June 30, 2017.

TCJA Impact. We recorded a benefit of $104 million during the three months ended June 30, 2018 and a net charge of $13.7 billion during the twelve months ended June 30, 2018 related to TCJA. As of June 30, 2018, we have not completed our accounting for the tax effects of TCJA. Our net charge is provisional based on reasonable estimates for those tax effects. Changes to these estimates or new guidance issued by regulators may materially impact our provision for income taxes and effective tax rate in the period in which the adjustments are made. Our accounting for the tax effects of TCJA will be completed during the measurement period, which should not extend beyond the second fiscal quarter of 2019.

We have provided non-GAAP financial measures related to restructuring expenses and TCJA to aid investors in better understanding our performance. We believe these non-GAAP measures aid investors by providing additional insight into our operational performance and help clarify trends affecting our business. For comparability of reporting, management considers non-GAAP measures in conjunction with GAAP financial results in evaluating business performance. The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this release should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, the measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Constant Currency

Microsoft presents constant currency information to provide a framework for assessing how our underlying businesses performed excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations. To present this information, current and comparative prior period results for entities reporting in currencies other than United States dollars are converted into United States dollars using the average exchange rates from the comparative period rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during the respective periods. All growth comparisons relate to the corresponding period in the last fiscal year. Microsoft has provided this non-GAAP financial information to aid investors in better understanding our performance. The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this release should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, the measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. 

Financial Performance Constant Currency Reconciliation

Three Months Ended June 30,
 ($ in millions, except per share amounts) Revenue Operating Income Net Income Diluted Earnings per Share
2017 As Reported (GAAP) $25,605 $7,682 $8,069 $1.03
2017 As Adjusted (non-GAAP) $25,605 $7,988 $8,312 $1.06
2018 As Reported (GAAP) $30,085 $10,379 $8,873 $1.14
2018 As Adjusted (non-GAAP) $30,085 $10,379 $8,769 $1.13
Percentage Change Y/Y (GAAP) 17% 35% 10% 11%
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) 17% 30% 5% 7%
Constant Currency Impact $549 $450 $279 $0.04
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) Constant Currency 15% 24% 2% 3%

 

Twelve Months Ended June 30,
 ($ in millions, except per share amounts) Revenue Operating Income Net Income Diluted Earnings per Share
2017 As Reported (GAAP) $96,571 $29,025 $25,489 $3.25
2017 As Adjusted (non-GAAP) $96,571 $29,331 $25,732 $3.29
2018 As Reported (GAAP) $110,360 $35,058 $16,571 $2.13
2018 As Adjusted (non-GAAP) $110,360 $35,058 $30,267 $3.88
Percentage Change Y/Y (GAAP) 14% 21% (35)% (34)%
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) 14% 20% 18% 18%
Constant Currency Impact 1,275 654 569 $0.07
Percentage Change Y/Y (non-GAAP) Constant Currency 13% 17% 15% 16%

 Segment Revenue Constant Currency Reconciliation

Three Months Ended June 30,
 ($ in millions) Productivity and Business Processes Intelligent Cloud More Personal Computing
2017 As Reported $8,548 $7,822 $9,235
2018 As Reported $9,668 $9,606 $10,811
Percentage Change Y/Y 13% 23% 17%
Constant Currency Impact $228 $182 $139
Percentage Change Y/Y Constant Currency 10% 20% 16%

 Selected Product and Service Revenue Constant Currency Reconciliation 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2018
Percentage Change Y/Y (GAAP) Constant Currency Impact Percentage Change Y/Y Constant Currency
Office commercial products and cloud services 10% (2)% 8%
Office 365 commercial 38% (3)% 35%
Office consumer products and cloud services 8% (2)% 6%
LinkedIn 37% (3)% 34%
Dynamics products and cloud services 11% (3)% 8%
Dynamics 365 61% (5)% 56%
Server products and cloud services 26% (2)% 24%
Azure 89% (4)% 85%
Enterprise Services 8% (1)% 7%
Windows OEM 7% 0% 7%
Windows commercial products and cloud services 23% (4)% 19%
Search advertising excluding traffic acquisition costs 17% (1)% 16%
Surface 25% (4)% 21%
Gaming 39% (1)% 38%
Xbox software and services 36% (1)% 35%

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are “forward-looking statements” are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially because of factors such as:

  • intense competition in all of our markets that may lead to lower revenue or operating margins;
  • increasing focus on cloud-based services presenting execution and competitive risks;
  • significant investments in new products and services that may not achieve expected returns;
  • acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances that may have an adverse effect on our business;
  • impairment of goodwill or amortizable intangible assets causing a significant charge to earnings;
  • a change in our ability to earn expected revenues from our intellectual property rights;
  • claims that Microsoft has infringed the intellectual property rights of others;
  • the possibility that we may fail to protect our source code;
  • cyberattacks and security vulnerabilities that could lead to reduced revenue, increased costs, liability claims, or harm to our reputation or competitive position;
  • disclosure and misuse of personal data that could cause liability and harm to our reputation;
  • the possibility that we may not be able to protect information stored in our products and services from use by others;
  • abuse of our advertising or social platforms that may harm our reputation or user engagement;
  • excessive outages, data losses, and disruptions of our online services if we fail to maintain an adequate operations infrastructure;
  • government litigation and regulatory activity relating to competition rules that may limit how we design and market our products;
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  • laws and regulations relating to the handling of personal data that may impede the adoption of our services or result in increased costs, legal claims, fines, or reputational damage;
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  • additional tax liabilities;
  • quality or supply problems;
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  • adverse economic or market conditions that may harm our business;
  • changes in our sales organization that may impact revenues;
  • the development of the internet of things presenting security, privacy, and execution risks;
  • issues about the use of artificial intelligence in our offerings that may result in competitive harm, legal liability, or reputational harm; and
  • damage to our reputation or our brands that may harm our business and operating results.

For more information about risks and uncertainties associated with Microsoft’s business, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of Microsoft’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by contacting Microsoft’s Investor Relations department at (800) 285-7772 or at Microsoft’s Investor Relations website at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/investor.

All information in this release is as of June 30, 2018. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations.

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For Sale – Apple MacBook Air 13″ Mid 2013 4gb ram 128gb SSD £350 Delivered

Selling our excellent MacBook Air which we have owned from new.

Looked it over and can’t find any marksscratches.

Don’t have the original box but it will be posted boxed with full insurance.

The only fault I can see is a small area of the charger cable that has green insulation tape where our puppy thought it would be a good idea to chew. This was done at least a couple of years ago and has worked without problems.

Delivery will be by next day courier.

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Wanted – Gaming laptop

Morning,

Looking for a reasonable (though not top-end) gaming laptop. At least 15″ screen.
Budget around £500 but could go higher for a bargain.

Let me know what you have.

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