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PGi releases GlobalMeet 5.0, as demand for web conferencing grows

PGi has overhauled the architecture and interface of GlobalMeet, making the process of joining and hosting virtual meetings easier on the cloud-based web conferencing platform. The latest version, GlobalMeet 5.0, will eventually replace PGi’s other online meeting tools, iMeet and ReadyTalk Meeting.

Within GlobalMeet 5.0, launched this week, PGi ditched Flash and Session Initiation Protocol in favor of HTML5 and WebRTC. The two technologies let users make phone calls; broadcast over webcams; and share files and screens using Google Chrome or Internet Explorer, Apple iOS and Android apps, or an optional desktop program. 

“Whether it’s a desktop, just a straight browser or a mobile device, it’s one click into the meeting to join it, or to start it if you’re a host,” said Patrick Harper, CTO at PGi, based in Atlanta.

Up to 125 people can participate in one meeting, although the platform should support conferences of up to 300 to 500 people eventually, Harper said. PGi’s around-the-clock customer support is quicker to access in the 5.0 interface, allowing hosts to chat with company representatives during meetings.   

Wainhouse Research, which provided consulting services to PGi while the vendor was developing GlobalMeet 5.0, predicted that personalized web-based conferencing (PWC) platforms like GlobalMeet will soon take prominence over stand-alone dial-in audio services, or the traditional conference call.

Wainhouse, based in Duxbury, Mass., projected the PWC market and the stand-alone audio market will each generate $2.8 billion in revenues globally in 2018. Historically, the audio market had been “dramatically bigger” than the web conferencing market, said Marc Beattie, senior analyst at Wainhouse.

“The reason that people are moving to PWC in general, and why they would move to 5.0, is it’s a richer experience,” Beattie said. “I can do what I need to do if I need to do it, instead of having to pivot between different applications.”

Moving ReadyTalk Meeting, iMeet customers to GlobalMeet

PGi’s web conferencing portfolio also includes iMeet and ReadyTalk Meeting. The company plans to migrate users off those products to GlobalMeet, starting with iMeet customers sometime in 2018. PGi is still deciding exactly how and when to transition its ReadyTalk Meeting clients.

Not all the features in iMeet and ReadyTalk are expected to become a part of GlobalMeet. For example, PGi does not plan to carry over the webinar and webcast platforms available in the other products.

PGi has been under pressure to consolidate what was becoming an unwieldy product portfolio. A December 2017 report on visual collaboration by Aragon Research Inc., based in Morgan Hill, Calif., cited PGi’s overlapping product offerings as the company’s weakness.

Siris Capital Group LLC, a New York-based private equity firm that also owns Polycom, bought PGi for roughly $1 billion in 2015. PGi, which boasts 45,000 customers worldwide, competes with web conferencing providers BlueJeans, Zoom, Fuze, Microsoft and Cisco.

Web-based video platforms replacing hardware

PGi’s reboot of GlobalMeet comes as companies are spending less on video conferencing hardware. Sales of video endpoints are expected to drop nearly 17% between 2017 and 2022, as businesses turn to cloud platforms and web-based applications for video, said Rich Costello, a senior research analyst with IDC.

Nemertes Research, meanwhile, predicted around 72% of the 700 businesses it surveyed around the world will use cloud-based web conferencing of some kind in 2018, up from 63% in 2017.

Today, the market is open to small and large vendors because companies are willing to test different web conferencing tools as they develop an overall unified communications strategy, said Irwin Lazar, an analyst at Nemertes, based in Mokena, Ill. Companies often find the offerings of PGi and Zoom, for example, easier to use than what’s included in the UC platforms of vendors like Microsoft or Avaya, he said.

By 2021, spending on cloud video conferencing will reach $739 million worldwide, more than double the $351 million in revenue in 2016, according to a July 2017 study by London-based IHS Markit.

AWS and Microsoft announce Gluon, making deep learning accessible to all developers – News Center

New open source deep learning interface allows developers to more easily and quickly build machine learning models without compromising training performance. Jointly developed reference specification makes it possible for Gluon to work with any deep learning engine; support for Apache MXNet available today and support for Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit coming soon.

SEATTLE and REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 12, 2017 — On Thursday, Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced a new deep learning library, called Gluon, that allows developers of all skill levels to prototype, build, train and deploy sophisticated machine learning models for the cloud, devices at the edge and mobile apps. The Gluon interface currently works with Apache MXNet and will support Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) in an upcoming release. With the Gluon interface, developers can build machine learning models using a simple Python API and a range of prebuilt, optimized neural network components. This makes it easier for developers of all skill levels to build neural networks using simple, concise code, without sacrificing performance. AWS and Microsoft published Gluon’s reference specification so other deep learning engines can be integrated with the interface. To get started with the Gluon interface, visit https://github.com/gluon-api/gluon-api/.

Developers build neural networks using three components: training data, a model and an algorithm. The algorithm trains the model to understand patterns in the data. Because the volume of data is large and the models and algorithms are complex, training a model often takes days or even weeks. Deep learning engines like Apache MXNet, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit and TensorFlow have emerged to help optimize and speed the training process. However, these engines require developers to define the models and algorithms up front using lengthy, complex code that is difficult to change. Other deep learning tools make model-building easier, but this simplicity can come at the cost of slower training performance.

The Gluon interface gives developers the best of both worlds — a concise, easy-to-understand programming interface that enables developers to quickly prototype and experiment with neural network models, and a training method that has minimal impact on the speed of the underlying engine. Developers can use the Gluon interface to create neural networks on the fly, and to change their size and shape dynamically. In addition, because the Gluon interface brings together the training algorithm and the neural network model, developers can perform model training one step at a time. This means it is much easier to debug, update and reuse neural networks.

“The potential of machine learning can only be realized if it is accessible to all developers. Today’s reality is that building and training machine learning models require a great deal of heavy lifting and specialized expertise,” said Swami Sivasubramanian, VP of Amazon AI. “We created the Gluon interface so building neural networks and training models can be as easy as building an app. We look forward to our collaboration with Microsoft on continuing to evolve the Gluon interface for developers interested in making machine learning easier to use.”

“We believe it is important for the industry to work together and pool resources to build technology that benefits the broader community,” said Eric Boyd, corporate vice president of Microsoft AI and Research. “This is why Microsoft has collaborated with AWS to create the Gluon interface and enable an open AI ecosystem where developers have freedom of choice. Machine learning has the ability to transform the way we work, interact and communicate. To make this happen we need to put the right tools in the right hands, and the Gluon interface is a step in this direction.”

“FINRA is using deep learning tools to process the vast amount of data we collect in our data lake,” said Saman Michael Far, senior vice president and CTO, FINRA. “We are excited about the new Gluon interface, which makes it easier to leverage the capabilities of Apache MXNet, an open source framework that aligns with FINRA’s strategy of embracing open source and cloud for machine learning on big data.”

“I rarely see software engineering abstraction principles and numerical machine learning playing well together — and something that may look good in a tutorial could be hundreds of lines of code,” said Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. “I really appreciate how the Gluon interface is able to keep the code complexity at the same level as the concept; it’s a welcome addition to the machine learning community.”

“The Gluon interface solves the age old problem of having to choose between ease of use and performance, and I know it will resonate with my students,” said Nikolaos Vasiloglou, adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. “The Gluon interface dramatically accelerates the pace at which students can pick up, apply and innovate on new applications of machine learning. The documentation is great, and I’m looking forward to teaching it as part of my computer science course and in seminars that focus on teaching cutting-edge machine learning concepts across different cities in the U.S.”

“We think the Gluon interface will be an important addition to our machine learning toolkit because it makes it easy to prototype machine learning models,” said Takero Ibuki, senior research engineer at DOCOMO Innovations. “The efficiency and flexibility this interface provides will enable our teams to be more agile and experiment in ways that would have required a prohibitive time investment in the past.”

The Gluon interface is open source and available today in Apache MXNet 0.11, with support for CNTK in an upcoming release. Developers can learn how to get started using Gluon with MXNet by viewing tutorials for both beginners and experts available by visiting https://mxnet.incubator.apache.org/gluon/.

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For Sale – **FREE- CLAIMED**Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Laptop Dock with PSU

Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock with PSU

Host interface: USB 3.0
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity: one
Connectivity technology: cable
AC input frequency: 50/60 Hz
2 DVI Ports

Five USB 3.0 ports; two in front and three in rear
Simultaneously attach two monitors using the two monitor ports
DVI-D monitor port for DVI monitor attachment, and a DVI-I monitor port for DVI or VGA monitor attachment
Integrated Ethernet
Stereo/microphone combination port

Comes with PSU and Power Cable.

Note: These do have an issue with the monitor disconnecting (widely known issue) when overloading with too many high powered usb devices or sometimes on their own. This is a manufacturer issue as googling will tell you this is a common problem with these docks. I’ve found it happens less with less powered usb devices overloaded and using usb 3 instead of usb 2. It’s a very convenient device otherwise.

FREE inc Postage worth £35 when it works!

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For Sale – Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock with PSU

Lenovo ThinkPad USB 3.0 Dock with PSU

Host interface: USB 3.0
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity: one
Connectivity technology: cable
AC input frequency: 50/60 Hz
2 DVI Ports

Five USB 3.0 ports; two in front and three in rear
Simultaneously attach two monitors using the two monitor ports
DVI-D monitor port for DVI monitor attachment, and a DVI-I monitor port for DVI or VGA monitor attachment
Integrated Ethernet
Stereo/microphone combination port

Comes with PSU and Power Cable.

Note: These do have an issue with disconnecting (widely known issue) when overloading with too many high powered usb devices or sometimes on their own. This is a manufacturer issue as googling will tell you this is a common problem with these docks. I’ve found it happens less with less powered usb devices overloaded and using usb 3 instead of usb 2. It’s a very convenient device otherwise.

I would not feel right selling this without disclosing this information so please buy this (or any of this dock online) knowing this.

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What is Microsoft Log Parser Studio? – Definition from WhatIs.com

Microsoft Log Parser Studio is a front-end utility that features a graphical user interface, report builder and query repository for Microsoft’s Log Parser application.

Log Parser is a free command-line tool that can run queries based on SQL syntax against log files for diagnostic and troubleshooting purposes. Administrators can also use Log Parser to examine data sources from the Windows operating system, such as the Windows registry; Internet Information Services (IIS); Exchange; and other applications to locate specific entries or conditions.

Log Parser Studio builds on the capabilities of Log Parser and comes with more than 180 pre-defined queries. The Log Parser Studio GUI features a number of icons tied to specific actions, such as “show chart” and “export CSV.” Administrators can write, execute and manage queries in the GUI. The Log Parser Studio can store queries in a centralized repository.

Log Parser Studio GUI
Log Parser Studio features a GUI to execute queries based on SQL syntax. The administrator can use the interface to do various tasks, such as sort through the results or build a chart based on the query results.

Log Parser Studio provides other features and functionality, including the ability to import multiple XML files; context-aware searching; support for all Log Parser formats; support for Exchange logs, such as EEL and EELX log formats; the capacity to export queries as PowerShell scripts; and query logging, which saves all query work. Log Parser Studio can run a collection of queries in a batch job and execute queries automatically for use in daily reports.

Microsoft released Log Parser Studio in 2012.

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