Xbox Game Pass: Sniper Elite 4, Olli Olli 2 XL, Sheltered, and More in November – Xbox Wire

We’re adding five more great games to the Xbox Game Pass catalog in November, in addition to the growing list of over 100 games already included in your membership. Starting November 1, Xbox Game Pass members can jump into Sniper Elite 4, Olli Olli 2 XL, Rise and Shone, Sheltered, and then on November 6 the same day as its debut on Xbox, Grip: Combat Racing.

But, you want more? Tune into Inside Xbox at X018 on November 10 and brace yourself for even more great games coming to Xbox Game Pass — we think you’ll like them.

Let’s dive into the new games, coming to Xbox Game Pass:

Sniper Elite 4 (November 1)

Combining complex ballistics, stealth gameplay, and third-person action, Sniper Elite 4 is the latest entry of this World War 2 combat series. This time featuring some of the largest and most diverse environments to navigate than ever before as you’re tasked to liberate wartime Italy from the iron grip of fascism.

Olli Olli 2 XL Edition (November 1)

Achieve new levels of control and expression as you skate, trick, and grind through 100 different levels with a new expanded combo system including Manuals, Reverts, Revert-Manuals, and Grind-Switching. Take on friends in Combo-Rush, a local-multiplayer mode for 2-4 players or when it’s time to chill, Free-Skate mode offers extended levels to learn the ropes, nail those tricks, or simply cruise and flow..

Sheltered (November 1)

Times are hard after an apocalypse, and your family will need all the comfort they can get to help them survive what’s to come. Sheltered is a post-apocalyptic bunker simulator where you need to keep your family of four alive for as long as possible. You’ll face many obstacles, meet crazy individuals, fight off intruders, scavenge for materials, and explore a randomly generated map on every playthrough.

Rise and Shine (November 1)

Play as the young child Rise as he embarks on an epic action-packed shooting adventure with his sacred gun Shine by his side. Together they’ll fight to take down an invading army of aliens known as Space Grunts in the hopes of saving a world where classic video game characters live. Featuring massive explosions, awesome hand drawn set pieces, and gigantic bosses to do battle with, Rise and Shine has all the ingredients of the next great shooter for you to tackle.

Grip: Combat Racing (November 6)

The return of hardcore combat racing is here and the stakes are higher than ever before. Grip: Combat Racing is packed with content. On top of the single-player campaign and Carkour stunt mode, there’s 22 breathtaking tracks spanning four planets, 15 armored combat vehicles, multiple race formats, and PVP battle arenas all with split-screen for up to four players.

Join Xbox Game Pass Today

With over 100 great games for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, including the highest-rated* Xbox exclusive of this generation Forza Horizon 4, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, start your 14-day free trial now, and discover your next favorite game.

For the latest Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and stay tuned to Xbox Wire. Until next month, game on!

*Source: Metacritic

Cautious about SaaS, Textron came around to Oracle ERP Cloud

SAN FRANCISCO — For more than 20 years, Textron, which bills itself as the world’s oldest conglomerate, chugged along with a legacy ERP environment running on a combination of Infor and Lawson Software.

After a couple of years of careful planning, the company eventually decided to consolidate on Oracle ERP Cloud in combination with the Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

“From a strategic perspective, Textron had to do something different,” said Mike Skibo, who was CIO until leaving the company recently. “Continuing to invest in monoliths that are really monuments just wasn’t going to work for us.”

Textron leaders shared their OracleERP Cloud migration story in a session at the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference here this week.

Piecemeal SaaS gives way to Oracle ERP Cloud

As the Infor and Lawson systems began to show their age, the 95-year-old manufacturer behind brands such as Bell, Cessna and Beechcraft started experimenting with the cloud, moving nonessential systems to SaaS alternatives. But many critical applications, including ERP and finance, remained on premises, either because of the regulatory limitations global companies face, or because the company’s leadership simply wasn’t ready to entrust them to SaaS providers.

Some of these applications were ported to a private instance in Microsoft’s Azure cloud, but finance and ERP were left alone, in part due to the reluctance of the financial professionals who use the systems to embrace change. For a while, the company managed this arrangement by layering Oracle Hyperion consolidated reporting over the existing environment, but it only delayed the inevitable.

According to Skibo, succumbing to such resistance wasn’t a long-term option.

So Textron spent much of 2016 and 2017 preparing to make the big move to cloud ERP and financials. Requirements were outlined, processes optimized and specifications established. Skibo and his team found themselves with a long list of project objectives: Find a modern alternative to Textron’s aging systems, enable better decision support with analytics, ensure that users can tailor operational reports to their requirements, and replace labor-intensive manual processes with a combination of automation and best practices.

Textron also would have to integrate with external supplier and partner systems.

Facing a time crunch to get a new system in place by the end of 2017, the company decided on Oracle ERP Cloud and began a frenetic 13-week deployment.

Ultimately, the project came in on time and on budget, but it was not without its challenges, starting with the initial pushback from finance users, who argued that the numbers wouldn’t change regardless of technology, and that they relied on getting the reports they’d always gotten.

“I wouldn’t say they’re my flag carriers for change,” Skibo said.

Eventually, he was able to sell them on the need for change, and on the promise that they wouldn’t have to contend with the disruption of major ERP upgrades every few years.

There was also the moment that Oracle announced the availability of release 13 of its cloud, less than a month after Textron had gone live on release 12. That turned out be a relatively easy transition, but it clearly was not how Textron would have scripted things.

Finance manager advises close attention to data model

Over the course of the deployment — both the initial core implementation and the subsequent phased rollout of modules such as accounts payable and the general ledger — Textron relied heavily on Oracle Consulting to help it get past the hiccups, deal with needed configurations and familiarize the company with its new cloud-based functionality.

Really think about the data model and how information in the Oracle ERP Cloud maps to your information.
Kelli Gudzsenior finance systems manager, Textron

“We all had a cohesive focus and were working toward one common goal,” said Kelli Gudz, Textron’s senior finance systems manager, who joined Skibo in the OpenWorld talk.

That kind of collaboration was present internally, as well, as Gudz said that involving the business in every step of the migration was critical to ensuring that users would understand the new SaaS ERP system sufficiently, be able to create their own account strings and generally shed their dependence on IT.

Now, months later, the Oracle ERP Cloud-enabled version of Textron has said goodbye to costly upgrades, achieved healthy user acceptance and adoption, seen more reliable real-time data flowing through the company and positioned itself for future growth.

As for other companies considering a similar journey, Gudz had one recommendation based on a lesson Textron learned. She said she wished her team had started the data conversion effort sooner; it underestimated the differences in the Infor-Lawson and Oracle models, which led to staff having to do that work over last year’s Christmas break.

“Really think about the data model and how information in the Oracle ERP Cloud maps to your information,” she said.

With more modules and business units eyed for migration to Oracle ERP Cloud during 2019, Textron should have plenty of opportunities to do just that.

For Sale – iMac 21.5” screen. Late 2015 model

Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds‘ started by antsims, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. This just sits in our spare room and never gets used. In fantastic condition with keyboard and mouse. Not sure, but I think I have the original box up the attic.

    Hopefully someone else can make use of it. Will upload pics later.

    Would prefer collection as condition and working order can be checked out.

    Price and currency: £800 now £700 lowered to £650
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    Payment method: Ppg or bt
    Location: Aberdare South Wales
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  2. Photos as promised

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  3. What’s the full spec pls- PM me the serial number? Presume no warranty?

  4. Late 2015
    Processor 1.6 GHz intel core i5
    Memory 8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Startup Disc Macintosh HD
    Graphics Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB

    Will pm serial number but no warranty

  5. I was confused by the Bought Jan 2017, to find its a 2015 model… Shame as was after a 2017. Thanks anyways

  6. I’ve amended title to avoid confusion. Sorry.

  7. Lowered to £700.

  8. Will drop to £650

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Mixer Builds Custom Golf Carts for Post Malone to Game and Stream at Posty Fest – Xbox Wire

Mixer is teaming up with multi-platinum recording artist Post Malone, to give him and fans the ultimate festival experience, Posty-style, at his inaugural music festival, Posty Fest. We’ll be serving looks in customized golf carts that are tricked out from top to bottom with Post Malone in mind.

The custom designed Mixer HypeCart, comes equipped with a 40-inch HD screen TV, a custom Posty Fest Xbox One X console, 13-inch, one hundred spoke rims, and will be a fully-operational livestreaming machine to give you an inside look at the festival as Post Malone streams live behind-the-scenes from the carts the day before the festival on Saturday, October 27 starting at 2 p.m. PDT.

Tune in to the Mixer Post Malone Channel and see Post Malone answer fan questions, drive around the venue for an exclusive sneak peek of the festival, and for a chance to win a customized Posty Fest Xbox One X console. Post Malone will also be playing the latest games available on Xbox Game Pass, so be sure to tune in to see if Post Malone games as well as he performs!

But that’s not all. It wouldn’t be a Post Malone golf cart if it didn’t have a cooler for his beverages as well as three cameras so fans won’t miss a second of all the good Posty vibes.

Oh and, we didn’t stop with just one. We’ve created two of these monster machines. A second green, Xbox-themed golf cart is ready to take on the scene. Both the Mixer and Xbox golf carts will be at future events as well so be on the lookout for them!

All of this is part of Mixer’s collaboration with Posty Fest, taking place in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, October 28.

Don’t miss the pre-Posty Fest livestream with Post Malone on the Mixer Post Malone Channel on Saturday, October 27 starting at 2 p.m. PDT.

We’re hyped for this one!

Future of SharePoint on solid ground, despite rumors

Seventy-five thousand enterprises — and millions of users — ensure the future of SharePoint, despite the fact Microsoft’s intranet product has been around since the internet was young.

Seth Patton, general manager for Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive, SharePoint and Yammer, said that in the almost two decades since SharePoint debuted, so many things have changed.

We work differently — on the cloud more than ever. We are tapping AI to automate tasks and perform them more quickly.

That would not seem to bode well for the future of SharePoint, which began as most other software platforms in the early 2000s: as an on-premises, server-based application maintained in a company’s own data center.

“Over the years, it turns out that content management and content collaboration and the pains that customers deal with, the problems they’re trying to solve, have grown,” Patton said.

Seeing these problems expand as data lakes grow deeper and content ends up in more far-flung places drove Microsoft to stay committed to SharePoint, as its role remains distinct from those of OneDrive, Teams and Yammer.

Of course, the future of SharePoint — at least, in the view of many independent Microsoft MVP consultants — is on-premises. Microsoft pledged to release a new on-premises SharePoint 2019 version, which quelled dissent among users.

But what happens after that? We put these questions and more to Patton in this Pipeline podcast episode, a wide-ranging discussion SharePoint experts won’t want to miss. The cloud, it turns out, is the future — especially with deep integrations to other Microsoft Office productivity tools and AI capabilities found only on the cloud side. For now, however, the on-premises SharePoint infrastructure will live on.

Be prepared for SD-WAN implementation complexities

Potential software-defined WAN customers should be wary of oversimplifying the technology.

As more enterprises take on an SD-WAN implementation and talk about their successes, it can be tempting for other companies to rush into a decision thinking it’s easy, said Errin Mahnken, senior manager of strategic business solutions at Tata Communications, who commented about SD-WAN on the tradeshow floor at the ONUG conference in New York City this week.

“A lot of customers tend to oversimplify things and look at it from the perspective of ‘All we have to do is plug in the internet and we’ll be fine’,” Mahnken said. In reality, it’s a bit more complicated.

“When you have traditional routers, it’s like playing checkers — it’s one way or the other,” he added. “With SD-WAN, it’s more like 3D chess.”

Just like different chess pieces have different rules and can move in different ways, so do SD-WAN components. This is where Mahnken said it’s important for enterprises to consider the requirements for each application.

One of the first steps potential SD-WAN users should take is to ensure they have the internal staff to support the SD-WAN implementation and the long-term maintenance. If an enterprise lacks the internal expertise, it should choose a support model in which someone — like a managed service provider — provides the support instead.

The next step, according to Mahnken, is to choose a recommended deployment model — such as rip and replace or a slow migration — and understand how to implement it.

“We recommend customers migrate slowly over to make sure they take into account a lot of the nuances they may have,” he said. This process typically starts with the headquarters or main data centers and then progresses to additional sites.

By migrating slowly, enterprises have a better chance to tackle any challenges and nuances that come their way. Customers should go into SD-WAN implementation expecting to run into issues, Mahnken added.

“With every plan — however well you thought it out — as soon as you go implement it, you’re going to run into those nuances,” he said. These challenges can be glitches in software — like an incomplete version of Border Gateway Protocol — or a misconfiguration on the implementation engineer’s side. The bugs “tend to crop up unexpectedly at the worst times,” he added, and happen more often than people are willing to admit.

While it might not be possible to avoid all software glitches during SD-WAN implementation, he said the best defense is to make sure the people who are implementing and configuring the software are trained properly.

“It’s not as simple as everybody says — to push a button and move on,” Mahnken said. “Zero touch, from what I’ve seen, is not as zero as it could be. There’s still a lot of configuration.”

For Sale – Acer Predator XB271H Gaming Monitor 170hz G-sync 1ms

Amazing 27″ monitor for sale.

This thing is an absolute beast, however I’m upgrading to 4k and need to sell.

It’s really hard for me to part with this monitor as it’s been the central part of my build.

Collection only or if you pay for courier I will get it delivered.

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank Transfer or Paypal Gift
Location: Nottingham
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