Closing skills gaps in manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is being transformed by the rise in new digital industrial technology, known as Industry 4.0. New technologies are changing every stage of production, increasing productivity, optimizing operations, and unlocking new areas of growth. In order for manufacturers to capture the value this technology unlocks, they’ll need to ensure their workforce has the right skills and the right tools.

This is especially true as it relates to an organization’s Firstline Workforce. In manufacturing, Firstline Workers are the employees who deliver products and materials, drive product quality, and keep critical equipment running. To help manufacturers with their digital transformation, we’re enabling new ways to work with Microsoft 365 for Firstline Workers to learn, communicate, and collaborate more effectively.

Upskilling and equipping the Firstline Workforce

With the rise of Industry 4.0, manufacturers must reimagine the roles, skills, and tools to transform work throughout their organization. This means providing digital and soft skills, empowering workers with modern tools, and blurring the boundaries of technology with new immersive experiences. In an increasingly digital and complex landscape, the types of skills that employees need are rapidly evolving, and it is increasingly difficult for the workforce to keep pace.

Solutions in Microsoft 365 that enable Firstline Workers to learn, communicate, and collaborate include:

  • Using Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online, manufacturers can securely centralize training efforts, easily distribute onboarding and training materials, and connect all levels of the organization to find and share best practices.

  • Using Microsoft Stream, organizations can deliver dynamic, role-based content and video to increase engagement and retention of training programs and support peer-to-peer information sharing.

To help equip workers to operate in a digitally-enabled manufacturing environment, Teams provides a single hub for teamwork to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate production from the engineering rooms to the factory floor.

  • Earlier this year, we announced new capabilities—including urgent messaging, location sharing, and image annotations—which organizations can use to create a safer and more efficient workplace. For example, these features can help workers identify, communicate, and share the location of hazardous spills to help reduce operational disruptions.

Image of three phones displaying urgent messaging, location sharing, and image annotations in Teams.

  • Additionally, Microsoft Teams is extensible and allows companies to transform business processes using Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. These services help to digitize everyday activities—such as documentation during quality assurance, data capture, and inventory management—helping reduce costs and free up time for Firstline Workers to focus on higher value activities.

As Industry 4.0 reshapes the manufacturing industry, finding new innovations to help workers learn, communicate, and collaborate remains a top priority. Microsoft is addressing these challenges through breakthroughs in hardware design, artificial intelligence (AI) experiences, mixed reality with HoloLens 2, and through business-ready solutions with Dynamics 365 and industry partners.

  • Using Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, technicians can solve problems faster by calling in remote experts via Microsoft Teams to help walk through repairs using mixed reality annotations, sharing diagrams and schematics. And with Dynamics 365 Guides, employees can learn new skills with step-by-step instructions that guide employees to the tools they need and how to use them in real work situations.

Helping our customers succeed

Leading manufacturers choose Microsoft 365 to prepare, equip, and empower their employees at all levels:

To accelerate productivity and information flow, Cummins replaced its existing productivity and collaboration tools with Microsoft 365, introducing a modern knowledge management and collaboration framework to reduce skills gaps and anchor a new culture of work.

Our modern, tech-driven workplaces give employees the tools they need to innovate, so we can introduce new energy products and technology solutions to the market. It’s also a key strategy in attracting top talent.”
—Sherry Aaholm, VP and CIO for Cummins

Goodyear is using the integrated and adaptive tools in Microsoft 365 to help accelerate innovation and enable new capabilities inside the company. For example, Goodyear is connecting its workforce via tools like Teams, which is driving productivity and generating efficiencies to deliver the right products to the right place at the right time.

“Enhancing collaboration is crucial to us for improved decision making and to drive innovation, both in tires and beyond tires… Our multigenerational and multicultural global workforce is now sharing perspectives and ideas more quickly and easily than ever.”
—Sherry Neubert, CIO for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

We’re incredibly excited about our opportunity to help manufacturers transform and we are just getting started!

Join us at Hannover Messe and learn more

Next week, members of the Microsoft team will be at Hannover Messe, the annual manufacturing conference. Visit us at Microsoft stand C40 and learn how Microsoft is enabling Intelligent Manufacturing.

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Komprise launches NAS migration tool, user-driven archiving

Requests for NAS-to-NAS migration capabilities spurred Komprise to break out the feature from its Intelligent Data Management software and add a stand-alone product.

The startup, based in Campbell, Calif., introduced NAS migration in 2018 to enable customers to shift NFS- or SMB/CIFS-based data from one storage system to another, leaving no data behind on the source filer. The feature is useful to replace old NAS boxes or consolidate data, and some asked for a stand-alone option for one-off projects that don’t require Komprise’s full capabilities, according to Krishna Subramanian, Komprise’s president and chief operating officer. 

Subramanian said customer feedback also led a new user-driven archiving feature in Komprise’s core Intelligent Data Management product. Administrators could already set broad policies to archive data, but customers also wanted the option to let end users designate specific projects for long-term storage, she said.

Painful NAS migrations

Enrico Signoretti, a senior data storage analyst at Gigaom, said migrations are “always painful,” especially when moving multiple petabytes (PB) and billions of files. He said tool choices tend to be limited, because vendors can’t derive enough revenue from products that customers don’t use every day.

Sometimes NAS migrations can be nightmares, because you’re involving hundreds if not thousands of end users.
Matt Madill Storage systems administrator, Duquesne University.

Komprise customer Matt Madill, a Duquesne University storage systems administrator, said the NAS-to-NAS migration tool provides a “nice safety net” if the IT staff has to do a mass migration.

“Sometimes NAS migrations can be nightmares,” Madill said, “because you’re involving hundreds if not thousands of end users.”

However, Madill did not use Komprise’s tool last fall when Duquesne migrated data from an older NetApp array to a new flash array. He said Duquesne used NetApp’s storage virtual machine disaster recovery tools because it also needed to test the failover disaster recovery to satisfy an audit request. Madill may have more use for the new Komprise user-driven archiving feature, which he said can provide researchers with more control when they archive data.

Insight into stale data

Duquesne has used Komprise for nearly two years to gain insight into its data. Madill said the IT staff shares the information about stale and “dead” data with users for full transparency. Komprise can enable administrators to set policies to move cold or inactive data from expensive flash storage to cheaper disks located on premises or in the cloud.

The university currently stores about 2 TB of deduplicated, compressed and encrypted data in Amazon, but hopes to shift more files, including rarely viewed videos of class lectures. Duquesne is weighing cloud storage options from Komprise partner Wasabi Technologies.

Komprise NAS migration user interface
Komprise NAS-to-NAS migration tool is now sold outside of its Intelligent Data Management product.

“We’ve had ridiculous requests where a researcher says, ‘We want 100 TB tomorrow.’ We don’t have that capacity, but with the cloud, we have unlimited capacity. Komprise is that vehicle that gets us there,” Madill said.

Pricing for the new Komprise NAS migration tool is $60 per terabyte, including three years of maintenance. Volume discounts are available for customers that move more than 1 PB of data. NAS migration is also available at no additional fee for customers of Komprise’s Intelligent Data Management software. The subscription list price for the full product is $7 per terabyte, per month to manage, analyze, migrate and replicate data. Komprise also offers the option for a perpetual license of $150 per terabyte, with a 20% maintenance fee. Volume discounts are available.

Data management competition

Subramanian said Komprise has more than 150 enterprise customers. Komprise competitors include Aparavi, Data Dynamics, InfiniteIO and StrongBox Data Solutions Inc. For file transfers, it also competes with Datadobi and free tools such as robocopy and rsync.

Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting, said the free file transfer tools are error-prone and lack automation. Komprise faces tougher competition from archiving vendors such as Aparavi and StrongBox, which Staimer said could be less expensive than Komprise. Subramanian said some competitors have hidden costs because they sit in the hot data/metadata path, require beefy hardware with lots of CPU and RAM to overcome performance limitations or charge separately for different features, rather than an all-inclusive price.

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Windows 10 Tip: Dark theme in File Explorer | Windows Experience Blog

Did you know you can change File Explorer to a theme that’s easier on the eyes, thanks to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update?  

As the Windows Insider blog explains, “Adding a dark theme to File Explorer has long been a top Insider request,” but it meant “breaking new ground to provide a dark theme to legacy parts of the shell.” 
The post goes on to explain the process of creating and refining the UI design, with the help of Windows Insiders’ feedback. 
“For example, Insiders told us that they’d like to see more use of grey tones — which we added to areas like the view pane. We also adjusted the address bar and ribbon colors. (The effect is that your eye is drawn more to the content in the center of the screen.) And take a close look below at the Navigation Pane. We removed the folder backplates from the folder icons and enlarged the icons to make them stand out more on high DPI displays.” 
Detailed suggestions like these helped the team move from a basic dark theme into the kind of functional design that users demand with applications like File Explorer. 
Want to try out dark theme on your PC? Go to Settings > Personalization > Colors, scroll to the bottom of the page and change the default app mode from Light to Dark. 
Check it out in action: 

If you’re using the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, File Explorer will automatically update from light to dark after you change this option. To confirm whether or not your PC is running this version, you can go to Settings > System > About, where it will say Version 1809 in the Windows Specifications section. If you see Version 1803 or a lower version number, the Windows Update Assistant can help you update to the latest version of Windows 10. 
Check out more Windows 10 Tips.

Wanted – BenQ BL702A

Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds‘ started by Silent Bob, Mar 26, 2019 at 12:39 AM.

  1. Bit of a long shot, but maybe someone has this particlar model lying around collecting dust?

    Also I’d take a BenQ BL910

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Closing skills gaps in manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is being transformed by the rise in new digital industrial technology, known as Industry 4.0. New technologies are changing every stage of production, increasing productivity, optimizing operations, and unlocking new areas of growth. In order for manufacturers to capture the value this technology unlocks, they’ll need to ensure their workforce has the right skills and the right tools.

This is especially true as it relates to an organization’s Firstline Workforce. In manufacturing, Firstline Workers are the employees who deliver products and materials, drive product quality, and keep critical equipment running. To help manufacturers with their digital transformation, we’re enabling new ways to work with Microsoft 365 for Firstline Workers to learn, communicate, and collaborate more effectively.

Upskilling and equipping the Firstline Workforce

With the rise of Industry 4.0, manufacturers must reimagine the roles, skills, and tools to transform work throughout their organization. This means providing digital and soft skills, empowering workers with modern tools, and blurring the boundaries of technology with new immersive experiences. In an increasingly digital and complex landscape, the types of skills that employees need are rapidly evolving, and it is increasingly difficult for the workforce to keep pace.

Solutions in Microsoft 365 that enable Firstline Workers to learn, communicate, and collaborate include:

  • Using Microsoft Teams and SharePoint Online, manufacturers can securely centralize training efforts, easily distribute onboarding and training materials, and connect all levels of the organization to find and share best practices.

  • Using Microsoft Stream, organizations can deliver dynamic, role-based content and video to increase engagement and retention of training programs and support peer-to-peer information sharing.

To help equip workers to operate in a digitally-enabled manufacturing environment, Teams provides a single hub for teamwork to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate production from the engineering rooms to the factory floor.

  • Earlier this year, we announced new capabilities—including urgent messaging, location sharing, and image annotations—which organizations can use to create a safer and more efficient workplace. For example, these features can help workers identify, communicate, and share the location of hazardous spills to help reduce operational disruptions.

Image of three phones displaying urgent messaging, location sharing, and image annotations in Teams.

  • Additionally, Microsoft Teams is extensible and allows companies to transform business processes using Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. These services help to digitize everyday activities—such as documentation during quality assurance, data capture, and inventory management—helping reduce costs and free up time for Firstline Workers to focus on higher value activities.

As Industry 4.0 reshapes the manufacturing industry, finding new innovations to help workers learn, communicate, and collaborate remains a top priority. Microsoft is addressing these challenges through breakthroughs in hardware design, artificial intelligence (AI) experiences, mixed reality with HoloLens 2, and through business-ready solutions with Dynamics 365 and industry partners.

  • Using Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, technicians can solve problems faster by calling in remote experts via Microsoft Teams to help walk through repairs using mixed reality annotations, sharing diagrams and schematics. And with Dynamics 365 Guides, employees can learn new skills with step-by-step instructions that guide employees to the tools they need and how to use them in real work situations.

Helping our customers succeed

Leading manufacturers choose Microsoft 365 to prepare, equip, and empower their employees at all levels:

To accelerate productivity and information flow, Cummins replaced its existing productivity and collaboration tools with Microsoft 365, introducing a modern knowledge management and collaboration framework to reduce skills gaps and anchor a new culture of work.

Our modern, tech-driven workplaces give employees the tools they need to innovate, so we can introduce new energy products and technology solutions to the market. It’s also a key strategy in attracting top talent.”
—Sherry Aaholm, VP and CIO for Cummins

Goodyear is using the integrated and adaptive tools in Microsoft 365 to help accelerate innovation and enable new capabilities inside the company. For example, Goodyear is connecting its workforce via tools like Teams, which is driving productivity and generating efficiencies to deliver the right products to the right place at the right time.

“Enhancing collaboration is crucial to us for improved decision making and to drive innovation, both in tires and beyond tires… Our multigenerational and multicultural global workforce is now sharing perspectives and ideas more quickly and easily than ever.”
—Sherry Neubert, CIO for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

We’re incredibly excited about our opportunity to help manufacturers transform and we are just getting started!

Join us at Hannover Messe and learn more

Next week, members of the Microsoft team will be at Hannover Messe, the annual manufacturing conference. Visit us at Microsoft stand C40 and learn how Microsoft is enabling Intelligent Manufacturing.

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F5 Cloud Services aims ADC features at DevOps

F5 Networks has launched a SaaS product that will eventually offer load balancing and some security features to developers building applications for cloud computing environments.

Launched this week, F5 Cloud Services initially will provide server load balancing for domain name systems (DNS). By the end of June, F5 will add some web application security features.

Cloud Services offers a subset of the load balancing and security features available in F5’s Big IP application delivery controller (ADC). F5 is aiming Cloud Services at DevOps teams that blend application development with IT operations.

“These, as service offerings, are first and foremost optimized for cloud-native teams,” said Craig Kitterman, senior director of product management for Cloud Services at F5. “By that, I mean application developers and DevOps teams.”

F5’s interest in modernizing its legacy ADC technology for cloud application developers was behind the vendor’s plans to acquire NGINX, which provides ADC services for cloud applications. F5 expects to close the deal in the second quarter.

To stay relevant, F5 and other ADC vendors have to sell to developers and DevOps teams working for the growing number of companies building applications in public and private clouds.

“All ADC vendors must find a way to engage more meaningfully with application developers and DevOps teams, but they’ll have to do so on terms that are acceptable to developers and DevOps,” said Brad Casemore, an analyst at IDC. “This is why you see the focus on application services and consumption-based models [like SaaS].”

F5’s DNS service lets companies create a failover system on AWS that can pitch in when a high-volume of requests threaten to overwhelm a company’s primary DNS server. As a result, the F5 system, which can handle up to 100 million query responses per second, prevents DNS traffic from becoming a bottleneck for accessing web applications.

Within a few weeks, F5 plans to let companies configure a virtual DNS server on AWS as their primary system, Kitterman said. The F5 service includes protection against distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks.

F5 Cloud Services
Dashboard for DNS load balancing in F5 Cloud Services

Future plans for F5 Cloud Services

F5 plans to make the SaaS offering available eventually on Microsoft Azure, as well as sell it directly to customers, Kitterman said. Other future services without a timetable for release include load balancing for Layer 4-7 application services.

Along with DNS load balancing, F5 introduced on AWS a preview-only version of a signature-based web application firewall that includes traffic monitoring for bot detection and mitigation. F5 is aiming the security services at developers who might consider adding them as protection for cloud-based containers and other application workloads.

The SaaS offering adds to the other options for F5 ADC services. The company’s full Big IP product is available as on-premises hardware or software and as virtualized software for deployment on AWS, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud.

F5 is still working on the details of the metered pricing for the latest services. In the case of the DNS service, F5 is basing pricing on the number of zones, which are parts of a domain, and the number of queries, Kitterman said. “[Those are] pretty simple metering vectors for DNS.”

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For Sale – Mac Mini (Mid 2011)

For Sale is my Mac Mini (Mid 2011) which has 2.3GHz Intel i5. Over the years I’ve upgraded the RAM to 8GB and put in a 1TB HDD.

This is the model with HDMI output.

I’ve had this hooked up to my TV as an iTunes / Plex / Kodi server over the years, but recently moving more to streaming for everything hence the sale.

Machine is in good condition for its age, I’ve noticed a small ding on one of the corners which I’ve included in the photos. Comes with original box and power lead. Does not include mouse/trackpad or keyboard.

I’ve reset the OS back, so you’ll be greeted with the OSX welcome setup screen.

Price: £270 posted

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Price and currency: 270
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT or Cash on Collection
Location: East Hertfordshire
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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