Microsoft and the BMW Group launch the Open Manufacturing Platform – Stories

Companies are partners in a new initiative to drive open industrial IoT development and help grow a community to build future Industry 4.0 solutions

  • Technology framework and open community to share smart factory solutions across the automotive and manufacturing sectors to significantly accelerate future industrial IoT developments.
  • Utilizing industrial use cases and sample code, community members and partners will have the capability to develop their own services and solutions.
  • Built on the Microsoft Azure industrial IoT cloud platform, the Open Manufacturing Platform is intended to provide a reference architecture with open source components based on open industrial standards and an open data model.
  • By the end of 2019, the goal is to have an initial set of four to six partners in place and a minimum of 15 use cases rolled out into select production environments.
  • Manufacturers and suppliers, including companies from outside the automotive industry, will be encouraged to join the community.

Smart Transport Robot in the BMW Group Plant Regensburg

HANNOVER, Germany — April 2, 2019 — Today, at Hannover Messe, Microsoft Corp. and the BMW Group announced a new community initiative to enable faster, more cost-effective innovation in the manufacturing sector. In manufacturing today, production and profitability can be hindered by complex, proprietary systems that create data silos and slow productivity. The Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) is designed to break down these barriers through the creation of an open technology framework and cross-industry community. The initiative is expected to support the development of smart factory solutions that will be shared by OMP participants across the automotive and broader manufacturing sectors. The goal is to significantly accelerate future industrial IoT developments, shorten time to value and drive production efficiencies while addressing common industrial challenges.

Built on the Microsoft Azure industrial IoT cloud platform, the OMP is intended to provide community members with a reference architecture with open source components based on open industrial standards and an open data model. In addition to facilitating collaboration, this platform approach is designed to unlock and standardize data models that enable analytics and machine learning scenarios — data that has traditionally been managed in proprietary systems. Utilizing industrial use cases and sample code, community members and other partners will have the capability to develop their own services and solutions while maintaining control over their data.

“Microsoft is joining forces with the BMW Group to transform digital production efficiency across the industry,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Microsoft Cloud + AI Group. “Our commitment to building an open community will create new opportunities for collaboration across the entire manufacturing value chain.”

With currently over 3,000 machines, robots and autonomous transport systems connected with the BMW Group IoT platform, which is built on Microsoft Azure’s cloud, IoT and AI capabilities, the BMW Group plans to contribute relevant initial use cases to the OMP community. One example is the company’s use of their IoT platform for the second generation of its autonomous transport systems in the BMW Group plant in Regensburg, Germany, one of 30 BMW Group production and assembly sites worldwide. This use case has enabled the BMW Group to greatly simplify its logistics processes via central coordination of the transport system, creating greater logistics efficiency. In the future, this and other use cases—such as digital feedback loops, digital supply chain management and predictive maintenance—will be made available and, in fact, developed further within the OMP community.

“Mastering the complex task of producing individualized premium products requires innovative IT and software solutions,” said Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Production. “The interconnection of production sites and systems as well as the secure integration of partners and suppliers are particularly important. We have been relying on the cloud since 2016 and are consistently developing new approaches. With the Open Manufacturing Platform as the next step, we want to make our solutions available to other companies and jointly leverage potential in order to secure our strong position in the market in the long term.”

The OMP is the next evolution in the BMW Group’s and Microsoft’s long-standing technology partnership and mutual commitment to innovation and creating industry-wide opportunities for collective success. Through the OMP, community members will have greater opportunities to unlock the potential of their data, allowing them to build and integrate industrial solutions more quickly and securely and, in turn, benefit from contributing to and learning from other organizations.

The OMP will be designed to address common industrial challenges such as machine connectivity and on-premises systems integration. This will facilitate the reuse of software solutions among OEMs, suppliers and other partners, significantly reducing implementation costs. For example, an ROS-based robotics standard for autonomous transport systems for production and logistics will be contributed to the OMP for everyone to use. The OMP will be compatible with the existing Industry 4.0 reference architecture, leveraging the industrial interoperability standard OPC UA.

“This is very good news for the manufacturing industry,” said Stefan Hoppe, president and CEO of the OPC Foundation. “The use of open international industry standards such as OPC UA in the OMP community enables manufacturers, machine builders and suppliers to integrate their existing equipment and systems efficiently and securely. For a long time, companies have promoted proprietary, closed ecosystems — the OMP commitment to open development will shape tomorrow’s manufacturing.”

The underlying platform will continue to evolve over time, along with manufacturing requirements, to incorporate new innovations including areas of analytics, artificial intelligence and digital feedback loops.

The broader OMP community is being formed now, with recruitment of additional partners underway. The OMP Advisory Board is expected to be in operation with an initial set of four to six partners in place and a minimum of 15 use cases rolled out into select production environments by the end of 2019. The two initial partners, Microsoft and the BMW Group, encourage other manufacturers and suppliers, including companies from outside the automotive industry, to join the community.

About the BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2018 was €9.815 billion on revenues amounting to €97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a workforce of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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Study: Cybersecurity professionals taking on more data privacy duties

BOSTON — Cybersecurity professionals are increasingly being asked to take on data privacy responsibilities as part of their job function, research from the Information Systems Security Association and analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group revealed.

The study surveyed 267 cybersecurity professionals, mostly from North America, and 40% of respondents claimed data privacy is a “significantly” new responsibility being added to their job role, while 45% said they believe it is “somewhat” their responsibility.

But 44% of respondents asserted that they haven’t been given the right level of training or clear direction on data privacy.

ISSA president Candy Alexander believes this new development is “scary” because cybersecurity professionals are taking on new data privacy responsibilities without often understanding what it means.

“The majority of us are recognizing that we now have privacy as part of our responsibility, without fully understanding the impact that it has on us,” Alexander told SecureWorld Boston conference attendees this week. “Because businesses don’t understand our roles, they think that privacy and security go hand in hand, so [they are saying,] ‘here take this on.'”

While data privacy is highly related to data security, it is not the same discipline, Gartner analyst Avivah Litan said. Cybersecurity professionals are typically not trained in data privacy, she added.

Avivah Litan, Gartner analystAvivah Litan

“My take is that companies and employers need to train their security staff on what data privacy means and how it differs from data security,” Litan said in an email interview. “Optimally, this should be done by a seasoned data privacy professional in the organization. They should clarify for the security staff what their responsibilities are regarding data privacy and to whom in the organization the security staff are responsible to, for implementing their work program in this area.”

Cybersecurity professionals need to support data privacy staff in their mission, Litan said, including compliance with data privacy regulations and rules, protecting customer, employee and other constituents’ sensitive personal and private data from being sold and resold, and used without explicit customer consent.

Because businesses don’t understand our roles, they think that privacy and security go hand in hand.
Candy AlexanderPresident, ISSA

“Data can be secure, but not private; hence the confusion,” she said.

Marty Puranik, CEO of cloud computing and hosting services provider Atlantic.Net, said he believes data privacy is a broad term and thus companies need to define what it means when delegating such responsibilities to cybersecurity professionals.

“It could be up to the IT professional to investigate and suggest specifics on what would be in the scope of things to be covered,” Puranik said via email.

It is important for cybersecurity professionals to seek out training, peers or mentors that may specialize in the field, he added.

Candy Alexander, ISSA PresidentCandy Alexander

With data privacy regulations like GDPR in full effect and the California Consumer Privacy Act in the works, Alexander reinforced the need for conversations between cybersecurity professionals and data privacy professionals.

“We need to become better aligned and understand what the intersection is, and when do we as cybersecurity professionals hand over the reins to them and they to us,” she said.

Sam Curry, Cybereason, chief security officerSam Curry

Sam Curry, chief security officer at cybersecurity company Cybereason, believes security is about confidentiality, integrity and availability of information and services, while privacy is about data autonomy and where the boundaries of information control lie.

“They absolutely affect each other,” Curry said in an email interview. “In the Venn set, they overlap; but the better analogy is flip sides of a coin perhaps. Today, the roles and data privacy interplay are being figured out, but the CISO is at least a deeply interested party on privacy if not the owner and should be a champion and advocate for privacy rights until companies figure the formula out.”

Security experts agreed that CISOs and other senior executives put in charge of data privacy should engage with their peers and also customers.

“Reach out to your customers and talk to them — perhaps even put a customer privacy council together,” Curry said. “Create an internal privacy event and bring in peers who also touch it to assess risk, opportunities and how it fits with culture and values. Imagine your company as privacy advocates or leaders and set a goal for 2019 that leans into protecting privacy internally, championing it in the community or driving meaningful projects.”

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Evolution of Windows IoT: The foundation for your intelligent edge | Windows Experience Blog

It began more than 20 years ago, in the days before sensors monitored soil health, before smart shelves managed product levels, before artificial intelligence and IoT-enabled cameras reduced violent crime.
Before the term “Internet of Things” had been coined, Microsoft Windows was there—but not just on our PCs. It was quietly running on the smallest, embedded devices—the precursors to the intelligent, connected devices of today.
In fact, Windows IoT is more than two decades in the making, and now, Windows IoT is helping businesses of all sizes achieve digital transformation and delight customers with secure, modern experiences that bridge the physical and digital worlds.
Read on to discover how Windows IoT has evolved into one of the most trusted IoT platforms—and learn about the groundbreaking capabilities that are coming soon.
Windows IoT Core: a history of innovation
Since the 1990s, we’ve been innovating our popular Windows OS to meet the needs of device manufacturers, providing a familiar, cost-effective, and secure platform. We were already optimizing Windows for small, single-purpose embedded devices ranging from toys to telephones through our Windows CE and Windows NT Embedded products. Over the years, we have continued to build on this groundbreaking work.
Back when Windows IoT Core was introduced, it was the first time you could run the Windows OS on tiny computers, such as the Raspberry Pi. Designed for device makers, our initial focus was on development kits and building a community of Windows IoT developers. From there, we expanded to meet the needs of commercial customers who wanted long-term support, including a high-quality development environment.
Today, Windows 10 IoT Core is a mature product that enables manufacturers to go to market quickly with small-footprint devices that are secure, low cost, and built for the intelligent edge. Windows IoT Core provides a royalty-free OS for prototyping, developing and testing IoT devices.
Providing security and maintenance for a multitude of devices in the field can be extremely challenging, so one of the biggest additions we’ve made recently is Windows 10 IoT Core Services. Windows 10 IoT Core Services ensures long-term OS support and services for managing device updates and device health. Benefits include reduced operating costs with over-the air-updates for OS, apps, and drivers—plus 10 years of OS system support and enhanced security.
Additionally, with the release of Windows 10 IoT Core on NXP i.MX 6, 7 and now 8M series of application processors, we have support for industrial grade silicon. Meanwhile, we continue to work behind the scenes on products that haven’t been announced yet.
The evolution of Windows IoT Enterprise
For customers wanting the full power of Windows 10, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise provides a locked down, full version of Windows 10 that delivers enterprise manageability and security to IoT solutions across multiple industries. It shares all the benefits of the worldwide Windows ecosystem, including the same familiar application compatibility, development and management tools as client PCs and laptops.
Licensed for fixed-purpose, smart devices, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise features advanced capabilities that make it much easier to configure and lock down mission critical devices. This means that developers can spend more time creating outstanding solutions, without worrying about the nuts and bolts.
Like Windows 10 IoT Core Services, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise includes long-term support. With the critical nature of security, being able to get security updates over the course of ten years without having significant changes in the OS is of enormous value.
Both Windows 10 IoT Core and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise offer easy integration with the Microsoft Azure platform, simplifying scale and device management, as well as the implementation of advanced features like hardware-assisted machine learning inferencing and containers.
Bringing it all together with Azure IoT Edge
Azure IoT Edge extends cloud intelligence and analytics to edge devices, providing a secure and easy way for developers to move cloud and custom workloads to the edge and tap the power of Windows 10 IoT. Azure IoT Edge enables seamless deployment of AI and advanced analytics capabilities, and the Azure IoT Device Agent for Windows makes it easy for operators to remotely configure, update and monitor edge devices.
IoT Edge modules, implemented as Docker-compatible containers, enables management of device updates and the deployment of business logic at the edge. Multiple modules can be configured to communicate with each other, and custom modules can be developed to provide insights offline and at the edge. Again, 10 years of ongoing support, security and patch management add to the ROI as well as customer confidence.
The future of Windows IoT
In late February, we announced the availability of Windows Server IoT 2019, which can securely handle the largest edge computing workloads. Windows Server IoT 2019 brings the power of high-availability and high-performance storage and networking to the edge, addressing latency and connectivity requirements and enabling customers to maintain data on-premises while securely storing and analyzing large amounts of data.
Additionally, we’ve got some thrilling product advancements lined up over the course of the next 12 to 18 months, focusing on end-to-end security, simplicity and cost-effectiveness. We are working with OEMs to bring existing devices onto a new, modern OS—and helping them connect to the cloud. Microsoft is making substantial investments in cloud connectivity and using the power of Windows to accelerate our customers’ journeys to the cloud and the intelligent edge.
From a developer perspective, we are focused on efficiency and making Windows a great place for machine learning through innovations like AI at the edgeWinML allows developers to harness the capabilities of any Windows 10 device to use pre-trained machine learning models—both custom and off-the-shelf—making it immensely powerful and ideally suited to intelligent edge devices. WinML accelerates the evaluation of deep learning models on Direct X12-capable devices. It also evaluates on local hardware, enabling low latency and high performance for quick results.
A great example of the benefits WinML brings to IoT solutions is IoT-PREDICT. This predictive maintenance solution from ActionPoint runs on Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and uses machine learning, as well as data analytics and advanced capabilities, to help manufacturers reduce equipment downtime, save money and drive operational efficiency.
Windows Embedded and now Windows IoT have provided device builders and developers innovative products that offer security, simplicity and flexibility, backed-up with commercial grade support, including 10 years of support with our Long Term Servicing Channel. Windows IoT is accelerating digital transformation and enabling customers to build secure, connected products and modern experiences that delight customers.
We’re proud of how we have helped reshape the business landscape through IoT and the intelligent edge. And we’re thrilled about the road ahead. Stay tuned to see how we continue to lead global IoT innovation.
Meanwhile, be sure to tune into the IoT in Action on-demand webinar, Windows IoT: Business Transformation, to discover how Windows 10 IoT can help you get up and running quickly. You’ll learn how, with a platform that spans cloud, OS and devices, Microsoft IoT technology is uniquely positioned to simplify the IoT journey.
You can also watch the Windows IoT in Manufacturing webinar to hear how our partners are empowering device manufacturers to build secure, connected enterprise and consumer devices with Windows 10 IoT. Watch and discover how you can create trusted, connected solutions that improve business and customer experiences – regardless of company size, technical expertise, budget, or industry.

For Sale – Inwin X99 980ti system

I suspect I’ll need to split this, but will try the whole system.

It has barely been used. I’ve played <50h on it.

It runs like a dream. Currently clocked at 4.5ghz. CPU never goes above 60c

I’ve never mined on it or ran anything more taxing than a game.

Everything other than the CPU is boxed.

Edit: I’m keeping my SSD, but I’ll include a small ssd with a windows install to show it works.

5820k (no box)
X99 MSI MPower motherboard

MSI X99A MPOWER USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard

16gb (4x4gb) Corsair Dominator platinum 3000mhz C15 quad channel kit

GTX 980ti Zotac Amp

Corsair H115i 280mm AIO (need to double check model)

Inwin 805c

Corsair RMI850 + white Corsair braided cables

Corsair white fans x3

Any questions, ask away

Price and currency: £725
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Payment method: BT / PPG / cash
Location: Glasgow
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Announcing new capabilities for the Microsoft Azure Security Center – Microsoft Security

Microsoft Azure Security Center—the central hub for monitoring and protecting against related incidents within Azure—has released new capabilities. The following features—announced at Hannover Messe 2019—are now generally available for the Azure Security Center:

  • Advanced Threat Protection for Azure Storage—Layer of protection that helps customers detect and respond to potential threats on their storage account as they occur—without having to be an expert in security.
  • Regulatory compliance dashboard—Helps Security Center customers streamline their compliance process by providing insight into their compliance posture for a set of supported standards and regulations.
  • Support for Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS)—Easily monitor the security posture of your VMSS with security recommendations.
  • Dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) service, now available in U.K., Canada, and Australia—Provides cryptographic key storage in Azure and meets the most stringent customer security and compliance requirements.
  • Azure disk encryption support for VMSS—Now Azure disk encryption can be enabled for Windows and Linux VMSS in Azure public regions—enabling customers to help protect and safeguard the VMSS data at rest using industry standard encryption technology.

In addition, support for virtual machine sets are now generally available as part of the Azure Security Center. To learn more, read our Azure blog.

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Growing the Microsoft and Adobe cloud partnership – Microsoft Dynamics 365

Last week, I had the opportunity to spend two days at the Adobe Summit, where our longstanding partnership with Adobe grew deeper and stronger. The momentum around Adobe and Microsoft was palpable, and I’m thrilled that we’re offering our mutual customers best-in-class solutions to provide great experiences for their customers. It was an exciting week in Las Vegas!

The next steps for the Open Data Initiative

During Wednesday’s general session, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joined Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen onstage for a conversation covering digital transformation, creating a learn-it-all culture at Microsoft, and leveraging data to create personalized, impactful customer experiences. We also saw the Open Data Initiative (ODI) in action. As originally announced last September by Adobe, Microsoft, and SAP, the ODI is a new approach to business data that helps companies transform customer experiences through real-time insights delivered from the cloud.

Unilever, one of the early global brands to express support and excitement about the ODI, announced its intention to leverage these data connections immediately. At the Adobe Summit, Unilever demonstrated how it plans to bring together disparate customer, product, and resource data and use AI-driven insights to reduce plastic packaging and encourage consumer recycling. By eliminating silos of data, Unilever will connect inventory and plastics data with Adobe data on Azure to enhance customer experiences and encourage participation in this sustainability initiative.

We also announced a new approach as part of the ODI for publishing, enriching, and ingesting initial data feeds from the Adobe Experience Platform, activated through Adobe Experience Cloud, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Office 365 and SAP C/4HANA, into a customer’s Azure Data Lake. This enables customers to use AI and machine learning to generate new, actionable insights that can transform their business.

Just after Wednesday’s general session, I had the privilege of kicking off the first-ever meeting of our ODI Partner Advisory Council, along with my colleagues from Adobe and SAP. Our partners will be critical to unlocking the true opportunity presented by the ODI, and I’m excited to work closely with them to develop this initiative further and bring this innovation capability to more customers.

Read more about ODI in last week’s announcement.

Accelerating account-based experiences with LinkedIn

On Tuesday, we also announced a new extension of the Microsoft and Adobe partnership to include LinkedIn. This addition expands opportunities for product innovation and increases value for our joint customers. We’re adding new integrations across Adobe Experience Cloud, Dynamics 365 for Sales, and LinkedIn Marketing Solutions to accelerate account-based experiences – empowering B2B marketers and account-based sellers to easily identify, understand and engage customers, and create better orchestration, measurement, and delivery of targeted content for more personalized experiences.

Enterprise sales and large account deals often demand long negotiations, multiple decision makers, and complex relationship dynamics. We believe account-based experience drives success. Today, enabled by deeper data integration across Microsoft, Adobe, and LinkedIn, marketing and sales teams can tailor their offerings to individual customers, understand changing demands, and land complex sales.

Read more about this in the announcement from Adobe.

Customers seeing value of Adobe + Microsoft

Also on Tuesday, Brenda Bown, General Manager for Microsoft Business Applications, hosted a panel with Matthew Jafarian, Vice President of Digital Strategy and Innovation, Miami Heat and Mark Pelletier, Vice President of eBusiness, AAA Northeast. Matthew and Mark represent two of many customers using Adobe and Microsoft solutions to understand and delight customers. They shared their challenges and opportunities, explaining how their partnership with Adobe and Microsoft connects them with people in a more personal, relevant way.

For Matthew, working with the Miami Heat, this was all about the guests in the stadium:

“We’re focused on fan facing technology. That’s everything from ticketing tech when you walk in the building, that’s retail tech, that’s food and beverage tech. All of that data flows into our applications, Dynamics 365, our martech stack which is primarily Adobe—everything is focused on creating great fan experiences.”

This type of business evolution is underway across the globe.

In Colombia, Avianca Airlines is focused on creating highly personalized and specific customer journeys for every passenger they fly. As Santiago Aldana Sanin, CDO and CTO, explains, success in the travel business requires a focus on the complete experience, from booking, to the gate, to the air. They are already seeing the value of customer-centric IT with Microsoft and Adobe today.

Closer to home, 24 Hour Fitness has pioneered the health and wellness industry for more than 30 years. Today, with the partnership between Adobe and Dynamics 365, 24 Hour Fitness targets and nurtures users throughout their health journey, from exercise evaluation and purchase, to long-term wellness and personal engagement, all on a single digital platform.

Our commercial environment is changing. And my favorite part of this job is not the growing list of marketplace applications, services, and solutions, it’s the partnerships. By partnering with industry leaders like Adobe, growing our ecosystem with ISVs, and working directly with customers to build new solutions, we can add genuine value and help transform the world  together.

Last week’s Adobe Summit was the next step in our ongoing partnership with Adobe. Learn more about how that partnership can transform your business here.

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NetApp partner strategy hinges on channel enablement

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NetApp said it will ramp up its partner enablement resources to help drive its software-oriented ambitions.

Partner enablement has been a key focus for NetApp’s channel strategy since the company began expanding its hardware portfolio into software several years ago. As the vendor reinvented its identity in the marketplace, it looked to bring legacy NetApp partner firms along on the journey. Within the Americas, NetApp derives approximately 80% of its business from 1,500 partners.

“If you think of NetApp as a storage company, you are probably thinking of the wrong company,” said Jeff McCullough, vice president of NetApp partner sales for the Americas. “It would be safer to think of NetApp as a software company that executes in a variety of solution areas to help customers manage data and do great things with data.”

McCullough said NetApp’s current portfolio, while still rooted in storage hardware, has expanded into software aimed at helping customers migrate to cloud or hybrid cloud environments. NetApp is currently focused on helping its partners in four categories of workloads, he said: AI, cloud computing, DevOps and enterprise applications. “If you think about those four workload areas, they really expose our customers to our portfolio,” he said.

Chris Lamborn, senior director of global channel strategy, said NetApp is looking to help its partners navigate a challenging new IT landscape. He noted that buyer profiles and marketplace requirement have changed. Additionally, customers now open conversations by saying they want cloud and consumption-based models without necessarily understanding the full implications. “As a vendor, we have to be able to enable our partners to lead those conversations, and not all of our partners have evolved to that state, either,” he said.

Lamborn said a new NetApp partner program is slated for the end of April. Channel enablement will represent an important element of the program’s features.

Former Appirio exec leads Studio Science buyout

A management buyout at Studio Science, a design and innovation consultancy, has placed the Indianapolis company under new ownership.

A group of investors led by Steve Pruden, who was appointed CEO of Studio Science in May 2018, has purchased the company from Founder Kristian Andersen. Pruden previously held executive positions at cloud consultancy Appirio, including vice president of strategy and partnerships and senior vice president of human resources. He was one of the executives involved in the transition of Appirio’s headquarters from San Francisco to Indianapolis.

Pruden will continue to manage Studio Science’s day-to-day operations, according to the company. He leads an Advisory Council that includes Andersen and Chris Barbin, Appirio’s former CEO, among other executives. The Advisory Council will provide guidance to the Studio Science management team.

Mission tackles cloud football project

Mission, a managed services provider (MSP) and consulting firm in Los Angeles, has collaborated with Cantina Consulting on a mobile application project for Your Call Football (YCF).

With YCF, fans call the plays as they vote through a mobile app. The play receiving the most votes is run on the field by the players. Teams consist of former NFL, CFL and college players. YCF hired Cantina to build its architecture, application and game logic and Cantina, in turn, tapped Mission to work on the application’s cloud infrastructure requirements, which call for the ability to handle 100,000 concurrent users during traffic surges.

Mission used Terraform to deploy infrastructure to YCF’s AWS environment. The environment also includes Kubernetes for container management, Amazon Relational Database Service and Amazon ElastiCache.

Other news

  • Kryon Systems, a robotic process automation (RPA) vendor, has entered a partnership with Proservartner, a management consulting firm. Kryon said the arrangement will help customers create and implement strategies for using RPA and AI. The companies will host a briefing on software robots in finance April 4 in London.
  • Turbonomic, a cloud infrastructure automation vendor, added a track for systems integrators (SIs) to its partner program. Benefits of the new SI program include training and certification, opportunity registration and market development funds, Turbonomic said.
  • ConnectWise expanded its MSP security offerings with a risk assessment tool. Available April 1, ConnectWise Identify lets MSPs generate risk assessment reports and remediation plans, the company said. MSPs can purchase ConnectWise Identity for an introductory price of $99 monthly for unlimited risk assessments.
  • In other ConnectWise news, MSP software vendor Datto said it enhanced the integration of its remote monitoring and management tool, Datto RMM, with ConnectWise Manage. ConnectWise Manage is a professional services automation tool.
  • Quisitive Technology Solutions Inc., a Microsoft solutions provider based in Toronto, said movie theater company Cinemark has chosen it as a 2019 strategic IT services provider. Quisitive said it will serve as Cinemark’s services provider for “Microsoft-centric initiatives.” Those include application development, data and analytics, Azure cloud, Microsoft Office 365 and mobile applications.
  • Tech Data, a distributor in Clearwater, Fla., has partnered with Tata Consultancy Services to provide U.S.-based Tech Data partners with a platform that the distributor said “simplifies the management of customer data to provide business insights.”
  • Open Systems, an SD-WAN vendor, said distributor Avant Communications has joined its global partner program.

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For Sale – Inwin X99 980ti system

I suspect I’ll need to split this, but will try the whole system.

It has barely been used. I’ve played <50h on it.

It runs like a dream. Currently clocked at 4.5ghz. CPU never goes above 60c

I’ve never mined on it or ran anything more taxing than a game.

Everything other than the CPU is boxed.

Edit: I’m keeping my SSD, but I’ll include a small ssd with a windows install to show it works.

5820k (no box)
X99 MSI MPower motherboard

MSI X99A MPOWER USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard

16gb (4x4gb) Corsair Dominator platinum 3000mhz C15 quad channel kit

GTX 980ti Zotac Amp

Corsair H115i 280mm AIO (need to double check model)

Inwin 805c

Corsair RMI850 + white Corsair braided cables

Corsair white fans x3

Any questions, ask away

Price and currency: £725
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT / PPG / cash
Location: Glasgow
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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