Microsoft at SAP Sapphire NOW 2019: A trusted path to cloud innovation

In a few weeks, over 22,000 people from around the globe will converge in Orlando, Florida from May 7-9, 2019 for the SAP Sapphire NOW and ASUG Annual Conference. Each year, the event brings together thought leaders across industries to find innovative ways to solve common challenges, unlock new opportunities, and take advantage of emerging technologies that are changing the business landscape as we know it. This year, Microsoft has elevated its presence to the next level with engaging in-booth experiences and informative sessions that will educate, intrigue, and inspire attendees as they take the next step in their digital transformation journey.

Modernize your SAP landscapes

While running SAP on-premises was once business as usual, it is quickly becoming obsolete for businesses looking to compete and win. With the power of the cloud, enterprises have real-time data with intelligent insights from machine learning and artificial intelligence at their fingertips, can spin up a dev-test environment or an application server in minutes instead of hours, and back-up a virtual machine in a few mouse clicks.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the opportunity to get a better understanding on the business value of moving your SAP applications to Azure:

  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM, we will host a session on “Innovating with SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure.” The session will cover how SAP customers are accelerating innovation velocity and saving costs for high-performance SAP HANA applications by moving to Azure.
  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM, we will host a session on “Microsoft’s journey to SAP S/4 HANA on Azure.” In this session you’ll learn how Microsoft migrated to Azure and is now leveraging it to transform its existing SAP landscape and starts migrating to S/4HANA.
  • On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 11: 50 AM, we will host a session on “Lessons learned from migrating SAP applications to the cloud with Microsoft Azure.” The session will share the lessons Microsoft learned during migration and share best practices that will help you learn how you can transform your existing SAP landscape and start migrating to Azure. To learn more about Microsoft’s journey to running SAP on Azure, check out our IT showcase story: SAP on Azure—your trusted path to innovation in the cloud.
  • Visit the Microsoft booth, #729, for one of our in-booth theatre sessions on topics like “Optimizing your SAP landscapes in Azure” and “SAP on Azure deployment journey and lessons learned,” or get hands-on with Azure at one of our in-booth demo pods.

Explore IoT, AI, and machine learning

Every organization is challenged with doing things faster, cheaper, and smarter to keep up with the ever-evolving pace of innovation. To stay agile in a competitive landscape, businesses need to start thinking about how to leverage emerging technology advancements like IoT solutions and artificial intelligence to better serve customers, build more innovative solutions, and obtain a 360-degree view of the business.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the chance to talk with solution experts from Microsoft around creative ways to leverage technology to solve your most challenging business problems:

  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM, we will host a session, “Harness the power of IoT Data across Intelligent Edge and Intelligent Cloud.” In this session, you’ll learn how you can take advantage of innovations in IoT technology at the edge and in the cloud with SAP business processes with the power of Microsoft Azure IoT to achieve transformative innovation for your business.
  • Stop by booth #729 to experience our Azure Data Services and Analytics demo to learn how you can connect data from multiple inputs and applications to provide a unified view of your business. You can also learn more about how IoT solutions can help you take a step closer to digital transformation by experiencing our Azure IoT demo.

Learn about cloud migration from our trusted partners

There are different paths to migrate to SAP HANA and Azure, depending on your business needs. Microsoft’s SAP on Azure partners can work with you to determine the best way to migrate your SAP applications to the cloud.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll find multiple opportunities to connect with partners:

  • Join a partner-led session at our in-booth theatre. We’ll have partners from organizations like SAP and Accenture to learn how running your SAP landscapes in the cloud can provide your business with more agility, security, and reduced costs.
  • After the show-floor dies down, we encourage you to engage with Microsoft and our partners at various co-sponsored, partner-led events throughout the week.
  • Also, stop by our booth (#729) to speak with many of our leading partner organizations to learn about the services they provide to help you on your journey to the running SAP on Azure.

Discover business transformation

Look for Microsoft at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 and see for yourself why the leading enterprises across industries bet their businesses on the technology that Microsoft and SAP provide for a first-and-best pathway to running SAP applications in the cloud.

Sign up for live updates at our dedicated SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 event page.

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New Baldr information stealer could target businesses

A rapidly evolving and difficult to detect information stealer is exhibiting potential for targeting businesses, according to security researchers.

This new information stealer, dubbed Baldr, is “skillfully crafted for a long-running campaign,” according to researchers at Malwarebytes. Baldr first appeared in January this year and quickly generated many positive reviews on most of the popular clearnet Russian hacking forums, Malwarebytes researchers said in a blog post detailing the distribution and functionality of version 2.2 of Baldr.

The emergence of this information stealer comes at a time when researchers report an uptick in info-stealer activity, said Jérôme Segura, head of threat intelligence at Malwarebytes Labs.

“This new stealer is very interesting in the sense that they’re trying to push out new features and functionality in the market; there’s active development of the code for it,” Segura said. “Based on the efforts of the developers to create a piece of malware that is powerful, efficient, but also small, we’re seeing this as a threat to businesses and consumers.”

Information stealer is a type of malware that typically operates in a grab-and-go mode. It gathers data from a victim computer to send it to the attacker and typically targets credentials used in online banking services, social media sites, emails or FTP accounts, according to Malwarebytes.

Apart from capturing browser history, stored passwords and cookies, stealers like Baldr will also go after files containing valuable data, researchers added.

Baldr is a nonresident stealer, Segura said, which means it will infect the user and will quickly grab all the information that it needs, then package that information into a zip file and send it back to the criminal that’s using this information stealer.

Baldr, Baldr stealer, Malwarebytes
Video posted to YouTube offering a program to generate free Bitcoins, but it was the Baldr information stealer in disguise.

“Then it will just vanish; it will auto delete itself,” he said. “Because it’s trying to evade antivirus detection and is nonresident, it makes it much more difficult to know whether you’ve been infected or not. If you were running a scan afterward you may not actually find any traces of it because it’s already done the damage and already exfiltrated the data.”

For criminals using the information stealer, they can then reuse those credentials based on the target, he said. They can see how many targets they were able to successfully infect, where they are located and sort them by operating system versions, he added.

“It’s a very dangerous threat,” he said. “They can definitely triage their victims and jump to the most interesting ones. They can do a lot of things depending on [what they got]. If it’s credentials for other online services, it could actually lock the victims out of those services, impersonate them, [and] trigger password resets for other services that the user may have subscribed to.”

Baldr distribution, functionality and how to defend against it

Baldr is believed to be the handiwork of three threat actors — Agressor, Overdot and LordOdin — who operate on Russian underground forums. The information stealer utilizes Agressor for distribution, Overdot for sales and promotion, and LordOdin for development, researchers found.

If you were running a scan afterward you may not actually find any traces of it because it’s already done the damage and already exfiltrated the data.
Jérôme SeguraHead of threat intelligence, Malwarebytes

Researchers noticed Baldr being distributed in the wild via different campaigns, Segura said, like drive-by exploit kit campaigns and also via social engineering-based campaigns using alleged bitcoin generator applications promoted on YouTube.

For now, the Baldr information stealer targets people that, for the majority at least, use some kind of a social engineering approach, people who are trying to download software for free and crack it or get bitcoins for free, Segura said.

“What we’ve seen is a number of videos posted to YouTube which are advertising a program that apparently generates free bitcoins — which sounds like a scam and it is,” he said. “People are going to download it and then they infect themselves with this stealer.

“The ironic part is this stealer actually looks for a variety of cryptocurrency wallets. So, you’re not going to get any free bitcoin, but if you were somebody who was using cryptocurrencies and you had private keys for your crypto wallet in your computer, this particular stealer will grab it or your password and other information to actually steal those cryptocurrencies from you,” Segura said.

Baldr’s main functionality can be broken down into five steps, researchers said. It starts by collecting a list of user profile data, including user account name to OS type. It then goes through files and folders within key locations of the victim computer, looking for sensitive information. Baldr then carries out “ShotGun” file grabbing — contents of doc, docx, log and txt files are the targets in this stage. Baldr’s last step in data-gathering is to give the controller the option to grab a screenshot of the user’s computer. In the final stage, it exfiltrates the data and prepares it to send through the network.

Given that attackers use exploit kits to distribute Baldr, businesses should keep their computers up to date and reduce their attack surface by removing unnecessary plugins. The malware being nonresident, detection of this stealer has to be done during the infection process, he said.

“System administrators could monitor specific outgoing connections because if you’re able to detect when the malware contacts its command-and-control server, you could block that attempt, thereby preventing the actual theft of data, which really matters in the end,” he added.

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For Trade – imac 27inch 5k swap

putting my imac up for swap as im looking for a gaming pc im not sure on price so the price added is a rough swap value
late 2014
27 inch imac with 5k screen resolution
intel i7 4ghz cpu
1.21tb fusion hard drive
16 gig ram/memory
r9 295x graphics

any questions about other specs i will do my best to answer

imac is in great condition fully boxed a really nice bit of kit

speakers and other parts are not included but can be for the right deal they consist of
2 x krk rokit 5 v3 monitors mint condition fully boxed with power and audio leads a focusrite scarlett 2i2 and a steel series siberia 840 headset

would prefer collection or possible delivery if not too far away

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Microsoft at SAP Sapphire NOW 2019: A trusted path to cloud innovation

In a few weeks, over 22,000 people from around the globe will converge in Orlando, Florida from May 7-9, 2019 for the SAP Sapphire NOW and ASUG Annual Conference. Each year, the event brings together thought leaders across industries to find innovative ways to solve common challenges, unlock new opportunities, and take advantage of emerging technologies that are changing the business landscape as we know it. This year, Microsoft has elevated its presence to the next level with engaging in-booth experiences and informative sessions that will educate, intrigue, and inspire attendees as they take the next step in their digital transformation journey.

Modernize your SAP landscapes

While running SAP on-premises was once business as usual, it is quickly becoming obsolete for businesses looking to compete and win. With the power of the cloud, enterprises have real-time data with intelligent insights from machine learning and artificial intelligence at their fingertips, can spin up a dev-test environment or an application server in minutes instead of hours, and back-up a virtual machine in a few mouse clicks.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the opportunity to get a better understanding on the business value of moving your SAP applications to Azure:

  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM, we will host a session on “Innovating with SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure.” The session will cover how SAP customers are accelerating innovation velocity and saving costs for high-performance SAP HANA applications by moving to Azure.
  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM, we will host a session on “Microsoft’s journey to SAP S/4 HANA on Azure.” In this session you’ll learn how Microsoft migrated to Azure and is now leveraging it to transform its existing SAP landscape and starts migrating to S/4HANA.
  • On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 11: 50 AM, we will host a session on “Lessons learned from migrating SAP applications to the cloud with Microsoft Azure.” The session will share the lessons Microsoft learned during migration and share best practices that will help you learn how you can transform your existing SAP landscape and start migrating to Azure. To learn more about Microsoft’s journey to running SAP on Azure, check out our IT showcase story: SAP on Azure—your trusted path to innovation in the cloud.
  • Visit the Microsoft booth, #729, for one of our in-booth theatre sessions on topics like “Optimizing your SAP landscapes in Azure” and “SAP on Azure deployment journey and lessons learned,” or get hands-on with Azure at one of our in-booth demo pods.

Explore IoT, AI, and machine learning

Every organization is challenged with doing things faster, cheaper, and smarter to keep up with the ever-evolving pace of innovation. To stay agile in a competitive landscape, businesses need to start thinking about how to leverage emerging technology advancements like IoT solutions and artificial intelligence to better serve customers, build more innovative solutions, and obtain a 360-degree view of the business.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the chance to talk with solution experts from Microsoft around creative ways to leverage technology to solve your most challenging business problems:

  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM, we will host a session, “Harness the power of IoT Data across Intelligent Edge and Intelligent Cloud.” In this session, you’ll learn how you can take advantage of innovations in IoT technology at the edge and in the cloud with SAP business processes with the power of Microsoft Azure IoT to achieve transformative innovation for your business.
  • Stop by booth #729 to experience our Azure Data Services and Analytics demo to learn how you can connect data from multiple inputs and applications to provide a unified view of your business. You can also learn more about how IoT solutions can help you take a step closer to digital transformation by experiencing our Azure IoT demo.

Learn about cloud migration from our trusted partners

There are different paths to migrate to SAP HANA and Azure, depending on your business needs. Microsoft’s SAP on Azure partners can work with you to determine the best way to migrate your SAP applications to the cloud.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll find multiple opportunities to connect with partners:

  • Join a partner-led session at our in-booth theatre. We’ll have partners from organizations like SAP and Accenture to learn how running your SAP landscapes in the cloud can provide your business with more agility, security, and reduced costs.
  • After the show-floor dies down, we encourage you to engage with Microsoft and our partners at various co-sponsored, partner-led events throughout the week.
  • Also, stop by our booth (#729) to speak with many of our leading partner organizations to learn about the services they provide to help you on your journey to the running SAP on Azure.

Discover business transformation

Look for Microsoft at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 and see for yourself why the leading enterprises across industries bet their businesses on the technology that Microsoft and SAP provide for a first-and-best pathway to running SAP applications in the cloud.

Sign up for live updates at our dedicated SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 event page.

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New Google Cloud AI Platform unifies AI development tools

With the Google Cloud AI Platform, the tech giant is attempting to simplify the workloads of AI developers by providing a more unified and collaborative platform for some of its cloud-based AI tools and services.

The Google Cloud AI Platform, now out in beta, enables development, data science and data engineering teams — working together — to create and deploy machine learning and deep learning models.

New and old, combined

Unveiled at Google Cloud Next ’19 in San Francisco, the platform offers a variety of tools to test and train models. It appears to be comprised of both new and rebranded AI tools and services, according to Bob O’Donnell, president and chief analyst at TECHnalysis Research.

With the unified offering, Google is “further extending [its] AI capabilities and reaching out to companies that don’t have the in-house expertise” to begin creating AI models on their own, O’Donnell said. “[AI Platform] gives people a whole bunch of tools and capabilities to get started. It’s hard to get started — that’s one of the big challenges.”

In addition to enabling teams to create and train models from scratch, the Google Cloud AI Platform offers many adaptable, prebuilt machine learning pipelines and notebooks via the AI Hub, a marketplace for such resources that Google introduced last year.

The platform supports Kubeflow, Google’s open source tool for efficiently deploying scalable machine learning workflows on Kubernetes. It also supports Kubernetes-powered Anthos, formerly the Google Cloud Services Platform.

More options, more competitive

[AI Platform] gives people a whole bunch of tools and capabilities to get started. It’s hard to get started — that’s one of the big challenges.
Bob O’DonnellPresident and chief analyst, TECHnalysis Research

O’Donnell said this puts Google in a more competitive position against companies with similar products, such as AWS or Microsoft, because customers might not have to fear being locked into a cloud service.

“It’s a great way for them to provide an entry point [into enterprise-level AI development]” O’Donnell said. “I think that gives them a great entrée into companies that may not have considered them.”

He added that he also thinks there will “be a lot of interest in the ability to migrate across clouds that their Anthos [platform] brings.”

Google also introduced several other cloud-based AI products at Google Cloud Next ’19, including updates that add new capabilities to its Cloud AutoML and BigQuery ML machine learning platforms.

Among those products was Document Understanding AI, now in beta — a product that “helps organizations automatically extract insights from documents, but also make your business processes easier,” Rajen Sheth, director of product management for Google Cloud AI, said during a livestreamed keynote session from the conference.

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Rajen Sheth, director of product management for Google Cloud AI, reveals AI Platform at Google Cloud Next ’19

Google also introduced Google Cloud for Retail, a unified AI system for retailers that combines Google’s Recommendations AI, AutoML Tables and Vision Product Search services.

The company also released updates to its Contact Center AI, unveiled last year, including a new agent assist tool that automatically feeds relevant customer service information and workflows to humans for complex calls and enhanced automated voice profiles.

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Wanted – Basic Desktop PC

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    Hi,

    An old Dell/HP box would be ideal.

    Requirements:

    I’d need to be able to add a GPU, if it doesn’t already have one. (nothing meaty – 1050/1060 mini card).
    If it has a GP, needs to be 1050 type level if its’ older, or thereabouts.
    8GB RAM (Or 4GB if there is an additional spare slot).
    Spare SATA to connect and SSD, should it not have one.
    Not sound like a jet engine.
    Be complete (i.e there is nothing I’d need to add, other than what I’ve outlined above)

    Looking to pay £150 max

    Location: Leamington Spa

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    i have one that may be good. i’ll get specs for you later when home form work. i3, rx470 i think??

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    Hi. Yep, think that would work. Let me know.

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    Processor: core i3 2120 dual core 3.30 ghz cpu
    Memory: 8 gb of ddr3 1333mhz ram
    Motherboard: intel Q67 micro atx
    Hard Drive: 500 GB western digital
    Solid state drive: 128 gb SSD
    Power supply: 550 watt power supply
    Dedicated graphics card: No
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    Case: CIT RGB gaming case
    Operating system: Windows 10 pro

    sorry, no GPU, but plenty of space. £170 inc for that.

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