Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Wargroove, and More – Xbox Wire

*Alarm blares*

*Yawns*

Whoa, you would not believe the dream I just had! I was driving along the countryside when I took a wrong turn, hit a random turbo boost, flew into the sky, and ended up on Mars! That seemed normal, but the weird part came when knights and pirates started flying toward me from out of nowhere. Oh, and did I mention that everyone was block-shaped? This hasn’t been the first time I’ve had this dream either. Maybe I should stop having strawberry milkshakes before bed. Or maybe I’ve just been thinking about all the games coming to Xbox Game Pass.

I should point out, if you’re looking for less random dreams and more actual memes, check out our Xbox Game Pass Instagram and Twitter accounts. Also, be sure to check out our Xbox Game Pass mobile app so you can discover and download new games immediately when they become available. Consider it a helpful tip from a well-rested gamer. Either way, there’s a lot of thoughts to process here, so let me tell you all about them:

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus(May 2)

Play as war-hero BJ Blazkowicz and lead the second American Revolution by recruiting a band of resistance fighters to hunt down the evil Frau Engel and dismantle her Nazi war machine. Armed with powerful weapons and dynamic combat abilities, fight your way across an American landscape twisted by Nazi occupation. Only you have the guns, guts, and gumption to liberate America.

Wargroove (May 2)

When war breaks out in the Kingdom of Cherrystone, the young Queen Mercia must flee her home. Pursued by her foes, the only way to save her kingdom is travel to new lands in search of allies. But who will she meet along the way, and what sinister challenges will she face?

Descenders 1.0 (May 7)

Descenders is extreme downhill mountain biking with real consequences. Power down a variety of increasingly treacherous slopes and mountains, including icy peaks, dusty canyons, and dense jungles, in more than half a billion levels across nine different environments. Head out into the world either on your own, with a set of friends, or with a band of strangers who are ready to ride alongside you. Will you be King of the Hill?

Surviving Mars (May 9)

You must construct a self-sustaining colony capable of supporting human life on Mars. This is no walk in the park thanks to the Red Planet’s hostile environment, limited access to resources, and lack of breathable air – all not exactly human friendly. To ensure your colony’s survival, you’ll need to balance everything from life support to resource management and more. But all is not lost! There are things you can do to help your budding colony along the way such as researching new technologies and uncovering the secrets of Mars to make sure your colonists are happy and healthy.

Tacoma (May 9)

The Venturis Corporation wants its AI back. That’s where you come in. At the heart of Tacoma is the facility’s digital surveillance system, which has captured 3D recordings of pivotal moments in the crew’s life on the station. As you explore, echoes of these captured moments surround you. You’ll use your ability to rewind, fast-forward, and move through the physical space of these complex, interwoven scenes to examine events from every angle and reconstruct the multi-layered narrative.

Black Desert (May 9)

Experience fast-paced combat and an immersive story within an expansive world just waiting to be explored. Black Desert chronicles a conflict between two rival nations, the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia. During your action-packed journey you are accompanied by a Black Spirit – a companion whose destiny is intertwined with your own – as you discover the secret of the Black Stones and the history of their corrupting effects in this massive MMORPG on Xbox One.

For the King (May 10)

Embark on a perilous adventure in this strategic RPG that blends tabletop and roguelike elements in a challenging journey spanning the realms. Set off on a single player experience or play cooperatively both online and locally as you attempt to discover the mystery surrounding the King’s death and bring order back to the realms. And as an added member benefit, Xbox Game Pass members can play the game three days before its launch, starting on May 7!

The Surge (May 16)

Welcome to CREO, the megacorporation saving our world! You’re knocked out by a catastrophic event during your first day on the job and wake up in a destroyed section of the complex. From robots gone haywire, out of control augmented co-workers, and rogue AI – everything wants you dead. Equipped with a heavy-grade exoskeleton, you must defy deadly enemies and huge bosses in tight, visceral melee combat. Slice limbs off your foes to take advantage of the next-gen loot system, where you loot what you dismember and craft new weapons and armors from the spoils!

LEGO Batman 3 (May 16)

The Caped Crusader joins forces with the superheroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest superheroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.

Enjoy these content updates with Xbox Game Pass:

Oh, and did we mention that we have a present for you, since we love you so much (and you read down this far)?  Soccer meets driving in Rocket League, an award-winning, physics-based multiplayer-focused mash-up! Choose from a variety of high-flying vehicles and show off your Xbox fandom with the Xbox Customization Pack. This pack includes: Wheels, Boost, Octane Decal, and Player Banner and is free to all Xbox Game Pass members. The pack is available first to Xbox Game Pass members ‪until July 15*, when it becomes available to all Xbox players.

And don’t sleep on these awesome free updates to games already available with Xbox Game Pass:

  • Minecraft Village & Pillage update- Discover the most adventurous update yet! Defend against new threats, build with new blocks, and experience life in all-new villages.
  • Sea of Thieves is celebrating a year of adventures! Now that’s a lot of gold and bananas. In their Anniversary Update, they’ll be introducing Tall Tales – Shores of Gold, The Arena, and The Hunter’s Call starting today! State of Decay 2 came out with their Create Your Own Apocalypse content update, expect to see deadlier zombies, a faster-acting blood plague, and hostile humans capable of scoring lethal headshots. Not the kind of dream we expected.
  • Human: Fall Flat gets dark with their new Dark Level Update. It’s the biggest and most graphically stunning level yet! Play now with your friends.

You know, describing my dreams to you has been so helpful. Way more helpful than staring at inkblots and trying to guess if I see a butterfly or a goblin or something.

Join Xbox Game Pass Today

With over 100 high-quality games and new games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass is the new way to discover your next favorite game. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, join today and get your first 3 months for $1.

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Users press for more Slack security, compliance features

SAN FRANCISCO — Small and midsize customers are pushing Slack to bring more compliance and security features to cheaper subscription tiers — and there are signs Slack has begun to heed those demands.

Several crucial Slack security and compliance tools are supported only in Slack’s Enterprise Grid, a premium platform for large businesses that includes e-discovery, data loss prevention and enterprise mobility management.

Launched in early 2017, Enterprise Grid is targeted at organizations with tens of thousands of users across multiple Slack workspaces.

But many smaller businesses want access to the same level of security and compliance. And some say they are forced to choose between using Slack in a limited capacity or upgrading to Enterprise Grid.

“I see why they are focusing on Enterprise Grid first,” said Luke Rockwell, cloud services administrator for Mapbox, a global, midsize mapping software vendor based in San Francisco. “I just hope they continue to trickle-down features.”

Slack mulling who will get access to mobile security features

Photo of Slack Frontiers
Slack held its annual user conference, Slack Frontiers, April 24 to 25 in San Francisco.

Responding to such feedback, Slack is considering whether to make two recently announced mobile security features — secondary authentication and session management — available to Standard and Plus plan subscribers.

“We have not determined yet the go-to-market for these features,” Ilan Frank, director of enterprise product at San Francisco-based Slack, said in an interview. “They will definitely support Enterprise Grid, but we’re not announcing yet which [other] offering these will be in.”

Secondary authentication will let customers restrict access to the Slack mobile app by requiring a passcode, a fingerprint or a face scan. Session management will let administrators remotely delete data from the Slack mobile app — a helpful tool when phones are lost.

Both features were announced last week at Slack Frontiers 2019, the vendor’s annual user conference, and are expected to launch later this year.

New Slack security features brought exclusively to Enterprise Grid

Another newly unveiled mobile security feature, which is available now, prevents users from downloading files or copying text through the mobile app. That tool is available only for Enterprise Grid customers using enterprise mobility management products.

“The way I look at it is we have an enterprise offering, and we have two other offerings that we’ve been able to discount in order to provide it to companies … not requiring all these advanced security controls” Frank said.

Other recently launched Slack security and compliance features available only in Enterprise Grid include enterprise key management, which lets customers control their encryption codes, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance for files and messages.

“For us to effectively work in Slack, we’d need to go to the Enterprise Gird,” said Robert Martin, IT business relationship manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, which is piloting Slack. “That’s where the security really comes into play.”

Slack doesn’t want to force customers onto Enterprise Grid, Frank said. At the same time, Frank acknowledged, bringing more advanced security and compliance features to the cheaper tiers would cost Slack money.

“We are hearing demand for security features in other skews, and so we’re thinking about how we provide answers for that,” Frank said. “There are all kinds of features that we could take and move to the regular plan, but then we’d have one plan.”

In fiscal 2019, Slack relied on 575 large organizations for 40% of revenue, according to financial records. Slack, which lost nearly $139 million last year, will need to continue to grow enterprise revenue to attain profitability.

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For Sale – Mac Pro 3,1 Dual Quad-Core Intel Xeon

Mac Pro 3,1 (early 2008) Dual 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon – total of Eight Cores
OS installed – 10.11.6 (El Capitan) (upgradeable with tricks)
Two drives: 128GB Micron SSD, 320GB (2.5inch) HDD ; two bays spare (with brackets) to fit most 3.5″ SATA drives
32GB RAM (DDR2 667MHz) (eight 4GB RAM sticks) (can use 800MHz ones but these were obtained cheaply)
ATI Radeon HD 5770 (2x mini-DP, 1 DVI) (upgraded from the standard HD 2600 XT)
No wireless card fitted (you can one which I purchased for £10 but did not install – unknown state)
No box (sorry!)

This is a very capable machine, used with little stress on all its components, well kept, cleaned but expect marks, scratches, etc. It is possible to upgrade the OS (tips and tricks available with an online search). Only going due to company cornering me into a windows laptop.

Cash and collect only (heavy machine!) – so buyer can inspect to heart’s content.

Price and currency: 200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Cash
Location: Cambridge
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
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Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Wargroove, and More – Xbox Wire

*Alarm blares*

*Yawns*

Whoa, you would not believe the dream I just had! I was driving along the countryside when I took a wrong turn, hit a random turbo boost, flew into the sky, and ended up on Mars! That seemed normal, but the weird part came when knights and pirates started flying toward me from out of nowhere. Oh, and did I mention that everyone was block-shaped? This hasn’t been the first time I’ve had this dream either. Maybe I should stop having strawberry milkshakes before bed. Or maybe I’ve just been thinking about all the games coming to Xbox Game Pass.

I should point out, if you’re looking for less random dreams and more actual memes, check out our Xbox Game Pass Instagram and Twitter accounts. Also, be sure to check out our Xbox Game Pass mobile app so you can discover and download new games immediately when they become available. Consider it a helpful tip from a well-rested gamer. Either way, there’s a lot of thoughts to process here, so let me tell you all about them:

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus(May 2)

Play as war-hero BJ Blazkowicz and lead the second American Revolution by recruiting a band of resistance fighters to hunt down the evil Frau Engel and dismantle her Nazi war machine. Armed with powerful weapons and dynamic combat abilities, fight your way across an American landscape twisted by Nazi occupation. Only you have the guns, guts, and gumption to liberate America.

Wargroove (May 2)

When war breaks out in the Kingdom of Cherrystone, the young Queen Mercia must flee her home. Pursued by her foes, the only way to save her kingdom is travel to new lands in search of allies. But who will she meet along the way, and what sinister challenges will she face?

Descenders 1.0 (May 7)

Descenders is extreme downhill mountain biking with real consequences. Power down a variety of increasingly treacherous slopes and mountains, including icy peaks, dusty canyons, and dense jungles, in more than half a billion levels across nine different environments. Head out into the world either on your own, with a set of friends, or with a band of strangers who are ready to ride alongside you. Will you be King of the Hill?

Surviving Mars (May 9)

You must construct a self-sustaining colony capable of supporting human life on Mars. This is no walk in the park thanks to the Red Planet’s hostile environment, limited access to resources, and lack of breathable air – all not exactly human friendly. To ensure your colony’s survival, you’ll need to balance everything from life support to resource management and more. But all is not lost! There are things you can do to help your budding colony along the way such as researching new technologies and uncovering the secrets of Mars to make sure your colonists are happy and healthy.

Tacoma (May 9)

The Venturis Corporation wants its AI back. That’s where you come in. At the heart of Tacoma is the facility’s digital surveillance system, which has captured 3D recordings of pivotal moments in the crew’s life on the station. As you explore, echoes of these captured moments surround you. You’ll use your ability to rewind, fast-forward, and move through the physical space of these complex, interwoven scenes to examine events from every angle and reconstruct the multi-layered narrative.

Black Desert (May 9)

Experience fast-paced combat and an immersive story within an expansive world just waiting to be explored. Black Desert chronicles a conflict between two rival nations, the Republic of Calpheon and the Kingdom of Valencia. During your action-packed journey you are accompanied by a Black Spirit – a companion whose destiny is intertwined with your own – as you discover the secret of the Black Stones and the history of their corrupting effects in this massive MMORPG on Xbox One.

For the King (May 10)

Embark on a perilous adventure in this strategic RPG that blends tabletop and roguelike elements in a challenging journey spanning the realms. Set off on a single player experience or play cooperatively both online and locally as you attempt to discover the mystery surrounding the King’s death and bring order back to the realms. And as an added member benefit, Xbox Game Pass members can play the game three days before its launch, starting on May 7!

The Surge (May 16)

Welcome to CREO, the megacorporation saving our world! You’re knocked out by a catastrophic event during your first day on the job and wake up in a destroyed section of the complex. From robots gone haywire, out of control augmented co-workers, and rogue AI – everything wants you dead. Equipped with a heavy-grade exoskeleton, you must defy deadly enemies and huge bosses in tight, visceral melee combat. Slice limbs off your foes to take advantage of the next-gen loot system, where you loot what you dismember and craft new weapons and armors from the spoils!

LEGO Batman 3 (May 16)

The Caped Crusader joins forces with the superheroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest superheroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.

Enjoy these content updates with Xbox Game Pass:

Oh, and did we mention that we have a present for you, since we love you so much (and you read down this far)?  Soccer meets driving in Rocket League, an award-winning, physics-based multiplayer-focused mash-up! Choose from a variety of high-flying vehicles and show off your Xbox fandom with the Xbox Customization Pack. This pack includes: Wheels, Boost, Octane Decal, and Player Banner and is free to all Xbox Game Pass members. The pack is available first to Xbox Game Pass members ‪until July 15*, when it becomes available to all Xbox players.

And don’t sleep on these awesome free updates to games already available with Xbox Game Pass:

  • Minecraft Village & Pillage update- Discover the most adventurous update yet! Defend against new threats, build with new blocks, and experience life in all-new villages.
  • Sea of Thieves is celebrating a year of adventures! Now that’s a lot of gold and bananas. In their Anniversary Update, they’ll be introducing Tall Tales – Shores of Gold, The Arena, and The Hunter’s Call starting today! State of Decay 2 came out with their Create Your Own Apocalypse content update, expect to see deadlier zombies, a faster-acting blood plague, and hostile humans capable of scoring lethal headshots. Not the kind of dream we expected.
  • Human: Fall Flat gets dark with their new Dark Level Update. It’s the biggest and most graphically stunning level yet! Play now with your friends.

You know, describing my dreams to you has been so helpful. Way more helpful than staring at inkblots and trying to guess if I see a butterfly or a goblin or something.

Join Xbox Game Pass Today

With over 100 high-quality games and new games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass is the new way to discover your next favorite game. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, join today and get your first 3 months for $1.

Editor’s Note: We have updated the post to include one more title coming to Xbox Game Pass in May.

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Delays, change orders blow up ERP project budget for school district

ERP projects are notorious for cost overruns, delays and trouble. Just ask the Manatee School District in Florida. Its ERP project began at about $10 million and has since climbed to $26 million. Change orders, insufficient project staffing, delayed decision-making and customizations all contributed to the cost overrun.

The project breakdowns were almost across the board, except in one area: training. A consultant, hired by the school district to evaluate the ERP implementation, praised the work of a vendor hired to train personnel on the PeopleSoft ERP system, calling it “excellent.” But that would not last.

The ERP project began in 2016, with training completed in time for the expected 2017 go-live date, a relatively fast timeline for an ERP implementation. But this go-live date was put off until July 2018, and the training lessons faded from memory. “That training was not reinforced and thus essentially lost,” reported the school district’s consultant. The school district has 61 schools and nearly 50,000 students.

ERP project is still a work in progress

The known ERP project implementation problems did not deter Scott Hansen from taking the job as the school district’s CTO on April 1, 2018.

Hansen said the ERP project is “still challenging.” The system is in use, but they are still working on it. Some of system’s complications are due to the unique requirements of school districts that meant significant customization. But the customizations are also tripwires to success, he said.

“Oftentimes some of the most successful implementations are those where very little to no customization is done,” Hansen said in an interview. “With every customization, the potential for you to manage that system becomes a little more difficult.”

Oftentimes some of the most successful implementations are those where very little to no customization is done.
Scott HansenCTO, Manatee School District

But little to no customization was not an option for the Manatee School District. Its ERP project needed to meet its own rules and the state regulations and needed significant customization to get there.

Doing so is common in a state where school districts have flexibility in how they deliver ERP-related services, Hansen said. School districts, for instance, may have different rules around performance pay, retroactive pay and other contractual payroll issues — all of which can complicate an ERP implementation, he said.

The Manatee project was a complete upgrade of the district’s ERP system, affecting financial, human resources, procurement and budgeting. The PeopleSoft system replaced a JD Edwards system.

State auditor, Sherrill Norman, released a report last month critical of the district ERP project. It listed the history of change orders, showing how costs escalated.

Manatee School District ERP change orders listing
Florida’s auditor general, in a report last month, compiled the change orders that helped to drive up the cost of an ERP implementation by the Manatee School District.

Delayed decision-making hurt ERP project

One of the largest change orders was for $4.25 million to extend the project’s timeline. This was a result of “delayed decision-making, delays from third-party providers” as well as the project complexity. About $500,000 of the $4.25 million was to cover the new expenses of travel and housing costs for the systems integrators.

Delayed decision-making in ERP implementations has been cited as a major reason for either failed or challenged ERP projects. One research paper said decision latency accounted for nearly a third of the failures.

The Manatee School District did its own independent evaluation in 2018. It faulted project staffing. The district’s subject matter experts “were often not made available to participate” in the design. The district’s implementer, Ciber Inc., “experienced significant staffing turnover.”

The project was complicated by Ciber, which filed for bankruptcy and was acquired in 2017 by HTC Global Services Inc. for $93 million. The school district is now using a different consulting firm.

The school system acquired 28 ERP modules, with 26 implemented but not all functioning to some degree. It is evaluating its need for all the modules and may stop using some of them, Hansen said.

Hansen’s advice to any school district considering a similar deployment is to reach out to as many school districts using as similar a product as possible. He also suggested they keep the questions simple such as, “If you had to do it all over again, would you do it the same way?”

Hansen, who has implemented an ERP system in another school district, said there is no one system that would score “a perfect 10” across the board for all needs. Sometimes third-party integrations are appropriate, he said.

In deploying these large projects, Hansen said “there has to be a focus on what the district is trying to achieve from a desired outcome.”

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Wanted – PC – £350 budget

Hi I’m also in NI (local enough, Larne).

Have the following for sale:

Ryzen 5 1600 CPU
MSi b350m Motherboard
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3000Mhz 16GB RAM
GTX 1060 6GB GPU
500GB HDD
120GB SSD
EVGA 600w PSU
TP-Link Archer T6e WiFi Card
Windows 10 Pro

A little over your budget but its good specs for what you are looking for. For a local quick sale with collection I would take as close as you can get to £450.

Optional extra: Cooler Master MasterKeys Lite RGB Keyboard + Mouse (Mem-chanical) – additional £35

Optional extra: BenQ XL2411P 24″ 1080p 144hz Monitor – additional £125

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