Business Applications ISV news at Build 2019 – Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Build 2019 is here, and thousands of developers are learning about the latest technologies, sharing best practices with colleagues, and writing lots of code. Last week I wrote about business applications sessions to see at Build, and on Monday I discussed updates for helping ISVs (independent software vendors) and developers be successful from both a business and a code perspective.

A few years ago, Microsoft introduced an IP co-sell program to help our digitally transforming enterprise customers get the software they needed from our Azure ISV partners. Many of these customers were moving to the cloud, so we started by focusing on Azure. During this time roughly 3,000 ISVs have generated over $5 billion in partner revenue from the collaboration between Azure sellers and ISVs. Following up on last month’s announcement about an upcoming program for business applications ISVs, Scott Guthrie announced the expansion of the IP co-sell program to include Dynamics 365 and Power Platform partners. Including these products and Azure in the program will make it easier for ISVs and Microsoft sellers to collaborate in serving our joint enterprise customers.

Enterprise customers are increasingly seeing software at the core of their business and are developing a deeper understanding of their software needs. Beyond person to person sales engagements, there will be times when they want to buy the app directly while having confidence in the quality of what they’re receiving. Like consumers, enterprises are familiar with getting their software through marketplaces and the ability for ISVs to transact through marketplaces lowers the barrier for reaching their enterprise customers. On Monday, we announced that SaaS transaction capabilities have been added to AppSource and the Azure Marketplace. As part of this, we will enable transactability support for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform partner apps over the coming months. This is just a start to what we are doing with the marketplace, and now is the perfect time to get familiar with our partner program that launches in July to learn more about the benefits that come with being a Dynamics 365 and Power Platform partner.

The Power Platform provides great general tooling for creating business apps while the Common Data Model (CDM) creates a standard representation of that data. There are times when an industry’s focused solution and data model are better than starting from scratch. For this case Dynamics 365 Industry Accelerators provide industry specific implementations, and we’re announcing private previews in automotive and financial services. The accelerator for the automotive industry enables you to build connected customer experiences based on a proven common data model designed to transform consumer experiences and enable smart mobility services. In financial services, we have built accelerators to help you develop banking solutions in the retail and commercial space with enhanced ways to engage customers and provide an improved customer banking experience. Automotive and financial services accelerators join previously announced accelerators including healthcare, higher education, and nonprofit. Sign up to learn more about how you can participate or help us build the next set of industry accelerators.

During my talk at Build, I showed how all of this fits together through three phases: data at the core, empowering domain experts to be citizen developers, and showing how developers and ISVs can build depth solutions. We used healthcare as an end to end scenario that we can relate to and showcased how we’re infusing AI into all three phases in a way that every industry can start to take advantage of, moving from BI to AI. Lastly, I was delighted to welcome two customers on stage that are delivering innovative solutions. HandsFree Health™ is a new startup founded by senior executives in healthcare including the former President of Aetna. They built an innovative new home healthcare device using Microsoft AI technologies spanning speech, bots, vision, and a companion Xamarin mobile app that we showed on stage. We also took a deeper look at what ISVs can do with Indegene, a global healthcare solutions provider who is building the next generation of cloud applications for life sciences with the Dynamics 365 Healthcare Accelerator.

If you are at Build or following along at home, I have created a list of some Dynamics 365 and Power Platform sessions that you might be interested in. Enjoy your Build 2019 experience and we look forward to seeing how you build, extend, or connect Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform.

Cheers,

Guggs

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ASUG CEO says SAP’s 2019 strategy faces IT-business divide

ORLANDO, Fla. — Few people have a better view of SAP’s sometimes fraught relationship with users than Geoff Scott, CEO of Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG). Scott leads a 130,000-member educational and advocacy organization that aggregates customer opinion in ways that SAP can act on, he said. “ASUG provides a voice to many that they wouldn’t have singularly.”   

Scott joined the ASUG board in 2013 and has been CEO for five years. Previously, he was CIO of TOMS shoes and the U.S. division of global meat processor JBS.

ASUG co-locates its annual conference with SAP Sapphire Now. In an interview the day before the conferences, Scott talked about SAP’s 2019 strategy, including the recent emphasis on experience management resulting from its acquisition of Qualtrics, and ongoing challenges such as migrating to S/4HANA, SAP’s next-generation ERP. The interview was edited for clarity and length.

What are the top issues that ASUG members will be watching at Sapphire?

Geoff Scott: Intelligent enterprise, [and] within that framework, IoT, [machine language], AI. The ASUG community research that we do every year says that 56% of the customer base of our statistical sample — which is representative of the population, we do believe — has not yet fully formulated their plans to go to S/4. They know they need to go, but they haven’t fully formulated that, so there are still a lot of questions here about S/4.

The early adopters have gone [ahead with it]. The ones that have done it either because of [mergers and acquisitions] or major business-process change, or just stepping back and saying, “I think we could do this better” — and there are a lot of them out there — they have largely moved through the pipeline. Which leaves you the next group of people who see value but aren’t able to really articulate it, [and] see that there could be some incremental improvements, but they’re not exactly sure how to get the [line-of-business] peers and their CIO and CFO aligned on it.

What about this week’s Qualtrics-related announcements?

ASUG CEO Geoff ScottGeoff Scott

Scott: This crowd has some curiosity around it, but this is a core ERP, IT technology crowd. The Qualtrics software is not playing to that audience base. So I think there’s some curiosity here about that software, what does it mean, why would SAP spend what they spent — if [the customers] even understand or pay attention to that.

Why should I care about experience management? I think they should, long term. As I think about digital transformation and the SAP customer’s customers coming closer and closer to the front doors of the ERP, they should care. If you want to get all that transaction processing done, you want to be real time, you want to be able to have better customer experiences, and SAP is at the epicenter of the organization — and it’s the thing that gets stuff done … you should care.

[The ASUG CMO and I] went to the X4 event, Qualtrics’ big user event. We just went as regular attendees … and sat in the audience. What you saw there is exactly a mirror reflection of [Sapphire]. That X [experience] crowd knows about their X stuff. If you said “tell us about SAP,” they don’t know.

I think you find a very similar reaction [here at Sapphire]. “I’ve been used to O [operational] data. That’s my thing. What do you want me to do with this [X data]?

I think, long term, SAP is right. Moving the customer bases on both sides of that together is the thing we need to watch and see how it goes.

How good a job has SAP done of explaining the connection between ERP and customer experience?

Scott: I don’t think they’ve done a very good job at all. I kind of, sort of understand it, but I’m paid to. If you were to sit down with our 13-member board of directors and give them a quiz, I think they would struggle to articulate it.

[O-data users] may be running Qualtrics, but the marketing organization purchased it, and they’re using it for customer research.

There’s a lot of early adoption [of Qualtrics] around employee sentiment. That’s not as interesting to me, but I get it. If the best thing we can say is, “we acquire Qualtrics and we can tell you how your employees feel about you” — all right, but ultimately I want to know how my customers feel about me.

In theory, there are supposed to be synergies between the two.

Scott:  Certainly, happy employees give you a lot better chance at happy customers. There’s a causal link there.

I’ve been a CIO multiple times. I’m now a CEO. As I learn to wear that CEO hat, the customer piece of this is intriguing to me. CIOs traditionally are not in positions to think about customers. The services that the back-office IT organization’s been classically responsible for never touch the customer. It’s changing, but that’s been the historic view.

The recent ASUG community survey showed a reduction in the influence of C-suite and IT people and a little bit of an uptick in line of business.

Scott: That follows the general trend. The technology purchasing has become more distributed, as you’ve been able to buy more off-the-shelf software applications that work for your enterprise, you don’t have to go through a massive integration engine within IT. You can buy stuff you want to use. I think that’s what that survey result shows. The line of business is taking more accountability for the software that they’re using to run the line of business, and not just looking at IT and saying, “I have a problem. How do you think I should solve it?” 

What are the implications for SAP of this shift in who the customer is?

Scott: They have to be able to appeal to the other lines of business, and that’s a very tricky line to walk, because historically their bread and butter has been the IT and finance crowd. I feel bad for SAP, because as soon as they step outside those lines they get crushed by the internal stakeholders.

The problem is actually larger than that. The other stakeholders have never seen SAP through a different lens. SAP’s always been the IT solution, the CFO solution. If you think about the very basic tenets of where SAP started years and years ago, it was: This is a finance app. [If] I’m a marketing person … and someone knocks on my door one day and says, “Congratulations, you’ve implemented SAP. Here’s how you’re going to do procurement, here’s how you’re going to do your budget, and here’s the SAP system you’re going to use to get anything done,” it doesn’t help them be more creative. It’s not seen as an enabler; it’s seen as a process control point.

What’s still remembered is why SAP showed up to begin with, which was to control my department, not liberate it.
Geoff ScottASUG CEO

That group of buyer has never been terribly infatuated with SAP. March forward now, and SAP’s got much better solutions in marketing, much better solutions in CRM, and probably has a much better story to tell. But what’s still remembered is why SAP showed up to begin with, which was to control my department, not liberate it.

SAP has to establish enterprise trust, and that doesn’t happen overnight. Does Qualtrics help with that? I don’t know.

What other pain points do you hear from ASUG members?

Scott: Integration is always a pain point. The product portfolio for SAP continues to widen, and the complexity of utilizing that product portfolio widens as well.

Customers want to be able to use these solutions easily, access them really easily, and just use them, and it’s not quite that simple. At the same time, you have these cloud properties that have their own very specific enhancement and feature-functionality plans.

So you have a choice. [Cloud company X] can continue to add features and functionalities that my core users are looking for, or I can say to the mother ship, “OK, I will do better integration so that the product is more uniform. Which would you like me to do?” What wins all the time? Features and functionality.

What was the last difficult discussion you had with SAP senior management?

Scott: The [indirect access licensing] conversations have been challenging, because you’re walking a very careful line between SAP really wanting to protect its [intellectual property] and to feel like it can monetize it, and us as customers trying to get to realistic outcomes. Sometimes those conversations, if not carefully managed, can go flying off a cliff.

At the end of the day, SAP is in business to sell software. If the customers continually nibble at their heels and [say]”give us more for free”… [SAP gets] very defensive about that, and I understand that. Striking that critical balance and moving the needle forward is the art, and that takes a lot of energy and effort.

S/4 would be the second one. People need to adopt, and how do we help them adopt? [SAP] just kind of walked out and said, “Here’s S/4, and here’s some guidelines,” but you didn’t think about where the customer base was in that journey.

On prem still can be in cloud, right? We use these words, and they mean a million different things. I don’t know what the percentage is, but it’s fairly large — of customers who call themselves cloud because they’re running an on-premises piece of software in Amazon [Web Services], [Microsoft] Azure or Google [Cloud]. What exactly is cloud? I mean, my head starts to spin. 

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For Sale – Custom Loop RGB Watercooled Gaming PC Intel Core i7 16GB GTX 1080 1TB SSD

Custom Water Cooled Gaming PC

Built by myself around a year ago.
My goal when building this was to have top-notch gaming performance with the best possible thermals and acoustics in a compact chassis. The case is one of the smallest Micro ATX chassis’ on the market. The custom loop keeps everything cool and quiet.
This PC has never been overclocked, there was simply never a need to.
This PC can handle any game you throw at it while remaining cool and quiet.

The specs are:
InWin 301 Case
Intel Core i7 4790k
MSI Nvidia Gefore GTX 1080 OC
960GB Kingston SSD
650W Corsair Power Supply
MSI Z97M-G43 Motherboard
Thermaltake CPU Block
Alphacool GPU Block Custom painted in white
2x 240mm radiators
DDC Pump with an actual glass reservoir
Countless fittings
Aigo RGB remote controlled fans
NZXT Grip+ v2 fan controller(the fans can be controlled via Windows software and are preset for optimal noise/performance)
Genuine Windows 10 Home installed

This item is collection only due to the liquid cooling, however if you’re an experienced PC builder/modder i might agree to ship this drained for you to fill.

If you have any questions at all please get in touch.

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ORIGIN PC sticks to its roots as it looks ahead to another 10 years | Windows Experience Blog

ORIGIN PC co-founder Kevin Wasielewski

In the competitive world of gaming PCs, it takes a lot to stand out.
It takes custom airbrushing a computer to look like an Audi R8. It takes dropping everything at a big show to work on a customer’s computers so that a new game plays the way it’s supposed to. It takes being playful enough to create a tongue-in-cheek, retro-80s neon rig with a “Vice” theme based on the company’s hometown: Miami, Florida.
ORIGIN PC, like the sports cars its co-founder Kevin Wasielewski prefers, prides itself on being agile and quick, and being different from the pack.
The South Florida-based company celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year and recently thanked its fans for reaching a milestone of one million followers on Twitter. It’s built up a reputation for specializing in high-end customization, 24/7 lifetime support and performance – with an emphasis on bringing products to market quickly.
ORIGIN PC’s customers often write reviews about their overall experience. “When I decided to buy a new gaming PC, I took my time, literally spending months researching, reading reviews, comparing pricing, specs, etc. When I was ready to pull the trigger, I went with Origin and the experience couldn’t have been better.”
At SXSW, Wasielewski was part of a panel of judges for the event’s gaming awards – something he’s more than qualified to do.

ORIGIN PC live build

“We live in the space of where gaming is going. So for example, on Twitch, we were one of the first to sponsor influencers. We’ve been doing that for seven years,” Wasielewski says. “Because we are gamers and fans ourselves, we were watching people on their streams. We saw this as a cool way to interact with gamers. It’s so big because everybody’s gaming. It’s a better hobby than movies, TV, or watching traditional sports, in my opinion, because it’s interactive.”
ORIGIN PC hosts their own streams across multiple streaming platforms, including Mixer. They play PC games, build PCs live and interview members of the gaming community. During these streams, they interact with the community by answering tech or gaming questions, as well host stream-only giveaways.
“I often hear people say ‘Why would anybody watch somebody else play a video game, it makes no sense to me.’ But we watch other people play other things, like football, golf, or tennis. If you really like something and somebody in the world is way better at it than you, you’re curious. You want to watch, because you want to learn, or you just want to admire their skills,” Wasielewski says. “Some people follow people just to see their strategy, some people follow others because of their personality. And then you can also interact with them and interact with the other people watching so it’s a much more evolved experience than your traditional way of watching entertainment.”

ORIGIN PC BigO

When it comes to customization, ORIGIN PC established itself early on with its Big O contraption in 2010 during a competition to build the Ultimate Dream Machine. ORIGIN PC built a more than $16,000 contest entry that paired a custom liquid-cooled PC on one side with a liquid-cooled Xbox 360 on the other side. It won 15 out of the 16 benchmarks, so it won the competition both for performance and customization. These very specialized devices were around for about a year, with Microsoft carrying some in their retail stores, before ORIGIN PC retired them.
ORIGIN PC recently won the Intel Extreme Rig Challenge, which they’ve dominated for a number of years.
At CES 2019, they introduced a new theme based on the neon inspiration of Miami’s “Vice” styling and its retro-modern appeal. They printed designs based on that look on glass and launched options on their website. Customers can also submit their own artwork.

ORIGIN PC Vice

The year before at CES 2018, they unveiled HD UV printing and the latest version of their desktop with their patented Variable Mounting, which allows their desktops chassis to mount the motherboard four different ways, including the choice of the main window of the chassis to be on the left or right.
For many customers who want one-of-a-kind designs for their PCs, the company engages local artists to create custom airbrushed designs, including one they found at a Miami car show for the gaming enthusiast in Dubai who wanted his computer to match his Audi R8. That same customer bought $40,000 worth of equipment, including 4K TVs.
ORIGIN PC can customize what’s under the hood, too. Customers can choose colors for power cables, cooling liquid and hard, plastic tubes. Users can also pick the components they want and all the technical specs.
Wasielewski and his two co-founders Richard Cary and Hector Penton figured out that offering different colors was one way to differentiate their company from the rest of the pack.
“We basically want to take everything that we’ve learned in the past and take it to an even higher level,” he says. “That’s why we have offered almost  any customization you want. And instead of just great support, it’s 24/7 lifetime support. When we launched our industry-leading  24/7 lifetime support that was a big differentiator. People love that because they can call us any time. They’re calling our techs. They’re not calling third parties. We often get people praising our support.”
Besides CES, ORIGIN PC is a fixture at big gaming conferences, including PAX and E3. It was at the latter one year where they saved a major game that was crashing. The game makers had bought several computers from ORIGIN PC, but without telling them their intent to use the machines to demo the new game. The game kept crashing until one of ORIGIN PC’s techs figured out the game wasn’t optimized to the memory configuration they were trying to run on it. The tech removed a bunch of memory so that the game would run on 16 GB, and that did the trick. The game’s developers were so grateful, they flew ORIGIN PC to  shows worldwide where game demos were held that year and included ORIGIN PC in the credits of the game.
As strategic partners with NVIDIA and Intel (Wasielewski is on the board of advisors of the latter), ORIGIN PC can test new products sooner and are quick to put new parts on their website.
For Wasielewski, who’s mostly self-trained through his experience at Alienware, it’s always been about going the extra mile – literally.
Like the time he interviewed for Alienware, when he was still working at Electronics Boutique (later acquired by GameStop).
An avid gamer since he was a kid, Wasielewski played everything offered at the store. Before YouTube, social media and the internet, face-to-face advice was the way to gauge a game’s worthiness before buying.
“When a game comes out, I’m loyal to the games themselves, not the platform,” he says. “But PC is the best platform with the best graphics, so I play it there if I can.”
He would often see people who he thought were sales reps wearing Alienware shirts, and he’d recommend games to them – as well as ones to avoid.
“One day I got up the courage and asked one of them if they had any job openings,” Wasielewski says. “He told me send him my resume and gives me his card. That’s when I realized he’s the president and the owner.”
So he sent his resume, but didn’t hear back for three weeks before he got a call back. They wanted him to interview that day, as soon as possible.
“But I’m at work. I asked if I could call from home in 15 minutes. And he was like, ‘No no no, come right now’,” Wasielewski recalls. “I wanted to change out of my store uniform, print out my resume and get ready for the interview. But this owner of Alienware, he’s a very intense guy.”
Wasielewski agreed to go to the interview right away. But in those pre-GPS, pre-cellphone days, he got lost. It was raining as he called on a payphone, trying to reschedule. But Alienware insisted on the interview, so finally, after many, many extra miles, he made it there.
After asking two brief questions about PC games and what he was playing at the time, they offered him a job in quality assurance. Basically, he got paid to play games – three times more than what he was making. But he didn’t accept right away, as his original path was to make games. He also wanted to get on a management track. He was also studying computer science and discrete math at Florida International University (though he admits “that class kicked my butt”).
But after his own manager at Electronics Boutique advised him to take the job, he took it, put school on hold and thrived for the next decade doing QA, tech support, sales and marketing.
“The only skills and knowledge I had when I arrived there were from studying computer science at FIU and studying communications, PR, speechwriting, marketing and advertising at Florida State University and Miami Dade College. So I had that. And I played a lot of games,” Wasielewski says. “I basically stayed late every day. I learned other jobs, like how to build and how to integrate and just learning from other people that worked there.”
Throughout the years he had seven promotions, leading eventually to his highest  role as vice president of marketing.
“I was living even better than the dream I had (working for a company making games) because when I was in marketing at Alienware, I was calling Activision, I was calling Microsoft. And doing deals with them,” he says.
He never did finish the degrees in computer science or communications. He ended up with a two-year degree in liberal studies.
But Wasielewski is not the kind of CEO who does anything traditionally.
His wedding, for example, was “Star Wars”-themed, with his bride wearing a Captain Phasma helmet while his Boba Fett outfit paid homage to the classic series, and dinner tables were named after locations like the Death Star and Tatooine.

10 cool things to check out at Microsoft Build 2019 – The Official Microsoft Blog

Microsoft Build is underway in Seattle, and this year’s premier developer conference is focused on empowering developers of all kinds, from experienced computer scientists to tech beginners with big ideas. We’re sharing the latest on Microsoft platforms, tools and services that are making it easier to create and innovate using AI and mixed reality with the intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge, as well as helping people and organizations do more each day.

Here’s a peek at some of the event’s highlights:

Check out the new features in Microsoft Edge built on Chromium OSS that will make it easier to collect, organize and share content, and give you additional privacy controls to make your own decisions about how third parties can track you.

See how technology is helping Starbucks and their baristas deliver great customer experiences including managing predictive maintenance on coffee machines with Azure Sphere; giving personalized recommendations to customers via the Starbucks mobile app with reinforcement learning on Azure; and powering digital traceability efforts to track coffee beans from farm to store with Azure blockchain service.

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Technology is helping Starbucks and their baristas deliver great customer experiences (Photo courtesy of Starbucks)

Read about Fluid Framework, a web-based platform expected to be available later this year that will give teams new ways to create together, enabling content to be deconstructed and reconstructed into modular components and allowing intelligent agents to work alongside people to co-author, provide photo suggestions, translate data and more.

Learn more about Microsoft’s vision for intelligent agents that leverage breakthroughs in conversational AI and machine learning pioneered by Semantic Machines, which Microsoft acquired in May 2018. We’re showcasing a calendaring application of the technology that can make organizing your day with an intelligent assistant a more natural and powerful experience, and the same technology will eventually be integrated into our conversational AI moving forward across all of Microsoft’s products and services.

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A woman engages in a smooth, back-and-forth dialogue with an intelligent assistant that helps her juggle upcoming appointments on her calendar.

See how more everyday uses of AI in Microsoft 365 and Office 365 can help improve productivity, including Ideas in Word for Word Online, which can help you easily design and present polished documents, and Microsoft Search, a new enterprise search experience that applies AI technology from Bing and deep personalized insights surfaced by the Microsoft Graph.

Learn more about a new platform that can help make it easier for companies to create autonomous systems, whether it’s a robot that can help in life-threatening situations, a drone that can inspect remote equipment or systems that can autonomously calibrate factory equipment. The first component in this platform is now available in a limited preview program.

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An experimental version of the Sarcos Guardian S, a robot that can be used in disaster recovery or for industrial inspections, uses Microsoft’s autonomous systems platform. (Photo by Dan DeLong)

Learn what developers will be able to do with Microsoft Graph data connect, a service that helps organizations bring together productivity data from the Microsoft Graph with their own business data securely, providing new opportunities to create insight-powered apps while helping address the challenges of moving and managing large amounts of data.

Learn about the new tools and capabilities in Azure AI for developers and data scientists, including Ink Recognizer, which lets developers embed digital ink recognition, an advanced speech-to-text capability that transcribes meeting conversations in real time so participants can fully engage in the discussion and know who said what later on.

See how the new Azure Blockchain Service will empower developers, letting them deploy a fully managed consortium network with a few simple clicks and use built-in governance to add new members, set permissions and authenticate user applications. They’ll also be able to monitor their network’s health and activity.

Check out IoT Plug and Play. One of the greatest challenges customers face when deploying Internet of Things solutions broadly is connecting their IoT devices to the cloud. IoT Plug and Play offers a new open modeling language to help make this happen seamlessly, as well as a large ecosystem of partner-certified devices that simply work, with over a dozen certified devices now available.

Get more details on all of these announcements and more on our Microsoft Build 2019 website.


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Cohesity backup expands with Imanis Data acquisition

Secondary storage vendor Cohesity has made its first acquisition, picking up Imanis Data, a backup vendor known for protecting NoSQL databases and using machine learning-powered ransomware detection.

Today’s move is the first step in what Raj Dutt, Cohesity’s director of product marketing, described as expanding Cohesity’s capabilities to protect “modern workloads.” He used that term for NoSQL distributed databases, containerized applications and user-generated SaaS data in applications such as Office 365 and Salesforce.

“Even these modern applications are seeing data loss,” Dutt said, describing how customers have in the past mistakenly believed these workloads did not need data protection. He said the goal is for Cohesity to eventually offer a single platform for backing up these environments.

Imanis Data, formerly called Talena and based in San Jose, Calif., has one product: the Imanis Data Management Platform, currently in version 4.0. Aside from supporting NoSQL databases and Hadoop, it features agentless architecture, automated policy optimization, point-in-time recovery, advanced ransomware detection and a Recovery Sandbox capability for spinning up a backup testing environment without disrupting the primary environment’s performance.

A ‘no-brainer’ for NoSQL backup

Hadoop and NoSQL databases such as Cassandra are underserved when it comes to backup offerings, said Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. Imanis Data was one of the most well-known vendors in the space. The other, Datos IO, was bought by Cohesity competitor Rubrik in February 2018. Bertrand was hard-pressed to think of other vendors that have launched data protection products specially tailored for NoSQL.

You always have to consider building yourself, but we found Imanis built a pretty comprehensive platform. It covers a lot of ground.
Michael PoratVice president of strategy and business development, Cohesity

“NoSQL has not had a lot of solutions prepackaged as part of mainstream backup and recovery,” Bertrand said. “This has forced organizations to either be exposed or use complex, scripting-based solutions that they probably had to work on themselves.”

Bertrand said the acquisition of Imanis Data was a logical move because of how closely the two companies were already working together. Imanis Data was one of the first applications available in the Cohesity MarketPlace when it launched this year.

Michael Porat, vice president of strategy and business development at Cohesity, said although NoSQL databases weren’t a large presence in the overall market, feedback from customers told him there was growing intention to develop new types of workloads in these modern databases. Given its partnership with Imanis Data and citing its capabilities beyond NoSQL protection, Porat said this was a case where it made more sense for Cohesity to buy rather than build.

“You always have to consider building yourself, but we found Imanis built a pretty comprehensive platform. It covers a lot of ground,” Porat said. “As these customer requests grew in volume, we thought it would just make sense for the two companies to join forces. It was kind of a no-brainer.”

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Imanis Data was available in the Cohesity MarketPlace since the latter’s launch.

A look at Cohesity’s future with Imanis

Cohesity received $250 million of funding in June 2018. Porat said the Imanis Data acquisition is an opportunity that arose that made strategic sense, and won’t necessarily lead to Cohesity making more acquisitions.

“We don’t have an acquisition strategy at this point,” Porat said. “This was just a straightforward opportunity where what they do extends our platform in a very natural way.”

Cohesity will continue to support Imanis Data customers, and there were no staff changes at Imanis resulting from the acquisition.

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Imanis Data protects what Cohesity calls ‘modern workloads’ like Cassandra and Hadoop.

Porat said there is already integration between the two companies’ products — Imanis Data points its data to Cohesity DataPlatform instead of forming another data silo. However, he said further integration of Imanis Data capabilities with Cohesity are in development.

Bertrand said Cohesity’s plan to cover persistent data in containerized environments and back up SaaS applications makes sense. Not only are these emerging markets, but it extends Cohesity’s breadth of coverage to nontraditional, modern workloads that its customers are asking for. Bertrand said Cohesity’s greatest strength is unifying a wide range of environments onto its single platform.

“The name of the game is reducing complexity these days,” Bertrand said.

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For Sale – Custom Loop RGB Watercooled Gaming PC Intel Core i7 16GB GTX 1080 1TB SSD

Custom Water Cooled Gaming PC

Built by myself around a year ago.
My goal when building this was to have top-notch gaming performance with the best possible thermals and acoustics in a compact chassis. The case is one of the smallest Micro ATX chassis’ on the market. The custom loop keeps everything cool and quiet.
This PC has never been overclocked, there was simply never a need to.
This PC can handle any game you throw at it while remaining cool and quiet.

The specs are:
InWin 301 Case
Intel Core i7 4790k
MSI Nvidia Gefore GTX 1080 OC
960GB Kingston SSD
650W Corsair Power Supply
MSI Z97M-G43 Motherboard
Thermaltake CPU Block
Alphacool GPU Block Custom painted in white
2x 240mm radiators
DDC Pump with an actual glass reservoir
Countless fittings
Aigo RGB remote controlled fans
NZXT Grip+ v2 fan controller(the fans can be controlled via Windows software and are preset for optimal noise/performance)
Genuine Windows 10 Home installed

This item is collection only due to the liquid cooling, however if you’re an experienced PC builder/modder i might agree to ship this drained for you to fill.

If you have any questions at all please get in touch.

This sale is for the PC ONLY! No accessories are included.

Price and currency: 1000
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT or cash
Location: Warrington
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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