Working together to bring broadband to rural Veterans – Microsoft on the Issues

Our nation’s Veterans have contributed to our country in so many ways, in countless locations around the globe. When they return home, many Veterans who reside in rural areas are not able to access broadband internet which is critical to using telehealth services, gaining educational opportunities, and growing a small business or running a family farm.

There are 2.7 million Veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) who are living in rural communities, 42% of them do not have internet access at home which could support their use of VA telehealth services, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’, Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Rural Health. These rural Veterans live in areas where access to fast, reliable internet service may be limited or inaccessible and are facing higher rates of unemployment, longer drives to reach the nearest clinics and medical centers, and lower levels of educational attainment compared to their urban counterparts. Connectivity has the potential to improve this reality — with broadband, they can access telehealth services offered by the VA, identify and compete for well-paying jobs, improve and grow their own businesses, and take advantage of online education classes.

Microsoft and VA have been strategic partners, working together to improve the lives of Veterans, for more than 20 years. Today, I’m excited to share that Microsoft will begin expanding that work by helping VA to help bring connectivity to many Veterans living in rural towns and communities. Microsoft and its partners will be working with VA to provide capital, technology expertise, and training resources to bring broadband access to people in these underserved communities. Our hope is that this effort will unlock new economic opportunities, while also enhancing quality of life.

Through the partnership, we’ll help VA identify communities with Veterans in need and work with our internet service provider (ISP) partners across the nation to bring broadband services to those regions. Following our Airband Initiative model, we’ll also provide the Veterans in these newly connected communities with digital skills training so they can take advantage of the tools and services connectivity enables, including critical telehealth services provided by VA.

In the past 22 months, through the Microsoft Airband Initiative, we have seen firsthand just how many communities lack connectivity at broadband speeds and how this can hinder growth and new opportunities. We’ve also seen that partnering with ISPs to serve those most in need is an effective strategy to make progress quickly on this important issue. Our work with VA builds on those lessons and approach, which has resulted in partnerships that will bring connectivity to 1 million unserved rural residents in 16 states to date, with a plan to reach 3 million by 2022.

This also builds on our commitment to the military and Veteran community. We’re passionate about our work with this community and take a holistic approach to helping Veterans gain the critical career skills required for today’s digital economy through career training and re-training, soft-skills support, and hiring. The company’s cornerstone Veteran program, Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), provides the Veteran community with an 18-week (or two nine-week terms) training for high-demand careers, with graduates gaining an interview for a full-time career at Microsoft or one of the company’s more than 400 hiring partners. We’re also proud of our strong network of partners, all of whom champion our same vision to assist the community.

We owe it to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our nation. Veterans living in rural communities deserve to have the broadband internet access enjoyed by many who live in urban areas. Addressing the broadband gap across the country requires innovative solutions from both the public and private sectors, and we hope this partnership will help us make significant progress toward closing the connectivity gap for the Veteran community.

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Verint launches VOC software, gathers omnichannel feedback

Verint Systems Inc. has launched a platform that intends to provide an enterprise-wide view of the voice of the customer. The cloud-based VOC software, Verint Unified VoC, enables users to capitalize on their entire VOC portfolio.

Verint Unified VoC gathers insights across multiple customer engagement channels to identify the direct, indirect and inferred VOC so that companies can understand and develop products for customers’ specific wants and needs, according to the customer engagement vendor.

VOC is traditionally captured through surveying customers, but recent Forrester Research reports that surveys do not gather enough information to fully understand customers’ expectations and preferences. Verint’s VOC software mines the VOC interactions in organizations’ contact center and digital channels to provide a more accurate picture, according to the vendor.

Combining Verint’s OpinionLab, recent ForeSee acquisitions, contact center deep listening and automation, Verint Unified VoC enables users to define an accurate VoC with new capabilities:

  • Cross-channel VOC data collection — including email, SMS and post-call surveys, website feedback and contact center interactions — uncovers blind spots in overall VoC development.
  • VOC data analysis allows organizations to map data from multiple sources, create common KPIs, identify CX issues across channels and boost ROI on CX initiatives.
  • Triggers, alerts and out-of-the-box case management on unified data conveys VOC with operational impact, such as automatically alerting the contact center of emerging issues and initiating actions to resolve issues.

VOC software is becoming more important for organizations as consumers continue to expect more from the brands they interact with. In order to create better online experiences, Gartner said VOC software must be capable of collecting direct and indirect feedback and be able to turn that data into actionable, customized dashboards.

Verint claims that its Unified VoC will improve customer loyalty and retention as well as increase new customer acquisition by correcting issues that contribute to customer attrition and capitalizing on the exact point in the customer journey an organization sees positive interaction.

The release of its Unified VoC software follows other recent additions to Verint’s suite of VOC offerings: Anomaly Detection and AI Blueprint were launched in April and updates to Desktop and Process Analytics came in May. Verint Unified VoC is planned for general availability in August 2019.

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Microsoft IoT Hackathon accelerates solutions across industries – Windows Developer Blog

Houston, Texas, has become a hub for digital innovation, making it the ideal location for the Microsoft IoT Hackathon that took place May 13-15. Fed by a competitive university system, Houston’s growing engineering and IT talent base is leading disruption in the manufacturing, energy and life sciences sectors. The City of Houston is also partnering with Microsoft to realize a smart city agenda with the goals of improving the effectiveness of city employees, streamlining transportation and better connecting citizens to local services, especially during emergencies.
Houston’s journey to work with Microsoft and its partners in leveraging the cloud for digital transformation and building repeatable Internet of Things (IoT) solutions was brought to life during the recent IoT in Action event on April 16, which featured Mayor Sylvester Turner as a keynote speaker. The success of this event with 700+ attendees was not the only reason Microsoft chose to host a hackathon in the City of Houston. We also saw it as an opportunity to provide startups and developers with the tools and resources they need to innovate and bring their IoT concepts to life—all in a city that is committed to its own IoT journey.
Read on as I share some of the topics explored during the hackathon, as well as examples of the IoT solutions being developed and built on Azure IoT and Windows 10 IoT.
Hacking for a more connected future
Our core focus for the hackathon was to help attendees explore how they can use these IoT capabilities and create solutions that enable a more seamless experience between the physical and digital worlds. We were joined by 15 attendees from 13 different companies within the broader Houston area. All came with a concept in mind and looked to explore Microsoft IoT solutions for industries like farming, warehousing, interior horticulture, manufacturing, energy, transportation, public safety, smart cities and traffic logistics.
Zan Gligorov from OrgPal was one of the attendees. OrgPal is a Houston-based smart automation and telemetry company focused on specialized IoT hardware and software solutions. Designed for use in the energy and smart city industries, OrgPal’s solutions focus on capturing field service and customer data for storage, analysis and management in the cloud or on premises. It also provides edge and end point hardware, along with the information gateway infrastructure that brings the data to your fingertips (on desktop, server and mobile devices). During the hackathon, Zan was able to find opportunities to include new data sources for OrgPal’s hardware offering and new predictive maintenance results to include on the telemetry solution, including environmental issues, equipment abuse and other typical issues. The solution explored in the hackathon uses Windows 10 IoT Core and connects with Azure IoT services.

Zan Gligorov from OrgPal at hackathon in Station Houston hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Simplifying IoT development with Windows 10 and Azure IoT
IoT is a core strategy for driving better business outcomes, improving safety and addressing social issues. Yet for those just getting started, building and deploying IoT solutions can be expensive and time-consuming. Through Microsoft IoT Hackathons, our goal is to make it easier to quickly build secure, smart devices that leverage the intelligent cloud and harness the power of the intelligent edge.
Hackathon attendees can build and develop intelligent edge devices based on the Windows IoT family of operating systems, including:

Windows 10 IoT Core – helps manufacturers get to market quickly with small-footprint devices that are secure, lower cost and built for the intelligent edge. Windows IoT Core provides a royalty-free OS for prototyping, developing and testing IoT devices.
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 that device manufacturers control for OS, apps and drivers—plus 10 years of OS security updates.
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise – provides a binary-identical, locked-down version of Windows 10 Enterprise that delivers enterprise manageability and security to a broad range of 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.
Windows Server IoT 2019 – securely handles the largest edge-computing workloads. Announced just this past February, Windows Server IoT 2019 brings the power of high-availability and high-performance storage and networking to the edge, addressing latency and connectivity requirements as well as enabling customers to maintain data on premises while securely storing and analyzing large amounts of data.

Those at the hackathon explored a variety of concept ideas using these technologies. For example, one attendee focused on enabling a better smart cities transportation solution. He used Windows Server IoT 2019 to quickly provide analysis and decision-making based on the data gathered from sensors attached to devices running Windows 10 IoT Core. Others explored connecting various devices running either Windows 10 IoT Core or Windows 10 IoT Enterprise to Azure IoT services with the goal of providing solutions in manufacturing, agriculture and energy.
Additionally, attendees received hands-on experience for connecting their devices into Azure IoT Hub, Azure IoT Central, Azure Time Series Insights and numerous other Azure IoT capabilities.

Pratima Godse, architect at Daikin – which develops environmental systems for home, commercial and industrial applications – shares her progress with an event staffer at the Microsoft IoT Hackathon in Houston, Texas.

Fostering continued innovation in Houston
With the hackathon taking place in Station Houston – the city’s hub for innovation and entrepreneurship – we had the ideal setting to help participants explore new ideas or see how they could improve and harden proposed solutions as they move closer to commercialization. And all benefited from the detailed, hands-on technical training that established a common knowledge base from which the group worked.
Microsoft has been a key part of the City of Houston’s Smart City initiative and continues to invest through events like the hackathon to fuel additional innovation. As part of this investment, Microsoft is partnering with Intel to create the Ion Smart Cities Accelerator. The soon-to-be-converted 270,000-square-foot space in the emerging Midtown Innovation District will host pilot programs for companies developing Smart City technology. Currently, Station Houston is hosting the accelerator program.
Join us next time!
The Microsoft IoT Hackathons are an ideal opportunity to network with peers, demonstrate expertise, share best practices and insights, talk to subject matter experts and expand your skills. To join the fun, think about the concepts you want to work on and watch this space for announcements as we release future dates in coming months.
In the meantime, check out our global IoT in Action event series for learning opportunities coming to a city near you. And be sure to watch the on-demand webinar, Windows IoT: Business Transformation, to discover how Windows 10 IoT can help you get up and running quickly.
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For Sale – Ryzen 7 1700 gaming PC

Device Type Graphics card
Bus Type PCI Express 3.0 x16
Graphics Engine NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
Core Clock 1582 MHz
Boost Clock 1771 MHz
Process Technology 16 nm
VR Ready Yes
Max Resolution 7680 x 4320 at 60 Hz
Max Monitors Supported 4
Interfaces DVI-D (dual link) ¦ 3 x DisplayPort ¦ HDMI
API Supported DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5
Features Ultra Durable VGA, GIGABYTE WindForce 2x, Dual Fan Design, NVIDIA G-Sync ready, NVIDIA GameWorks, Heat Pipe Direct Touch technology, Nvidia GeForce GTX VR Ready

Memory

Size 8 GB
Technology GDDR5 SDRAM
Effective Clock Speed 8.008 GHz
Bus Width 256-bit

System Requirements

Required Power Supply 500 W
Additional Requirements 8 pin PCI Express power connector

Miscellaneous

Width 3.7 cm
Depth 28.5 cm
Height 13 cm

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Working together to bring broadband to rural Veterans – Microsoft on the Issues

Our nation’s Veterans have contributed to our country in so many ways, in countless locations around the globe. When they return home, many Veterans who reside in rural areas are not able to access broadband internet which is critical to using telehealth services, gaining educational opportunities, and growing a small business or running a family farm.

There are 2.7 million Veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) who are living in rural communities, 42% of them do not have internet access at home which could support their use of VA telehealth services, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’, Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Rural Health. These rural Veterans live in areas where access to fast, reliable internet service may be limited or inaccessible and are facing higher rates of unemployment, longer drives to reach the nearest clinics and medical centers, and lower levels of educational attainment compared to their urban counterparts. Connectivity has the potential to improve this reality — with broadband, they can access telehealth services offered by the VA, identify and compete for well-paying jobs, improve and grow their own businesses, and take advantage of online education classes.

Microsoft and VA have been strategic partners, working together to improve the lives of Veterans, for more than 20 years. Today, I’m excited to share that Microsoft will begin expanding that work by helping VA to help bring connectivity to many Veterans living in rural towns and communities. Microsoft and its partners will be working with VA to provide capital, technology expertise, and training resources to bring broadband access to people in these underserved communities. Our hope is that this effort will unlock new economic opportunities, while also enhancing quality of life.

Through the partnership, we’ll help VA identify communities with Veterans in need and work with our internet service provider (ISP) partners across the nation to bring broadband services to those regions. Following our Airband Initiative model, we’ll also provide the Veterans in these newly connected communities with digital skills training so they can take advantage of the tools and services connectivity enables, including critical telehealth services provided by VA.

In the past 22 months, through the Microsoft Airband Initiative, we have seen firsthand just how many communities lack connectivity at broadband speeds and how this can hinder growth and new opportunities. We’ve also seen that partnering with ISPs to serve those most in need is an effective strategy to make progress quickly on this important issue. Our work with VA builds on those lessons and approach, which has resulted in partnerships that will bring connectivity to 1 million unserved rural residents in 16 states to date, with a plan to reach 3 million by 2022.

This also builds on our commitment to the military and Veteran community. We’re passionate about our work with this community and take a holistic approach to helping Veterans gain the critical career skills required for today’s digital economy through career training and re-training, soft-skills support, and hiring. The company’s cornerstone Veteran program, Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), provides the Veteran community with an 18-week (or two nine-week terms) training for high-demand careers, with graduates gaining an interview for a full-time career at Microsoft or one of the company’s more than 400 hiring partners. We’re also proud of our strong network of partners, all of whom champion our same vision to assist the community.

We owe it to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our nation. Veterans living in rural communities deserve to have the broadband internet access enjoyed by many who live in urban areas. Addressing the broadband gap across the country requires innovative solutions from both the public and private sectors, and we hope this partnership will help us make significant progress toward closing the connectivity gap for the Veteran community.

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Ransomware protection tips include offline storage, user education

“It’s always there.”

Jeff Martinson, IT director at Ameritas, is talking about ransomware. The problem may quiet down for a bit, and Martinson acknowledged that it has for him lately, but IT administrators can never forget it. An organization might get hit at any moment, and it better be ready.

Security issues were a focus at VeeamON 2019, and ransomware protection tips were plentiful.

Rick Vanover, senior director of product strategy at Veeam, said the vendor’s support team deals with ransomware every day.

“Ransomware is real,” Vanover said. “It’s not just a PC problem.”

Keep your business running with backups

At a breakout session at VeeamON, when Vanover asked who has had a ransomware issue, about half of the people in the room raised their hands.

“If ransomware gets into your environment … the only practical option is to restore from backups,” Vanover said.

One of the key ransomware protection tips is to design a layered defense. That includes the use of offline storage. And while some might scoff at the use of tape in 2019, it is the truest example of offline storage. If the media is not connected to the network, a ransomware attack can’t affect it.

[Tape] is absolutely the single most resilient specimen regarding ransomware. In spite of its reputation, it is really helpful in this situation.
Rick VanoverSenior director of product strategy, Veeam

“It is absolutely the single most resilient specimen regarding ransomware,” Vanover said. “In spite of its reputation, it is really helpful in this situation.”

Other examples of offline or semi-offline storage include replicated virtual machines when they’re powered off and rotating hard drives when they’re not being written to or read from online.

User education is one of the ransomware protection tips that often rises to the top of the list.

Al Rasheed, a systems administrator at Applied Engineering Management, noted several elements to user education:

  • Don’t trust links or attachments in unsolicited emails.
  • Signs of a phishing email include unsolicited attachments, generic greetings, spelling and grammar mistakes, and email messages sent from public email addresses.
  • The end user should contact the help desk immediately if a computer is possibly infected with a virus or malware.
  • Sometimes it comes down to common sense: If you’re unsure, report it.

Shane Williford, senior systems engineer at North Kansas City Schools, said his organization was hit with a “nasty” Emotet virus that got in through an email in a user’s junk folder and affected Windows PCs. He said he stopped backups at that point and thankfully had a good recovery point to restore from backup. That was especially important because the virus eventually morphed into ransomware.

“Having a restore point to recover from is key to keeping your business running,” Williford said.

It’s also important to be proactive.

“Come up with a plan of action,” Williford said. “Don’t wait until you have a [ransomware incident].”

Ransomware hitting many types of business

Sometimes it takes an initial investment, or the organization could end up paying far more if it gets hit. Michelle Weston, director at IBM Business Resiliency Services, estimated that the city of Atlanta could have previously invested $2 million in technology to prevent or recover from an attack before it got hit with a ransomware attack. She said the city still isn’t completely backed up and has spent far more than $2 million.

Ransomware isn’t just an enterprise problem. Attacks are hitting small, local governments, Weston said.

And cybercriminals are hitting managed service providers (MSPs), said Ryan Walsh, chief channel officer at cloud distributor Pax8.

“They realize MSPs hold the keys to the kingdom,” Walsh said.

For example, MSPs need adequate password management. One MSP could have access to hundreds of passwords.

Vinny Choinski, senior lab analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, said machine learning and artificial intelligence will help against attacks because those technologies can do a better job than humans in monitoring if files are becoming encrypted.

And don’t forget about one of the more basic and classic ransomware protection tips: the 3-2-1 backup strategy. Veeam’s Vanover said the strategy doesn’t require one specific technology. An organization should have three different copies of data, on two different media, one of which is offsite or — even better — offline.

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For Sale – Intel Skull Canyon – Core i7, 16gb, 512Gb Windows 10Pro

I built this intending to game and edit video, but I have an iPad and XPS13 and tbh this sits unused 99% of the time so time to sell on.

This is a great system that I used in conjuction with a TB3 Graphics card which offered great performance and flexibilty for its size.

System comes fully populated and with Windows 10 Pro license installed and activated, as can be seen in the images (I’ll unlink the key from my ID before shipping)

Basic Spec
Core i7 –6770HQ Quad Core with HT
16gb Kingston DDR4
512Gb – NVME Sandisk SSD
1 x HDMI, 1 x DP, 1 x Optical out
1 x Thunderbolt 3, 4 x USB 3, 1 x SD Reader
1xGbE
Windows 10 Pro License (Currently Running 1809)

Full Spec can be found

HERE . AnandTech Review can be found HERE

Price and currency: £450
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