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SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2005 focuses on supply chain

SAP customers already appeared more receptive to cloud-based software at the start of 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic may spur momentum for SAP S/4HANA Cloud 2005, the latest release of the SaaS version of the ERP platform.

SAP reported increases in cloud-based revenue for the first quarter of 2020, and, although this was not broken out into specific product groups, SAP is seeing a shift in demand for the cloud, said Jan Gilg, president of SAP S/4HANA.

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“Customers are coming in to ask how quickly they can be up and running, or maybe how quickly they can set up a subsidiary or specific business units,” Gilg said. “So we’re seeing a lot of uptake and a lot of customers looking into the cloud model now than before.”

The cloud momentum is expected to continue even after the pandemic has passed, he said, as companies hit hard by the disruption will evaluate their IT capabilities and the status of ERP modernization and digital transformation projects.

One of the advantages of cloud-based software is that new functions can be introduced in each new version, Gilg said. SAP S/4HANA 2005 includes updates that could be valuable for companies dealing with the rapidly changing business environment brought on by COVID-19.

Supply chain, finance and integration with SAP SuccessFactors, an HCM platform, are the most prominent updates, he said.

Enabling a more flexible supply chain

Supply chain Situation Handling functionality now allows companies to monitor inventory more accurately. In the last few years, supply chains have been stretched around the globe and have focused on just-in-time delivery, keeping only as much stock in inventory as needed. The strategy has been exposed as a weakness by the pandemic, as companies have grappled with an abrupt disruption to production schedules.

This is leading companies to reassess supply chains by moving to more local suppliers and keeping more inventory in stock, Gilg said.

“S/4HANA Cloud 2005 puts more emphasis on inventory management and stock levels and gives companies the support to help them with intelligence that proactively alerts companies when inventory levels go down, go too low or run out,” he said. “In the current situation, it’s really critical to make sure that there’s enough flow of goods to the respective consumers; it’s about being flexible.”

Flexibility is also the key to new financial functions, which allow companies to monitor and approve payments from SAP and non-SAP systems. This will help companies keep a closer eye on cash flow, which will be important as business interruption makes cash flow an issue, Gilg said.

The other significant S/4HANA Cloud update is a more seamless integration between S/4HANA and SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central, which standardizes the data model and cost centers for ERP and HCM systems.

“The ambition here is that this should really look and feel like one solution, and ideally customers should not even notice that there’s two solutions behind the scenes,” Gilg said. “The transition is seamless from a UI perspective, from process data integration, and also from some of the technical attributes like the provisioning.”

Giving the customers what they want

Although there’s no hard evidence of an increase in demand for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, it wouldn’t be a surprise given the overall increase in demand for cloud applications, said analyst Jon Reed, co-founder of Diginomica.com, an enterprise applications news and analysis site.

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However, the most appropriate market for S/4HANA Cloud may not be able to invest, given the current environment.

“Keep in mind that S/4HANA Cloud’s best vertical adoption, if we are talking the full cloud solution, not hosted S/4HANA, is in professional services, which, for the most part, is not a vertical that is thriving at the moment,” Reed said. “Modern ERP cloud is going to have be very vertical in its appeal, a topic SAP has understood for some time but has not moved nearly fast enough on.”

S/4HANA Cloud 2005’s updates should be welcomed by customers, Reed said.

“These are the types of features customers have been asking for,” he said. “In particular, the SuccessFactors integration should help S/4HANA Cloud have some response to Workday’s complete finance and HR integrations, although SAP has a long way to go there.”

S/4HANA Cloud 2005 looks impressive, with the SuccessFactors Employee Central integration and more end-to-end industry focus, said Predrag “PJ” Jakovljevic, principal industry analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers, an enterprise computing analysis firm in Montreal.

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The current COVID-19 environment may spur more cloud demand, Jakovljevic said.

“Both S/4HANA Cloud 2005 and cloud ERP, SCM [supply chain management] and CRM, in general, should benefit from COVID-19, since many customer success stories nowadays talk about using cloud and mobile digital collaborative tools,” he said. “On-premises will still not necessarily fully die, however, because some places still have regulatory requirements and poor internet connectivity, and on-premises solutions can now come with remote access.”

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Quantum computing in business applications is coming

Quantum computing may still be in its infancy stages, but it’s rapidly approaching and is already showing significant potential for business applications across several industries.

At MIT Technology Review’s Future Compute conference in December 2019, Alan Baratz, CEO of D-Wave Systems Inc., a Canadian quantum computing company, discussed the benefits of quantum computing in business applications and the new capabilities it can offer.

Editor’s note: The following has been edited for clarity and brevity.

Why should CIOs be thinking about quantum computing in business applications?

Alan Baratz: Quantum computing can accelerate the time to solve the hard problems. If you are in a logistics business and you need to worry about pack and ship or vehicle scheduling; or you’re in aerospace and you need to worry about crew or flight scheduling; or a drug company and you need to worry about molecular discovery computational chemistry, the compute time to solve those problems at scale can be very large.

Typically, what companies do is come up with heuristics — they try to simplify the problem. Well, quantum computing has the potential to allow you to solve the complete problem much faster to get better solutions and optimize your business.

Would you say speed is considered as the most significant factor of quantum computing?

Baratz: Well, sometimes it’s speed, sometimes it’s quality of the solution [or] better solution within the same amount of time. Sometimes, it’s diversity of solution. One of the interesting things about the quantum computer is that maybe you don’t necessarily want the optimal solution but [rather] a set of good solutions that you can then use to optimize other things that weren’t originally a part of the problem. The quantum computer is good at giving you a set of solutions that are close to optimal in addition to the optimal solution.

What’s limiting quantum computing in terms of hardware?

Baratz: Well, up until now, in [D-Wave’s] case, it’s been the size and topology of the system because in order to solve your problem, you have to be able to map it onto the quantum processor. Remember, we aren’t gate-based, so it’s not like you specify the sequence of instructions or the gates. In order to solve your problem in our system, you have to take the whole problem and be able to map it into our hardware. That means with 2,000 qubits and each qubit connected to six others, there’s only certain size problems that you can actually map into our system. When we deliver the Advantage system next year, we double that — over 5,000 qubits [and] each qubit connected to 15 others — so, that will allow us to solve significantly larger problems.

In fact, for a doubling of the processor size, you get about a tripling of the problem size. But we’ve done one other thing: We’ve developed brand new hybrid algorithms [and] these are not types of hybrid algorithms that people typically think about. It’s not like you try to take the problem and divide it into chunks and solve [them]. This is a hybrid approach where we use a classical technique to find the core of the problem, and then we send that off to the quantum processor. With that, we can get to the point where we can solve large problems even with our 5,000-qubit system. We think once we deliver the 5,000-qubit system Advantage [and] the new hybrid solver, we’ll see more and more companies being able to solve real production problems.

Do you think companies are in a race toward quantum computing?

Baratz: No, they’re not because in some cases they’re not aware, and in some cases they don’t understand what’s possible. The problem is there are very large companies that make a lot of noise in the quantum space and their approach to quantum computing is one where it will take many, many years before companies can actually do something useful with the system. And because they’re the loudest out there, many companies think that’s all there is. We’ve been doing a better job of getting the D-Wave message out, but we still have a ways to go.

What excites you most about quantum computing in business settings?

Baratz: First, just the ability to solve problems that can’t otherwise be solved to me is exciting. When I was at MIT, my doctorate was in theory of computation. I was kind of always of the mindset that there are just some problems that you’re not going to be able to solve with one computer. I wouldn’t say quantum computing removes, but [it] reduces that limitation — that restriction — and it makes it possible to solve problems that couldn’t otherwise be solved.

But more than that, the collection of technologies that we have to use to build our system, even that is exciting. As I mentioned during the panel, we develop new superconducting circuit fabrication recipes. And we’re kind of always advancing the state of the art there. We’re advancing the state of the art and refrigeration and how to remove contaminants from refrigerators because it can take six weeks to calibrate a quantum computer. Once you cool it down, would you cool the chip down? Well, if you get contaminants in the refrigerator and you have to warm up the system and remove those contaminants, you’re going to lose two months of compute time. We have systems that run for two and a half, three years and nobody else really has the technology to do that.

It’s been said that one of the main concerns with quantum computers is increased costs. Can you talk a little more about that?

Baratz: Well, there was that power question [from the panel] about when is it going to stop all the power? So, the truth of the matter is our system runs on about 20 kilowatts. The reason is, the only thing we really need power for is the refrigerator — and we can put many chips in one refrigerator. So, as the size of the chip grows, as the number of chips grow, the power doesn’t grow. Power is the refrigerator.

Second, the systems are pricey if you want to buy one [but through] cloud access, anybody can get it. I mean, we even give free time, but we do sell it and currently we sell it at $2,000 an hour, but you can run many, many problems within that amount of time.

Will this be the first technology that CIOs will never have on premises?

Baratz: Oh, never say never. We continue to work on shrinking the size of the system as well so, who knows?

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For Sale – {{GAMING PC}} / RYZEN 1700 / 16GB DDR4 / R9 390 8GB / AB350-GAMING 3/ 500GB SSD / ITB HD.

Hi.

I am selling a top gaming PC already built and ready to go. This is my gaming pc but I do not game anymore and I am moving to a laptop.

Full Specs:

>Phantek ECLIPSE P300 GLASS MIDI TOWER CASE with 3 x Arctic F9 fans – very quiet when idle.
>Gigabyte AB350-GAMING 3 Motherboard.
>AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire RGB LED Cooler – 8 cores / 16 threads.
>Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3000 MHz
>PowerColor PCS+ RADEON R9 390 8GB Graphics Card.
>Crucial MX500 500GB SSD
>Western Digital 1TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM HD
>Top Quality Bitfenix FORMULA SERIES 650W 80 PLUS GOLD POWER SUPPLY.
>TPLINK 150mbs Wifi Card.
>Freshly Installed Windows 10 Home OS making the PC ready to use straight away.

I am looking for £550.

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For Sale – {{GAMING PC}} / RYZEN 1700 / 16GB DDR4 / R9 390 8GB / AB350-GAMING 3/ 500GB SSD / ITB HD.

Hi.

I am selling a top gaming PC already built and ready to go. This is my gaming pc but I do not game anymore and I am moving to a laptop.

Full Specs:

>Phantek ECLIPSE P300 GLASS MIDI TOWER CASE with 3 x Arctic F9 fans – very quiet when idle.
>Gigabyte AB350-GAMING 3 Motherboard.
>AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire RGB LED Cooler – 8 cores / 16 threads.
>Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3000 MHz
>PowerColor PCS+ RADEON R9 390 8GB Graphics Card.
>Crucial MX500 500GB SSD
>Western Digital 1TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM HD
>Top Quality Bitfenix FORMULA SERIES 650W 80 PLUS GOLD POWER SUPPLY.
>TPLINK 150mbs Wifi Card.
>Freshly Installed Windows 10 Home OS making the PC ready to use straight away.

I am looking for £550.

Collection only from Southport (near Liverpool)

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For Sale – {{GAMING PC}} / RYZEN 1700 / 16GB DDR4 / R9 390 8GB / AB350-GAMING 3/ 500GB SSD / ITB HD.

Hi.

I am selling a top gaming PC already built and ready to go. This is my gaming pc but I do not game anymore and I am moving to a laptop.

Full Specs:

>Phantek ECLIPSE P300 GLASS MIDI TOWER CASE with 3 x Arctic F9 fans – very quiet when idle.
>Gigabyte AB350-GAMING 3 Motherboard.
>AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire RGB LED Cooler – 8 cores / 16 threads.
>Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3000 MHz
>PowerColor PCS+ RADEON R9 390 8GB Graphics Card.
>Crucial MX500 500GB SSD
>Western Digital 1TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM HD
>Top Quality Bitfenix FORMULA SERIES 650W 80 PLUS GOLD POWER SUPPLY.
>TPLINK 150mbs Wifi Card.
>Freshly Installed Windows 10 Home OS making the PC ready to use straight away.

I am looking for £550.

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For Sale – Gaming PC, i7 7700k, 16GB DDR4, GTX 1080ti, 240GB SSD, 1TB HDD

Is this the PC we are speaking about via PM that I have already agreed to buy on another thread??

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Wanted – GTX 1070Ti & Intel i7-3770K

As title, I’m after a Geforce GTX 1070Ti

Thought I bought one on here already, but the seller decided to ignore my asking price offer and sell it to someone else instead and not even tell me until I found the archived thread..

So I still have the money set aside for a good GTX 1070Ti if you have one for sale. It must still be under warranty (preferably transferable to me), ideally less than a year old.

Not a noisy blower model either please as I’m trying to make my PC quieter than it is now…

Added a wanted ad for an Intel Core i7-3770K Ivybridge CPU..

Looking at extending the life of my system which currently has an i5-2500K CPU, if you have one lying around that you’ve upgraded from I’m definitely interested for the right price. Clearly must be fully working, and not overclocked too much!

Cheers..

Location: Aldershot

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As title, I’m after a Geforce GTX 1070Ti

Thought I bought one on here already, but the seller decided to ignore my asking price offer and sell it to someone else instead and not even tell me until I found the archived thread..

So I still have the money set aside for a good GTX 1070Ti if you have one for sale. It must still be under warranty (preferably transferable to me), ideally less than a year old.

Not a noisy blower model either please as I’m trying to make my PC quieter than it is now…

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HiveIO seeks to create buzz in HCI market

Newcomer HiveIO Inc. is trying to make it in the already crowded hyper-converged infrastructure market by touting a software-only application that it claims uses AI for resource management.

HiveIO this week released Hive Fabric 7.0, its hyper-converged application. The vendor, based in Hoboken, N.J., has actually been around since 2015 and shipped its first version of Hive Fabric that same year, but has kept a low profile until now. HiveIO’s co-founders Kevin McNamara and Ofer Bezalel came out of JP Morgan Chase’s engineering team. HiveIO CTO McNamara said the goal was to create an infrastructure that consisted of one platform, was simple to use and was inexpensive.

“They thought about a single product, single vendor, hyper-converged fabric out of the box that just deploys and just works and reduces the complexity of the data center,” said HiveIO CEO Dan Newton, who joined HiveIO last April from Rackspace. “Our team comes from an operational background, and we’re focused on making our product operationally very easy, yet very stable. We try to make the technology work for the customers. We don’t want the customers to have to work to make it work.”

Newton said HiveIO has about 400 customers, including those it picked up by acquiring the assets of HCI software vendor Atlantis Computing in July 2017. HiveIO also inherited Atlantis’ OEM deal with Lenovo, which packaged Atlantis’ HCI software on its servers. However, HiveIO has no other hardware partnerships for Hive Fabric.

Newton said the goal is to provide HCI software that can deploy in 20 minutes on three nodes and requires little training to use.

We put the Message Bus into appliances and use machine learning to manage the appliances.
Kevin McNamaraCTO, HiveIO

HiveIO describes Hive Fabric as a “zero-layer, hardware-agnostic” hyper-converged platform that runs on any x86 server or in the cloud. Hive Fabric includes a free kernel-based virtual machine hypervisor, although it can also run with VMware and Microsoft hypervisors. Hive Fabric manages storage, compute, virtualization and networking across HCI clusters through its Message Bus. It includes a REST API and Universal Rest Interface to support third-party and customer applications.

McNamara called the artificial intelligence-driven Hive Fabric Message Bus “unique to the industry.” he said the Message Bus relies on AI and metadata to format data in real-time and provide predictive analytics to prevent potential performance and capacity problems.

“It’s all integrated into the stack,” McNamara said. “We can see everything in the hardware, everything in the stack, everything in the guest server and everything in the application layers. We put the Message Bus into appliances and use machine learning to manage the appliances. You can move workloads across appliances.”

Newton added, “Every piece of data point all comes through the Message Bus.”

HiveIO released Hive Fabric 7.0 this week, simplifying resource management through a Cluster Resource Scheduler (CRS). The CRS uses AI to monitor resource allocation across the cluster, and moves guest virtual machines between servers to improve operational efficiency. Hive Fabric 7.0 also allows customers to run multiple mixed-application workloads.

Hive Fabric 7 from HiveIO
HiveIO’s Hive Fabric 7 management dashboard.

Forrester Research senior analyst Naveen Chhabra said HiveIO will need to prove its AI capabilities to make it in an HCI field that includes at least 15 vendors.

“A number of companies already have proven technology — including Nutanix, Cisco, Dell EMC, VMWare,” Chhabra said. “HiveIO can do the same, but they must deliver at least table stakes technology, and then find out what innovations they can come up with. They talk about the interconnect fabric with artificial intelligence. It’s a transport layer for sending bits and bytes from one node to another. What kind of artificial intelligence does it have? Is it artificial intelligence or just AI washing like you hear from other vendors? And they have to find a strong use case for that artificial intelligence, even if it’s just one use case.”

HiveIO executives claim their early customers’ workloads include general server virtualization, virtual desktops, databases, log analysis and test/dev.

Hive Fabric is sold as a monthly subscription based on the number of physical servers with no restrictions on memory, storage or cores.

HiveIO promises to support Atlantis Computing hyper-converged and virtual desktop infrastructure software through 2022. Newton said HiveIO will offer Atlantis customers an upgrade path to Hive Fabric. He said HiveIO hired some Atlantis employees but is not using its technology in Hive Fabric.

HiveIO has 30 employees in the U.S. and U.K. It has completed two funding rounds and lists El Dorado Ventures, Rally Ventures, Osage Venture Partners and Citrix as investors but does not disclose its total funding.