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For Sale – Gaming PC Ryzen 5 2600 / MSI VEGA 56 8GB / 16GB DDR 4 / 240GB SSD £435.00

HI Mat,
I’ll get some pics up when I get home.
Bit of an open ended question, if you want to play it in 4k @ Ultra settings then no, but at 1080 i would say easily yes. The Vega 56 is equivalent of a 1070 and recommended spec for smooth settings is a 970 with 8gb memory. this has very decent 16gb of memory and a Ryzen 5 processor so “should” easily be capable at high settings in 1080. Probably best to do your own research to ensure you are going to be happy but as with all games if you want 4k at monster settings you need to spend considerably more than this PC just on the GPU.

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For Sale – Full gaming PC – GTX1070

I was going to upgrade my PC this week when I ended up ordering parts for an entirely new build, hence I’m looking to sell my old one. It was built by myself and upgraded over a number of years and has been rock solid throughout. I know there isn’t always a lot of interest in full systems but I would like to sell it all in one go if at all possible, I wasn’t really sure what to ask for it so I’ve just added up a rough price for each component which was about £450 but feel free to make a reasonable offer! Price would be for collection only as I’m not looking to post it for obvious reasons.

Specs are:

Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX case
Asus P8Z77-M Pro
Intel i5 2500k (has been OC’d to 4Ghz)
Corsair H60
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 RAM
Palit GTX 1070
512GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD
1TB Samsung HDD
Corsair HX650
Windows 10

All parts were purchased brand new, I’m pretty sure I still have the original boxes for everything as well.

Couple of pics:

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SAP leadership changes and S/4HANA were top 2019 SAP stories

SAP ended the decade with one of the most unsettled years in its 47-year existence.

The year began with layoffs, as the German enterprise giant restructured its workforce in March to the tune of 4,400 fewer employees. This was just the first shoe to drop in a year of organizational turmoil. In April, several prominent members of the SAP leadership ranks left for different pastures. The biggest shoe dropped in October with the abrupt departure of longtime CEO Bill McDermott. He was replaced by co-CEOs Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein.

Bill McDermottBill McDermott

In 2019, the saga of S/4HANA migrations that has dogged the company for several years continued. The clock is running to get customers to move to the “next-generation ERP” system before 2025, when SAP’s support for legacy ERP systems will end. However, it appears that the migrations to S/4HANA continue to lag.

Here’s a look back at some of the most prominent issues that characterized 2019 for SAP.

SAP leadership changes

The first indication that it might be an interesting year for SAP came in March when the company announced the layoffs of 4,400 employees. The layoffs appeared to be particularly significant for SAP because they included veterans of HANA development and the ABAP programming language which has formed the foundation of HANA. This raised questions about SAP’s commitment to the future of its signature in-memory database platform. The layoffs also hit SAP leadership, as longtime executive Bjoern Goerke was cashiered from his role as CTO.

Jennifer MorganJennifer Morgan

SAP leadership had a major shift in April as several executives left the company, led by cloud business head Rob Enslin, who later surfaced at Google. SAP stayed in-house by promoting veterans Jennifer Morgan, Adaire Fox-Martin and Juergen Mueller. The SAP leadership changes in April led many observers to question the future direction of the company, but the general feeling was that SAP’s deep bench would keep the company stable.

“The fact is, particularly at SAP, there’s a lot of structural organization underneath any individual leader, which keeps that organization moving forward,” analyst Joshua Greenbaum of Enterprise Applications Consulting said at the time. “Some people are saying this is going to have a huge impact across the board and have a direct impact on customers, but I just don’t see it.”

Christian KleinChristian Klein

The deep bench will be put to the test. In October, CEO Bill McDermott, who had led the company for nine years, abruptly resigned. McDermott, who served as the prominent public face of the company, was replaced by Morgan and Klein, who assumed the roles of co-CEO. But the direction under the new SAP leadership remains to be seen.

“It makes sense to pass the baton at this moment, when there’s a transition in place to the cloud internally,” Greenbaum said. “So it’s a good time to freshen up the scene with the two new co-CEOs and it was a good moment for [McDermott] to step out.”

S/4HANA migration debate continues

The questions of if, when and how to migrate to SAP S/4HANA have become perennial issues in the last few years for SAP customers. SAP has been touting the transformative nature of the “next-generation” ERP since it debuted in 2015, but the number of customers actually making the move continues to lag. SAP S/4HANA promises to transform existing business processes and develop new business models by adding intelligence that enables benefits such as real-time decision making and predictive analytics.

The willingness of SAP customers to move to S/4HANA is debatable. In June, a survey from Rimini Street, a firm that provides third-party support services for SAP and Oracle ERP systems, indicated that almost 80% of SAP customers plan to stay on SAP ECC at least until the 2025 deadline. The report showed that SAP customers want to control their own fate rather than be forced into an S/4HANA migration, according to Hari Candadai, Rimini Street global vice president of product marketing.

“SAP customers are now taking control of their roadmaps and are disconnecting, or want to disconnect, from SAP’s planned 2025 end of support to their flagship ECC product line,” Candadai said at the time.

Another survey conducted in December 2018 by ASUG (Americas SAP User Group) showed that more than half of the ASUG members who responded, 56%, said they plan to move to S/4HANA but have not taken concrete steps in that process yet.

“There’s a general sense that they want to do it, they’re planning for it, they’re gathering data and information, and they’re looking for use cases that drive a business case,” Geoff Scott, ASUG CEO, said at the time about the respondents.

Many in the SAP ecosphere say the question of an S/4HANA migration has moved from “if” to “when.” Some, like Chris Carter, CEO of Approyo, a Wisconsin-based SAP partner, believe that S/4HANA migration fears are unfounded and that customers delaying the move are in danger of missing out on the advantages that they will gain from S/4HANA.

“The S/4HANA migration is going to happen and must happen,” Carter said at the time. “It’s not only because of 2025, it’s because of the innovation that SAP is putting into the products, and that partners are putting into the products and the tools.”

For many, however, the lack of a compelling business case is the largest impediment to an S/4HANA migration. In order to make the case, SAP customers need to see an S/4HANA migration as part of a larger effort to transform business processes, according to experts. This can involve developing a strategy around a company’s SAP landscape, including cloud products like Ariba, Concur and SuccessFactors, said Len Riley, commercial advisory practice leader at UpperEdge, a Boston-based IT advisory firm.

Once companies decide that they are going to move to S/4HANA, they will need strong leadership and project management skills to manage the process successfully. Vinci Energies provided a case in point, as the Paris based energy company completed a nine-month project to deploy S/4HANA. The company has begun to realize the benefits of the advanced but simplified financial model that the S/4HANA core.

“We are currently running about 10 billion euros and more than 700 legal entities,” Dominique Tessaro, Vinci Energies’ CIO, said at the time. “All modules are running on a single SAP S/4HANA instance and client.”

The search for the intelligent enterprise

Related to SAP’s efforts to move customers to S/4HANA is the concept of the SAP intelligent enterprise. Although SAP positions S/4HANA as the digital core of the intelligent enterprise, there continues to be a lack of understanding as to what the term really means.

In SAP’s vision, the intelligent enterprise is more than just an implementation of a technology or technologies, but requires a transformative shift in the organization’s culture and processes. This means bringing together operational data, or “O” data, and experiential data, or “X” data, to enable companies to analyze data in new ways and reach decisions that may not have been possible before.

“The intelligent enterprise is about, ‘How do I run my organization in a way that is capable of responding to the outside world and leverages everything I have available?'” said Geoff Maxwell, program manager at SAP Transformation Office.

Still, defining the SAP intelligent enterprise remains elusive because the circumstances and reason for implementing it are unique to each organization, according to Paul Saunders, senior director and analyst at Gartner.

“What makes one organization an intelligent enterprise is not what makes another an intelligent enterprise,” Saunders said. “That’s where SAP can’t dictate what an intelligent enterprise is [and] needs to play a role in helping organizations become an intelligent enterprise.”

However, organizations will need to step up efforts to get to the intelligent enterprise — whatever their definition — in order to keep up with the pace of change in business and technology, said Steve Niesman, CEO of Itelligence, an SAP reseller that provides implementation and managed services for SAP systems.

When O’s and X’s meet

The SAP intelligent enterprise depends on the integration of O data with X data, which was the main reason SAP spent $8 billion on Qualtrics in 2018. How and why this integration will happen was a main concern of SAP in 2019.

At the Sapphire conference in May, former CEO McDermott and Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith stressed the need for companies to provide an exceptional customer experience in the era of smartphones and social media.

“Today organizations are disproportionally rewarded when they deliver great experiences,” Smith said. “And are absolutely punished when they don’t.”

However, beyond a few interesting use cases, there was no sign yet that SAP customers were jumping headlong into the X and O marriage. The idea may be valid, and potentially valuable, but much like the SAP intelligent enterprise, organizations seem to be approaching Qualtrics-centered integrations cautiously.

“If SAP can change people’s mindsets, if they can show CIOs that this does more than just the back office, then [companies] can bring in their CEO and show it is an end-to-end platform and worth investing in,” Isaac Sacolick, president and CIO of consultancy StarCIO, said at the time.

After a tumultuous 2019, that’s likely top of SAP’s list for 2020.

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For Sale – JBL studio monitors – 306P MkII’s x2 (pair)

Bought these a few months back, brand new, but they’re too big for the spare room and ended up buying some ex-demo Genelecs 3 weeks later

The JBLs are literally as new, with all their original packaging & boxes and their cables.

Still well within their warranty too.

£200 collected or £220 sent via courier.

Happy to post first to long standing members with decent feedback, otherwise it’ll need to be payment up front

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For Sale – JBL studio monitors – 306P MkII’s x2 (pair)

Bought these a few months back, brand new, but they’re too big for the spare room and ended up buying some ex-demo Genelecs 3 weeks later

The JBLs are literally as new, with all their original packaging & boxes and their cables.

Still well within their warranty too.

£200 collected or £220 sent via courier.

Happy to post first to long standing members with decent feedback, otherwise it’ll need to be payment up front

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For Sale – JBL studio monitors – 306P MkII’s x2 (pair)

Bought these a few months back, brand new, but they’re too big for the spare room and ended up buying some ex-demo Genelecs 3 weeks later

The JBLs are literally as new, with all their original packaging & boxes and their cables.

Still well within their warranty too.

£200 collected or £220 sent via courier.

Happy to post first to long standing members with decent feedback, otherwise it’ll need to be payment up front

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NSS Labs drops antitrust suit against AMTSO, Symantec and ESET

NSS Labs ended its legal battle against the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization, Symantec and ESET.

The independent testing firm dropped its antitrust lawsuit Tuesday, which was filed in 2018 against AMTSO (a nonprofit organization) and several top endpoint security vendors, including Symantec, ESET and CrowdStrike. The suit accused the vendors and AMTSO of conspiring to prevent NSS Labs from testing their products by boycotting the company.

In addition, NSS Labs accused the vendors of instituting restrictive licensing agreements that prevented the testing firm from legally purchasing products for public testing. The suit also alleged AMTSO adopted a draft standard that required independent firms like NSS Labs to give AMTSO vendor members advance notice of how their products would be tested, which NSS Labs argued was akin to giving vendors answers to the test before they took it.

In May, NSS Labs and CrowdStrike agreed to a confidential settlement that resolved the antitrust suit as well as other lawsuits between the two companies stemming from NSS Labs’ 2017 endpoint protection report that included negative test results for CrowdStrike’s Falcon platform. Under the settlement, NSS Labs retracted the test results, which the firm admitted were incomplete, and issued an apology to CrowdStrike.

In August, a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of California dismissed NSS Labs’ antitrust claims, ruling in part that NSS Labs failed to show how the alleged conspiracy damaged the market, which is required for antitrust claims. The judge also said NSS Labs’ complaint failed to show ESET and AMTSO participated in the alleged conspiracy (Symantec did not challenge the conspiracy allegations in the motion to dismiss). The ruling allowed the company to amend the complaint; instead, NSS Labs dropped its lawsuit.

Still, the testing firm had some harsh words in its statement announcing the dismissal of the suit. NSS Labs said vendors “were using a Draft Standard from the non-profit group to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with tests that revealed their underperforming products and associated weaknesses, which did not support their marketing claims.”

“During the past year, AMTSO has made progress to be more fair and balanced in its structure, vendors have shown progress in working with testing organizations, and the market itself has had significant change and notable acquisition activity,” NSS Labs CEO Jason Brvenik said in the statement. “It is said that sunshine is the best disinfectant, and that has been our experience here. We look forward to continued improvement in the security vendor behaviors.”

AMTSO sent the following statement to SearchSecurity:

“While AMTSO welcomes NSS Lab’s decision to dismiss, its actions were disruptive, expensive, and without merit,” said Ian McShane, an AMTSO Board member and senior director of security products at Elastic. “However, we agree with its statement that ‘sunshine is the best disinfectant,’ and we’re looking forward to NSS Labs re-joining AMTSO, and to its voluntary participation in standard-based testing. We believe this will give customers a greater assurance that the tests were conducted fairly.”

AMTSO did not comment on whether the organization has made any specific changes to its structure or policies in the wake of the antitrust suit.

NSS Labs changed its approach to testing results earlier this year with its 2019 Advanced Endpoint Protection Group Test, which redacted the names of vendors that received low scores and “caution” ratings. At RSA Conference 2019, Brvenik told SearchSecurity that NSS Labs decided to take a “promote, not demote” approach that focuses on the vendors that are doing well.

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Cisco revenues up, customers warming to new products

Cisco has reported a 6% revenue increase in the quarter ended July 28, as the strong economy contributed to a boost in product sales and customer adoption of new software-driven technology.

Cisco reported on Wednesday its “highest quarterly revenue” of $12.8 billion and predicted a 5% to 7% increase in Cisco revenues year over year in the current quarter, which sent its stock up more than 6% in after-hours trading.

Cisco predicted adjusted net income for the quarter ending in October would range from 70 to 72 cents a share, beating analysts’ projection of 69 cents. Earnings of 70 cents per share for the July quarter beat analysts’ expectations by a penny a share.

The company reported “solid demand” for its products as it continued its transformation into a provider of network software and services from a company dependent on selling high-priced switching and routing hardware. Application sales rose 10% and recurring revenue, a reflection of sales in software subscriptions and services, accounted for 32% of total revenue, up a point from the same period last year.

During a conference call with analysts, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins attributed the company’s strong quarter to a combination of customers buying more during a strong economy and execution by the Cisco’s sales and product development teams.

“I’m pragmatic to know it’s a combination of both,” Robbins said. “Clearly, the economy has been pretty consistent, and the markets have been positive, so that has certainly helped.”

Cisco revenues show new product sales

Nevertheless, Robbins was pleased with customer reaction to Cisco’s new products, notably the Catalyst 9000 campus switch and the Viptela software-defined WAN, which Cisco acquired last year for $610 million.

Clearly, the economy has been pretty consistent, and the markets have been positive, so that has certainly helped.
Chuck RobbinsCEO, Cisco

Introduced in June 2017, the Catalyst 9000 is the first switch Cisco has sold that requires the customer to buy a subscription to the software running on the hardware.

“I’m very pleased with how the adoption has been from our customers,” Robbins said. As of the end of the July quarter, Cisco had sold the Catalyst 9000 to more than 9,650 organizations.

“You’ll see us over the next coming quarters when we bring new products to market — particularly in the enterprise networking space, but across the portfolio — we will apply that same [software subscription] strategy,” Robbins said.

Viptela is vital in maintaining Cisco’s leading position as a campus networking supplier. The SD-WAN product routes traffic via software to and from campus networks and remote offices. Cisco has integrated the subscription-based Viptela with its Integrated Services Router (ISR) and plans to combine the software with other hardware.

“We’ve begun to see customers actually move forward with deployments,” Robbins said. “It’s early, but we like where we are, and we like what we see.”

Cisco revenues helped by service providers

Cisco also managed to increase sales by 6% to services providers, a customer segment that was down 4% in the previous quarter. Robbins attributed the growth to increased spending by some large customers rather than to purchases of new technology, such as products related to 5G, the next generation of wireless technology.

Robbins said carriers started discussing the infrastructure needs for 5G “in earnest” at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Nevertheless, he did not expect 5G-related sales to begin for at least a year, picking up in 2020.

AppExchange in Salesforce a slam-dunk for Detroit Pistons’ workflow

The NBA season recently ended, and teams are already preparing for next year, with the draft done and free agency about to begin. While most in the league are awaiting the latest decision of superstar LeBron James, all 30 NBA teams are trying to get better for next season.

The same is true for team business departments, which work behind the scenes to better market and sell to NBA fans. Accomplishing that requires a flexible workflow and software that can help departments run smoother and solve problems that arise.

It’s with that in mind that the Detroit Pistons — one of the more successful franchises in NBA history — uses Salesforce and the AppExchange in Salesforce to better run its business.

Angie Hight is CRM director for the Pistons, working with other business departments in the organization to use Salesforce to solve workflow and efficiency problems.

“I started here five-and-a-half years ago, and I was doing outreach to let others know we have this tool that we can help with,” Hight said. “Somewhere along the line, that has shifted to where they are coming to us now.”

‘It was an old-school process’

Professional sports leagues were among the first industries to adopt the use of analytics and intelligent software to look for difference makers on the field or court, and that same mindset is continuing to flood into the business side of sports.

“We use business intelligence tools to do analysis for data that comes into different systems in the organization,” Hight said. “The biggest area that data is coming from is Salesforce. It’s not just the sales team; it’s in finance and community relations and other departments.”

Salesforce AppExchange screenshot
AppExchange screenshot

With most departments plugging into Salesforce, Hight said she is often inundated with questions from department heads on how to get more out of Salesforce or solve a processes challenge. That’s when Hight turns to the AppExchange in Salesforce.

“We have no internal developer here,” Hight said. “There are times we’ll get a request to build something out that we can’t do, and that’s when we’ll go to the AppExchange in Salesforce.”

One such problem that Hight and the Pistons solved using the Salesforce AppExchange revolved around group night promotions for ticket sales. Previously, the sales department would print out paper flyers, delivering them to various local businesses to distribute or to companies to allocate to their employees.

“It was an inefficient way to get to the customer, and the customers had to fill out that paper sheet with their name and credit card information and send it back,” Hight said. “It was an old-school process. They knew they could sell more tickets with a more automated process, but they didn’t know how to do it.”

Hight perused the AppExchange in Salesforce and ultimately found a form-creation tool that not only attacked the sales department group ticket problem, but it also found uses in other departments.

A multitude of applications

Evaluating the tools to find the best one is challenging, but it’s easier and more accessible to find.
Angie HightCRM director, Detroit Pistons

While Hight and the Pistons have had good luck finding tools in the Salesforce AppExchange, the experience isn’t seamless — mainly due to the explosion of third-party applications that are built on the exchange.

“The only thing that takes me some time is the sheer quantity of applications out there and available,” Hight said. “It’s growing. Five years ago, I’d type in ‘Forms’ and get three tools back. Now, I get pages.”

The trial and error of finding a specific tool can also be frustrating, but with the capability of using the tool in a sandbox in Salesforce AppExchange before licensing, it eases the concern of costs somewhat.

And Salesforce has worked to address the quantity and search difficulties on its AppExchange with better curation and stronger ranking of trusted applications.

“Evaluating the tools to find the best one is challenging, but it’s easier and more accessible to find,” Hight said. “But it’s a longer shopping excursion than it was. They’ve done a good job sorting it — if you’re looking for help within HR or finance, it’s easy to get that. But sometimes what you’re looking for doesn’t fit into a bubble like that.”

The AppExchange in Salesforce is integral to the idea of a Salesforce ecosystem. Salesforce and its partners will generate $859 billion in revenue by 2022.

For Sale – 3 x Monitors: Samsung CF791 34″ UWQHD / 32″ 4K Samsung U32H850 / AND 25″ Dell U2515H QHD

hi,

I’ve messed around for ages to find the right monitor setup, and have ended up with some to sell on

  • I also have a nice QHD/2K IPS Dell U2515H in very good condition – £200
    (there’s a small mark on the stand, and a faint scratch on lower bezel – see pics)

Collection would preferred, but they’ll all come in original boxes etc, so I’d also pack up for courier delivery at your cost/arrangement.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

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