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Telstra empowers its employees to do their best work from anywhere with Microsoft Office 365 – Microsoft 365 Blog

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Today’s post was written by Gregory Koteras, general manager of digital workplace solutions at Telstra in Melbourne, Australia.

Image of Gregory Koteras, general manager of digital workplace solutions at Telstra in Melbourne, Australia.At Telstra, our mission is to connect people. We’re Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, providing mobile phone and internet access to 17.6 million retail customers.

We’re currently fundamentally re-engineering how we operate through our new T22 strategy, designed to remove complexity and management layers, decrease the focus on hierarchical decision making, and increase the focus on empowered teams making decisions closer to the customer.

The strategy leverages the significant capabilities already being built through Telstra’s up to $3 billion strategic investment announced in August 2016 in creating the Networks for the Future and digitizing the business.

The key to any successful organizational change is having engaged and empowered people. One of the ways we’re doing this is by providing new tools and systems that our employees can use to connect across more than 20 countries around the world. This includes outfitting our employees and contractors with Microsoft Office 365 to provide state-of-the-art collaboration and conferencing tools needed to design better services and transform our customers’ experience.

We also know how important it is to give our people a voice, and we use Yammer to let all employees connect with each other, ask questions, and get the answers they need. Conversely, Telstra executives use Yammer to engage with our global staff and rally support for corporate initiatives. Yammer is our corporate living room. There are thousands of work-related conversations happening there, but also book club groups, fitness groups, Brilliant Connected Women groups, and technical interest groups.

We’re also proud to be a corporate leader in serving customers with disabilities and addressing barriers to accessibility and inclusion. And that extends to our people. With the built-in accessibility features in Office 365 ProPlus, such as screen reader support, voice alerts, and keyboard shortcuts, all Telstra employees can use these new tools to be part of company conversations.

In March 2014, Telstra adopted a flexible workstyle model called All Roles Flex, which recognizes the need for flexible hours and modes for different job roles. It includes part-time work, working outside normal nine-to-five business hours, and working from different locations. To support this way of working, our people need to have access to the best tools and services, so they can connect anywhere, anytime. Office 365 gives them the flexibility and functionality to do that.

As we focus on transforming our company, the tools we provide our people will play a critical role. By greatly simplifying our structure and ways of working, we empower our people and better serve our customers.

Read the case study to learn how Telstra is creating a simpler and productive workplace with Microsoft Office 365.

For Sale – NUC 5i5RYH – I5, 16gb ram, 64gb SSD

Selling my Intel NUC 5i5RYH. Been used for general light browsing and movies. Will come with 16gb sodimm ram already installed and a 64gb sandisk ssd. Drive will be fully formatted so NO OS WILL BE INSTALLED.

Unit itself is in good condition with no visible cosmetic marks on the sides – the lid has swirl marks from cleaning but thats it.

I might have the original box but please assume a suitable box will be used for sending if I cant find the original.

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Price and currency: 250
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Location: Birmingham
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For Sale – NUC 5i5RYH – I5, 16gb ram, 64gb SSD

Selling my Intel NUC 5i5RYH. Been used for general light browsing and movies. Will come with 16gb sodimm ram already installed and a 64gb sandisk ssd. Drive will be fully formatted so NO OS WILL BE INSTALLED.

Unit itself is in good condition with no visible cosmetic marks on the sides – the lid has swirl marks from cleaning but thats it.

I might have the original box but please assume a suitable box will be used for sending if I cant find the original.

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Price and currency: 250
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For Sale – NUC 5i5RYH – I5, 16gb ram, 64gb SSD

Selling my Intel NUC 5i5RYH. Been used for general light browsing and movies. Will come with 16gb sodimm ram already installed and a 64gb sandisk ssd. Drive will be fully formatted so NO OS WILL BE INSTALLED.

Unit itself is in good condition with no visible cosmetic marks on the sides – the lid has swirl marks from cleaning but thats it.

I might have the original box but please assume a suitable box will be used for sending if I cant find the original.

systemInfo.png

IMG_20180902_113232.jpg

Price and currency: 250
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Birmingham
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – NUC 5i5RYH – I5, 16gb ram, 64gb SSD

Selling my Intel NUC 5i5RYH. Been used for general light browsing and movies. Will come with 16gb sodimm ram already installed and a 64gb sandisk ssd. Drive will be fully formatted so NO OS WILL BE INSTALLED.

Unit itself is in good condition with no visible cosmetic marks on the sides – the lid has swirl marks from cleaning but thats it.

I might have the original box but please assume a suitable box will be used for sending if I cant find the original.

systemInfo.png

IMG_20180902_113232.jpg

Price and currency: 250
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Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Birmingham
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – NUC 5i5RYH – I5, 16gb ram, 64gb Samsung SSD

Selling my Intel NUC 5i5RYH. Been used for general light browsing and movies. Will come with 16gb sodimm ram already installed and a 64gb sandisk ssd. Drive will be fully formatted so NO OS WILL BE INSTALLED.

Unit itself is in good condition with no visible cosmetic marks on the sides – the lid has swirl marks from cleaning but thats it.

I might have the original box but please assume a suitable box will be used for sending if I cant find the original.

systemInfo.png

IMG_20180902_113232.jpg

Price and currency: 250
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank Transfer
Location: Birmingham
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Alteryx 2018.3 gives users new data visualization options

The general release of Alteryx 2018.3 is now available, bringing with it more data visualization tools in an effort by Alteryx Inc. to give users of the data preparation and analytics platform a broader set of visualization capabilities.

The quarterly update became generally available on Aug. 28. It also adds other new functionality to the Alteryx Analytics platform, including an analytics caching feature and a Python tool that will allow developers to write to Jupyter Notebook. In addition, Alteryx 2018.3 offers faster performance, more server management options and increased support for the Spark processing engine.

For users, the highlights of the new release are likely to be the additional visualization tools and the caching capability. The need for better data visualization is particularly acute. While Gartner ranked Alteryx among the leading vendors in its 2018 Magic Quadrant report on data science and machine learning platforms, it faulted the company for reporting and visualization capabilities that “remain comparatively weak.”

An increased focus on visualization

Alteryx 2018.3 clearly aims to address the visualization gap by expanding an embedded collection of tools called Visualytics, which Alteryx introduced last August.

Putting in visuals that allow customers to explore data sets has particular positive connotations to us.
Ryan Peelerdirector of network analytics at Voxx Analytics

Following user requests for more, Alteryx has added a tool for building and sharing interactive charts and graphs that resulted from a 2017 partnership deal with visualization vendor Plotly. Alteryx users can now also combine multiple interactive charts together and share them with other users for collaborative analysis, said Greg Davoll, vice president of product marketing at the vendor, based in Irvine, Calif.

Meanwhile, the new caching tool enables users to create caching points in the analytics workflow process. If the process is stopped, it will be restarted from the caching point, without the need to completely start over. That can help reduce processing times, as it has done for Alteryx user Voxx Analytics.

A Garden Grove, Calif., company that provides what it calls influence analytics services to help companies hone their marketing outreach efforts, particularly in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences industries, Voxx  was an early adopter of Alteryx 2018.3 as part of the beta program for the new release.

Ryan Peeler, director of network analytics at Voxx, said his team uses the Alteryx software to automate much of the name disambiguation process in analyzing data from social networks. Peeler added that the new caching tool has already saved him “a ton of time” on analytics processing jobs.

“Once I’ve pulled data once for a use case, I don’t need to keep downloading it,” he said. All that data now gets cached, “so the next time I run it, it picks up right where I left off.”

Still room for more improvement

The Visualytics enhancements are also of interest to Peeler, who said they have made it easier for him to create data visualizations for Voxx customers. Still, while he likes where Alteryx has gone with Visualytics thus far, he noted that if he could make a change to Alteryx’s software, it would be to further the platform’s visualization capabilities even more.

For example, Peeler said he would like to be able to export data visualizations from Alteryx to other analytics and reporting platforms, so they could be shared with corporate clients more easily. “Putting in visuals that allow customers to explore data sets has particular positive connotations to us,” he said.

Donald Farmer, principal of analytics consulting firm TreeHive Strategy, said the Visualytics components of Alteryx 2018.3 are notable enhancements.

“Visualytics recognizes what is too often overlooked in the data analysis user experience: that data preparation and analysis are two sides of the same coin,” he said. “These are really not separate processes. You prepare data with an analysis in mind, and as you develop the visualization or interpretation, you discover ways in which the data must be further prepared or refined to improve the analysis.”

The integrated capabilities provided by Alteryx are particularly useful for “data artisans, who are working hands-on with the data and not visualizing at the end of some other process,” Farmer continued. He also described the caching feature as “a significant enhancement for advanced users,” saying it will help ease the hassles of developing complex data flows.

Pricing in question

However, Farmer negatively noted the Alteryx platform’s pricing model, which charges users of the Alteryx Designer desktop tool an extra $6,500 per year for a feature that allows them to schedule analytics workflows and automate the generation of reports. That’s on top of the $5,195 annual base cost per user for the Designer software.

“In the 21st century, that’s like selling a car with a hand crank and charging extra for an electric starter,” Farmer said.

As for what users might expect beyond the Alteryx 2018.3 update, Davoll said to look for more automation and smart analytics capabilities. While not announced yet, the 2018.4 release will likely become available to beta users in the next couple weeks, he added.

On the data preparation side, vendors that Alteryx competes with include Datawatch, Paxata and Trifacta. In addition, self-service BI vendor Tableau, whose software is often complemented by Alteryx’s technology in user deployments, released its own Tableau Prep tool last spring, enabling  users to do at least some basic data preparation tasks directly in their Tableau systems.

According to Farmer, Alteryx 2018.3 could be seen partly as a response to Tableau Prep that’s designed to raise Alteryx’s analytics and data visualization profile with users. Although, he said the Tableau tool “has been less impactful on Alteryx than many expected.”

Fortnite vulnerability on Android causes disclosure tension

Google’s disclosure policy and Android security in general came under question after the company disclosed a flaw in the Android installer for the world’s most popular game, Fortnite. The flawed installer is only for Android users because Fortnite developer Epic Games bypassed security protections available for apps distributed through the Google Play Store, in order to maximize profits and avoid paying distribution fees to Google.

On Friday, Google disclosed the Fortnite vulnerability and described it as a risk for a man-in-the-disk attack where any “fake [Android Package Kit] with a matching package name can be silently installed” by the Fortnite installer. Google disclosed the flaw to Epic Games on Aug. 15, and Epic had produced a patch within 24 hours.

After testing the patch and deploying it to users on Aug. 16, Epic asked Google on the issue tracker page if they could have “the full 90 days before disclosing this issue so our users have time to patch their devices.” Google did not respond on the issue tracker until Aug. 24, when it noted that “now the patched version of Fortnite Installer has been available for 7 days we will proceed to unrestrict this issue in line with Google’s standard disclosure practices.”

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney accused Google on Twitter of wanting “to score cheap PR points” by disclosing the Fortnite vulnerability because Epic Games had released the game outside of the Google Play Store.

Epic Games had previously claimed the reason for not releasing Fortnite for Android through the Play Store was twofold: to maintain a “direct relationship” with customers and to avoid the 30% cut Google would take from in-app purchases. Security experts immediately expressed skepticism about the move because of the security checks in Android that need to be turned off in order to sideload an app from outside of the Play Store and the risk of malicious fakes.

Sweeney admitted on Twitter that the Fortnite vulnerability was Epic’s responsibility, but took issue with Google’s fast disclosure.

It is unclear if Epic Games contacted users directly regarding the Fortnite vulnerability and the need to update. And the company did not respond to requests for comment at the time of this post.

Sweeney did note on Twitter that the “Fortnite installer only updates when you run it or run the game” and said Google was monitoring the Fortnite vulnerability situation.

Liviu Arsene, senior e-threat analyst at Romania-based antimalware firm Bitdefender, said that “from a security perspective there’s no right or wrong in this scenario.”

From a security perspective there’s no right or wrong in this scenario.
Liviu Arsenesenior e-threat analyst, Bitdefender

“As soon as the vulnerability was reported, Epic fixed [it] within 24 hours, which is commendable, and then Google publicly disclosed it according to their policy. Technically, users are now safe and informed regarding a potential security vulnerability that could have endangered their privacy and devices,” Arsene wrote via email. “Granted, not all users will receive and install the update instantly, but the same can be said for most security patches and updates. As long as Epic is committed to delivering patches for their apps, regardless if they’re in Google Play or not, and Google is committed to finding and responsibly disclosing vulnerabilities, security is enforced and users are the ones that benefit most.”

Tableau BI gets Extensions API in version 2018.2 update

Amid positive early reviews, Tableau announced the general availability of Tableau 2018.2, an extensive upgrade that amplifies the scope of Tableau BI tools with expanded analytics functions and a more streamlined dashboard.

The update comes a few days after Tableau released the beta version of 2018.3 that further simplifies the user interface and enables users to more easily consolidate different sources of data.

The general release version of 2018.2 brings a range of notable changes and new capabilities to Tableau BI tools that introduces customized third-party capabilities to the self-service analytics and data visualization platform.

Released in beta form in April, this week’s formal release of Tableau 2018.2 enables nonbeta users to use several new features, including automatic mobile layouts and Spatial Join, which integrates disparate data sources under a single common attribute.

Probably the two most significant features the release adds to Tableau BI tools are in Dashboard Extensions and Tableau Services Manager.

Drag-and-drop dashboard extensions

The Extensions API essentially opens the platform to both first-party and third-party developers and users, allowing them to create and share their own dashboard extensions with different functionalities.

It’s really exciting to see what the community is able to do and also the creativity of folks to take self-service analytics to the next level.
Francois Ajenstatchief product officer, Tableau

“It’s really exciting to see what the community is able to do and also the creativity of folks to take self-service analytics to the next level,” said Francois Ajenstat, chief product officer at Tableau.

Introducing third-party extensions to a dashboard is a drag-and-drop process, and the new Extensions Gallery enables users to browse and select extensions made by Tableau partners. For example, the feature could let users who, on their own, might not be able to design, say, a predictive analytics model, to simply drag and drop one in.

The Extensions API and several other recent dashboard design enhancements will be welcomed by Tableau users, said Jen Underwood, founder and principal analyst of Florida-based Impact Analytix.

It could “open up a new world of possibilities for augmented analytics, machine learning, statistics, advanced analytics, workflow and other types of apps to integrate directly within Tableau,” Underwood said.

The other standout feature of the new release of 2018.2 is Tableau Services Manager, which allows Tableau Server administration to be done completely through the browser, and generally tries to make server management simpler and faster.

New update enters beta

The beta release of Tableau 2018.3 brings its own expanded capabilities to Tableau BI tools, including dashboard navigation buttons in Tableau Desktop, transparent worksheet backgrounds and a mixed content display in Tableau Server and Online that can show all of a user’s content on the same page.

Heatmaps, a new mark or chart type for Tableau, are expected to be added to the beta in a future update, Tableau said in a blog post.

While Tableau did not say when 2018.3 would be officially released, in sticking to the company’s quarterly schedule, it can likely be expected to leave beta this fall. Betas can see numerous tweaks and adjustments before the official release and even “fundamental changes,” depending on customer feedback or Tableau’s own observations,” Ajenstat said.

Seeking to simplify

The new Tableau BI capabilities introduced in the updates are indicative of Tableau’s business mission, “to help people see and understand data,” Ajenstat said.

Future updates, he said, will likely be aimed at making “analytics easier for everyone,” and will incorporate smart capabilities with tools like AI, machine learning and natural language processing, in part due to the organization’s recent acquisition of MIT AI startup Empirical Systems.

Tableau’s announcements came as competitor Qlik, which research and advisory firm Gartner regularly ranks highly alongside Tableau and Microsoft’s Power BI, announced the acquisition of self-service BI and data visualization startup Podium Data. According to Qlik, the move will increase the company’s ability to compete with Tableau.

Computer parts incl brand new PSU

Hi All

Due to a mix of upgrading, fixes and a general clear-out, I have the following items for sale:

+ Seasonic 550FX Focus Gold PSU. This is warranty replacement from Seasonic and still in its original box. GBP60 (Retail around GBP80)

More items to be added later today.

Postage will be royal mail or you can collect from either NW2 or SW1.

Regards.

Price and currency: GBP
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG, Revolut or cash
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Computer parts incl brand new PSU