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Box Activity Stream embeds Salesforce, Slack in Box viewer

SAN FRANCISCO — With Box Activity Stream, the content management software vendor is bidding to make its cloud platform a collaboration hub for all Box users’ daily communications by integrating with popular third-party apps like Slack, Salesforce and DocuSign.

Unveiled at the BoxWorks 2018 conference here, Box Activity Stream enables users to use apps in the file preview pane of the Box user interface, where users tag each other about file sharing and exchange messages.

As well as giving users the ability to share and post links on non-Box apps, the new feature also recommends apps for people to use in conjunction with a file they are working on in Box. The app recommendations are customized according to how often a user chooses them, their popularity in the company, and the file type with which they are most frequently associated.

Announcement-beta cycle

Box Activity Stream is expected to see beta release next year, following a pattern of Box product releases being announced the year before they are available in beta.

Analysts familiar with Box Activity Stream said the technology is a useful addition to the Box platform, but that it also puts Box in the position of competing with a host of software platforms to be the go-to hub for enterprise users, and could also lead to notification overload.

“It helps Box go from cloud file storage to being an interactive user experience that involves content. It makes it a more collaborative workspace,” said Alan Lepofsky, an analyst at Constellation Research.

Vendors vying to be digital hub

“In theory, it’s a great concept,” Lepofsky added. “But everyone wants to be the digital hub. Everyone wants to fight for everybody’s attention and eyeballs and to do that they want to bring in all the other products.”

Everyone wants to be the digital hub.
Alan Lepofskyanalyst, Constellation Research

Meanwhile, the company views Box Activity Stream as a key part of its digital workplace strategy to redefine content management, workflow and services as digital first, said Faizan Buzdar, senior director of product management at Box.

While modern SaaS enterprise applications have accelerated time-to-market and time-to-adoption rates, they have also created a sort of scattering of content, Buzdar said.

“It’s an awesome trend, but at the same time it creates a challenge. How do I know what’s happening, how do I know where all that content lives?” he said.

Box Activity Stream enables users to, say, create a document in response to an email, send it to a collaborator for editing, send it to someone else over Slack and then attach it to an account in Salesforce or NetSuite.

With that process, Buzdar said, “our goal is to avoid content fragmentation and segmentation and let enterprises apply the same security and compliance layers across all their content from the perspective of the touch points that their end users have.”

Buzdar said Box has seen demand for this kind of capability among users in CRM, sales and ERP.

Screenshot of new Box Activity Stream feature
Box Activity Stream showing integrations with Slack, Salesforce and DocuSign

Google integrations

In addition to Box Activity Stream, Box on the first day of the conference said its previously announced Box for G Suite and Gmail integrations are now available for public beta use.

Box enterprise users have been calling for Google integrations more and more, Buzdar said.

“We love Google. We work closely with Google,” Buzdar said. “Customers are coming in who are basically deciding to standardize on Google. If you’re a big company, say with 100,000 employees, somewhere in the organization you have Google.”

The company also said Box Feed, which was announced at BoxWorks 2017, will also now go into public beta. The machine learning feature provides personalized updates, activities and recommended Box content.

A primitive precursor to Box Activity Stream was rolled out in 2011 when Box added a collaboration feature to its then mostly cloud document storage-focused platform, which it termed “activity streams.”

Mobile and desktop screenshots of Box Feed system
Box Feed displaying content trends, activity

Possible confusion, more engagement

As for Box Feed, Karen Hobert, a Gartner analyst, said with Box Activity Stream, Box runs the risk of confusion between the two.

“One would think a user might want them combined as long as they could control the experience. But maybe the different UI experiences — Activity Stream in viewers, Feed in Box UI — will mitigate any confusion,” Hobert said.

But Hobert said she sees value in Box Activity Stream in terms of smoothing what can be a sometimes disjointed experience toggling between apps and Box.

“Basically, I see it as a way to keep employees engaged in Box throughout the day. Certainly users will like not having to bounce around from app to app,” she said. “Activity Stream clearly makes a more seamless experience with Box and content in other apps. In the end, Box wants to — and needs to — be a destination that users won’t live without.”

Hobert also questioned Box’s record on delivering on new systems and features, noting that there were “significant delays” in two earlier products, Box Relay and Box Sync, and that Box Feed and Box Skills, the company’s high-profile AI play that was announced nearly a year ago, are still in beta.

Lepofsky said he expected significant news at the conference about the much-touted Box Skills system.

“Otherwise, they’re going to look bad,” he said.

Microsoft adds live broadcasting software to Teams

Microsoft has added live broadcasting software to Microsoft Stream and integrated the service with Yammer and Microsoft Teams. The move should help Microsoft compete against main rival Cisco, which has made the video platform Webex the centerpiece of its collaboration portfolio.

The vendor will soon give Microsoft Teams users the ability to host one-to-many live events from within the team collaboration app. The feature, released in preview this week, will eventually replace Skype Meeting Broadcast, although Microsoft did not provide a timeline for that transition.

Enterprises can use the live broadcasting software added to Microsoft Stream this week in a variety of ways. For example, companies could use the software to conduct in-house town halls or product launches.

Microsoft Stream works with webcams and lets presenters share files and their screens while attendees comment in real time. Microsoft has also partnered with video encoding vendors, including Telestream and Haivision, so that businesses can integrate Stream with third-party cameras.

Microsoft plans to give more customers access to advanced AI features in Stream later this quarter, including automated, searchable, speech-to-text transcripts. Stream also uses facial recognition to identify speakers, creating an interactive list of speakers that viewers can use to navigate the recording.

Microsoft live broadcasting software improves Office 365

The enterprise market for live broadcasting software is crowded with vendors, from consumer options like YouTube and Venmo to pure-play webcasting services like On24 and TalkPoint. Most web conferencing platforms, such as Cisco Webex and Zoom, can also host webinars.

Microsoft is trying to stand out by offering an integrated portfolio that connects the live events of Microsoft Stream with collaboration apps like Microsoft Teams. Combining the software makes sense because businesses already use Teams for messaging and online meetings, according to Adam Preset, an analyst at Gartner.

“Technology vendors that can keep their customers inside an ecosystem can add more value if everything works together nicely,” Preset said. “That can also displace competitors who would have a tougher time breaking in even if their solutions are more mature or stronger in other areas.”

Stream’s integration with Microsoft Teams means that messages and content related to both daily work and company-wide meetings will exist in the same place, making it easier to start and continue conversations stemming from those live events, Preset said.

Cisco has also sought to provide a one-stop-shop for collaboration by merging its team collaboration app, Cisco Webex Teams (formerly Cisco Spark), with its industry-leading web conferencing platform, Cisco Webex.

Skype for Business customers that use that platform’s live broadcasting feature will soon be forced to transition to Microsoft Stream. However, Microsoft’s recently demonstrated willingness to open the Teams platform to developers could lead to other live broadcasting services being integrated with the product.

“The pool of people running large events in Skype Meeting Broadcast isn’t as large as those using Skype for Business Online for daily messaging and meetings,” Preset said. “That smaller set of event organizers will be looking at a large set of alternatives for delivering broadcasts.”

For Sale – HP Stream 11 Purple

HP Stream 11 Laptop Purple

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For Sale – Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti reduced to £590

Edit: Price drop £590

I have for sale a Palit Super Jet Stream 1080 Ti. It was purchased from Amazon a month ago.

The card is immaculate, and comes with all original packaging

Very good condition, never been overclocked. I game at 1080p 60Hz so there’s literally no reason to overclock. It maxes anything I throw at it.

The reason for the sale is because the card just isn’t appropriate in a small ITX build. It’s blowing hot air in the case and effecting my cpu temps.

So I intend to sell this and then buy a reference model with a blower fan.

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For Sale – Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

I have for sale a Palit Super Jet Stream 1080 Ti. It was purchased from Amazon a month ago.

The card is immaculate, and comes with all original packaging

Very good condition, never been overclocked. I game at 1080p 60Hz so there’s literally no reason to overclock. It maxes anything I throw at it.

The reason for the sale is because the card just isn’t appropriate in a small ITX build. It’s blowing hot air in the case and effecting my cpu temps.

So I intend to sell this and then buy a reference model with a blower fan.

I will consider a straight swap for a reference model, however I’d prefer it to be recently purchased.

If it gives some peace of mind I have sold high end pc hardware on here before (980ti etc For Sale – Various High End Parts – Now SOLD)

Please note: I need to emphasise that I will NOT send this item by post, the buyer needs to view the card working and examine condition. This is because of the value of the item and to avoid any “he said she said” if it’s sent by post. I’m more than happy to run any benchmark, stress test etc.

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I have for sale a Palit Super Jet Stream 1080 Ti. It was purchased from Amazon a month ago.

The card is immaculate, and comes with all original packaging

Very good condition, never been overclocked. I game at 1080p 60Hz so there’s literally no reason to overclock. It maxes anything I throw at it.

The reason for the sale is because the card just isn’t appropriate in a small ITX build. It’s blowing hot air in the case and effecting my cpu temps.

So I intend to sell this and then buy a reference model with a blower fan.

I will consider a straight swap for a reference model, however I’d prefer it to be recently purchased.

If it gives some peace of mind I have sold high end pc hardware on here before (980ti etc For Sale – Various High End Parts – Now SOLD)

Please note: I need to emphasise that I will NOT send this item by post, the buyer needs to view the card working and examine condition. This is because of the value of the item and to avoid any “he said she said” if it’s sent by post. I’m more than happy to run any benchmark, stress test etc.

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DevOps value stream mapping plots course at Nationwide

SAN FRANCISCO — After a decade of change, Nationwide Insurance sees DevOps value stream mapping as its path to achieve IT nirvana, with an orderly flow of work from lines of business into the software delivery pipeline.

Since 2007, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., based in Columbus, Ohio, has streamlined workflows in these corporate groups according to Lean management principles, among software developers with the Agile method and in the software delivery pipeline with DevOps. Next, it plans to bring all those pieces together through an interface that creates a consistent model of how tasks are presented to developers, translated into code and deployed into production.

That approach, called value stream mapping, is a Lean management concept that originated at Toyota to record all the processes required to bring a product to market. Nationwide uses a feature called Landscape View in Tasktop Technologies’ Integration Hub model-based software suite to create its own record of how code artifacts flow through its systems, as part of an initiative to quicken the pace of software delivery.

Other DevOps software vendors, such as XebiaLabs and CollabNet, offer IT pros information about the health of the DevOps pipeline and its relationship to business goals. But Tasktop applies the Lean management concept of value stream mapping to DevOps specifically.

“It’s a diagram that shows all your connectivity and shows the flow of work,” said Carmen DeArdo, the technology director responsible for the software delivery pipeline at Nationwide, in an interview at DevOps Enterprise Summit here last week. “You can see how artifacts are flowing … What we’re hoping for in the future is more metrics and analytics around things like lead time.”

DevOps value stream mapping boosts pipeline consistency

Before Landscape View, Nationwide used Tasktop’s Sync product to integrate the tools that make up its DevOps pipeline. These tools include the following:

  • IBM Rational Doors Next Generation and Rational Team Concert software for team collaboration;
  • HP Quality Center  — now Micro Focus Quality Center Enterprise — for defect management;
  • Jenkins, GitHub and IBM UrbanCode for continuous integration and continuous delivery;
  • ServiceNow for IT service management;
  • New Relic and Splunk for monitoring;
  • IBM’s ChangeMan ZMF for mainframe software change management; and
  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server for .NET development.

One Tasktop Sync integration routes defects from HP Quality Center directly into a backlog for Agile teams in Rational Team Concert. Another integration feeds requirements in IBM Doors Next Generation into HP Quality Center to generate automated code tests.

However, the business still lacked a high-level understanding of how its products were brought to market, especially where business requirements were presented to the DevOps teams to be translated into software features and deployed.

Without that understanding, teams unsuccessfully tried to hasten software delivery with additional developers and engineers. However, that didn’t get to the root of delays in the creation of business requirements. Other attempts to bridge that gap with whiteboards, team meetings and consultants produced no sustainable improvements, DeArdo said.

The Landscape View value stream mapping software tool, however, presents a more objective view than anecdotal descriptions in a team meeting of how work flows to the DevOps team, from artifacts to deployments and incident responses. The software also helps the DevOps team understand lessons learned from incidents and apply them to application development backlogs.

Landscape View’s objective analysis of the DevOps pipeline, complete with its flaws, forces the IT team to set aside biases and misunderstandings and think about process improvement in a new way, DeArdo said. “It’s one thing to talk about value stream, and another to show a picture of what it could look like when things are connected.”

A screenshot of Tasktop Integration Hub's Landscape View feature, which helps Nationwide with DevOps value stream mapping.
A screenshot of Tasktop Integration Hub’s Landscape View feature, which helps Nationwide with DevOps value stream mapping.

A more accurate sense of how its processes work will help Nationwide more effectively improve those processes, DeArdo said. For example, the company has already amended how product defects move to the developer backlog, from an error-prone manual process that relied on email messages to an automated set of handoffs between software APIs.

DevOps to-do list and wish list still full

DevOps value stream mapping doesn’t mean Nationwide’s DevOps work is done. The company aims to use infrastructure as code more broadly and bring that aspect of IT under GitHub version control, as well as migrate more on-premises workloads to the public cloud. And even with the addition of value stream mapping software as an aid, it still struggles to introduce companywide systems thinking to a traditionally siloed set of business units and IT disciplines.

“We don’t really architect the value stream around the major DevOps metrics, [such as] frequency of deployment, reducing lead time or [mean time to resolution],” DeArdo said. “Maybe we do, in some sense, but not as intentionally as we could.”

To address this disparity, Nationwide will tie traditionally separate environments, which include a mainframe, into the same DevOps pipeline as the rest of its workloads.

Anything that has a request and a response and an SLA has a target on its back to be automated.
Carmen DeArdotechnology director, Nationwide

“We don’t buy in to the whole [bimodal] IT concept,” DeArdo said, in reference to a Gartner term that describes a DevOps approach limited to new applications, while legacy applications are managed separately. “[To say DevOps] is just for the cool kids, and if you’re on a legacy system, you need not apply, sends the wrong message.”

DeArdo would like Tasktop to extend DevOps value stream mapping on Integration Hub with the ability to run simulations of different value stream models to see what will work best. He’d also like to see more metrics and recommendations from Integration Hub to help identify what’s causing bottlenecks in the process and how to resolve them.

“Anything that has a request and a response and an SLA [service-level agreement] has a target on its back to be automated from a value stream perspective,” he said. “How can we make it self-service and improve it? If you can’t see it, you’re only touching part of the elephant.”

Beth Pariseau is senior news writer for TechTarget’s Data Center and Virtualization Media Group. Write to her at bpariseau@techtarget.com or follow @PariseauTT on Twitter.

Cisco telemetry data gets streamed from MDS 9700 32G modules

Cisco can now stream telemetry data directly from its 32 Gbps MDS 9700 Fibre Channel module, allowing data centers to capture real-time performance analytics on SAN fabrics without the use of network taps.

Cisco SAN Telemetry Streaming is designed to improve troubleshooting of SAN fabrics by improving visibility without affecting performance. The Cisco telemetry streaming capability has led to a technology partnership with SAN and NAS monitoring vendor Virtual Instruments. The Cisco MDS 9700 32G Module with SAN telemetry streaming will feed analytics data to Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom performance management tool.

Also last week, Cisco introduced an expandable entry-level switch as the newest member of the MDS 9100 all-flash switches and added support for network port virtualization on the next-generation Nexus 9300-FX 16 Gbps switch, which is used for consolidating LAN and SAN infrastructure.

Virtual Instruments tapped as first Cisco telemetry streaming partner

The advent of 32 Gbps products are based on the sixth generation of the Fibre Channel (FC) protocol, also called Gen 6 FC. Cisco MDS SAN Telemetry Streaming is available only on its 32 Gb FC MDS 9000 modules. The SAN analytics in the MDS 9700 32 GB line card captures metrics on all IP traffic spanning across a fabric.

The functionality captures Fibre Channel and iSCSI headers, and it reads each data packet at full duplex line rate. Cisco application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) embed a dedicated network processing unit to analyze instrumentation data. Using an open source remote procedure call, Cisco streams the performance analytics from MDS line cards to a dedicated data store.

Adarsh Viswanathan, a senior manager of Cisco data center product management, said customers have been requesting Cisco for several years to retool the way MDS switches gather and disseminate analytics on FC storage traffic. The standard implementation has been to install a third-party hardware appliance and software to scan network ports.

“Previously, Fibre Channel customers were limited by visibility and by scale. We provide a pull model or a push model, based on how you want to consume the data,” Viswanathan said. “Our customers have been asking for this for years and years. We built this into our ASICs, so we can perform analytics at line rate and scale across fabrics.”

Virtual Instruments monitors storage fabrics using hardware taps that collect performance data and transmit it to its NAS Performance Probe hardware devices, which in turn relay it for analysis in the VirtualWisdom data store. The ability to stream Cisco telemetry data from MDS switches expands Virtual Instruments’ flexibility in large enterprises, said Tim Van Ash, its senior vice president of products.

The NAS Performance Probe tracks traffic by monitoring about 300 metrics. It presents performance data in digestible charts and histograms. The level of granularity served tier-one applications well, Van Ash said, but it’s not cost-effective on less critical data.

“This effectively turns VirtualWisdom into a software-only deployment for many Cisco customers. They would buy our monitoring and analytics, but not necessarily need to buy our taps and probes,” Van Ash said.

Cisco follows Brocade with launch of 32 GB fabric switch for flash storage

The Cisco MDS 9132T 32 Gbps FC switch is a 1U form factor that inserts as a top-of-rack or middle-of-the-row switch. It includes 16 ports and is geared to department-level or smaller SAN flash environments.

MDS 9132T comes with eight switches turned on by default. Customers can light up the remaining eight ports with an additional license and scale to 32 FC ports by inserting a 16-port expansion module. Cisco telemetry diagnostics are designed to pinpoint network issues that could hinder all-flash array performance.

Cisco has played follow-the-leader with its FC switching competitor Brocade when it comes to advancing FC technology. The 9132T 32 GB switch comes after Brocade in March launched the G610 entry-level device. The G610 switch tops out at 24 ports.

“We historically have been years behind our competition. But this time, we are introducing product within six months of the others,” Viswanathan said.

Nexus 9300-NX port virtualization is based on Cisco Cloud Scale networking software. The converged switch lets customers unify 48 fixed small pluggable form factor ports for 25 Gigabit Ethernet or 16/32 GB FC.

Minds + Machines | The Premier Industrial Internet Event | GE Digital

LIve Stream: October 26 – Day 2

9am – 10:30am:
Live stream of main stage keynotes

10:45am:
Bill Ruh, CEO, GE Digital

11:00am:
Van Jones, Founder of Dream Corps & CNN Political Correspondent

12:15pm:
Gene Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles & Chris Chase, Marketing Manager, Port of Los Angeles

12:45pm:
Jeff Liu, Global Coordinating Partner, EY & Fay Shong, Energy & Digital Strategy Partner, EY

1:15pm:
Patrick Franklin, VP of Predix, GE Digital & Andrea Lim, VP Technical Management Advisor, GE Digital

1:45pm:
Winning Team of 2017 Minds + Machines Appathon

2:15pm:
Kiva Allgood, Chief Commercial Development Officer, GE Ventures, & Stacey Epstein, CEO, Zinc

2:45pm:
Kevin Ichhpurani, EVP Global Ecosystems & Channels, GE Digital

3:15pm:
Derek Du Preez, Manager Technology & Development, South32

3:45pm:
James Zetwick, Vice President & CEO, Newmont