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For Sale – MacBook Pro Faulty

Faulty does not power on.

I have gone through some generic charger (3)

Changed charging port.

Prior to this was working fine.

Screen looks as though was replaced in the pas as the edges are a bit rough.

I have removed the hd, so no hd/os is present.

From what I can recall it is a 2009 model core 2 duo.

Strictly for parts only, no returns.

Has bumps and scratches all over and the bottom pads are missing along with some screws.

Looking for £60inc courier (hermes).

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For Sale – Huge clearout – PCs, laptops, components, RAM/GPUs

It’s time for a serious clearout! I haven’t had enough time to go through each individual set of parts yet, if there’s interest I’ll clean and test each one before sale.

I’ve been using work laptops and been too busy with work to bother much with my hardware below! I’m in the process of deciding what I want to keep and what to sell, it will take me a little while to clear off data in some instances. I do still need 2 PCs in the future but I’m taking this opportunity as a hard reset in my lineup.

This list will be updated as and when I get time / locate items.

Laptops
Lenovo E570 i3-6006u, 4gb DDR4 (I have more RAM below if needed). 500gb HDD, DVD writer, 15.6” screen. £200
Lenovo Yoga 12 i7 / 8gb / 250gb ssd £300
IBM T41 (specs TBC)

PCs
Dell XPS 8700, i7 4770, 12gb, GTX 645. £420
Dell Studio 540s SFF PC (ideal as HTPC), C2Q Q8300, 4gb, discrete half-height GPU (can’t remember which but will confirm) £100
HP Media Centre PC M7000 (includes the removable HDD in the bay at the front!) £100
Mesh Q6600 Elite, C2Q Q6600, 4gb (I think), no GPU £80
Thermaltake build – C2Q Q6600, 7600GS, RAM TBC £80

GPUs
2x Gigabyte 7970 GHz edition – boxed – barely seen any use in the past 4 years as I’ve been using a work laptop. £80ea
Palit GTX 780 £80
Palit GTX 980ti £200

SSDs
240gb Kingston KC300 £30
500gb Crucial MX500 £50
1.92tb Sandisk Ultra 900 USBC external drive brand new boxed £600

HDDs
3tb Seagate £35
Assorted 500gb-4tb 3.5” drives (5+ drives in total)
Assorted 60-500gb 2.5” drives (10+ drives in total)

Optical drives
5.25” DVD writers
Laptop DVD writers (I’ve amassed about 25 of these, please post if needed)

RAM
1x8gb DDR4 SODIMM £25
1x16gb DDR4 SODIMM £55
4x4gb Corsair Dominator 2133mhz DDR3 £100
4x8gb Patriot DDR3 £125
Assorted DDR1/DDR2 (including ECC) e.g. 4x512mb DDR2 ECC £10

Cases
NZXT Phantom £30 (boxed, some yellowing with age but it’s easy to get this back to white)

Components
Corsair AX850 PSU with black cable set £75
Corsair red cable set for AX650/AX750/AX850 £50
Corsair AX1200 PSU with cables £150
Sabertooth X79 mobo (found the manual and driver disc but no box) £80
Rampage IV Extreme X79 mobo (boxed with OC-key and manuals) £200

Corsair H100i £60
Corsair H100 £50
I7 3960x £170
I7 3930k £60

Misc
Trendnet Powerline AV500 adapter x2 boxed, £20
Netgear EX6120 Wifi AC1200 extender £30
Plantronics Calisto P610M USB speakerphone (Skype, Zoom etc.) – brand new boxed, 2 available, £60 each.

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For Sale – Huge clearout – PCs, laptops, components, RAM/GPUs

It’s time for a serious clearout! I haven’t had enough time to go through each individual set of parts yet, if there’s interest I’ll clean and test each one before sale.

I’ve been using work laptops and been too busy with work to bother much with my hardware below! I’m in the process of deciding what I want to keep and what to sell, it will take me a little while to clear off data in some instances. I do still need 2 PCs in the future but I’m taking this opportunity as a hard reset in my lineup.

This list will be updated as and when I get time / locate items.

Laptops
Lenovo E570 i3-6006u, 4gb DDR4 (I have more RAM below if needed). 500gb HDD, DVD writer, 15.6” screen. £200
Lenovo Yoga 12 i7 / 8gb / 250gb ssd £300
IBM T41 (specs TBC)

PCs
Dell XPS 8700, i7 4770, 12gb, GTX 645. £420
Dell Studio 540s SFF PC (ideal as HTPC), C2Q Q8300, 4gb, discrete half-height GPU (can’t remember which but will confirm) £100
HP Media Centre PC M7000 (includes the removable HDD in the bay at the front!) £100
Mesh Q6600 Elite, C2Q Q6600, 4gb (I think), no GPU £80
Thermaltake build – C2Q Q6600, 7600GS, RAM TBC £80

GPUs
2x Gigabyte 7970 GHz edition – boxed – barely seen any use in the past 4 years as I’ve been using a work laptop. £80ea
Palit GTX 780 £80
Palit GTX 980ti £200

SSDs
240gb Kingston KC300 £30
500gb Crucial MX500 £50
1.92tb Sandisk Ultra 900 USBC external drive brand new boxed £600

HDDs
3tb Seagate £35
Assorted 500gb-4tb 3.5” drives (5+ drives in total)
Assorted 60-500gb 2.5” drives (10+ drives in total)

Optical drives
5.25” DVD writers
Laptop DVD writers (I’ve amassed about 25 of these, please post if needed)

RAM
1x8gb DDR4 SODIMM £25
1x16gb DDR4 SODIMM £55
4x4gb Corsair Dominator 2133mhz DDR3 £100
4x8gb Patriot DDR3 £125
Assorted DDR1/DDR2 (including ECC) e.g. 4x512mb DDR2 ECC £10

Cases
NZXT Phantom £30 (boxed, some yellowing with age but it’s easy to get this back to white)

Components
Corsair AX850 PSU with black cable set £75
Corsair red cable set for AX650/AX750/AX850 £50
Corsair AX1200 PSU with cables £150
Sabertooth X79 mobo (found the manual and driver disc but no box) £80
Rampage IV Extreme X79 mobo (boxed with OC-key and manuals) £200

Corsair H100i £60
Corsair H100 £50
I7 3960x £170
I7 3930k £60

Misc
Trendnet Powerline AV500 adapter x2 boxed, £20
Netgear EX6120 Wifi AC1200 extender £30
Plantronics Calisto P610M USB speakerphone (Skype, Zoom etc.) – brand new boxed, 2 available, £60 each.

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For Sale – Huge clearout – PCs, laptops, components, RAM/GPUs

It’s time for a serious clearout! I haven’t had enough time to go through each individual set of parts yet, if there’s interest I’ll clean and test each one before sale.

I’ve been using work laptops and been too busy with work to bother much with my hardware below! I’m in the process of deciding what I want to keep and what to sell, it will take me a little while to clear off data in some instances. I do still need 2 PCs in the future but I’m taking this opportunity as a hard reset in my lineup.

This list will be updated as and when I get time / locate items.

Laptops
Lenovo E570 i3-6006u, 4gb DDR4 (I have more RAM below if needed). 500gb HDD, DVD writer, 15.6” screen. £200
Lenovo Yoga 12 i7 / 8gb / 250gb ssd £300
IBM T41 (specs TBC)

PCs
Dell XPS 8700, i7 4770, 12gb, GTX 645. £420
Dell Studio 540s SFF PC (ideal as HTPC), C2Q Q8300, 4gb, discrete half-height GPU (can’t remember which but will confirm) £100
HP Media Centre PC M7000 (includes the removable HDD in the bay at the front!) £100
Mesh Q6600 Elite, C2Q Q6600, 4gb (I think), no GPU £80
Thermaltake build – C2Q Q6600, 7600GS, RAM TBC £80

GPUs
2x Gigabyte 7970 GHz edition – boxed – barely seen any use in the past 4 years as I’ve been using a work laptop. £80ea
Palit GTX 780 £80
Palit GTX 980ti £200

SSDs
240gb Kingston KC300 £30
500gb Crucial MX500 £50
1.92tb Sandisk Ultra 900 USBC external drive brand new boxed £600

HDDs
3tb Seagate £35
Assorted 500gb-4tb 3.5” drives (5+ drives in total)
Assorted 60-500gb 2.5” drives (10+ drives in total)

Optical drives
5.25” DVD writers
Laptop DVD writers (I’ve amassed about 25 of these, please post if needed)

RAM
1x8gb DDR4 SODIMM £25
1x16gb DDR4 SODIMM £55
4x4gb Corsair Dominator 2133mhz DDR3 £100
4x8gb Patriot DDR3 £125
Assorted DDR1/DDR2 (including ECC) e.g. 4x512mb DDR2 ECC £10

Cases
NZXT Phantom £30 (boxed, some yellowing with age but it’s easy to get this back to white)

Components
Corsair AX850 PSU with black cable set £75
Corsair red cable set for AX650/AX750/AX850 £50
Corsair AX1200 PSU with cables £150
Sabertooth X79 mobo (found the manual and driver disc but no box) £80
Rampage IV Extreme X79 mobo (boxed with OC-key and manuals) £200

Corsair H100i £60
Corsair H100 £50
I7 3960x £170
I7 3930k £60

Misc
Trendnet Powerline AV500 adapter x2 boxed, £20
Netgear EX6120 Wifi AC1200 extender £30
Plantronics Calisto P610M USB speakerphone (Skype, Zoom etc.) – brand new boxed, 2 available, £60 each.

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Adaptive Biotechnologies and Microsoft launch virtual ImmuneRACE study to inform novel COVID-19 diagnostics to address unmet needs in testing – Stories

LabCorp, through its Covance drug development business, will provide a safe, in-person COVID-19 sample collection service from the convenience of patients’ homes

De-identified data about immune response to COVID-19 will be made freely available to advance public health solutions

SEATTLE and REDMOND, Wash. — May 5, 2020 Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp. (Nasdaq: ADPT) announced on Tuesday it has begun enrolling a virtual clinical study, ImmuneRACE, as part of a broader effort it has undertaken with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) to rapidly map and measure the immune response to the COVID-19 virus to inform improved diagnostics to fulfill the need for more reliable testing. The study calls for 1,000 participants in select U.S. metropolitan areas impacted by COVID-19. De-identified data will be made freely available to public health officials, academia and industry to help accelerate solutions to the pandemic. LabCorp (NYSE: LH), through its Covance drug development business, will manage the collection of blood samples and nose/throat swabs from participants in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

Additional multimedia resources are available at https://www.adaptivebiotech.com/about-us/media-resources/.

There are currently two types of tests for COVID-19. PCR tests indicate the presence of live virus from a nose or throat swab, and serology tests indicate exposure to and potential immunity against the virus by measuring the presence of antibodies in the blood. Adaptive and Microsoft believe a third type of test can potentially help address current challenges with testing, resulting in the following scenarios:

  • Complementary or alternative diagnostic testing for individuals with known exposures or symptoms
  • Ability to triage patients and inform treatment strategies based on risk
  • Ongoing immunity surveillance testing of the population to inform decisions on restrictions

“We’ve spent the past decade learning how the adaptive immune system naturally detects and treats all disease, and we are well-positioned to apply our immune medicine platform specifically to COVID-19. We’re hopeful that we can contribute important information that will become part of an immune scan to help reopen society,” said Chad Robins, CEO and co-founder of Adaptive Biotechnologies. “As many are sheltering in place wondering how they can help, we wanted to launch ImmuneRACE with Microsoft and give people an opportunity to participate. These efforts are complementary to many global initiatives underway to study the virus itself.”

As part of the study, the partners will measure the presence of specialized cells of the immune system in the blood, called T cells, that identify the disease early on and proliferate to combat the infection. Together, Adaptive and Microsoft are mapping and measuring the immune response of T cells specific to many diseases and are now applying their combined capabilities to COVID-19.

“We are dedicated to being part of the solution against COVID-19,” said Peter Lee, corporate vice president, AI and Research, Microsoft. “Immune response data may augment what we have been learning to date to help determine who is at greater risk of developing more severe symptoms and may help with future containment efforts. Anyone who has been affected by COVID-19 holds key information that can help contain and manage the virus.”

In March, the companies announced an expansion of their existing partnership to use machine learning to map the immune system response to many different diseases, including infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders and cancer, at scale to study COVID-19. The information obtained from study participants, including how the immune system identifies the virus and how people are responding to the virus, will be integrated with data obtained from samples provided by hospitals and other institutions across the globe. The accuracy of the immune response signature will be continually improved and updated online in real time as more study samples are sequenced and by using Microsoft’s hyperscale machine learning capabilities and the Azure cloud platform.

Other industry leaders, including Illumina and Providence, have also joined forces with Microsoft and Adaptive to accelerate this critical effort against COVID-19.

How to join ImmuneRACE

ImmuneRACE will enroll 1,000 individuals from more than 20 metropolitan areas in the U.S. You can be part of the solution if you are between the ages of 18 and 89 and:

  • Currently have COVID-19
  • Have recently recovered from COVID-19
  • Were exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19

If you decide to participate and qualify for the study, you will be asked to provide relevant information about your medical history, symptoms and previous diagnostic tests.

Patients who qualify for the study can schedule a blood draw and swab collection in the convenience of their own home. The phlebotomist completing sample collection will be using appropriate personal protective equipment to safely conduct the visit when entering participant’s homes.

Every effort will be made to ensure confidentiality of protected health information in accordance with HIPAA. Those wanting to participate or learn about more ways to join in the fight against COVID-19 should visit www.ImmuneRACE.com.

About the Adaptive and Microsoft partnership

Adaptive and Microsoft partnered in 2018 to create a TCR-Antigen Map, an approach to translating the genetics of the adaptive immune system to understand at scale how it works. Together we are using immunosequencing and machine learning to map T-cell receptor (TCR) sequences to diseases and disease-associated antigens. Using these data, we aim to develop a blood test for the early and accurate detection of many diseases, translating the natural diagnostic capability of the immune system into the clinic. In 2019, we confirmed clinical signals in two diseases, and established our first proof of concept in Lyme Disease. Adaptive expects to submit our first clinical application to the FDA in 2020.

About Adaptive Biotechnologies

Adaptive Biotechnologies is a commercial-stage biotechnology company focused on harnessing the inherent biology of the adaptive immune system to transform the diagnosis and treatment of disease. We believe the adaptive immune system is nature’s most finely tuned diagnostic and therapeutic for most diseases, but the inability to decode it has prevented the medical community from fully leveraging its capabilities. Our proprietary immune medicine platform reveals and translates the massive genetics of the adaptive immune system with scale, precision and speed to develop products in life sciences research, clinical diagnostics, and drug discovery. We have two commercial products, and a robust clinical pipeline to diagnose, monitor and enable the treatment of diseases such as cancer, autoimmune conditions and infectious diseases. Our goal is to develop and commercialize immune-driven clinical products tailored to each individual patient. For more information, please visit adaptivebiotech.com and follow us on www.twitter.com/adaptivebiotech.

About Illumina

Illumina is improving human health by unlocking the power of the genome. Our focus on innovation has established us as the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies, serving customers in the research, clinical, and applied markets. Our products are used for applications in the life sciences, oncology, reproductive health, agriculture, and other emerging segments. To learn more, visit www.illumina.com and follow @illumina.

About LabCorp

LabCorp (NYSE: LH), an S&P 500 company, is a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in guiding patient care, providing comprehensive clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services. With a mission to improve health and improve lives, LabCorp delivers world-class diagnostics solutions, brings innovative medicines to patients faster, and uses technology to improve the delivery of care. LabCorp reported revenue of more than $11.5 billion in 2019. To learn more about LabCorp, visit www.LabCorp.com, and to learn more about LabCorp’s Covance drug development business, visit www.Covance.com.

About Providence

Providence is a national, not-for-profit Catholic health system comprising a diverse family of organizations and driven by a belief that health is a human right. With 51 hospitals, 1,085 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 119,000 caregivers serving communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, with system offices in Renton, Wash., and Irvine, Calif.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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Secure remote access offering gains ground among MSPs

Todyl, a New York City company that sells a networking and security platform through MSPs, reported increasing interest in its product as organizations face secure remote access challenges.

“Things have been rapidly evolving over the last two weeks with the COVID-19 response,” Todyl CEO John Nellen said. “We have been really busy trying to help existing partners and new partners.”

The company offers MSPs — and their SMB customers — the ability to consolidate networking and security components into a cloud-based platform. Todyl MSP partners deploy the technology by installing agents on customers’ Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android devices. A VPN tunnel then links customers to Todyl’s Secure Global Network offering, which incorporates web proxy, firewall, content filtering, intrusion detection/prevention (IDP), malware interception and security information and event management (SIEM) technologies.

The Secure Global Network’s points of presence link end customers to multiple network providers. Todyl’s platform connects organizations’ remote workers, data centers, cloud providers, main offices and branch locations, according to the company.

Todyl is currently offering its platform to MSPs for free for 30 days “to help support the immediate need,” Nellen said. Once the offer expires, pricing is device-based with add-on features. Todyl offers pricing for two groups: mobile (Android/iOS) and desktop/laptop/server (Windows, Mac, Linux).

MSP taps Todyl for remote enablement

Infinit Consulting Inc., an MSP based in Campbell, Calif., is selling Todyl as a white-labeled offering. The company has branded Todyl as Infinit Shield Total Defense, which it has paired with its own Infinit Shield security process management platform, according to Jerod Powell, president and founder of Infinit Consulting.

John Nellen, CEO at TodylJohn Nellen

Powell called Todyl “instrumental in helping our customers rapidly enable complete remote workforce capabilities.”

Infinit Consulting had previously enabled nearly all of its customers to use cloud services, but the company is currently tasked with helping them significantly expand remote workforces. The expansion sometimes includes moving customers from having 15% of employees working remotely to nearly 100%.

While assisting with remote workforce expansions, Infinit Consulting has run into issues such as licensing and hardware limitations around customers’ previous remote work applications, Powell said. He pointed to another issue: Properly securing devices to ensure data integrity, company policy adherence and security, while allowing employees to work remotely — often from their personal home PC or Mac.

Powell said Todyl lets Infinit Consulting enable remote access in a matter of a few hours in a full-scale deployment. The Todyl offering also lets the company “secure that remote connection 100%, end to end;” bring clients onto the Secure Global Network; and feed data back to the SIEM. The SIEM feature provides the MSP with “the telemetry needed to identify potential security risks [and] enforce corporate policy just as if [remote employees] were on the client’s LAN.”

Things have been rapidly evolving over the last two weeks with the COVID-19 response.
John NellenCEO, Todyl

He said Todyl also offers IDP and advanced threat protection scanning to flag potentially malicious applications and data before they reach customers.

The demand for supporting customers’ remote workforces is “extremely high,” Powell noted. He cited a case in which Infinit Consulting rolled out Todyl to a customer that needed to enable more than 500 users to work remotely. The customer’s previous remote work product only supported 100 users. Todyl also identified security issues in several of remote workers’ home PCs. The MSP was able to resolve those issues before admitting the remote workers’ devices onto the network, he added.

Powell said his company has created deployment packages for Todyl that can implement the product in an automated manner.

Waves of demand for secure remote access

Citing conversations with Todyl MSP partners, Nellen said MSPs anticipate two waves of unfolding demand for remote work technology.

The first wave consists of early adopters trying to quickly set up their organizations for newly distributed workforces. The second wave will comprise SMBs that have yet to determine the best way to support remote workers. Those companies will start making decisions, based on guidance from government agencies, in the coming weeks, Nellen said.

“They are expecting this not to be just a single shot, but something that is taking place and evolving over time,” Nellen said.

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My next chapter: Shaping a sustainable future with AI – US Partner Community Blog – Microsoft

Organizations around the world are going through rapid digital transformation. This is especially true in the US Market, where we see this phenomena being accelerated by the scale and agility of the Cloud and fueled by the latest innovation in machine learning and artificial intelligence. As they progress through their transformations and examine impacts on employees, partners, customers, and society, new strategies are emerging with socio-environmental factors with sustainability at the center.

We’re just at the beginning of what is possible with AI, endless possibilities not only for companies and partners but for everyone to benefit from improved societal impact, social good and sustainability. All requiring the need for a strong ecosystem and strategic private & public partnerships to build a trusted and secure future with new AI innovations and solutions. I’m delighted to share I’ve taken a new role at Microsoft to address both of these challenges: Vice President, AI Country Strategy & Sustainability Partnership for the US Microsoft Subsidiary. Focused on driving cross-boundary collaboration and transformation at scale, my new team and I will build strategies and partnerships that strengthen Microsoft’s position in the US as the leader in Cloud & AI, and leverage that knowledge into delivering in the US on Microsoft’s sustainability promise to be carbon negative by 2030.

Microsoft is making big, strategic bets on Cloud & AI and I look forward to driving digital transformation the US with a holistic view of the partner ecosystem—from customers and partners to developers and other strategic partnerships. Through the development of private and public partnerships we will drive technology innovation and ecosystem activation and begin to utilize Microsoft’s $1B investment in support of sustainability agendas across the US.

I have always been passionate about building teams that help shape the future of new technologies; and this new role creates the connections and opportunities for expansion of Microsoft’s mission to empower people, and drive growth and economic prosperity at a global level. The chance to leverage AI and sustainability to help us solve the world’s most vexing challenges is an opportunity for us all—and I’m grateful to be at a company that supports this mission.

While this will be a transition from my current charter in leading Go-To-Markets as a strategic advantage for Microsoft’s commercial partners, I’m excited to see the role the Microsoft community and its tens of thousands of partners will play in driving the future of AI and sustainability.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we are partnering with customers, commercial partners, developers, students and startups, follow along!

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SAP S/4HANA migration should be business-driven

As SAP customers contemplate an SAP S/4HANA migration, they have to work through big questions like what infrastructure it will run on and how to handle business processes. One of the keys to a successful S/4HANA migration will be which part of the organization sets the project parameters, IT or business.

SAP expert Ekrem Hatip, senior solution architect at Syntax Systems, advises that because an S/4HANA migration is a fundamentally different project than a normal system upgrade, such as from SAP R/3 to SAP ECC, organizations must approach it differently. In this Q&A, Hatip discusses some of the issues that organizations need to consider as they embark on an S/4HANA journey.

Syntax Systems is based in Montreal and provides managed services for SAP systems, including hosting SAP systems in Syntax Systems data centers and running SAP systems on public cloud provider infrastructures.

How are Syntax customers approaching a possible S/4HANA migration? Is it on their minds?

Ekrem Hatip, Syntax senior solution architectEkrem Hatip

Ekrem Hatip: Over the last few years we have brought up the S/4HANA topic even if the customer doesn’t show immediate interest in doing that. We discuss with them what S/4HANA is, what are the advantages, and what are the innovations that S/4HANA introduces. We look at the customers’ existing landscape and discuss the possible migration paths from their system to an S/4HANA system. We talk about the business requirements, because an S/4HANA conversion is not a technical upgrade — it’s not a technical conversion from one database to another. It touches every aspect of their business processes, and we want to make sure that customers are aware that it is a sizable project.

Are customers eager to move or are they holding back now?

Hatip: Most customers are happy with what they have right now — with their SAP implementation. It satisfies their current needs and they don’t see an immediate reason to go to S/4HANA other than the fact that SAP has put the 2025 date in front of them [when SAP will end support for SAP ECC]. We can help our customers to understand what is ahead of them.

So educating them on what to expect is the first step of an S/4HANA migration?

Hatip: Absolutely. Most people don’t know much about SAP HANA let alone S/4HANA. Their expectation is, just like when they upgraded from R/3 to ECC, they will go ahead and just upgrade their system over one weekend. Then come Monday morning, they will continue running as they used to run on a shiny new system. We have to make sure that they understand this is not the case. Most of their business processes will be touched and most of the business processes might need to be modified or dropped. I also tell customers — especially if they’re going with a greenfield implementation — to keep their customizations at minimum. Everything seems to be going into cloud and S/4HANA Cloud is out there. So, I tell them if they can limit their customizations, they’ll be able to go to S/4HANA Cloud for the true SaaS experience.

Are customers considering any other systems as an alternative to an S/4HANA migration?

Hatip: For many customers SAP is the core of their business operations, and I haven’t yet seen any customers who are considering going to other solutions than SAP for their core business. So, it’s more likely they’re considering if they want to remain on ECC for as long as they can before moving to S/4HANA. With that said, I have seen that some customers are now considering alternatives to some of the peripheral systems offered by SAP. For example, one customer who was using BOB-J [SAP BusinessObjects BI] for its reporting is now considering using Microsoft Power BI on Azure. Do I know whether this is driven by the fact that they need to go to S/4HANA or not? I don’t know, but my observation is that some customers are considering alternatives for the systems surrounding their core SAP environment.

What are the most critical issues to consider as you make the S/4HANA decision?

Hatip: Unlike the previous conversions or upgrades, an S/4HANA conversion is not an IT-driven decision. It should definitely be a business-driven decision. It should be coming from the top and presented to the IT department, as opposed to the IT department going back and saying, this operating system is going out of support or that database is going out of support, so we have to upgrade. It should definitely be coming from the business side. Therefore, not only should the CIO be convinced to go to S/4HANA, at the same time CEOs and COOs should also be in the decision-making process. An S/4HANA conversion is a lengthy and fairly complex project, but at the same time it allows customers to clean up their existing legacy systems. Customers can use the opportunity to clean up data and review hardware or server requirements, or they can definitely leverage the public cloud offerings when they decide to go to S/4HANA. Finally, CIOs and the IT department should try to keep their customizations at a minimum in order to future-proof their environment. 

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Eye transplant nonprofit turns to supply chain modeling

Time is vital to Eversight, a nonprofit that helps restore sight through donations, transplants and research. The organization, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., recovers and transports organs and tissue throughout the country, using them for research and transplants.

The organization annually provides about 8,000 tissues per year for transplants.

Recovering tissue is extremely time-sensitive, with a small time frame to recover and then use the tissue. So, to operate within its time constraints, Eversight turned in October 2019 to Llamasoft, a predictive analytics and supply chain management vendor, for more advanced supply chain modeling.

Time limits

“We have some time frames that are very stringent,” said Ryan Simmons, director of clinical services at Eversight.

Tissue may be recovered up to 24 hours after a donor dies, Simmons said. However, surgeons prefer to recover the issue within 12 hours. Recovered eye tissue may then be stored for up to seven days.

“Surgeons typically want to use that tissue transplant within four or five days of a patient passing,” Simmons said.

We have some time frames that are very stringent.
Ryan SimmonsDirector of clinical services, Eversight

In addition to the time limitations, it’s impossible to predict when, and how much, tissue will become available.

“We can’t just make an order,” Simmons said. “We have to predict the best that we can.” Typically, he added, only one parcel gets shipped at a time.

Temperature also is a critical factor. The tissue has to remain at a set temperature or it could be damaged.

Modeling

Previously, to help predict demand, Eversight relied on Microsoft Excel. That worked somewhat, Simmons said, but the venerable spreadsheet program couldn’t complete advanced supply chain modeling and predictions.

Many of Llamasoft’s customers used Excel in the past, said Ryan Purcell, director of global impact at Llamasoft.

“Typically, [users] will use Excel until they hit the breaking point,” he said.

Eversight hit that point last year. Simmons, who is working on a master’s degree in supply chain management at Michigan State University, came across Llamasoft in a class.

“It seemed like a very powerful program,” Simmons said. He contacted Llamasoft and found that the vendor was a good fit for Eversight. 

Using Demand Guru, a demand modeling program from Llamasoft, Eversight is working on creating better demand forecasts. With Supply Chain Guru, a supply chain modeling and management program, the organization is creating models to plan better routes and optimize for cost and speed.

Because Eversight didn’t begin working with Llamasoft in earnest until the fall 2019, many of its models have not yet been completed. However, creating models has been fairly easy, Simmons said, and the few models that are done seem to work well.

“Learning to do the modeling, that wasn’t too big of a challenge,” he said.

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Using the Windows Admin Center Azure services feature

To drive adoption of its cloud platform, Microsoft is lowering the technical barrier to Azure through the Windows Admin Center management tool.

Microsoft increasingly blurs the lines between on-premises Windows Server operating systems and its cloud platform.

One way the company has done this is by exposing Azure services alongside Windows Server services in the Windows Admin Center. Organizations that might have been reluctant to go through a lengthy deployment process that required PowerShell expertise can use the Windows Admin Center Azure functionality to set up a hybrid arrangement with just a few clicks in some instances.

Azure Backup

One of the Azure services that Windows Server 2019 can use natively is Azure Backup. This cloud service backs up on-premises resources to Azure. This service offers 9,999 recovery points for each instance and is capable of triple redundant storage within a single Azure region by creating three replicas.

Azure Backup can also provide geo-redundant storage, which insulates protected resources against regional disasters.

You access Azure Backup through the Windows Admin Center, as shown in Figure 1. After you register Windows Server with Azure, setting up Azure Backup takes four steps.

Azure Backup setup
Figure 1: The Windows Admin Center walks you through the steps to set up Azure Backup.

Microsoft designed Azure Backup to replace on-premises backup products. Organizations may find that Azure Backup is less expensive than their existing backup system, but the opposite may also be true. The costs vary widely depending on the volume of data, the type of replication and the data retention policy.

Azure Active Directory

Microsoft positions the Windows Admin Center as a one of the primary management tools for Windows Server. Because sensitive resources are exposed within the Windows Admin Center console, Microsoft offers a way to add an extra layer of security through Azure Active Directory.

When you enable the requirement for Azure Active Directory security, you will be required to authenticate into both the local machine and into Azure Active Directory.

To use Azure Active Directory, you must register the Windows Server with Azure, then you can require Azure Active Directory authentication to be used by opening the Windows Admin Center and then clicking on the Settings icon, followed by the Access tab. Figure 2 shows a simple toggle switch to turn Azure Active Directory authentication on or off.

Azure Active Directory authentication
Figure 2: The toggle switch in the Windows Admin Center sets up Azure Active Directory authentication.

Azure Site Recovery

Azure Site Recovery replicates machines running on-premises to the Microsoft Azure cloud. If a disaster occurs, you can fail over mission-critical workloads to use the replica VMs in the cloud. Once on-premises functionality returns, you can fail back workloads to your data center. Using the Azure cloud as a recovery site is far more cost-effective than building your own recovery data center, or even using a co-location facility.

Like other Azure services, Azure Site Recovery is exposed through the Windows Admin Center. To use it, the server must be registered with Azure. Although Hyper-V is the preferred hosting platform for use with Azure Site Recovery, the service also supports the replication of VMware VMs. The service also replicates between Azure VMs.

To enable a VM for use with the Azure Site Recovery services, open the Windows Admin Center and click on the Virtual Machines tab. This portion of the console is divided into two separate tabs. A Summary tab details the host’s hardware resource consumption, while the Inventory tab lists the individual VMs on the host.

Click on the Inventory tab and then select the checkbox for the VM you want to replicate to the Azure cloud. You can select multiple VMs and there is also a checkbox above the Name column to select all the VMs on the list. After selecting one or more VMs, click on More, and then choose the Set Up VM Protection option from the drop-down list, shown in Figure 3.

VM protection
Figure 3: To set up replication to Azure with the Azure Site Recovery service, select one or more VMs and then choose the Set Up VM Protection option.

The console will open a window to set up the host with Azure Site Recovery. Select the Azure subscription to use, and to create or select a resource group and a recovery vault. You will also need to select a location, as shown in Figure 4.

Azure Site Recovery setup
Figure 4: After you select the VMs to protect in Azure Site Recovery, finalize the process by selecting a location in the Azure cloud.

Storage Migration Service

The Storage Migration Service migrates the contents of existing servers to new physical servers, VMs or to the Azure cloud. This can help organizations reduce costs through workload consolidation.

You access the Storage Migration Service by selecting the Storage Migration Service tab in the Windows Admin Center, which opens a dialog box outlining the storage migration process as shown in Figure 5. The migration involves getting an inventory of your servers, transferring the data from those servers to the new location, and then cutting over to the new server.

Storage Migration Services overview
Figure 5: Microsoft developed Storage Migration Services to ease migrations to new servers, VMs or Azure VMs through a three-step process.

As time goes on, it seems almost inevitable that Microsoft will update the Windows Admin Center to expose even more Azure services. Eventually, this console will likely provide access to all of the native Windows Server services and all services running in Azure.

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