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For Sale – Chromebook – Acer C730E

Hi, excuse my ignorance but what’s the difference between a chrome book and a laptop?

Main difference is that it runs ChromeOS, which is based on unix/Linux.
You cannot install Windows, so it relies onthe Google online Tools, such as Drive, Sheets, Keep, etc.

Storage is 16Gb. They are meant to do basic note-taking, emails and light work for documents/sheets.
They handle 1080p pretty well.

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S/4HANA Cloud integrates Qualtrics for continuous improvement

SAP is focused on better understanding what’s on the minds of their customers with the latest release of S/4HANA Cloud.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1911, which is now available, has SAP Qualtrics experience management (XM) embedded into the user interface, creating a feedback loop for the product management team about the application. This is one of the first integrations of Qualtrics XM into SAP products since SAP acquired the company a year ago for $8 billion.

“Users can give direct feedback on the application,” said Oliver Betz, global head of product management for S/4HANA Cloud at SAP. “It’s context-sensitive, so if you’re on a homescreen, it asks you, ‘How do you like the homescreen on a scale of one to five?’ And then the user can provide more detailed feedback from there.”

The customer data is consolidated and anonymized and sent to the S/4HANA Cloud product management team, Betz said.

“We’ll regularly screen the feedback to find hot spots,” he said. “In particular we’re interested in the outliers to the good and the bad, areas where obviously there’s something we specifically need to take care of, or also some areas where users are happy about the new features.”

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Because S/4HANA Cloud is a cloud product that sends out new releases every quarter, the customer feedback loop that Qualtrics provides will inform developers on how to continually improve the product, Betz said.

“This is the first phase in the next iteration [of S/4HANA Cloud], which will add more granular features,” he said. “From a product management perspective, you can potentially have a new application and have some questions around the application to better understand the usage, what customers like and what they don’t like, and then to take it in a feedback loop to iterate over the next quarterly shipments so we can always provide new enhancements.”

Qualtrics integration may take time to provide value

It has taken a while, but it’s a good thing that SAP has now begun a real Qualtrics integration story, said Jon Reed, analyst and co-founder of Diginomica.com, an analysis and news site that focuses on enterprise applications. Still, SAP faces a few obstacles before the integration into S/4HANA Cloud can be a real differentiator.

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“This isn’t a plug-and-play thing where customers are immediately able to use this the way you would a new app on your phone, like a new GPS app. This is useful experiential data which you must then analyze, manage and apply,” Reed said. “Eventually, you could build useful apps and dashboards with it, but you still have to apply the insights to get the value. However, if SAP has made those strides already on integrating Qualtrics with S/4HANA Cloud 1911, that’s a positive for them and we’ll see if it’s an advantage they can use to win sales.”

The Qualtrics products are impressive, but it’s still too early in the game to judge how the SAP S/4HANA integration will work out, said Vinnie Mirchandani, analyst and founder of Deal Architect, an enterprise applications focused blog.

“SAP will see more traction with Qualtrics in the employee and customer experience feedback area,” Mirchandani said. “Experiential tools have more impact where there are more human touchpoints — employees, customer service, customer feedback on product features — so I think the blend with SuccessFactors and C/4HANA is more obvious. This doesn’t mean that S/4 won’t see benefits, but the traction may be higher in other parts of the SAP portfolio.”

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SAP SuccessFactors is also beginning to integrate Qualtrics into its employee experience management functions.

It’s a good thing that SAP is attempting to become a more customer-centric company, but it will need to follow through on the promise and make it a part of the company culture, said Faith Adams, senior analyst who focuses on customer experience at Forrester Research.

Many companies are making efforts to appear to be customer-centric, but aren’t following through with the best practices that are required to become truly customer-centric, like taking actions on the feedback they get, Adams said.

“It’s sometimes more of a ‘check the box’ activity rather than something that is embedded into the DNA or a way of life,” Adams said. “I hope that SAP does follow through on the best practices, but that’s to be determined.”

Bringing analytics to business users

SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1911 also now has SAP Analytics Cloud directly embedded. This will enable business users to take advantage of analytics capabilities without going to separate applications, according to SAP’s Betz.

It comes fully integrated out of the box and doesn’t require configuration, Betz said. Users can take advantage of included dashboards or create their own.

“The majority usage at the moment is in the finance application where you can directly access your [key performance indicators] there and have it all visualized, but also create and run your own dashboards,” he said. “This is about making data more available to business users instead of waiting for a report or something to be sent; everybody can have this information on hand already without having some business analyst putting [it] together.”

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The embedded analytics capability could be an important differentiator for SAP in making data analytics more democratic across organizations, said Dana Gardner, president of IT consultancy Interarbor Solutions LLC. He believes companies need to break data out of “ivory towers” now as machine learning and AI grow in popularity and sophistication.

“The more people that use more analytics in your organization, the better off the company is,” Gardner said. “It’s really important that SAP gets aggressive on this, because it’s big and we’re going to see much more with machine learning and AI, so you’re going to need to have interfaces with the means to bring the more advanced types of analytics to more people as well.”

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For Sale – Chromebook – Acer C730E

Hi, excuse my ignorance but what’s the difference between a chrome book and a laptop?

Main difference is that it runs ChromeOS, which is based on unix/Linux.
You cannot install Windows, so it relies onthe Google online Tools, such as Drive, Sheets, Keep, etc.

Storage is 16Gb. They are meant to do basic note-taking, emails and light work for documents/sheets.
They handle 1080p pretty well.

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Analyst forecasts the next big things in BI

Consolidation among business intelligence vendors is driven by what’s perceived to be the next big things in BI, and that was the case during the run of merger and acquisition deals during the first half of 2019.

According to Wayne Eckerson, founder and principal consultant of Eckerson Group, self-service analytics was a key part of what made Looker and Tableau attractive to Google and Salesforce, respectively. When the next consolidation wave hits, according to Eckerson, augmented intelligence could be a big driver, as could cloud-based BI tools — and they will be viewed as the next big things in BI.

Eckerson has more than 25 years of experience in the BI software market and is the author of two books — Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders and Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business.

In the second part of a two-part Q&A, Eckerson talks about the driving forces behind the recent merger and acquisition deals, self-service analytics, and what excites him about the future of BI. In the first part, Eckerson discusses the divide between enterprises that use data and those that don’t, as well as the importance of DataOps and data strategies and how they play into the data divide.

Among other trends, a wave of consolidation over the last six to 12 months has left fewer vendors but ones with more end-to-end capabilities. What do you see as the next big things in BI that might spark the next wave?

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Eckerson: It definitely goes in cycles — we’ve seen this consolidation before. The last big one was in 2007-08 when the three biggest BI players — Business Objects, Cognos, Hyperion — were bought by large application vendors SAP, IBM and Oracle, respectively. Usually these cycles are based on the advent of new technology that’s come into the market. In 2002, we moved from client-server to the web, and now we’re in the age of the cloud and self-service, and Looker and Tableau caught the self-service wave with visualization and desktop tools. The next big disruption to the BI market is the cloud. We’re seeing a lag between when these new BI technologies fully maturing on these new platforms and when they get purchased and the market consolidates. If we’re to project out, maybe we’ll see some consolidation around cloud-based, AI-based BI tools where things are much more automated, things are in the cloud, and maybe it’s all embedded and you won’t even notice the BI tools. That’s probably the next wave in five or 10 years.

One thing that jumps out about first Google’s acquisition of Looker and then even more so with Salesforce’s purchase of Tableau is the price. Why are companies suddenly paying so much for BI vendors?

Eckerson: They’ve always gone for a premium, but now the premium is in the billions and not the hundreds of millions. We’re in this data-driven age now, and these are the tools that the business users touch and feel and use, so that maybe gives them a higher premium than middleware or database technology that’s behind the scenes. Tableau has been a meteor, and they probably sold at the right time for them. They’re under duress now from competitors. I think it’s just a testimony to how much data is front and center to the way businesses operate in today’s environment.

Ease of use to make data available to the citizen data scientist has been a significant push. Do you see self-service analytics taking over, or will there always be some things that are just too big and complex for average users and self-service BI will just be part of the picture?

Eckerson: Self-service is an interesting topic because there’s been so much frustration with IT, the IT bottleneck and delivering new applications for analytics that businesses wanted self-service just to get away from IT, but in the end what you really want is a blend of both. There are things that are too complex for the average business person to create on their own. If you want to build an enterprise unit for everybody, no business unit is going to do that alone, so you’d need a central group just for that. And then every division has some complex custom apps that need to be built, so you’ll need a corporate development team to build cutting-edge applications that will really help the company compete. On a day-to-day basis every business unit needs its core data analysts and data scientists to be looking into data to help optimize decisions, help optimize business processes, respond creatively and quickly to events as they happen on the ground, to win business, to avoid losing business, to manage risk — all that stuff. The self-service is really the agile, innovative arm of the business, whereas as the corporate IT team is the run-the-business operational side that will build stuff that’s needed on a long-term basis. You need both sides to operate effectively.

As you analyze the BI industry, what are the next big things in BI that get you excited?

Eckerson: I am excited about AI for BI — it’s really transforming the way people are using data to make decisions, and it’s going to transform these BI tools. Before you needed a hypothesis of what to look for when you’re doing an analysis, and now the tools will dig into the data for you. They’ll do thousands of drill-downs in a matter of seconds and expose and surface only the most relevant correlations for you to look at. That’s pretty interesting. DataOps is pretty interesting, because that will fix the back end — the data that’s being delivered into these analytical tools. I think time-series analytics is the next big wave that we’ll see hit the marketplace. Especially as the internet of things and big data take hold, companies can use time-series analytics to automate decisions. The intersection of time-series analytics, AI and cloud-based computing with its infinite storage and elasticity — the combination of those things is going to bring about a sea change. There’s a lot to be excited about in our space.

Editors’ note: This interview has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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For Sale – Faulty MacBook Pro

Selling my beloved laptop.. don’t know what’s wrong with it.. use it for a little while then decides to restart. Sometimes it restarts straight away, sometimes after 30 minutes of use.

May be an easy fix for someone.

I bought a new battery for it thinking that would be the solution but nope, same thing.

Comes with charger.

Please see pics below

Price and currency: 270
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For Sale – GTX 1080Ti – £480

Hi all,

Thought i’d start a new thread for the last couple of cards, just so its clear whats left for sale!

Shifting the final few cards I’ve used for crypto mining. Both cards were bought from amazon warehouse around January 2018, so all have the remainder of the 2 year warranty. Both come with original boxes, are working perfectly and great condition.

£570 reduced to £500 – ASUS TURBO (BLOWER STYLE) 1080Ti
£570 reduced to £500 – ZOTAC (BLOWER STYLE) 1080Ti

Thanks!

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For Sale – GTX 1080Ti – £480

Hi all,

Thought i’d start a new thread for the last couple of cards, just so its clear whats left for sale!

Shifting the final few cards I’ve used for crypto mining. Both cards were bought from amazon warehouse around January 2018, so all have the remainder of the 2 year warranty. Both come with original boxes, are working perfectly and great condition.

£570 reduced to £500 – ASUS TURBO (BLOWER STYLE) 1080Ti
£570 reduced to £500 – ZOTAC (BLOWER STYLE) 1080Ti

Thanks!

Price and currency: Various
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For Sale – GTX 1080Ti

Hi all,

Thought i’d start a new thread for the last couple of cards, just so its clear whats left for sale!

Shifting the final few cards I’ve used for crypto mining. Both cards were bought from amazon warehouse around January 2018, so all have the remainder of the 2 year warranty. Both come with original boxes, are working perfectly and great condition.

£570 – ASUS TURBO (BLOWER STYLE) 1080Ti
£570 – ZOTAC (BLOWER STYLE) 1080Ti

Thanks!

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Location: Sheffield
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For Sale – GTX 1080Ti

Hi all,

Thought i’d start a new thread for the last couple of cards, just so its clear whats left for sale!

Shifting the final few cards I’ve used for crypto mining. Both cards were bought from amazon warehouse around January 2018, so all have the remainder of the 2 year warranty. Both come with original boxes, are working perfectly and great condition.

£570 – ASUS TURBO (BLOWER STYLE) 1080Ti
£570 – ZOTAC (BLOWER STYLE) 1080Ti

Thanks!

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Payment method: Cash / BT
Location: Sheffield
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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