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A director of engineering oversees and guides an organization's engineering department, including ensuring that engineering goals line up with the organization’s mission and priorities. In many cases, these executives are involved in administrative, financial, and human resource functions within the department.

The duties of a director of engineering vary among enterprises in terms of scope of responsibilities, according to leading job site Indeed.com. Some common responsibilities include overseeing teams, managing departmental budgets, designing engineering strategies, verifying project compliance with engineering best practices, hiring department engineers, collaborating with company stakeholders, and updating department policies and procedures.

Nina Bhatti: Director of Engineering IDG

Nina Bhatti is a director of engineering for Google Cloud Platform.

Engineering directors also have different duties based on their specialty, according to Indeed. Aside from engineering, these executives must possess skills of critical reasoning, leadership, stress management, communication, and team collaboration.

To find out what’s involved in becoming a director of engineering, we spoke with Nina Bhatti, a director of engineering at Google Cloud Platform.

Educational trajectory

Bhatti attended the University of California, Berkeley, and majored in computer science and mathematics. She then attended the University of Arizona, where she earned a Master of Science degree and PhD in computer science. She wrote her dissertation on networking protocols for fault-tolerant distributed systems.

Like many other technology professionals, Bhatti did not originally plan to establish a career in the field. “I arrived at U.C. Berkeley thinking that I would major in biology, but had taken some programming in high school and used it when I was an intern working in biology research,” she says. “I took computer science and really enjoyed learning about the concepts and the power of being able to build something I just imagined. The classes were intriguing, and I found myself much more interested in building than learning biology facts.”

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Killexams : After death of CEO, Xerox executive says company sticking to strategy

Xerox, rebuilding its C-suite after the death on June 28 of CEO John Visentin, will stick with its post-pandemic recovery plan, interim CEO Steve Bandrowczak told investors Tuesday.

“We will honor John by continuing to execute across the four strategic initiatives he articulated,” Bandrowczak during a Tuesday morning conference call. “The same four strategic initiatives that have guided us since 2018 — optimize operations, drive revenue, monetize innovation, and focus on cash flow — are expected to lead to sustainable and long-term growth.”

Bandrowczak had been president and chief operating officer since 2018 under Visentin, who became CEO in May that year on the heels of a proxy battle and court standoff brought by activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason.

Icahn and Deason had objected to the Xerox board’s approval of former CEO Jeff Jacobson’s deal to sell the company for $6 billion to Fujifilm Holdings, a longtime corporate partner via the Fuji Xerox joint venture selling office systems in Asia.

Even as he fended off Fujifilm, Visentin instituted a restructuring plan called “Project Own It” to reduce Xerox costs through job cuts, outsourcing and simplifying its business on everything from technology to procurement. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, limiting the use of printers which generate some of Xerox’s revenue.

The pandemic also convinced Visentin to abandon his pursuit of another iconic American company — HP, whose board rejected repeat overtures by Xerox for a mammoth merger. Both Visentin and Bandrowczak worked for HP at points in their careers.

In its heyday the Xerox brand was synonymous with office life, but the Norwalk-based company has yet to come up with any breakthrough product or service for the internet era to rival its copiers and printers, despite generating an impressive tally of patents each year.

While Xerox is predicting a continuing return to offices for the balance of this year, it has yet to see revenue show any post-pandemic bounce on a sustained basis. Xerox revenue ebbed $46 million in the second quarter to just under $1.75 billion, and the company recorded its second straight quarter of red ink, at $5 million in the second quarter on the heels of a $56 million loss between January and March.

After losing more than half their value in the first few month of the pandemic, Xerox shares clawed back some of those losses through March 2021, only to slip since. Shares traded at $16.30 on Tuesday afternoon, up 5 percent from the closing price on Monday.

On Tuesday, Bandrowczak said ongoing problems with supply chains have affected Xerox sales. He described customer demand as “strong,” however.

Despite Xerox having the ability to raises prices on some of its product and services, inflation is prompting the company to seek additional savings internally through Project Own It, for which Bandrowczak took credit on Tuesday for designing. Xerox is on pace for more than $2.2 billion in savings under the program over five years since 2018.

Visentin had made it his mission to put Xerox onto a consistent upward trajectory for profits, while restoring the luster of its Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and its research campus in Webster, N.Y.

Xerox PARC produced a string of breakthrough technologies for the age of personal computers that the company did not capitalize on, to include the graphical user interface architecture that allows for “point-and-click” functionality using a computer mouse.

Bandrowczak highlighted the U.S. Navy’s purchase of a Xerox PARC-developed 3D liquid metal printer called ElemX for the U.S.S. Essex amphibious assault ship, the first such device in the fleet that can produce metal components as replacement parts.

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Breaking closed architecture bonds
The Open Process Automation Forum

By Bill Lydon

The Open Process Automation™ Forum (OPAF), launched in November 2016, is defining a standards-based, open, secure, multivendor, interoperable control architecture to satisfy the technical and business requirements of process industries. A major driver for this effort has been the widespread call for accelerating the modernization of automation technology, along with an ecosystem of suppliers that can leverage the latest technology in ways analogous to the evolution of the computer, telecommunications, consumer electronics, military defense, and avionics industries.

OPAF is a forum of The Open Group, which is a consensus-based standard group of end users, suppliers, system integrators, standards organizations, and academia with the mission to develop the Open Process Automation Standard (O-PAS). Don Bartusiak, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, chief engineer, process control, and co-chairman of The Open Group Open Process Automation Forum project, has framed the issues by asking three thought-provoking questions:

  • Would you accept your Verizon cell phone if it could not talk to a phone with AT&T, Sprint, Vodafone, or another carrier?
  • Would you accept having to rewrite all your Word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations if you switched your home computer from a Dell to an HP?
  • Would you accept that you must have a dedicated router from your Dell PC, a second router for your Apple computer, a third router for your Samsung phone, and a fourth router for your iPhone?

His conclusion is that this is the state of process automation control systems today. Control systems are so tightly coupled functionally that end users cannot integrate best-in-class solutions. They are trapped by the current closed architectures with highly gated vendor-managed partner ecosystems.

History

The root of the OPAF initiative was a corporate project at ExxonMobil to understand how the company would compete in the future, recognizing the significant shifts in technology as enablers for new competitors worldwide. This led the company to an understanding that open interoperable process automation systems would be required to compete.

User survey

The problem of replacing legacy systems is prevalent throughout the industry and reflected in the results of a Frost & Sullivan survey. It asked distributed control system (DCS) users: "What are the top five issues with current distributed control system architectures?" The biggest issues were:

  • The difficulties associated with replacing a DCS are significantly higher than those associated with replacing or upgrading other computer-based systems (68 percent agreed).
  • The cybersecurity models for currently available DCSs will be difficult to adapt to future cloud-based services or managed cybersecurity services (61 percent agreed).
  • The pace of innovation for DCSs is typically slow compared to other information technology (IT) systems (61 percent agreed).
  • DCSs at my facility/organization require replacement in large part due to system obsolescence (inability to integrate with newer equipment or systems) (54 percent agreed).
  • DCS compatibility between generations is poor (even if the supplier stays the same) (53 percent agreed).

Note: The results are based on 53 survey completions and 13 interviews.

Birth of OPAF

ExxonMobil approached The Open Group to initiate a new open standards activity for the process control industry. From March to September 2016, ExxonMobil and The Open Group staff worked to build a "coalition of the willing" comprising end users throughout industries using process control and their key suppliers. During this time, the organizations built interest and identified potential participants via public outreach meetings, webcasts, and face-to-face conversations. As the incubation work proceeded, it became clear that there was interest from at least seven different industry sectors that use similar systems from the same community of suppliers in their process manufacturing environments. These sectors included food and beverage, mining and metals, oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, and utilities.

The Open Group described, through its blog, a few things that quickly became very clear during the first member meeting:

  • There are common pain points spanning multiple sectors (such as aging control systems and the need for more rapid technology insertion), which the proposed standards effort can address to the benefit of customers.
  • There are similar pain points shared by suppliers in current business models.
  • The supplier community is eager to work collaboratively on an open standard for process control.
  • The participants had a common understanding that a "win-win" outcome, benefiting end users and suppliers, is essential. The members of the forum are keen to deliver this.

Adjacent industry example

At the 2016 ARC Orlando Forum, Dennis Stevens of Lockheed Martin, and Future Airborne Computing Environment (FACE™) (part of The Open Group) consortium business working group (BWG) chairman, described how standards have improved avionics and other critical military applications. He shared how the FACE software standard coupled with the OpenVPX hardware standard have spawned a multivendor interoperable ecosystem that has lowered cost, shortened project execution time, and improved functionality.

These are not ordinary products. They have to meet stringent specifications enabled in many ways by rugged electronic components developed for consumer products requiring higher durability and higher computing power, including cell phones and personal fitness devices.


OpenVPX in avionics enables multivendor systems.

ExxonMobil proof of concept

ExxonMobil engaged Lockheed Martin to build a prototype process control system based on standard hardware and software. Don Bartusiak, co-chairman of The Open Group OPAF and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, chief engineer, process control, commented on the prototype progress: "Currently a proof-of-concept prototype by Lockheed Martin is in their facilities in Owego, N.Y., and is operational. There are two variants of the proof of concept. One runs against a simulated plant with emulated instruments. The other runs against a real, college lab type process with water tanks in series, sensors, control valves, and pumps. We are proceeding directly to the design of the prototype system for initial field trials on the basis of The Open Process Automation Standards in progress."

Organization

During the comprehensive first meeting, the members discussed the scope of the standards effort, while also creating the forum organization, and identified leadership roles for the forum and for specific work groups. The top Open Group Open Process Automation Forum leadership is:

  • Director: Ed Harrington, The Open Group
  • Co-chair: Donald Bartusiak, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, chief engineer, process control
  • Co-chair: Trevor Cusworth, Schneider Electric, VP, global account executive - ExxonMobil

This initiative has come a long way in a short time. Jim Hietala, vice president, business development and security for The Open Group, manages the business team, security and risk management programs, and standards activities. He characterizes the progress: "The Open Group is happy with the development of the Open Process Automation Forum, which now has 109 members including most of the major control systems suppliers, and significant end user representation from oil and gas, chemicals, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and mining and metals. We are also pleased with the pace of progress in the forum, which started in November 2016, and now has technical, business, standards body interface, and enterprise architecture work groups; numerous subgroups, including conformance; and numerous technical subcommittees all formed, meeting regularly, and making rapid progress."

Ed Harrington, The Open Group OPAF director, commented on his role as the primary interface between the members of the forum and The Open Group. His roles include meeting organization and facilitation, as well as ensuring that The Open Group processes are followed, and all legal and vendor- and technology-neutrality guidelines are enforced.

The business working group is very active, noted Harrington, "The first formal deliverable of the forum is the Open Process Automation Business Guide, due for publication in January 2018. The Business Guide is targeted at mid- and senior-level management in both the supplier and user communities that make up the process automation ecosystem. The value propositions are key for both the end user and supplier communities. It takes a business-as opposed to technical-perspective to describe the vision, mission, and scope of the forum's effort. The guide has seven business use cases from the oil and gas, petrochemical, specialty chemical, pulp and paper, mining and metals, and biopharmaceutical vertical industries. It includes a description of the future-state process automation ecosystem and the business approach used to achieve that. Later in the year, the forum will publish a "snapshot" of the first version of the technical standard. This document will give industry participants a strong indication of where the forum is heading from a formal technical standard perspective. This will allow industry participants not directly involved with the forum's standard development process to review and comment on its direction."


Source: The Open Group

Business Guide

The Business Guide is a business reference for senior stakeholder leadership. It describes the vision, mission, and scope of the OPAF and details several vertical industry use cases. It also describes the envisioned future ecosystem and the approach to reaching that future through the development of a "standard of standards." The co-chairmen working on the guide are Darren Blue, Cloud Platforms, Health, and Silicon Photonics Groups senior controller at Intel Corporation, and Eugene Tung, West Point site IT lead\, Merck Sharp & Dohme.

Technical working groups

Hietala and Harrington say the technical working groups are all working in parallel to facilitate development of the standard. Harrington commented, "The technical working group subcommittees are working diligently toward their aspects of standardization." Asked if these groups are working on high-level requirements at this point, Harrington responded that they are "a little bit beyond that with the business working group having come up with a couple of hundred identified requirements to the point that the technical people have a fairly detailed technical architecture."

"The plan is, and we are really pushing this in the second quarter of 2018, to publish publicly what we call in The Open Group a snapshot of where we're heading as far as the specifics of the standards are concerned. Remember what we are trying to do here, and why we are able to move it so quickly; we are not trying to invent new standards if at all possible. We may find some white spaces we are going to have to fill in, but for the most part we want to take existing standards and integrate and utilize them on a holistic basis. We are planning to publish a snapshot, then target releasing a version of the standard six months later," he said.

Jim Hietala emphasized, "It is not a serial process, not just doing the business guide and then shifting to the technology. Those things are going on in parallel. Along with the enterprise architecture working group, a conformance subcommittee has been spun up and started to meet around developing a conformance program that will be available in close proximity to when the standard comes out."

Harrington described The Open Group process where any member organizations of the group are free to participate to whatever degree they feel appropriate with as many people as they are willing to commit. "However, when it comes down to arriving at consensus, that is determined by the members of The Open Group Forum with each organization having one vote."

I asked if independent labs will be used for the conformance testing. Hietala responded, "that is all still to be determined." He said there is "a lot of blocking and tackling about what's the right policy." Hietala explained how the UNIX program, which The Open Group administers, works-vendors run a conformance test and submit results, providing a self-certification to the standards. "The goal is having products in the market that are certified to work conformant with a standard, so customers can identify a trademark and say they want a product that conforms to that standard, delivering interoperability when it is installed."

I asked about safety. Harrington replied that "safety system standards, at least for this first go around, are off the table; it is not part of what we are standardizing." Bartusiak explained, "Given the requirements of the ISA-84 and IEC 61151 standards that there shall be separate and independent combinations of sensors, logic solvers, and final elements to achieve required safety integrity levels, the Open Process Automation Forum decided that safety instrumented systems were outside of its scope."

Sensors and controllers

I asked if the standard intended to deal with the controller and sensors. Harrington explained, "We are dealing within the controller. As a matter of fact, this includes the wire to the end devices. One of the big things the Exxon Mobils, the Shells, and other organizations throughout the world are complaining about is when upgrading systems, they end up having to move wires, which is a major cost. There is a subcommittee within the technical working group headed up by Alex Johnson, system architect - Next Generation Systems of Process Automation at Schneider Electric, looking at the physical aspects."

Control and sensor network standards?

I asked if the group intends to create a new industrial automation protocol, and Harrington clarified, "The OPAF Connectivity Framework will not be a new protocol. It will reference one or more existing standards. The technical working group is currently evaluating OPC UA to determine if it meets or exceeds the OPAF requirements for the Connectivity Framework."

Standards groups engagement

Because the intent is to leverage existing standards, I asked how OPAF will determine which standards to include in the new specification. Harrington described the process, "Standards to be adopted are being driven by the technical working groups, and then the standards body interface working group will develop the relationship and be responsible for the relationship between the other standards bodies. At this point in time there have been no specific standards that have been positively set in stone."

Hietala commented, "There has been a little bit of a chicken and egg in terms of The Open Group staff to put these relationships in place-needing to be driven by the standards liaison working group telling us which organizations make sense."

Harrington describe the process of using technical committee members, "we are relying on the expertise of the members of the forum who happen to be participating in the standards efforts." The technical working group committees define for the standards body interface working group the standards they would like to use as part of The Open Process Automation Standard. Harrington described the point of contact with other standards organizations, "Most times we work on a shared liaison basis where we will have an elected member of our forum represent what it is we are trying to do to the standards organization we are trying to deal with." Typically, this is a formal relationship with a memorandum of understanding. He noted the standards body interface working group leads are from Schneider and Siemens, based on the thought that the vendors are much more knowledgeable on the details of standards than users.

OPC Foundation

The OPC Foundation is currently the only standards organization outside of The Open Group that is a member of OPAF. Thomas Burke, OPC Foundation president, commented on the relationship, "OPC Foundation joined The Open Group in 2017 specifically to get engaged with the very exciting initiative called The Open Process Automation Forum. OPC Foundation recognizes the positive influence of the end-user community and the suppliers collaborating together in The Open Process Automation Forum. This initiative will clearly define the future of process automation and tie together all of the legacy systems with the systems of tomorrow. Great efforts are being made to make sure that systems are being architected that are truly open and will have timeless durability. It's very important to leverage the right technology for the right business cases when you are developing truly open hardware and software systems for the future. OPC UA is deliberately architected for complete protocol independence, platform independence, operating system independence, and vendor neutrality. We see this as the key infrastructure that the open process automation should be able to leverage easily to tie together the systems of the past with the systems of the future."

System integrators

Discussing system integrators, Harrington said, "We have a liaison with CSIA, and an OPAF member from Lockheed Martin is our liaison with them." Discussing the relationship with Jose M. Rivera, CEO, Control System Integrators Association (CSIA), he commented, "The vision for the future of process control systems by OPAF is based on the concept of openness. This translates into significant changes in the business models of the various stakeholders, including independent system integrators. Through a formal relationship, CSIA and OPAF have been collaborating, specifically on the development of a business guide document. A CSIA task force has shared its views to ensure that the roles and responsibilities of control system integrators, a key part of the automation business ecosystem, are adequately represented. Through this collaboration, CSIA has made its members aware and excited about the OPAF initiative." CSIA, founded in 1994, is a not-for-profit, global trade association that advances the industry of control system integration. It has more than 500 member companies in 27 countries.

What is at stake?

The industrial automation industry has dramatically lagged in the adoption of technology. A major reason for this has been closed ecosystems. Many vendors have partner programs that are promoted as "open," but they are highly gated, bureaucratically controlled, and closed systems for noncompetitive offerings. As in the computer, telecommunications, and consumer electronics industries, this closed approach is not sustainable. The dramatic technological changes, the rise of open systems in the computer industry, and the increasing implementations of Internet of Things advancements-with greater reliability, performance, and cost efficiency-is changing the landscape of system components.

Users should absolutely think about what they need to be competitive in their industries in the long term on the global stage. The intent of developing this new open process control architecture standard is to create an alternative.

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Killexams : IBM Expands Its Power10 Portfolio For Mission Critical Applications

It is sometimes difficult to understand the true value of IBM's Power-based CPUs and associated server platforms. And the company has written a lot about it over the past few years. Even for IT professionals that deploy and manage servers. As an industry, we have become accustomed to using x86 as a baseline for comparison. If an x86 CPU has 64 cores, that becomes what we used to measure relative value in other CPUs.

But this is a flawed way of measuring CPUs and a broken system for measuring server platforms. An x86 core is different than an Arm core which is different than a Power core. While Arm has achieved parity with x86 for some cloud-native workloads, the Power architecture is different. Multi-threading, encryption, AI enablement – many functions are designed into Power that don’t impact performance like other architectures.

I write all this as a set-up for IBM's announced expanded support for its Power10 architecture. In the following paragraphs, I will provide the details of IBM's announcement and give some thoughts on what this could mean for enterprise IT.

What was announced

Before discussing what was announced, it is a good idea to do a quick overview of Power10.

IBM introduced the Power10 CPU architecture at the Hot Chips conference in August 2020. Moor Insights & Strategy chief analyst Patrick Moorhead wrote about it here. Power10 is developed on the opensource Power ISA. Power10 comes in two variants – 15x SMT8 cores and 30x SMT4 cores. For those familiar with x86, SMT8 (8 threads/core seems extreme, as does SMT4. But this is where the Power ISA is fundamentally different from x86. Power is a highly performant ISA, and the Power10 cores are designed for the most demanding workloads.

One last note on Power10. SMT8 is optimized for higher throughput and lower computation. SMT4 attacks the compute-intensive space with lower throughput.

IBM introduced the Power E1080 in September of 2021. Moor Insights & Strategy chief analyst Patrick Moorhead wrote about it here. The E1080 is a system designed for mission and business-critical workloads and has been strongly adopted by IBM's loyal Power customer base.

Because of this success, IBM has expanded the breadth of the Power10 portfolio and how customers consume these resources.

The big reveal in IBM’s exact announcement is the availability of four new servers built on the Power10 architecture. These servers are designed to address customers' full range of workload needs in the enterprise datacenter.

The Power S1014 is the traditional enterprise workhorse that runs the modern business. For x86 IT folks, think of the S1014 equivalent to the two-socket workhorses that run virtualized infrastructure. One of the things that IBM points out about the S1014 is that this server was designed with lower technical requirements. This statement leads me to believe that the company is perhaps softening the barrier for the S1014 in data centers that are not traditional IBM shops. Or maybe for environments that use Power for higher-end workloads but non-Power for traditional infrastructure needs.

The Power S1022 is IBM's scale-out server. Organizations embracing cloud-native, containerized environments will find the S1022 an ideal match. Again, for the x86 crowd – think of the traditional scale-out servers that are perhaps an AMD single socket or Intel dual-socket – the S1022 would be IBM's equivalent.

Finally, the S1024 targets the data analytics space. With lots of high-performing cores and a big memory footprint – this server plays in the area where IBM has done so well.

In addition, to these platforms, IBM also introduced the Power E1050. The E1050 seems designed for big data and workloads with significant memory throughput requirements.

The E1050 is where I believe the difference in the Power architecture becomes obvious. The E1050 is where midrange starts to bump into high performance, and IBM claims 8-socket performance in this four-socket socket configuration. IBM says it can deliver performance for those running big data environments, larger data warehouses, and high-performance workloads. Maybe, more importantly, the company claims to provide considerable cost savings for workloads that generally require a significant financial investment.

One benchmark that IBM showed was the two-tier SAP Standard app benchmark. In this test, the E1050 beat an x86, 8-socket server handily, showing a 2.6x per-core performance advantage. We at Moor Insights & Strategy didn’t run the benchmark or certify it, but the company has been conservative in its disclosures, and I have no reason to dispute it.

But the performance and cost savings are not just associated with these higher-end workloads with narrow applicability. In another comparison, IBM showed the Power S1022 performs 3.6x better than its x86 equivalent for running a containerized environment in Red Hat OpenShift. When all was added up, the S1022 was shown to lower TCO by 53%.

What makes Power-based servers perform so well in SAP and OpenShift?

The value of Power is derived both from the CPU architecture and the value IBM puts into the system and server design. The company is not afraid to design and deploy enhancements it believes will deliver better performance, higher security, and greater reliability for its customers. In the case of Power10, I believe there are a few design factors that have contributed to the performance and price//performance advantages the company claims, including

  • Use Differential DIMM technology to increase memory bandwidth, allowing for better performance from memory-intensive workloads such as in-memory database environments.
  • Built-in AI inferencing engines that increase performance by up to 5x.
  • Transparent memory encryption performs this function with no performance tax (note: AMD has had this technology for years, and Intel introduced about a year ago).

These seemingly minor differences can add up to deliver significant performance benefits for workloads running in the datacenter. But some of this comes down to a very powerful (pardon the redundancy) core design. While x86 dominates the datacenter in unit share, IBM has maintained a loyal customer base because the Power CPUs are workhorses, and Power servers are performant, secure, and reliable for mission critical applications.

Consumption-based offerings

Like other server vendors, IBM sees the writing on the wall and has opened up its offerings to be consumed in a way that is most beneficial to its customers. Traditional acquisition model? Check. Pay as you go with hardware in your datacenter? Also, check. Cloud-based offerings? One more check.

While there is nothing revolutionary about what IBM is doing with how customers consume its technology, it is important to note that IBM is the only server vendor that also runs a global cloud service (IBM Cloud). This should enable the company to pass on savings to its customers while providing greater security and manageability.

Closing thoughts

I like what IBM is doing to maintain and potentially grow its market presence. The new Power10 lineup is designed to meet customers' entire range of performance and cost requirements without sacrificing any of the differentiated design and development that the company puts into its mission critical platforms.

Will this announcement move x86 IT organizations to transition to IBM? Unlikely. Nor do I believe this is IBM's goal. However, I can see how businesses concerned with performance, security, and TCO of their mission and business-critical workloads can find a strong argument for Power. And this can be the beginning of a more substantial Power presence in the datacenter.

Note: This analysis contains insights from Moor Insights & Strategy Founder and Chief Analyst, Patrick Moorhead.

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Killexams : I Drove Four Generations Of Audi RS6 Avant And I Can’t Pick A Favorite No result found, try new keyword!Americans had to wait till 2021 for a chance at the twin-turbocharged longroof, and we missed out on some greats. Sun, 24 Jul 2022 10:01:00 -0500 en-us text/html https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/i-drove-four-generations-of-audi-rs6-avant-and-i-cant-pick-a-favorite/ar-AAZVnNO Killexams : Hot, New Electric Cars That Are Coming Soon

There’s a new electric vehicle company in town: VinFast. Its home base is in Vietnam, and it plans to invest $4 billion in a manufacturing plant in North Carolina. The automaker showed two SUVs at the 2022 New York auto show, the VF 8 and VF 9.

Both the VF 8 and the VF 9 feature a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system. The Eco version has 348 hp, and the Plus trim has 402 hp. Standard and long-range batteries are available in either model. VinFast says the VF 8 Eco with the standard battery has a 260-mile estimated driving range and a 5.8-second 0-to-60-mph time, while models equipped with the extended-range battery have an estimated 292-mile range and 5.3-second 0-to-60 time.

VinFast has a unique twist on pricing, with a battery subscription on top of the vehicle’s purchase prices, tailored to the buyer’s expected usage. The company explains it this way: “By separating the price of the battery from the acquisition value of the automobile, VinFast takes on all the risks related to the vehicle’s battery and ensures a reasonable price for its products, while providing customers with peace of mind about the battery’s quality during use.”

A key upside to their battery approach is that VinFast provides a lifetime battery warranty covering all maintenance and repair costs, and will replace the battery free when charging capacity dips below 70 percent. This should reduce some concerns among shoppers. 

Prices: 
VF 8: $40,700-$48,000, VF 9: $55,500-$61,000
On sale: Late 2022

Learn more about VinFast and its models.

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Killexams : Inspectors OK 1st Ukraine grain ship but no sign yet of more

ISTANBUL (AP) — The first grain ship to leave Ukraine and cross the Black Sea under a wartime deal passed inspection Wednesday in Istanbul and headed on to Lebanon. Ukraine said 17 other vessels were “loaded and waiting permission to leave,” but there was no word yet on when they could depart.

A joint civilian inspection team spent three hours checking the cargo and crew of the Sierra Leone-flagged ship Razoni, which left Odesa on Monday carrying Ukrainian corn, a U.N. statement said.

The Joint Coordination Center team included officials from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations, who signed deals last month to create safe Black Sea shipping corridors to export Ukraine's desperately needed agricultural products as Russia's war upon its neighbor grinds on.

Ukraine is a major global grain supplier but the war had blocked most exports, so the July 22 deal aimed to ease food security around the globe. World food prices have been soaring in a crisis blamed on the war, supply chain problems and COVID-19.

Although U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Razoni's journey a “significant step,” no other ships have left from Ukraine in the past 48 hours and no explanations have been given for that delay.

A U.N. statement said inspectors “gained valuable information” from the Razoni's crew about its voyage through the Black Sea maritime humanitarian corridor and the coordination center was “fine-tuning procedures.”

The Turkish Ministry of National Defense tweeted a picture of an inspector reaching into the Razoni's hold and touching some of its 26,527 tons of corn for chicken feed. The Razoni’s horn rang out as the inspectors left the ship, and then it headed off to Lebanon.

The checks seek to ensure that outbound cargo ships carry only grain, fertilizer or food and not any other commodities, and that inbound ships are not carrying weapons.

An estimated 20 million tons of grain — most of it said to be destined for livestock — has been stuck in Ukraine since the start of the 6-month-old war. Ukraine’s top diplomat said Wednesday that more ships are ready to carry much-needed grain and food out of the country’s Black Sea ports.

“Further ships are already ready for departure. They will depart from the ports that are part of the grain initiative in accordance with the agreed schedule, and we hope that everything will work out and the Russian Federation will not take any steps that would destroy these agreements,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said at a joint press conference in Kyiv with his Estonian counterpart.

Kuleba said the U.N.-backed deal “is beneficial to Ukrainian farmers, it is beneficial to the Ukrainian economy, and it is beneficial to the world.”

" It is now Ukraine that is, literally, saving the world from further growth in food prices and from hunger in individual countries,” he said.

Still, a Black Sea voyage entails significant risks because of the war. Two civilian ships hit explosive devices there last week near the Danube River’s Bystre estuary, according to Bridget Diakun, a data reporter at Lloyd’s List, a global shipping publication.

Analysts say authorities' first priority is bringing out vessels that have been stuck for months at the three Ukrainian ports covered by the deal. Sixteen ships loaded with grain have been stuck at the ports of Odesa and Chernomorsk since Russia's invasion, according to Lloyd’s List.

The U.N. official who helped negotiate the Russian deal with the U.N. aimed at ensuring unrestricted access to world markets for the country’s food and fertilizer says there are still obstacles to overcome.

U.N. trade chief Rebeca Grynspan told a U.N. news conference Wednesday by video from Geneva that some obstacles Russia faces in terms of finance, insurance, shipping and transport of its grain and fertilizer have been clarified by the United States and European Union.

But she said there is still a major bottleneck -- getting the private sector to accept that the U.N.-Russia agreement will enable their companies to be involved in getting Russian grain and fertilizer shipped to global markets without the threat of sanctions.

There are no U.S. or EU sanctions on food or fertilizer exports, but companies engaged in related fields have been reluctant to take part.

Russia’s war with Ukraine has had “a chilling effect on the private sector,” Grynspan said. “So, an important part of the private sector has stopped their dealings in food and fertilizer.”

Grynspan, the secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, said some grain and fertilizer are being exported from Russia but at very high costs. She explained that half the increase in grain prices comes from increases in transport and logistics costs.

“That is the pressure that we want to ease,” she said.

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Killexams : Porsche Confirms New Electric Flagship SUV, Will Debut In The Mid-2020s

Porsche has officially confirmed a new electric flagship SUV to slot above the Cayenne, hoping to capitalize on the success of the Taycan.

The news was revealed during Porsche’s capital markets day in Weissach, Germany, a presentation in a quest to attract investors prior to the automaker’s initial public offering.

During the event, Oliver Blume, Porsche CEO, said: “We plan to add a new luxury, all-electric SUV model to our attractive portfolio, which will roll off the production line in Leipzig. This will further expand our position in the luxury automotive segment. We are targeting the higher margin segments in particular and aim to tap into new sales opportunities in this way”. Blume described the EV as “a very sporty interpretation of an SUV” hinting at a sporty silhouette with relatively high ground clearance.

See Also: Porsche Confirms Electric-Only 718 Boxster And Cayman For 2025

As reported by Automotive News, the EV is codenamed K1 and will be produced at the Leipzig factory starting from the mid-20s. Porsche said it will utilize technology from the Porsche Mission R, including the oil-cooled electric motors. The racecar concept debuted last year with up to 1,073 hp (800 kW / 1,088 PS) of power, and a 920-volt architecture allowing for fast charging, although figures could be slightly toned down in production models. Earlier reports suggest that Porsche’s upcoming flagship SUV will arrive in the second half of the decade with a three-row cabin layout, something that has not been confirmed.

With Porsche’s first EV – the Taycan – already outselling the 911, the automaker is ready for a heavier dose of electrification in the next few years, moving towards an 80 percent EV sales mix by 2030. Those will include the fully electric next-generation 718 sportscar by mid-decade, and the PPE-based Macan EV which is set to debut in 2024, following a delay in its development. On the ICE-powered front, Porsche is preparing facelifts for the 911 family and the Cayenne, alongside a new generation of the Panamera.

Lutz Meschke, Porsche’s Chief Financial Officer, set out targets for a €38-39 ($39-40) billion revenue in 2022, and a 17-18 percent return on sales. Porsche wants to increase the sales return figure to over 20 percent in the long term, and become one of the most profitable automakers in the world.

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Killexams : Best home printers: the top inkjet, laser and wireless devices

In our roundup, you'll find corded and wireless printers across a range of sizes and budgets. (Getty)

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Printers are a useful addition to your home office, whether that's a corner of your bedroom or a whole room dedicated to work.

Besides work purposes, they can be useful for printing tickets, boarding passes and other important documents outside of your 9-5.

We've handpicked 12 top printers to invest in, starting from £49.99 by big-name brands including HP, Epson, Canon and Brother.

Some are corded, others are wireless and most can be used to print from your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Whether you're hoping to print high-resolution photos or high volumes of paper efficiently, there's a machine for you.

We've also included printers which come with ink subscriptions at a discount, so you won't have to worry about the added expenses of buying cartridges. Ready, set, print.

HP Envy 6020e | £82 from Amazon

This HP Envy 6020e printer has a simple setup and can easily be connected to your phone.

This is the best-selling home printer on Amazon, with almost 4,000 4.5 star ratings. One review reads: "The easiest printer I have ever setup. Very simple using the app on my phone, following the illustrated steps all the way through to a test print and scan. Then I went to set it up on my Chromebook and because that is linked to my phone it was already to use. Print quality is good enough from a printer in this price range. Printing is very quiet too."

Epson EcoTank ET-2810 | £186.64 from Amazon

This Epson EcoTank ET-2810 can print large volumes in colour and black and white.

This hassle-free home printer from Epson has key-lock bottles so it will display which colour needs a refill without the guesswork and won't allow you to mix up your colours. It also promises one set of ink bottles that can print as many as 4,500 pages in black and white ad 7,500 in colour. You can also print directly from your phone or tablet through its app.

Canon PIXMA TR4550 4-In-One printer | £63.95 from Amazon

This Canon PIXMA TR4550 4-In-One laser printer is wireless.

Offering wireless printing through your smartphone, tablet or laptop, this lightweight laser printer from Canon is perfect for home use. It's one of the more affordable models too, costing less than £70.

HP DeskJet 2710e All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer | £49.99 from Currys

HP DeskJet 2710e All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer is ideal if you're shopping on a budget.

Another budget-friendly printer is from HP Deskjet. It can deliver up to 7.5 prints per minute with a high resolution of 1200 dpi ad it comes available with a subscription package for ink, meaning when you're running low, cartridges will be automatically ordered by it.

BROTHER DCP1612W Monochrome All-in-One Wireless Laser Printer | £149.99 from Currys

This BROTHER DCP1612W monochrome machine is great for smaller spaces.

For super productive printing, copying and scanning in your home office, this wireless laser model from Brother fits the bill. It's compact, can print up to 20 pages per minute and has a 150-sheet paper tray.

HP DeskJet 3760 Wireless All-in-One Printer | £49.99 from Robert Dyas

For cable-free efficiency, this HP DeskJet 3760 Wireless All-in-One Printer is a great budget-friendly option.

This HP DeskJet printer comes with two months worth of ink, so you can get printing the second you find a home for it. It's compact and space-saving with a 60-sheet input tray and 25-sheet output tray.

Epson Expression Home XP-4150 Wi-Fi Three-in-One Printer | £64.99 from John Lewis

Functional without being an eyesore, this Epson Expression Home XP-4150 has individual ink cartridges.

This will cover all your basic printing needs, thanks to its fast Bluetooth connection for your smartphone, individual ink cartridges is more cost-effective when they need replacing and can connect wirelessly with or without a network.

Canon SELPHY Square QX10 Mobile Photo Printer | £149 from John Lewis

If you're looking to print high-quality photos at home try Canon's SELPHY Square QX10 Mobile Photo Printer.

This is ideal if you're keen to print photos from your phone at your own leisure. It produces high-quality and 68 x 68mm size images with vibrant colour and a white border - perfect for framing.

HP ENVY Inspire 7920e All-in-One Printer | £139.99 from John Lewis

HP's ENVY Inspire 7920e All-in-One Printer has automatic two-sided printing.

This time-saving printer has automatic two-sided printing, which will save you both time and money spent on ink. It also boasts a specific photo printing tray and has a fast, uncomplicated setup.

Canon PIXMA TS5352A Wireless All In One Printer | £79.99 from Ryman

This Canon PIXMA TS5352A Wireless All In One Printer is perfect for adding a pop of colour to your office.

Your home printer needn't be only black or white, we love this fun pink one from Canon. It can also print, scan and copy wirelessly and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity as well as being able to connect to your social media accounts via the Canon PRINT app.

HP LaserJet Pro M404dn Printer | £226.96 from Amazon

This HP LaserJet printer is ideal if you have high-volume printing needs on a bigger scale.

Rated best for high output by Amazon, this is great if you need to print large quantities often and need a reliable machine. One reviewer said, "Great printer does the job perfectly with great print quality, handy quiet mode."

Brother DCP-J1050DW Wireless Colour Inkjet Printer | £105.90 from Amazon

This machine can print, scan or copy wirelessly or through Bluetooth connection.

This machine from Brother can provide vivid inkjet printing and high-resolution scanning. With a few clicks you can also print wirelessly from your laptop, tablet or smartphone.

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