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CloudBees, a leading software delivery platform for enterprises, announced today that it achieved the Amazon Web Service (AWS) Service Ready Program for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Spot Instances. This designation recognizes that CloudBees and its CloudBees CI solution has demonstrated successful support for Amazon EC2 Spot Instances.

Joining the Amazon EC2 Spot Ready Partner Program differentiates CloudBees as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member with a product that works with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances and is generally available for and fully supports AWS customers. The Amazon EC2 Spot Ready Program helps customers identify AWS Partner products that can help them benefit from Amazon EC2 Spot savings for their workloads. The program also ensures that customers will have a well architected and cost-optimized solution available to them through their Amazon EC2 Spot Partner offering.

"CloudBees is proud to become an Amazon EC2 Spot Ready Partner and have CloudBees CI recognized as a cost-optimized solution meeting – and exceeding – the needs of AWS customers," said Sam Herren, Global Director, Cloud Alliances, CloudBees. "CloudBees is committed to helping companies continuously advance their business by transforming the way they build and deploy software and working with AWS is an important piece to achieving that mission."

To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Service Ready Program to help customers identify solutions integrated with AWS services and spend less time evaluating new tools and more time scaling their use of solutions that work on AWS.

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Killexams : GPU prices and availability (December 2022): How much are GPUs today?

The GPU shortage is over, and gamers around the world can breathe a sigh of relief. For those in the market for one of the best graphics cards, we closely looked at graphics card prices and availability to see where the GPU market is headed and to figure out the best time to buy.

If you’re looking for a cheap GPU deal, now is the time to buy. After a nasty slip in gaming revenue from Nvidia, prices from both AMD and Nvidia are starting to tumble even below the list price.

Here’s the state of affairs for GPU pricing in December 2022.

When will graphics card prices drop?

AMD RX 6600 among other graphics cards.

GPU prices have largely returned to normal, despite a few key graphics cards selling for above list price. Graphics cards are in stock at retailers, which has cut off scalpers at the knees with inflated prices. Prices have returned to normal at retailers, following a couple of months of steep drops in prices on the secondhand market.

The GPU market is in good shape now, with cards on the secondhand market selling for below list price, as they should. We’re not completely out of the woods yet, though.

Nvidia recently boasted to investors about inflated GPU prices. It’s not clear if those higher prices are a result of the GPU shortage or simply because graphics cards are getting more expensive. The 12GB RTX 3080, for example, is about $400 more expensive than its 10GB counterpart.

For now, though, GPU prices continue to drop. From September, we’ve seen steep price drops on low-end Nvidia graphics cards, as well as an overall trend downward as AMD and Nvidia prepare for the next generation.

Nvidia GPU pricing trend 2021 to 2022

Nvidia graphics cards are still a bit more expensive than AMD ones, selling for around 20% above the list price on average. The good news is that retailers have Nvidia graphics cards in stock now, which has significantly lowered prices on the secondhand market. You can see how prices steadily dropped for these cards in the first few months of 2022 on eBay in the chart below.

Average selling price of Nvidia Ampere graphics cards.

The RTX 3080 was nearly 149% above the list price in January 2022 but dropped to only 105% above the list price by March. Now that we’re later in the year, some RTX 3080 cards are actually selling below the list price on eBay. Prices remain a bit higher at retailers, however, as we’ll dig into in the upcoming sections.

AMD’s graphics cards aren’t as inflated as Nvidia’s at the moment, and some RX 6000 graphics cards are selling below list price at retailers. The secondhand market has largely recovered, too, though you won’t score a deal on an AMD graphics card like you will on an Nvidia if you shop used.

Average selling price of AMD RDNA 2 graphics cards.

You can see the steep decline in the price of RX 6000 GPUs in the first few months of the year in the chart above. GPU prices have stabilized now, with a few notable exceptions. Popular cards like RX 6800 XT still sell for above list price, but you can find a few if you shop for a used card.

Nvidia GeForce Ada Lovelace RTX 40-series

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU.
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GeForce RTX 4090

Nvidia’s new RTX 4090 is the cream of the crop when it comes to GPU power (read our RTX 4090 review to see it in action), and it comes with a price to match. The base price is $1,600, and some third-party models are as much as $2,000. The initial batch of cards is already out of stock, but retailers seem positive that more inventory will arrive shortly. Unfortunately, you can’t buy the RTX 4090 on its own at the moment, but that should change in the coming weeks. If you can’t wait, there are still ways to buy the card through a prebuilt system, though.

GeForce RTX 4080

Nvidia followed up the RTX 4090 with the RTX 4080, but it’s not out of stock. Although not as impressive as the flagship card (read our RTX 4080 review for more), it’s still a powerful GPU with Nvidia’s latest architecture. It’s not quite powerful enough for the price, though, leading many models to still be in stock at list price.

  • $1,310 MSI RTX 4080 Gaming X Trio at Newegg
  • $1,400 Asus RTX 4080 Tuf Gaming OC at Newegg

Nvidia GeForce Ampere RTX 30-series

RTX 3080 graphics cards among other GPUs.
Jacob Roach / Digital Trends.

GeForce RTX 3090 Ti

The RTX 3090 Ti is the latest addition to Nvidia’s Ampere lineup, and it never experienced the inflated prices as the rest of the range. In fact, Nvidia is selling them for cheap. Following price cuts for the whole GPU market, some RTX 3090 Ti models were discounted by as much as $1,000. Unfortunately, those price cuts haven’t lasted long, as the card has gone up to around $1,600 for new, in-stock models while it should sell for around $1,100.

Read our RTX 3090 Ti review to see how the card performs.

  • $1,600 Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti at Amazon
  • $1,750 Gainward RTX 3090 Ti Glare OC at Newegg

GeForce RTX 3090

Although the RTX 3090 is much older than the RTX 3090 Ti, it’s much more expensive than its list price. The card launched at $1,500, and like the RTX 3090 Ti, it’s selling for above list price now. Cards start around $1,600 and go up from there, likely on the back of poor stock. Just a month ago, the RTX 3090 sold for around $900.

  • $1,550 EVGA RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra at Amazon
  • $2,088 Zotac RTX 3090 Trinity OC at Amazon

GeForce RTX 3080 Ti

The RTX 3080 Ti is one of the few graphics cards that’s selling for below list price now, which makes sense considering it was massively overpriced in the first place. It launched for $1,200, but you can find it now for around $1,000. There’s quite a bit of variation, however, with some overclocked models selling for closer to $1,500. Read our RTX 3080 Ti review for benchmarks.

  • $1,050 MSI RTX 3080 Ti Ventus 3X at Newegg

GeForce RTX 3080

The RTX 3080 was a sweet-spot graphics card for high-end gamers when it launched. With a list price of $700 and uncharted performance — read our RTX 3080 review for more on that — it was the graphics card to buy. Some models are close to list price now, though they still typically sell for around $900 or $1,000.

  • $1,100 EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra at Amazon
  • $900 Zotac RTX 3080 Trinity OC at Amazon

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti

The RTX 3070 Ti is an updated version of the RTX 3070, packing in more cores, a faster clock speed, and higher memory bandwidth. It launched for only $600, but you’ll spend closer to $700 now. Overclocked models aren’t much more expensive, reaching up to around $750 at most. Read our RTX 3070 Ti review to see it in action.

  • $650 Gigabyte RTX 3070 Ti Gaming OC at Newegg
  • $700 Asus RTX 3070 Ti ROG Strix at Best Buy

GeForce RTX 3070

Much like the RTX 3080 and RTX 3080 Ti, it’s much harder to find the RTX 3070 compared to its Ti sibling. And you’ll pay about the same price. The RTX 3070 launched at $500, but most models run around $550, saving you only $100 or so compared to the Ti model.

  • $570 Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC at Amazon
  • $550 Gigabyte RTX 3070 Eagle OC at Amazon

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

The RTX 3060 Ti is a popular graphics card, which makes sense. It’s the best 1080p graphics card you can buy, with enough power for 1440p in some titles. It launched for $400, but you’ll spend around $450 for a card now. Overclocked models are a bit more expensive, running toward $550 for an overclocked card tricked out with RGB.

  • $410 Zotac RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge OC at Amazon
  • $450 MSI RTX 3060 Ti Ventus 2X at Walmart

GeForce RTX 3060

The RTX 3060 is an oddball graphics card, launching for $330 shortly after the Ti version. It’s a little more expensive now, with most models selling for around $450 but some moving down to $400. Some overclocked models sell for over $500, but those are few and far between. For a full breakdown of performance, make sure to read our RTX 3060 review.

  • $400 Gigabyte RTX 3060 Gaming OC at Newegg
  • $370 MSI RTX 3060 Ventus 2X at Amazon

GeForce RTX 3050

Nvidia’s budget-focused RTX 3050 is a solid option for gamers on a budget — read our RTX 3050 review for a full breakdown of performance — but it’s still selling for above list price. The cheapest cards run around $330, but you could spend up to $400 for an overclocked model. That’s a solid increase compared to the $250 price the card launched at.

  • $345 MSI RTX 3050 Gaming X at Lenovo

Intel Arc Alchemist

The backs of the Arc A770 and Arc A750 graphics cards.

Arc A770

Intel’s Arc A770 was a surprise hit (read our Arc A770 and A750 review), mostly due to its price. Intel has two models, one with 8GB of memory and another with 16GB. The 8GB model runs for $330, while the 16GB model is $350. Intel has far fewer board partners than AMD and Nvidia at the moment, so these suggested prices are what you can expect to spend on a card. Unfortunately, the Arc A770 is out of stock at the moment, but more cards should arrive soon.

Arc A750

The Arc A750 is similar to the A770. It’s just slightly behind in performance and, consequently, slightly behind in price. The list price is $290, and the only models we’ve seen are selling for that price. Some models could sell for more as they become available, but like the A770, the price seems stable. Unfortunately, the A750 is also out of stock right now, but it should come back soon.

Arc A380

Intel’s less-popular A380 is available, and we’ve only spotted one model you can buy — the ASRock Challenger model for $140. This card is far behind in performance and seemed more like a proof of concept for Intel Arc than a competitive release. It’s still in stock, but don’t expect top-tier gaming performance.

AMD Radeon RDNA 2 RX 6000

AMD RX 6950 XT graphics card on a pink background.
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Radeon RX 6950 XT

The Radeon RX 6950 XT is an updated version of the RX 6900 XT, bringing clock speed and memory bandwidth improvements (read about those in our RX 6950 XT review). It launched for $1,100, and you can still find several models available for that price. Some models push up toward $1,300, but they’re few and far between.

  • $1,073 PowerColor RX 6950 XT Red Devil at Amazon
  • $800 ASRock RX 6950 XT OC Formula at Newegg

Radeon RX 6900 XT

The RX 6900 XT originally launched for $1,000, and it’s one of the few cards selling for below list price now. You can find models as cheap as $950, which isn’t a deal, but it’s much better than the inflated prices of Nvidia cards. Some models scale even higher than the RX 6950 XT, oddly, nearing $1,400. Thankfully, there are plenty of options in stock at or below list price.

  • $702 PowerColor RX 6900 XT Red Devil at Amazon
  • $680 XFX RX 6900 XT Speedster MERC319 at Amazon

Radeon RX 6800 XT

The RX 6800 XT has suffered a similar fate as the RTX 3080 when it comes to pricing. It launched at $650, but as the sweet-spot 4K option in AMD’s lineup, prices have remained high. Now, you’ll pay at least $700 for a card, with some overclocked models going up to $1,000. The good news is that inventory looks better, and the RX 6800 XT doesn’t have quite as much variation in pricing as the RTX 3080 does.

  • $600 PowerColor RX 6800 XT Red Devil at Amazon

Radeon RX 6800

The cut-down RX 6800 hasn’t had the same attention as the XT version, but it’s still expensive compared to the list price. It launched for $580, but you’ll spend about the same price for one as the XT version. The cheapest model we found is $750, and some sell for as much as $900. There are models in stock at various retailers, but we recommend sticking with the XT model to get the best value.

  • $535 PowerColor RX 6800 Red Dragon at Amazon

Radeon RX 6750 XT

The RX 6750 XT is an updated version of the RX 6700 XT, and just like the other RX XX50-series cards, it’s in stock for list price at most retailers. In fact, it’s in stock for a bit less. The card launched at $550. Some overclocked models go up to $550, but the vast majority of RX 6750 XT models sell for under $500.

  • $410 MSI RX 6750 XT Mech 2X at Newegg

Radeon RX 6700 XT

The RX 6700 XT launched for $480, but it sells for a little more now. We found models around $480, but never any above $600, which is a decent range of prices. Although the RX 6700 XT technically lives alongside the RX 6750 XT, we imagine this model will be phased out over time in favor of the updated version. That could bring prices down in the future, but for now, stick with the RX 6750 XT.

  • $430 PowerColor RX 6700 XT Red Devil at Amazon

Radeon RX 6650 XT

The RX 6650 XT is among the RDNA 2 refresh lineup, and it replaces the RX 6600 XT — though, keep our RX 6600 XT review handy in case you find a card in stock. The card launched for $400, and the vast majority of cards selling now go for around that price ($450 was the highest we spotted). That makes sense, as the RX 6650 XT was a rather disappointing entry in the refreshed range.

  • $310 PowerColor RX 6650 XT Hellhound at Amazon
  • $285 ASRock RX 6650 XT Challenger D at Newegg

Radeon RX 6600

The RX 6600 is a cut-down version of the RX 6600 XT, and it comes in at a cheaper price: $330. There are some cards in stock for that price, though many sell closer to $350. The problem is inventory, as the RX 6650 XT has pushed many of the models off digital shelves. Make sure to read our RX 6600 review to see how the card stacks up.

  • $250 Gigabyte RX 6600 Eagle at Amazon
  • $280 MSI RX 6600 Mech 2X at Lenovo
  • $290 PowerColor RX 6600 Fighter at Amazon

Radeon RX 6500 XT

The RX 6500 XT was launched to compete with the RTX 3050 for a slightly lower price of $200. As you can read in our RX 6500 XT review, it’s one of the worst graphics cards ever released, which explains why you can pick one up for as little as $190. It’s a deal, but you’re not getting much of a graphics card for that price.

  • $190 Gigabyte RX 6500 XT Eagle at Newegg
  • $180 XFX RX 6500 XT Speedster QICK210 at Amazon

Radeon RX 6400

If you’re looking for a true budget graphics card, the RX 6400 is your only modern option. It launched with a recommended price of $160, and the vast majority of cards sell for around that price (give or take $10). We couldn’t find any cards above $200. Keep in mind, though, that the RX 6400 is less focused on gaming, so you’ll only find options in small-form-factor configurations.

  • $150 XFX RX 6400 Speedster SWFT105 at Amazon
  • $150 ASRock RX 6400 Challenger at Newegg

Should I buy a new GPU now or wait?

RTX 3080 installed in a PC.

We recommended waiting to buy a GPU at the beginning of the year, but that’s not the case anymore. Now is the best time to buy a new GPU, as cards have mostly returned to list price, and they’re in stock at retailers. Next-generation cards are on the way, however, so you may want to wait if you’re after peak performance.

Nvidia is expected to show off its RTX 40-series graphics cards in the fall, and AMD should follow up shortly after with its RX 7000 GPUs. It’s hard to say if these cards will inflate prices again or if they’ll push current prices down. If you’ve been eagerly waiting for an upgrade, now is a good time to buy a new GPU.

FAQs about GPU prices

Why are GPUs so hard to find?

In 2021, there was a GPU shortage, which is why GPUs are so hard to find. The coronavirus pandemic caused a chip shortage, making it difficult for Nvidia and AMD to produce enough cards to keep up with demand. Demand was at an all-time high in 2021, too, as cryptocurrency miners rushed to pick up graphics cards from shelves.

Throw scalpers into the mix, who capitalized on demand from gamers and cryptocurrency miners, and it’s easy to see why GPUs are so expensive. Simply put, graphics cards are hard to find because demand is much, much higher than supply.

Are GPUs still out of stock in 2022?

No, GPUs are not still out of stock in 2022. You can find Nvidia RTX 30-series and AMD RX 6000 graphics cards at most retailers, as well as on eBay. Cards are not only in stock now, but they’re also mostly selling for around list price.

When will GPU prices return to normal?

Graphics cards are cheaper now than they were in 2021, and prices have continued to drop. Although some models are still overpriced, it’s safe to say that GPU prices have returned to normal now.

It’s possible that prices will rise again near the end of the year, but it’s hard to say for sure right now.

Will old GPU prices drop?

Older graphics card prices are dropping with the rest of the market. In many cases, old GPUs still follow the price trends of the rest of the market. However, they generally don’t see as dramatic price shifts. Old GPU prices will drop along with new GPU prices.

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Killexams : Everything You Need to Know About Rolex’s Certified Pre-Owned Watch Program

Rolex is finally getting into the secondary market.

On Thursday, the world’s most famous Swiss watchmaker announced the start of its own certified pre-owned watch program, under which it will sell authenticated watches, first through the luxury retailer Bucherer, before expanding to other authorized dealers.

Which Rolex watches will be eligible for the program?

Only Rolex watches purchased from ADs and more than three years old will be eligible for the pre-owned program, in an effort to curtail newer models being flipped in the gray market. And here’s where the Crown is really leveling up from your typical secondary market experience. When you purchase a Rolex certified pre-owned watch, you’ll receive a certificate of authenticity and a new, two-year warranty card. You’ll even get a coveted Rolex “wax seal” tag.

Where will Rolex CPO watches be available?

Rolex certified pre-owned watches will initially be available at Bucherer boutiques in six select markets including Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Denmark and the UK beginning this month. In 2023, the Crown will expand the program to other Rolex authorized retailers, hopefully including some outposts in the States.

One of Bucherer’s stores in Zurich. Bucherer

What other brands are already selling their own secondary merchandise?

In the past two decades, there’s been a notable surge in the pre-owned watch market (one that’s expected to continue thanks to millennials and Gen Z shoppers), and Rolex isn’t the first major player to claim its own slice of the pie. One of the biggest moves came in 2018 when Richemont entered the second-hand space by acquiring Watchfinder. In 2020, Watches of Switzerland purchased Analog/Shift. Then, just last year, Hodinkee got into the pre-owned watch game by purchasing Crown & Caliber. (Some other brands, including Moser, Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, Audemars Piguet and MB&F, also operate their own CPO programs.)

Pre-owned watches and retailers have often carried a certain stigma. There’s arguably a greater risk involved when buying a luxury watch outside the sphere of an authorized dealer or directly from the brand. While many brands have historically wanted to distance themselves from the second-hand market, others have recognized the value in being a part of it, whether to bolster security and trust or to control the segment. Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is an approach that has long been used in other luxury sectors, like cars. Companies like Porsche and Ferrari have been putting their stamps of approval on pre-owned vehicles for years.

What does it mean for the brand and collectors?

A Rolex warranty card that comes with its CPO watches. Rolex/Federico Berardi

At first glance, Rolex’s move into the pre-owned market may come as a bit of a surprise, but it’s actually a logical next step for the brand. In the past few years, Rolex boutiques around the globe have run dry with display cases marked by dreaded “For Exhibition Only” signs and employees breaking the news that a particular watch might not be available for months or even years. The Crown recently gave collectors hope that the tides might be shifting with the announcement of plans to build a new $1 billion factory in Switzerland. But until it’s up and running, certified pre-owned Rolex watches may help fill the gap in the supply.

Rolex dealers (of both pre-owned and vintage) share their thoughts on Rolex’s new program:

Eric Wind, dealer and owner of Wind Vintage

“I’m mostly focused on vintage watches, so I don’t see it affecting me at this point. Vintage buyers don’t even like to see a Rolex service card when they are buying a watch as that means it has likely been polished and had parts replaced. I can see this affecting buyers of newer pieces who may eventually want to see the Rolex Certified Pre-Owned card with their watches. I think Ferrari makes more money from certified pre-owned models than new ones, so perhaps Rolex feels it is a great revenue source or, at least, can help their authorized retailers make more money.

I don’t think they’re going to control the secondary market, I think they’re just going have to play in it. It’s a value-added service for their retailers. Being able to offer a value-added service about why people should buy there versus from any of the online secondary market resellers is a positive and will allow them to maybe charge a little bit more and be more competitive. My understanding is it’s really up to the retailers to put their own money behind it in terms of purchasing the watches. It’s not like Rolex is giving them a checkbook to buy watches. It’s a retailer decision, at the end of the day. They have to put their own money behind it. 

Generally, I think it’s a good thing for the market. Rolex will be tracking all the serial numbers. They already do that when watches come in for service obviously, or other things, but getting more watches into their system and being able to track them is important data.”

A Rolex certified pre-owned GMT Master II with a new wax tag. Rolex/Federico Berardi

Paul Altieri, owner of Bob’s Watches

“I think it’s positive to see the brand embrace the pre-owned category of the business.  It’s a Validation of the category. In a general sense, it’s positive to see Rolex finally embrace the pre-owned secondary market for their products. What remains to be seen is how it will affect the existing secondary market dealers like us. Execution will be key so it will take some time to see how this all flushes out. Rolex is an iconic brand like Gucci Louis Vuitton, Porsche and others. They all want and need to do things proactively to protect their brands, their products and their image. So, I wouldn’t necessarily call it controlling as much as protecting. I think most clients want a safe and convenient place to sell their pre-owned timepiece at the best value. Competition is good.”   

Danny Govberg, Executive Chairman of Watchbox

(Govberg also owns Govberg Jewelers which is an authorized Rolex dealer)

“I applaud Rolex and fully support their CPO initiative. In addition to showing real leadership, Rolex is demonstrating their commitment to the customer who continues to crave lasting quality and authenticity. Rolex is best positioned to educate, serve, and service clients seeking the perpetual excellence that Rolex represents.

I have been an outspoken champion of the secondary market for almost 40 years. It underpins the new watch market by showing the lasting value of fine watches. I’ve always said that the customer deserves the same transparency and quality experience when purchasing a pre-owned watch as they get when purchasing new. Bravo to Rolex for recognizing this, taking a bold and revolutionary move, and supporting the wants and needs of the customer.”

Erik Ku, dealer and founder of Loupe This

“It’s a good way for Rolex to instill trust in the secondary market, but I’m not sure it’s going to change much of anything. Pricing on the secondary market is very competitive (think single digit margins) and for Rolex ADs to buy the watches, send them in for service, wait, then resell for a retail margin, it seems highly unlikely they can overtake the existing grey market and be competitive price wise.

What this does though, is allow buyers (who don’t care about price) to have confidence buying used watches from their authorized dealers that they may not have previously considered it. It also allows for ADs to have at least “something to sell” customers if their new stock is thin…at a price though. Bucherer already has pieces on their website and I’m not sure how you convince a customer to pay CHF 21,000 for a GMT Master Batman that is used, when the RRP is possibly half of that.”

Cameron Barr, founder of Craft & Tailored

“I specialize in vintage watches and rare collectible watches that fall outside of the more normal consumer grade watches so, I think this won’t have much effect on blue chip nonconsumable grade luxury watches. I think that this program is great for the more “modern” segment of Rolex watches circa year 2000 and on but I don’t think this will affect the true vintage or collectible market. With that being said, I think it will actually be good for the modern market and will put Rolex in the driver’s seat to further control pricing within the secondary market. There is also a certain consumer that will put great value and trust in the Rolex CPO offering such as the CPO offerings that many automotive manufacturers have demonstrated success with over the years. If I were to guess, I would say that most of the Rolex CPO stock will come from the Rolex AD’s customer base that they have sold new Rolex production stock over the past 20+ years, similar to the used car market. 

Rolex AD’s traditionally haven’t been able to offer secondhand watches as Rolex’s biggest competitor is pre-owned Rolex via the secondhand market but I think this now gives Rolex a way to try and control and capture revenues as well as profits from the secondary market that they haven’t been able to capture before. I think it will provide AD’s with stock and sellable offerings that they “haven’t” had access to for the past few years.

I think that this is ultimately a sales strategy for Rolex AD’s to offer watches that don’t compete with the current production watches and without a doubt, the modern Rolex pricing within the secondary/pre-owned market has been coming down for sure. Matter of fact my local Rolex AD offered me a few brand new offerings that once were not “available”

But what is interesting specific to Rolex CPO pricing is this when I looked at one of the current Rolex AD’s that was currently offering CPO Rolex (Bucherer) I compared 3 pricing segments, CPO pricing, Brand new pricing via a Rolex AD, and pre owned pricing via C24 and the secondary dealer network.

I looked at the Rolex GMT Master II “Batman” Ref. 116710BLNR as my example reference. The Rolex CPO pricing is set at 21,000 CHF ($22,424.16) for the Batman. The current brand new AD pricing for a “Batman” via the updated Rolex Ref. 126710BLNR is $10,550 USD and the pre-owned pricing via sources like Chrono24 or the secondary independent dealer network for a Rolex GMT Master II ref. 116710BLNR is around $16,500 USD on average making the CPO offering the most expensive.”

Tim Stracke, Karlsruhe, Germany-based Co-CEO of Chrono24 via a press statement

“I believe it will incentivize even more first-time buyers to try to get their hands on their first Swiss trophy timepiece. Already we see Rolex making up 44%+ of all purchase requests from our 18-34 users. I anticipate this announcement will only fan the flames of demand for Rolex on our platform, and we’re very excited to see how Geneva’s other luxury brands will respond.”

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Killexams : Is CAPM Worth It? Salary And Job Growth

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If you’re a project management professional with less than three years of experience, and you are looking to boost your resume and certify your skills and knowledge, the Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM)® certification may benefit you.

Early-career professionals who are wondering if the CAPM is worth it should consider the certification’s key factors. This article overviews factors to consider regarding CAPM certification, including costs, salary and growth potential and career options.

What is CAPM Certification?

The CAPM certification is a beginner-level credential administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) that validates an individual’s knowledge and competency in project management fundamentals. The certification serves entry-level professionals, project team members and project managers who are seeking to advance their knowledge and implement best practices in their day-to-day work.

CAPM Certification Cost and Exam​​

Several components factor into the total CAPM certification cost. These expenses include test fees, training costs, study resources and renewal fees.

The CAPM test fee is mandatory, and test-takers must pay it directly to PMI. The fee breaks down as follows.

  • Exam fee. $225 for PMI members and $300 for nonmembers
  • Re-examination fee. $60 for PMI members and $150 for nonmembers

Training Costs

CAPM training and test preparation courses typically incur additional costs. Fees for training courses vary depending on the program. CAPM bootcamps typically start at around $200. In just three or four days, these programs provide the 23 hours of project management education required for CAPM certification.

A training course can cost between $300 and $500. There are several training options available for certification candidates with varying budgets.

PMI bases the current CAPM certification test on the sixth edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)® Guide. PMI members receive this guide with their memberships. Nonmembers must purchase the PMBOK if they want to use it to prepare for the exam. PMI bundles this edition of the PMBOK Guide with its Agile Practice Guide, which is available to purchase from PMI for $49.

Note that starting in 2023, the CAPM test will no longer be based on the PMBOK Guide.

Resources and Practice Tests

For the current version of the CAPM exam, test-takers should review the sixth edition of the PMBOK. PMI also recommends those pursuing CAPM certification to prepare through courses and study groups in addition to self-study. Local PMI chapters often offer formal study courses, as do PMI-authorized training partners. Costs vary among providers.

CAPM candidates may take practice exams as well. The costs of these exams widely vary, and there are some free practice exams available online. PMI offers sample test questions and the CAPM handbook—both excellent tools for self-study—online for free.

CAPM Renewal Costs

The CAPM renewal fee is $60 for PMI members and $150 for nonmembers. CAPM-certified professionals who want to maintain their CAPM status must renew their certification every three years, during which they must complete 15 professional development units.

PMI periodically updates the renewal process for CAPM certification, so make sure to check PMI’s website to stay on top of the most current renewal requirements and costs.

CAPM Salary and Job Growth Potential

PMI projects that the global economy will need 25 million new project management employees to meet demand by 2030: 12 million due to the field’s projected expansion, and 13 million due to worker retirements. This amounts to 2.3 million project management job openings per year until 2030, indicating strong, steady growth for the field.

Even early-career project management professionals earn relatively high salaries as well, according to PMI. In the U.S., project professionals with less than three years of experience earn a median annual salary of $78,279.

Below we list a few roles, spanning from entry-level to senior positions, that you may qualify for with a CAPM certification.

Project Management Analyst

Median Annual Salary: $93,000

Job Description: Management analysts make recommendations to Strengthen organizations’ efficiency. These professionals, also called management consultants, analyze how an organization might increase its profits by reducing costs and increasing revenues and advise managers accordingly.

Management analysts should have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience. CAPM certification is not required for this role, but it can bolster your resume.

Project Coordinator

Average Annual Salary: More than $48,000

Job Description: Project coordinators assist project managers by organizing projects to ensure they’re completed on time and within budget. These professionals coordinate project management activities, resources and equipment. They also collaborate with clients to identify and define project objectives, requirements and scope.

Project coordinators analyze risks, monitor project plans and oversee work hours, schedules and spending. Project coordinators often organize and participate in stakeholder meetings.

Project Manager

Median Annual Salary: $94,500

Job description: Project managers provide critical leadership to help organizations complete projects. These professionals oversee ongoing projects to ensure teams meet deadlines, project requirements and client expectations. They submit deliverables, prepare status reports and streamline communications between teams, team members, stakeholders and clients. They help identify and resolve issues that arise during the project duration.

Project Management Director

Average Annual Salary: More than $123,000

Job description: Project management directors strategically develop, direct and manage multiple projects within larger organizations. They establish methodologies and standards to set measurable quality and productivity targets. These professionals oversee finances, coordinate resources within the defined scope and monitor potential risks to ensure teams complete projects on time and within budget.

Is a CAPM Certification Worth It?

The CAPM certification is a respected designation that indicates a commitment to the field and certifiable knowledge and experience in project management. If you’re contemplating earning a CAPM certification, consider the following factors before taking the plunge.

Consider Your Career

A CAPM certification can help individuals with up to three years of experience in project management boost their resumes and help their job applications stand out.

The certification is a solid place to start if your professional goals include project management. It can serve as a stepping stone toward more advanced positions and certifications in the field, such as the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential. In fact, CAPM certification fulfills the formal training PMP certification requirements.

Look at Earning Potential

Earning CAPM certification can increase your earning potential. Payscale reports that CAPM-certified professionals earn around $68,000 per year. Note that several factors can impact your earning potential, including your level of education, job title, location and professional experience.

Expand Your Job Opportunities

CAPM certification assesses candidates against strict guidelines that demand competency in and knowledge of project management skills, methodologies, processes and best practices. This professional designation can help your resume stand out and provide you a competitive edge when applying for jobs. It signals to employers that you can successfully fulfill their roles, duties and responsibilities.

A Stepping Stone to the PMP Certification

CAPM certification builds a strong foundation in project management fundamentals and can serve as a stepping stone toward the PMP certification. Before applying for the PMP exam, candidates must meet the following requirements.

  • Hold a four-year degree.
  • Have 36 months of experience in leading projects.
  • Complete 35 hours of project management education or training or CAPM certification.

Alternatively, you may:

  • Hold a high school diploma or associate degree.
  • Have 60 months of experience leading projects.
  • Complete 35 hours of project management education or training or CAPM certification.
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Killexams : Nov. 8 election results officially certified
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The results of the Nov. 8 midterm elections were certified on Thursday, Dec. 8. A memo from Secretary of State Steve Hobbs’ office states that more than 3.06 million active voters cast their ballots.

“The 2022 midterm election’s excellent turnout shows how strongly Washingtonians were engaged with the issues and races on the ballot,” Hobbs said. “We thank the voters for their participation, and we are grateful for their commitment to the foundation of our democracy.”

4.8 million people were eligible to vote this election season. According to Hobbs, this year had the highest number of registered voters on the rolls for any Washington midterm.

“While we are pleased with the voter turnout, we are continuing our efforts to expand voter outreach, strengthen election security, and fight election misinformation, which we believe will increase voter participation and confidence in future elections,” Hobbs said.

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Killexams : Rolex Announces Certified Pre-Owned Program For Retailers

Rolex announced Thursday that it would start a pre-owned program for retailers by issuing certificates of authenticity.

The move to certify retailers will provide Rolex more authority over the $20 billion pre-owned market for second-hand luxury watches. Rolex watches account for the largest share of pre-owned watches sold, so the market potential for a pre-owned program is extraordinary, Bloomberg News noted.

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Swiss dealer Bucherer is the first retailer to begin selling pre-owned Rolex watches certified authentic by the company at stores across Europe, including Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Denmark, and the U.K., Rolex said on its website.

Rolex also said the certified watches must be displayed under a designated "Rolex Certified Pre-Owned" plaque that will guarantee the watches "benefit from the quality criteria inherent to all Rolex products and the full know-how and professionalism of the brand's worldwide network of experts."

The certification will also ensure that they will function for at least two years by including a card that "officially confirms the watch is genuine on the date of purchase and guarantees its proper functioning for two years from this date, following the guarantee manual."

Other authorized Rolex dealers, including ones in the U.S., can begin participating in the program in spring 2023. Rolex said it would only certify watches at least three years old to dissuade so-called "flippers," who sell new watches at prices above retail.

Rolex is the largest-selling Swiss watch brand. It produces about 1 million watches a year, with annual sales of about $8.5 billion and a market share close to 29%, according to Morgan Stanley estimates.

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Killexams : Rolex Introduces Certified Pre-Owned Program

Rolex has officially introduced a certified pre-owned program, granting the Swiss company more control over its timepieces in the $20 billion USD market for secondhand luxury watches.

Within the program, Rolex makes it possible for consumers to purchase pre-owned watches that the label itself has certified as authentic. Aiming to preserve and maintain its existing products, the brand will guarantee timepieces that are at least three years old with the exacting quality criteria, which all Rolex products must adhere to. Once authenticated, the company’s secondhand products will receive a two-year international guarantee that will remain valid from the date of their resale within the Rolex network.

The program will first be available at select Bucherer boutiques in six countries across Europe (Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Denmark and the U.K.) beginning this month. Additional Rolex retailers who choose to be a part of the program will be able to join in the spring of next year.

Official dealers will display a signature Rolex Certified Pre-Owned plaque, and each product will hold a Rolex Certified Pre-Owned seal that confirms its status as an authenticated, secondhand watch. Additionally, retailers will mail an official guarantee card at the time of purchase, confirming the watch’s authenticity.

“Rolex watches – new or second-hand – should only be bought from Official Rolex Retailers, who are authorized to sell and care for Rolex watches,” the company said in a statement. “Thanks to their skills and technical expertise, the retailers ensure the continued smooth functioning of each timepiece over the years. Only the official Rolex network is able to provide these guarantees.”

Elsewhere, Audemars Piguet has revitalized the “Star Wheel” system with the Code 11.59 platform.

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Killexams : Arizona election results certified, Kari Lake expected to challenge

Elected officials in Arizona certified the state's election results on Monday in a formal canvassing ceremony at the state Capitol, initiating the start of recounts and potential lawsuits, which couldn't begin by law until after the canvassing.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democratic governor-elect, presided over the official certification, to the outcry of some Republicans, including her competitor Kari Lake, who was expected to challenge the vote. During the campaign, Lake repeatedly called on Hobbs to recuse herself from her role, but Hobbs maintained she carried no conflict of interest since former secretaries of state have certified their own election wins and because her office does not count the votes.

At the start of the certification process, Hobbs spoke about the importance of protecting democracy and looked to the next major election in 2024.

"Arizona had a successful election, but too often throughout the process, powerful voices proliferated misinformation that threatened to disenfranchise voters," Hobbs said. "Democracy prevailed, but it's not out of the woods."

"2024 will bring a host of challenges from the election denial community that we must prepare for, but for now, Arizonans to stand proud knowing that this election was conducted with transparency, accuracy and fairness in accordance with Arizona's election laws and procedures," she added.

PHOTO: Arizona Democrat governor-elect and current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, second from left, signs the official certification for the Arizona general election canvass in a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Dec. 5, 2022.

Arizona Democrat governor-elect and current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs signs the official certification for the Arizona general election canvass in a ceremony as Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, second from right, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel, left, and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich flank Hobbs at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix, Dec. 5, 2022.

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Outgoing Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel flanked Hobbs for the canvassing ceremony, along with outgoing Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who investigated claims of election fraud in the 2020 election but did not find anything substantial.

"There's no better place in the nation to build a successful life" than in Arizona, Ducey said. "Let us remember this as we certify the election and begin this next chapter."

Brnovich made a point of noting that the governor and attorney general don't officially certify the election but serve as witnesses in the ceremony.

"I'm reminded what John F. Kennedy often said, those who ride the tiger to seek power often end up inside," he added.

While Ducey shook hands with Hobbs after the canvass, Brnovich was quick to stand and leave the room.

Monday's certification triggers automatic recounts in three qualifying races -- including the attorney general race, where Democrat Kris Mayes leads by just 511 votes -- and opens a five-day window in which legal challenges to the vote can be filed in court.

Lake's campaign told ABC News on Monday that she still plans to file legal challenges to the election results. Republican Abe Hamadeh, also backed by former President Donald Trump, like Lake, is expected to file a challenge as well.

PHOTO: Kari Lake, Arizona Republican candidate for governor, speaks to supporters at the Republican watch party in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2022.

Kari Lake, Arizona Republican candidate for governor, speaks to supporters at the Republican watch party in Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2022.

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For weeks, Lake has repeated grievances on social media with Maricopa County's printer issues on Election Day, calling on officials to resign and retweeting requests for a new election. Maricopa officials have maintained that voters in the state's largest county were not disenfranchised because other options were presented on Election Day, and have cited a record number of "late early" ballots dropped off on Election Day as the reason why it took several days to count votes.

Lake faced legal blowback of her own just last week when a federal judge issued sanctions against an attorney who represented her and Republican Mark Finchem in a lawsuit inaccurately claiming electronic voting machines weren't secure or accurate.

U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi wrote he would "not condone litigants ... furthering false narratives that baselessly undermine public trust as a time of increasing disinformation about, and distrust in, the democratic process."

Hobbs' office did not allow in-person attendance for Monday's canvass. Although the event was streamed live, as it's required to be public by law, audio was not working on a Zoom link provided by the secretary's office, and another Facebook link was down.

Blake Masters, who lost his challenge against Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, is the only statewide Republican candidate so far to concede their race. The RNC recently announced he would be joining an advisory council. Masters has called on Republicans to adapt to early-voting expansions in the wake of midterm losses.

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Killexams : CloudBees Joins the Amazon EC2 Spot Ready Partner Program

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 01, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CloudBees, a leading software delivery platform for enterprises, announced today that it achieved the Amazon Web Service (AWS) Service Ready Program for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Spot Instances. This designation recognizes that CloudBees and its CloudBees CI solution has demonstrated successful support for Amazon EC2 Spot Instances.

Joining the Amazon EC2 Spot Ready Partner Program differentiates CloudBees as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member with a product that works with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances and is generally available for and fully supports AWS customers. The Amazon EC2 Spot Ready Program helps customers identify AWS Partner products that can help them benefit from Amazon EC2 Spot savings for their workloads. The program also ensures that customers will have a well architected and cost-optimized solution available to them through their Amazon EC2 Spot Partner offering.

"CloudBees is proud to become an Amazon EC2 Spot Ready Partner and have CloudBees CI recognized as a cost-optimized solution meeting – and exceeding – the needs of AWS customers," said Sam Herren, Global Director, Cloud Alliances, CloudBees. "CloudBees is committed to helping companies continuously advance their business by transforming the way they build and deploy software and working with AWS is an important piece to achieving that mission."

To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Service Ready Program to help customers identify solutions integrated with AWS services and spend less time evaluating new tools and more time scaling their use of solutions that work on AWS.

CloudBees CI offers flexible, governed, and secure continuous integration at scale, empowering organizations with large Jenkins environments to onboard rapidly, create workflows with built-in compliance, and enable development consistency. Development teams can work in isolation with their own controller and in control of their own tools, while administrators benefit from a consolidated view of all the connected controllers – creating a single Jenkins experience for centralized manageability.

Additional Resources

About CloudBees

CloudBees provides the leading software delivery platform for enterprises, enabling them to continuously innovate, compete, and win in a world powered by the digital experience. Designed for the world's largest organizations with the most complex requirements, CloudBees enables software development organizations to deliver scalable, compliant, governed, and secure software from the code a developer writes to the people who use it. The platform connects with other best of breed tools, improves the developer experience, and enables organizations to bring digital innovation to life continuously, adapt quickly, and unlock business outcomes that create market leaders and disruptors.

CloudBees was founded in 2010 and is backed by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bridgepoint Capital, HSBC, Golub Capital, Delta-v Capital, Matrix Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Visit www.cloudbees.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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Contacts

LeeAnn Coviello
PAN Communications
CloudBees@pancomm.com

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Killexams : CloudBees Joins the Amazon EC2 Spot Ready Partner Program

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CloudBees, a leading software delivery platform for enterprises, announced today that it achieved the Amazon Web Service (AWS) Service Ready Program for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Spot Instances. This designation recognizes that CloudBees and its CloudBees CI solution has demonstrated successful support for Amazon EC2 Spot Instances.

Joining the Amazon EC2 Spot Ready Partner Program differentiates CloudBees as an AWS Partner Network (APN) member with a product that works with Amazon EC2 Spot Instances and is generally available for and fully supports AWS customers. The Amazon EC2 Spot Ready Program helps customers identify AWS Partner products that can help them benefit from Amazon EC2 Spot savings for their workloads. The program also ensures that customers will have a well architected and cost-optimized solution available to them through their Amazon EC2 Spot Partner offering.

“CloudBees is proud to become an Amazon EC2 Spot Ready Partner and have CloudBees CI recognized as a cost-optimized solution meeting – and exceeding – the needs of AWS customers,” said Sam Herren, Global Director, Cloud Alliances, CloudBees. “CloudBees is committed to helping companies continuously advance their business by transforming the way they build and deploy software and working with AWS is an important piece to achieving that mission.”

To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Service Ready Program to help customers identify solutions integrated with AWS services and spend less time evaluating new tools and more time scaling their use of solutions that work on AWS.

CloudBees CI offers flexible, governed, and secure continuous integration at scale, empowering organizations with large Jenkins environments to onboard rapidly, create workflows with built-in compliance, and enable development consistency. Development teams can work in isolation with their own controller and in control of their own tools, while administrators benefit from a consolidated view of all the connected controllers – creating a single Jenkins experience for centralized manageability.

Additional Resources

About CloudBees

CloudBees provides the leading software delivery platform for enterprises, enabling them to continuously innovate, compete, and win in a world powered by the digital experience. Designed for the world’s largest organizations with the most complex requirements, CloudBees enables software development organizations to deliver scalable, compliant, governed, and secure software from the code a developer writes to the people who use it. The platform connects with other best of breed tools, improves the developer experience, and enables organizations to bring digital innovation to life continuously, adapt quickly, and unlock business outcomes that create market leaders and disruptors.

CloudBees was founded in 2010 and is backed by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bridgepoint Capital, HSBC, Golub Capital, Delta-v Capital, Matrix Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Visit www.cloudbees.com and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Contacts

LeeAnn Coviello

PAN Communications

CloudBees@pancomm.com

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