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September 20, 2011  10:56 AM

HP Elite Series Scavenger Hunt (Sponsored)

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Today is the first day of the HP Elite Series Scavenger Hunt, designed to better educate potential customers about all of the great qualities that make HP Elite Series “elite.” For details on how to enter check out the HP Elite Series Scavenger Hunt homepage.

The Loot

  • Grand Prize: 5 HP EliteBook 8460w (Yes, five!)
  • First runner up: $100 HP Gift Card
  • Second runner up: $50 HP Gift Card
  • Third runner up: $25 HP Gift Card
  • All participants: IT Knowledge Exchange sticker, and all current IT Knowledge Exchange members will earn 200 Knowledge points for entering.

The Fine Print

IT Knowledge Exchange’s general contest rules apply. Contest is open to eligible residents in the US. The contest periods are as follows:

  • Scavenger Hunt will End on September 25, 2011
  • Answers will be tabulated and finalists will be notified of qualification for final challenge and instructions on completion on September 26, 2011.
  • The winner will be announced during the week of September 30, 2011

September 20, 2011  6:37 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: September 20, 2011

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We have a few approved answers and a few members still searching. Check out this week’s most-watched IT questions to see if your own IT headache has a cure.

1. TomLiotta and CharlieBrowne discuss AS/400 transactions for member NicyChn.

2. Yorkshireman, CharlieBrowne, and TomLiotta try to get to the bottom of why COBOL code is taking too long while AS/400 comparing large database files.

3. CharlieBrowne, Deepu9321, Wpoulin, and TomLiotta help a member with an AS/400 level check.

4. CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, and Bvining chip in on a question about files in D specs not getting initialized on the second call to the program.

5. Philpl1jb and CharlieBrowne offered the approved answer on RPG date retrieval.
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September 20, 2011  6:22 AM

Featured Member: Lord Voldemort

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Today’s featured member, Lord Voldemort, is a Sys Admin in the midwest. His expertise in Windows, HP-UX, VoIP, Exchange, Unified Communications, and EVA storage systems have helped him help the IT Knowledge Exchange community with some great answers and input.

Has Lord Voldemort helped you out recently? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

You could earn a badge, too!

We’re always looking for our next featured member, whether you’re helping out your peers in the forums or giving your two cents in the Open IT Forum discussions. Featured members are shown off in the What’s New boxes, the IT Knowledge Exchange community newsletter, the Community Blog, and on Twitter! In addition to some great swag you’ll get your very own featured member badge to flaunt on your profile page. So get moving in the community, upload a photo, and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

Pay it forward.

Whether you’ve already been featured or you’re super grateful to the community member who helped you troubleshoot your data center meltdown, submit your featured member nominations today. See someone giving knock-out answers or read a particularly insightful blog post? Let us know! Tell us in the comments section here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


September 19, 2011  8:02 AM

Dell Windows 7 Webcasts: Inventory, Rationalization & Application Compatibility (sponsored)

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Conducting an application inventory is a key step in determining budget requirements and effort needed in managing an application portfolio. Application rationalization, which involves deciding to retain, retire or upgrade each application, should closely follow the inventory in order to reduce migration time and costs.

This webcast will teach you how to analyze data to identify likely targets for rationalization, including non-business applications, multiple versions of the same application, and applications with redundant functionality.  Through this analysis, you’ll be able to produce an interpreted list of applications with prioritization for Windows® 7 migration and testing. By rationalizing the master list of applications, subsequent phases (including Windows® 7 testing, licensing, and support) of application management become more attainable.

VIEW THIS WEBCAST


September 15, 2011  2:46 PM

Today’s Webcast: Driving Decisions with Business Rules (sponsored)

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Business rules management systems (BRMS) are a mature technology that have been available for many years. Capturing business policies, regulations and domain expertise so that they can drive system behavior is a compelling proposition. Systems that automate and manage decisions by executing the right business rules improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Until recently business rules technology has been applied to a fairly narrow range of high value application areas. But as the market changes, the opportunities to use business rules-driven decision management systems are growing.

In today’s webcast, decision management expert James Taylor will discuss the state of the business rules market and the potential for broader adoption of this powerful technology. Topics covered include:

  • What makes business rules a compelling technology
  • The characteristics of decision management systems
  • The new use cases for decision management systems
  • And the evolving characteristics of business rules technology.

JOIN THE WEBCAST


September 15, 2011  6:47 AM

Featured Member: Voodooclanboy

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Today’s featured member, Voodooclanboy, has been helping out where he can in the forums this past week. From Windows Server to DNS Server, he’s been offering up his two cents.

Has Voodooclanboy provided you with the perfect answer? Be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

You could earn a badge, too!

We’re always looking for our next featured member, whether you’re helping out your peers in the forums or giving your two cents in the Open IT Forum discussions. Featured members are shown off in the What’s New boxes, the IT Knowledge Exchange community newsletter, the Community Blog, and on Twitter! In addition to some great swag you’ll get your very own featured member badge to flaunt on your profile page. So get moving in the community, upload a photo, and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

Pay it forward.

Whether you’ve already been featured or you’re super grateful to the community member who helped you troubleshoot your data center meltdown, submit your featured member nominations today. See someone giving knock-out answers or read a particularly insightful blog post? Let us know! Tell us in the comments section here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


September 15, 2011  6:12 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: September 15, 2011

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This week’s IT blog top 10 has all main IT bases covered: VMworld booth babes, tablets, Windows 8, and cloud computing. For more tech news and analysis, check out the top posts below. Don’t see your favorite? Share the link in the comments!

1. Wendy Schuchart follows up her controversial post (#1 on last week’s list) with a simple survey: What’s the verdict on the VMworld 2011 booth babes?

2. Sick of hearing “iPad killer” at the drop of every tablet, Ron Miller practices pragmatism: Let’s not name Amazon tablet champ just yet.

3. Microsoft’s BUILD has begun, so let’s see how accurate Ben Rubenstein was in his guess about Microsoft’s BUILD agenda.

4. Windows 8 is on the brain. Frank Ohlhorst explores why Windows Server 8 should be full of surprises.

5. After almost a decade since it was passed into law, Ron Miller discusses how the Patriot Act casts a shadow on cloud computing.
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September 13, 2011  6:55 AM

Featured Member: DAXQ

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Today’s featured member, DAXQ, is an IT manager from Illinois. He’s been bringing his questions and answers to the IT Knowledge Exchange community for almost a year now, and we’re excited to see more from him!

If DAXQ has helped you out recently, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent answers:

You could earn a badge, too!

We’re always looking for our next featured member, whether you’re helping out your peers in the forums or giving your two cents in the Open IT Forum discussions. Featured members are shown off in the What’s New boxes, the IT Knowledge Exchange community newsletter, the Community Blog, and on Twitter! In addition to some great swag you’ll get your very own featured member badge to flaunt on your profile page. So get moving in the community, upload a photo, and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

Pay it forward.

Whether you’ve already been featured or you’re super grateful to the community member who helped you troubleshoot your data center meltdown, submit your featured member nominations today. See someone giving knock-out answers or read a particularly insightful blog post? Let us know! Tell us in the comments section here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


September 13, 2011  6:16 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: September 13, 2011

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Got a tricky IT questions? Our members are all over it in this week’s most-watched IT questions. Check them out and pitch in where you can!

1. Yorkshireman, CharlieBrowne, Philpl1jb, and TomLiotta helped a member whose COBOL code is taking too long while AS/400 compares large database files.

2. CharlieBrowne and TomLiotta are helping with a question on AS/400 transactions.

3. We’ve received some great responses from EAJewett, TomLiotta, and CharlieBrowne on what system documentation should look like, but we’re still looking for more! (Earn 150 Knowledge Points for sharing.)

4. Deepu9321, CharlieBrowne, WoodEngineer, Yorkshiremen, Paul102042, and TomLiotta are chipping in on a question about holding a parameter in batch job.

5. CharlieBrowne, Philpl1jb, TomLiotta, and Yorkshireman are trying to help solve a strange problem with locking of records.
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September 8, 2011  6:46 AM

Featured Member: TomLiotta

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Chances are, if you’ve browsed the IT Answer forums at all, you’ve seen TomLiotta around. He’s been a part of IT Knowledge Exchange for a while, and he’s always providing quality answers, asking the right questions and following up. Tom’s participation and contributions are exemplary of what community is all about and though he can be a little blunt, he’s got the badges and cogs to prove that he’s always helpful.

Tom on being a part of the IT Knowledge Exchange community:

Helping at the site helps me learn too. Some problems get me to looking into things I never would have otherwise. I learn things better because I try to find out reasons that underlie problems that I don’t run into myself. That often connects with something else that wasn’t clear before, and I get a better fundamental understanding of larger areas.

But mostly it’s just fun.

We couldn’t have said what we hoped our members get out of the community any better. Thanks, Tom!

If TomLiotta has helped you out recently – most likely with an AS/400 question – be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

You could earn a badge, too!

We’re always looking for our next featured member, whether you’re helping out your peers in the forums or giving your two cents in the Open IT Forum discussions. Featured members are shown off in the What’s New boxes, the IT Knowledge Exchange community newsletter, the Community Blog, and on Twitter! In addition to some great swag you’ll get your very own featured member badge to flaunt on your profile page. So get moving in the community, upload a photo, and update your profile so we can properly strut your stuff!

Pay it forward.

Whether you’ve already been featured or you’re super grateful to the community member who helped you troubleshoot your data center meltdown, submit your featured member nominations today. See someone giving knock-out answers or read a particularly insightful blog post? Let us know! Tell us in the comments section here or shoot me an email.

Melanie Yarbrough is the assistant community editor at ITKnowledgeExchange.com. Follow her on Twitter or send her an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


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