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March 23, 2011  2:17 PM

Live Chat with Alcatel-Lucent on April 7 at 10AM EDT (Sponsored)

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Driving Transformation Plans that Deliver a Customer-Focused Network and IT Infrastructure
Technology advancements, end user expectations and new competition from multiple sources have combined to form a powerful attack on the traditional Service Provider approach to doing business. At the same time there are many new opportunities available to build new customer experience, service-centric business models. To win, retain and develop  this opportunity, service providers know they must transform business strategies and models to improve the quality of service to end users and transform customer experience. 

This transformation journey is never just about the network. A transformative solution represents a fundamental shift in the way an operator designs, deploys, manages, and supports network and IT infrastructure to deliver new, differentiated value for customers.  Ultimately this transformation must satisfy specific, unique transformation priorities — while giving service providers the capability to develop economic models or business models that engage the new value chain, increase the value of the connectivity they deliver, and provide a network that can support their full set of business aims into the future. 

On April 7 from 10am to 1pm EDT, attend our Live Chat to discuss real-world examples of service providers implementing transformation projects to become more innovative, competitive, simpler, faster and more efficient; while improving customer quality of experience and laying a solid foundation for the future.

  • Customer experience management planning to drive transformation plans
  • Implementation requires experience through strategic consulting partnerships
  • Add the perspective of a partner with global experience in designing and implementing transformation plans

To learn more or get a reminder email for the live chat, visit the Alcatel-Lucent live chat page.

March 22, 2011  6:46 AM

Featured Member: Ehanse24

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Hailing from Michigan, today’s featured member, Ehanse24, is currently pursuing his Bachelors in IT Security. Like most IT-minded folks, he’s become the go-to person in his social circle for Linux, security, and Microsoft products. Good news for us is that he’s quickly becoming a go-to person for the IT Knowledge Exchange community as well! From kernel code to software writing, Eric is a great resource. If Ehanse24 has helped you out recently around the forums, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

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We want to feature you!

We’re always on the look out for our next featured member. If we see you over at IT answers, helping out your peers and offering your two cents in the open IT forums, chances are we’ll want to highlight you, too! Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff.

Already been featured? Pay it forward.

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Exchange members! So if you see someone giving knock-out answers in the forum or you read a particularly insightful blog post from one of our members, let us know! Tell us in the discussion area 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.


March 22, 2011  6:30 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: March 22, 2011

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Let no question go unanswered! The IT Knowledge Exchange community has been vigilant this past week answering and discussing questions ranging in topics from FTP to Windows 7 to exciting announcements. Thank you for all of your hard work, and if one of these questions is yours, don’t forget to approve the answer that worked!

1. CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, Pdraebel, and Kaisersosa put their heads together to help a member trying to figure out how lines will be calculated in RLU.

2. The gang’s all here: Jinteik, CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, Rickmcd, HMSSL2K, Splat, Sim400, DanTheDane, WoodEngineer, and TomLiotta all offered suggestions and ideas for a member looking for an iSeries command other than FTP to copy or move a file to another server.

3. Redhot2006 wanted to make sure he wasn’t missing any steps when shutting down an Exchange server, and Jinteik, Sixball, and Saturno gave some pointers.

4. Assa was in search of a subfile loading procedure, and Runelf provided an approval-worthy answer!

5. We’re very excited by all of the feedback we’ve received from the community about the IT Knowledge Exchange Badge Rewards Program.
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March 21, 2011  3:11 PM

TDWI in Washington, D.C. – April 3-8, 2011 (Sponsored)

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March 17, 2011  6:57 AM

Featured Member: Darryn

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Today’s featured member, Darryn, hails from Edinburgh, UK, where he works as a development architect. He only has a bronze badge right now, but I have a feeling he’s well on his way to more. He’s been active in the community, answering questions on Oracle, SQL Select, Access, and more.

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

Recent Answers:

We want to feature you!

We’re always on the look out for our next featured member. If we see you over at IT answers, helping out your peers and offering your two cents in the open IT forums, chances are we’ll want to highlight you, too! Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff.

Already been featured? Pay it forward.

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Exchange members! So if you see someone giving knock-out answers in the forum or you read a particularly insightful blog post from one of our members, let us know! Tell us in the discussion area 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.


March 17, 2011  6:57 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: March 17, 2011

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We’ve got something for everybody in this week’s IT Blog Top 10, from the storage geeks to the virtualization nerds to the cloud pushers. So take a look at our smorgasbord of IT news, and let us know which one’s your favorite this week.

1. Most of the time having to change things up mid-project isn’t much more than annoying, unless, as Sharon Fisher points out, it’s a hefty project: Moon Project Switches Storage.

2. One small step for Ubuntu, one giant step for multi-device compatibility, from Leah Rosin at the Enterprise Linux Log: Ubuntu 11.04 to have PC and server editions only.

3. Storage acquisitions are a dime a dozen these days, but Dave Raffo points out the surprising aspects of NetApp bagging LSI’s Engenio storage group for $480 million.

4. How are you reading Microsoft’s mixed cloud message? Ron Miller takes the View From Above and tries to clear it up.

5. We’ve officially arrived in the future, ladies and gentlemen. Colin Steele outlines the features of one of the newest additions to Apple’s App Store complete with VMware View iPad client screenshots.
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March 15, 2011  6:57 AM

The Most-Watched IT Questions: March 15, 2011

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This week’s most-watched IT questions is full of quality answers from some of our top members on AS/400, Exchange, and cloud backups. If you missed our big announcement on the Badge Program, you can’t miss this list either!

1. CharlieBrowne, Sixball, Mariodlg, and Hlx gave a member wondering if AS/400 is good for his career some food for thought.

2. CharlieBrowne, TomLiotta, and Chenthil chipped in to a question a member asked about starting a subsystem without the library name.

3. Again, the usual suspects (i.e. all stars!) – CharlieBrowne, Sixball, and TomLiotta – showed up to help mask a password in AS/400.

4. CharlieBrowne was on other side of the forums with his question on AS/400 record counts, and TomLiotta helped him out with some sample code.

5. Lilarose22 received some assistance from TomLiotta, HMSSL2K, and CharlieBrowne when trying to move a signed field to a packed field in AS/400 query.
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March 15, 2011  6:01 AM

Featured Member: YuVa47

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Today’s featured member, YuVa47, is a System Analyst in Tel Aviv, Israel. After 20+ years in System Analysis and RPG programming and project management, Yehuda is an expert in application software development, deploying, training and installation. He has a bronze badge right now, but I have a feeling he’ll be racking them up pretty soon.

If YuVa47 has helped you out recently, be sure to approve his answer and pay the knowledge forward!

Recent Answers:

We want to feature you!

We’re always on the look out for our next featured member. If we see you over at IT answers, helping out your peers and offering your two cents in the open IT forums, chances are we’ll want to highlight you, too! Update your profile and upload a photo so we can properly strut your stuff.

Already been featured? Pay it forward.

We’re still looking for your personal nominations for outstanding IT Knowledge Exchange members! So if you see someone giving knock-out answers in the forum or you read a particularly insightful blog post from one of our members, let us know! Tell us in the discussion area 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.


March 10, 2011  4:31 PM

Earning badges pays off – Today!

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We recently announced that the IT Knowledge Exchange Badge Program is beginning its reward phase, meaning that you can earn great prizes just for doing what you’ve already been doing in the community! Initially we planned to send out a first-time prize for everyone who has been active in the past six months and has earned at least one badge worth a monetary reward. Instead, we’re going with the retroactive plan, and rewarding you for badges you’ve earned thus far. In the case of level badges (e.g. Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum), you will be rewarded for the highest level badge you’ve received thus far. The only requirement is that you’ve been active within the past six months.

If you’ve received a badge, keep an eye on your inbox for an Amazon.com gift card! For more information on what badges you can win, what their respective prizes are, and how you can win them, check out the Community Blog, our FAQ page, or send us an email at ContactUs@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.


March 10, 2011  6:49 AM

The IT Blog Top 10: March 10, 2011

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It’s been a busy week, not only in the blogging world, but in the blog reading world as well. Take a look at what some of our readers found most interesting. See something you like? Share it on Twitter!

1. Ron Miller takes a look at the silver lining around Google’s outage, and goes as far as to say that it ultimately vindicates cloud computing.

2. Sharon Fisher’s post on why Hitachi GST is selling itself to Western Digital made some waves on Twitter and apparently in the hearts of our blog readers.

3. Dave Raffo takes a look back at how big data storage systems rallied in 2010. What do you think this means going forward in 2011?

4. Laura Smith has the CIO perspective on a subject Carl Brooks ruminated on a while back: Companies eyeing cloud brokers to manage multiple cloud services.

5. If you’re an Android user, you were probably happy to hear from Robert Westervelt that Google pulled malicious apps from Android Market last week.
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