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October 21, 2013 | Volume 8 Issue 18


TOP STORY: In the Wheelhouse: Do You Have a BlackBerry Contingency Plan?
FEATURED ARTICLE: Technology Focus: 100 Social Media Monitoring Tools, Part II
ADVERTORIAL: Partner TechTip: Get a Handle on Your Job Stream with Forecasting
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Linoma's RPG Toolbox 5.0 Converts More Specifications to Free-Form
WHITE PAPER: 5 Ways to Control Access using Application Administration
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Feature Article - Analysis
In the Wheelhouse: Do You Have a BlackBerry Contingency Plan?

Although BlackBerry has come back to life more times than Friday the 13th has released sequels, with the potential of company breakup and bankruptcy, plus a quickly diminishing market share, we need to look at the options.

steve pitcherWritten by Steve Pitcher

In the last few weeks, we've seen much in the news about BlackBerry. First, they announced they lost just under $1 billion in the 2nd quarter, mostly due to the write down of the Z10 smartphone inventory they just couldn't get off the shelves.

Next, the company announced a layoff of 4,500 jobs from its 12,500 global workforce as part of a restructuring effort, along with cutting the number of phones it sells from six to four handsets. Those phones will be, and I know we've heard this before, targeted at the enterprise customer.


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Feature Article - Application Software
Technology Focus: 100 Social Media Monitoring Tools, Part II

Social media can be a business tool. With a plethora of monitoring products available, both in licensable software and freeware, finding a product to help explore this technological marketing niche could be a few clicks away.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

It's long been recognized by marketers that "word of mouth" is one of the most reliable forms of advertising. People trust what their friends tell them more than they trust advertising. With social media in such widespread use today, that "word" has expanded from in-person and telephone chats to tweets, Facebook postings, blogs, and other electronic communications. While it was never possible (or polite) to eavesdrop on face-to-face discussions and phone calls among an enterprise's customers, the Internet has blessed (or cursed) all of us with the phenomenon of these casual conversations being permanently recorded for anyone curious enough to find and read them.


Advertorial - Help/Systems
Partner TechTip: Get a Handle on Your Job Stream with Forecasting

Trying to find a window to schedule maintenance? Need to forecast externally triggered jobs? Get a handle on your job stream with Robot/SCHEDULE.

vivian hallWritten by Vivian Hall

A Robot/SCHEDULE forecast shows you the run activity scheduled for all Robot/SCHEDULE jobs over a time period that you specify. To make its forecast, Robot/SCHEDULE uses the job schedule, job completion history, and any information you add for user jobs, remote prerequisites, and members of remote groups. If you wish, the forecast can also include a run-time analysis of each active subsystem, which uses the subsystem's description to predict job queue wait time.


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