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Automation | September 18, 2020
BigFix Lifecycle and Compliance now includes MCM and Insights
All active Compliance and Lifecycle customers are now entitled to BigFix Modern Client Management (MCM) and BigFix Insights, extending the business value of these investments and accelerating BigFix's ROI.
FlexOffers mapping in Interact
Marketing & Commerce | September 18, 2020
Introduction to FlexOffers in Unica Interact
The course of marketing has changed from cold-calling to real communications and engaging with your customers in real-time, irrespective of the channel or mode of communication. Unica Interact facilitates this by integrating with the customer-facing systems such as call centers and sending personalized offers in real-time to provide an interactive and enhanced customer experience. FlexOffers is one such component in Interact, which allows mapping company offers, customer profiles, and the customer's real-time activity data into a Windows spreadsheet, which resembles a mapping table. What is it?​ Marketers design their segmentation logic using only a few conditions on profile attributes. Many such rules allow marketers to leverage the rich set of functionality provided in spreadsheet software, like sorting, search, filters, etc. Some rules require frequent but simple updates and can be achieved using FlexOffers. How will it help? FlexOffers helps the marketers to provide easy mapping of offers to the best-targeted customers. Marketers can use the CSV file input, with the basic mapping data, and import it into the system and integrate it with system data such as offers, zones, cells, which will create a FlexOffer mapping table. As in the past, to deploy an Interactive Channel, we do not need Interactive Flowchart and Interaction strategy. Just map a profile table create FlexOffers mapping, and deploy the IC. How Does FlexOffers Work? The basic steps required to work with FlexOffers are as below: Creating a Mapping (existing table , .csv, new table) Add /Edit /Update Rules Customize the rules Create Filters Copy the mapping table to profileServerGroup Deploy the IC 1. Creating a FlexOffers Mapping FlexOffers mapping can be created using three different ways. Create a mapping using the existing table. Select a .csv Create a brand new table and then add rules to it. The source column on the list...
Mainframes | September 17, 2020
Organizing Web Application Deployment in HCL ZIETrans
HCL ZIETrans allows you to transform your user experience by extending 3270 and 5250 terminal applications to the web, portlet, rich client, or as standard SOAP or RESTful web services. By default, all HCL ZIETrans Web applications are stored in one enterprise archive file. HCL ZIETrans Toolkit is an HCL ZIE component that enables you to develop new applications and allows previewing and saving each change. We can streamline the HCL ZIETrans application in such a way that it becomes easier to use the host applications whose data and functions it presents. The supported servers for multiple HCL ZIETrans applications in an ear are ‘WebSphere Application Server’ and ‘WebSphere Liberty’. This blog describes the ways to manage the HCL ZIETrans web applications that have multiple .ear and multiple .war in the projects, using HCL ZIETrans Toolkit and the best practices. When you export your applications as HCL ZIETrans EAR file and deploy them on WebSphere Application Server, the .ear file contains a Web archive (.war) file with the resources to run each application. An EAR may also combine multiple web projects (WAR), Enterprise JavaBeans projects (JAR), standard JARs, etc. into a single application. Each individual .ear consumes around 25MB (minimum) of disk space during runtime. So, if you have multiple HCL ZIETrans projects you may end up having multiple HCL ZIETrans EAR of varying size depending on the complexity of the application. Based on different deployment or development scenarios may lead to developers/administrators opting for single EAR or multiple EAR’s deployment solutions. The below table illustrates salient points of the ‘Individual’ Vs ‘Multiple wars in single’ EAR deployment method, based on these customers can decide their HCL ZIETrans application deployment architecture. Table 1: Individual Vs Multiple wars in one EAR deployment Ways to organize the HCL ZIETrans Web Applications: Associating...
Mainframes | September 17, 2020
HCL ZIE for Windows Hardware and Software Pre-requisites
HCL ZIE for Windows, a native Windows 64-bit application is a proven emulator solution that supports 3270 and 5250 systems adhering to the latest security standards. In addition to host terminal emulation, it provides these useful features: File transfer Dynamic configuration An easy-to-use graphical interface Emulator APIs such as Emulator High-Level Language Programming Interface (EHLLAPI), Host Access Class Library (HACL), and PCSAPI. For example, EHLLAPI is often used for automated operator applications which read host screens and enter keystrokes without direct user intervention. System Requirements This document provides the system requirements for Z and I Emulator for Windows, version 1.1. Higher maintenance levels, such as fix packs and service packs, may be supported as they become available Supported Environments Platforms Covered – English OS OS Architecture ZIEWIN Architecture Clean Install/Migration Windows 10 64 bit Ent – 1809 64 bit 64 bit Custom/Users -> Custom/All Users (1.0 -> 1.1) Windows 10 64 bit Ent – 1903 64 bit 64 bit Typical/ Users -> Typical/All Users(1.0 -> 1.1) Windows 2019 Server 64 bit 64 bit Fresh (Custom -> Custom) (1.1) Platforms Covered - Non English OS OS Architecture ZIEWIN Architecture Clean Install Windows 2016 Server – Japanese 64 bit 64 bit Fresh (Custom/All Users) (1.1) Windows 10 64 bit Ent - 1909 – Japanese 64 bit 64 bit Fresh (Typical/All User) ( 1.1) Hardware Requirements HCL ZIE for Windows supports workstations with the following hardware: System units   The recommended system unit has an Intel Pentium microprocessor and access to a DVD-ROM drive. A minimum of 180 MB of fixed drive space is required. Display monitors All VGA resolution or above display monitors supported by Windows. Video adapters All VGA resolution or above video adapters supported by Windows. Keyboards Enhanced keyboard (101-key, 102-key, 104-key) (Only the 101-key for Japanese) Space-saving keyboard Microsoft...
Marketing & Commerce | September 16, 2020
Coronavirus, eCommerce and Shifting Supply and Demand.
In March, the paper product isles in the grocery store were empty, you couldn’t find toilet paper, paper towels, Clorox wipes, etc. anywhere. Funny memes aside what people may have missed is the trickle-down effect that this would have on the supply and demand curve. Have you noticed that the grocery shelves still remain light in stock, or even empty? The stock of many products is limited as manufactures shifted their attention to help with COVID-19 by turning their facilities into facemask, hand sanitizers, plastic face coverings and ventilators makers. Next time you go to the grocery store, take a look at the shelves and you’ll see there is not the stock we once knew. The COVID effects will affect the Supply and Demand curve for the next foreseeable future. Are you ready? We have all been forced to learn about supply and demand - when there is little supply and the demand is high, it will cause prices to increase. On the other hand, when there is an increase in supply and the demand is low the price will decrease. Before technology, the supply and demand curve were more predictable to manufactures. The data stay trued for a month, quarter or even a year. However, in today’s world the supply and demand data can change in an instant. Today’s essential item might not be tomorrow’s and manufactures are having to go with the flow of what is in demand today. The only way to be able to ensure you are ready for changing demand is to have an eCommerce platform that can shift just as quickly. The partners that HCL has aligned with are all working towards the same goal, for our customer to be able to sell quickly and efficiently. When working with HCL and our partners, our...
Automation | September 16, 2020
ServiceNow© ServiceGraph Connector for BigFix is now available!
Using the ServiceNow© ServiceGraph Connector for BigFix organizations can harness the wealth of near real-time, hardware and software endpoint data from BigFix Inventory to automatically enrich records in the ServiceNow CMDB.

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