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I suspect that many of you are familiar with the term "hard coding a value" whereby the age of an individual or their location is written into the condition (or action) of a business rule (in this case) as shown below:

if customer.age > 21 and customer.city == 'denver'

then ...

Such coding practices are perfectly expectable provided that the conditional values, age and city, never change. They become entirely unacceptable if a need for different values could be anticipated. A classic example of where this practice occurred that caused considerable heartache in the IT industry was the Y2K issue where dates were updated using only the last 2 digits of a four digit number because the first 2 digits were hard-coded to 19 i.e. 1998, 1999. All was well provided that the date did not advance to a time beyond the 1900’s since no one could be certain of what would happen when the millennia arrived (2000). A considerably amount of work (albeit boring) and money, approximately $200 billion, went into revising systems by way of software rewrites and computer chip replacements in order to thwart any detrimental outcomes. It is obvious how a simple change or an assumption can have sweeping consequences.

You may wonder what Y2K has to do with Business Rule Management Systems (BRMS). Well, what if we considered rules themselves to be hard-coded. If we were to write 100s of rules in Java, .NET or whatever language that only worked for a given scenario or assumption, would that not constitute hard-coded logic? By hard-coded, we obviously mean compiled. For example, if a credit card company has a variety of bonus campaigns, each with their own unique list of rules that may change within a week’s time, what would be the most effective way of writing software to deal with these responsibilities?

Many of us who have iPhones download every interesting app we find on the App Store, especially when they’re free. They can range from a simple payment method app, to a game, to a measurement tool. But, as you may have noticed, our phones become cluttered with tons of pages that we have to swipe through to get to an app that we need on demand. However, with an update by Apple that came out not so long ago, you are able to group your applications into categories that are easily accessible, for all of you organization lovers.

To achieve this grouping method, take a hold of one of the applications you want to categorize. Take a game for example. What you want to do is press your finger on that particular application, and hold it there until all of the applications on the screen begin to jiggle. This is where the magic happens. Drag it over to another game application you want to have in the same category, and release. Your applications should now be held in a little container on your screen. However, a step ago, if you did not have another game application on the same screen, and since you can’t swipe, try putting the held game application on any application you choose, and simply remove that extra application from the list, after moving over another gaming application from a different page.

There are many excellent opportunities for IT professionals to present themselves to corporate entities for future consulting positions. You can find yourself in your next consulting engagement if you are willing to combine your IT skill-set, a good amount of corporate research and a bit of old fashioned moxie. Contrary to popular practice for applying for jobs through placement agencies and recruiters, it’s possible to meet with hiring managers, representing your firm, you, directly.

Although recruiters may not take a fee directly from you, the fact that they charge a fee for their services to a company after your placement may keep them from being able to place you. On the other hand, corporations searching for individuals with advanced knowledge of IT functions cannot rely on the friends and family of current employees to find superior consults in all fields.

What are some other options? First take the time to research corporations you would like to consult with. Look for the ones that most likely are complementary to your area of expertise because of the goods they produce or the services they provide to the public. Or you may opt to choose a company that is geographically close to where you live for the convenience of a short daily commute.  

Another way to find your next consulting job is to actively scan the news and see what corporations are making waves within their individual marketplaces. This is a good indicator of possible expansion and the need to hire on a contractual basis. Another good indicator of a need for IT professionals is a mention of a company relocation or expansion. Growth or renovation of office environments is often accompanied by a modernization of IT systems. Current IT team members may not be relocating or might not be familiar with systems other than the ones they already service.

Do as much research as possible about each corporation from their own websites and other sources dedicated to their particular field of endeavor. This gives you the edge in being able to speak about the IT systems they already have in place or your ideas for adapting their line of work or new product with the use of an IT system advancement. Their websites will often have a list of their corporate management. Make sure you address your cover-letter and resume to not only the Director of Human Resources, but to all executives in charge of their IT departments. Be specific in your abilities and the fact that you can be flexible with hiring arrangements.

Attend job fairs that have an emphasis on the more technical fields. When possible, also circulate your resume both digitally and in paper format to smaller and mid-sized companies. These corporations may not be able to maintain their own full-time IT group for fiscal reasons and your consulting prowess may be able to “save the day” for them in an emergency. You can become part of a corporate team on your own; all it takes is additional work on your part. However after your consultant job placement, you will be pleased that your efforts have succeeded so well.

 

A business rule is the basic unit of rule processing in a Business Rule Management System (BRMS) and, as such, requires a fundamental understanding. Rules consist of a set of actions and a set of conditions whereby actions are the consequences of each condition statement being satisfied or true. With rare exception, conditions test the property values of objects taken from an object model which itself is gleaned from a Data Dictionary and UML diagrams. See my article on Data Dictionaries for a better understanding on this subject matter.

A simple rule takes the form:

if condition(s)

then actions.

An alternative form includes an else statement where alternate actions are executed in the event that the conditions in the if statement are not satisfied:

if condition(s)

then actions

else alternate_actions

It is not considered a best prectice to write rules via nested if-then-else statements as they tend to be difficult to understand, hard to maintain and even harder to extend as the depth of these statements increases; in other words, adding if statements within a then clause makes it especially hard to determine which if statement was executed when looking at a bucket of rules. Moreoever, how can we determine whether the if or the else statement was satisfied without having to read the rule itself. Rules such as these are often organized into simple rule statements and provided with a name so that when reviewing rule execution logs one can determine which rule fired and not worry about whether the if or else statement was satisfied. Another limitation of this type of rule processing is that it does not take full advantage of rule inferencing and may have a negative performance impact on the Rete engine execution. Take a class with HSG and find out why.

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Tech Life in New Jersey

New Jersey has the highest population density in the U.S. With an average of 1,030 people per square mile, it?s thirteen times the national average. Given the amount of residents in the Garden State, it?s no wonder that there are 2,700 software and software related companies. Developers in New Jersey should be able to pave their way with the available resources in town such as, Zylog Systems, Mformation, Agilence, Db Technology, Senid Software International and so many other similar institutions.
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Software developers near Trenton have ample opportunities to meet like minded techie individuals, collaborate and expend their career choices by participating in Meet-Up Groups. The following is a list of Technology Groups in the area.
Fortune 500 and 1000 companies in New Jersey that offer opportunities for IBM developers
Company Name City Industry Secondary Industry
HCB, Inc. Paramus Retail Office Supplies Stores
Wyndham Worldwide Corp. Parsippany Travel, Recreation and Leisure Hotels, Motels and Lodging
Realogy Corporation Parsippany Real Estate and Construction Real Estate Agents and Appraisers
Church and Dwight Co., Inc. Trenton Manufacturing Manufacturing Other
Curtiss-Wright Corporation Parsippany Manufacturing Aerospace and Defense
American Water Voorhees Energy and Utilities Water Treatment and Utilities
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. Teaneck Computers and Electronics IT and Network Services and Support
The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. - AandP Montvale Retail Grocery and Specialty Food Stores
COVANCE INC. Princeton Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Pharmaceuticals
K. Hovnanian Companies, LLC. Red Bank Real Estate and Construction Architecture,Engineering and Design
Burlington Coat Factory Corporation Burlington Retail Clothing and Shoes Stores
GAF Materials Corporation Wayne Manufacturing Concrete, Glass, and Building Materials
Pinnacle Foods Group LLC Parsippany Manufacturing Food and Dairy Product Manufacturing and Packaging
Actavis, Inc Parsippany Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Pharmaceuticals
Hudson City Savings Bank Paramus Financial Services Banks
Celgene Corporation Summit Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Biotechnology
Cytec Industries Inc. Woodland Park Manufacturing Chemicals and Petrochemicals
Campbell Soup Company Camden Manufacturing Food and Dairy Product Manufacturing and Packaging
Covanta Holding Corporation Morristown Energy and Utilities Energy and Utilities Other
New Jersey Resources Corporation Wall Township Energy and Utilities Gas and Electric Utilities
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated Madison Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Diagnostic Laboratories
Rockwood Holdings Inc. Princeton Manufacturing Chemicals and Petrochemicals
Heartland Payment Systems, Incorporated Princeton Financial Services Credit Cards and Related Services
IDT Corporation Newark Telecommunications Wireless and Mobile
John Wiley and Sons, Inc Hoboken Media and Entertainment Newspapers, Books and Periodicals
Bed Bath and Beyond Union Retail Retail Other
The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. Secaucus Retail Clothing and Shoes Stores
Hertz Corporation Park Ridge Travel, Recreation and Leisure Rental Cars
Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated Newark Energy and Utilities Gas and Electric Utilities
Selective Insurance Group, Incorporated Branchville Financial Services Insurance and Risk Management
Avis Budget Group, Inc. Parsippany Travel, Recreation and Leisure Rental Cars
Prudential Financial, Incorporated Newark Financial Services Insurance and Risk Management
Merck and Co., Inc. Whitehouse Station Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Pharmaceuticals
Honeywell International Inc. Morristown Manufacturing Aerospace and Defense
C. R. Bard, Incorporated New Providence Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Medical Supplies and Equipment
Sealed Air Corporation Elmwood Park Manufacturing Plastics and Rubber Manufacturing
The Dun and Bradstreet Corp. Short Hills Business Services Data and Records Management
The Chubb Corporation Warren Financial Services Insurance and Risk Management
Catalent Pharma Solutions Inc Somerset Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, and Biotech Other
Becton, Dickinson and Company Franklin Lakes Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Medical Supplies and Equipment
NRG Energy, Incorporated Princeton Energy and Utilities Gas and Electric Utilities
TOYS R US, INC. Wayne Retail Department Stores
Johnson and Johnson New Brunswick Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Pharmaceuticals
Automatic Data Processing, Incorporated (ADP) Roseland Business Services HR and Recruiting Services

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