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Take the Petri IT Knowledgebase 2014 Reader Survey for Chance to Win $100 Gift Card

One of the most rewarding things of my job is getting the opportunity to talk to the hundreds (if not thousands) of system administrators and IT professionals  I’ve been fortunate enough to meet at trade shows, tech conferences, and at local in-person events over the years. I’ve also enjoyed interacting with many more Petri IT Knowledgebase readers online, whether via email or by way of Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.

While I genuinely enjoy those interactions on a personal level, on a professional level I’ve always believed that the most important responsibility of the editors of any publication is to be advocates for readers and get to know at a very direct level what their concerns and interests are. We’re inundated with PR pitches and marketing requests from vendors on a daily basis, but we always try to make sure that reader concerns and feedback rise to the top of our collective email inboxes.

So that’s why we’re kicking off our second annual Petri IT Knowledgebase reader survey in an effort to get feedback from readers about the content we publish.

We value the reader feedback we receive, and it helps us make informed decisions about the topics we cover, the authors we hire, and the content we publish. For example: Based partly on results from our 2013 reader survey, we hired technical experts and doubled-down on our coverage of Hyper-V (Aidan Finn), System Center (Damian Flynn), VMware (Brian Suhr), and Windows Server administration (Russell Smith).

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If you’re a long-time Petri IT Knowledgebase reader, what do you think of the content we’ve introduced over the last few years? And if you’re a relative newcomer to the site, what do you think of the topics we’re covering, and what would you like us to cover more often? Do you prefer in-depth, long-form technical how-to articles, or would you like to also see a mix of informed industry news and opinion? Do you think we have too many vendor advertisements on the site, or do the advertisements we have get in the way of your site experience? This is your chance to make your voice heard.

As a way of thanking you for your participation, we’re also giving away a $100 Amazon gift card to five randomly selected survey participants. It’s our way of giving a bit back to our community of readers, and to let you know that we value your continued support. I’d also like to encourage you to participate in the Petri IT Knowledgebase forums and sign up for our email newsletters for even more free technical advice and content for IT professionals.

Winners will be announced at 11:00am MST on Monday, March 21st via a blog post on and a status update on the Petri IT Knowledgebase Facebook page.

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