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Is The IT Department Really “Dead?”

Is The IT Department Really “Dead?”

“It’s Time to Get Rid of the IT Department.”  That was the title of an opinion piece recently published in the Wall Street Journal.  Provocative?  Sure.  My answer to this is not “yes,” but many of the author’s points are valid.  The Same Old IT Department? No, the IT...

How To Add More Disk Space To Your Redhat Server Without Reformatting

How To Add More Disk Space To Your Redhat Server Without Reformatting

(Originally published in 2012, updated January 2022.) One of the common tasks for any system administrator is managing disk space on a server. A common question is how to increase disk space on a linux system. I won't go into a boring lecture on why managing disk...

January 2022 vCAD feature updates

January 2022 vCAD feature updates

Happy New Year vCAD Users! It was a busy 2021 in terms of vCAD development and feature enhancements. We've been receiving lots of feedback regarding the platform, and we're assembling a roadmap for 2022 based on our users' needs. Here's what to expect in 2022:...

What is Data Engineering?

What is Data Engineering?

Strictly defined, data engineering, which is also known as information engineering (IE), information technology engineering (ITE), or information engineering methodology (IEM), is a software engineering approach to designing and developing information systems.  Data...

Three Trends Are Transforming The Service Desk

Three Trends Are Transforming The Service Desk

Your IT service desk is about to change. Find out what's shaping the future. Three factors — enterprise service management (ESM), collaboration, and intelligent service management — are driving the transformation of the service desk. To better meet customers’ needs...

Accelerating Product Development with Engineering Operations

Accelerating Product Development with Engineering Operations

What is Engineering Operations (EngOps)? Why do you need it, and how do you effectively deploy it?There’s a strange interplay between IT and engineering teams in most firms. That’s because the tech stack that engineers need to design, build, test, and release products...

The problem dispersed design teams face as they scale

The problem dispersed design teams face as they scale

SPK and Associates Co-Founder, Chris McHale, is joined by Cloud and Infrastructure expert, Mike Solinap to talk about engineering productivity in a post-Covid world.  Working remotely, engineering team are challenged by a lack of technology features including...

3 Ways Your PDM isn’t rolled out properly

3 Ways Your PDM isn’t rolled out properly

In this webinar, SPK and Associates co-founder Chris McHale is joined by Edwin Chung to discuss Engineering Ops.  We define Engineering Operations as all of the actionable work that takes place in order for your product teams to engineer your product.  And we believe...

Optimal Continuous Integration Best Practices (Part 3)

Optimal Continuous Integration Best Practices (Part 3)

November, 2021 As I noted in “Continuous Integration Best Practices—Part 1” and “Continuous Integration Best Practices—Part 2,” there are 10 best practice principles associated with Continuous Integration. In the previous articles, we covered the first six. In this...

Creating a CI System

Creating a CI System

...Continuous Integration Best Practices (Part 2) As I noted in Optimal Continuous Integration Best Practices (Part 1), there are 10 best practice principles associated with Continuous Integration.  In Part 1, we looked at the first three. For Part 2, we pick up where...

Accelerating Product Releases with Business Process Automation

Accelerating Product Releases with Business Process Automation

The beauty of business process automation How often have we entered the same information into two different systems and wondered, “Why do I have to waste my time doing this?”  These are computers, aren’t they?  Shouldn’t this information flow where it needs to go? ...

Optimal Continuous Integration Practices (Part 1)

Optimal Continuous Integration Practices (Part 1)

Continuous Integration (CI) is a critical piece of any company’s software development practices, and usually the first effort on the road to DevOps. Within optimal continuous integration practices, engineers submit and test new developments against the main body of...