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How to Avoid the Top 5 Hybrid Cloud Pitfalls

If you’re like many engineering managers, IT infrastructure may not be your favorite topic. You think about it when absolutely necessary, but often neglect it or place it behind other capital investments. What's more, there's a good chance your current IT solutions...

What Is Engineering Technology Management (a.k.a EngOps & DevOps)? Is It Right For You?

When it comes to IT solutions, most mid-market manufacturing companies rely on one of two options. They have a dedicated in-house IT team, or an outsourced IT managed services provider (MSP). But manufacturing companies who care about product development and...
How To Use ClearCase clearfsimport and Avoid Pitfalls

How To Use ClearCase clearfsimport and Avoid Pitfalls

This week we will change things up a bit and have a look at an IBM/Rational ClearCase utility used for importing files into ClearCase source control. The utility command, clearfsimport, can be used to import any sort of file from a variety of other source control...

Automatic Processing of Content on SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server

Automatic Processing of Content on SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server

One of the powerful features of a full enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) system is being able to post process content uploaded to it. For example, adding a watermark, or changing a revision of a document automatically. The idea behind Solidworks Workgroup...

Declutter your multi-computer desktop with ‘Mouse without Borders’

Declutter your multi-computer desktop with ‘Mouse without Borders’

For the everyday user with a laptop or desktop, this article may not apply. And for those of you who have no need to have more than one PC on your desk -- kudos! But from time to time, its necessary to have several PC's on your desk at the same time -- especially...

Streamline Business Communication with Google Forms

Streamline Business Communication with Google Forms

Have you ever sent out an email with a bunch of important questions and received a reply that began with "my answers are in blue".  Have you then found yourself combing through your large email searching for those answers only to discover that your email provider...

5 Reasons to Use ntop for Network Management

5 Reasons to Use ntop for Network Management

One of the most critical aspects of your network infrastructure is how well it's performing. The question that I often get asked as a provider of infrastructure services is, "Am I getting the most out of my local network and my internet bandwidth?" This is the one...

Configuring a Build Job Using Hudson

Configuring a Build Job Using Hudson

Last time we had a look at how to acquire and install Hudson, a continuous build and integration system beneficial to software engineering. This week we take a look at how to create and run a job using Hudson, and then look at the job output. Hudson can run a wide...

Continuous Integration in 8 Easy Steps with Buildbot

Continuous Integration in 8 Easy Steps with Buildbot

Several weeks ago, Ron provided some great insight regarding how to install the Hudson continuous integration tool on Windows. This week, I'll be discussing a different tool: Buildbot. My initial exposure to continuous integration tools in general was only a few years...

How to Avoid Workarounds and Tackle the Larger Problem

How to Avoid Workarounds and Tackle the Larger Problem

One of the benefits of being an employee at a small IT and engineering consulting firm is that I get the benefits of a small organization combined with the resources of a the large organization I am assigned to. I don’t have to deal with much bureaucracy to get things...