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How to Maximize Engineering Design Automation for CAD/PDM

In recent years, interest in engineering design automation across multiple industries skyrocketed, especially due to the high return on investment (ROI). Relieving your engineers from tedious, error-prone tasks and directing them toward automation presents a fantastic...

How Workflow Integration Boosts Engineering Productivity

How to solve the problem that hides in plain sight Engineers rarely talk about “workflow integration” for items like CAD files or project data management (PDM). They’re too busy doing their jobs! However, that exact mindset presents a major issue. Many engineers think...
Why an Automated Development Process Benefits Developers

Why an Automated Development Process Benefits Developers

Automated development, rather than just automated builds, offers a more holistic approach to automating the development process including building, testing and deployment. It is the cornerstone of Continuous Integration (CI). CI uses a model of small incremental...

How to Create a Silent Installer for ANSYS 14

How to Create a Silent Installer for ANSYS 14

I'm a huge fan of automation, especially when it comes to installing software. With a simple one-click solution, you can setup software on a user's workstation with little or no impact on your work load. In fact, you don't even need to do the installation -- users can...

To SSD or not to SSD

To SSD or not to SSD

What is an SSD? The term SSD (Solid State Drive), can refer to any drive that uses solid state components to store information, or more to the point - has no moving parts.  When we hear terms like 'Flash Drive' or 'Thumb Drive', we typically don't think SSD, but...

A Brief History of Automated Builds

A Brief History of Automated Builds

Almost every programming book starts with an example of a small program which can be compiled from the command line using a simple call to the compiler with maybe a few flags. Known as “Hello World”, the few lines of code needed to output the text is almost universal....

5 Minutes with Windows 8 and Office 2013

5 Minutes with Windows 8 and Office 2013

Dell Latitude ST This is the Dell Latitude ST, which can be had from the Dell Outlet store for about $300. It’s a 10-inch tablet slate running an Atom Z670 and 2GB of RAM – like a Netbook without a keyboard. Instead, it has an N-trig digitizer that supports both...

Using SSH to Securely Tunnel a TCP Application

Using SSH to Securely Tunnel a TCP Application

Often times, I'm caught in a situation where an application or service is not directly accessible to me from the network I'm currently on.  For instance, if I'm at a customer site, I may need VNC or RDP access to a collocated server.  Sure, I could open up port 5901...