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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...

SPK Wins 2020 Managed Service Provider Award

We are thrilled to announce that SPK and Associates won the Channel Futures / Channel Partners 2020 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 501 Award for a second consecutive year! This prestigious award is widely viewed as the most comprehensive global survey of Information...
The Project Management Skills Gap

The Project Management Skills Gap

When it comes to product innovation and project development, the role of the project manager cannot be underestimated. That's why it's important to take an objective look at the skills and resources available in your organization and determine if a skills gap exists...

Avoid Fatal Product Design Flaws with QA

Avoid Fatal Product Design Flaws with QA

The difference between quality assurance (QA) and testing is often misunderstood. In fact, the terms are frequently used interchangeably. However, testing is actually just one part of QA. Quality assurance, on the other hand, covers a larger, more holistic part of the...

Deploying IPv6 on a Cisco IOS router with a Tunnel Broker

Deploying IPv6 on a Cisco IOS router with a Tunnel Broker

The time has finally come! Just a few days ago, major internet companies participated in IPv6 Launch Day – meaning from this point forward, they will be running their production systems and making their services available to you via the IPv6 in addition to IPv4....

LinkedIn Password Database Leaked!

LinkedIn Password Database Leaked!

LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, has reported that its user database has been hacked and the encrypted passwords of 6+ million users have been stolen. Even though the password database was encrypted, users with weak passwords could be exposed with...

How a Disaster Turned out to be an Opportunity

How a Disaster Turned out to be an Opportunity

This post started out as a discussion of how Clonezilla made my life easy and Acronis made my life hard, but it quickly morphed into something different and more personal. Hopefully someone can take away from this that disasters can be quite bad when they happen, but they can also set you on a path you didn’t expect that may end up being wonderful.

How-to: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) using VMware Player

How-to: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) using VMware Player

Are you still waiting for Verizon to make the newest Android OS available on your Droid RAZR MAXX? In the mean time, follow the instructions below for a way to preview what the newest Android OS looks like – you’re probably not missing as much as you think! Download...

Outsource Your System Administration to Set Your Engineers Free

Outsource Your System Administration to Set Your Engineers Free

The inquisitive nature of engineers, which makes them so good at designing, developing and building products, can also lead them to become distracted by other “interesting things” like managing the very systems and tools that allow them to do their engineering....

Setting up Web metrics with Webalizer

Setting up Web metrics with Webalizer

When managing websites, it's important to have metrics on the site for both admin and content owners. One of the easiest ways to do this is Webalizer. It is a free tool that uses the Apache access log to provide a graphical presentation of usage. Attached is a quick...