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Flexible Continuous Integration Pipelines With CD

What is a Continuous Integration Pipeline? The purpose of a continuous integration pipeline is to allow teams to constantly integrate and build software updates in order to quicken release cycles, lower costs, and reduce risks. In a simple implementation of a...

4 Advantages of SolidWorks Cloud PDM

Technology based companies rely on a growing suite of applications that digitally design, test, prototype and release new products. One such application is SolidWorks 3D CAD, and SolidWorks cloud PDM. These are extremely critical tools for the product lifecycle, and...
How to Setup License Statistics Free Version

How to Setup License Statistics Free Version

Software asset management tools, particularly license usage and monitoring software are gaining more and more interest among large corporations. It should come as no surprise since by utilizing such tools they stand to gain upwards to 10% in cost reductions and that...

Software Development Using Kanban

Software Development Using Kanban

Software Development Using Kanban The SPK development team engages with customers utilizing agile principals. This typically means incremental sprint deliveries of code as part of a scrum model. At a recent engagement, we employed an interesting variation of this...

Oracle Database Cloning Made Easy

Oracle Database Cloning Made Easy

As a systems integrator, I spend my time behind a variety of applications every day.  Each of these applications stores its data in some type of database.  The most common databases I deal with are typically MySQL, Oracle, DB2, Postgres, and MS SQL Server. As such,...

Using inSSIDer to be a good wireless neighbor

Using inSSIDer to be a good wireless neighbor

Have you ever noticed that the wireless neighborhood is seemingly always located in the bad part of town? This is especially true in the crowded wasteland of the 2400 block of Megahertz Ave. Where might you find this undesirable neighborhood? Unfortunately, the answer...

Integrating Meld with Git under Linux

Integrating Meld with Git under Linux

Have you ever used Git? Git has quickly grown to become one of today's most popular source code management solutions for software engineering projects large, small, professional and personal. Developed by Linus Torvalds, Git is classified as a “distributed version...

Five Reasons to Outsource Compute Farm and Server Management

Five Reasons to Outsource Compute Farm and Server Management

The paradigm of computing resource configurations have changed several times of the last 40 years. From mainframes to mini computers, through desktops and file servers to server farms, software as a service and the cloud. Any company that uses server farms or...

DIACAP and Gold Disk: What about Windows 7?

DIACAP and Gold Disk: What about Windows 7?

This post is in response to David’s excellent post about Gold Disk. I recently performed some DIACAP Compliance testing using Gold Disk on one of our products, which was built on Windows XP Embedded.  That process is fairly straightforward, even though Gold Disk is...

4 Reasons to Use Static Analysis on Your Codebase

4 Reasons to Use Static Analysis on Your Codebase

All of us who work in software development want the products that we release to be high quality, and also low cost to maintain in the field. This is no big revelation; it’s common knowledge, and it’s common sense. It’s not clear that there is any silver bullet in...

FlexPOD for Infrastructure as a Service

FlexPOD for Infrastructure as a Service

The other day, I went to a presentation of FlexPOD and was impressed.   FlexPOD is a collaboration of efforts from Cisco, VMWare, and NetApp.   What it offers is a highly flexible framework to grow IT datacenters they are calling Infrastructure as a service (IIAS). If...