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Engineering Inefficiency is the Enemy of Innovation

I was intrigued by the information and conclusions presented in OnShape’s recent report, “The State of Product Development and Hardware Design 2019.” However, I was not as surprised as they were to hear that the biggest problem in R&D is still complex processes,...

Combining AWS and Azure for Optimal Cloud Performance

We’ve hinted at it throughout this series, but now we’re going to say it explicitly: To get the most out of the cloud you should be combining solutions. At the very least, you should be thinking more flexibly than “AWS is for engineering, Azure is for IT.” Does Your...
Taking IT Out of Corporate IT … A Response

Taking IT Out of Corporate IT … A Response

There were quite a lot of comments on this site and other sites on the original post -- all by IT professionals, and almost all negative. The comments were interesting, but quite one-sided. Many people thought the article was suggesting dropping a figurative bomb on...

How to Upgrade a DB2 Database Server from 8.2 to 9.1

How to Upgrade a DB2 Database Server from 8.2 to 9.1

DB2 is one of the best databases available today for the money and features. It also offers a relatively easy upgrade from 8.2 to 9.1 database versions.  The primary issue was finding which level of DB2 that other application vendors all supported. The attached...

The Five Most Challenging Things About Infrastructure Management

The Five Most Challenging Things About Infrastructure Management

Infrastructure management comes with its own unique challenges whether you are managing a lab network, computer farm, load-balancing application, or a build-and-release system .  As much as people lump things into the term "information technology," every piece of "IT"...

How to Monitor Your APC UPS Units – Part 1

How to Monitor Your APC UPS Units – Part 1

Picture your ideal company technological infrastructure. Servers to handle day to day tasks, servers to do engineering simulations, network equipment to handle communication, network-attached storage for your company critical data, and last but not least,...

Five Reasons To Use Application Management Services

Five Reasons To Use Application Management Services

Application management services sounds intriguing; have a company host and run your applications, and separate your business from your infrastructure.  Anyone who's dealt with the stress of IT planning and purchasing understands the temptation to use application...

Four Unavoidable Reasons To Take IT Out of Corporate IT

Four Unavoidable Reasons To Take IT Out of Corporate IT

In the world of IT, solutions become problems with alarming regularity.  The new software of today is the upgrade nightmare of tomorrow.  The policies that solved problems create new ones years later. The corporate IT departments that we look to for solutions are...

How to Install Software Packages Using Ninite

How to Install Software Packages Using Ninite

This week we want to have a look at a useful website that enables us to quickly and accurately install any of a large number of useful software packages. The website, www.ninite.com, presents a large number of current freeware packages, along with trial versions of a...

What Happened to Google Wave? A Look at Collaboration Alternatives

What Happened to Google Wave? A Look at Collaboration Alternatives

Two years ago, Google announced a new product: Wave. Their (and I use the term loosely, since all new Google products seem to come from the same giant, faceless Googleplex) original goal was to unify messaging – have you thought about how many tools you use to...

How to Backup an ESXi Server with GhettoVCB

How to Backup an ESXi Server with GhettoVCB

VMWare is wonderful for getting full utilization of scarce resource.  However, if you're on a limited budget, affording ESX clustered hosts for all needs is overkill.  Sometimes a free ESXi server is enough. In the latter, we ran into challenges doing backups. ...