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Optimal Continuous Integration Practices (Part 1)

Continuous Integration (CI) is a critical piece of any company’s software development practices, and usually the first effort on the road to DevOps. Within optimal continuous integration practices, engineers submit and test new developments against the main body of...

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...
Solving CAD File Data Corruption By Looking Beyond the Obvious

Solving CAD File Data Corruption By Looking Beyond the Obvious

One SPK client’s design engineering team was required to email CAD files to a technician to perform 3D printing. However, the CAD files were too large for regular email transmission. The designers manually converted each CAD file into a ZIP format for sending in one...

How Cyber Security Requirements Can Throw your Medical Device Off Track

How Cyber Security Requirements Can Throw your Medical Device Off Track

In our last article we talked about the four steps your organization must go through when designing secure connected medical devices. With the increasing attention paid to product security in this era of connected medical devices, many companies are scrambling to keep...

What Do Late Product Launches REALLY Cost?

What Do Late Product Launches REALLY Cost?

Your engineering team’s product launch date just slipped a week. Should you spend $20,000 on an outside engineering service to get the release back on schedule? In these situations, making the right decision quickly requires reliable information and analysis.  As more...

SPK (Capabilities + Character) = Client Trust (Q1 2018 Newsletter)

SPK (Capabilities + Character) = Client Trust (Q1 2018 Newsletter)

For more than two decades, it has been SPK and Associates' privilege to support our clients’ varied engineering and systems integration needs. We're grateful for the opportunity to be useful to them all, in their various markets. We support a gamut of needs: From...

Our Top Technology Stories in 2017 and 2018 Industry Predictions

Our Top Technology Stories in 2017 and 2018 Industry Predictions

SPK wants to wish our growing subscriber community a Happy New Year! We’re honored to be welcomed onto your desktops and smartphones to share stories on how to make your engineering team and company work more efficiently. Perhaps more importantly, we hope any...

The Purpose of Unit Testing

The Purpose of Unit Testing

The way you test software (or don’t) is heavily influenced by your theoretical perspective of its purpose. I've learned that, contrary to my initial belief, unit testing is not about finding bugs. It turns out that manual testing is much more cost effective for...