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How AWS Became the Favorite of Engineering

AWS, with its commanding market share in the world of cloud, relies heavily on engineering organizations for its success. We’ve explored the reasons for this in previous articles. What it boils down to is that Amazon’s cloud platform is more geared toward the way...

Why Do Organizations Pick AWS or Azure?

In previous posts we’ve discussed the significant market share gap between top dog Amazon Web Services and its closest competitor, Microsoft Azure. We’ve talked a bit about why engineering skews toward AWS while IT tends to prefer Microsoft Azure. Still, all things...
Keep Your Developers Developing!

Keep Your Developers Developing!

Software companies often choose to rollout new products by having their developers work directly with beta test customers.  But is this really a good idea? Not really, but let's understand why not, and then consider a couple of best practices if you just have to do it...

Remember Everything with Evernote!

Remember Everything with Evernote!

Evernote has changed my life for the better since I first tried it out a month ago.  I have spent much of my life wishing I could keep a little notebook on me at all times to record odd bits of information that I think I might like to remember.  Little things.  When...

Using Recuva to Recover Lost Files on Your Computer

Using Recuva to Recover Lost Files on Your Computer

Ever empty the Recycle Bin on your Windows machine and regret it? Deleted a file that you really needed? These problems have a solution: Recuva. Recuva, a single purpose utility put out by Piriform, can recover files that have been lost in these kinds of situations:...

Understanding Continuous Integration

Understanding Continuous Integration

Continuous Integration (CI) is a software development methodology that uses small and frequent incremental changes to the code base, which are incorporated into a rapid build and test environment. Each change integrated into the source repository is verified by the...

Outsourcing is the Best Way to Stay Flexible, Even Elastic!

Outsourcing is the Best Way to Stay Flexible, Even Elastic!

The technology industry loves buzzwords. The decade of the '80s was all about synergy and paradigm shifts. In the '90s, it was the web and the Internet. The turn of the century brought talk about virtualization and social media. Today it's all about the cloud. Of...

Confluence upgrading to 4.0 from 3.8

Confluence upgrading to 4.0 from 3.8

Recently, we upgraded Confluence to 4.0, the latest revision and was pleasantly surprised by the process. The upgrade was seamless, well documented, and no major issues found. Upgrading confluence would have been really simple if we wanted to retain the same server....

Improve your build, test and deployment with ElectricCommander

Improve your build, test and deployment with ElectricCommander

Repeatability is a intuitive aspect of daily life. If you throw a ball up, it must come down. If you throw it twenty times, the same thing will happen, up and then down. When repeatability doesn't occur we get anxious. Repeatability is equally an essential quality in...

Macs in a Corporate IT Environment

Macs in a Corporate IT Environment

­Macs running OS X have been around for quite some time, but only recently have they gained enough traction with our customers at SPK to be used as their day to day desktop environment.  Historically, IT organizations have been reluctant to embrace this change.  This...

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...