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Integration and Workflow

Accelerating Product Releases with Business Process Automation

The beauty of business process automation How often have we entered the same information into two different systems and wondered, “Why do I have to waste my time doing this?”  These are computers, aren’t they?  Shouldn’t this information flow where it needs to go? ...

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...
Creating “Custom” Facts in Puppet

Creating “Custom” Facts in Puppet

The servers that I’m managing can be divided into two groups, colo and local servers. While most of the configuration has been similar between these two, there have been a growing number of things which I’ve had to configure differently through Puppet. The latest...

Using Audit Log To Track Promoted Change Requests with PTC Integrity

Using Audit Log To Track Promoted Change Requests with PTC Integrity

Recently, a customer came to me because they wanted to record when changes were promoted from their development environment to their test environment, and later from their test environment to their production environment. They wanted a way to simply tell when changes...

How to Solve Costly Monotony and Redundancy with Automation

How to Solve Costly Monotony and Redundancy with Automation

Redundant and repetitive tasks present a number of challenges for your business. Your engineering team feels bored, like they’re wasting their time. Pretty soon, they’re done being bored and looking for more challenging and rewarding work. With skilled engineers in...

Puppet Quick Setup Guide (Part 2) – How to Configure Puppet Master

Puppet Quick Setup Guide (Part 2) – How to Configure Puppet Master

Recently I explained how to easily set up communication between a Puppet client and master. In this follow up post I’ll outline the steps involved in configuring the Puppet master to control the client machine. Starting out with Puppet does not have to be a...

Puppet Quickstart Guide (Part 1)

Puppet Quickstart Guide (Part 1)

Puppet is the most well-known configuration management tool in the DevOps world and used by systems administrators to centrally manage large numbers of servers and computer systems. There are several Puppet quickstart guides online. However, these guides are...

Continuous Integration Best Practices—Part 4

Continuous Integration Best Practices—Part 4

As I noted in other articles in this "Continuous Integration Best Practices" Series (click here for Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3", there are 10 best practice principles associated with Continuous Integration and in this previous articles, we covered the first eight. In...

Continuous Integration Best Practices—Part 3

Continuous Integration Best Practices—Part 3

As I noted in "Continuous Integration Best Practices—Part 1" and "Continuous Integration Best Practices—Part 2" there are 10 best practice principles associated with Continuous Integration and in this previous articles, we covered the first six. In this article, we...