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PDM/PLM-Product Data and Lifecycle Management

eBook: Solving the Top PTC Integrity Lifecycle Manager Struggles

Executive Summary Over the past few years at SPK, we published many articles on PTC Integrity Lifecycle Manager topics. Our intention was to provide real, hands-on help for PTC Integrity users and managers. We asked ourselves the question: “What are some of the most...

The Power of the Cloud – Med Device Company Boosts Operational Efficiency and Customer Satisfaction

BackgroundA diversified medical device company has a leading position in the global endoscopy device space. In this market, the company generates growth and differentiates its products primarily through incremental innovations and investment in research and...
Dropbox: Do Everything!

Dropbox: Do Everything!

I will assume that everyone reading this is familiar with Dropbox -- my favorite program ever -- but I would like to highlight some newer features and espouse the virtues of this program in case anyone is still living in 2007. Dropbox acts as a shared folder between...

Is the Cloud the Best for Application Management Services?

Is the Cloud the Best for Application Management Services?

As the push towards the cloud continues, the inertia of its popularity can leave CTOs with the impression that the world is black and white with only two options: in the cloud or not in the cloud. The nuances and diversity of solutions can therefore be lost in the...

5 Reasons You Want Windows 8 Now

5 Reasons You Want Windows 8 Now

Enjoying Windows 8, yet? I had been running Developer Builds and Consumer Previews for some time; I was super excited when I finally upgraded to the Windows 8 Pro Release build (for a promotional $15, I might add). Despite recently writing a guide on accessing...

Outsourcing of Vital IT Tasks to Grow in 2013

Outsourcing of Vital IT Tasks to Grow in 2013

In 2013, roughly one third of businesses will increase their IT outsourcing budgets. Chief Information Officers and CEOs, from small businesses to large enterprises, are planning to up their spending on the outsourcing of web/e-commerce platforms, application...

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...

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...

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...

A Brief History of Automated Builds

A Brief History of Automated Builds

Almost every programming book starts with an example of a small program which can be compiled from the command line using a simple call to the compiler with maybe a few flags. Known as “Hello World”, the few lines of code needed to output the text is almost universal....