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Leading Medical Device Company Achieves Major Efficiency Boost by Utilizing SPK’s SolidWorks CSV Expertise

Background Apublicly traded medical device manufacturer with 33,000 employees and several international locations approached SPK and Associates for assistance in streamlining their validation processes. The validation process took months, but the customer wanted...

Improving Accessibility and Accuracy of Engineering Documents Via a Cloud-Based SolidWorks to MasterControl Connector

How SPK successfully improved a client’s engineering productivity and quality by creating a connected business system, leveraging separate, complementary platforms. Bridging TechnologiesMedical device manufacturing is a highly regulated industry. Even the slightest...
Five Steps to Take if Your IT Outsourcing Agreement Goes South

Five Steps to Take if Your IT Outsourcing Agreement Goes South

IT outsourcing relationships can be fraught with challenges, ranging from communications breakdowns between client and provider to issues surrounding performance. If an IT outsourcing agreement isn’t meeting your company’s expectations (e.g. SLA targets are missed;...

Security basics with IPTables

Security basics with IPTables

When on the internet, there's always concerns of security.   If you're listening on some services but not others, you need to modify the Linux firewall to allow this. Also, if there's undesirable clients accessing ports and hacking, IPTables is an effective...

Oracle Database Cloning Made Easy

Oracle Database Cloning Made Easy

As a systems integrator, I spend my time behind a variety of applications every day.  Each of these applications stores its data in some type of database.  The most common databases I deal with are typically MySQL, Oracle, DB2, Postgres, and MS SQL Server. As such,...

Integrating Meld with Git under Linux

Integrating Meld with Git under Linux

Have you ever used Git? Git has quickly grown to become one of today's most popular source code management solutions for software engineering projects large, small, professional and personal. Developed by Linus Torvalds, Git is classified as a “distributed version...

4 Reasons to Use Static Analysis on Your Codebase

4 Reasons to Use Static Analysis on Your Codebase

All of us who work in software development want the products that we release to be high quality, and also low cost to maintain in the field. This is no big revelation; it’s common knowledge, and it’s common sense. It’s not clear that there is any silver bullet in...

How Code Reviews Reduce SDLC Costs

How Code Reviews Reduce SDLC Costs

Bugs can be introduced anywhere in the software development lifecycle, from the early stages (requirements gathering etc) right up to the final shipping of the project. The most expensive types of bugs to fix are those introduced earliest and fixed latest. For...

Why Product Lifecycle Management is Critical for Success

Why Product Lifecycle Management is Critical for Success

It is said that we should learn from history, but too often product management fails to take the time to learn from the mistakes of others. Product lifecycle management (PLM) isn't new, in fact it has been around (in different forms and disguises) since people started...