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Requirements/Test Management

Risk Management in Windchill RV&S (formerly PTC Integrity Lifecycle Manager)

An important part of creating any product intended for use in any regulated industry vertical is that the manufacturer should have identified all of the risks involved in using the device. Then, they must have done their best to mitigate those risks before their...

PTC Trace Report Video

The video below demos a productivity add-on for PTC’s popular Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) product, PTC Integrity Lifecycle Manager. As with many such products, customers have asked for more powerful and flexible reporting capabilities. SPK now offers a new...
How-to Run Android 4.4 (KitKat) using VMWare Player

How-to Run Android 4.4 (KitKat) using VMWare Player

Did you see our guide for running Android 4.0 in VMWare from two years ago? We've updated the instructions, below, to help you get the newest version of Android running to use as a product development tool. Download and setup VMWare Player 6 (note that you will need...

How to create Column Contexts for PTC Integrity documents

How to create Column Contexts for PTC Integrity documents

One handy feature of PTC Integrity is the column context. Through the use of the column context a user can easily change what document columns are presented to them in the document view based on the role or task they are performing. For example, by default a column...

Agile Development in Regulated Environments Part 2: Key Practices

Agile Development in Regulated Environments Part 2: Key Practices

In Agile Development in Regulated Environments -- Part 1: Yes, it can work, I covered the common misconceptions about Agile Software Development -- specifically in highly-regulated industries like medical device. The common myth that regulators would not accept Agile...

Automatic Processing of Content on SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server

Automatic Processing of Content on SolidWorks Workgroup PDM Server

One of the powerful features of a full enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) system is being able to post process content uploaded to it. For example, adding a watermark, or changing a revision of a document automatically. The idea behind Solidworks Workgroup...

DIACAP Testing with Retina Network Scanner

DIACAP Testing with Retina Network Scanner

Recently I took over DIACAP testing on a few machines. The task of starting DIACAP testing may seem overwhelming when presented with the number of tests and findings you will need to complete. Thankfully, there have been some automated tools released to help aid the...

Automatically Scraping Webpages using Python 2.7

Automatically Scraping Webpages using Python 2.7

In today’s Internet, it takes specific skills to efficiently find the “Data You Want” inside of the “Data You’re Given”. I was reminded of this the other day watching a colleague struggle through data collection, clicking buttons and getting diverted by advertisements...

6 Reasons to Use VMWare Workstation for Prototyping and Testing

6 Reasons to Use VMWare Workstation for Prototyping and Testing

Why would the average engineer want to create and use a virtual machine on their laptop or workstation? After all, usually an engineer has a perfectly good machine to work with, right? That may be true. Perhaps the engineer may even have access to more than one...

How does the Windows Phone 8 Kool-Aid Taste?

How does the Windows Phone 8 Kool-Aid Taste?

I’m just going to come out and say it: I drank the Windows Phone 8 Kool-Aid. My coworkers mock me, and I accept this. But darn it, I want to believe! (and it tastes a lot better than what I was drinking before.) And it's certainly better than if I wandered over to the...

7 Ways to Fight Feature Creep

7 Ways to Fight Feature Creep

I was recently involved in a project in which the goal was to streamline and automate a manual software deployment process using Electric Cloud's product ElectricCommander. The Scope of Work was laid out, development was underway, and my coworker and I felt very...