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Software Development & Release Management

Moving IT Help Desk To A Cloud-based Jira Solution

SPK helps a leading nonprofit to streamline its internal IT support, while adopting best practice and saving money. The ClientA socially-conscious nonprofit research center found its internal IT staff overloaded. It’s a small group—just four people—who were tasked...

8 Myths About Moving To The Atlassian Cloud Debunked

"Oh, the Atlassian Cloud isn't built for Enterprise." As an Atlassian Solution Partner, we’ve seen that most organizations who are hesitant about moving to cloud, aren’t equipped with the right information. This is why we’ve busted the top cloud myths.  In this...
What’s New in Git 1.8.5.1

What’s New in Git 1.8.5.1

Call me weird, but for whatever reason I find version control really interesting and a crucial part of your build and release model. Maybe it's because it's saved my bacon a few times so I appreciate what it does, or maybe it's because it lets me see how my code has...

Keep Track of Passwords with Pleasant Solutions

Keep Track of Passwords with Pleasant Solutions

When involved in IT strategy consulting services, you need a way to keep track of passwords in a safe and accessible manner. There are a number of different options out there ranging from single machine managers to cloud-based services. The one I found to be a great...

A Quick Start Guide to Installing Ceph

A Quick Start Guide to Installing Ceph

This seems to be the age of “Big Data”. Every sector seems to have a need for it -- from biotechs doing genome sequencing, to financial providers mining market data. For many, the ability to store massive amounts of structured or unstructured data is the key to...

Streamline Business Communication with Google Forms

Streamline Business Communication with Google Forms

Have you ever sent out an email with a bunch of important questions and received a reply that began with "my answers are in blue".  Have you then found yourself combing through your large email searching for those answers only to discover that your email provider...

How To Upgrade the Feature Level in IBM Rational ClearQuest

How To Upgrade the Feature Level in IBM Rational ClearQuest

Sometimes finding the information you want for IBM Rational ClearQuest can be a challenge -- and when you find something, it can be that the level of detail needed is not present. That's why we at SPK and Associates started this series of technical how to guides to...

Keeping your Ego in check to Maximize your Toolbox.

Keeping your Ego in check to Maximize your Toolbox.

I don't usually read autobiographies, but recently a close friend of mine suggested that I read "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" Being bored with the book I was currently reading, I decided to give it a go. In it there is a chapter title "A Different Box of...

5 Reasons Why Code Refactoring is Essential

5 Reasons Why Code Refactoring is Essential

Lately, I've been refactoring some code for a software engineering project completed earlier this year and for which additional work is expected. As a result, I've come to the conclusion that doing occasional refactoring is an absolute must for any programmer. I...

3 Must-Have Mods for Windows 8

3 Must-Have Mods for Windows 8

New software may not be something you want to use or look at, but if you are in the IT services field, it is necessary. Windows 8 has been a controversial release with many people refusing to upgrade and use it, stating that it is a mistake by Microsoft. Despite...