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Software Development & Release Management

Using DevOps and Cloud to rapidly respond and scale

BackgroundSPK was contacted by a software company that provides healthcare cost optimization through a web platform. Their mission is to provide customers with a method to reduce spending while maintaining quality healthcare for their employees.  With an expanding...

Reducing Software Deployment Time and Necessary Engineer Effort through Custom Automation and UI Implementation

BackgroundA major fintech and financial services firm implemented Electric Flow (now known as CloudBees CD) for software deployment. The  organization spent too much money on man hours for weekend and overnight hours due to the need for engineers to “babysit” software...
The Project Management Skills Gap

The Project Management Skills Gap

When it comes to product innovation and project development, the role of the project manager cannot be underestimated. That's why it's important to take an objective look at the skills and resources available in your organization and determine if a skills gap exists...

Avoid Fatal Product Design Flaws with QA

Avoid Fatal Product Design Flaws with QA

The difference between quality assurance (QA) and testing is often misunderstood. In fact, the terms are frequently used interchangeably. However, testing is actually just one part of QA. Quality assurance, on the other hand, covers a larger, more holistic part of the...

Deploying IPv6 on a Cisco IOS router with a Tunnel Broker

Deploying IPv6 on a Cisco IOS router with a Tunnel Broker

The time has finally come! Just a few days ago, major internet companies participated in IPv6 Launch Day – meaning from this point forward, they will be running their production systems and making their services available to you via the IPv6 in addition to IPv4....

LinkedIn Password Database Leaked!

LinkedIn Password Database Leaked!

LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, has reported that its user database has been hacked and the encrypted passwords of 6+ million users have been stolen. Even though the password database was encrypted, users with weak passwords could be exposed with...

How a Disaster Turned out to be an Opportunity

How a Disaster Turned out to be an Opportunity

This post started out as a discussion of how Clonezilla made my life easy and Acronis made my life hard, but it quickly morphed into something different and more personal. Hopefully someone can take away from this that disasters can be quite bad when they happen, but they can also set you on a path you didn’t expect that may end up being wonderful.

Gain Greater Control Over Windows Disk Defragmentation with Defraggler

Gain Greater Control Over Windows Disk Defragmentation with Defraggler

This week we have a look at an alternative to Windows Disk Defragmenter. Piriform has a number of Windows utility offerings, among which is Defraggler. Defraggler has the following capabilities, a number of which are not available with the Windows default utility. 1....

Outsource Your System Administration to Set Your Engineers Free

Outsource Your System Administration to Set Your Engineers Free

The inquisitive nature of engineers, which makes them so good at designing, developing and building products, can also lead them to become distracted by other “interesting things” like managing the very systems and tools that allow them to do their engineering....

SDLC Basics: The Vision Statement

SDLC Basics: The Vision Statement

In the Beginning In the beginning, there was an idea. The idea took shape and became a project. The project became an application and the application got used. Or maybe it didn't get used. Maybe it was completely the wrong application for the business. Or maybe it was...