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Software Development & Release Management

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...

Optimal Continuous Integration Best Practices (Part 3)

November, 2021 As I noted in “Continuous Integration Best Practices—Part 1” and “Continuous Integration Best Practices—Part 2,” there are 10 best practice principles associated with Continuous Integration. In the previous articles, we covered the first six. In this...
Creating a Custom Nagios Plugin

Creating a Custom Nagios Plugin

Nagios is an invaluable tool to help monitor a customer's infrastructure.  Last year, I explained how easy it was to be able to integrate Network Appliance health checks.  In fact, Nagios provides a plethora of out of the box plugins.  Additional plugins are available...

Incorporating Accessibility Into Your Software Engineering Projects

Incorporating Accessibility Into Your Software Engineering Projects

Are you missing out on reaching 25% of the US population with your current software engineering project? Maybe the elderly, at 13% of the population, aren't part of your target market, or maybe it's the 12% of the US population who are disabled that you aren't...

How to Obtain Electric Commander Metrics for Use in a GWT Plugin

How to Obtain Electric Commander Metrics for Use in a GWT Plugin

Developed by Electric Cloud, Electric Commander is an extremely versatile tool for enhancing and automating your organization’s software development build-test-deploy cycle. Commander makes it possible to eliminate unnecessary lag time between phases of the...

Get Insight Into Your Misbehaving Laptop With Three Free Tools

Get Insight Into Your Misbehaving Laptop With Three Free Tools

Get insight into your laptop’s status and taking some precautions with CPUID’s Hardware Monitor and CPU-Z and Belarc Advisor It happens to most laptops eventually.  After two or more years of heavy (ab)use, most of our laptops are not in the condition they were...

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;...

How to Setup License Statistics Free Version

How to Setup License Statistics Free Version

Software asset management tools, particularly license usage and monitoring software are gaining more and more interest among large corporations. It should come as no surprise since by utilizing such tools they stand to gain upwards to 10% in cost reductions and that...

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...

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...