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SEP Named A 2021 Best Places to Work in Indiana Company

Suits or no suits?  Own or share?  Drive or ride? Recently, I attended the Telematics Update conference and my first impression as I walked the floor was “Wow, everyone is wearing a suit jacket?  I worked in the auto…
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Back from Telematics Update: Suits or no suits? Own or share? Drive or ride?

Suits or no suits?  Own or share?  Drive or ride? Recently, I attended the Telematics Update conference and my first impression as I walked the floor was “Wow, everyone is wearing a suit jacket?  I worked in the auto industry for 15 years and I thought we had moved past suits, waterfall planning, and stuffy […]
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Mothballing VLAT

Be deliberate.  It’s probably the thing I soapbox about second only to continuous feedback.  In line with practicing what I preach I have to make an announcement.  Recently in agreement with management I put VLAT in mothballs for the time being. What I want to do is explain why we drew the conclusion to mothball […]
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meHive, an experiment in product development

From time to time, SEP makes forays into product development.  As a service company, we face many challenges as we do this, the single biggest challenge being allocation of dedicated resources to work on the product.  Since our revenue is intimately connected with our people, it is difficult to tie them up in an effort […]
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Ollert Is Now Open Source

Ollert, the Trello data analytics tool, has been open sourced under GNU Affero GPL v3.0. The source code can be found on Github and I’ve already accepted several pull requests. Why? I’ve been working towards this for a few months now. Although Ollert was a lot of fun to create and has helped quite a […]
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Creating a portable JDK with PowerShell

At times, I’ve found myself wanting to have a specific JDK available without installing another version of Java. Past reasons include wanting to test multiple Java versions on the same system or needing to use a Java tool (ex. JConsole) without installing additional software. With a small PowerShell script and 7-Zip installed*, you can easily […]
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RavenDB and MongoDB: Not easily interchangeable (at least not always)

On a recent internal project, we experimented with various NoSQL database back-ends. The project had used MongoDB since its inception. However, due to some memory issues, we wanted to evaluate other document database back-ends. In the end, we selected RavenDB for evaluation. The good First, I want to mention the things I liked about using RavenDB: There […]
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Running Lean Startup Experiments Internally

When building a business or software, it is easy to make assumptions about what the market will want or how users will interact with your product. Recently, the concept of the Lean Startup Experiment has emerged to help us explicitly acknowledge these assumptions and construct small experiments to validate our assumptions. Here at SEP, we […]
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Ollert – Reveal the Data Behind Your Trello Boards

Introducing Ollert, a tool to show you what your Trello boards can’t tell you on their own. Trello does a great job of telling you about the here and now of your Trello boards; who’s working on what task and what is the current state of a task. But what if I want to know about the state […]
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Checking into Swift

In the interest of learning Swift, I undertook one of the exercises catalogued on codekata.com—“Data Munging,” involving some simple file parsing. The first thing I learned? Regular expressions in Swift, which are really just Objective-C regular expressions at this stage, are remarkably unintuitive. I come from JavaScript, where regex literals and uncomplicated functionality make using […]
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