Celebrate the fruits of your labor this autumn!

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Labor Day signals the unofficial beginning of autumn.  If they’re not already back in school, kids typically march back to the classroom with sharp pencils and over-sized backpacks the Tuesday after Labor Day. The holiday itself is a time to relax and regroup. Next Tuesday though, with the kids back in school, it’s a good time to look back on the busy summer, and see where your company is at and compare it to where you had hoped it would be.

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Undelete now available – because everyone make mistakes

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It’s been about 10 years now; our team was pulling an all-nighter launching a new management system for our division – it was big, it was important, it was the night of the go-live. And then our database was empty. What happened?! It was empty! Someone had deleted the whole thing, every record! My boss called off the go-live, we pushed it to the next night. He said, “let it go,” but I had to find out who did it.

I ...

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Backflow isn’t a stagnant industry; Regulations increasing

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It’s no surprise that state and local codes and laws are constantly changing and being updated as needed. Backflow isn’t one of the places you might expect to see changes to regulations. After all, it’s pretty straight-forward what should be required–right? Not exactly. I mentioned a while back that different water purveyors require distinctly different backflow report forms. Similarly, different municipalities and local governments require different backflow devices to be tested to be in line with state law and EPA ...

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Automated Deployment – Another way we increase reliability

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I’ve talked about the automated testing process that we use before.  But I’ve never talked about the automated deployment process that we use.

Deployments in software are just what they sound like. They are when you take the code changes you’ve been working on, and deploy them somewhere– normally in a production environment.

Deploying to a production environment is a risk. Anytime you change a production environment, you risk causing problems for your users, maybe affecting your availability (link) or any number ...

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Prepare for the school year with a reusable water bottle.

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While it’s still actively summer in my neck-of-the-woods, the local stores are stuffed to the gills with notebooks, colorful backpacks, and superhero kid t-shirts: a sure sign that the school year is right around the corner. Your children probably aren’t focusing on the details of how to keep healthy during their first week, but are you? Recently the Portland, Oregon school district made a point to begin testing for lead in elementary schools. Shockingly, there was a fairly high amount ...

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