Jun
06
2012

## DMC Celebrates Tres de Mayo

On May 3, 2012 DMC held a Tres de Mayo party for our customers, vendors, and friends. The 3-themed event was a fun way to enjoy an evening in our recently expanded office space. It was great to listen to the DMC brassband perform and to break in our rooftop deck for the season! We worked the theme of 3 in many different ways: 3D Printer Demonstrations 3D Glasses and Video Specialty Three Amigos Margaritas and Three's Company Cocktails 3 Stooges Life-siz...

Jun
06
2012

## Geek Challenge Results: Sombrero Stumper

Dan Freve of DMC wins this month’s Geek Challenge by correctly selecting D as the correct combination! Dan saw that at the maximum radius, 2, Graph A appeared to be zero while graphs B and C were clearly negative.  Upon evaluating the formulas, only Formula 2 evaluates to zero at R=2, so 2→A was a necessary match.  Of the multiple choice answers, only D had the 2→A paring, so this was the correct answer. ...

Jun
05
2012

## Employee Spotlight: Jack Cosgrove

Jack Cosgrove, Application Developer What has been your favorite project at DMC? I recently completed a project synching Microsoft SharePoint and CRM Online. It was interesting because it was my first experience in web services and building a multi-component solution to solve a SharePoint need. Do you have any engineering hobbies? Tinkering with application development is fun. At the moment, I’m working on a project involving the Qt library, which is a cross-platform library allowing y...

Jun
01
2012

## Northwestern Robot Design Competition

For the fifth year, DMC was one of the sponsors for Northwestern University’s annual Design Competition.  The Design Competition (a.k.a “DC”) challenges students to design, build, and program an autonomous robot that competes against other robots in a simple task or game.  DC provides students with excellent hands-on experience in all the aspects that are required to make a successful robot, such as: designing electromechanical systems, working with various sensors and actuators, progr...

May
31
2012

## DMC's Day Off

Each year, DMC holds about three or four all-day company meetings offsite to share ideas, discuss goals, and have a good time together. These meetings have previously taken place anywhere from a race track to a zipline course. Most recently, DMC enjoyed a Ferris Bueller-inspired day off exploring Chicago.  The day started with a breakfast at the office and some motivation from Mr. Bueller himself. DMC then boarded a trolley to navigate our day of Chicago ex...

May
31
2012

## DMC's Day Off: Sky Deck

As part of an all-day company meeting, DMC enjoyed a Ferris Bueller-inspired day off touring Chicago attractions. We had a great time riding around the city in a trolley and just hanging out together! The first stop of the day off was the Skydeck at the Sears Willis Tower. The Sky Deck offered a beautiful view of a beautiful city. It was great to start the day with incredible Chicago views and even some acrobatics from 103 stories above the city. We were even able to poi...

May
31
2012

## DMC's Day Off: Soldier Field

DMC recently enjoyed a Ferris Bueller-inspired day off exploring Chicago attractions. As part of an all-day company meeting we had a great time hanging out together as we toured the city by trolley! One stop found us touring Soldier Field where we checked out the architecture, history, and facilities of the stadium. Seasoned Bears fans and first-time visitors alike enjoyed the opportunity to see the stadium up close. Whatever your NFL allegiance, it was incredible...

May
31
2012

## DMC's Day Off: Grant Park Picnic

As part of an all-day company meeting, DMC recently spend a day exploring Chicago Ferris Bueller-style. Touring the city in a trolley and hanging out together was a great way to spend a day off! Around the mid-point of DMC's Day Off, we swung by Millenium Park for a photo op at Cloud Gate aka "The Bean." DMC's next stop was a picnic lunch and pickup football game at Grant Park. It was fun to relax and enjoy the great weather and, of course, a little friendly competition. Buck...

May
31
2012

## DMC's Day Off: Rooftop Cookout

DMC's most recent all-day company meeting took us exploring all over downtown Chicago by trolley. Toward the end of the day, we headed north back toward DMC's office and stopped by the Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo was a gorgeous place to end the day, and it gave us another impressive Chicago skyline view to admire. We wrapped up the day with a cookout back at the office on our rooftop deck. Amanda and Jimmy enjoyed beers and a game of bags on the roof. Ryan took on a who...

May
31
2012

## DMC's Day Off: Navy Pier

DMC's all-day company meetings have taken us to some interesting places, but the recent DMC Day Off had us exploring downtown Chicago destinations by trolley. In the afternoon, we headed to Navy Pier, one of Chicago's most popular attractions. We took an exciting Seadog speed boat tour with great views of Chicago's lakefront. Before leaving Navy Pier, some DMCers took a spin on the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel. At 150 feet high, it gave us another great view of Chicag...

May
30
2012

## Programming Madness - Last of the Quarter Finals

Man time sure does fly. It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that I started a programming language competition in perfect synchronization with that month’s college tournament. Now that we are almost into the 3rd month after March though, I can only claim laziness, busy-ness, or an extravagant penchant for prolonging suspense as excuses for dragging this series out so long. For my own sake, I think I’ll take the last option. Regardless, we have seen a lot of s...

May
29
2012

## DMC Quote Board - June 2012

Those who visit DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board." This is where we document the most infamous utterances of the moment.

May
29
2012

## SharePoint of Contact 2: Integrating SharePoint 2010 with CRM Online

SharePoint of Contact 2: Using CRM Online Data within SharePoint In this previous blog post, I explained how to integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM with SharePoint 2010 using an External Content Type (ECT) linked to the Dynamics SQL Server instance. Today I will explain how to integrate Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with SharePoint 2010, also using an ECT. Since CRM Online data is only accessible via web services we will use a WCF web service-based ECT. First a note about why CRM Online data...

May
25
2012

## DMC Competes in the 2012 Chase Corporate Challenge

May 24th was a beautiful night for the 2012 Chicago Chase Corporate Challenge. DMC was one of 628 companies represented in the event which totaled 23,030 participants. The 3.5 mile run stretched through downtown Chicago, beginning and ending in Grant Park. The warm Chicago evening was an improvement from last year's Arctic event and it was fun to hang out with Team DMC in our tent before and after the race!   Bib N...

May
17
2012

## DMC to Lead Cloud Workshop at Microsoft's Midwest District

DMC and Metalogix will be holding an executive workshop on June 20, 2012 at the Microsoft Midwest District in Downers Grove, IL. The event will focus on helping business leaders take advantage of cloud-based data and information solutions. With the release of Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint 2010 is now available in the cloud and poised to go mainstream. Many are considering hybrid solutions with both on-premise and cloud implementations of SharePoint. This event will highlight options for...

May
10
2012

## Employee Spotlight: Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor, Systems Engineer What do you like best about working at DMC? I like that I come in and do interesting work that is always different. Working at DMC gives you a diverse experience base to draw from. The lunch conversations at DMC are always fun and they never end up where they start from. Robots are usually involved and many of the Quote Board comments originate at the lunch table. Do you have any engineering hobbies? Right now, I’m working on an automatic bartending de...

May
10
2012

## Geek Challenge: Sombrero Stumper

This month’s Geek Challenge is in honor of Cinco de Mayo. The traditional Mexican sombrero has an elegant symmetrical shape, and is fun to express mathematically.     Your challenge is to match three sombrero graphs with their corresponding functions in cylindrical coordinates.  Each graph is plotted from 0<r<2.  Graph A   Graph B   Graph C   Is the correct paring?  A: 1→A 2→C 3→B B: 1→C 2→...

May
09
2012

## Geek Challenge Results: March Madness Part II

A big question that lingered after looking at the results of the geek challenge was how much luck played into the outcome against how strong any specific entry was over any other.  Most entries relied heavily on seeding and used other factors to tweak the effect of the overall seeding. Only Dan Freve chose a different approach, weighting strength of schedule heavily and actually using a negative coefficient on the tournament seed. His formula is reasonable, somewhat mimicking the RPI rating...

May
08
2012

## DMC's Brassband Debut

If you attended the recent Tres de Mayo party at DMC's office, you hopefully walked out with tunes like “Basin Street Blues” or “Muskrat Ramble” stuck in your head.  As one of the founding members of the DMC brassband, I’m proud to announce that our first “gig” was a hit! We played a set of six songs during the peak of the party and filled the southern half of the office with swingin’ traditional Dixieland and brassband music. Credit for founding the DMC band goes to our tuba playe...

May
07
2012

## Office Autonomous Robot: Part 2

To continue the ongoing plan to conquer the world via our autonomous robot, several enhancements were made to the robotic platform and a new path finding algorithm was tested. Hardware Changes After deploying the robot around the office, it became clear that the Bluetooth wireless module used for communication would not provide sufficient range and coverage to give the robot full mobility about DMC’s office.  With this in mind a new wireless communication method was sought.  After re...