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DMC Denver Experiences the Avalanche
Otto Gottlieb

DMC Denver Experiences the Avalanche

Don’t worry. When I say Avalanche, I mean the Colorado Avalanche hockey team, not a snow slide. Our hockey team took on the Winnipeg Jets, and the game was spectacular. A group of us attended together using DMC Denver's activity fund, a monthly fund that employees can access to plan fun events to hang out and bond.  After a slow start to the game, Colorado scored two goals in the 2nd period only to have Winnipeg tie up the game in the 3rd period and send the game to overtime. ...

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Does My Project Need an Acceptance Test Plan?
Jesse Batsche

Does My Project Need an Acceptance Test Plan?

As engineers and programmers, it’s fun to design, build, and program things! To justify the time invested in these activities, the results need to be high quality and satisfy a real-world need. Testing is essential to verify the system satisfies the real-world goals and requirements. This article describes why developing a comprehensive Acceptance Test Plan (and then rigorously applying it) is important to overall project success. Primary Benefits  An Acceptance Test Pla...

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Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow
Michael Dannemiller

Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow

Here at DMC, we take great pride in our onboarding process for new employees. We love that all new DMC'ers feel welcome and hit the ground running their first week. Have you ever arrived at a job and spent the first few days waiting for system access? Or for a manager to figure out what to do with you? That doesn't happen here. But as our company continues to expand the process is becoming difficult to manage. With each new employee, there are large numbers of tasks to be completed by...

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DMC New York and the Mysterious Ticking Noise
Serena Shah-Simpson

DMC New York and the Mysterious Ticking Noise

Every month, a DMC office makes their own video to share updates with everyone at DMC. In January, DMC New York took our turn.  We filled everyone in on all of the fun we've been having at events like our Yearly Office Event, DMC New York YOE - Eating Our Way Through NYC, and we told everyone all about how we are bursting at the seams with new hires.  Meet our roster of New York office engineers in this fun video, and see if we can find out the source of the mysterious t...

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DMC Quote Board - January 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - January 2018

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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How to Create a SharePoint Online Provider Hosted App
Curtis Weir

How to Create a SharePoint Online Provider Hosted App

Provider-hosted apps allow us to run powerful processes and access data externally from SharePoint. This guide is intended to provide a clear, and easy-to-follow process for configuring an application that can utilize data from both SharePoint Online and Microsoft Azure. If you are unfamiliar with the differences between SharePoint-hosted and Provider-hosted add-ins, please read Microsoft's guide on how to choose a development pattern for your add-in. Requirements: Mi...

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Leveraging Siemens MultiUser Engineering for TIA Portal
Gina Brooks-Zak

Leveraging Siemens MultiUser Engineering for TIA Portal

With Siemens TIA Portal V14, a great new tool for PLC and HMI development called MultiUser Engineering was released. MultiUser Engineering allows multiple developers to access a server project through local sessions and quickly and seamlessly merge updates to PLC or HMI code such as function blocks, user-defined types (UDTs), WinCC Comfort or Advanced screens, and more. DMC has been using the MultiUser tools with great success, and I'd like to share a few insights with y...

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DMC Goes Glam at the Last Speakeasy
Molly Graham

DMC Goes Glam at the Last Speakeasy

DMCers in Chicago recently celebrated the 84th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition in style at the Chicago History Museum's annual Last Speakeasy. In what has become a DMC tradition, we donned our flapper dresses and fedoras and bundled up as best we could to take a step back in time for a few hours.  The museum pulls out all the stops, filling up every available space with entertainment, food, and intriguing exhibits. There was a visit from John Russick, CHM'...

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6 Best Practices for SharePoint User Adoption
Rick Rietz

6 Best Practices for SharePoint User Adoption

You've invested valuable time and resources into your organization's SharePoint / Office 365 solution but have you thought about user adoption? User adoption planning is critical to SharePoint implementation success. Even the most powerful and well-designed SharePoint portal will flounder if employees aren't properly introduced to this business productivity tool. Upfront planning, communication, and leadership alignment can simplify your SharePoint deployment and adoptio...

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Azure: Accelerated Maintenance to Address CPU Vulnerability Caused by Meltdown or Spectre
Peter Rijks

Azure: Accelerated Maintenance to Address CPU Vulnerability Caused by Meltdown or Spectre

If you run any virtual machines in Azure, you should recently have received an email with the subject Accelerated maintenance to address CPU vulnerability in your subscription. This is part of Microsoft’s response to the recent Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. Other cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Platform, are affected as well and are rolling out similar responses to the vulnerabilities. What's the Plan: Cascading Reboots Microsof...

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Hawaiian Shirt Fridays
Peter Rijks

Hawaiian Shirt Fridays

I bought my first Hawaiian shirt (which is still in my rotation) in Orange Beach, Alabama during spring break of 2001. Since then, Hawaiian Shirt Friday has become a personal tradition of mine lasting the last dozen or so years. At my two previous jobs, it remained a personal tradition, and there was never any doubt in my mind that I would continue my tradition at DMC. However, while it took a while to start catching on, here at DMC it’s become more than just a personal tradition, and t...

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Nucleo UART Tutorial mbed-Style
Ji-hoon Kim

Nucleo UART Tutorial mbed-Style

Introduction ARM touts its mbed platform as an all-in-one solution to the Internet of Things. Today, we’re going to focus on one of its great benefits: “vendor-layer” abstraction. In other words, with mbed, you don’t have to write code for a specific target. mbed will compile it for the target you want, whether it’s an EFM32 or an STM32. At DMC, we work with all kinds of different platforms for all kinds of different projects. Being able to borrow and port ...

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Efficient SCL development in TIA Portal V14
David Berno

Efficient SCL development in TIA Portal V14

With the recent release of TIA Portal V14 and V14 SP1, several new additions have been added to increase the efficiency and organization of code written in SCL. Recently, I have been using many of these new features while writing code in SCL and wanted to share them with you. We will start by defining SCL and its uses in programming, then we will compare ladder to SCL, next we will discuss inline SCL networks, Regions and Region Synchronization, and will finish by reviewing the streamlined Su...

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Turning an Arduino into a Modbus Device
Eric Baggen

Turning an Arduino into a Modbus Device

A situation arises where you have a system that includes a PLC, an HMI, and some peripheral devices. The HMI displays some information to a user and allows for some basic control and the PLC manages data collection and communication through an RS485 network using a Modbus RTU protocol. Easy, right? Many PLCs already support RS485 and Modbus communication and only require a few functions blocks. There is a twist, however. The devices with which the PLC is communicating a...

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Open Source J1939 CAN Drivers
Christian Owen

Open Source J1939 CAN Drivers

DMC has been using the SAE J1939 CAN protocol in LabVIEW applications since 2010. A few years ago, DMC wrote a first generation set of J1939 drivers using the NI-CAN Channel API provided by National Instruments (NI) which was, at the time, a standard NI CAN API for use on the NI-CAN hardware family. Since then, NI released XNET. XNET is a modernized, unified, and easier to use API for CAN, LIN and Flex Ray interfaces and is to be used with NI’s XNET hardware family.  NI’s ...

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Employee Spotlight: Jimmy Brady
Jessica Mlinaric

Employee Spotlight: Jimmy Brady

Account Manager Jimmy Brady is based in the DMC Chicago office as a member of the Microsoft Consulting Services team. In addition to being DMC's Microsoft licensing guru, Jimmy enjoys biking Chicago's Lakefront Trail. Learn more about Jimmy in the video below!  

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DMC Quote Board - December 2017
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Quote Board - December 2017

Visitors to DMC may notice our ever-changing "Quote Board," documenting the best engineering jokes and employee one-liners of the moment.

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales
Jimmy Brady

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is Microsoft's recently rebranded CRM Online platform. Microsoft combined many of the features of their CRM and ERP offerings and changed the licensing model by breaking down their functions into category-specific apps that can be purchased individually or as part of a bundle. I will explore all of the different applications in a series of blog posts, but today I will focus on the Dynamics 365 for Sales app.  Pipeline Management The Dynamics 365 for Sales ap...

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DMC East Coast Offices Bond in Historic Boston
Cat Dymond

DMC East Coast Offices Bond in Historic Boston

DMC's New York and Boston offices recently met up for a combined All Day Company Meeting (or ADCM). DMC's ADCMs are a chance for entire offices to get together a few times a year for team-building, sharing knowledge, and having lots of fun through a constantly changing agenda. We've tried out WhirlyBall, gone ice skating, and even taken a day off like Ferris Bueller to explore Chicago. We wanted to extend this Ferris Bueller experience to our other offices, starting...

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Meet DMC at Denver National Instruments IIoT Event on 12/7
Jessica Mlinaric

Meet DMC at Denver National Instruments IIoT Event on 12/7

DMC will participate in National Instruments' upcoming event on Implementing the Industrial IoT as a featured partner. The event takes place on Tuesday, December 7, 2017 at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event Info The free, one-day event is hosted by NI, in partnership with IIoT industry leaders, to see how companies are coming together to implement IIoT solutions with an open ecosystem of IT-friendly, interconnected technologies. The event aims...

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