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Siemens Summit 2018 Highlights
John Sullivan

Siemens Summit 2018 Highlights

The 2018 Siemens Automation Summit was held last month at the JW Marriott Beach Resort on Marco Island, Florida. Twelve DMC representatives from around the country met to attend the annual conference from June 25-28. Fresh off of the excitement of ten more of our engineers passing the Siemens Technical Certification exam, we arrived in Florida with an extra spring in our step. The team enjoyed a week full of excellent presentations (including some from our own enginee...

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DMC is Expanding to Seattle
Kevin Ferrigno

DMC is Expanding to Seattle

DMC is proud to continue our dedication to serving existing and potential customers on the West Coast by heading to Seattle! We are excited to announce the opening of our seventh expansion office in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle. DMC will call the historic Smith Tower home in our new centrally located office at 506 2nd Ave. Suite 910, Seattle, WA 98104.  This office and the new DMC Reno expansion will aid in serving our continually growing client base. <!--ck...

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DMC Named #2 Best Place to Work in Chicago
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Named #2 Best Place to Work in Chicago

DMC is proud to be named by Crain’s Chicago Business as #2 in a list of the Top 100 "Best Places to Work" in Chicago. Crain’s highlighted DMC’s commitment to empowering staff to continuously improve the company. Partnering with Best Companies Group, Crain's surveyed 8,800 employees at Chicago-based companies to find the top places to work. Then, companies were segmented into a half-dozen key categories. The list of 100 finalists was announced in ...

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DMC Joins Salesforce Partner Program
Dan Mitchell

DMC Joins Salesforce Partner Program

DMC is proud to announce that we have joined the Salesforce Partner Program! Rick Rietz, DMC’s Director of Consulting Services, is thrilled about the new partnership.“Our team is very excited about joining the Salesforce partner program, and our clients are too. We’ve been helping clients with Salesforce development for quite some time, but we never marketed our ability to provide these services. With newly acquired access to training that is exclusive to Salesforce par...

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DMC Engineers Serve up a Siemens S7 Powered DrinkBot
John Sullivan

DMC Engineers Serve up a Siemens S7 Powered DrinkBot

Working together for over a year, a group of DMC engineers built our very own DrinkBot. We developed it during a FedEx Day and improved the DrinkBot over a second FedEx Day. DMC's DrinkBot finally made its debut at the Siemens Automation Summit 2017. As happens in the development process, we slowly improved the DrinkBot over time. We started displaying it at career fairs in Colorado to help grow the team. We also took it to events in New York, Houston, Seattle, and Manufacturing...

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DMC is a Finalist for Crain's Best Places to Work 2018
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC is a Finalist for Crain's Best Places to Work 2018

DMC has been named a finalist for Crain's Chicago Business' annual list of Best Places to Work in Chicago. This program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the 100 best companies to work for in Chicago. The list of 100 Chicago companies was announced in an article by Crain's on March 26, 2018. The Best Places to Work list seeks to highlight local businesses that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. This year, Crain...

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Employee Spotlight: Nikhil Holay
Jessica Mlinaric

Employee Spotlight: Nikhil Holay

Systems Engineer Nikhil Holay is based in the DMC Chicago office as a member of the Manufacturing Automation team. Nikhil loves hitting the slopes and is always looking for a bridge partner. Learn more about Nikhil in the video below!

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Deciding If Your Project Needs an Acceptance Test Plan
Jesse Batsche

Deciding If Your Project Needs 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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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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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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CRM Showdown: Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce
Jimmy Brady

CRM Showdown: Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs. Salesforce

Do you need a CRM? Customer Relationship Management systems (CRMs) have a place in almost every organization that works with customers and partners. A fully featured CRM system provides benefit to just about everyone in an organization, especially those in Sales, Customer Service, and Marketing roles. Successful organizations will reach a point where they outgrow spreadsheets and simple contact management systems. They then require a fully-featured CRM that provides critical capabilities: ...

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Siemens Open Library Version 2.0 Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 2.0 Release

Version 2.0 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This includes a Portal V14 SP1 release, including WinCC Pro and WinCC OA support. Explore and download the Siemens Open Library at openplclibrary.com.   V2 contains the following updates: Added SiVArc properties to all WinCC Comfort/Advanced faceplates Added SiVArc screen rules and master screen copies to the “Master Copies” Updated example project to have SiVarc functionality and added a ...

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Employee Spotlight: Steven Dusing
Molly Graham

Employee Spotlight: Steven Dusing

Systems Engineer Steven Dusing is based in the DMC Chicago office as a member of the Test and Measurement Automation team. In addition to working on UI design in LabVIEW, Steven enjoys playing volleyball and skiing. He's an active contributor to our DMC Cares initiative. Currently, Steven is heading up another DMC Thanksgiving Food Drive. Learn more about Steven in the video below! Read blogs by Steven. Learn more about DMC's company culture.

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DMC Featured as Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partner & AppSource Provider
Rick Rietz

DMC Featured as Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partner & AppSource Provider

Following our acceptance into the Power BI Red Carpet Program in 2016, DMC has now earned membership as a Microsoft Showcase Partner, a premium partner group for Power BI. By participating in this program, DMC receives access to training opportunities that are reserved exclusively for Microsoft Power BI Showcase Partners. Program Requirements To be eligible for the Partner program, companies must be a Microsoft Partner with the Data Analytics competency, which requires that multiple indivi...

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Microsoft SharePoint Vs. Google Docs/Sites
Rick Rietz

Microsoft SharePoint Vs. Google Docs/Sites

I recently fielded a question from a potential client who wanted to know if Microsoft SharePoint or Google Docs with Google Sites was a better fit for their organization's document management and collaboration needs. Although this question is pretty straightforward, the explanation can get a bit complicated. The short answer is Google Docs/Sites is a great tool if you do not have an enterprise collaboration platform at your disposal, and you need to to get a document sharing site up quick...

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DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2017
Courtney Mitchell

DMC Campus Career Fair Tour 2017

Another school year is starting, and for DMC that means visiting campus career fairs! So far, 2017 has been a big year for DMC. We added a sixth office, hired a ton of new employees, and were once again voted one of the best places to work by Crain’s Chicago Business. DMC continually makes strides to grow and improve as a company, and we are always looking for talented individuals that can help us achieve our goals.  Why work for DMC? DMC provides M...

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Siemens Open Library Version 1.6 and WinCC OA Open Library Alpha Release
John Sullivan

Siemens Open Library Version 1.6 and WinCC OA Open Library Alpha Release

Version 1.6 has just been released for the Siemens Open Library. This includes a Portal V14 SP1 release, including WinCC Pro and WinCC OA support. Explore and download the Siemens Open Library at openplclibrary.com. V14 SP1 contains the following updates: Added Tested Faceplates for WinCC Professional Updated PID to utilize Data Block Parametrization Fixed bug with fcSwapWords Updated Example Project Added User Submitted Modbus RTU/TCP Library Ported Modbus library t...

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Low Cost Function Generator Amplifier DIY
Tim Jager

Low Cost Function Generator Amplifier DIY

Introduction A majority of function generators are only capable of driving a couple hundred milliamps, which is fine for most applications. If you want more output current, you can shell out $400 dollars for a professional signal generator amplifier, or you can do what I did and hack one together for under $40. A signal generator is an indispensable tool for developing and testing electronic designs. You may find yourself wishing yours could output more current. You could test your po...

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DMC is Expanding to St. Louis
Patrick Corcoran

DMC is Expanding to St. Louis

DMC is proud to announce our next office expansion to St. Louis, Missouri. Further strengthening DMC’s Midwest presence, St. Louis offers the opportunity to reach many new market areas in the central part of the nation. We are excited to bring our diverse set of services offerings to meet new challenges and support more specialized market verticals.With a targeted official opening in Q4 of 2017, we have already begun supporting new clients and partners in the local metro area. ...

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DMC Makes List of Chicago's Top 5 Places to Work
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Makes List of Chicago's Top 5 Places to Work

DMC Has Been Named the #4 Best Place to Work in Chicago. For the fourth consecutive year, DMC was named one of Chicago’s “Best Places to Work” by Crain's Chicago Business. Crain's highlighted DMC's continued growth and emphasis on social relationships during an awards reception held on April 6. Companies Prioritizing Culture Melissa Harris of the University of Chicago's Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted the event. "It's...

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