Category Archives: Engineering Consulting

All things engineering and consulting related.

Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC)

I recently attended the Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC), a rather impressive and unique gathering that prompted several relevant notions. First, about the conference. Looking around the room, I saw about 1000 attendees. This conference is in its 10th … Continue reading

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Expanding the Customer Base and Product Offerings through Emerging Communications Technologies

Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization, and the Resource Decoupling Disruption Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are two trends in the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) industry that are relieving constraints for carriers, enterprises, and customers … Continue reading

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Good Design Rules

Axiomatic Design is a general purpose method for designing engineering systems that are highly effective (among other things). The axioms described in this approach are essentially as follows. 1) Maintain independence of the functional requirements so that you can set … Continue reading

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Shiny Apps using R Studio

Shiny Apps are a fun, easy way to share results, analyses, and even capabilities utilizing R, and a little bit of coding. Some examples I have created are in these links. The first three run right off the link, but … Continue reading

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Explaining Reliability

Most everyone knows what reliability means in its precise sense, and we can refer to definitions most anywhere which are all consistent. But I know that some of us who work in the reliability fields often struggle explaining what the … Continue reading

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Net2Plan is worth a look

I recently found a network planning tool that is publicly available through GNU public license, called Net2Plan, and I suggest anyone working on telecommunications or IT networks to give it a try.  You can find a copy at net2plan.com of … Continue reading

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Reliable information, reliable decisions, reliable systems, reliable teams

I don’t attend many meetings these days, but when I do, I’m reminded of the failure modes of meetings, when group think can take over, leading to poor decisions by the group. But like all human reliable systems, the group … Continue reading

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I hava a cold. Did I fail?

When a person gets ill, say from a cold like the one I have right now, we tend to slow down, maybe have trouble focusing, or otherwise performing certain tasks. Clearly we function, but not as well as we would … Continue reading

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What is the cure for Diversity Fever?

Everyone seems to have diversity fever. We want to improve the reliability of our engineered solution, or the availability of a network, so we add redundancy, make sure we have diverse access to the service, and so on. Diversity is … Continue reading

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It’s all about Reliability

If you consider yourself an engineer, think about what you do in a very broad sense. Engineering is all about applying scientific discovery and making it practical, useful, and widely used. If you are an Electrical Engineer, for example, then … Continue reading

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