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How Can You Justify Investing in Big Data?

Written by Amber Lehmann on July 26, 2016

One of the most important business questions about big data is how do you accurately measure return on investment (ROI)?  This question is continually asked by marketers and big data experts alike, yet the answer seems to constantly elude them all. To calculate big data ROI, we must first understand what big data really is….

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Think of Big Data as Accelerated, Enhanced Data

Written by Amber Lehmann on July 26, 2016

We know you have heard it before – the buzzword, “big data.”  People are fascinated by it.  They love to talk about it, but when you ask them what it means, you will rarely hear the same answer twice.  We are going to be honest here and tell you we think it is a terrible two-word description…

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CTS’s Commitment to Growth In Our Community

Written by Allison Stephens on May 9, 2016

Our mission at CTS is to deliver superior solutions to our customers, careers for our employees, and growth in our communities.  Most companies strive to achieve the first part. Some focus on the second part too, while fewer focus on all three parts together. We feel differently at CTS.  Growing partnerships within our communities is an…

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Email Etiquette: Helping Them, Help You

Written by Ryan Kelly on March 31, 2016

In this blog, I will discuss my personal pro-tips that can facilitate technical communication with both technical & non-technical audiences. While the following six steps are recommendations for corporate communication, the reader may find some aspects that can be used in personal & social outlets as well. Using these recommendations can allow for more effective…

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3 Ways to Make Your WiX Installer Work For You

Written by Nelson Hearn on March 29, 2016

Ah, the WiX toolset, a myriad of XML, pining for the attentions of .msi and setup enthusiasts everywhere. After becoming the standard for producing Microsoft installers, WiX has attempted to supply documentation and forums in order to provide the means necessary to create any needed installer. After a recent project, I found myself wishing I…

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PowerShell Modules

Written by Cody Luu on March 28, 2016

PowerShell is a scripting language used for task automation and administration on Windows machines. Scripting simple, repetitive tasks such as report parsing and deployment can save time and eliminate manual errors. It can be difficult to manage your scripts as you accumulate more over time. When I want to run a script, I follow these…

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Manual Testing: Why and When?

Written by Jeff Lether on March 9, 2016

Many software developers instinctively know they need to test their solutions, but they aren’t always clear on the best way to proceed. There’s manual testing versus automated testing. There’s scripted testing versus exploratory testing. There are many other choices and possibilities to consider. Navigating the variety of choices to pick the approach that best fits…

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The Benefits of Multiple Project Roles

Written by Ashley Grizzell on March 4, 2016

I joined CTS, Inc. as a Software Engineer right after graduating from college.  I was eager to start coding and developing something in the real world. I was surprised however, when my first assignment was to test an application one of our teams had been working on.  That project experience not only allowed me to…

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Why Test Software At All?

Written by Amber Lehmann on February 25, 2016

Bottom line, no matter how good you are, you can’t think of everything. You will also be asked to make your software do things that you never intended for it to do. You will also never have requirements that are so clear that you will be able to think of every possibility to make sure the code doesn’t…

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The True Cost of Quality Assurance

Written by Amber Lehmann on February 25, 2016

You have heard it before and so have we, “QA is not cost effective.”  We hear this quite frequently being in the business of software development & testing.  What I’d like to propose here is not the cost of QA, but rather the cost of skipping it.  The effects of avoiding QA can be costly in…

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