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Workshops 1st and 2nd March, UK – Improving IT Infrastructure Change and Risk Planning

Square Mile Systems is partnering with Networks Centre to deliver two free half day workshops at our Square Mile HQ in Poulton, Glos and Networks Centre in Horsham. We will cover how change and risk planning are heavily dependent on the quality of infrastructure documentation – often found to be the weakest link of …

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Mapping Your Devops Systems – BCS DevSecOps 22nd Feb

We are pleased to announce that Square Mile Systems have been invited to speak at the BCS DevSecOps evening meeting on the 22nd Feburary 2017.

The DevOps CI/CD pipeline enables fast pace development of changes to applications in service. With the associated infrastructure providing the mechanism to spin up virtual machines / containers as required …

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Webcast 2nd April – Techniques to Improve Infrastructure Documentation & CM

David Cuthbertson (SMS) will look methods of to prevent IT engineers and managers drowning in spread sheets and duplicating diagrams – most of which are costly to produce and too time consuming to maintain. In many cases it is simple issues such as infrastructure naming conventions that need to be sorted before any documentation is …

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Webcast 4th Feb – How to Map Dependencies Between SAP, JD Edwards, etc.and IT Infrastructure –

In our first webcast for 2015 we are jointly delivering a case study with Roland Bullivant of Silwood Technology – whose Safyr discovery software is used worldwide in the design, integration and modification of enterprise applications from SAP, JD Edwards, Peoplesoft, Oracle eBusiness, etc. By taking Safyr data into the AssetGen system we can now …

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Spreadsheet data problems – inconsistent naming and values

By Robert Cowham

Naming is fundamental part of configuration management – good naming standards and conventions make a huge difference in an organisation. And yet we have seen the problems that our customers often have with doing this.

There are different types of naming issues. The basic issues need to be resolved by having good …

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How “helpful” Excel corrupts your data

By Robert Cowham

In this article I want to look at some of the problems with Excel which applies “helpful” formatting and ends up corrupting your data (if you are not careful!).

Excel has a lot of intelligence which tries to interpret the values in particular columns and to automatically format that data in the …

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The descent into Spreadsheet Chaos – One worksheet at a time!

By Robert Cowham

This post is the first in a series of lessons learned working with customers and helping them document their infrastructures. Probably the most common tool used for documenting infrastructures is the humble spreadsheet, and of course the majority are in Excel. And for simple needs it usually does a good job.

The …

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