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November 17, 2017: What We Talk About When We Talk About Security

Web security has become more important and more tenuous than ever before. In this post, Aaron Edwards, Water Sage’s web developer, discusses the security ecosystem in today’s web, and outlines some best practices for keeping your computer safe and your data secure.

October 25, 2017: An Inside Look at Water and Fighting Fires

Drought and bad fire seasons go hand-in-hand, and this summer is no exception. On August 11, 2017, Governor Bullock declared a fire emergency in Montana. On August 18, 2017, Governor Bullock declared a drought disaster in 31 Montana counties and six Indian Reservations.

October 2, 2017: Dipping Our Toe in At Denver Startup Week

It’s been just over a month on the Water Sage team, and after getting to know the company, platform, and people, I could not be more excited for our future.

September 2, 2017: Data Is Integral To Understanding Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey levied historic destruction in the greater Houston area. While photographs of huge sections of the city submerged tell the story of the storm’s impact, there is also a story told in the monitoring data generated during the event. Looking at data produced by the gage monitoring network provides context for the magnitude of storm impacts and reveals real issues that limit understanding of these kinds of floods.

August 15, 2017: Water Rights Offer Glimpses Into Our History

Water rights tell the story of the American West and the generations of people who toiled to survive and flourish there. The rich history told in the records of water claims provides the foundation for water use today and is essential to know for contemporary land and water rights owners in order to protect their water rights.

July 14, 2017: Water Rights Consulting and Technology

Montana water rights are based on the appropriation system, meaning that the earliest rights are the most valuable. The deadline to timely file claims for water rights in use as of June 30, 1973, i.e. historical water rights, was April 30, 1982. Many of these historical water rights date back to the late 19th century. As you can imagine, finding information to substantiate claims that were filed 35 years ago based on events that happened over a century ago does not lend itself to quick Google searches.

June 26, 2017: Don’t Let Fear Of Change Hold Your Company Back

Technology is in a constant state of change and as a software developer, you must adapt to it very quickly or you will be left behind. Jamie Stone, one of our developers, discusses the benefits of change and how Water Sage embraces it.

June 12, 2017: UI Design is Hard, but Worth it

Director of IT, Mike Gates, talks about the history on web design and how the product and development team worked together to create Water Sage’s user-friendly interface.

June 5, 2017: The 9 Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Data (and How to Deal with Them)

If you’re reading this, you have some interest in data. Welcome to my world! Though long seen as a geeky subject, data is becoming more embedded in all our worlds, and facility with it is a skill more and more people are expected to have. Whether you personally provide data to others or consume it or both, please read on; I hope you pick up a useful tidbit or two.

May 12, 2017: To Open Source or Not to Open Source: that is the question.

The decision of whether or not to integrate open source components into your application, or indeed to offer your application as an open source product itself must, at the end of the day, transcend the realm of rhetoric and philosophy. It must be based on the requirements of the product, the cost of the development and (listen carefully, managers) the sanity and satisfaction of the developers on the front lines.

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