In October, Flex Rental Solutions released version 0.27.26 of Flex5 Desktop. This release includes important Flex5 inventory management software feature updates as well as some bug fixes. Here are some exciting new updates in this new release, you can also view the previous release blog. Implemented User Management in Flex5 Inventory Management Software Release With…

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Robert Huskey, Evolve Media Group He got into the industry by mistake in 1986. After completing school for electronics repair, Robert Huskey went to his first interview. He accidentally walked into the rental department instead of the service department, and the rest is history. “I’m still a show guy at heart” Robert said. He’s never…

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For many of our customers, December is scheduled inventory counts month. We wanted to highlight resources available for you in our Flex User Manual to support your counts: www.flexrentalsolutions.com/manual/popular-topics/inventory/scheduled-inventory-counts.html Also, we put together a webinar last week that provided an overview of the entire inventory count process in Flex: https://youtu.be/6fRvBzk45mo If you run into any…

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There’s no point in hiding it – we’re in the throes of growing pains and trying to simultaneously handle ongoing feature development and modify Flex to work efficiently under scale. Right now we’re putting the finishing touches on the next release of Flex, which takes into account some lessons learned upgrading Hibernate and performance tuning…

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Flex is slow, much slower than it should be or could be.  We’ve known this for a while and we’ve also known the solution is ramping up the use of a second level cache.  The reason we’ve held off on implementing a solution is that we planned to move to a distributed cache when we…

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After the release of 4.5 and the first maintenance release (4.5.4), we started on the long delayed and much needed project of upgrading our internal build and management tools.  We upgraded the version of Ubuntu we use for the development server and a whole host of tools we depend on, including Jira, Nexus, Bamboo, Confluence…

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All in all, the release of 4.5 last week went pretty smooth.  As much QA as we do — which is not much for software in general, but quite a bit for the rental software industry — we always worry that our testing will miss a serious show stopping issue and we’ll have to slam…

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While Jeff & Courtney have been focused on getting the upcoming 4.5 release ready for production, Suman & I have been making a push to get all the existing Struts stuff (i.e. Admin Console) moved over to Flash. This large task has been pushed off for awhile because there has always been more important things to work on and…

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We’ve been working a lot lately on something we refer to internally as “the meatball”.  Some of you may have heard us use this expression in presentations or on support calls.  Others may not have heard this lingo before.  The meatball, as we define it, refers to the little square you see in quotes or…

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This weekend a major storm hit the Washington, DC area and knocked out power for over a million people.  It also knocked out power to Amazon’s Ashburn, Virginia data center, or the us-east-1d availability zone.  Since Flex runs on the Amazon cloud, I thought it might be a good idea to explain how the Amazon…

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