Can’t Miss List for IBM InterConnect 2017

IBM InterConnect is right around the corner, and for those of you lucky enough to attend, how do you decide which of the week’s 2,000+(!) sessions and activities to take part in? We’ve scoured the entire agenda and picked out some of the events that we’re most excited about in hopes of helping you build out

The Benefits—and Challenges—of AIX Dependencies

This is Part Two of a three-part series; click here for Part Three or click here to go back and read Part One to get you up to speed. In our previous installment in this series, “IBM AIX Is Still a Pillar in the Enterprise,” we wrote about how even though cloud-native applications tend to grab a majority of

IBM AIX Is Still a Pillar in the Enterprise

This is Part One of a three-part series. Click here to read Part Two, and Part Three where we dive deeper into how AIX application development is evolving, and how organizations will incorporate AIX into their cloud strategy. While cloud-native applications often grab a lion’s share of headlines in the tech world, the data center-native applications that many

The Culture, Trust, and Technology Needed for DevOps Success

In “Strategies to Build Trust in DevOps,” Skytap VP of Operations, Paul Farrall, Paul shares some of his experience in the early days of DevOps initiatives and what’s required to give teams the best chance for success in their efforts. I love that Paul is willing to point out that his first attempt a DevOps
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Skytap to Host Burns Night Application Modernisation Executive Dinner

Skytap is proud to host our upcoming application modernisation executive dinner, which will be held on 25 January at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, Scotland. This event will not only give attendees the opportunity to celebrate Burns Night while networking with peers over dinner and drinks, there will also be an opportunity to participate in an

Hands-on Training: From Lectures to Learning by Doing

As the shift continues from in-person instruction to eLearning course offerings, many learning and development organizations are challenged with maintaining a high level of engagement with their students. The fact is, hands-on training is often the most effective method of training, but how do you deliver that virtually, at scale, and in the on-demand, self-paced

Struggling to Keep Virtual Training Engaging? Don’t Leave Out the Narrative [Podcast]

In this episode of The Skytap Podcast, we learn from Keith Quinn about the power of relatable, realistic, real-world narratives when used in virtual training courses. Keith is the learning & development manager (digital learning) at the Scottish Social Services Council and he recently presented his session, “Using Immersive Simulations to Develop Real-world Skills,” at

Delivering Speed & Agility in Virtual Training: The Skytap Podcast

We recently attended DevLearn 2016 and had the opportunity to interview a handful of the show’s most engaging speakers and we’re featuring two of them on this week’s episode of The Skytap Podcast. While many sessions at the show focused on new breakthroughs in wearables and virtual reality, we were really impressed by those that

Application Modernization: Why Now and How

It finally happens: your doctor tells you to get off that comfy couch and start exercising. You decide on your weapon of choice: running. After all, how hard can it be to run? At first, it is brutal and slow—small surges of ponderous running followed by long recovery times. Your form is inefficient; your speed

How Skytap Complements, not Competes with, Puppet and Chef

Skytap is occasionally asked if our cloud overlaps with provisioning and deployment tools like Puppet, Chef, OpenStack Heat, etc. Given Skytap’s ability to make complete clones of working virtual data centers, the confusion is understandable. While Skytap and provisioning tools do have some conceptual overlap, their roles are distinct in practice and are actually best

Upcoming DevOps Executive Summits to Showcase Powerful New Initiative

Skytap participates in a number of events around the globe each year, but none are perhaps more well-received than our roadshow-style summits where we get the chance to collaborate with leaders in the software development, testing, and IT operations communities. We’re about to kick-off a new series, our DevOps Executive Summits, and we’re expanding them

Breaking Down Puppet’s 2016 State of DevOps Report [Podcast]

On this week’s episode, we’re joined by Puppet CIO & VP of operations, Nigel Kersten to discuss Puppet’s 2016 State of DevOps Report. Special guests Anders Wallgreen, CTO at Elecric Cloud, and Dan Jones, Skytap Director of Product Management join this discussion by offering some of their favorite findings from this awesome annual report. We’ve

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