Live Blog: Testing for Summer Snowstorms to Avoid Winter Woes

Look for a series of live blogs from Skytap while we attend STARWEST this week in Anaheim, California! It takes more than guts to hold a late addition “bonus” session at 7:15 in the morning; it also takes having an outstanding story to tell so you’re not telling it to an empty room while everyone

How I Learned to Love Environment Proliferation

Software development is a strange craft. In some ways things seem to stay the same forever; we still sit at the same Unix command line from over 20 years ago and we use usually the same editors, but the software being developed feels pretty different. For one thing, we spend much more time selecting the

Top Four Can’t Miss Events at STARWEST

With STARWEST only a week away, and there being too much awesomeness on the conference schedule to take in on your own, we’ve gone through and picked the top four goings-on that we think are absolute can’t miss events while you’re in Anaheim. We eagerly circle the STARWEST dates on the calendar each year, as the

Technical Series Kickoff: Scaling Modern Software Delivery

Chapter 1: How I Learned to Love Environment Proliferation Chapter 2: Continuous Delivery Decision Points: Getting Software Safely into Production Chapter 3: DevOps Practices for Systems of Record (Podcast) Chapter 4: Is Agile a Prerequisite for Beginning DevOps Initiatives? Chapter 5: Tipping the DevOps Scale: An Interview with Gary Gruver Chapter 6: What’s in Your DevOps Toolchain? Chapter 7: Evaluating

One-click Start to Solving Retail “Crisis” with Mobile Apps

Skytap recently had the privilege of contributing an article to the excellent Retail Info Systems News (RIS). RIS does an outstanding job of covering how retailers are increasing innovation to increase market share during a complete transformation in the way consumers shop and what they expect from brands looking to earn their loyalty. After looking at

What Can Software Testing Tea Leaves Tell Us?

Closely analyzing the evolution of software conference program schedules can often paint a pretty accurate picture of the current state of our industry. Sometimes that picture is rosy, and gives you confidence that we’re headed in the right direction—and sometimes it can cause downright fear. After pouring over this year’s STARWEST program, it’s clear that

Identical Resource Constraints Plague Drug and Software Development

Last month, I came across an article from BT Group’s Peter Shaw, titled, “How the cloud is clearing the headaches of drug development” and was truly marveled by something. The similarities between the development of drugs and software are remarkable. This isn’t the first time the software development process has been compared to another industry,

Intervention Coming for “I Hate Agile” Crowd

For all of the conferences held in agile’s honor, and the praise it gets from coaches, evangelists, and companies like Skytap, nobody calls it a silver bullet. But there’s one thing we all agree on—agile is very difficult. Whether looking at the culture change required, embracing the continuous integration, delivery and deployment of code, or

The DevHops Podcast Episode 4: Continuous Testing

Welcome to the fourth episode of the DevHops Podcast! This week we’re speaking with Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer Wayne Ariola about software quality and the emergence of continuous testing in the enterprise. Let’s get started—we hope you enjoy the show! Noel:  Hey, DevHops listeners. Just a quick tip that we’re starting this week’s show with. If you’re already familiar

Five Ways Not to Test Software

For those needing a “too long, didn’t read” (TL:DR) version, the answer is: “Make your testers feel crushingly undervalued, prevent them from collaborating with others, and don’t leave enough time in the SDLC to find or correct the bugs they find. Hopefully, you’re doing none of the above. Jason Schreier, news editor for the popular

Why “Test Obsession” Is the Disruptive Culture of the Future

After learning that Alaska Airlines has won the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers” award for eight years running, and the “Number 1 on-time major North American Carrier” award for the last five, I would assume that their dedication to incredible software quality is just as worthy of public heralding. Parasoft, one of our

The DevHops Podcast Ep. 3: How to Test for Enterprise Mobility

Lydia Casillas from Sky I.T. Group joins us for our third episode to discuss the challenges of testing mobile apps and the mobile web to ensure security, usability, and powerful “enterprise mobility.” We also review beers from Stone, Freemont, and Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.! Tap In! Noel: Hello, everyone. Welcome to the Skytap

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