Consumerization at its Finest: Virtual, Self-Paced Training

Chalk up another win for Consumerization — and for anyone who has welcomed it into their business. Global access and full control over self-paced training isn’t the way of the future anymore. It’s here right now, and it’s what businesses expect out of learning programs. It shouldn’t be a surprise, really. We are in the consumerization

Skytap’s New VP of Talent Ready to Share “Seattle’s Best Kept Secret”

Skytap’s new VP of Talent has fascinating stories to tell and some outstanding advice for landing a job in one of the most competitive software development markets in the world—Seattle. Jill brings a wealth of experience to Skytap and will play a key role in our search for top talent looking to make a real

The Collegiate Cloud: An Interview with Ferris State University’s Amy Buse

Ferris State University (FSU) is an accredited state university located in Big Rapids, Michigan, offering multiple computing degree plans within its Business/Technology Consortium. The college serves more than 14,000 on- and off-campus students in the region. I had the opportunity to sit down with Ferris State Professor Amy Buse to learn more about how the

How Skytap’s Customers Used the Cloud in 2013

Between the keynotes, the track sessions, and the conversations on the expo floor, Amazon AWS re:Invent 2013 was a ton of information to take in over the course of a couple of days. Amidst all the goings-on, we got the opportunity to sit down with three of Skytap’s customers to learn a little more about

Training in the Cloud: An Interview with Lee Orrick

Lee Orrick from F5 sits down to discuss how F5 made the decision to move their training to the cloud, in order to relieve some of the pain points—cost, time away from work, shipping of hardware around the world—from their business. Learn how F5 ensured the cloud would provide the legal coverage, licensing issues, and

Skytap Leadership at Upcoming Industry Events

In the coming months, Skytap leadership will be attending a number of industry events, including Agile 2013, VMworld, Camp IT, and STARWEST. The Skytap team will be providing live demonstrations of Skytap Cloud, including how our software is used by enterprise customers for development and testing, software demonstrations and evaluations, and virtual training environments. Agile

Virtual Training: How to Find Your Easy Button

I recently did a piece for TrainingIndustry.com on how training organizations can create scalable, component-based virtual training solutions that will pivot around their specific needs. For most trainers, life isn’t like a Staples commercial where a big, red “Easy” button can solve complex problems—a problem, for example, like creating a virtual classroom for registered students

Companies Enjoying Big Success with Hybrid Cloud

The previous three posts in this series covered Is this the Start of a Hybrid Cloud Revolution?, How to Build a Hybrid Cloud, and What Does a Hybrid Cloud Look Like?. Even if you have been reading the series from the start, you may still be skeptical of hybrid cloud because it appears ‘bleeding edge’

Skytap Experts to Speak at Spring Development and Testing Conferences

This spring, Skytap experts will be discussing enterprise cloud computing trends and showcasing award-winning software at a number of industry events, including Camp IT, SharePointlandia, STAREAST, and IBM Innovate. We’ll provide live demonstrations of Skytap Cloud, including how our software is used by enterprise customers for development and testing, software demonstrations and evaluations, and virtual

Virtual Training Made Easy in the Cloud

​Recently, I wrote a piece for Techwell.com that talked about the questions and concerns being raised by organizations interested in transitioning to cloud-based virtual training. From the article: Training organizations are always looking to provide software and technical training for employees and customers under the constraint of reduced budgets. More frequently, enterprises are choosing not

SharePoint Development and Testing at SPTechCon San Francisco

​The Skytap team recently returned from SPTechCon in San Francisco—the conference for SharePoint administrators, IT professionals, business users, and developers who want to take advantage of technical classes, tutorials, and discussions with experts in the field. Several people who visited our booth and wanted to understand the ways in which Skytap Cloud could help accelerate

The Impact of the Cloud on Virtual Training

Recently on TrainingIndustry.com, I talked about trends in enterprise training. Not only is training moving to the cloud, but the ideas of on-demand and automation have taken on whole new meanings. Enterprises are discovering that a cloud-based, virtual training solution doesn’t just save ample amounts of time, it can even generate revenue. From the article:

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