Application Modernization from an Operations Perspective [Video]

In the video below, Skytap CTO and VP of Engineering, Brad Schick, explains the disconnect between newly developed software, particularly that which was designed to run in the cloud, and older, “traditional” applications that were not orchestrated with the cloud or automation in mind. While there may always be differences in the speeds at which

Continuous Delivery of Fully Functional Environments at Skytap (Part 1)

At Skytap, we face the same challenges as our customers in developing and releasing high-quality software quickly. Often, the most painful stages of the software development lifecycle are the integration phase (when independently developed components run together for the first time) and the release phase (when new features face production workloads for the first time).

Evaluating Application Modernization Solutions: Part II

Last week, we shared Part I of our three-part presentation, “Evaluating Application Modernization Solutions.” In this chapter, Skytap’s Sumit Mehrotra details how on-demand access to production-grade dev/test environments eliminates contention and costs associated with provisioning wait times, and enables teams to maintain configuration, consistency, collaboration, and control inside continuous integration.   Be sure and visit

“Testing Agility in the Cloud” Featured in LogiGear Magazine

Skytap Sr. Director of Product Management, Sumit Mehrotra, presented his session, “Faster, Higher, Stronger – Achieving Olympian Aspirations of Agile Testing with the Cloud” at the 2015 STeP-IN Summit in Bangalore, India, and when it was all said and done—he took home the award for “Best Technical Track Speaker.” We’ll be releasing a video of Sumit’s

No Crystal Ball Needed: Jez Humble Shares Trick to Predicting High IT Performance

​ It didn’t hit me until after a second viewing of Jez Humble’s recent webinar with Perforce that his ways to predict high IT performance aren’t just a neat party trick; they’re absolutely essential. The days of bugs making it into production, distrust between departments, and delayed fixes and releases are becoming a thing of

A Resolution to Keep: Trimming Your SDLC Waste in 2015

Hats off to Parasoft’s Mark Lambert and our own Jason English for their recent webinar, “New Year’s Resolution: Trim Your Waste to Accelerate SDLC Velocity.” Holiday-themed online content can often be found for a dime a dozen and sadly, the cuteness of a clever title often exceeds the quality of the media itself. But Jason

Gene Kim on the Need for On-demand Access to Automated Dev/Test Environments

​Noel: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap, and I am speaking with Gene Kim today. At Skytap, a lot of us are big fans of Gene and his work, and we just finished reading The Phoenix Project, which we will talk about, as well as The DevOps Cookbook. I’m curious to know how that’s

How to Eliminate “It Works on My Machine”

​voke analyst Theresa Lanowitz and her team recently conducted an independent survey of over 500 participants from both technology and non-technology companies of varying sizes to explore their use of virtual and cloud-based labs and the results they experience. We conducted an interview with Theresa earlier this year where she detailed how these labs, and

On-premises Data Masking for Increased Cloud Testing Security

​ We recently hosted a webinar with one of our partners, Axis Technology, to demonstrate how their DMSuite® tool ensures that sensitive production data remains secure, while also providing testers with “intelligent” datasets that help them provide more complete testing. This webinar provides tips on how on-premises masked test data management addresses security concerns, while

New Video Demo: Continuous Integration and Cloud IaaS with Skytap

​Most of our enterprise dev/test customers are either well underway, or embarking on some form of Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery strategy to better automate the deployment of code changes and software updates at each phase of the development lifecycle. Common tooling choices here include Jenkins, Microsoft TFS, UrbanCode, CA Application Delivery, and many others. Many are

October’s Upcoming Partner Happy Hours Go Coast to Coast!

​If you’re lucky enough to live in a city or state that allows “happy hour” (you’d be surprised how many states have banned it!) hopefully from time to time you’re able to pop into a local establishment to kick off the weekend a little early, or even continue to work or brainstorm in perhaps a

New Research Reveals the True Impact of Lifecycle Virtualization

​Independent analyst firm, voke, inc., recently conducted extensive research around the concept of “lifecycle virtualization” and the results of their efforts are incredibly revealing on two levels. On one hand you have the impressive benefits and improvements across the entire SDLC, detailed by those who have implemented lifecycle virtualization, and on the other—the completely devastating

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