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

Limiting the Limitations of Open Source Test Automation

​At last week’s STARWEST conference, I attend a number of sessions focused on testing automation. The topic dominated most of the conference, as more and more dev/test teams are being tasked with building better software faster—so its natural that automation and DevOps are two areas being looking into as potential means to this tackling this

Who Pays for Parallel Development Pizza Parties in the Cloud?

As we move development and test activities into cloud-based labs, we have noticed an age-old challenge arise to some companies’ adoption efforts. While it is tempting to focus on the value or ROI we can achieve from cloud dev/test environments, we should never forget to ask, “Exactly who pays for all this?” Is accounting getting

Environments-as-a-Service (EaaS) Explained in Only 3 Minutes!

​I’m not quite sure how he did it, but Jason English, Skytap’s Galactic Head of Product Marketing, managed to not just brilliantly explain what Skytap does, nor do it in only three minutes, but also solely create an amazing video to bolster his message! After watching, you’ll be a veritable expert in how Skytap enables:

Customer Spotlight: WorkWise to Tap Into Skytap at Upcoming Conference

​On October 14-16, WorkWise will be hosting their annual customer conference at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. WorkWise has been a customer of ours for a long time, and they’re utilizing Skytap in a unique way at this year’s conference. I sat down with Carl Wysocki, WorkWise’s director of R&D Technology, and

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

How to Automate Your Environment Provisioning for Mobile App Development

​Last week, we co-hosted another great webinar with Orasi, one of our outstanding TapIn Partners, and we’re thrilled to now offer this on-demand to anyone who missed it, or even those who attended but who may want to share it with others! We focused on showing how to provide more complete test coverage for mobile

Just Landed: Virtual and Cloud-based Labs

​Today, voke, inc. officially announced the availability of their latest publication, titled, Market Snapshot TM Report: Virtual and Cloud-based Labs. The report was written by voke founders Theresa Lanowitz and Lisa Dronzek, and it features the results of a recent survey they conducted on the concept of “lifecycle virtualization.” LV is centered around the idea

Book Review: The Phoenix Project – Chasing the DevOps Whale

​This technical, but easy-reading story will likely become required reading for everyone here at Skytap. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps and Helping Your Business Win (Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford, IT Revolution Press, 2013) ties one man’s journey toward DevOps to the significant innovations made in factory optimization and lean

Why Aren’t We Letting Software Testers Test?

​What do software testers want to do most while at work? What do software testers enjoy most about their job? What do many testers struggle to find the time to do each and every day? What’s absolutely critical to the success of your enterprise? There’s one simple answer to these questions, and it might surprise

Mobile Dev and Environments-as-a-Service Featured in Upcoming Webinars

​We have two webinars coming up in the next few weeks that we wanted to invite everyone to. If you can’t attend live, make sure to still register, as we will be sending out the recording and slides afterwards to all registrants. See you online! Automate Your Environment Provisioning for Mobile App Development Wednesday, September

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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