Notes from VMWorld 2014: Shifting the Focus to Development and Test

A consistent theme here at VMworld 2014 has been development and testing. Specifically, how IT operations can deliver the development, test, continuous integration, staging, and ultimately production environments that software development and QA teams rely on. VMware announced tight integration with OpenStack in the hopes of, at least partly, helping their customers better meet the

I Am a Specialized Automation Tester—Hold on, Where Do I Draw a Balance?

The article below was originally published by Rajini Padmanaban on the fantastic QAInfoTech blog. ​In any discipline, a specialization is most often considered valuable and has a premier status attached to it when compared to a generalized body of knowledge. For example, a cardiologist has a more specified focus than a general physician, an architect

Now Available On-demand: Creating Complete Test Environments in the Cloud

Parasoft’s Mark Lambert and Skytap’s Jonathan Van Meter gave a great webinar last week that showed how service virtualization helps dev/test teams create “complete test environments in the cloud.” View now! By utilizing virtualization technology in the SDLC, specifically service virtualization and virtual dev/test labs, companies can increase test coverage in less time and ultimately

Skytap CEO: “Let’s Build a Successful Business” as Enterprises Begin Shift to the Cloud

  ​Rachel Lerman at the Puget Sound Business Journal recently sat down with our CEO, Thor Culverhouse, to discuss the current shift of enterprise software to the cloud, and how this is setting up Skytap for “massive growth”—her words, not ours—but we’ll take it! Thor provided Rachel with the areas that our business has grown,

TapIn Open Forum: DevOps vs. DevOps – Who Ya Got?

As a lifelong word junkie, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen more debate, argument, and failure to reach an agreed upon definition of a word than we’re seeing over the word “DevOps.” And while it can be frustrating to find a definition that works for you, and not be swayed by the next

Skytap’s new Copy-to-Region lets your SDLC “Follow the Moon”

For the past few years, the holy grail of enterprise IT is to have large scale global software development, testing and integration activities that “follow the sun.” So when your development team checks in and goes home in San Jose, CA, there’s a testing team just getting started in Bangalore, India. And when they check

Theresa Lanowitz Teases Enterprise DevTest Survey Results

At our recent Q3 Sales Kickoff, we were treated with a surprise session from Theresa Lanowitz, founder of technology industry analyst firm, voke. Regular visitors to our blog may recall an interview we did with Theresa back in February, where we discussed how the “next generation enterprise” is being fueled by “extreme automation.” What was so

Development and Test Cloud with Service Virtualization: Parts of a Complete Breakfast

​I recently heard from a customer who was curious if Skytap Cloud environments compete with a leading Service Virtualization solution I used to evangelize in a past life. Not at all – in fact the invention of Service Virtualization resolved some of the primary constraints to serious enterprise adoption of public dev/test cloud environments. We

Michael Spayd on Coaching the Agile Enterprise

  ​ Noel Wurst: Hello. This is Noel Wurst with Skytap. I am speaking today with Michael Spayd. Michael’s going to be speaking at the Agile 2014 Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, July 28. It had a really interesting sounding session, and I just wanted to learn a little bit more about that session

Em Campbell-Pretty on Scaling Agile, Culture, Teams, and Tribes

​ Noel: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap. Today, I am speaking with Em Campbell-Pretty. Em is going to be speaking at the Agile 2014 Conference in Orlando, Florida on Monday, July 28th. Her session is titled, “The Key to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): Principles Over Practices.” How are you doing today Em?

Announcing MinorJS: An Unopinionated, Ultra-minimal Web Framework for Node.js

Skytap is a big believer in open source software. Our company is built on amazing open source projects like Linux, Ruby on Rails and Node.js. That’s why we feel it’s so important to give back to the open source community by releasing and maintaining the MinorJS project. What is MinorJS? MinorJS is an unopinionated, ultra-minimal

Enhancing Your Testing Efforts: An Interview with Rajini Padmanaban

​Noel: I recently read a piece of yours on the QAInfoTech blog where you asked, “Is it fair to compare manual and automated test results.” That’s a great question, and one that I imagine could result in a variety of answers, depending on who is being asked the question. What made you want to take

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