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

Realizing the Value of Cloud Beyond the Infrastructure Itself for Dev & Test

  By now we’ve seen plenty of cost justification on the efficiency of using cloud infrastructure. You can easily Google “Cloud Computing Value” and get a stack of analyst and vendor reports. Or just pop open Amazon’s AWS value calculator and plug in some numbers. There are huge one-time and recurring IT cost savings to

[Video] SDLC Acceleration: Faster in What Direction?

​ At the 2014 SDLC Acceleration Summit, Peter Coffee, VP for Strategic Research at Salesforce.com, led a fantastic discussion panel that asked the question, “Sure, your SDLC is accelerating, but in what direction?” The panel addressed the biggest barriers to SDLC acceleration, how to overcome them, and what the real benefits are to truly delivering

Webinar On-Demand: The Software Virtualization Lifecycle

​A top focus for application development today is on acceleration, but faster is not always equal to better. The bigger challenge is to improve both the speed and quality of software releases.  Orasi, one of our close partners, recently presented a webinar titled, “Software Virtualization Technology. This webinar addressed combining service virtualization technology with cloud-based

SAP Sapphire Recap: The Race to Simplify

Give credit to the organizers of SAP Sapphire, held last week in Orlando, Florida. I’d never attended this conference before, and was a little intimidated at the concept of navigating the one million square feet of the event space and choosing which of the 1,800+ sessions to attend. That is a staggering amount of information,

Using the Skytap Automation Pack for IBM UrbanCode Deploy

Skytap recently announced the availability of the Skytap Automation Pack for IBM UrbanCode Deploy. This plugin adds functionality into the IBM UrbanCode Deploy Application Process web UI to create and manipulate templates and configurations in Skytap Cloud. While the functionality is focused at enabling continuous delivery activities, the functionality is not solely limited to use

Guest Post: DataXu Releases Open Source Skytap Project

We wanted to take a minute to share a blog post, and some really cool news from one of our customers. Along with being ranked as the fifth fastest growing private company in the US (and the fastest in the advertising and marketing industry,) DataXu just released an open-sourced toolkit with the help of some

Hey, Where Did My Lab Management Software Go?

​Remember the space called VLM? Virtual Lab Management? It was one of the next big things in IT about seven or eight years ago. If you could consolidate servers, desktop PCs, and software in VMs to make your data center way more efficient, why not virtualize all the development and test servers you need in

STAREAST Recap: Share What You’ve Learned

​For those who have attended multiple STAR testing conferences over time (I just learned the first STAR conference was held back in 1992!) you’ve probably noticed that while the agendas are always fresh with new topics and speakers, there are a core group of speakers that come to share their knowledge and experience year after

SaaS Leads the Way in Cloud Computing’s “Hypergrowth”

​We might start seeing a decline in the number of articles that simply state that cloud computing is “on the rise.” Of course it is. Forrester’s James Staten recently pointed out that that with all of the advantages that cloud computing provides, “it will increasingly be difficult to justify not leveraging cloud services.” Staten does

Skytap Bitstrips Comic Collection – April

​We’ve been getting requests for another monthly comic strip recap; Sorry, we’ve been a little busy! March was an incredible month at Skytap, with the unveiling of Skytap on AWS infrastructure, and our incredible new partnership program, sometimes sitting around *drawing* comics takes an understandable backseat to more pressing, and admittedly more impressive matters. Alas,

Webinar Recap: Achieve Continuous Integration/Delivery with HP, Jenkins, and Skytap

​In today’s hyper-competitive markets, businesses must constantly strive to develop, test, and release better software faster. One of the best ways we’ve found to make this difficult task possible is by embracing “continuity”—one of the decade’s fastest growing buzzwords. This means continuous testing, integration, and delivery.  This past Tuesday, we hosted a webinar with Orasi

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