Upcoming Webinar: Career Relevance in the DevOps Age

What are some of the titles you can look for if you want to “do” DevOps? If nobody can really say they’ve “been doing DevOps for years” what qualifications can employers look for? Are developers really suited to understand the operational needs and goals of the business, as some experts recommend? How do we get

The Impact of Trust on the Success and Failure of DevOps

We sat down with Paul Farrall, Skytap’s new VP of Operations, and the president-elect of SIM Seattle, to discuss his successes and failures within his own DevOps initiatives. His experience helps prove the importance of trust between teams. SIM Seattle will host the 2015 Seattle Technology Leadership Summit on May 20th. Noel: Hi Paul! Let’s dive right in.

Consulting Initiative to Guide Enterprise Development and DevOps Adoption

We’re thrilled to announce that David Frost has joined Skytap as our vice president of professional services and support. David will expand our professional service offerings to include a new consulting initiative to guide Enterprise development and IT organizations through the adoption of DevOps best practices. I had the chance to sit down with David

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

Recent Surveys Show DevOps Use on the Rise, but Confusion Remains

​I recently poured over F5’s “The State of Application Delivery in 2015” and InformationWeek’s “2015 App Dev Priorities Survey” that they presented with Dr. Dobb’s. The similarity of their titles, and even their release dates made me wonder how unique each of their findings would be, and I challenged myself to flush out any interesting

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

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

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

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

Tap In Open Forum: What Is the Greatest Blocker to a Frictionless Enterprise?

  We’re launching the “Tap In Open Forum”: a new series of blog posts where we detail a current topic being discussed in the software development and testing community and invite you to participate in an open discussion with our best and brightest here at Skytap. Feel free to share your thoughts and we’ll do

Wayne Ariola on the Future of the Software Development Life Cycle

Noel Wurst: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap, and I am speaking today with Wayne Ariola, who is the chief strategy officer at Parasoft. Wayne, how are you doing today? Wayne Ariola: Fantastic, thank you. Noel Wurst: So, I wanted to speak with Wayne because Wayne is helping organize the SDLC Acceleration Summit that’s

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