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

Skytap’s New VP of Talent Ready to Share “Seattle’s Best Kept Secret”

Skytap’s new VP of Talent has fascinating stories to tell and some outstanding advice for landing a job in one of the most competitive software development markets in the world—Seattle. Jill brings a wealth of experience to Skytap and will play a key role in our search for top talent looking to make a real

Guest Post: Beyond Big Data and Benioff’s “AI Spring” to the Dawn of Dataware

This article was authored by Matt McIlwain and was originally published on Medium. For more of Matt’s writing, you can follow him here! Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Hadoop, Predictive Analytics — we hear these terms every day from companies such as Cloudera, Trifacta and Dato (formerly GraphLab) that are securing many millions in financing. I believe

Deck the Halls with Walls of Metrics

For some, the holiday season is a time to show gratitude. Others spend time with those they hold dear. Or maybe, it is a time to reflect upon the previous year, and look at the year ahead. Or, just clean out the house and donate all that stuff you didn’t need all year. These are

The Ethics of Cloud Computing – Part 2

​This is part two in a three part series. To read Part One, click here. Firms also have the moral duty to be honest with the customers regarding security policies, and at times, even system architecture. Many years ago I once found myself in the unfortunate circumstance where a company I was working with had

​The Ethics of Cloud Computing – Part 1

Cloud computing seems to still be one of the reigning buzzwords in high-tech these days. Everything is either “in the cloud”, “powered by the cloud”, or some variation on the theme. I remember when hosted email was just that: hosted email. Today, such offerings are considered cloud offerings even though they have not changed in

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

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

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:

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

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