The DevHops Podcast Episode 6: DevOps Practices for Systems of Record

It’s time for another episode of the DevHops Podcast! While at the 2015 DevOps Enterprise Summit—check out our recap of the entire show—Skytap DevOps consulting manager Kelly Looney and I recorded this episode with Accenture agile and DevOps lead Mirco Hering. Mirco was giving his “Adopting DevOps Practices for Systems of Record” session later in

The DevHops Podcast Episode 7: Digital Transformation with CA

This week we sit down with Justin Vaughan-Brown, CA Technologies’ Global Digital Transformation Lead and Jason English, Skytap Galactic Head of Product Marketing to discuss digital transformation in the enterprise. What has led enterprises to make this transformation, what role do DevOps and agile play, and what are the benefits of modernization initiatives? We discuss all

Customer Success Series: Informatica’s Scalable Stellar Customer Experience

We’re presenting a collection of stories on the awesome gains in scalability and efficiency, and reductions in costs and constraints that our customers shared with us at our recent Customer Advisory Board meeting. Informatica senior manager of global education services, Alex Gurevich quickly pointed out one of our favorite qualities of Skytap—that the benefits and

Guest Post: 8 Software Testing Demons that Service Virtualization Can Exorcise

This spooky Halloween-themed piece comes from our TAP partners at Parasoft. Check out their killer blog! Ever had a frightful encounter with the following testing demons? They tend to lurk around complex interconnected systems, just waiting to wreak havoc by forcing you to delay testing, work at dreadful hours, or make distressing trade-offs on the

Live Blog: Testing for Summer Snowstorms to Avoid Winter Woes

Look for a series of live blogs from Skytap while we attend STARWEST this week in Anaheim, California! It takes more than guts to hold a late addition “bonus” session at 7:15 in the morning; it also takes having an outstanding story to tell so you’re not telling it to an empty room while everyone

How I Learned to Love Environment Proliferation

Software development is a strange craft. In some ways things seem to stay the same forever; we still sit at the same Unix command line from over 20 years ago and we use usually the same editors, but the software being developed feels pretty different. For one thing, we spend much more time selecting the

Technical Series Kickoff: Scaling Modern Software Delivery

Chapter 1: How I Learned to Love Environment Proliferation Chapter 2: Continuous Delivery Decision Points: Getting Software Safely into Production Chapter 3: DevOps Practices for Systems of Record (Podcast) Chapter 4: Is Agile a Prerequisite for Beginning DevOps Initiatives? Chapter 5: Tipping the DevOps Scale: An Interview with Gary Gruver Chapter 6: What’s in Your DevOps Toolchain? Chapter 7: Evaluating

One-click Start to Solving Retail “Crisis” with Mobile Apps

Skytap recently had the privilege of contributing an article to the excellent Retail Info Systems News (RIS). RIS does an outstanding job of covering how retailers are increasing innovation to increase market share during a complete transformation in the way consumers shop and what they expect from brands looking to earn their loyalty. After looking at

3-Minute Video & Demo: Virtual Training Labs

Fall is the time some of us think about back-to-school activities. But here at Skytap, we’re thinking about the Education Services groups that teach hands-on software to employees and partners using Virtual Training Labs, or “Classrooms-in-a-Box.” So we just did this 3-Minute video that will give you a quick overview and a little demonstration of

Identical Resource Constraints Plague Drug and Software Development

Last month, I came across an article from BT Group’s Peter Shaw, titled, “How the cloud is clearing the headaches of drug development” and was truly marveled by something. The similarities between the development of drugs and software are remarkable. This isn’t the first time the software development process has been compared to another industry,

Intervention Coming for “I Hate Agile” Crowd

For all of the conferences held in agile’s honor, and the praise it gets from coaches, evangelists, and companies like Skytap, nobody calls it a silver bullet. But there’s one thing we all agree on—agile is very difficult. Whether looking at the culture change required, embracing the continuous integration, delivery and deployment of code, or

Why “Test Obsession” Is the Disruptive Culture of the Future

After learning that Alaska Airlines has won the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers” award for eight years running, and the “Number 1 on-time major North American Carrier” award for the last five, I would assume that their dedication to incredible software quality is just as worthy of public heralding. Parasoft, one of our

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