Maximizing the Value of Self-paced Hands-on Learning with Interactive Lab Guides

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin spoke these words many years ago, but the value and benefit of learning-by-doing is still quite relevant today. Hands-on training increases engagement levels and enables students to interact directly with the subject matter that they’re learning.  The Value

Demystifying SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS

The technology industry is loaded with jargon. Often a result of trying to simplify complex concepts, the abbreviations, buzzwords, and blurred lines can confuse even tech veterans, let alone those new to enterprise tech. So, in hopes of adding some clarity to the conversation, we’ve written a high-level overview that defines the most popular cloud

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

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

Guest Post: Survey Reveals Benefits in Using Virtual and Cloud-Based Dev/Test Environments

​ This article was authored by Melissa Jacobson and was originally published on Orasi’s “Eye on Quality” blog. In late August, voke, Inc. debuted its “Market Snapshot Report: Virtual and Cloud-Based Labs,” about how companies of all sizes and levels of testing sophistication view, use and benefit from virtual and cloud-based development and testing technologies.

Now Available: Removing Barriers to Continuous Delivery of Business Value

​ Many organizations are recognizing that faster application delivery leads to better business results, but they struggle with how to overcome their barriers to faster delivery. In this webinar, guest speaker Kurt Bittner, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc., discusses the most common barriers to faster delivery and how organizations work to remove those barriers.

October’s Upcoming Partner Happy Hours Go Coast to Coast!

​If you’re lucky enough to live in a city or state that allows “happy hour” (you’d be surprised how many states have banned it!) hopefully from time to time you’re able to pop into a local establishment to kick off the weekend a little early, or even continue to work or brainstorm in perhaps a

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

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

The Collegiate Cloud: An Interview with Ferris State University’s Amy Buse

Ferris State University (FSU) is an accredited state university located in Big Rapids, Michigan, offering multiple computing degree plans within its Business/Technology Consortium. The college serves more than 14,000 on- and off-campus students in the region. I had the opportunity to sit down with Ferris State Professor Amy Buse to learn more about how the

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

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