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Will DevOps Become the Norm? All prognosticators, even us who simply roll out a single annual list, hope for two things: one, that your predictions get a lot of traction and shares across the industry, and two, that you end up actually being correct. Anil Batra’s list of 2014 predictions has turned a lot of heads, largely due to the fact that he led off with such a bold one. “DevOps teams become the norm, not the exception.” While you would imagine that the DevOps faithful and its believers would be the biggest fans of this coming true this year, I would argue that it’s software customers who have received a product from DevOps-practicing teams that are waving the biggest flag. Batra labels DevOps as once being only an “agile offshoot” which is hard to hard to believe that it once existed only as such, even in its still-young age, and this is credited to its meteoric... (more)

Your Move to the Cloud: An Interview with Fulcrum Technologies’ Paul Haury

Fulcrum Technologies IT Director Paul Haury sits down with Noel Wurst to explain what made Fulcrum look to the cloud to alleviate the pain points they were experiencing in the field of enterprise asset management. Learn how Fulcrum's dev/test teams in particular were able to do their job faster, and at a higher quality after moving their environments to the cloud. Noel: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap and I am sitting here today with Paul Haury from Fulcrum Technologies. Fulcrum is one of Skytap’s customers, and I wanted to sit down with him and learn more about what Fulcru... (more)

Training in the Cloud: An Interview with Lee Orrick

Lee Orrick from F5 sits down to discuss how F5 made the decision to move their training to the cloud, in order to relieve some of the pain points—cost, time away from work, shipping of hardware around the world—from their business. Learn how F5 ensured the cloud would provide the legal coverage, licensing issues, and security before making the transition. Noel: Hello. I am Noel Wurst with Skytap. I am sitting here today with Lee Orrick from F5. F5 is one of Skytap's customers. I wanted to get the chance to learn a little bit more about what they do, how they made their decision ... (more)

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 year.  Last week’s STAREAST in Orlando, Florida was my fifth STAR event, and over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing some of the regulars—James Bach, Bob Galen, Johanna Rothman, Dorothy Graham, and others. One of the questions that I’d intend... (more)

Service Virtualization Expedites Testing; Enhances Quality

This post was written by Orasi Sr. Solutions Architect Scott Jefferies and originally appeared on Orasi’s “Eye on Quality Assurance” blog.   In December 2012, research firm Coleman Parkes released a landmark study about the business benefits of service virtualization. The findings were significant: 60% of the respondents indicated that unavailability of systems for testing routinely caused software projects to be delivered late. Furthermore, 70% of those surveyed said their firms were releasing applications with reduced functionality as a result. Fast forward to July 2013, and ... (more)