I’d love to take a poll (feel free to share your opinion in the comments
section below) on whether software should be considered a living organism in
the purist biological sense. Sure, software is made up of code instead of
cells, and it may have trouble finding a home in the classic taxonomic rank
of biology, but it’s difficult to find any other discrepancies between
software, especially at the enterprise level, and other complex organisms.
One area that enterprise software achieves its deserved classification as a
living organism is in its incredible ability to evolve over a relatively
short time here on earth. While the evolution of other living creations
occurs at the cellular level, completely invisible to the naked
eye—enterprises hoping to survive another day are evolving at a rapid pace
and are undergoing massive transformations.
In May of 2013, ZDNet’s Char... (more)
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.”
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 produce better software faster.
This technology enables dev/test teams to test earlier and test less by using
simulated, virtual environments. This solution streamlines provisioning and
allows team... (more)
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. The results were pretty amazing―even we were
Among the many benefits the 503 participant companies (50% of which were U.S.
based) cited, 53% saw reduced CAPEX (capital expenditures) from the use of
virtual and ... (more)
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 findings or patterns
that emerged from their collective research.
Both reports were really well done, and I would recommend them to anyone
looking to see if your organization is on t... (more)
No Crystal Ball Needed: Jez Humble Shares Trick to Predicting High IT
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 the past, at least among “high
performers” of the world.
And as the complexity of software grows year after year, being able to
accurately predict success may be the only way... (more)