Between the keynotes, the track sessions, and the conversations on the expo
floor, Amazon AWS re:Invent 2013 was a ton of information to take in over the
course of a couple of days. Amidst all the goings-on, we got the opportunity
to sit down with three of Skytap’s customers to learn a little more about
what drew them to the cloud, how they’re utilizing Skytap’s services, and
what strides their businesses made in 2013.
Ryan Carey – DataXu
DataXu is “an open, neutral platform that enables marketers to use
‘rocket science’ in a simple UI to understand and engage consumers in a
digital world.” Ryan Carey explains how by moving their enterprise dev/test
environments to the cloud, DataXu was able to deliver better software at a
speed their customers needed.
Paul Haury – Fulcrum Technologies
Fulcrum Technologies helps enterprise-level customers “manage the
I recently asked a group of people a question that I thought would raise
quite the debate, but it surprisingly (to me) failed to do so. I asked,
“Have mobile apps been more influential to enterprise software, or is it
the other way around?”
I’d love to say that it was only a slight majority that said, “Mobile
apps are absolutely the ones doing the influencing,” especially since I
think I disagree, but this was not the case. Every response I received
overwhelmingly voted that mobile apps are having a bigger influence on
enterprise software than vice versa. Am I crazy for disagre... (more)
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 school has provided its students with cutting-edge
cloud computing technology across a number of applications to better prepare
them for their careers after graduation.
Jason: How did you discover Skytap, since it is not comm... (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)
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 coming along, and when
we can expect to read it. Gene, how are you today.
Gene: I'm doing great, and it's great being here with you.
Noel: So, to get started, being the DevOps aficionado that you are, we
recently had a contest o... (more)