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​ Noel Wurst: Hello. This is Noel Wurst with Skytap. I am speaking today with Michael Spayd. Michael's going to be speaking at the Agile 2014 Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, July 28. It had a really interesting sounding session, and I just wanted to learn a little bit more about that session and some of the topics that may come up during it.  Michael, how are you doing today? Michael Spayd: I'm doing well. Noel: Great.  Michael: Thank you for hosting this, Noel. Noel: No problem at all. Your session, again, on Monday, July 28, is titled "What would it mean to Coach an Agile Enterprise?" I noticed that the first sentence presents a huge challenge in enterprise level software development today. In your abstract you say, "Enterprise agility is both a hugely popular aspiration and a widely misunderstood buzzword.” That comes up a lot in agile, with the abil... (more)

Announcing MinorJS: An Unopinionated, Ultra-minimal Web Framework for Node.js

Skytap is a big believer in open source software. Our company is built on amazing open source projects like Linux, Ruby on Rails and Node.js. That’s why we feel it’s so important to give back to the open source community by releasing and maintaining the MinorJS project. What is MinorJS? MinorJS is an unopinionated, ultra-minimal web framework that alleviates the pain of routing, testing, and deployment clustering for Node.js applications. Why MinorJS? By starting with MinorJS you maintain the freedom to develop your application with whichever technologies and philosophies you fin... (more)

Realizing the Value of Cloud Beyond the Infrastructure for Dev & Test

By now we’ve seen plenty of cost justification on the efficiency of using cloud infrastructure. You can easily Google “Cloud Computing Value” and get a stack of analyst and vendor reports. Or just pop open Amazon’s AWS value calculator and plug in some numbers. There are huge one-time and recurring IT cost savings to be realized by moving on-premise systems to cloud infrastructure. So we get a better deal on compute cost with cloud. That’s something. Now let’s wring value out of one the most expensive and high-risk IT activities: software development and testing. Software devel... (more)

Theresa Lanowitz on Solving Age-Old Problems in the Enterprise

Noel: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap and I am speaking with Theresa Lanowitz today, who is the founder of voke. Theresa is going to be giving a keynote at this year’s STAREAST conference on May 8, in Orlando, Florida. The keynote is titled “Extreme Automation: Software Quality for the Next Generation Enterprise.” I wanted to speak with her about what exactly extreme automation involves, trying to define the “next generation enterprise,” and to find out more about what she does and what voke does. Theresa, how are you today? Theresa: I’m great, and thanks for inviting me t... (more)

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 ... (more)