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As a lifelong word junkie, I can honestly say that I've never seen more debate, argument, and failure to reach an agreed upon definition of a word than we're seeing over the word "DevOps." And while it can be frustrating to find a definition that works for you, and not be swayed by the next essay or cute video that gives a new interpretation-for nerds like me, the ever-changing, wildly different beliefs of DevOps' meaning, and even its origin are an absolute blast to pour over. Register For DevOps Summit "FREE" (before Friday) ▸ Here A simple Google search of "What is DevOps?" gives a great cross-section of what we're talking about. "...DevOps - essentially, bringing the development and operational teams closer together through automation to support the speed of change the business requires." - Clive Longbottom, ComputerWeekly.com "...DevOps is "a cross-disciplinar... (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)

What Is the Greatest Blocker to a Frictionless Enterprise?

We're launching the "Tap In Open Forum": a new series of blog posts where we detail a current topic being discussed in the software development and testing community and invite you to participate in an open discussion with our best and brightest here at Skytap. Feel free to share your thoughts and we'll do the same! InformationWeek and IBM Mobile Technical Sales Leader Dustin Amrhein presented a webinar last week as part of their “DevOps Rado” series. The Frictionless Enterprise: Built for Business, looked at DevOps as a viable solution for removing the friction that prevents en... (more)

Upcoming Webinar: Creating Complete Test Environments in the Cloud

​A top focus for application development today is on acceleration, but faster is not always better. The bigger challenge is to improve the speed and quality of software releases. 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.  Parasoft service virtualization enables dev/test teams to test earlier and test less using simulated, virtual environments. This solution closes the gap with incomplete dev/test environments an... (more)

The Ethics of Cloud Computing - Part 2 | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

This is part two in a three part series. To read Part One, click here. Firms also have the moral duty to be honest with the customers regarding security policies, and at times, even system architecture. Many years ago I once found myself in the unfortunate circumstance where a company I was working with had poorly designed network architecture with a massive single point of failure. Eventually, this single point of failure failed in a spectacular way. This failure brought down the entire system and impacted several customers in significant ways. After the mad scramble to get the ... (more)