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Once you learn the definition of shadow IT, it shouldn’t be too shocking to learn how widespread it is at companies large and small all over the world. I hate to assume, but the odds are, that you yourself have used a non-IT approved SaaS option for the same reason as everyone else, myself included. We’re all expected to do our jobs faster, and at a higher quality than we did in the past, and sometimes it’s just too easy to go behind the backs of those whom we perceive to slow us down, or act as a blocker. A recent study showed that eighty percent of those polled admitted using SaaS applications and tools without IT’s approval, which, when you’re part of that eighty percent, isn’t all that shocking. The real kicker is the revelation of who has been using shadow IT SaaS solutions more than anyone. IT employees themselves. What’s their reasoning? “IT users feel they c... (more)

Cloud Biology: Enterprise Evolution Ramps Up

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 rel... (more)

Our Latest Skytap Comic Strip Collection

It’s time for another roundup of our popular weekly Bitstrips column. These make us laugh about our lives in the SaaS industry, and we hope you enjoy them, too. And don’t forget—you can always be the first to see our new comics by following us on Twitter! Want to help us with a title for our comic strip? We’ve been struggling to come up with something catchy, and if we like what you send us, we’ll send you a free Skytap shirt! Leave your suggestions in the comments section below, good luck, and thanks for the laughs!   ... (more)

Debating the Influence of Mobility and the Enterprise

​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)

Skytap’s new Copy-to-Region lets your SDLC “Follow the Moon”

For the past few years, the holy grail of enterprise IT is to have large scale global software development, testing and integration activities that “follow the sun.” So when your development team checks in and goes home in San Jose, CA, there’s a testing team just getting started in Bangalore, India. And when they check in, there might be another team building services in Germany atop the application suite, followed by a release configuration team in Buenos Aires. Following the sun means we can be productive toward our software goals 24 hours a day. While this idea is great in t... (more)