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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 surprised! 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 cloud-based labs. Thirty-nine percent said they help eliminate defects prior to production, and 33% said they improve audits and compliance. Of course, the biggest benefit (58%) was on-demand access to environments, which we see as a primary reason why many organizations adopt virtual and/or ... (more)

Training in the Cloud: An Interview with Lee Orrick

Lee Orrick from F5 sits down to discuss how F5 made the decision to move their training to the cloud, in order to relieve some of the pain points—cost, time away from work, shipping of hardware around the world—from their business. Learn how F5 ensured the cloud would provide the legal coverage, licensing issues, and security before making the transition. Noel: Hello. I am Noel Wurst with Skytap. I am sitting here today with Lee Orrick from F5. F5 is one of Skytap's customers. I wanted to get the chance to learn a little bit more about what they do, how they made their decision ... (more)

Will DevOps Become the Norm? By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

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 ... (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)

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)