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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 relatively short time here on earth. While the evolution of other living creations occurs at the cellular level, completely invisible to the naked eye—enterprises hoping to survive another day are evolving at a rapid pace and are undergoing massive transformations. In May of 2013, ZDNet’s Char... (more)

Now Available On-demand: Creating Complete Test Environments in the Cloud

Parasoft’s Mark Lambert and Skytap’s Jonathan Van Meter gave a great webinar last week that showed how service virtualization helps dev/test teams create “complete test environments in the cloud.” ​View now! 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.  This technology enables dev/test teams to test earlier and test less by using simulated, virtual environments. This solution streamlines provisioning and allows team... (more)

Using Cloud-Based Dev/Test Environments By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

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 ... (more)

DevOps Use on the Rise, But Confusion Remains By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Recent Surveys Show DevOps Use on the Rise, but Confusion Remains ​I recently poured over F5’s “The State of Application Delivery in 2015” and InformationWeek’s “2015 App Dev Priorities Survey” that they presented with Dr. Dobb’s. The similarity of their titles, and even their release dates made me wonder how unique each of their findings would be, and I challenged myself to flush out any interesting findings or patterns that emerged from their collective research. Both reports were really well done, and I would recommend them to anyone looking to see if your organization is on t... (more)

Jez Humble on High IT Performance Bt @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

​No Crystal Ball Needed: Jez Humble Shares Trick to Predicting High IT Performance It didn’t hit me until after a second viewing of Jez Humble’s recent webinar with Perforce that his ways to predict high IT performance aren’t just a neat party trick; they’re absolutely essential. The days of bugs making it into production, distrust between departments, and delayed fixes and releases are becoming a thing of the past, at least among “high performers” of the world. And as the complexity of software grows year after year, being able to accurately predict success may be the only way... (more)