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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)

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)

DevOps vs. DevOps - Who Ya Got? | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

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?" gi... (more)

Rob Myers on Using TDD with Enterprise Development

Noel Wurst: Hello, this is Noel Wurst, with Skytap, and I am interviewing Rob Myers today. Rob Myers is an Agile coach and instructor and also the founder of the Agile institute. How are you doing today Rob? Rob Myers: Good. How are you? Noel Wurst: Great, doing great. I interviewed Rob about a year ago, and I was excited to get to interview him again. I'm going to be talking about test-driven development today and how it relates to enterprise software development as well. About a year ago when we were speaking about using JavaScript for TDD you mentioned that TDD can be used by... (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)