Episode 22: The Purpose and Insights Gained From Network Assessments

Mark Winter of Rapid Fire Tools

Our guest this week is Mark Winter, VP of Sales for Rapid Fire Tools. With over 20 years of diverse business development/sales, management, marketing and engineering experience in computer software/hardware industry, Mark brings a tremendous amount of experience to the table.

Mark’s previous work experiences include Thin Client (Citrix), Telecom, SFA/CRM, Mobile/Wireless, AD and Business Modeling Tools, and Application Performance Management.

We will be talking to Mark about Network Assessments, what they are, how they work and how they are beneficial to one’s organization.

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Episode 21: Docker, Containers, and Software Oh My!

Sean P. Kane of New Relic, @spkane

Sean Kane is currently a Lead Site Reliability Engineer at New Relic. He has had a long career in production operations, with many diverse roles, in a broad range of industries. He has spoken about subjects like alerting fatigue and hardware automation at various meet-ups and technical conferences, including Velocity and Future Stack.

Sean spent most of his youth living overseas, and exploring what life has to offer, including graduating from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, completing two summer internships with the US Central Intelligence Agency, and building the very first web site in the state of Alaska.

He gratefully lives in the US Pacific Northwest with his wife and children an loves traveling and still photography.

Sean is also a co-author of Docker Up & Running: Shipping Reliable Containers In
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After listening to this episode you will learn:

  • Sean’s definition of The Cloud
  • How Sean learned what he know
  • What Docker is and how it works
  • The state of containers prior to Docker
  • What excites Sean about Technology
  • Practical use cases around containers

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Further Reading and Resources

Sean’s Twitter – @spkane

Sean’s co-authored Docker Book – http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920036142.do

New Relic – http://newrelic.com/home-t1

 

 

Episode 20: IT Services Defined, The Benefits of Managed Services, MSPs and The Cloud

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Nate Teplow, Senior Marketing Manager at Continuum

Continuum is a backup and disaster recovery Platform for Managed Service providers. Nate is currently managing the company’s partner email operations. Nate‘s experience spans inbound marketing, content strategy, marketing communications and B2B lead generation.

He is also the host of #MSPradio a show sponsored and produced by Continuum designed to help MSPs conduct business more effectively. As a proud Miami Hurricane alumni, Nate enjoys staying active, traveling to new places and performing A/B tests.

We were excited to talk to Nate about Managed Service Providers (MSPs), the high points of 2015 as well as what we can expect for 2016. Of course, we will also discuss how The Cloud is affecting Managed Services, MSPs and the industry as a whole.

After listening to this episode you will learn:

  • Nate’s definition of The Cloud
  • How Nate got into the field of Technology
  • The benefits of utilizing a Managed Service Provider (MSP)
  • The suite of services offered by MSPs and specifically what they do
  • Practical use cases around Managed Service offerings
  • Whether or not MSPs will be needed in the future in lieu of the Cloud

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Further Reading and Resources

MSP Radio – http://mspradio.podbean.com/

Continuum – http://www.continuum.net/

Nate Teplow – https://twitter.com/nteplow

Sales Leads Management Association (SLMA) Radio Network – http://slma.podbean.com/

Episode 19: Why The Religious Cloud Analogies, Murders and Acquisitions and Software as The Cloud

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Michael Cote, creator of the Drunk and Retired podcast and Cote.io

In his words: “I’ve worked in the technology industry for many years first as a developer, then as a industry analyst with RedMonk, in strategy at Dell, and now on infrastructure software at 451 Research.”
Coté is the Research Director of the infrastructure software practice at 451 Research. Just before that, he worked on cloud strategy at Dell, previously he worked in corporate strategy where he helped form the Dell software group. He also helped run the internal incubation program at Dell along with whatever other random fun task fell in his lap.Previous to Dell, Coté worked at the highly regarded industry analyst firm RedMonk and before that did real work writing software for various companies large and small in Austin, Texas. He blogs at http://www.drunkandretired.com and updates the world on the type of sandwich his cat just ate in Twitter @cote.

After listening to this episode you will learn:

  • How Cote’s Tech career was slightly accidental
  • How Cote came to learn what he knows about Technology
  • Why there are so many religious metaphors in the Cloud
  • The benefits of the Cloud and why it is used by people and companies
  • What services models (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) of the Cloud will look like in the future
  • The Morlocks and the Elois analogy (from The Time Machine) and how it relates to the future of Cloud
  • How the average company is becoming a software company

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Further Reading and Resources

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/cote

Cote.io – http://cote.io/

Cote’s Blog – http://www.drunkandretired.com

The Time Machine – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0268695/

Pivotal – http://pivotal.io/

Ep 18: Training CTOs, Executive Technologist roles and the future of IT Management

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John Shiple, founder of Freelance CTO

John Shiple, Technologist, Freelance CTO and also teaches how to be a CTO at General Assembly in Los Angeles. John Shiple, famously known as the inventor of the first ever pop-up ad, founded FreelanceCTO which is a technology consulting company providing business/tech services for startups, small- to mid-sized businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

In his own words: “If there is one thing I have learned in my career it’s that technology mistakes are unavoidable. But with the right planning (ideally) and correction (if needed), mistakes do not have to be crippling setbacks. My goal is to ensure that these mistakes are nothing more than sentimental anecdotes on the road to a great product. It just so happens that empowering people to do their best is an awesome feeling…. that I am addicted to. From MIT Media Lab to building HotWired, Geocities, and helping dozens of companies in all stages of growth, I have seen it all, but I am always looking for more challenges. If I can help you or your company in the following ways, let’s connect.”

After listening to this episode you will learn:

  • How John invented the first ad blocker
  • John’s definition of the Cloud
  • What is the role of a CTO?
  • How there are no formal CTO certifications or training programs
  • The various archetypal roles of Technology executives
  • The functions and responsibilities of each role
  • Where technology and The Cloud is going in the future
  • How the Internet of Things will touch areas like smart grid

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Further Reading and Resources

John Shiple – FreelanceCTO.com

General Assembly – https://generalassemb.ly/

Freelance CTO –  https://twitter.com/freelancecto

John Shiple Inventor of The Pop-up Ad | Silicon Beach Fest Fall 2012 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uoLp8rlVcs

 

 

 

Episode 17: The Cloud People, Data Science, and Using Tech for Social Good

Jonathon Morgan, co-host of Partially Derivative

Our guest for the show this week is Jonathon Morgan, a co-host of Partially Derivative, a weekly show about Data and Beer Snobbery. He is also a Data Scientist, Product Leader and Developer of New Technologies.

“For the past 10 years I’ve delivered digital products in agency, corporate and startup environments, most recently focused on product leadership, data science and engineering. I write and speak a lot about building products and data analysis at interactive festivals, data science conferences, think tanks, and even the floor of the African Union. For fun I co-host a weekly podcast about data science and snobby beer called Partially Derivative, and every once in awhile I still find time to write a little code.

Currently I’m using network analysis and machine learning to investigate terrorist networks on social media with JM Berger, author of ISIS: State of Terror, and running technology for CrisisNET, Ushahidi’s platform for streaming crisis data. Prior to Ushahidi I was a startup CTO, Principal Technologist at Bright & Shiny, and Product Manager for a suite of AOL’s media properties — including StyleList.com, which regularly served over 100 million monthly page views.

Last but not least, I run Good at the Internet, a boutique interactive consultancy with clients like the SXSW Interactive and Film festivals.” ~Jonathon Morgan

After listening to this episode you will learn:

  • What the Cloud is and how it operates
  • The various benefits of moving to the Cloud
  • Why owning your own hardware is difficult and requires significant expertise
  • What scares Jonathon about The Cloud
  • How we should pay attention to the reliance on a small group of technology suppliers
  • How Open-source communities and the Maker movement help maintain a culture of openness in tech
  • How Jonathon is using data to benefit society through humanitarian focused efforts
  • How Ushahidi HQed in Nairobi is using technology to solve problems

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Further Reading and Resources

Partially Derivative – http://www.partiallyderivative.com/

Popily – https://popily.com/

CrisisNet – http://crisis.net/

Ushahidi – https://www.ushahidi.com/

Bright and Shiny – http://brightandshiny.com/

Metrio – http://www.metrio.net/en/

The socially responsible investing Atlantic article – http://www.theatlantic.com/notes/all/2015/10/al-gores-plan-to-save-capitalism-does-it-make-sense/410632/

 

Episode 16: Costs of Compliance, Why Use MSPs and Exploring Clouds

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Oleg Reut, CEO of SMB CloudTech

Oleg Reut is the owner and founder of a Managed Services and Cloud Hosting Provider called SMB CloudTech based out of Southern California. SMB CloudTech helps small & medium-sized businesses to get the most value and efficiencies from their technology investments.

By guiding clients through the sometimes confusing world of IT using customizable and fully scalable elastic solutions, Oleg guides business owners to a more competitive proactive business model.

The industries served include Financial Services, Healthcare, Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Non-Profit, Real Estate and Retail. We are excited to talk to Oleg about IT services, the specific use cases for businesses as well as the future of The Cloud.

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After listening to this episode, you will learn:

  • What Oleg’s definition of Managed Service Providers and The Cloud is
  • Why compliance is a big liability for companies
  • How the Cloud travels through physical infrastructure most of the way
  • How to determine if an MSP is a competent service provider
  • Why having another MSP do a third party audit is a best practice for organizations
  • Why the Cloud often requires outside people to help manage the infrastructure and software
  • How AWS provides infrastructure but still requires you to perform and manage data backups
  • Why a small business with less than 20 employees and on-premise servers should consider the Cloud
  • Why after 5 years you should look to your servers for maintenance, replacement or switching to the Cloud
  • How it is cheaper to buy new equipment (thin clients) when using the Cloud versus hiring consultants

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Episode 15: Programming The Cloud, Charles’ 6 Podcasts, Language, Frameworks and The Future

Charles Wood, creator of Devchat.TV

Our guest for the show this week is Charles Wood, creator of Devchat.TV is the Host of more than 6 podcasts including 3 on programming (Ruby, Node.js and Angular JS), 1 on freelancing and 1 on iOS programming. Charles is also a Podcaster, Programmer, Husband, Dad, Mormon, and Conservative.

In his own words: “I am PASSIONATE helping people make technology work for them. I’m a software consultant and lead my own team of freelance programmers. I’ve been programming in Ruby and Ruby on Rails for 7 years and have built several websites including Twitter Clones and other social networks, payment systems, shopping carts, and blogs.”

As you can tell, Charles is extremely well versed in code and development. We are excited to chat with him on a technical level about The Cloud and Code.

After listening to this episode you will learn:

  • How Coding in the Cloud is a beneficial environment and option available to developers today
  • About Charles and his 6 different podcasts
  • Charles’ Definition of The Cloud
  • How databases run on the Cloud
  • How your code and data can live in the Cloud and create more efficient management
  • How Charles learned what he knows
  • Why anyone can learn to code
  • How Women and Children are being more and more exposed to and embracing Technology, Math and Sciences
  • What the are differences between ecosystem, languages and frameworks
  • How code is the backbone behind the Cloud
  • How Docker is built and its functionality
  • How APIs helps create uniform functionality

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Episode 14: The Woz, Future Stack ’15 Awesomeness, Modern Software and Takeaways [+ Full Interviews]

Well, Future Stack 2015 was awesome!

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Myself, Aaron Mangal from Network Remedy and host of The Cloud Radio Show had the pleasure of interviewing, Sam Lambert, Director of Systems at GitHub, Chad Berkely CTO of FlightStats, Abner Germanow, Senior Director of Strategic Marketing and Jay Fry, SVP of Marketing and interim CMO of New Relic.

In fact, we recorded a special episode of The Cloud covering Future Stack 2015 featuring the above mentioned thought leaders as well as some reactions and reflections on what was shared at the event.

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Full Interviews

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Sam Lambert, Director of Systems at GitHub

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Chad Berkley, CTO of FlightStats

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Abner Germanow, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing of New Relic

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Jay Fry, SVP of Marketing (interim CMO) of New Relic

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What was Future Stack 2015?

Future Stack was an event organized by the New Relic Team to bring together partners, customers, vendors, press, and all other interested parties in the IT and modern software analytics space.

The goal was to teach people about the future of modern software, how it works, and can be used. This included use cases shared from other companies such as Amazon Web Services, GitHub, MLB, NewsCorp, Time, Target, as well as many other peers and thought leaders.

Designed to bring everyone together in a engaging fun format, events included information sessions, vendor exhibit halls, a hacker lounge, breakfast and lunches, an after party with Weird Al Yankovic, Fireside chat with Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and many other engaging social events, networking and fun times.

Future Stack 2015 took place on November 11-13 in the iconic Fairmont Hotel in Downtown San Francisco.

Insights from FS 2015

  • Software is the future. Beyond that, monitoring of said software is a new field emerging, ultimately filling in gaps of knowledge where previously one had to guess about causes and effects. But not now. Solutions like the suite of New Relic software services are providing a tremendous amount of insights previously unavailable to organizations who essentially had to guess and develop insights in a very inaccurate methodology.
  • Brick and Mortar as software companies – Many organizations like Target are rapidly finding themselves to be software companies. As companies scale and work to maintain competitive edges, a common insight is how software is a critical fulcrum of innovation for companies previously thought to be non-technical.
  • What does the future hold? Companies will be able to iterate quicker (fail forward fast). With these new insights available companies will be able to operate in much more efficient manners. When projects fail, there will be the insights available earlier to justify this decision (versus moving down a dead end path for longer than necessary).

My inspirations from the Woz: What a guy! He is so friendly, creative and excited about life. He encouraged us to be curious and keep inventing. Woz was extremely persistent with his innovation activities, especially in the pre-Apple days. He told a story where he was designing computer architectures on paper. Then, he would rework them in his mind, How can I make this more efficient? How can I use less parts and hardware? 

He mentioned how people usually stop inventing once they hit a particular point in terms of money or inventions. But not The Woz! For example, with computers, every time new information and manuals would come out the Woz would continuously update his plans until he has essentially mapped out every possible type of computer architecture.

Ultimately he implored us to “stay true to yourself and follow your passions.”

To learn more: check out our Future Stack 2015 episode of The Cloud and 10 Fun Facts We Learned About The Woz

Thanks again to the New Relic team for the wonderful event and invitation.
We look forward to Future Stack 2016!
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