Deep discussions about technology, enterprise IT, and the like
Episode 79: Version control, DevOps, Code Reviews, Semantic Merging, Spanish Startups, & Plastic SCM
January 15th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
Version control has changed a lot over the past 15 years: we’ve moved from a centralized to a distributed model at the basic level. But the practices people follow have changed and grown as new methodologies like DevOps and continuous delivery have relied on version control for operational stability and reliability. In this interview, Coté talks with Plastic SCM’s Pablo Santos to get the low-down and some tips on doing version control better. We also discuss Plastic SCM and how their approach to semantic merging and mergebot-driven automation addresses version control toil.
December 24th, 2018 | 56 mins 6 secs
Brandon interviews Umair Khan about his experience working in AI Ops and in Cloud Security.
December 17th, 2018 | 1 hr 10 mins
Jake Moilanen started and sold two companies and is now joining the ranks of Venture Capital. We discuss his career, his approach to investing and he explains what it is like to bringup the Linux Kernel on a supercomputer for the first time.
November 5th, 2018 | 1 hr 10 mins
Zane Rockenbaugh specializes in working with early stage startups. He helps founders take their idea and turn it into something real. We talk about his career and what it's like to be a "Startup CTO."
September 3rd, 2018 | 1 hr 20 mins
Coté talks about his job being an "evangelist," a word people no longer seem to use but everyone understands. Brandon interviews Coté about what the job is, what the work's like, and some examples (other than himself) of people who do it well.
August 27th, 2018 | 55 mins 41 secs
When Coté says he doesn’t know how numbers work, he actually means it. To help out, he talks with Rachel Stephens, from RedMonk, who not only explains ratios, but also finance numbers.
August 20th, 2018 | 1 hr 17 mins
Dustin Kirkland joins us to discuss Linux, Cloud Computing and making wine. We talk about Dustin’s career journey from entry-level developer to Google Product Manager.
August 13th, 2018 | 1 hr 4 mins
How do you implement IT Automation best practices at a large company? What's the best approach to convince stakeholders that IT Automation is worth the effort? In this interview with Acxiom's Chris Donaldson we talk all about the good, the bad and ugly of IT Automation.
July 30th, 2018 | 1 hr 2 mins
Brandon interviews Matthew Brutsché from 500 Rockets Marketing. Matt makes bold predications based on his recent shopping experience at the Amazon Go store and we talk about the evolution of digital marketing.
April 9th, 2018 | 51 mins 43 secs
Brandon interviews Satish Kodukula about product management. We compare product management at large companies and startups, discuss how to validate your next startup idea and when to build your minimum viable product (MVP).
April 2nd, 2018 | 48 mins 26 secs
Getting familiar with analyst relations is a key component of an enterprise software business. “Analyst relations” is sort of like PR, but actually pretty different. You want to, of course, drive influence with the analysts, but also consume the content and advise they’re putting out. And while there’s two major firms in the tech world - Gartner and Forrester - there’s plenty of other firms and individuals to work with. In this episode, Coté talks with Rita Manachi who’s been doing AR for over a decade about all of this, plus some advice on selecting drinks and using iPads in meetings.
Episode 68: Lineworkers and developers working side-by-side to improve Duke Energy’s software, with John Mitchell
March 26th, 2018 | 1 hr 56 secs
This is a great conversation with John Mitchell about Duke Energy improving it’s software capabilities, doing “digital transformation,” as the kids like to call it. We start from the beginning of what kicked the company off, a shift from COTS software to mobile apps and analytics.
March 18th, 2018 | 1 hr 4 mins
Security, security, security! Everyone wants security, at least they say so. How it’s actually managed and even conceptualized in organizations is a lot more than just patching software and using CAPTCHA’s. In this discussion, Coté talks with Javvad Malik who’s been in the security business for countless years. In addition to talking about how security is done well and poorly, they discuss controversies in the space and establishing a good baseline for securing organizations. Also, there’s talk of being an industry analyst, British patriotism (or lack thereof?) and webinars, among many other topics.
March 11th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
If you only followed the daily headlines, AI and machine learning seem like a magical technologies that will either solve all our problems or put everyone out of work. In reality, there’s little to know AI and machine learning, though complex, has many practical uses. While they’re often delightful, there’re not mystical. Coté discusses how to think about machine learning, how it works, and some examples of what it can do with Dominic Wellington.
March 7th, 2018 | 1 hr 30 secs
How do you implement Agile? Why does Agile matter? How has Agile changed in the last decade? Where do you get a beer in Austin? Walter Bodwell answers all of these questions and more in this episode. Plus, we hear how a 9-month old company was sold for $100 Million.
March 1st, 2018 | 1 hr 26 mins
Why does kubernetes even exist, why don’t existing things work just as well for it? And then what kind of applications can you run on it, at least following the original intentions. Once we sort that out, we talk about the same for Istio. We also discuss hospital IT and how large companies like IBM decide which open source projects to work on.