Software Defined Interviews

Deep discussions about technology, enterprise IT, and the like

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Deep discussions about technology, enterprise IT, and the like

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  • Episode 82: Chris Aniszczyk on starting Open Source Foundations

    July 9th, 2019  |  59 mins 12 secs

    Chris Aniszczyk is the CTO of the CNCF. We discuss how he got into open source, what it's like to work at Twitter and how he helped start the CNCF. Plus, Chris gives us an overview of the different kinds of CNCF projects and offers advice on how to get started with Kubernetes.

  • Episode 81: Adam Jacob on saying Goodbye to OpenCore

    April 8th, 2019  |  1 hr 14 mins

    Matt and Brandon interview Adam Jacob the co-founder of Chef. We discuss Adam's career, what led him to start Chef and Chef's recent decision to open source 100% of its Software. Plus, Adam give us some tips on Dungeons & Dragons and transitioning from being a founder to an executive.

  • Episode 80: Jeff Meyerson on starting the Software Engineering Daily Podcast

    February 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Jeff Meyerson is the host of Software Engineering Daily. We talk about on his career and what led him to start a daily tech podcast for developers.

  • 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.

  • Episode 78: Umair Khan on AI Ops and Cloud Security

    December 24th, 2018  |  56 mins 6 secs

    Brandon interviews Umair Khan about his experience working in AI Ops and in Cloud Security.

  • Episode 77: Jake Moilanen on going from Employee to Entrepreneur to Venture Capitalist

    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.

  • Episode 76: Zane Rockenbaugh on being the Startup CTO

    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."

  • Episode 75: Don't call me an "evangelist"

    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.

  • Episode 74: Numbers. How do they work? Rachel Stephens

    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.

  • Episode 73: Dustin Kirkland on Linux, Cloud Computing and Product Management

    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.

  • Episode 72: Chris Donaldson on Automation

    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.

  • Episode 71: Matthew Brutsché on Amazon Go and Tech Marketing

    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.

  • Episode 70: Satish Kodukula on Product Management

    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).

  • Episode 69: Analyst Relations, with Rita Manachi

    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.

  • Episode 67: Javvad Malik on security & being an industry analyst

    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.