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52 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 29: Women in Tech: Creating stronger female networks
If you believe in equal opportunities, then we have a long way to go in IT. Creating stronger female networks is one way forward. In a special #WomenInTech Cloudspotting episode, Sai and Alex are joined by four members of the Professional Organization of Women Empowerment at Rackspace Technology (POWER). Show notes • Rackspace Technology POWER Podcasts: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXK8KWNgW1Msvv2LcWVp7xGgjJeSev45g Recommended reads: • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13588356-daring-greatly • How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29430725-how-to-talk-so-little-kids-will-listen • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish, Kimberly Ann Coe https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/769016.How_to_Talk_So_Kids_Will_Listen_Listen_So_Kids_Will_Talk • Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-proof Girls in the Early Grades by Michelle Anthony, Reyna Lindert https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7607611-little-girls-can-be-mean • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34890015-factfulness • Corporates Are from Mars, Charities Are from Venus. By Kay Allen with Tanja Rasmussen https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15939995-corporates-are-from-mars-charities-are-from-venus-kay-allen-with-tanjaSpecial Guests: Danielle Rudden, Gavin Bounds, Jo Glass, and Vanessa Thompson.
44 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 28: Going digging down the data goldmine
Your business is sitting on an untapped data goldmine. But how do you transform your organization into a mining machine? In the latest episode of Cloudspotting, three data experts join podcast hosts Alex and Sai to break down the complex topic of utilizing data in your organization. Show notes: Recommended read - The Unicorn Project by Gene Kim https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/44333183-the-unicorn-project Recommended read - Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn, Keras, and Tensorflow by Aurélien Géron https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/40363665-hands-on-machine-learning-with-scikit-learn-keras-and-tensorflow Recommended read - The Rack We Built: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Creating Company Culture by Lorenzo Gómez https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55681761-the-rack-we-built Special Guests: Ben Morgan-Smith, Mark McQuade, and Nirmal Ranganathan.
38 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 27: It’s Black Friday every day as ecommerce booms
The surge in demand for online goods and services means that many companies are now experiencing Black Friday numbers on their websites every day. Cloudspotting hosts Alex and Sai are joined Wesley Lomax, Larry Hau and Will Parsons, to discuss the ecommerce boom from a technology perspective. Show notes: Our first pod on ecommerce (and first ever pod!) featuring Will Parsons https://cloudspotting.fireside.fm/1 Podcast about SRE/CRE https://cloudspotting.fireside.fm/11 Recommended read - Winning Is Not Enough by Jackie Stewart https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2331618.Winning_Is_Not_Enough Recommended read - Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Handbook: How SRE implements DevOps by Stephen Fleming https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42934361-site-reliability-engineering-sre-handbook Recommended read - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/397483.The_Devil_in_the_White_City Recommended read - Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3228917-outliers Special Guests: Larry Hau, Wesley Lomax, and Will Parsons.
33 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 26: Being authentic and building trust in the machine age
Authenticity enables us to build trust and lays the foundation for quality relationships in the working world. In the latest Cloudspotting episode, Diane Dowdell, Professor of Marketing and Management at St. Mary's University, joins the Cloudspotting team to discuss authenticity and building trust in the machine age. Show notes: Podcast on continuous improvement with Matt Stoyka https://cloudspotting.fireside.fm/17 Recommended read - Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26329.Emotional_Intelligence Recommended read - The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23316526-the-second-machine-age
38 minutes | 10 months ago
25: A day in the life of a Solutions Architect
Solution Architects (SAs) play an major role in solving the most complex modern business challenges. In this episode of Cloudspotting, find out what it means to be a SA, what makes them tick and what attracts them to extremely complex business challenges. Recommended reads: S.U.M.O. (Shut Up, Move On) by Paul McGee https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/205541.SUMOShutUpMoveOn Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11468377-thinking-fast-and-slow Building Microservices by Sam Newman https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22512931-building-microservices Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37976541-bad-blood Special Guests: Markus Schmid and Simon Roberts.
28 minutes | a year ago
24: The future is even more cloudy after COVID
Our podcast hosts Alex and Sai are joined by Jeff DeVerter, Rackspace CTO and host of Cloud Talk, to discuss how the current pandemic has been a catalyst for more cloud adoption and usage. The IT enthusiasts look back and imagine how we would have coped with the current situation even 20 years ago. Listeners are then brought up to the modern day where cloud technology is helping us share vital information, stay connected with friends and family, and adopt a new way of working from home. The conversation then looks to the future and why it's going to be even more cloudy, after a necessity-driven shift from IaaS to SaaS.
38 minutes | a year ago
23: Can security keep up with digital transformation?
For the latest CloudSpotting episode, we recruited Dan Pitman, Principal Security Architect at Alert Logic, to join our timely discussion about security. With everything moving so quickly in tech, the truth is organisations are more vulnerable than ever and attacks are always imminent. In fact, despite all our modern cybersecurity, breach dwell time is higher than ever. Dan explains the importance of enhancing the detection and response process, as a locked door is no longer enough, we need to bring in the guard dogs! Here's some links we mention: Previous security episode with Danny O'Neill: https://soundcloud.com/user-741930142/keepingitreel The MDR Manifesto: https://www.alertlogic.com/docs/the-mdr-manifesto.pdf
28 minutes | a year ago
22: You're not alone. Join our discussion about mental health.
Alex and Sai welcome Anchal Kaushal, Engagement Manager and Mental Health First Aider at Rackspace, on to the podcast. Anchal is a steering member of Rackspace Lavender, a volunteer group with the mission to support mental wellness and physical abilities in the workplace. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us Anchal!
28 minutes | a year ago
21: Not another work from home podcast
In this episode of CloudSpotting, Sai and Alex are joined by our experts in productivity tools and collaboration solutions Jonathan Lui and Nigel Choji. Listen to get tips, quick fixes and practical advice on how to improve your organisation's working from home strategy and how to work from home more effectively.
35 minutes | a year ago
20: VMC on AWS: getting the best of both worlds
We are joined by vExpert, host of OpenTechCast (another great podcast!) and technology enthusiast Ather Beg, who comes to discuss the hot topic of running VMware Cloud on AWS. We delve into the following: What are the benefits and use cases of combining these private and public clouds? How exactly does it all work? How reliable is this solution in terms of availability? Thanks for joining us Ather, and for helping us set new records for acronym usage!
42 minutes | a year ago
19: Personal Development – Are you doing things to make yourself grow?
Sumit Sharma, Solutions Architect and 8 year Racker, joins our podcast hosts Alex and Sai for an episode about personal development. In this episode, Sumit asks some thought-provoking questions. How have you started the new year? Have you stepped out of your comfort zone yet? Are you doing things to make yourself grow? Show notes: Gallup Strengths Finder - https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/252137/home.aspx The Myers & Briggs Foundation - https://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/home.htm?bhcp=1 16 Personalities - https://www.16personalities.com/ Getting Things Done by David Allen - https://gettingthingsdone.com/ & https://www.amazon.co.uk/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-free-Productivity/dp/0349408947
26 minutes | a year ago
18: Special Episode - re:Invent destroyed my pedometer
Our podcast hosts are joined by Kyle Jenner, AWS Architect at Rackspace, and Simon Treacy, Head of UK Specialist Solution Architecture at AWS, for a CloudSpotting re:Invent special. It’s time to reflect on the mega-event: the tech, the talks and the walks (pedometer records were broken). What updates are we most excited about? What do some of these updates mean for the industry and beyond? Tune in to find out.
36 minutes | 2 years ago
17: It's always sunny in California...
and change is always constant. Rackspace’s Chief Relationship Officer Matt Stoyka reveals how businesses need people, processes and technology to work in a harmonious trinity to achieve success. Tune in to hear how cloud is disrupting the way businesses embrace change. His insights include how continuous improvement is the north star for businesses, therefore they should leverage technology at speed to enhance the delivery of great services and products. Show notes: How to use storytelling in change management - https://www.changecorner.com.au/current-news/how-to-use-storytelling-in-change-management How to be a business transformation advocate at your company - https://ceoworld.biz/2019/02/15/how-to-be-a-business-transformation-advocate-at-your-company/ Ensure your change communication strategy first aligns with the external business environment - https://cuttingedgepr.com/free-articles/ensure-your-change-communication-strategy-first-aligns-with-the-external-business-environment/ Book recommendation from Matt: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shoe-Dog-Memoir-Creator-NIKE/dp/1471146707
36 minutes | 2 years ago
16: Back to school - on their Rackspace anniversary grads share their journey
On the anniversary of their first day at Rackspace Will, Sabeeah, Trisha and Yousef share their experience of the journey from uni to a fully certified Solutions Architect. Tune in to learn all about careers and opportunities awaiting you in tech!
28 minutes | 2 years ago
15: Who is paying for the Game of Clouds? - this one is about FinTech
A subtle reference to the most controversial final season ever leads Alex, Sai and their guest Sean Lee, Rackspace Portfolio Architect and Financial Services Expert to a discussion about the history of FinServ industry. Tune in and learn all about new comers to the industry and how tech is helping us manage budgets. The news item mentioned by Sean is available here: https://www.bworldonline.com/banks-and-fintech-the-next-step/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=fintechweeklycom
33 minutes | 2 years ago
14: OnCloud vs ToCloud - who's born in the cloud?
In this episode Sai and Alex are joined by Wilco Noordermeer to talk about Cloud migration trends. Find out if it's easier and better to migrate to cloud or create in the cloud. Show notes items: 1.Cloud native maturity matrix: https://container-solutions.com/cloud-native-maturity-matrix/ Sai mentions Cloud migration trends by Gartner: https://www.zdnet.com/google-amp/article/public-cloud-spending-to-surge-as-companies-start-moving-from-cloud-first-to-cloud-only-says-gartner/
25 minutes | 2 years ago
13: Not so timely on Google Next...
Long overdue, but we are back! On today's episode Alex and Sai host Luke Carter and Rackspace Google Next speaker Tom Bottrill. Interested in our view on Google's announcement on GKE and AI&ML? Tune in! You can also find us on Twitter @SpottingClouds and at go.rackspace.com/CloudSpotting
35 minutes | 2 years ago
12: Diving into WAF and on ways to prevent DDoS
Second of the series with Tomasz Ziolkowski. This time the gang dives into Web Application Firewall and discusses the business impact of DDoS.
41 minutes | 2 years ago
11: Some people just talk too much about SRE/CRE
In this episode Sai and Alex are joined by our Google Specialist Architects Welby McRoberts and Luke Carter who go through the ever so interesting concept of SRE/CRE. Learn how companies manage user expectations, predict the outages and secure service reputation. Resources mentioned on the show can be found here: Seeking SRE:http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920063964.do Site Reliability Engineering: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920041528.do The Site Reliability Work Book and Site Reliability Engineering: https://landing.google.com/sre/books/ SRE vs Devops: https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/gcp/sre-vs-devops-competing-standards-or-close-friends
35 minutes | 2 years ago
10: What Cloud?! - A portfolio architect's viewpoint.
Welcome to season 2 of CloudSpotting! In the first episode of 2019, Sai and Alex speak to Mark Folsy Folson and Kevin Kennedy aka KK; Rackspace Portfolio Architects about choosing the right Cloud. Tune in to learn more about different clouds, differences between PaaS and IaaS and find out what approach to take when deciding if and where to move your workloads.
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