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Conversations with Tech Experts
55 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Best Of Season 1
For our final episode of season one - we've compiled a few of our favorite clips from the past year (wow it's been a year since we started this thing). Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal are joined by show producer Mason Brown to discuss their favorite takeaways from Season 1 and how the podcast evolved over the year.
69 minutes | May 13, 2021
EP. 25 - The Most Critical Factor For IT Growth - with Jonathan Cutrell from DeveloperTea
This week's episode of Conversations with Tech Experts features Jonathan Cutrell, Director of Technology at PBS and host of the DeveloperTea podcast. Jonathan joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss the pursuit of knowledge and the importance of learning within a community. They start the show with Randy and Thomas asking Jonathan his opinion on the best way to showcase the community aspects of Experts Exchange. Then, Jonathan gives a rundown of his career - which includes starting one of the top tech podcasts - "DeveloperTea," and working his way from web designer to the Director of Technology at PBS. They then dive into why having a strong community around you is vital to a prosperous technology career. Jonathan then tells us why a certain type of AI is the next big thing in tech - and finishes with his Big Idea: zooming out your perspective.
39 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
EP. 24 - How IT Pros Are Developing Their Careers Faster
This week's episode of Conversations with Tech Experts features Stuart Scott, AWS Content & Security Lead and Certified Expert. Stuart joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss how online learning is changing the way IT Professionals are advancing their careers. They begin by diving into how Stuart started his AWS Career - and how Stuart has developed over 100 different AWS courses in 4 years. Stuart breaks down his process for generating AWS content & talks about how the Experts Exchange community helps him gather ideas for future course creation. They also discuss why it's so important for IT pros to explore emerging technologies. The show finishes with Stuart's opinions on the future of online learning.
48 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
EP. 23 - How to Lead an IT Team
This week's episode of Conversations with Tech Experts features Philip Elder, Senior Technical Architect and Certified Expert. Philip joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss the best ways to lead a team of IT professionals. The conversation begins with an introduction to Philip's IT journey and his life in Canada. He discusses how his commitment to on-premises Microsoft solutions has ended up paying off - and how the hybrid cloud can serve small businesses. Philip expresses admiration for DuckDuckGo and how it's revolutionizing the way we search the internet. He shares the primary reason he enjoys leading IT teams - "Imparting Knowledge" - and then dives into best practices he's found for managing groups of highly intelligent employees. Philip's advice to IT leaders: invest in your people.
34 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
EP. 22 - How Technology Professionals Are Saving Lives
This week's episode of Conversations with Tech Experts features Anthony Marinos, Head of Business Development for charity: water. Anthony joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss charity: water's mission and how Experts Exchange is partnering with charity: water to help bring clean water to the developing world. Anthony begins the show by introducing charity: water and their mission to end the global water crisis. They move on to discuss how the contributions of the Experts Exchange community are funding an entire water project in Malawi. Anthony also dives into charity: water's first-of-its-kind sensor technology that's helping the organization monitor the status of water pumps in rural areas. They finish the show with Anthony's big idea - he shares how we can completely end the global water crisis in the next 10-15 years.
39 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
EP. 21 - How IT Experts Give Back
This week's episode of Conversations with Tech Experts features Jim Dettman, Experts Exchange Fellow and President of Online Computer Services of WNY. Jim joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss how a tech expert can give back to their community. They start the show by revisiting Randy and Jim's trip to ride motorcycles in Pismo Dunes, California. Jim goes on to tell us how giving back to the tech community is something he learned at an early age, and how important it can be to pay it forward. He also dives into his "no one is an expert at everything" mentality toward giving back. Jim tells the crew what it takes to maintain Microsoft MVP status, and gives his advice to young professionals trying to grow their careers. He finishes with his big idea: always keep learning.
37 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
EP. 20 - The Future of Sharing Knowledge
This week's episode of Conversations with Tech Experts features Chris Stanyon, Web Developer and Experts Exchange Most Valuable Expert. Chris joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss the different ways he believes the tech community will change the way they share their knowledge. The episode starts with Chris introducing himself and his career journey. He tells Randy and Thomas about his life outside of technology, which includes being a mountain bike instructor. Chris moves on to talk about why he believes sharing knowledge is fundamental to the human race. He gives his prediction for the evolution of work and knowledge sharing, but admits that even though the future is bright there is no way to know what's coming.
59 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
EP. 19 - Buzz Words: IT Author and Beekeeper Andrew Hancock
This week's episode of Conversations with Tech Experts features Andrew Hancock, VMware vExpert and Experts Exchange Author of the Year. Andrew joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss the benefits of becoming an IT author and update the world on the status of his bees. They start by catching up with Andrew about life in England in 2021 and Andrew talks Randy & Thomas through the process of winter beekeeping. Next, Randy and Thomas pick Andrew's brain about why it's so beneficial for IT professionals to learn to write well. Andrew finishes with his thoughts on how the perception of data privacy affects the way we create and distribute content.
42 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
EP. 18 - What Makes an Award Winner
Check out this week's episode of Conversations with Tech Experts, which features Randy Redberg, CEO of Experts Exchange. Randy joins Experts Exchange Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss the history and driving forces behind the Expert Awards. Randy and Thomas take a more relaxed and conversational approach to this episode, reflecting on their reasons for starting the podcast, as well as looking to the future. Randy talks about the evolution of Expert Awards over the years and how he believes each year is better than the last. Later, they get into the mental makeup of award winners and Randy shares what he believes sets them apart from others in their field. They finish by discussing ways that young professionals can replicate the success of these award winners.
37 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
EP. 17 - How Julian Hansen Became the 2020 Experts Exchange Fellow
Check out this week's episode of Conversations with Tech Experts, which features Julian Hansen, Owner of Marcorp IT Professionals and 2020 Experts Exchange Fellow Award winner. Julian joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss his journey to IT expertise and how he grew on Experts Exchange. Julian begins by telling the story of his IT journey and how he has always treated difficult times as learning experiences. They then discuss Julian's commitment to Experts Exchange - and how it came to serve as the "office water cooler" for his work from home situation over the years. Julian talks about how he has enjoyed watching Experts Exchange members grow into highly skilled professionals over the years. The group finishes the conversation talking about trust, which Julian believes is the most valuable commodity in the ever-evolving online world we live in.
27 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
EP. 16 - Proving Your Worth in IT
Check out this week's episode of Conversations with Tech Experts, which features Sam Jacobs, Director of Technology Development at IPM & Citrix Technology Professional. Sam joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss how IT professionals can prove their worth and showcase their skills. The group begins with Sam's journey through the IT industry, and how he began immersing himself in the world of Experts Exchange. They go on to discuss how there is no better way to showcase your knowledge than with a badge. Sam, a graduate of NYU, continues on to say that he believes certifications and experience are important than a college degree once someone has been out of school for a few years. He finishes by talking about why Experts Exchange is a great tool for continuing education and gaining experience.
34 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
EP. 15 - Telling Your Digital Story with Credly
Check out this week's episode of Conversations with Tech Experts, which features Pete Janzow, VP of Business Development at Credly. Pete joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss how the modern professional can tell the story of their career with digital credentials. They begin with Pete's own career story and his mission to help professionals prove their worth. The group dives into how difficult it can be to talk about yourself as an IT professional and why digital credentials can help bridge that gap in a data-driven world. Later, they discuss the future of work and how we're becoming a nation of freelancers. Pete talks about how hiring managers analyze the behavioral pattern of someone with a lot of badges. He says that it shows that an individual is continuing to learn and grow on their own.
47 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
EP. 14 - A Simpler Way to Succeed in IT
Today's podcast features DJ Eshelman, President of Thrive IT. DJ is the author of "Just Do THIS: A Simpler Way to Succeed in IT" and "Be A Citrix Hero." DJ joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss his 20-year journey in IT and how it led him to create his simple methodology to help IT teams succeed. The group starts by discussing how DJ graduated with a degree in psychology and didn’t find his way back to tech until he joined a company in Iowa to help with their Y2K switch. DJ talks about his journey as a recording artist in college and how he channels his creativity. They go on to talk about DJ’s pledge to take risks in 2020, which resulted in him self-publishing two books and his own methodology. DJ breaks down how to implement a complex methodology - and even what IT professionals can learn from the Pittsburgh Steelers. They dive into how someone can choose a mentor or be a mentor -- and the difference between having a friend and a mentor. He finishes with his Big Idea by telling us that it’s essential to work with a purpose and that if your job is “just a job,” you should explore why you feel that way.
46 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
EP. 13 - The 15-Year-Old Moderator
Today’s podcast features Matt Huxtable, Lead Site Reliability Engineer at Ziglu. Matt has been a Certified Expert on Experts Exchange for over a decade, and first became a moderator at the age of 15. Matt joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss how EE became the foundation for his technology expertise. They begin by talking about Matt’s lifelong journey as a technologist, beginning with how he signed up for EE more than half of his life ago. Matt talks about how the psychology of the intersection between humans and technology system is what fuels his interest in his work. The group moves on to discuss how Matt built his technology knowledge by solving his own problems and helping other people solve their problems on EE.They round out the discussion with a conversation about how learning will evolve post-pandemic. Matt, Cambridge graduate, shares why he thinks real-world experience can be just as vital as knowledge gained in a classroom.
40 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
EP. 12 - Dairy Farms to Databases: Community’s Hand in Technology
Today’s podcast features Cara Snow, the Technology Association of Oregon’s (TAO) Chief Community Engagement Officer and Chief of Staff. Cara joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss her mission to use technology to uplift local organizations." The conversation begins with a discussion about Cara’s time at the Technology Association of Georgia and how she worked to highlight the tech community’s diversity in Georgia. They continue to discuss her work at TAO, and how she’s connecting tech professionals to jobs where they can thrive. Cara tells the story of how database technologies are revolutionizing the way dairy farmers work. According to her, technology is shifting from an industry to a baseline requirement for all businesses. Cara wraps up the conversation with her big idea: Tech can save the world, but it can’t do it alone.
55 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
EP. 11 - How A Love for Technology Inspired a Lifelong Friendship
In this episode, Randy and Thomas are joined by Sean Stuber and Steve Light. Sean is Database Developer & Administrator, specializing in Oracle Database. Steve is an Information Technology Specialist, and his area of expertise is Query Syntax and Oracle Database. Sean and Steve both describe their career journeys and tell us why they believe Databases are so interesting. The group digs into Sean and Steve's lives outside of technology, including Sean's experience in the world of martial arts. They also discuss their experiences at the Experts Exchange Core Conference, and what it was like meeting each other in person after communicating online for years. Sean and Steve also go into depth about how Experts Exchange is such a great tool for continuing education, and how answering questions is one of the best ways to learn new things.
32 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
EP. 10 - Empowering Women in Technology
In today's episode, we feature Kesha Williams, AWS hero and training architect at A Cloud Guru. The crew begins the podcast by diving into Kesha's journey through tech, beginning with her introduction to coding as a child. They discuss her progression to java developer, and how her career eventually led her to working with machine learning and AWS. Kesha talks about her latest project in machine learning, a pre-crime prediction model that is inspired by the film 'Minority Report.' They continue on to discuss why it feels like there is a communication breakdown with young people and computer science, and how you don't need to be a math genius to be a good coder. The show finishes up with Kesha introducing Colors of STEM, an organization she founded to help give young girls role models in STEM careers.
52 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
EP. 9 - From Plumber to Cloud DevOps Engineer
Daniel Singletary is a plumber from the Metro Atlanta area who has recently jumped head first into the realm of Information Technology. In this episode, Randy and Thomas dive into what motivated Daniel to make a such a rare career jump. The trio also discusses why it isn't common for people to cross over to IT from any field, and how that could change in the future. Randy shares his story about how being a welder early in life pushed him to pursue other career options, and discusses with Daniel why working manual labor can be so helpful later on in life. Later, Daniel delves into why he chose to work with AWS and Python, how deals with imposter syndrome, and his goals for the future.
47 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
EP. 8 - A Gamer's Journey in IT
James Bunch is a Systems Engineer for CNR Technologies in the Metro Atlanta area, and is experienced in IT Administration, Networking, and Desktops. In this episode, Thomas and Randy dive into James' journey from IT novice to certified expert in his field. Before delving into his IT experience, James gives Randy and Thomas a rundown of the ins and outs of pro gaming and Twitch streaming. Later, he explains how his passion for gaming and tinkering with computers led to his pursuit of a career in IT. He explains how in lieu of a more traditional approach, he turned to Experts Exchange for his tech education. The group goes on to discuss how the true benefit of Experts Exchange isn't simply solutions, but a full community experience.
46 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
EP. 7 - Cyber Threat Intelligence – A Partner in Risk Management
Muneeb Imran Shaikh is a Senior Information Security Consultant based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Muneeb has over 12 years of experience in Incident Response and Investigation, Data Security, Compliance and Risk Management, Data Solutions, and Privacy Protection. When he’s not working, he enjoys watching cricket or reading about human behavior and the importance of empathy.In this podcast episode, Thomas and Randy sit down with Muneeb to discuss everything from defining security posture, to Muneeb's favorite cricket teams. The crew breaks down major challenges that security leadership can face on a day-to-day basis, and then discusses how to mitigate that risk. Later, Muneeb breaks down how to understand the value of the assets in your company that could be at risk, and the potential threat and fallout of a cyber attack on our financial systems.
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