28 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Make Riding a Priority!
You may have saw Priority Bicycles featured in the latest Microsoft Teams ad campaign. In this episode of the Tech Impostors, we talk with Dave Weiner, founder of Priority about how they are using Microsoft Teams to not only keep afloat during the challenging Covid times, but also to excel and take their company to a new level. They say once you learn to ride a bike, you never forget and once you hear the inspiring story of Priority Bicycles, we think you won't forget their story either!
35 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
In this episode, we revisit some past mistakes, talk about talking to the dead, and discuss which Office 365 features that, if they were no longer with us, would we miss them? We also do our usual updates and announcements of things you need to know (including a new Ignite!) and introduce a special new segment about looking back exactly 1 year ago to see how far we've come. Also, don't miss our teaser on a very special interview coming up. Show resources: After You Die, Microsoft Wants to Resurrect You as a Chatbot Microsoft Teams Roadmap: Prompt to set Meeting Options for Large Teams Meetings in Outlook for Windows OneDrive: 250 GB file size support in M365
37 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
In this episode Jeremy and Matt talk about how Microsoft continued their virtual conference dominance with CES, debate a recent TechTarget article about Teams feature release cycles, and talk a little about the history of Dry January.
57 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Double and a Half
Whew! What a year it has been! The Tech Impostors are back with their obligatory "End of Year Wrap-up/New Year Predictions" show, although this one is probably a lot different than the other shows you may have heard. For starters, while discussing how strange Matt’s dreams have become stranger through this very strange year, we learn that those strange visions may not have been alcohol induced after all. We also learn that, as many of us can relate, remotely supporting Android tablets for your parents is not easy and is something you would not wish upon your worst enemies. Jeremy spent too much time on this over the holiday break, earning his Tech Impostor credits for the year. Before we dive into some of last year’s highlights, we stumble upon a new and interesting way to describe a certain number of things. You’ll have to listen to find out what that is! Moving on, we reminisce about how the service and product announcements and updates, as well as their actual release and implementation cycles (much less their actual impact on users and productivity) didn’t always go as planned. Living in a partly cloudy world of uncertainty, fast-moving business requirements, and grandiose sounding product enhancement announcements is tough, but the Impostors are here to help you get through it! We finish off the episode (and this year) with a toast to better days ahead and share some special holiday beverages to fuel us up for the challenges to come. Happy New Year from the Tech Impostors!
63 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
The Tech Impostors are back this time with another special guest, this time with Bryan Greenaway, Sr. Applications Engineer with the Chicago Bears! What is that you say? How does an NFL Football Team use Teams? While technology probably isn't the first word that comes to mind when you think about a football team, we find out and confirm that just about every organization on the planet is achieving more these days with technology. Either by design or by necessity, we are all doing things differently. Case in point - the 2020 NFL Draft. The NFL had to scramble and transform this huge and highly visible in-person event into a seamless virtual experience and everyone involved had to get up to speed very quickly. Teams proved to be a great platform for this high-profile event for a multi-billion-dollar industry and people like Brian, working in the trenches at each NFL team, helped make that possible. Additionally, again as with almost every organization in every industry, the day-to-day work and processes have been transformed. Brian shares some stories of that journey for the Bears with various business processes and the nearly 200 Power Platform solutions they've spun up to date, as well as introducing other technologies around Intune and AutoPilot. We commiserate with Brian on that journey, knowing that it is really just getting started for many of us. As usual, as we talk, we're enjoying some refreshing beverages. It was kind of like we were tailgating before the big game!
55 minutes | Oct 17, 2020
The Tech Impostors, just like everyone else these days, know how challenging work has become. The demands are crazy and we all feel the pressure. But what if it was up to you to keep a vital work event and tradition alive that had been going on for more than a century? What if, because of Covid-19, that event was in danger of becoming just a memory and missed opportunity for your organization? You step up! That is what you do! Or, you don’t mention anything about that historical significance to the event team (because, who needs that pressure!) and you just trust that they will come through. That is what our guests Joe Gasper and Dewayne Hyatt from the University of Florida did. Using Teams to create a premier virtual nation-wide conference for thousands of people, they tell us how they pulled this off for the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA). In this episode, Jeremy (@millh0use) and Matt (@thevarnish) learn about their successes and the lessons they learned. We also knock back a few beverages with our awesome guests and find out that “Florida Man” doesn’t apply to everyone in Florida after all (thankfully).
61 minutes | Sep 19, 2020
The Tech Impostors are back and are finally getting down to the heart of what really matters - Bourbon! Jeremy (@millh0use) and Matt (@thevarnish) are joined by a special guest Matt Bishop, IT Manager from Four Roses Distillery and we learn more about our two favorite things: Technology and Beverages. After a brief story about how Jeremy nearly burns down his house and neighborhood, we get right into a super fascinating discussion with our guest on how Four Roses Bourbon is leveraging the services in M365 to maximize their business. Who knew that distilleries used this kind of technology? It really shouldn't come as a surprise, but it turns out Four Roses does and is doing it really well! We learn that, thanks to Matt and his team in the IT department, Four Roses was already on a solid path to digitally transform their operations before COVID-19 and since then, they have been able to pivot quickly and respond and grow to meet the demands. (Spoiler alert: the demand for bourbon and other beverages has only increased of over the past 6 months, thanks to the stresses of this "new normal"). From Machine Learning apps in Azure, to the ATP and other security features in M365, to just a better handle on communications and collaboration through Teams, Four Roses is nailing it! Tasting Notes for Four Roses Distillery: Four Roses Distillery Appearance: Small but mighty, with a broad application of M365 Services in play Aroma: Balance of subtle fruit and spices, with a lingering sense of optimism and adventure. Positioned to succeed in the future. Taste: Crisp fruit, caramel, vibrant spice. Inventive and pushing the boundaries of what a traditional distillery does, while keeping a sharp eye on security and operations. Finish: Mellow, long and pleasant. This historic distillery will not only endure, it will thrive with an embrace of powerful cloud technologies.
42 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
You want to do what? With a laser what? The Impostors are back talking about all things Teams, tech, and totally trivial. After a brief run in with what may or may not have been a militia, Jeremy found out that going out for a drink is more dangerous than ever. Then, we find out the skinny on how you can virtually attend an NBA game and, if you are lucky, sit two seats away from Shaq! Teams meetings are providing a great new virtual experience for fans who miss sports. The technology just works and people are just using it! But be aware - some features may not be a part of your licensing! The Impostors look at the Advanced Communications Add-On for Teams and has a little heartburn on the costs and the murky communications about what is included and what is an add-on cost. And don't get us started with nagifications! We settle back down with our usual focus on some interesting beverages and learn that if you try to buy some of these limited release beers, you may get mustered out. Matt goes off the rails with one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer but manages to not sing (and there was much rejoicing). Still, things got a little awkward when the Impostors started talking about branding trinkets.
46 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Double Digits, Double the Teams Announcements, Double the FUN! The Impostors continue their quest to talk about the massive list of recently announced updates to Teams and how those might impact the work we all do. With our 10th show, we run down Teams for your personal life, account switching, suggested replies, the reflect message extension, and some of the forthcoming devices for Teams. There are a lot of unknowns associated with some of these since they may not yet be released, but we let our imaginations run a little wild and rely on our experiences to envision how these new features will work in our day-to-day work lives. We're getting pretty good at this! Know what else we're getting better at? Podcasting! Know what else we were already good at? Having beverages. We share some of what we're having, including a key-lime hazy ale and an old standby IPA. We also discover that when you put stuff in French bottles, the cost goes WAY up!
47 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
A Monster Teams Update
The Impostors are back with a monster of a show as we highlight a slew of recent or upcoming updates to Microsoft Teams. After a brief discussion of ongoing plumbing projects, we dive into how we see these latest updates impacting business and organizations in the future. As a bonus, Jeremy continues his fascination with all things peanut butter and Matt wrestles with a double monster.
54 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Episode 08: Fail Whale
After the wild success of the Tech Impostors brief yet amazing rap career, Matt & Jeremy talk about tools, having the right tools, updates to Office 365 tools, & failures that can happen when trying to deploy use old tools or implement new ones. They talk about some of the more impactful updates coming to Teams, SharePoint, & more. They also review some of their latest beverages - a beer that is no longer in production & a cocktail twist on a pickle back. Settle in for a special XL episode of Tech Impostors!
42 minutes | May 22, 2020
Episode 07: Drop The Beat
What do virtual graduations, Minecraft, the Kentucky Derby, and Tupac Shakur have in common? Not much, except they are all topics in the latest Tech Impostors. Hang around long enough and you might be able to imagine what it would be like to hear what a rap album by the gang would sound like.
44 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Episode 06: The New Normal
In episode 5, Matt & Jeremy discuss what life and work may be like after the current period of self-isolation is over. While nobody is really sure, there is one thing for certain: we will all be pretty sick of virtual conferences and meetings. When the talk moves to brighter things (like beer and booze), Matt makes it weird when he reveals his beverage choice for the evening.
44 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Episode 05: One Shining Moment
In ep05 Matt & Jeremy get Teams-bombed by their friend Amy & the three quickly commiserate about the lack of an NCAA Basketball Tourney this year. The Impostors decide to create their own bracket & enter the top 8 Teams User Voice requests in the tourney. There were some upsets along the way but a champion was crowned. Listen to the play by play & cheer on your favorite team...err...potential new feature! Also we learn how awesome Italian mayors can be when properly motivated.
40 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
Episode 04: We're Going Viral
In episode 4 Matt & Jeremy talk about Microsoft Teams, Zoom, & recent outages as online services struggle under the massive load of the world being #SuddenlyRemote. Safely at home, they learn about new ways people are using technology to entertain themselves in isolation and are dreaming of the days when a haircut becomes possible again. Jeremy has an "OH NO!" moment and nearly costs us our family-friendly ratings format. Matt forgets to mention a lot of stuff.
40 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Episode 03: I Need A Double
A week after talking hypothetical Coronvirus scenarios, the Impostors find themselves feeling like they've predicted the future...and not in a good way. Matt & Jeremy talk about working from home, their top WFH tip to consider, and how the tech tools play a part. It's a much more somber episode than the weirdness we've shown so far but it's a different time.
33 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
Episode 02: The Dukes of Hazard
The Tech Impostors come to you from Hazard, KY after visiting a local college to see the technology at their new Advanced Manufacturing facility. They discuss the virtualization of MVP Summit & share thoughts on using Teams for remote work, debate the newly announced Org-Wide Team auto creation for new tenants, talk about soon to be retiring Azure VM types, & learn about sliced mayo...much to the disgust of Jeremy. Tweet comments/questions to the Impostors @millh0use or @thevarnish!
27 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Episode 01: Show Yo What?!?
The Tech Impostors provide updates on Microsoft news surrounding Microsoft Search in Bing for Office Pro Plus customers, coming changes to LDAP, preview the new Office app that was announced at MSIgnite, and talk about a new service from a company called SafeDM. All of the hijinx and "expert" commentary brought to you while enjoying craft beers from Goose Island (Chicago, IL) and Mirror Twin Brewing (Lexington, KY).
4 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
Episode 00: The One Where We Introduce Ourselves
In the first ever episode of the Tech Impostors Podcast, Matt and Jeremy introduce themselves and the concept of the show. Follow along and add to the discussion on Twitter @thevarnish (Matt) and @millh0use (Jeremy), or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.