The Democratization of Tech with Tim Banks
Tim Banks is a technical account manager at Mission Cloud, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner. Tim brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, having worked as a technical account manager at AWS, a site reliability engineer at Elastic, a DevOps engineer at ObjectRocket, a senior database administrator at TEKsystems, and a LAMP systems architect at Charles Schwab, among other positions. Prior to launching a career in tech, Tim enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a musician before being reassigned to avionics.
Join Corey and Tim as they discuss what a technical account manager does, how not all TAMs are the same and why that might be, how small businesses are more able to do the things they think are right compared to large businesses, how tech has come a long way with respect to diversity and inclusion over the last 20 years and how there’s still a long way to go, what the tech industry means for Tim’s legacy, why it’s important to have compassion, how we can iterate our personalities much like our software, the importance of action against racism and bigotry, and more.
Using the Cloud to Preserve the Future with Alex Chan
Alex is a software developer at Wellcome Collection, a museum in London that explores the history of human health and medicine. Their role primarily focuses on preservation and building systems to store the museum’s digital archive. Alex also helps run the annual PyCon UK conference, with a particular interest in the event’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Join Corey and Alex as they discuss how Alex built a calculator using DynamoDB, the role Corey played in inspiring Alex to do that, what Corey means when he calls someone a “code terrorist,” the features that are packed into Alex’s calculator, why Corey thinks the Wellcome Collection would be a great acquisition for AWS, why the museum always likes to keep two copies of things, how Glacier Deep Archive is great for long-term storage, the challenges museums face in the 21st century vs. the challenges they faced in the 18th century, what it’s like to digitize Betamax, VHS, and CD-ROMs, how to find items in a vast digital archive, and more.
Just Because You’re in the Cloud Doesn’t Mean You’re Netflix with Jason McKay
Jason McKay is the CTO/SVP at Logicworks, a provider of cloud migration and managed cloud services for AWS and Azure customers. After stints in technical support and system administration, he joined Logicworks in 2006 as a senior engineer and moved through the ranks there, ascending to director of engineering and VP of engineering before assuming his current role.
Join Corey and Jason as they discuss Jason’s impressive career trajectory, what exactly a managed service provider does, how Logicworks is different than the run-of-the-mill MSP, how Jason believes MSPs should work as the R&D arm of their clients, what to look for in an MSP that you might actually want to work with, how there aren’t really any public cloud-to-public cloud migrations but there are customers running in multiple clouds, how one of Logicworks’ apps that runs on AWS and Azure is architected, how much that extra nine of uptime costs, what a terrible client for Logicworks looks like, and more.
Accelerating AWS Adoption in Africa with Veliswa Boya
Veliswa Boya is a twice-certified AWS Cloud Engineer and an AWS Community Hero who’s currently working as a cloud migration specialist at a financial services company headquartered in South Africa. She brings more than two decades worth of tech experience to the role, having served as a software developer at a number of different financial services companies over the years.
Join Corey and Veliswa as they discuss what being an AWS Community Hero means to Veliswa, what the process of becoming a Community Hero was like, why Veliswa thinks cloud adoption in Africa is on the rise, how being named a Community Hero has enabled Veliswa to meet all kinds of incredible people throughout Africa, what the emergence of the Cape Town region means for developers in Africa, why Veliswa feels more overwhelmed with AWS today than when she started learning it three years ago, Veliswa’s tips for getting familiar with AWS, and more.
How to Conduct 470 Interviews in 365 Days with Stuart Miniman
Stuart Miniman is a senior analyst, co-host of theCUBE, and general manager of content at SiliconANGLE and theCUBE, an online media company based in Palo Alto, with offices in Massachusetts, too. He’s also a principal research contributor at Wikibon and an advisor at TechReckoning, an independent community of enterprise technology professionals. Prior to these roles, Stuart worked as a technologist in the corporate CTO office at Dell EMC and an account executive at Lucent Technologies.
Join Corey and Stu as they discuss theCUBE and what Stu’s role is there, how the company was forced to transition from physical events to online interviews due to COVID-19, what Stu looks for when he books guests, why technology practitioners shouldn’t always be mesmerized by the latest shiny thing, how Stu ended up becoming an analyst in the first place, how lots of companies don’t actually use phrases like “hybrid cloud” and “multi-cloud” to talk about their own infrastructure, the top reason companies run Kubernetes, Stu’s secrets for conducting great interviews, how there’s always more stuff to pay attention to in tech than anyone can keep up with, and more.
The Future of Education with Angela Andrews
Angela Andrews is a solutions architect at Red Hat and a teaching assistant at The University of Pennsylvania Cybersecurity Bootcamp. She’s also an AWS Certified Solutions Architect and an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner. Angela brings 20 years of IT experience to her current roles, having previously served as a system admin at Swarthmore College, a systems admin at The University of the Arts, and a network admin at Stonemor Partners.
Join Corey and Angela as they discuss Angela’s transition from a system admin in higher ed to a solutions architect for a software company, one of the main reasons Angela stayed in higher ed for 15 years, how COVID-19 is disrupting education and why that’s a good thing, how the current college model is broken for many and why that needs to change, how Twitter is a great platform for learning in public, why Angela thinks everyone should go to re:Invent at least once in their lives (whenever it returns), and more.
Bespoke Cloud Contract Negotiation with Spencer Viernes
Spencer Viernes is the founder and managing member of Viernes ESQ, which provides general counsel services on digital infrastructure issues. He’s also the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer at Virtual Power Systems, which helps data center and cloud providers optimize power capacity, and a co-founder and partner of Salt Lake City Partners LLC, a growth firm specializing in e-commerce enterprises. Before these roles, Spencer was eBay’s chief counsel of mission-critical infrastructure and real estate.
Join Corey and Spencer as they discuss what it’s like to negotiate cloud contracts, how large organizations have much more leverage than startups in this arena, why numbers are the only thing that matter at the end of the day, how the cloud industry differs from the commercial real estate industry, how the cloud is pay-for-what-you-use but most people don’t turn things off, how COVID-19 has impacted cloud contract negotiation, Spencer’s advice on how to prepare for a cloud contract negotiation, signs it might be time to engage with an attorney during contract negotiations, and more.
The Gravitational Pull of Simplicity with Ev Kontsevoy
Ev Kontsevoy is the co-founder and CEO of Gravitational, a company that builds open source tools to help developers securely deliver cloud-native apps to restricted and regulated environments. Ev has more than two decades of experience in tech. Over the years, he’s worked as the director of product and strategy at Rackspace, a lead engineer at GE Security, and a software engineer at National Instruments. He also co-founded Mailgun, an API-based email delivery service acquired by Rackspace.
Join Corey and Ev as they talk about how Gravitational helps developers secure production environments and deploy apps anywhere in the world, how engineers tend to be able to access systems from companies they no longer work for, the semantics of the cloud and how some definitions are still fluid, how open source products are sometimes unpolished and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing, what it was like when Mailgun was acquired by Rackspace, how Gravitational is bringing simplicity back to software development, why Ev’s ideal version of any software product is “unmanaged,” and more.