Analyzing Analysts with James Governor
James Governor is the co-founder of RedMonk, the developer-focused analyst firm. He’s also the managing director of Shoreditch Works, a coworking business that doubles as an event space. Previously, James worked as a deputy editor for InformationWeek UK. He lives in London.
Join Corey and James as they discuss how RedMonk is different from traditional analyst firms, how Corey and James met and how James credentialed Corey as a bona fide industry analyst on Twitter, how anyone can be an analyst in theory, the mindset required to give advice as an analyst, what attracted James to becoming an analyst in the first place, why RedMonk focuses on the qualitative instead of the quantitative, why James believe the two biggest defining forces in culture are outrage and confirmation bias, and more.
11 Job Titles in 8 Years at 1 Company with Sean Kilgore
Sean Kilgore is a senior principal engineer/architect at Twilio. Sean brings more than two decades worth of tech experience to this role. Previously, he worked as a principal engineer II/operations architect at SendGrid (which was acquired by Twilio), an operations engineer at Beachhead Studio, and an associate system administrator at Blizzard Entertainment, among other positions.
Join Corey and Sean as they talk about becoming a manager and underestimating the emotional outlay that's needed to manage humans effectively, the difference between engineers and architects and what it's like to influence without authority, what the transition was like after Twilio purchased SendGrid, what it's like to have 11 job titles in eight years at one company, how staying at the same company for too long often results in underpaid employees but how Twilio has shattered that mold, how you can tell a lot about a company by the way they buy their people, and more.
Innovations and the Changing DevOps Tides of Tech with Nigel Kersten
This week Nigel Kersten, Field CTO at Puppet, joins Corey to talk about their respective companies relationship and what all it entails. They rehash Corey’s time spent as a traveling contract trainer for Puppet and the ins and outs of that time. To include the challenges of describing what exactly Puppet is and how it works to clients. They also dive into the differences between then and now on DevOps, and tech at large.
In short, Puppet is a DSL (domain specific language). Nigel and Corey divulge the details on what that is, how it works, and how to translate it over to a larger, not so technical, world. They also reflect on how Docker handed over the keys and some of the attachments we have to a techno-social system. Nigel speaks on the innovations that have changed along the way and the impact they’ve had in the industry. Especially those that have a tendency to cling to “legacy.”
All Along the Shoreline.io of Automation with Anurag Gupta
This week Corey is joined by Anurag Gupta, founder and CEO of Shoreline.io. Anurag guides us through the large variety of services he helped launch to include RDS, Aurora, EMR, Redshift and other. The result? Running things almost like a start-up—but with some distinct differences.
Eventually Anurag ended up back in the testy waters of start-ups. He and Corey discuss the nature of that transition to get back to solving holistic problems, tapping into conveying those stories, and what Anurag was able to bring to his team at Shoreline.io where automation is king. Anurag goes into the details of what Shoreline is and what they do. Stay tuned for me.
Keep on Rockin’ in the Server-Free World
Michael Garski is the director of software engineering at Fender, the famed electrical guitar manufacturer. Prior to this position, he worked as a principal software architect at Viant, a principal software architect at MySpace, a manager of internet development at Countrywide Financial, and a manager of system architecture at Fandango, among other positions. He also had a four-year stint in the US Navy, working as an engineering laboratory technician.
Join Corey and Michael as they talk about how artists are angels and Fender’s job is to give them wings, how Fender has diversified its offerings in recent years, how serverless is a mindset and how Fender approach serverless technology, how Fender’s traffic surged during the pandemic and how everything mostly scaled up without a hitch, the challenges of teaching students to play instruments over the internet, the vendor lock-in boogeyman, and more.
Network Agility for the Cloud Era with Alkira
Rasam Tooloee is a Cloud Network Evangelist at Alkira, Inc., a company that’s working on reinventing networking for the cloud era. Previously, he was an enterprise sales director at Microsoft, a senior strategic account executive at Salesforce, and an IP telephony architect for RHI Inc. He also had a 10-year stint at Cisco, working as a networking and collaboration sales specialist.
Join Corey and Rasam to chat about how networking has changed over the last several years. They discuss what it was like for Rasam to work for Alkira and the solutions they’ve brought to the technology space. Rasam’s circuitous route that he’s taken over his career led him back to networking and thus his work at Alkira. A route that is the result of chasing the leading edge of innovation and how agility is the native value proposition of the cloud. They also discuss how Alkira is recognizing cloud is a competitive imperative and companies need to find solutions in that space.
Chaos Engineering for Gremlins with Jason Yee
Jason Yee is the director of advocacy at Gremlin, an enterprise-grade chaos engineering platform. Prior to this role, he worked as a senior technical evangelist at Datadog, a community manager for ops, performance and security at O’Reilly Media, a software engineer at MongoDB, and a senior developer at OpenSourcery, among other positions.
Join Corey and Jason as they talk about what Gremlin is and what a director of advocacy does, making chaos engineering more accessible for the masses, how it’s hard to calculate ROI for developer advocates, how developer advocacy and DevRel changes from one company to the next, why developer advocates need to focus on meaningful connections, why you should start chaos engineering as a mental game, qualities to look for in good developer advocates, the Break Things On Purpose podcast, and more.
Memes, Streams & Software with Cassidy Williams
Cassidy Williams is the principal developer experience engineer at Netlify, an advisor at Polywork, and the co-founder and chief product officer of Cosynd, Inc. Prior to these positions, she worked as an instructor and senior engineer at React Training, director of outreach at cKeys, a senior software engineer at CodePen, head of developer voice programs at Amazon, and a software engineer at Venmo, among other positions.