Becoming a RedMonk with Stephen O’Grady
Stephen O’Grady is a cofounder of RedMonk, the open source industry analyst firm, and he works as a principal analyst there. Prior to joining RedMonk in November 2002, Stephen held several different analyst and consultant positions at companies like Illuminata, Blue Hammock, DiaLogos, and Keane, Inc. He’s also the author of two books: The New Kingmakers and The Software Paradox.
Join Corey and Stephen as they talk about what RedMonk is and how it’s different from other analyst firms, why Stephen decided to write books that were about half as long as other similar books, how the prominence of the developer within the organization has shifted over the last few years, why having a lot of software solutions at your fingertips is both a good and a bad thing, what Stephen’s next book might look like, what it’s like to make predictions that go against what the big firms are saying, why listening is one of the most important skills in business, and more.
Chiming in on Slack with Sid Rao
Sid Rao is the GM of Amazon Chime, AWS’ communications platform for voice and video calls. Prior to joining AWS, Sid worked at CTI Group, serving as the company’s CTO for a decade before joining its board of directors. Over the years, Sid’s worn many other hats, including working as a consultant for DaVinci Capital and a program manager at Microsoft. He was also the founder and vice president of R&D at I/O Medical Systems, makers of a device that could acquire multiple physiological indicators using a tablet device.
Join Corey and Sid as they discuss the newly announced Amazon Chime and Slack and partnership and what it means for virtual meetings, where the optimal place to host a video meeting between a user in New York City and a user in Taiwan is, how chat becomes exceptionally difficult when you’re trying to scale to hundreds of thousands of users, how the Amazon Chime team responds to user feedback, how Amazon’s own usage of Chime doubled in recent months and Chime scaled without a hitch, why the Chime team focused on and perfected the app’s plumbing first and how it’s now shifting its attention to polishing the porcelain, why the Chime interface displays a region label, what Sid thinks the number one misunderstanding about Chime is, and more.
Building a Developer-Focused Digital Event with Microsoft’s Jeff Sandquist
Jeff Sandquist is the corporate vice president of developer relations at Microsoft, a place he’s called home for more than 20 years of his career. Other positions he’s held there include senior director of developer product management, senior director of developer relations, and general manager of the cloud and enterprise group. In 2013, Jeff left Microsoft for an 18-month stint at Twitter, where he was the company’s global director of developer and platform relations.
Join Corey and Jeff as they discuss what Jeff does at the helm of Microsoft’s developer relations group, how Microsoft defines “developer relations,” the critical role docs play in developer success, how Microsoft was able to seamlessly transition Build into a fully remote event during the COVID-19 pandemic, how successful documentation is more of a lifestyle than an initiative, how Microsoft writes docs before they write code, the one thing that makes Microsoft tick, and more.
Bringing FreeBSD to EC2 with Colin Percival
Colin Percival is the founder of Tarsnap, a secure online backup service. He’s also an AWS community hero. For the last 16 years, Colin has contributed to the FreeBSD project, and he led efforts to bring FreeBSD to EC2. An alumnus of Simon Fraser University, Colin has a D.Phil. in computer science from the University of Oxford.
Join Corey and Colin as they discuss what FreeBSD is, why Colin started using it in the first place, how Colin is responsible for getting FreeBSD working on EC2 in the early days, how FreeBSD’s generous open source license raises other issues, what’s changed about communicating with AWS over the last several years, how Colin’s company Tarsnap makes online backups for the “truly paranoid,” how Colin turned down a job offer from Google to start his own company, what Colin’s AWS architecture looks like, why Colin doesn’t care if Tarsnap never becomes a publicly traded company, and more.
Democratizing Software Development on Stack Overflow with Prashanth Chandrasekar
Prashanth Chandrasekar is the CEO of Stack Overflow who’s tasked with driving the company’s overall strategic direction and results. Prior to this role, Prashanth worked for Rackspace for seven years, rising to Senior VP & GM of the company’s cloud and infrastructure business. He’s also worked for Barclays Investment Bank, Zephyr Management LP, and Capgemini. Prashanth is a member of the board of trustees for the World Affairs Council of San Francisco and holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Maine, a master’s in engineering and engineering management from Cornell, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Join Corey and Prashanth as they discuss Prashanth’s tenure at Rackspace and how the company redefined itself in the competitive cloud era, how Stack Overflow has an incredible foundation of support that most companies dream of, how the company has helped developers around the world build the cloud, what Stack Overflow is focused on in 2020 and beyond, how the company is trying to make newcomers feel more welcome, how diversity and inclusion is a top priority for Stack Overflow and initiatives they’re working on in that arena, how Stack Overflow is a bona fide SaaS business, and more.
The Future of Kubernetes with Bryan Liles
Bryan Liles is a senior staff engineer at VMware who leads the developer experience group, which focuses on improving Kubernetes productivity. Previously, Bryan worked as an engineer at Heptio, served as the director of Capital One’s cloud engineering team, worked as a cloud engineer at DigitalOcean, and was the CTO at Thunderbolt Labs, among other positions.
Join Corey and Bryan as the explore what it’s like to be on the VMware engineering team, why Bryan spends a lot of his time conducting research, what Corey think the future of Kubernetes looks like and why Bryan agrees, why Twitter’s DM feature leaves much to be desired, what VMware is focusing on over the coming months and years, what Corey’s recipe for the best jokes looks like, how Bryan is focused on being “forever positive” and his advice for other people on taking control of their futures, how Bryan got fired from his first two jobs and what he learned from those experiences, and more.
Open Source at Massive Scale with Jill Rouleau
Jill Rouleau is a senior software engineer at Red Hat Ansible who maintains AWS and other cloud modules. Prior to working on Ansible, they worked as an OpenStack engineer on TripleO, an OpenStack deployment project. Over the years, Jill also worked as a cloud reliability engineer at Canonical Ltd.; was the owner of Bespoke Software Solutions, a consultancy specializing in open source, cloud, and emerging technologies; and served as an operations engineer for Limelight Networks.
Join Corey and Jill as they discuss what it’s like to be on the Ansible engineering team, what Jill thinks about various programming languages, including Python, YAML, and XML, how familiarity with languages can help accelerate open source adoption and contributions, what Jill does to encourage first-time open source contributors to stick around, how answering the what can I do to help? question can be tricky, what Ansible is doing to increase contributions in the future, Jill’s advice on what you can do to start a career in tech, why diversity in experience and backgrounds is critical for tech companies, and more.
Overcoming Change Management Anti-Patterns through Automation with Jeffery Smith
Jeffery Smith is the director of production operations at Centro. Over the course of his 20-year career, Jeffery has held a number of technology roles. Prior to joining Centro, he worked at Grubhub as a site reliability engineer manager, a senior systems engineer, and a system admin. Before that, Jeffery also worked for Wolters Kluwer as a website support analyst and for Instant Technology as a Windows/Solaris administrator, among other positions.
Join Corey and Jeffery as the discuss the inspiration behind Jeff’s book, Operational Anti-Patterns with DevOps Solutions, why Jeff believes that change management is one of the biggest anti-patterns that can be found across a lot of organizations, how automation can help optimize change management initiatives, why Corey thinks consultants are incapable of changing company cultures despite what many of them might say, why it’s impossible to learn from the fabled “perfect story,” why no one in an audience should ever leave a conference talk feeling crappy, what Jeff’s book-writing experience was like, and more.