Splitballing on DevRel with Talia Nassi
Talia Nassi is a developer advocate at Split, a platform that combines feature flags and data to accelerate dev workflows. Prior to this role, she worked as a software engineer at WeWork, a QA engineer at Forbes, and a QA engineer at Visa. Talia graduated from UC San Diego in 2016, earning a bachelor of science degree in cognitive science with a specialization in human-computer interaction.
Join Corey and Talia on how Split Software helps dev teams create better software faster, the two characteristics successful developer advocates need, how developer advocates close the feedback loop and enable teams to continuously improve products, how dev advocates can help small startups and large organizations, how it’s hard to quantify success as a developer advocate and why that might not really matter, the journey Talia took that led to speaking at conferences and meetups around the world, the important role humor plays in a successful conference talk, and more.
When Two Clouds Isn’t Enough with Alan Raison
Alan Raison is the DevOps Lead at Hitachi Capital, a financial services company headquartered in the U.K. Prior to working there, Alan worked as a developer at Sky, a senior analyst programmer at Hermes, and a software developer at BJSS. He also holds AWS Solutions Architect and AWS Developer certifications.
Join Corey and Alan as they talk about what exactly it is that a DevOps lead does, how there’s a big world out there and not every company is a SaaS startup in the Bay Area that hemorrhages money, how it turns out that running an Oracle database in Oracle Cloud isn’t the worst thing in the world, how everyone is using serverless but nobody’s using it properly, learning curves and and how they make it hard to unlock the full power of AWS, why Alan is a big fan of the book Accelerate, and more.
re:Inventing re:Invent with Pete Cheslock
Pete Cheslock is a cloud economist at The Duckbill Group and an advisor and consultant who helps startups with product strategy, messaging, and other go-to-market needs. Prior to these positions, he worked at a slew of tech companies, holding positions such as VP of Products at ChaosSearch, VP of Technical Operations at Threat Stack, Inc., Director of DevTools at Dyn, and Director of Technical and Cloud Operations at Sonian. Pete holds a masters in business administration from Babson and a bachelors in communications from Michigan State University.
Join Corey and Pete as they talk about the virtual edition of re:Invent, what it was like to make fun of companies in a virtual expo hall, why vendors were aggressive in following up with leads from re:Invent, how virtual booth pricing at re:Invent didn’t really make any sense, what Corey and Pete like so much about the expo hall, how Pete enjoyed not having to spend a week in Vegas and come home sick this year, how people don’t follow AWS events like folks follow rock bands and why that’s a good thing, how re:Invent has evolved over time and how that evolution continues today, and more.
S3: 15 Years and 100 Trillion Objects Later with Kevin Miller
Kevin Miller is currently the global General Manager for Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), an object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. Prior to this role, Kevin has had multiple leadership roles within AWS, including as the General Manager for Amazon S3 Glacier, Director of Engineering for AWS Virtual Private Cloud, and engineering leader for AWS Virtual Private Network and AWS Direct Connect. Kevin was also Technical Advisor to Charlie Bell, Senior Vice President for AWS Utility Computing. Kevin is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
It’s Not a Data Science Problem, It’s a Data Engineering Problem with Laurie Voss
Laurie Voss is a senior data analyst at Netlify, makers of a serverless platform designed to help teams build, deploy, and collaborate on web apps more effectively. Previously, Laurie worked as Chief Data Officer at npm, Inc., co-founded Snowball Factory, Inc., was a technical lead at awe.sm, and worked as a developer at Yahoo, among other positions.
Join Corey and Laurie as they talk about what Netlify does, how Laurie moved from CTO to COO to CDO at npm, how Laurie ended up at Netlify, what the Netlify tech stack looks like, the Google Sheets vs. Excel debate, why most companies confuse data science problems with data engineering problems, why a data scientist should be the fifth hire of your team, how working on Hadoop was akin to selling the Kool Aid instead of drinking it, how Laurie worked with people whose jobs were managing SSL certificates and how that task is now a checkbox in the background, and more.
Security Made Simple in the Data Economy with Mark Curphey
Mark Curphey is the cofounder and Chief Product Officer at Open Raven, a data security visibility and compliance tool built for the cloud. Prior to this position, Mark was the founder and CEO of SourceClear, a software security company acquired by Veracode. Before that, he worked in software security and software development at Foundstone, a product unit manager at Microsoft, as an information security director at Schwab, among other positions. He's also the founder of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).
Join Corey and Mark as they talk about how security officers don't know where data is, don't know what data they have, and don't know how that data is being protected; how companies that manage other people's data have a massive obligation to protect it but few take that seriously; why Mark gave up trying to sell developers on the importance of security; what the OWASP is and the origin story behind it; the increasingly important role security will play in the data economy; Amazon Macie's terrible pricing story; and more.
Personalization, the Non-Creepy Way with Heidi Waterhouse
Heidi Waterhouse is the principal developer advocate at LaunchDarkly. Prior to moving into a career in advocacy, Heidi worked as a technical writer, documentation consultant, and content manager for 17 years — for companies like Pluralsight, BlueTalon, Dell, Intel, Amdocs, and Microsoft. She was also the very first guest on a podcast you might have heard of called Screaming in the Cloud.
Join Corey and Heidi as they talk about feature flags, the difference between temporary feature flags and long-lived, permanent feature flags, how everyone tests in production but not everyone admits it, best practices to getting started with feature flags, Heidi's vision of Flag Markup Language and what the future of personalization looks like, why the transition to virtual conferences has a lot of hidden benefits, the rise of the digital librarian, how features flags are all about feeling safe about software, and more.
All Roads Lead to Kubernetes with Kendall Miller
Kendall Miller is the president at Fairwinds, a shop that helps teams optimize containerized apps and get the most out of Kubernetes that was formerly called ReactiveOps. He's also the host of Authority Issues, a podcast about leadership. Prior to these positions, Kendall was a sales consultant for Odyssey Industrial Solutions and also worked for an international non-profit based in China for 11 years.
Join Corey and Kendall as they talk about their long-lasting friendship, why Kendall believes Corey should ditch the "cloud economist" moniker and go with "personality" instead, why Kendall believes you don't need operational excellence if your infrastructure is simple enough, what it's like to change a company's name and some lessons the Fairwinds team learned the hard way, how there comes a point in time where organizations eventually need Kubernetes, why Corey thinks there are three or four great reasons to run on Kubernetes and 5,000 terrible ones, and more.