Roll For Enterprise
By Dominic Wellington, Lilac Schoenbeck, Mike Ianiro, Zack Zilakakis
Roll For Enterprise • By Dominic Wellington, Lilac Schoenbeck, Mike Ianiro, Zack Zilakakis • Jul 20, 2020
Roll For Enterprise • By Dominic Wellington, Lilac Schoenbeck, Mike Ianiro, Zack Zilakakis • Jul 20, 2020
S3E3: Games, Metaverse, and Coffee
Microsoft buys Activision for $69B (nice) https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/18/microsoft-to-buy-activision.html Microsoft is buying one of the biggest names in games — if Washington lets it https://www.vox.com/recode/2022/1/18/22889342/microsoft-activision-antitrust-games-streaming-gamepass 3 billion gamers — sure, if you count Candy Crush etc, but how many of those are playing Call of Duty? Walmart is quietly preparing to enter the metaverse https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/16/walmart-is-quietly-preparing-to-enter-the-metaverse.html But the video everyone has seen is old: https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2022/1/5/22868323/walmart-metaverse-shopping-video-viral-old Is Google taking another run at AR, not quite a decade after Google Glass? https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/20/22892152/google-project-iris-ar-headset-2024 ========= US airports block rollout of 5G, one day before launch AT&T and Verizon limit 5G service near US airports after carriers’ outcry https://www.ft.com/content/e1f1d59f-2e9f-4f23-a80a-25dcc0274513 Only happening in US because of different frequencies and higher power levels But why did the issue come to light so late? Opinion | The FAA’s 5G freakout raises a big red flag — about its competence https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/01/18/faa-5g-wireless-freakout-raises-red-flag/ Boeing Takes Hit as Its 777, 787 Planes Appear Susceptible to 5G Network https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/boeing-takes-hit-as-its-777-787-planes-appear-susceptible-to-5g-network/ar-AASW0GM ========= Quick News ========= The FCC proposes new data breach rules for phone companies https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/13/22882281/fcc-telecom-data-breach-notification-rules-proposal-commission-seats ========= Italians continue to prefer real coffee https://www.italy24news.com/local/347225.html Lol: Starbucks closes two locations in Milan because they were so unprofitable. Six locations remain. ========= Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
January 22, 2022
S3E2: Big Data! What Is It Good For?
Lilac and Dominic talk to Doug Johnson about the problem of data and what to do with it. What’s the data problem? How do we think about it in companies? What’s the opportunity … can we dream about what we could do with better handle on enterprise data Open Source and Security https://www.protocol.com/open-source-security-white-house-2656216576 https://www.theverge.com/platform/2022/1/13/22882176/google-government-action-protect-open-source-software-funding-security https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/dev-corrupts-npm-libs-colors-and-faker-breaking-thousands-of-apps/ Doug is a 25-year veteran building teams and technology products. His experiences span startups as well over 15 years in enterprise product management with 17 years in the low code tooling space. Doug is a musician, having toured as a section violinist with artists like Sarah Brightman (“Phantom of the Opera”), Diana Ross, Moody Blues, and Ray Charles. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglasjohnson/ Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
January 17, 2022
S3E1: Here We Go Again, Welcome to the year of the employee
2022 predictions (textual podcast): https://findthethread.postach.io/post/2022-predictions Employment changes, new wave of freelancing Fractional CTOs: https://dashwire.com/whats-a-fractional-cto-and-why-does-your-business-need-one https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Part-Time-CTO-Salary vs https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Chief-Technology-Officer-Salary Healthcare impacts More Americans are taking jobs without employer benefits like health care or paid vacation: https://www.vox.com/recode/22651953/americans-gig-independent-workers-benefits-vacation-health-care-inequality Amazon considers changing how it distributes employee stock options to stem exodus of top talent: https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-web-services-stock-compensation-monthly-vesting-l7-top-employees-2022-1 Season 2 Episode 3: We Get A Klue : https://anchor.fm/roll-for-enterprise/episodes/Season-2-Episode-3-We-Get-A-Klue-ep331n Low-code/no-code Report Electric Capital Developer Report (2021) https://medium.com/electric-capital/electric-capital-developer-report-2021-f37874efea6d https://twitter.com/avichal/status/1478776674648944641?s=20 Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
January 08, 2022
S2E51: Year In Review
Themes of the year that was: - Semiconductor shortages and architecture turnover - Outages and incidents - Security in general (attacks, ransomware, etc) - No-code/Low-Code and the shifting definition of architects - Mental health and the change in employment landscapes - The Great Resignation - The year the employees took the power back The book Dominic referred to is “Feersum Endjinn” by Iain M Banks, first published in 1994: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feersum_Endjinn Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
December 23, 2021
S2E50: Exploits, outages and the not so different future
Patch fixing critical log4j 0-day has its own vulnerability that’s being exploited https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/12/patch-fixing-critical-log4j-0-day-has-its-own-vulnerability-thats-under-exploit/ List of software impacted by log4j https://github.com/cisagov/log4j-affected-db/blob/develop/README.md The internet runs on free open-source software. Who pays to fix it? https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/12/17/1042692/log4j-internet-open-source-hacking/ Another AWS Outage This time it’s not us-east-1! https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/amazon-owned-twitch-down-many-users-2021-12-15/ Benedict Evans’ year-end presentation https://www.ben-evans.com/presentations Our takeaways: Web3: “All the old problems, in exciting new ways” VR/AR: “The technology can always get better… but that doesn’t guarantee universal appeal” Mainframe installed capacity still growing Lessons from the past: “who made more from the deployment of cars, and who made more from car-commerce - Detroit, or retailers?” Dominic was thinking of Mary Meeker’s monster “Internet Trends” presentations; we look forward to being completely intimidated by the scale of the 2021 edition when it drops Recommendations Dominic Loïc Suberville’s “Universal Language” shorts: https://youtube.com/channel/UCywGsTdh_qqZUYmA2Gro2CA Lilac Askamanager.org Mike How to Resolve Duplicate Outlook for iOS Contacts https://office365itpros.com/2020/11/05/resolve-duplicate-outlook-ios-contacts/ Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà (who likes the Touch Bar). Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
December 19, 2021
S2E49: Services, Dead Or Alive
AWS us-east-1 outage (again) https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/09/how-the-aws-outage-wreaked-havoc-across-the-us.html https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2021-12-08/aws-resolved-its-outage-what-happens-now https://deadline.com/2021/12/amazon-web-services-outage-unplugs-netflix-disney-and-many-websites-in-parts-of-u-s-1234886348/ AWS post-mortem: https://aws.amazon.com/message/12721/ Quill shutdown https://techcrunch.com/2021/12/07/twitter-acquires-quill-a-would-be-slack-rival-team-will-work-on-dms-as-quill-shuts-down/ https://www.protocol.com/bulletins/twitter-quill-acquisition https://twitter.com/sdw/status/1468289633964290049 Slack investor Index Ventures backs Slack competitor Quill https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/29/slack-investor-index-ventures-backs-slack-competitor-quill/ Swiss suicide pod: https://nypost.com/2021/12/07/controversial-suicide-pod-that-kills-peacefully-gets-go-ahead-in-switzerland/ Quick News Touch Bar post mortem review Recommendations Dominic Vinegar https://apps.apple.com/app/vinegar-tube-cleaner/id1591303229 Un-break YouTube Also! Merry Mixmas http://www.djriko.com Zack Govee Flow Pro LED Smart Light Bars https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KXPRJ5D?maas=maas_adg_2148198443AE66955CA03BDDC20F78D0_afap_abs&ref_=aa_maas Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
December 12, 2021
S2E48: AWS re:Invent experience and the potential end of big tech acquisitions
AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/ AWS re:Invent Keynotes https://virtual.reinvent.awsevents.com/track/?trackID=E930FDEA03498D13B5CDACA0833D5A2 F.T.C. Sues to Stop Blockbuster Chip Deal Between Nvidia and Arm https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/02/technology/ftc-nvidia-arm-deal.html UK regulator set to block Meta's Giphy deal https://www.reuters.com/markets/deals/uk-regulator-set-block-metas-giphy-deal-ft-2021-11-29/ Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
December 05, 2021
S2E47: WebEx Is Good, Actually
Have you tried WebEx lately? Whither Skype? Did Zoom depend too much on growth-hacking dirty tricks? https://findthethread.postach.io/post/the-thing-with-zoom Zoom loses Five9 while WebEx extends gap with Contact Center capabilities https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/contact-center/webex-contact-center/index.html Nvidia's on a Roll - Nvidia’s just beginning TinyML Global shipments of TinyML chipsets are expected to reach 2.5 billion units by 2030, representing a 164x increase from 2020. https://www.arm.com/blogs/blueprint/tinyml TinyML solution can decrease the size of the deep learning algorithms by 98% while decreasing accuracy by only 1%. Ford and GM announce plans to develop chips amid ongoing semiconductor shortage https://www.techspot.com/news/92299-ford-gm-announce-plans-develop-chips-amid-ongoing.html No-Code/Low Code Update Taplink is a tool used to quickly create mobile-friendly no-code websites. (Again - everyone is IT) Rebranding of IT - This is relative of the role in organizations https://www.idgconnect.com/article/3576598/the-changing-name-and-face-of-enterprise-it.html Recommendations Dominic Belkin Soundform Connect Zack Like drawing on real paper for your iPad https://paperlike.com/ Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
November 21, 2021
S2E46: Return of single threaded life
MongoDB.local London https://events.mongodb.com/dotlocallondon AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/ Recommendations Dominic People. Just people. In three dimensions and real life. Mike The Tim Ferriss Show - Chris Dixon and Naval Ravikant — The Wonders of Web3, How to Pick the Right Hill to Climb, Finding the Right Amount of Crypto Regulation, Friends with Benefits, and the Untapped Potential of NFTs https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tim-ferriss-show/id863897795?i=1000540043607 Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
November 14, 2021
S2E45: In which we get meta
Facebook goes Meta https://stratechery.com/2021/meta/ Microsoft wants to beat Meta at its own game https://thehustle.co/11042021-microsoft-meta/ Tinder also goes meta, with NFTs https://social.techcrunch.com/2021/11/03/match-group-details-plans-for-a-dating-metaverse-tinders-virtual-goods-based-economy/ A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, by John Perry Barlow https://www.eff.org/cyberspace-independence Quick News Low-code/no-code: Botmock acquired by Walmart https://www.botmock.com/blog/walmart-to-acquire-botmock-technology Recommendations Dominic MongoDB.local London — hybrid event, in-person and online https://events.mongodb.com/dotlocallondon 50% discount code: DominicWellington50 Mike New Oura Ring Coming - $50 discount link: https://ablink.m.ouraring.com/ls/click?upn=N8tmOVmhlLmN-2BvzIQBg5G3IT8A2NTQkRZyCa1tZK-2F0qLMl0-2BqVeEIUKxyjaHEX33kBut-2FVEdMXeCL6Jk8oZcyDytT8r-2FRa4-2Bs8fI29Ubw-2B2DJhSeFUyUMpl0Al58prLQtceo5aMW8QvmF14i8dzdO-2FKnp20cbozCr17BNPGZwcUOCMz620zcTNt1SdhXkc7Mw0xZFB67exKv7hVbb6kdFQ-3D-3DZkCm_Id0GDeWFgkDhRsu8fkH4t9bRZZJLAwwoMgGS5MPZjgaEy4SkX295IFfN0mQk6nuK1Wh5bhkOsvNfCPIvmsi37YyX24kxFacmiFR21ZYFNTj7lZvOWn06rxSJQidVMXKktATiJjCM-2Ba9XB0o-2FL2NiiwgT-2BCPI63U7ZUCbC31M0iDS7vl5HIwOjtpQsJiHcv75D5p4MHyMQM7O-2BHVzAeycjuCc-2FKlzcmYHrukT-2Fi3-2BThazwDEq1-2FXN3HnkJpovSjM0FNOyo3RLLLdzGftR4atNQhGP4bg-2FOC6UcLUJTUUMfm5mYOHQuE9yXGMWyDvjksy4-2Fs35tUgEc9aeDRcc-2FBK2pCg-2FbgD1HZj4fXr6gQBfMcC8p1-2BvMJ7VhJS2Oe5m081I-2FdLr3OxFfg5gaxwnfuw7SmWS01W-2Bfl2bsJLj0IVkp26BA-2BjLEJik2jrqUL2dAwDAD0bxa9BXT85gSIKodMzjFq44nyAXy7LUpmgKNNWs27z2qnryjDQwiMuRECE2VtAjy4CB4Ij1gdxHJ5FwLytxNNPxE-2F2-2FcY31rB25ZQKofZNwod16TJeHMIk928Ik0z-2FcvnhXm1VK1R9yb03EX0hJ7l9v7uwKPgwzOUI-2FCUubgoSF8rhsI85MX-2FyV8OzzV-2FQMn3SjiOWwThR0jrg3ugq25A-3D-3D Zack Drone racing league https://thedroneracingleague.com Lilac People. Just people. In three dimensions and real life. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
November 06, 2021
S2E43: Google Cloud reorg/culture shift and Apple being Apple
Google Next ’21 https://cloud.withgoogle.com/next Google Cloud Removes Old Guard - Will it be enough? Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian reorganizes engineering unit in hopes of gaining market share more quickly https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/15/google-cloud-ceo-thomas-kurian-reorganizes-engineering-eyal-manor-out.html Google Cloud cuts its marketplace revenue shares from 20% to 3% https://cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2021/sep/29/google-cloud-cuts-its-marketplace-revenue-shares-from-20-to-3/ Upcoming event we talked about: AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/ Microsoft Ignite https://myignite.microsoft.com/home Apple Event - October 18,2021 https://www.apple.com/apple-events/october-2021/?useASL=true Apple Announcement Apple is desperate for you to adopt Siri….so much so they are reducing Apple Music if you use Siri https://www.smh.com.au/technology/with-voice-plan-apple-pays-you-to-use-only-siri-for-music-20211019-p591a5.html New MacBooks — and no new standalone display Apple Pro Display XDR https://www.apple.com/pro-display-xdr/ Apple Pro Stand https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MWUG2LL/A/pro-stand Recommendations Dominic MongoDB.local London — hybrid event, in-person and online https://events.mongodb.com/dotlocallondon 50% discount code: DominicWellington50 Mike Microsoft Ignite https://myignite.microsoft.com/home AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/ Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
October 24, 2021
S2E42: Life, the Universe, and Everything
Our top 5 technologies we wish never were: Bitnet VDI “Modern” Web front-end stack https://twitter.com/govparsonmo/status/1448697768311132160 Web apps (Google Docs in primis) USB 3.0 spec 15 Worst Tech Predictions Of All Time Recommendations Dominic MongoDB.local London — hybrid event, in-person and online https://events.mongodb.com/dotlocallondon 50% discount code: DominicWellington50 Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
October 16, 2021
S2E41: BGP brought down Facebook; Databricks moves into Low-Code/No-Code; What does it mean for the future of IT organizations everywhere?
Facebook outage, Twitch leak Understanding How Facebook Disappeared from the Internet https://blog.cloudflare.com/october-2021-facebook-outage/ Lost server https://www.theregister.com/2001/04/12/missing_novell_server_discovered_after/ Twitch source code and payout data leaks https://www.theregister.com/2021/10/06/twitch_data_leak/ Also blamed on config error Best comment: “It’s complex systems all the way down; even the turtles are complex systems.” https://twitter.com/swagitda_/status/1445376680684572678 NPM outage npm Status - Service outage Verica Open Incident Database https://www.thevoid.community/ Low-code/no-code Databricks Acquires Low-code/No-code Company to Expand its Lakehouse Platform to Citizen Data Scientists https://databricks.com/company/newsroom/press-releases/databricks-acquires-low-code-no-code-company-to-expand-its-lakehouse-platform-to-citizen-data-scientists Get Started in No-Code App Development with Unqork and MongoDB | MongoDB Quick News Cisco raising prices due to supply chain challenges https://www.theregister.com/2021/10/06/ciscos_base_price_to_increase/ That Zoom/five9 tie-up we discussed back in episode 30? It’s not happening, in large part because it was to have been an all-stock offer, and Zoom’s stock is worth 23% less than it was when the deal was agreed. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/30/zoom-and-five9-agree-to-terminate-acquisition-plan.html https://anchor.fm/roll-for-enterprise/episodes/S2E30-Apology-Podcast-e14uqn4/a-a672hvb Recommendations Dominic MongoDB.local London — hybrid event, in-person and online https://events.mongodb.com/dotlocallondon 50% discount code: DominicWellington50 Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
October 10, 2021
S2E40: The Big Four-Oh
Sorry for making some of our listeners feel old, because their “I feel old now” references are twenty years earlier than Nevermind! Here’s what we talked about this week: How IBM lost the cloud https://www.protocol.com/enterprise/ibm-lost-public-cloud Cloudflare Announces R2 Storage; Rapid and Reliable S3-Compatible Object Storage Designed for the Edge https://www.cloudflare.com/en-gb/press-releases/2021/cloudflare-announces-r2-storage/ EU proposes mandatory USB-C on all devices, including iPhones https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/23/22626723/eu-commission-universal-charger-usb-c-micro-lightning-connector-smartphones Positive example of standard: RJ-11 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registered_jack Recommendations Dominic MongoDB.local London — hybrid event, in-person and online https://events.mongodb.com/dotlocallondon 50% discount code: DominicWellington50 Lilac Rocket customer conference, EVOLVE 21 https://www.rocketsoftware.com/events/evolve21 Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
October 04, 2021
S2E39: In which we feel very old
30 years since Nevermind! Listening guide: https://www.nme.com/features/nirvanas-nevermind-at-30-a-track-by-track-guide-dave-grohl-st-vincent-lorde-3048697 30th anniversary reissue: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/nirvana-nevermind-30th-anniversary-reissue-1231124/ The kids don’t get filesystems: https://www.theverge.com/22684730/students-file-folder-directory-structure-education-gen-z Dinosaurs evolving — including why email is better at email than Slack can ever be: https://findthethread.postach.io/post/dinosaurs-evolving The college mindset list: http://themindsetlist.com/2017/08/beloit-college-mindset-list-class-2021/ Gen-X vs Millennials: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CTS15PcDK-H/ Epikfail Epikfail explainer: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/worst-i-ve-seen-in-20-years-how-the-epik-hack-reveals-every-secret-the-far-right-tried-to-hide/ar-AAOw25G Programming is hard: https://www.stilldrinking.org/programming-sucks Recommendations Lilac Spotify — listening together Dominic Light Chaser by Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell https://www.bookbub.com/books/light-chaser-by-peter-f-hamilton-and-gareth-l-powell Mike This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race https://www.amazon.com/This-They-Tell-World-Ends/dp/1635576059 Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
September 26, 2021
S2E38: The IT way back machine
A look back at IT and technology in the 90s and the evolution that led us to today. Timeline of Computer History 1993 https://www.computerhistory.org/timeline/1993/ 1995 https://www.computerhistory.org/timeline/1995/ The Oregon Trail (1971 video game) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oregon_Trail_(1971_video_game) Drug Wars (video game) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_Wars_(video_game) Silicon graphics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicon_Graphics Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
September 19, 2021
S2E37: The uncertainty around conferences, return to work and business travel
Dominic, Zack and Mike are together again discussing how conferences which should have been in person have now fallen off again. Companies are becoming non-committal to return to work and business travel is looking to be forever changed. They also touch on Ray Ban’s new Facebook glasses, Amazon’s new TV and the upcoming Apple event. Will the Apple Event shed light on the semi conductor supply chain issues? Facebook Ray-Ban https://twitter.com/dwellington/status/1436300410810257408 ‘Forever Changed’: CEOs Are Dooming Business Travel — Maybe for Good https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-08-31/will-business-travel-come-back-data-show-air-hotel-travel-forever-changed Satya Nadella: Companies are 'short-sighted' if they force employees back to office now https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/09/microsoft-ceo-says-companies-should-use-data-to-determine-when-employees-return-to-work.html Zoom and Teams https://twitter.com/juanmicrosoft/status/1436071323030151170 Remote work https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/workers-moonlighting-two-jobs-work-from-home Apple Event Announced: 'California Streaming' on September 14 With iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7 Expected https://www.macrumors.com/2021/09/07/apple-september-14-event/ Amazon TV Amazon starts building its own televisions with the Fire TV Omni Series https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/amazon-fire-tv-omni-series-announced/ Opal C1: The first professional webcam https://opalcamera.com Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
September 12, 2021
S2E36: All Together Now
In which Mike considers paying for some software, Lilac solves all of Enterprise IT's problems, and all four hosts are re-united once again. Enterprise software financials How about that monster H round — yes, H — from Databricks? https://www.zdnet.com/article/databricks-raises-1-6b-series-h-funding-round/ Meanwhile Docker is hoping to get paid by desktop users… https://www.docker.com/blog/updating-product-subscriptions/ …and we debate digital transformation, prompted by Benedict Evans. https://www.ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2021/8/31/mainframes-machine-learning-and-digital-transformation Security — It’s still hard If you're a user of Microsoft's Cosmos DB, you definitely want to check up on this Chaos DB vulnerability. https://www.reuters.com/technology/exclusive-microsoft-warns-thousands-cloud-customers-exposed-databases-emails-2021-08-26/ And what does this mean for cloud delivery models more generally? Recommendations Dominic Generalising Wildly | Find the thread Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
September 05, 2021
S2E35: The One About “The Great Resign”
The Great Resignation: Why Employees Don't Want To Go Back To The Office A Microsoft survey of more than 30,000 global workers showed that 41% of workers were considering quitting or changing professions this year, and a study from HR software company Personio of workers in the UK and Ireland showed 38% of those surveyed planned to quit in the next six months to a year. In the US alone, April saw more than four million people quit their jobs, according to a summary from the Department of Labor – the biggest spike on record. https://www.forbes.com/sites/hollycorbett/2021/07/28/the-great-resignation-why-employees-dont-want-to-go-back-to-the-office/?sh=1f2702b02000 https://www.gallup.com/workplace/351545/great-resignation-really-great-discontent.aspx https://www.forbes.com/sites/randyillig/2021/08/24/the-great-resignation-in-sales-is-real-heres-what-leaders-can-do-to-stem-it/?sh=44342e651558 The Great Resignation In Sales Is Real: Here’s What Leaders Can Do To Stem It (forbes.com) https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20210629-the-great-resignation-how-employers-drove-workers-to-quit. $14.7 Billion Five9 Acquisition Aims To Revive Zoom’s Growth https://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2021/07/19/147-billion-five9-acquisition-aims-to-revive-zooms-growth/?sh=29da22d32e8b Mike also calls out, “The war for the living room.” “The living room is becoming the office, and the office is becoming the living room. It’s all merging into our home space.” Netflix joined the foray with a gaming announcement. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
August 29, 2021
S2E34: Intel and Nvidia, how two giants in the same industry are looking to grow and execute; and Microsoft is turning on the M365 cash machine
Intel CEO flashes cash, calling company a 'willing buyer' in semiconductor industry https://www.windowscentral.com/intel-ceo-flashes-cash-calling-company-willing-buyer NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2022 https://nvidianews.nvidia.com/news/nvidia-announces-financial-results-for-second-quarter-fiscal-2022 Nvidia beats earnings expectations, but cryptocurrency chip sales falter https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/18/nvidia-nvda-earnings-q2-2022.html Nvidia is tracking more than 8,500 AI startups with $60B in funding https://venturebeat.com/2021/08/02/nvidia-is-tracking-more-than-8500-ai-startups-with-60b-in-funding/ Nvidia admits bid for Arm likely to stretch beyond 18-month deal timeframe https://www.ft.com/content/3758929d-66f0-4095-94f3-ea62b92f9480 Microsoft will raise Office 365 business subscription prices in 2022 https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/19/microsoft-will-raise-office-365-business-subscription-prices-in-2022.html Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
August 22, 2021
S2E33: When the company that provides security consulting gets hacked and ransomware what do you do? Plus are we going to be doing fake job for AI to judge our value?
Accenture confirms hack after LockBit ransomware data leak threats https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/accenture-confirms-hack-after-lockbit-ransomware-data-leak-threats/ Employees may need to keep up ‘the pretense of working’ as automation spreads, says A.I. expert Kai-Fu Lee https://fortune.com/2021/08/12/ai-automation-talent-ethics-bias-kaifu-lee/ FedEx Deploys new AI-Robotics E-Commerce Fulfilment System https://supplychaindigital.com/logistics/fedex-deploys-new-ai-robotics-e-commerce-fulfilment-system Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
August 15, 2021
S2E32: Glitter, chip shortages, and Apple privacy concerns
Intro Glitter bomb vs porch pirates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4T_LlK1VE4 Ship Your Enemies Glitter https://shipyourenemiesglitter.com Chip Shortages Continue The shadow of the chip shortage is looming over tech’s big quarter https://www.theverge.com/22602104/chip-shortage-tech-quarterly-earnings-intel-apple-microsoft-amd-samsung-tesla Apple CSAM Protection Features Apple reveals new efforts to fight child abuse imagery https://www.theverge.com/2021/8/5/22611721/apple-csam-child-abuse-scanning-hash-system-ncmec https://twitter.com/sjmurdoch/status/1423397219491852291 Apple — Expanded Protections for Children https://www.apple.com/child-safety/ Apple's Plan to "Think Different" About Encryption Opens a Backdoor to Your Private Life https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/08/apples-plan-think-different-about-encryption-opens-backdoor-your-private-life Platformer — Apple joins the child safety fight https://www.platformer.news/p/apple-joins-the-child-safety-fight “Dylan Loewe, Biden’s former speechwriter, will be Apple’s director of public relations and CEO Tim Cook’s speechwriter.” (via Politico) Privacy on iPhone commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8w4qPUSG17Y XKCD on security https://xkcd.com/538/ Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
August 08, 2021
S2E31: Cloud growth continues at speed for the big three
While Dominic is in the alps, doing yoga with goats, Zack, Lilac and Mike got together to talk about the recent Google, Microsoft and Amazon earning report showing that cloud is still growing rapidly. Will it ever end? The gang also gets into product death and how to communicate end of life of products/components and how enterprises should deal with it. AWS Sees 37 Percent Quarterly Growth As Amazon Disappoints https://www.crn.com/news/cloud/aws-sees-37-percent-quarterly-growth-as-amazon-disappoints Alphabet Earnings: Google Cloud Revenue Climbs 54 Percent To $4.63B https://www.crn.com/news/cloud/alphabet-earnings-google-cloud-revenue-climbs-54-percent-to-4-63b Microsoft CEO Nadella Touts ‘New Franchises’ In Security, Gaming, LinkedIn As Cloud Growth Surges https://www.crn.com/news/cloud/microsoft-ceo-nadella-touts-new-franchises-in-security-gaming-linkedin-as-cloud-growth-surges Cloud earnings: AWS "reaccelerates," Azure up 51%, Google Cloud up 54% https://www.datacenterdynamics.com/en/news/cloud-earnings-aws-reaccelerates-azure-up-51-google-cloud-up-54/ The 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services https://www.bmc.com/blogs/gartner-magic-quadrant-cips-cloud-infrastructure-platform-services/ https://www.gartner.com/doc/reprints?id=1-1ZDZDMTF&ct=200703&st=sb Product Death How to handle products or component that reach end of life and what to do as an enterprise. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
August 01, 2021
S2E30: Apology Podcast
What happened last week? We failed to record a normal podcast episode, so we tried something different and put out a Textual Podcast instead: https://findthethread.postach.io/post/textual-podcast Management = FOMO? Some people wind up in management more due to FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) than because they actually want to do the work — and then the rest of us get to rehabilitate the people who suffered the consequences. Management track is not the only track: Mitchell Hashimoto takes on a new individual contributor role at HashiCorp. https://www.hashicorp.com/blog/mitchell-s-new-role-at-hashicorp Quick News Zoom Bets on AI with $14.7 Billion Deal to Acquire Five9 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-19/zoom-to-buy-cloud-service-firm-five9-for-14-7-billion Akamai Edge DNS goes down, takes a chunk of the internet with it https://www.theregister.com/2021/07/22/akamai_edge_dns_outage/ (it’s always DNS) A different kind of supply-chain attack: A Defunct Video Hosting Site Is Flooding Normal Websites With Hardcore Porn https://www.vice.com/en/article/qj8xz3/a-defunct-video-hosting-site-is-flooding-normal-websites-with-hardcore-porn Recommendations Dominic Clean install your OS. That’s it, that’s the recommendation. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
July 24, 2021
S2E28: AWS Infinidash, Kaseya’s security issue, Kubernetes cost problem and why hardware is just a problem the cloud hasn’t solved yet
Dominic is back! Dominic, Mike and Zack discuss the AWS Infinidash origin and how everyone needs an AWS Infinidash expert on their team. Another supply chain attack has occurred this time at Kaseya. Finally we discuss once again Zack and Dominic's favorite subject, Kubernetes, but this time in relation to run away cloud spend. Cloud keeps growing and the only reason on premise hardware exists is because it's used to solve a problem cloud hasn't solved for yet. AWS Infinidash “Hey, are you hiring for Infinidash experts? I hear nobody can find any!” https://www.theregister.com/2021/07/05/infinidash/ Kaseya supply chain attack impacts more than 1,000 companies https://www.techrepublic.com/article/kaseya-supply-chain-attack-impacts-more-than-1000-companies/ https://blog.newsblur.com/2021/06/28/story-of-a-hacking/ Kubernetes a black hole of unpredictable spend, according to new report https://www.theregister.com/2021/06/29/kubernetes_spend_report/ https://tanzu.vmware.com/content/blog/kubernetes-is-a-platform-for-building-platforms Recommendations Dominic Thermacell anti-mosquito device Zack Genetically modified mosquitoes released in Florida Keys, first in US (usatoday.com) Mike Ooni Koda 16 https://ooni.com/products/ooni-koda-16 Thermacell E55 Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller; Highly Effective Rechargeable Mosquito Repellent https://amzn.to/3ecQV3J Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
July 12, 2021
S2E27: IBMs failed email migration, why startups fail and who suffers, and 5G powered by Microsoft Azure
Lilac, Zack and Mike discuss how even after planning an email migration for 18-month, IBM still failed. What is going on with all these underwhelming startup acquisitions? What really happening? and who suffers? Has anyone noticed how even companies that offer “cloud” are moving their core service to Microsoft Azure? Azure is now powering AT&Ts 5G network. Microsoft continues to win. IBM's 18-month company-wide email system migration has been a disaster, sources say https://www.theregister.com/2021/06/30/ibm_email_outage/ Arista Buys SDN Pioneer Big Switch 'For a Song' – Sources https://www.lightreading.com/carrier-sdn/arista-buys-sdn-pioneer-big-switch-for-a-song---sources/d/d-id/757076 HPE to acquire cloud disaster recovery startup Zerto https://blocksandfiles.com/2021/07/01/hpe-acquiring-dr-startup-zerto/ EMC Sues Zerto - Patent Litigation (2016) https://www.zerto.com/blog/company-announcements/emc-v-zerto-update/ AT&T Moves 5G Mobile Network to Microsoft Cloud https://about.att.com/story/2021/att_microsoft_azure.html MSFT acquires Affirmed Networks https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/26/microsoft-acquires-5g-specialist-affirmed-networks/ Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
July 04, 2021
S2E26: David Cheriton (VMware & Google angel investor) talks Cloud, AI and the changing tech landscape in the US
Zack and Mike were joined by this week by David Cheriton, VMware & Google angel investor, as he talks Cloud, AI, and the Internet while weaving in stories from Stanford University, where he was a professor, and the beginnings of Google & VMware. What he reveals may surprise you. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
June 29, 2021
S2E25: Microsoft Windows 11 leak, who is copying who? Plus learning code in school and mental health startup funding
The gang is back together this week discussing the Windows 11 leak and their thoughts on MacOS versus Windows. Also the value, or not, of teaching coding in school. What code? What do we really want to teach our kids? Plus HBOs recent snafu and the hilarious intern responses. And finally what is happening that is leading to the increase in mental health startup funding? Windows 11 leak reveals new UI, Start menu, and more https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/15/22535123/microsoft-windows-11-leak-screenshots-start-menu Learn coding in school https://twitter.com/hillelogram/status/1404197107964301320 The Hard Work Of Success https://findthethread.postach.io/post/the-hard-work-of-success Year 2038 problem https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem HBO blame the intern https://twitter.com/hbomaxhelp/status/1405712235108917249 Venture Funding For Mental Health Startups Hits Record High As Anxiety, Depression Skyrocket https://www.forbes.com/sites/katiejennings/2021/06/07/venture-funding-for-mental-health-startups-hits-record-high-as-anxiety-depression-skyrocket/ Recommendations Dominic Rectangle app https://rectangleapp.com Mike Divvy Window Management App https://mizage.com/divvy/ Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
June 20, 2021
S2E24: Down goes Fastly, down goes the internet
On this episode of Roll For Enterprise the gang is all together to discuss the recent Fastly outage which brought down a large part of the internet. Is this the same or different from on premise outages and just more noticeable with so many companies impacted? Fastly outage and cloud resilience Internet outage: which websites and services were hit by Fastly issue Does the Fastly outage justify “Single Point of Failure” headlines? What the Fastly outage can teach us about writing error messages Grindr Is Down So Users Are Hitting The Downdetector Comment Section To Pick Up SRE and error budgets — need to review the concept https://twitter.com/colmmacc/status/1402301316165160966 S2E10: SLOs and SREs a conversation with Brian Singer from Nobl9 https://anchor.fm/roll-for-enterprise/episodes/S2E10-SLOs-and-SREs-a-conversation-with-Brian-Singer-from-Nobl9-ersprg WeWork follow-up — losses continue mounting up https://robcampbell.co/2021/06/09/we-dont-work/ Steven Sinofsky on remote work https://twitter.com/stevesi/status/1403112390032388096 Hardcore Software, Steven Sinofsky’s newsletter with the history of early Microsoft https://hardcoresoftware.learningbyshipping.com How to negotiate with ransomware hackers — turns out there are scammers who will negotiate between victims and criminals to try to arbitrage payments and pocket the difference https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/07/how-to-negotiate-with-ransomware-hackers Recommendations Dominic Love Death + Robots volume 2 on Netflix Lilac Grace and Frankie - in part for the Mac tech support scene Mike WeWork: or The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
June 14, 2021
S22E23: Break’s Over, Back On Your Heads
Back to Work (What do they think we’ve been doing all this time?) People refusing to come back to the office Lilac: "When I’m in the office I’m not also a mother and someone who has to do a load of laundry" Dominic: Dangers of a hybrid office — people who are physically in the office get the inside track “There is no return to normalcy,” says Mayer-Schönberger, whose research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. “The environment people are reentering is fundamentally changed, so we need to reframe how we see our work and ourselves. If there is a reason why we go to a workplace, it needs to be a different reason than the one that we had: that this is the way we’ve always been doing it.” Why the wild variation in plans for returning to offices is a good sign Why Women Don't Want To Go Back To In-Person Work News Roundup: Security and Ransomware Hackers have new targets: people returning to the office. Information About the Sale of Products Business to Symphony Technology Group | FireEye Stack Overflow's value to job seekers is what makes it valuable — Quartz Recommendations Dominic Defekt, by Nino Cipri (sequel to Finna, which was nominated for Best Novella in the Nebula Awards) Lilac Pink iPad Air! Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
June 07, 2021
S2E22: Microsoft pushes low-code deep into the business by turning natural speech into code with GPT-3; state of cloud & a16z’s on-prem report; Rapid7 breach & AWS re:Inforce
The team passionately debates the impact of GPT-3 converting speech to code on the business and software developers. Microsoft introduces this as a low code feature at their Build Conference. @Mike points out that IT must provide the business with guard rails. “The biz knows how to read and use the data, more so than someone in a technology role. This is the democratization of software development, and data is the next step. It’s going to continue and has to continue.” @Mike reminds us that Bubble & SquareSpace are empowering users to create the next Amazon or Shopify with no-code. @Lilac is looking for a low code version of Atlassian. “A CICD type cycle that allows people to manage these type assets, to cycle them and collaborate against them, relate them, fork them, etc.” A16z pens an article about cloud and repatriation cost but quickly loses credibility with the classic and worn-out Dropbox example. The team debates the report and future of the cloud. Speed round: Apple iPad Pro and the Center Stage feature is impressive. @Dominic shares his feedback on the wide camera angle that focuses on the active speaker and zooms out if someone else enters the frame. “Impressive. The iPad camera has been poor UNTIL NOW.“ Rapid7 has a software supply chain breach that has not hit the news like SolarWinds. People are in shock. Companies are going back and reanalyzing. In-person events…AWS is leading with re:Inforce in Houston this August. Basecamp has learned nothing and doubled down. SFDC threw a lone engineer under the bus for an outage…Really Salesforce!? One employee is the reason for everything that has gone wrong, and they should feel bad? Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes! Show Links: From conversation to code: Microsoft introduces its first product features powered by GPT-3 https://blogs.microsoft.com/ai/from-conversation-to-code-microsoft-introduces-its-first-product-features-powered-by-gpt-3/ Microsoft uses GPT-3 to let you code in natural language https://techcrunch.com/2021/05/25/microsoft-uses-gpt-3-to-let-you-code-in-natural-language/ Bubble is the most powerful no-code platform, empowering entrepreneurs to build production-ready web apps. https://bubble.io https://twitter.com/dwellington/status/1397842550153793536 The State of The Cloud https://app.livestorm.co/p/b445fedf-e2a9-432e-8935-7321c43e29d0 Over 90% of respondents reported growth in on-prem sales over the past 5 years. Over 50% of respondents’ revenue can be attributed to on-prem software sales. 86% of respondents are using Kubernetes for their on-prem software The Cost of Cloud, a Trillion Dollar Paradox — a16z https://a16z.com/2021/05/27/cost-of-cloud-paradox-market-cap-cloud-lifecycle-scale-growth-repatriation-optimization/
June 02, 2021
S2E21: Aneel Lakhani on startup marketing and enterprise clients
In this episode Roll for Enterprise welcomes Aneel Lakhani as a guest. Aneel is a Marketing Exec, Startup Advisor, Growth Therapist, and Investor. After 25-plus years in technology, with stints in engineering, product, and marketing in big companies and startups--Aneel now serves as an advisor to mostly b2b enterprise software startups and VCs. Aneel shares his insights with Dominic, Lilac and Mike on the difference in marketing between startups and more established enterprises, getting your first enterprise clients as a startup and why it’s particularly hard on both sides and failure modes of tech marketing. References: Dominic on getting your first customer reference as a startup: https://findthethread.postach.io/post/reference-this You can find Aneel as @aneel on Twitter. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
May 23, 2021
S2E20: Ransomware on the rise with real world consequence; IBMs 2nm announcement and Apple hire/fire
Dominic, Mike and Zack are together again this week to discuss the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and all that we’ve learned since. People are still the weakest link in social engineering of attacks. Could China has prevented something like this thanks to their great firewall when compared to American or European companies? They also discussed various news items including: IBM surprise 2nm chip rollout which took everyone by surprise; Elon Musk’s Crypto announcements; and Apple’s hire and fire of Antonio García Martínez. Whom coincidentally is an ad tech person and signifies Apples move into ads, or some ads. https://twitter.com/dwellington/status/1392864211630530563 A Closer Look at the DarkSide Ransomware Gang https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/05/a-closer-look-at-the-darkside-ransomware-gang/ Tech audit of Colonial Pipeline found ‘glaring’ problems https://apnews.com/article/va-state-wire-technology-business-1f06c091c492c1630471d29a9cf6529d Colonial Pipeline paid hackers nearly $5 million ransom in cryptocurrency to restore network https://fortune.com/2021/05/13/colonial-pipeline-paid-hackers-5-million-ransom-cryptocurrency-ransomware-attack/ News roundup IBM Creates First 2nm Chip https://www.anandtech.com/show/16656/ibm-creates-first-2nm-chip Musk Sends Bitcoin Tumbling With Shock U-Turn on Payments https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-12/musk-says-tesla-suspending-bitcoin-purchases-citing-energy-use Musk Renews Critique of Bitcoin as Environmentally Unsustainable https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-13/musk-renews-critique-of-bitcoin-as-environmentally-unsustainable Spectacular failure of vetting by Apple HR, rapidly corrected https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/12/22433437/apple-hire-antonio-garcia-martinez-out-petition-investigation https://twitter.com/gassee/status/1392665221014032385 Recommendations Dominic Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir — but don’t start it at bedtime, because you will be up late reading “just one more page” Mike Crypto mining! Seriously! Zack Follow Dominic and Mike recommendation. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
May 16, 2021
Season 2 Episode 19: Misusing Excel with Priya Doty
Our guest on the podcast this week is Priya Doty. Priya is the Global VP Product Marketing for IBM’s iconic IBM Z brand and it’s all-Linux sister brand, LinuxONE. Unlike a lot of marketers, Priya has also been a developer, which means she enjoys deconstructing marketing messages by reading technical manuals. Based in Brooklyn, she is a mom, wife, and author of an upcoming fiction novel. Aside from majoring on the topic of Confidential Computing (and Cloud Security in general), Priya is all about the IBM Z platform, Product Marketing (Top 100 Influencer in PMM 2-Years Running!), and outside of work, writing. Confidential computing is a cloud computing technology that isolates sensitive data in a protected CPU enclave during processing. The contents of the enclave - the data being processed, and the techniques used to process it - are accessible only to authorized programming code, and invisible and unknowable to anything or anyone else, including the cloud provider. Gartner has called confidential computing a top trend for 2021, naming it and Fully Homomorphic Encryption as part of a trend for “Privacy Enhanced Computation”. Why IBM believes confidential computing is the future of cloud security Fully Homomorphic Encryption The Instagram ads Facebook won't show you The Changing Value Of Mistakes Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Our theme music is by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
May 09, 2021
S2E18: Basecamp: Politics and Culture at work
With the recent controversy surrounding Basecamp and David Hansson (https://twitter.com/dhh?s=20) Dominic, Lilac and Mike spent some time discussion their thoughts on the topic. Not an easy topic with a lot of different opinion and many consequences to be considered. Background: https://www.platformer.news/p/-what-really-happened-at-basecamp https://qz.com/work/2002100/why-basecamps-culture-memo-is-so-controversial/ https://twitter.com/dhh/status/1387343362013995009?s=21 https://twitter.com/dhh/status/1387044958377447424?s=21 https://twitter.com/dhh/status/1386773744484552715?s=21 https://twitter.com/anothercohen/status/1388237962991652865?s=21 Yes, a bunch of people took that severance package https://twitter.com/caseynewton/status/1388212468510380034?s=21 https://twitter.com/lizthegrey/status/1388300929506582530?s=21 https://www.adl.org/sites/default/files/documents/pyramid-of-hate.pdf Reference to Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber https://amzn.to/3vDWbE6 Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
May 02, 2021
Season 2 Episode 17: The Importance Of Core Skills (they’re not soft skills!)
The guest on this episode is Rachel Chalmers of Alchemist Accelerator. Rachel joined Alchemist from Autodesk, where she was Director, Transformation Growth Boards and Product Excellence. Prior to Autodesk, Rachel was a VC with Ignition Partners and Merian Ventures, leading investments in Docker, Wit.ai (acquired by Facebook), Unikernel (acquired by Docker) and Honeycomb.io. She began her career as employee number 10 with 451 Research (acquired by Standard & Poor), where she was the first analyst to cover VMware, Cloudera and Splunk. Find Rachel on Twitter and on LinkedIn. Alchemist Accelerator is at https://www.alchemistaccelerator.com Among many other things, our conversation touched on: “Survival strategies that have outlived their usefulness” “The humanities teach us what to do when STEM fails” The importance of core skills (they’re not soft skills!) And some truly excellent SF reading recommendations for those who listen all the way to the end Links mentioned by Dominic: Heart of Blandness: A Walking Tour of Silicon Valley manwhohasitall on Twitter Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
April 25, 2021
S2E16: Microsoft targets healthcare (again), Rocket Software expands reach, and Dell spins out VMware, plus the new must attend conferences, and Nvidia sets aggressive strategy in motion
The entire team was back together this week and there was a lot to discuss. There have been a slew of acquisitions in technology lately including Rocket Software acquisition of ASG, Microsoft’s acquisition of Nuance and then Dell decided to finally spinoff VMWare. IBM also renamed its services spinout Kyndryl. Nvidia’s ARM announcement, among what felt as 100 others from Nvidia, was also discussed as Nvidia seems to be getting better and better with every announcement and product they release. Finally the team is dreaming of conferences, but gone are the days of Cisco Live and VMWorld being the go to conference as Re:Invent and Ignite have taken the reigns as the go to conferences moving forward. Rocket Software acquires ASG Technologies https://www.rocketsoftware.com/news/rocket-software-extends-its-technology-and-global-reach-agreement-acquire-asg-technologies 70-90% of acquisitions fail https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2019/06/24/most-mergers-fail-because-people-arent-boxes/ Kyndryl https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/12/business/kyndryl-ibm-corporate-names/index.html Dell spinning off VMware https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/14/dell-jumps-as-it-unveils-vmware-stock-spinoff-plan.html Nvidia ARM server CPU https://www.anandtech.com/show/16610/nvidia-unveils-grace-a-highperformance-arm-server-cpu-for-use-in-ai-systems Microsoft buys Nuance, creators of Siri https://www.protocol.com/enterprise/microsoft-nuance-aws-google-ai Note: Microsoft is aiming to take over the desktop for the doctors with long-term target set on the front-end workflows in healthcare. Microsoft HealthVault is officially shutting down in November (2019) https://medcitynews.com/2019/04/microsoft-healthvault-is-officially-shutting-down-in-november/ Recommendations Dominic: Lego Space Shuttle https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/04/lego-has-a-new-2354-piece-nasa-space-shuttle-set-and-its-awesome/ Mike: Sunglasses tens.co Boulevard lenses https://tens.co/pages/boulevard-lens Zack: KLEAR UVC Sterilizing Cap + 32oz Water Bottle (https://mashable.com/shopping/april-9-klear-uvc-sterilizing-cap-32oz-water-bottle) Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
April 18, 2021
Season 2 Episode 15: Apple rumours, why creepy adtech doesn't work, and some Gmail tips
Zack, Mike, and Dominic discuss Tim Cook's interview in which he talks about AR, some news about the long-expected AirTags, and Dominic's delayed plans to spend more money on Apple's products. We also talked about the massive Facebook contact data leak — check if your details were included here. Dominic may have gone off on a bit of a rant about the ills of adtech and surveillance capitalism, but then again, he does have form here. Recommendations Dominic: when you register for some site, append the name to your Gmail address, like so: firstname.lastname@example.org. That way, when one site inevitably leaks your info, at least you'll know where it came from. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
April 10, 2021
S2E14: Fortinet making a home office play, AWS has a new leader, Intel proclaims it is back with a vengeance!?
Fortinet invest in Linksys to focus on securing home office network in a clear play to take advantage of the long term changes due to COVID. Meanwhile at AWS they announced that Tableau CEO, Adam Selipsky, an ex-AWS employee is replacing Andy Jassy. Could this be a sign that AWS is getting ready to spinout or is everyone too busy wondering why someone from the AWS ranks didn’t get the job? In silicon wars Intel announced a 20 billion dollar investment into new foundries in the US and proclaimed it is back with a vengeance. Surprising to us but definitely entertaining as usual! Fortinet invests $75 million in router maker Linksys with focus on securing home office networks https://www.zdnet.com/article/fortinet-invests-75-million-in-router-maker-linksys-with-focus-on-securing-home-office-networks/ IBM TV AD - Universal Business Adapter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIOqOxI0K_I Amazon building a networking chip https://seekingalpha.com/news/3677611-amazoncom-pursues-its-own-networking-chip-amid-frosty-broadcom-relationship-report. AWS New Leader AWS Picks Tableau’s Adam Selipsky As New CEO, Replacing Jassy https://www.crn.com/aws-picks-tableau-s-adam-selipsky-as-new-ceo-replacing-jassy AWS customers and partners confident in CEO transition — for now https://www.cio.com/article/3610228/aws-customers-and-partners-confident-in-ceo-transition-for-now.html Amazon News tweets https://twitter.com/amazonnews/status/1374911222361956359 https://www.lastweekinaws.com/blog/you-cant-trust-amazon-when-it-feels-threatened/ Intel Intel CEO Gelsinger commits to being a 'world-class foundry business', two new factories in Arizona https://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-ceo-gelsinger-outlines/ Justin Long commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLsAEBAnGd4 Aftershow Recommendations Dominic: NewsBlur, a web-based RSS reader (with mobile apps for both iOS and Android) which can also read your newsletters — including mine! Mike: The Tim Ferris Show Episode 506: Balaji Srinivasan on The Future of Bitcoin and Ethereum, How to Become Noncancelable, the Path to Personal Freedom and Wealth in a New World, the Changing Landscape of Warfare, and More https://tim.blog/2021/03/24/balaji-srinivasan/ Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Theme music by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
April 02, 2021
S2E13: Talking About Struggle With Grace Marshall
This week's guest is Grace Marshall. Author of the award-winning How to be Really Productive, Grace is known for her ‘refreshingly human’ approach to productivity. Featured in The Guardian, Forbes and Huffpost, her work as a Productivity Ninja with global productivity training company Think Productive has helped thousands of people to replace stress, overwhelm and frustration with success, sanity and satisfaction. We mainly discussed her new book Struggle: the surprising truth, beauty and opportunity hidden in life’s sh*ttier moments: In a world that’s obsessed with fast hacks, quick wins, and Instagram-perfection, struggle has become a taboo. A sign that something’s gone horribly wrong. But what if we’ve got it all wrong about getting it wrong? What if struggle isn’t a battle to fight, a trap to avoid, or a sign of weakness? What if struggle is precisely where the magic happens – where we do our best, most important work? With everyday observations and practical encouragement, Grace’s new book Struggle, shines a surprising new light on the truth, beauty and opportunity hidden in life’s shittier moments. You can find out more at StruggleTheBook.com. Grace lives in Stafford in the middle of the UK with her husband and two kids, continually working on being a good-enough mum most of the time, with intermittent lapses into hopelessness and brilliance. She can be found at GraceMarshall.com, on Twitter @GraceMarshall, IG @gracemarshallninja and LinkedIn. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Our theme music is by Renato Podestà. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
March 28, 2021
S2E12: MS Ignite Zeroes In On Industrial IoT & Manufacturing, No Code/Low Code Is the Gateway to Coding, Apple Escapes the Chip Shortage, And Are Analysts Being Surpassed by Business Consultants
MS Ignite https://myignite.microsoft.com/home Industrial IoT was a trend at re:invent and continued at MS Ignite with the cloud reaching into the network edge and deep into manufacturing. Manufacturing is going through an evolution, and that's why the cloud is focused there. Companies are taking more of a nationalistic approach toward manufacturing. There's a real push for the first time in a long time for all countries, not only the US, to build more factories at home. This push will result in a revolution, so it's a market that will accelerate, so Amazon and MSFT see the opening and push for new technologies. Microsoft Power Fx The low-code programming language for everyone https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-microsoft-power-fx-the-low-code-programming-language-for-everyone/ Based on Excel syntax! Convergence with "real" programming https://www.theregister.com/2021/03/02/microsoft_debuts_lowcode_power_fx/ And wtf was going on with Cirque du Soleil? MSFT for the win again!! microsoft-ai-powerpoint-presenter-coach-available-desktop-mobile No Code/Low Code One major analyst firm doesn't buy-in and only views "lower code." Insights from Mike: The way to get people into programming is to start with No Code/Low Code, and then people will want more and more and begin to code eventually. The avenue to come in is different, and I think that no code/low code is here to stay. Insights from Lilac: It (no code/low code) lowers the barrier to entry in what was seen as specialized and usually for a very specific club of people, often a boys club of people who had had CS degrees. Virtual events — Gartner charging $1000 plus for virtual events Insights from Dominic: MS Ignite was free as most virtual events were this past year. These events are valuable, but it typically isn't the part on the official agenda, it's the hallways track, coffee break, and networking and meeting people, and I have yet to see a visual format where all of that works. What does the future hold for analysts? Are analysts being surpassed by business consultants? Are analysts seeing a risk for the first time that wasn't there before? Will the analyst and their research maintain staying power? The business analysts with newsletters and opinions are taking the story telling may be taking away from traditional analysts. You go to the analyst for thought leadership, but you can get that from talking to CIOs, industry leaders, and platforms, including podcasts and Clubhouse. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
March 21, 2021
Season 2 Episode 11: From Product Management to Product Marketing and Back, with Jason Garbis
With special guest Jason Garbis from Appgate. Jason has worked in the software industry for over 30 years, in roles that include software engineer, technical consultant, marketing, product marketing, and product management. This makes him extremely old! Despite his advanced age, he manages to remain productive in his role as SVP of Products at Appgate, a security vendor. He is also co-chair of the SDP Zero Trust Working Group at the Cloud Security Alliance, and just published a book - “Zero Trust Security: An Enterprise Guide”. You can find him on Twitter and LinkedIn Try different things: skill stacking Music by Renato Podestà. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
March 12, 2021
S2E10: SLOs and SREs a conversation with Brian Singer from Nobl9
In this episode of Roll For Enterprise the team sits down with Brian Singer of Nobl9 to discuss SLOs and SREs. Brian Singer is a product-focused entrepreneur with a passion for enterprise software, cloud computing, and reliability engineering. He is co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Nobl9, a Battery-backed company building a platform to optimize software reliability. His previous company, Orbitera, was acquired by Google where he adapted the SaaS product to follow Google’s best practices for production and reliability. Prior to Orbitera, Brian worked for BMC and Novell. Brian holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Brown University and an MBA from MIT. He resides in the Boston area where he is perfecting his golf swing. https://www.linkedin.com/in/briantsinger/ Nobl9 is the first Service Level Objective (SLO) platform that transforms your existing reliability metrics (i.e. Datadog, Prometheus, New Relic etc.) into actionable indicators of application performance and user experience via a modern engineering workflow (think GitOps / Infra-as-Code) resulting in greater ROI from your reliability initiatives. https://nobl9.com Nobl9 news: https://techcrunch.com/2021/02/10/nobl9-raises-21m-series-b-for-its-slo-management-platform/ Brian’s book recommendation: Implementing Service Level Objectives https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FBP3ZRH/ Site Reliability Engineering: https://www.amazon.com/Site-Reliability-Engineering-Production-Systems-ebook/dp/B01DCPXKZ6/ Brian’s Community Reference: Beyond Seattle SRE https://www.meetup.com/Beyond-Seattle-SRE/ SLO Conference mentioned by Brian: SLOconf https://twitter.com/SLOConf Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
March 07, 2021
S2E9: IT Career Advice, How to Pace Yourself & Avoid Burnout
Spoon theory ‘Nano transitions’ are the secret to staying productive and avoiding burnout How to avoid being controlled by your digital tools Microsoft giving employees extra paid days off to ease pandemic stress https://twitter.com/beeonaposy/status/1365022176684965896 Airbnb predicts 'significant' travel rebound Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon Calls For Workers To Return To The Office — yes, Dominic misspoke and said BlackRock, but it was actually Goldman Sachs Jason Fried Notes Face-to-face real-time should be the last resort, not the first resort. Many people can't work full time right now, and leadership must recognize that from a leadership perspective. Leadership needs to set the stage and realize that everyone can't put in a full day. We need to find balance right now. The communication style is different in the office. It's real-time, pulling into a meeting, or walking over to a. Cube, or shouting down the hall. We don't need to turn everything into a real-time conversation. Sitting on a zoom call sucks, it's draining. Zoom meetings, it sucks to sit on one. We have to stop doing that and write things up instead and give more people time to themselves. People need longer stretches of uninterrupted time. If 2-3 people need to get together, they'll start a zoom right up. There is value in a face-to-face social hour. 5x12, where 5 people once a month randomly get together every month to talk about something non-work-related for an hour. Recommendations/Rants Zack Home gym equipment Aftershow Stanley Tucci on Negroni NYT Negroni recipe https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/12519-negroni Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
February 28, 2021
S2E8: Rule 34 of Enterprise IT: There’s An Acronym Of It, No Exceptions
What would it mean for IT Ops to be an actually mature discipline, rather than one that is still maturing? One indication would be that there would be no need to follow the developing trends as new ideas (slowly) percolate through to the mainstream. Top 8 DevOps Trends for 2021 Rise of serverless: Is serverless hitting the mainstream? 2021 DevOps Predictions The blog post by Mike Gualtieri at Forrester that started the NoOps conversation: I Don’t Want DevOps. I Want NoOps. Dominic's reaction: Not NoOps, but SmartOps Recommendations/Rants Mike: Zapier — automate all the things (but we're not sure how to pronounce it) Zack: Lemonade — new style insurance Dominic: a rant about CarPlay and Apple Car rumours that turned into a whole aftershow — skip it if you're not interested! Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
February 20, 2021
S2E7: IT Career Advice, Thoughts on Education and the Career Pivot
Recently there has been a lot of talk of getting into technology with a degree and the value of degrees compared to online training and certifications, etc.. Dominic, Zack, Mike and Lilac discuss the IT Career Roller Coster. They go through everything from career progression, generalist versus specialist and then dive into education. The differences in education in different countries, specifically US versus other countries. They also touch on the value of a degree and specifically an MBA. Is the value of an MBA the degree or the connections and social connection it creates? Listen to find out their thoughts. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/business/dealbook/education-student-loans-lambda-schools.html Recommendations/Rants Dominic Daylight Mike Best Espresso Beans in the US! https://herkimercoffee.com/ Lilac Kitty letter. Zack - All things Apple (https://www.twelvesouth.com) https://www.twelvesouth.com/products/hirise-wireless https://www.twelvesouth.com/products/hirise-for-macbook Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
February 14, 2021
S2E6: Cloud Wars and The future Amazon
Now that the big three have reported earnings, let’s compare Cloud growth. AWS vs. Azure vs. GCP - The quarterly review Note: In the late 2000s, the top 5 public cloud companies' market capitalization was approximately 14Bil. Today those top 5 public companies have a market cap of over 600Bil, a 40x increase in the value in the past decade. What’s bigger news Jeff Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO, Andy Jassy getting the job, or a new leader for AWS to be announced with Andy Jassy moving on? AWS is the logical evolution of Amazon, assembling undifferentiated units (books, VMs) to build higher-value service offerings; happy to iterate fast and fail in public if necessary as long as they learn something from it Amazon promotes Jassy after Microsoft promoted Nadella; cloud becoming more strategic https://twitter.com/counternotions/status/1357003413356228611?s=21 https://twitter.com/QuinnyPig/status/1357163267521531904?s=20 Recommendations/Rants Dominic iOS 14.5 Apple Watch unlocks iPhone Mike Anker Bluetooth Speaker: https://amzn.to/3jhdi9v Lilac Online ticket to ride Zack Turn your Apple watch into a full biometric reading device https://auraband.io Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
February 07, 2021
S2E5: Integration to the rescue! No-code / Low-code vs Kubernetes vs SaaS
Oracle launches APEX low-code offering: https://www.techradar.com/news/oracle-wants-to-drastically-simplify-app-development-with-new-low-code-service “SaaS has created an environment where departmental purchasing encourages people to try subscription-based point solutions when they need an edge or face a sudden shift in needs. This has led to an explosion of applications that SaaS purchasing will only accelerate. While this has sometimes encouraged the growth of silos, there is a real movement to connect products into platforms and ecosystems.” https://clients.451research.com/reportaction/101139/ (451 clients only) Remote work https://remoters.net/remote-work-trends-future-insights/ Recommendations/Rants Dominic Hush https://apps.apple.com/app/hush-for-safari/id1544743900 Mike DropBox because it works https://www.dropbox.com Zack Home Office Inspiration https://grovemade.com Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
January 31, 2021
S2E4: Intel’s comedy of errors and cloud platforms compared
Intel Intel's new CEO says troubled chip project is recovering https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/20/intel-intc-earnings-q4-2020.html Intel has to be better than ‘lifestyle company’ Apple at making CPUs, says new CEO https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/15/22232554/intel-ceo-apple-lifestyle-company-cpus-comment CES 2021 - Intel Mobileye https://newsroom.intel.com/news-releases/ces-2021-mobileye-avs-on-move/?utm_source=morning_brew#gs.qsf1o6 Intel and Mobileye are developing a lidar system-on-chip. Slated for 2025 production, the hardware could slash costs of self-driving tech stacks. Mobileye controls ~80% of the market for advanced driver-assist vision systems used by automakers today. Cloud Platforms Compared Cockroach Labs 2021 Cloud Report: https://www.cockroachlabs.com/guides/2021-cloud-report Recommendations/Rants Dominic Housework is a gear sport! Shark vacuum cleaner: https://amzn.to/37u7yFf Mike No recommendations this week — Instagram has failed Mike Zack Zero Ice Cooler (-4 to 68 degrees) https://mashable.com/shopping/jan-15-gosun-chill-solar-cooler/ Lilac Trello but with background pictures https://trello.com/en-US Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
January 24, 2021
Season 2 Episode 3: We Get A Klue
This week we are joined by Vincent Lo, VP of Product Marketing at Klue, a Competitive Enablement company. A 20 year veteran in tech with a wealth of experiences across product, engineering, sales, and marketing, Vincent is an engineer who loves to bring innovative products to market. He’s also a, literally, certified wine geek and spends his down time poking at ways to discover and uncover interesting wines from around the world. Klue, the highest-rated competitive intelligence platform on the market (as rated by real users on G2), helps companies collect and curate hard to find competitive intelligence, centralize the best of what the web knows about your competition with the best of what your employees know into a single repository. Klue’s approach to competitive enablement is attracting leading enterprise customers like Cisco, Tableau, Dell EMC, Red Hat, Shopify and Drift. To name half a dozen. It’s the top platform for supporting enterprise teams to scale, enabling revenue teams with the real-time information to position and message to win competitive deals, and helping Product Marketers deliver trusted and actionable insights across the entire org. Hit Vincent up on LinkedIn or on Twitter if you want to talk shop or wine. Or hit up Klue’s website for resources and best practices on how to help your sales team kick the competition’s butt with actionable competitive intelligence.
January 17, 2021
Season 2 Episode 2: Security awareness driving patterns in SaaS M&A
JetBrains denies being involved in SolarWinds hack JetBrains denies reports that is being under investigation and somehow related to the SolarWinds breach. https://www.zdnet.com/article/jetbrains-denies-being-involved-in-solarwinds-hack/ M&A Market Top fundraiser Thoma Bravo bets software’s red-hot run is far from over https://www.pehub.com/top-fundraiser-thoma-bravo-bets-softwares-red-hot-run-is-far-from-over/ The problem of customer references for startups https://findthethread.postach.io/post/reference-this Alphabet Union We Built Google. This Is Not the Company We Want to Work For. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/04/opinion/google-union.html Here’s what we know about the Google union so far https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/5/22215171/google-alphabet-union-cwa-organizers-goals-explainer Recommendations/Rants Dominic Knog Blinder front light https://amzn.to/2KDU7cE Knog Blinder rear light https://amzn.to/3p1Src5 Knog low-profile bell https://amzn.to/3nvDBtU Mike Gyroscopic Training Ball https://powerballs.com/ Zack Virtual Escape Rooms for Team Building in 2021 https://teambuilding.com/blog/virtual-escape-rooms Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
January 10, 2021
S2E1: 2021 Predictions
Happy New Year! Lilac is back for our first episode of the new year! Naturally we kick it off with our predictions for the new year. Amazon dominated prediction like everything else lately. Mike predicts Amazon will spin out AWS before it comes under tighter DOJ scrutiny over their practices. This way they can continue to featuring everyones business and continue killing startups and competition. Everyone agreed that Amazon should take a lesson from Microsoft and lose the arrogance. Dominic predicted a change in the nature of Open Source where Open Source moving towards SaaS might not matter to organization as much. Could Open Source diminish? Lilac suggest a major shift coming in real estate as we never build house or expected to need space for every member of your family to have a video conferencing space. Zack predicts the battle for industrial workloads to move front and center and a true battle for industry 4.0 to break out. Player will want to dominate as Industry 4.0 will grow like never before. Other predictions: AI assistance (or self help) for employees will become front and center in 2021. More cloud outages and security breaches are to be expected and become common place with company building around them to adapt. A Discord tie-up with Zoom? There are only two real corporate instant messenger platforms left and a third player needs to emerge after Salesforce acquisition of Salesforce. Ethic in AI will become a more common place discussion in corporations everywhere. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
January 01, 2021
Episode 34: 2020 Hindsight
It's a festive miracle: we made it all the way to the end of 2020! We looked back on the major events in 2020 from an enterprise IT perspective. Lilac Schoenbeck joined us once again, and helped us consider the wider implications of remote work. It's not just about a spike in the sales of webcams; there have also been major career impacts that have fallen disproportionately on women. We were all in agreement that WfH during a pandemic is way harder than during normal times, much more so than we had expected. Zoom fatigue is very real, and is also a symptom of Zoom having (so far) failed to convert its sudden cultural relevance into anything larger. Some major cloud outages during 2020 also highlighted the widespread impacts of single provider failures. Could this be a symptom of the fact that AWS especially seems to be focusing on individual services in isolation, without any wider vision — apart from TOTAL DOMINATION, of course? Thanks for listening to us in 2020!
December 24, 2020
Episode 33: AWS re:Invent recap and why AWS is like Brookstone plus the SolarWinds Hack
AWS re:Invent AWS Expands Industrial Offerings https://www.morningbrew.com/emerging-tech/stories/2020/12/04/aws-expands-industrial-offerings AWS re:Invent 2020 – Top Announcements https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-reinvent-announcements-2020/ Amazon Monitron https://aws.amazon.com/monitron/ AWS Panorama Appliance https://aws.amazon.com/panorama/appliance/ Other news SolarWinds https://www.csoonline.com/article/3601508/solarwinds-supply-chain-attack-explained-why-organizations-were-not-prepared.html Salesforce rolls out low-code environment Flow Orchestrator https://www.salesforce.com/news/press-releases/2020/12/02/introducing-salesforce-einstein-automate/ Chrome is bad https://chromeisbad.com Recommendations/Rants Dominic Velcro zip-ties https://amzn.to/3msG86Z Mike Oura Ring: ww.oura.com Zack USPS https://www.usps.com/ Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
December 20, 2020
Episode 32: The One About ITSM
Special guest: Claire Agutter Claire Agutter is a service management trainer, consultant and author. She is the director at ITSM Zone, providing accredited eLearning in ITIL, DevOps, BRM and more, and also at Scopism, publisher of the SIAM Foundation and Professional books. In 2018, 19 and 20 she was recognised by Computer Weekly as one of the 50 most influential women in tech, and in 2017, 18 and 19 she was recognised as an HDI Top 25 Thought Leader. Claire is the host of the popular ITSM Crowd YouTube channel, and Chief Architect for VeriSM. https://twitter.com/ClaireAgutter https://www.linkedin.com/in/claireagutter/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO1-auh6FwgROoXy--ozOMg ITSM recap What is the state of the art for ITSM? Where did it come from? What do we mean when we say “ITSM”? Everything started with ITIL (and Prince), now it's more about lean IT. “Everything we wrap around tech to make it do what we want for the organisation” Problem: Thinking about people like software, “how do we upgrade our people” “This will shock no one in #ITSM but having attended a lot of virtual events, my conclusion is...it's not about the #technology, it's about the people. Organisation, communication, community are what really matter” https://twitter.com/ClaireAgutter/status/1333450454790000642 ITSM and DevOps How relevant is ITSM if everyone is off being agile? Tribalism, guardrails Scope of service management — applies more to supply chain than consumers ITSM in the cloud How does moving to the cloud affect ITSM? Does it increase or decrease the need for process? SIAM for integration and management of many suppliers Geo differences: big in EMEA, APJ, but nothing in US/CA IPaaS integration platform as next step in evolution from swivel-chair approaches, through RBA, to RPA and beyond Should startups implement ITSM? Should large established enterprises model startups’ agility? More from Claire 2020 has accelerated digital transformation beyond all expectations. As well as coping with a crisis, we need leaders and teams who can create the organisation of the future. ITSM Zone has been helping companies build their digital skills for more than 10 years - and all of our training is online. Visit itsm.zone and see our full catalogue including Agile, DevOps, ITIL, VeriSM and more. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
December 13, 2020
Episode 31: Thoughts on AWS Re:Invent the Channel and Microsoft
AWS re:Invent https://reinvent.awsevents.com/ Andy Jassy’s 10 Boldest Statements At AWS re:Invent 2020 https://www.crn.com/slide-shows/cloud/andy-jassy-s-10-boldest-statements-at-aws-re-invent-2020/2 AWS Marketplace Now Offers Professional Services https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-marketplace-now-offers-professional-services/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AmazonWebServicesBlog+%28Amazon+Web+Services+Blog%29 reQuinnvent: A reInvent Partner Keynote Rebuttal / your questions answered https://www.twitch.tv/videos/824558423 Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
December 06, 2020
Episode 30: IBM buys Instana, Salesforce may be buying Slack, AWS takes down a big chunk of the web (again) — and we are all thankful for Slack and Zoom
IBM buys Instana — what does this mean for the monitoring market https://venturebeat.com/2020/11/18/ibm-acquires-instana-for-its-ai-powered-app-performance-monitoring/ Is this a sign of more monitoring deals to come? 451 Research's M&A KnowledgeBase has recorded more than 50 'monitoring' purchases, on average, for each year since 2015, which is two-thirds higher than the number of deals in the first half of the decade. Salesforce may be buying Slack https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/25/tech/slack-stock-salesforce-acquisition-rumors/index.html What does this mean for adoption? Did Teams steal Slack’s growth, or did they fumble execution all by themselves? And what does this mean for Zoom? With everyone working from home, we have not seen a real change in remote working compared to before; Slack & Zoom are still Slack & Zoom, just with more people. (But also: https://daringfireball.net/linked/2020/11/25/slack-salesforce ) Amazon outage https://www.theverge.com/2020/11/25/21719396/amazon-web-services-aws-outage-down-internet Anchor affected! https://twitter.com/discoposse/status/1331667061748211719 Instead of recommendations, we talked about what we are thankful for Dominic Slack, Zoom, and all the rest of the apps & services that have made it possible to work remotely this year Mike Home office space Zack This podcast and our chat channel Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
November 28, 2020
Episode 29: How do you use the cloud? Spoiler Alert: Not with Oracle!
How do people actually use the cloud? Is it still raw infrastructure components, lifted & shifted from on-premises data centers, or are people architecting apps differently in a cloud-native world? Servers > VMs > Containers > Functions The Big Three providers and what differentiates them Who’s the customer: developers or business users Openshift At The Center Of The Hybrid Cloud Storm https://www.nextplatform.com/2020/11/17/openshift-at-the-center-of-the-hybrid-cloud-storm/ John Chambers: Why tech companies need to reinvent themselves every three to four years https://www.vox.com/2018/10/10/17957886/john-chambers-cisco-connecting-dots-book-leadership-management-kara-swisher-recode-decode-podcast How Many AWS Services Are There in 2020? https://cloudwith.me/posts/how-many-aws-services-are-there-in-2020 Killed by Google https://twitter.com/killedbygoogle What is Backend as a Service (BaaS): https://george-51059.medium.com/backend-as-a-service-list-9104bdce845e Recommendations Dominic Charles Stross, “Dead Lies Dreaming” https://amzn.to/2UxPfrx Mike Oura Ring https://ouraring.com/ Zack Grammarly - AI-powered writing tool. Checks for spelling, syntax, punctuation, tone, plagiarism.Freemium model with paid tiers for additional features. https://www.grammarly.com Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
November 22, 2020
Episode 28: Triskaidekaphobia
How technical should you be, as a manager or a marketer? At what point is it okay to accept that you’re no longer hands-on? Vice versa, how do you keep up to speed enough to make intelligent decisions? William Gibson quote, from “Johnny Mnemonic” (published as part of “Burning Chrome”): “These days, though, you have to be pretty technical before you can even aspire to crudeness.” Skill stacking (although Dominic didn’t yet know the term when he wrote this post): https://findthethread.postach.io/post/intersections The value of reference customers How to avoid burning them out — user groups let you go one-to-many Why a warts-and-all story may actually be better than a “perfect” reference The power of internal references within a company Should marketing departments have their own engineers? https://firstround.com/review/The-Case-for-Why-Marketing-Should-Have-Its-Own-Engineers/ Low-code/no-code, Microsoft, and open-source Guido Van Rossum joins Microsoft: twitter.com/gvanrossum/status/1326932991566700549 Recommendations Dominic Reverse recommendation! Since Apple didn’t announce a monitor that costs less than several of my early cars, what 4k monitor should I get? Zack and Mike came out strongly in favour of Dell curved monitors, which are tempting, but what else should I consider? Mike Italians Mad About Food (see here for some context, or just enjoy the tweets) Zack Naps Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
November 15, 2020
Episode 27: What's a CIO to do, balancing recurring costs, IT fragmentation, and the promised benefits of cloud computing?
Cloud computing is always in the news — but the reason we are talking about it on the podcast is that this feels like a tipping point. Famously, Snowflake had a cloud-only strategy from day one, and that seems to have worked out pretty well for them. Now, others are moving in the same direction, with Atlassian planning to end sale and support of their on-premise server product and go cloud-only: https://www.zdnet.com/article/atlassian-to-end-sale-and-support-of-on-premise-server-products-by-2024/ There is a recurring revenue trap. There is no way back. Cloud delivery does save time, but if you are a growth company, then as you add more users you pay more, and soon enough the cost has ballooned. Now what? There might not be an easy way back. But the ratchet turns both ways: PAYG business models work for both users and providers, because they scale with utilisation (flat-fee cloud services with unlimited usage would not last very long). Marginal costs are a factor, and ideally you want to go up the stack and offer more differentiated services that command higher margins so that you can amortise your fixed costs better. Recurring revenue aligns incentives better between user and vendor: https://findthethread.postach.io/post/incentives-drive-behaviour-security-is-no-exception This conversation is becoming more critical as cloud becomes the default: https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/13/the-good-saas-times-will-end-and-challenges-are-coming/ The calculation is about CapEx vs OpEx, efficiency vs resilience. Also as companies modernize (or try to) there is often no business case. There might be a road to a business case — if your CIO doesn’t get fired! IT Fragmentation is another factor. We all know shadow IT is IT, but there is an issue with the power of cloud offerings: too many people with too much power and no idea what they can do. Next thing you know someone turns on or off a feature and your company is paralyzed. Finally, what about skills? All this abstraction risks creating skill silos; will new generations of technologists need specific vocational training? Will they be trapped in one particular domain, without transferrable skills? Recommendations Dominic Bicycles — bicycles are good Mike Smokeless Backyard Firepit - We all need to be outside this winter to survive the dark winter ahead. Be smart. https://breeo.co/ Zack Exercising in front of YouTube videos Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
November 07, 2020
Lilac Schoenbeck returns for a discussion on RPA and the acceleration of SaaS
This week we welcome back friend of the show, Lilac Schoenbeck, VP of Go-To-Market Strategy at Rocket Software. This was very timely, since it gave us a chance to discuss Rocket’s new acquisitions: https://www.rocketsoftware.com/news/rocket-software-acquires-connectiq-and-webconnect-activeops-delivering-rpa-mainframe We were especially interested to talk about the RPA side of things, including what increased automation means for the job market. RPA can be thought of as APIs for humans… Also, it turns out mainframes are still everywhere, mainly because they work, and unless and until the business process that they automate changes, it’s not worth the effort and risk to move automation of that process to a different platform. Multi-cloud and hybrid cloud: is this time different? Cloud computing is always in the news — but the reason we are talking about it on the podcast is that this feels like a tipping point. Famously, Snowflake had a cloud-only strategy from day one, and that seems to have worked out pretty well for them. Now, others are moving in the same direction, with Atlassian planning to end sale and support of their on-premise server product and go cloud-only: https://www.zdnet.com/article/atlassian-to-end-sale-and-support-of-on-premise-server-products-by-2024/ This cloud prioritization can lead to concerns about cloud lock-in, but because we are talking about middleware — SaaS or PaaS — that conversation plays out a bit differently than last time, when it was all about IaaS. For instance, MongoDB just launched multi-cloud clusters for the Atlas DBaaS: https://diginomica.com/mongodb-forges-ahead-multi-cloud-agenda-announces-multi-cloud-clusters-atlas (disclosure: Dominic’s employer) Recommendations Dominic “The Ministry For The Future”, Kim Stanley Robinson — especially for the talk of discounting future values Zack IDC FutureScape webinar series https://www.idc.com/events/futurescape (+1 from Dominic) Mike Microsoft Power Automate https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/ Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
November 02, 2020
How remote working is eroding culture and why we are starting to write obituaries for hardware companies; looking at you Cisco
Dominic, Zack and Mike discuss the long term impact working remote is having on the workforce including: Hiring while retaining culture Pay decreases if you move 3 day work week nonsense Rumors at Cisco and why hardware companies are in trouble. Why Mike thinks even if you aren’t a software companies you need to give the illusion you are like Nvidia. Also why channel partner are shifting to managed services as a result of hardware company troubles. Also the shift in MAC to PC. Is BYOD now benefitting PCs more than MACs? Who are these people asking for PCs? The Microsoft turn around has been strong for years now. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
October 24, 2020
Accelerating enterprise IT transformation with Presidio
Zack, Mike, and Dominic are joined this week by John Hanlon and Steven Palmese, respectively the CRO and CIO for Presidio. As the pandemic accelerated companies' journey to the cloud, challenges have emerged, whether migrating existing applications, building new cloud-native applications, or managing both the cloud and on-premise environments. In parallel with these infrastructure questions, digital business transformations have challenged the IT workforce and created demand for new roles and skills – both in IT and across every functional area. All of these evolutions are taking place against a backdrop of falling budgets and ever-greater expectations from the business and end-users. Presidio managed and professional services have spent the last years adding automation and AI/ML to their existing toolset, helping Presidio respond faster and more efficiently to ever-changing business needs. John and Steven share their thoughts on the high expectations placed on CIOs, the ever-changing IT workforce, the gradual acceptance of shadow IT, and the dos and don’ts of migrations to the cloud and adopting a cloud-first mindset. You can reach Presidio online at https://www.presidio.com, on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/presidio-/, and their Twitter handle is @Presidio, https://twitter.com/Presidio. Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
October 16, 2020
Nylas and the API Economy
Zack, Mike, and Dominic are joined this week by Matt Harper. Matt is Vice President of Marketing for Nylas, where he leads global marketing efforts for the API-first developer platform that serves customers like Dialpad, Ceridian, Hubspot and Move.com. Nylas most recently closed a Series B round for $25M this past June. Matt joined Nylas from Moogsoft, where he helped lead the company from Series B through Series D rounds, raising nearly $100M and scaling the company’s revenues by over 6x. Previously, Matt led marketing departments at Glassdoor and Sony PlayStation, where he led digital marketing efforts for the PlayStation 4. Nylas is a developer API platform that helps you quickly launch new productivity features without having to write custom code. Through a single integration, developers can leverage rich communications data to trigger automated workflow, like scheduling meetings or syncing data to a CRM. Learn more about Nylas at nylas.com or on Twitter @nylas. Some of the topics we discussed: Secular trends in the market - engineering as a blue-collar profession API adoption rates and insights into Twilio’s enterprise market penetration Combinatorial innovation, composable software What matters most to developers? Insights from market research. From monolithic suites to individual components — rise of REST APIs Why “best of breed” used to be a dirty word — and isn’t any longer Integration with “proper” development practices — versioning, backups, security, ongoing maintenance, etc What does DevOps look like when Dev is not developers and Ops is automated away? That blog post of Dominic's that he shamelessly promoted on air: Serving Two Causes Follow the show on Twitter @Roll4Enterprise or on our LinkedIn page. Please send us suggestions for topics and/or guests for future episodes!
October 09, 2020
Back To The Cloud
You’re doing cloud wrong Lift & shift leads to high costs, missed benefits https://www.theregister.com/2020/09/03/cloud_control_costs/ Cloud economists: Corey Quinn, Owen Rogers Embracing cloud requires org changes — decentralisation, delegation; Shadow IT comes out into the open BUT! All of this is not free, will coexist for some time with existing models — which leads to the dreaded bimodal IT See also https://cloudpundit.com/2020/09/18/the-multicloud-gelatinous-cube Stupid Sh*t Vendors Do — reprise Mike wishes that sales people would please stop selling through LinkedIn.... Beware of hobbyists Certain domains (security, ML) attract a vocational approach which may not follow organisations' best interests. How to align to organisational priorities, not just personal interest? Follow up iOS14, App Store moderation https://daringfireball.net/2020/09/widgetsmith_bunco_squad Automation VMware and SaltStack Important, But Not Exciting | Find the thread Recommendations Mike: Elon Musk interview on Sway talking about neural ink and our human meat flaps. Elon Musk: ‘A.I. Doesn’t Need to Hate Us to Destroy Us’ https://overcast.fm/+he8FSycfQ Dominic: Let there be light — put more lights around your working area, both for visibility on webcam and for your mood Zack: Vitamin D is good
October 02, 2020
DevOps, NoOps, GitOps, oh my!
You always need operations Is DevOps an oxymoron with the no code movement? Is it time to move on? What about GitOps? Snowflake can also be considered as shadow IT, or conversely, business empowerment through NoOps Dominic’s NoOps blog post: https://findthethread.postach.io/post/not-noops-but-smartops “Said no CEO ever: Things that don't matter in the cloud”: https://speakerdeck.com/caseywest/said-no-ceo-ever-things-that-dont-matter-in-the-cloud Forrester NoOps article: https://go.forrester.com/blogs/11-02-07-i_dont_want_devops_i_want_noops/ Lehman Brothers spreadsheet error: https://www.computerworld.com/article/2533631/excel-error-leaves-barclays-with-more-lehman-assets-than-it-bargained-for.html Lightning round Privacy Airlines and privacy https://mango.pdf.zone/finding-former-australian-prime-minister-tony-abbotts-passport-number-on-instagram AI/GPT-3 Microsoft teams up with OpenAI to exclusively license GPT-3 language model https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2020/09/22/microsoft-teams-up-with-openai-to-exclusively-license-gpt-3-language-model/ Is this exclusivity an issue? Recommendations Dominic Handwriting! Rotring 800 mechanical pencil https://amzn.to/2EuvEUC Mike’s pend of choice: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E6A9M8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Zack A diet based on caloric restriction might make you live longer. Starve your cancer cells and renew & rejuvenate. https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/08/20/553/prolon-starvation-diet/ Mike Amazon Ring drone camera! https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/24/21453709/ring-always-home-cam-indoor-drone-security-camera-price-specs-features-amazon
September 26, 2020
The Arm(s) race that Nvidia is winning; Airtable raising money confirming the LowCode movement; 6 months in the challenges of WFH
Arm & Nvidia The deal discussed: https://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmoorhead/2020/09/13/its-officialnvidia-acquires-arm-for-40b-to-create-what-could-be-a-computing-juggernaut/ But UK jobs at risk: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/sep/14/uk-tech-giant-arm-holdings-to-be-sold-to-us-company-nvidia-in-40bn-deal Follow up Low-code / no-code Airtable raises $185M https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/14/airtable-raises-185m-and-launches-new-low-code-and-automation-features/amp/#click=https://t.co/1ssv9830f3 WFH Free IDC whitepaper, featuring Dominic’s thoughts https://www.uk.idc.com/research-uk/what-organizations-need-to-do-now-to-accelerate Recommendations Dominic Soulver 3 https://apps.apple.com/app/soulver-3/id1508732804 for when a calculator isn’t enough, but a spreadsheet is too much Zack Facebook’s new VR headset Oculus Quest 2, priced at $299 (has an infinite office feature) https://techcrunch.com/2020/09/16/facebook-debuts-infinite-office-a-virtual-reality-office-space/ Mike No Filter https://www.amazon.com/No-Filter-Inside-Story-Instagram/dp/B07Y3TJ163/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=No+filter&qid=1600433523&sr=8-1
September 20, 2020
Automation making IT Infrastructure invisible and the market adapting to citizen developers; including AI
Reference Episode 3 Stupid Sh*t Vendors do: https://anchor.fm/roll-for-enterprise/episodes/Stupid-Sht-Vendors-Do-eedp3s Topic 1: Moving from monitoring to automation. Chef acquired by Progress (https://devops.com/progress-announces-acquisition-of-chef/) Chef to be acquired for $220M by Progress in ‘next chapter’ for Seattle automation tech company (https://www.geekwire.com/2020/chef-acquired-220m-progress-next-chapter-seattle-automation-tech-company/) Progress Q3 Preliminary Results and Chef Acquisition (https://investors.progress.com/static-files/ff4a1323-3cd6-4fc0-9b83-e9de625ad986) Autonomous operations, self-healing infrastructure Tanzu? https://mailchi.mp/thenewstack/aws-bottlerocket-blasts-off?e=cafeea848e Anthos? https://www.theregister.com/2020/08/26/google_anthos_onair/ Topic 2: Citizen developers Episode 6: What happened to the developers? https://anchor.fm/roll-for-enterprise/episodes/What-happened-to-the-developers-efbgqs What’s next for low-code/no-code? https://itbrief.co.nz/story/what-s-next-for-low-code-no-code OutSystems Pushes Low-Code Beyond Its Visual Basic Legacy – The New Stack https://thenewstack.io/outsystems-pushes-low-code-beyond-its-visual-basic-legacy/ Lightning round Jobs Dominic is hiring: Americas https://www.mongodb.com/careers/jobs/2317693 EMEA https://www.mongodb.com/careers/jobs/2318858 Recommendations: Mike: Not a recommendation but fascinating article from the Guardian: A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human? GPT-3 (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/08/robot-wrote-this-article-gpt-3) Dominic: https://www.moritzplassnig.com/saas-and-moving-downmarket-mongodbs-transformation/ disrupting yourself is hard, but it’s the only way to avoid being disrupted by someone else Zack: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/03/technology/fawkes-tool-protects-photos-from-facial-recognition.html Dazzle camouflage against facial recognition: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/01/privacy-campaigners-dazzle-camouflage-met-police-surveillance This week in Startups E1100 Clearview AI https://thisweekinstartups.com/e1100-clearview-ai-ceo-hoan-ton-that-on-facial-recognition-advancements-balancing-privacy-security-engaging-with-controversy-more/
September 12, 2020
Veego: using AI to make your Internet better
Veego (https://www.veego.io) is an Israeli startup aiming to perfect the internet experience of any connected home. They use AI techniques to detect and resolve any possible connectivity issue, from the home router. This week, we were joined by Denis Sirov, one of the founders. We had a good discussion on using technical monitoring data as a training set for AI/ML models, and how this use of AI can actually be privacy-preserving. Recurring topics: 5G, work from home, privacy. Links: Veego homepage: https://www.veego.io A16Z article on improving AI economics: https://a16z.com/2020/08/12/taming-the-tail-adventures-in-improving-ai-economics/ Recommendations: Dominic: Overlap — https://apps.apple.com/app/overlap-by-moleskine-studio/id1516950324 Mike: Finviz — https://finviz.com
September 04, 2020
Can't Get Out Of The Cloud
Dominic's back from the beach, where luckily there were no clouds. The question of the week is, can enterprises also avoid the cloud — and should they? We talked about cloud repatriation, and mentioned Lydia Leong's piece on the topic (https://cloudpundit.com/2020/07/27/hunting-the-dread-gazebo-of-repatriation/). Dominic also shamelessly plugged a piece of his own on multi-cloud in 2020 (https://diginomica.com/three-reasons-why-multi-cloud-back-and-here-stay), as well as Charity Major's piece on the future of Ops jobs (https://acloudguru.com/blog/engineering/the-future-of-ops-jobs). We didn't get around to mentioning Steve Yegge's piece on Google Cloud and how its deprecation policy makes it hard to love (https://email@example.com/dear-google-cloud-your-deprecation-policy-is-killing-you-ee7525dc05dc). Recommendations: Meeter app: https://apps.apple.com/app/meeter-for-zoom-teams-co/id1510445899 Decathlon Forclaz solar panel: https://www.decathlon.it/pannello-solare-trek100-10w-id_8485459.html Autonomous AI Zen Work Pod: https://www.autonomous.ai/zen-work-pod Follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Roll4Enterprise) and on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company/roll-for-enterprise/)!
August 28, 2020
The impact of FOMO on IT Strategy and Operations
While Dominic is enjoying the sandy beaches of Italy, Zack and Mike welcome back Lilac Schoenbeck VP, Go-to-Market Strategy for Rocket Software https://www.rocketsoftware.com/. This week they discuss the "fear of missing out" occurring in IT departments everywhere. The pressure imposed by the analysts & marketing to keep up with all other "cool" companies. Casting doubt on this catch up/keep up culture, and the need to differentiate and strive. Are we doing it all wrong? Does IT really need always to follow the latest trend? Do we need to look further than optimizing and efficiencies? Are we tackling optimization and efficiencies in IT rather than in the care business? In case you hadn't realized it, IT is part of the business, so if you're trying to align or bring closer, IT strategy and business strategy, we fear you are doing it all wrong and are already off base.
August 23, 2020
Pressure Cooker: The constant unrelenting pressure on Enterprise IT to keep up and stay ahead
While Dominic is enjoying the sandy beaches of Italy, Zack and Mike welcome back Lilac Schoenbeck (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lilac/) VP, Go-to-Market Strategy for Rocket Software https://www.rocketsoftware.com/ Together they discuss what exactly does it mean when cloud is moving on premise and the challenges it poses to IT. Why does it matter? And isn't infrastructure just infrastructure? Followed by a discussion on the mounting pressure on IT to keep up, innovate and change at break neck speeds. The discuss turns to the challenges around budgets, tech talent and from the business itself. Where are the true decisions makers? Be prepared to count how many times you hear the term Mainframe, AS/400, iSeries and Power. Not to mention Zack’s favorite terms containers and kubernetes.
August 16, 2020
iPadOS breaks through on productivity, while The Great Wall between China and the US can lead to multiple internets
The “Wall” is expanding, no not that wall, The Great Firewall between the US and China! Five reasons why the government’s Clean Network plan will be difficult to enforce. Plus, what are you waiting for, iOS 14 is here and there’s a reason to download! iPadOS 14 introduces new features designed specifically for iPad https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/06/ipados-14-introduces-new-features-designed-specifically-for-ipad/ Note taking https://findthethread.postach.io/post/note-taking mmhmm https://www.mmhmm.app/ A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace https://www.eff.org/cyberspace-independence Announcing the Expansion of the Clean Network to Safeguard America’s Assets https://www.state.gov/announcing-the-expansion-of-the-clean-network-to-safeguard-americas-assets/ The real reason Microsoft wants to buy TikTok. Microsoft could use video data from its potential acquisition of TikTok to train AI systems and learn more about its consumers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/08/05/microsoft-tiktok-ai/
August 09, 2020
If the cloud is on-prem is it still cloud?
In this week's episode: Dominic, Zack and Mike tackle the antitrust hearing from big tech (Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple) and the monster earnings announcement the next day. Virtual Conference and the continuing pain. Conferences need to change! Google Next has moved to 9 weeks long — and what is Gartner doing? Cloud, and specifically on premises cloud. When did cloud move on prem, and can it still be cloud if it is on prem? What exactly is the benefit here? https://cloudpundit.com/2020/07/27/hunting-the-dread-gazebo-of-repatriation/ We close it off with a discussion of GPT-3 and the benefits versus worries for some of us. https://thenextweb.com/neural/2020/07/23/openais-new-gpt-3-language-explained-in-under-3-minutes-syndication/
August 03, 2020
The Future's Cloudy
In this week's episode: Slack vs Microsoft, ARM updates, and what it's like to sell and buy enterprise software that lives in the cloud. Links: Slack Accuses Microsoft of Illegally Crushing Competition: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/22/technology/slack-microsoft-antitrust.html; Nvidia Eyes Biggest-Ever Chip Deal in Pursuit of SoftBank’s Arm https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-22/softbank-s-chip-company-arm-is-said-to-attract-nvidia-interest; Intel's 7nm is Broken, Company Announces Delay Until 2022, 2023 https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-announces-delay-to-7nm-processors-now-one-year-behind-expectations; Zawinski's Law http://catb.org/jargon/html/Z/Zawinskis-Law.html
July 24, 2020
News: Zoom and Microsoft announce all-in-one devices designed for home-office conference calls Zoom introduces all-in-one home communications appliance for $599: https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/15/zoom-introduces-all-in-one-home-communications-appliance-for-599/ Microsoft Teams smart displays make it easier to work from home https://www.slashgear.com/microsoft-teams-smart-displays-make-it-easier-to-work-from-home-09628391/ We compared these to Cisco's existing all-in-one devices: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collaboration-endpoints/dx80/index.html News: UK to purge Huawei from 5G by end of 2027 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-huawei/uk-to-purge-huawei-from-5g-by-2027-angering-china-and-pleasing-u-s-idUSKCN24E30P Some context: The Nortel Job https://www.magzter.com/article/Business/Bloomberg-Businessweek/The-Nortel-Job Main topic: Open source in the enterprise — how much do buyers care about OSS specifically? Google Istio trademark announcement: https://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-googles-new-kind-of-open-source-organization-is-not-vendor-neutral/ Rancher acquisition: https://rancher.com/press/suse-to-acquire-rancher/
July 20, 2020
Building A Legacy
A Double-Digit Episode Spectacular! For Episode 10 (or should that be Episode X?), we invited a very special guest: Lilac Schoenbeck (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lilac/). We discussed remote events briefly, riffing off Dominic's recent blog post: https://findthethread.postach.io/post/remote-events After that, we had a wide-ranging discussion about legacy technology, how come "legacy" is a bad word in the technology industry — but not in the outside world, how technologies become legacy, and what value users find in these technologies. Some topics that came up: Pace Layering https://findthethread.postach.io/post/tech-in-layers ; Gartner and bimodal IT https://findthethread.postach.io/post/bimodal-or-bi-model ; Walled-up server https://www.theregister.com/2001/04/12/missing_novell_server_discovered_after/ ; John Chambers quote: "50% of Fortune 500 Won’t Exist in 10 Years" https://www.sdxcentral.com/articles/news/john-chambers-50-of-fortune-500-wont-exist-in-10-years/2020/06/
July 13, 2020
Culture Eats Covid For Breakfast
Follow-up from last week: Apple Silicon Benchmarks: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/06/developers-leak-benchmarks-from-the-apple-silicon-mac-transition-kit/ Low-code / no-code platform wars: Amazon Honeycode: https://youtu.be/vMR2KOJUEr8 https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/introducing-amazon-honeycode-build-web-mobile-apps-without-writing-code/ The Corey Quinn quote I mentioned was from issue #168 of his newsletter, which is not yet online but will be linked from here when it is: https://www.lastweekinaws.com/newsletter/ Microsoft announces STOCKHISTORY: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/excel-blog/announcing-stockhistory/ba-p/1404338 Google’s G Suite finalizes Connected Sheets and introduces AI-driven data cleanup tools https://venturebeat.com/2020/06/30/googles-g-suite-finalizes-connected-sheets-and-introduces-ai-driven-data-cleanup-tools/ UK TV interviews with kids' cameos: https://twitter.com/scottygb/status/1278358093710217216 https://twitter.com/haynesdeborah/status/1278404657992392704 The Cathedral and the Bazaar: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cathedral_and_the_Bazaar
July 04, 2020
StrongARMed Into The Cloud
Zack, Mike, and Dominic talk about ethics in AI, Macs moving to ARM CPUs, and what this might mean in the cloud. Links: Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm ARM Mac Impact On Intel Coal-free first for electricity in Great Britain An Unexpected Holiday
June 27, 2020
Welcome To The Network Of Tomorrow
Zack, Mike, and Dominic talk about Hey.com versus Apple, the latest Zoom news, and then get into the meat of 5G, SD-WAN, and the future of networking.
June 19, 2020
What happened to the developers?
What happened to the developers? Wait, you’re a developer? Everyone’s a developer! Zack, Mike, and Dominic discuss citizen developers, low-code/no-code, shadow IT, and more. Links: That Lehman Brothers spreadsheet story My newsletter story in full
June 12, 2020
The Robots Are Coming!
Mike, Zack, and Dominic talk robots — both the physical kind and software bots — and more importantly, what they mean for the IT industry and for society in general.
June 05, 2020
How The Magic Happens
Zack and Dominic pull back the curtain and show Mike some of the sales-side perspective on closing deals. It turns out, reputation matters — a lot, and the best way to build and keep a good reputation is to focus on your customer's business. That blog post about the economics of booth babes: https://findthethread.postach.io/post/babe-got-talent
May 31, 2020
Stupid Sh*t Vendors Do
Dominic and Zack interview Mike about what it's like to be on the receiving end of all those sales calls. The talk gets spicy, names are named, dirty tricks are shared… Tune in to hear the whole story!
May 22, 2020
Working From Home
In Episode Two, Dominic, Mike, and Zack talk about what it's like to work from home, and some of the longer-term implications of that switch. Does this mean SD-WAN and VDI are going to have the day? Does the corporate network edge now reach into employee's homes, and does that mean surveillance is okay? What about onboarding, especially for interns or people starting their first job in this climate? And how come we aren't hearing more about VR? Dominic's post about remote internships: https://diginomica.com/how-tech-internships-and-mentoring-should-work-lockdown Catch us on Twitter: @dwellington, @MikeIaniro, and @ZZilakakis
May 15, 2020
Zooming Right In
Dominic, Mike, and Zack kick off the podcast by getting into the news about Zoom, what it means in the enterprise, and what the longer-term prospects are for Zoom. Dominic's blog about Zoom: https://findthethread.postach.io/post/the-thing-with-zoom Zoom's announcement of the Keybase acquisition: https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/05/07/zoom-acquires-keybase-and-announces-goal-of-developing-the-most-broadly-used-enterprise-end-to-end-encryption-offering/ Keybase's version of that announcement: https://keybase.io/blog/keybase-joins-zoom Catch us on Twitter: @dwellington, @MikeIaniro, and @ZZilakakis
May 08, 2020