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Justin Warren interviews enterprise technology leaders to learn how to solve business problems with enterprise technology.

The Eigencast Justin Warren

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Justin Warren interviews enterprise technology leaders to learn how to solve business problems with enterprise technology.

    The Eigencast 032: Commvault Metallic

    The Eigencast 032: Commvault Metallic

    Justin talks to Commvault CEO Sanjay Mirchandani and Robert Kaloustian, leader of Commvault’s new Software-as-a-Service venture called Metallic.

    They discuss how Commvault created Metallic as an internal startup using Commvault’s resources but running as a separate entity to the rest of Commvault.

    Mirchandani explains who the new SaaS offering is for, and how it relates to the rest of Commvault’s products.

    They also talk about the broader market trends in data protection and data management, and what the likely reaction from Commvault’s competitors will be.


    * 00:00:00.000 Intro

    * 00:05:37.809 Rob Explains Why Metallic

    * 00:07:24.809 Internal Startup

    * 00:09:19.875 Which Cloud? Who Cares!

    * 00:10:26.564 SaaS Plus

    * 00:11:08.915 Mix and Match

    * 00:13:19.795 Balancing Choice With Ease of Use

    * 00:14:54.569 Enterprise Experience

    * 00:15:49.995 The Three Armed Sweater Problem

    * 00:16:37.649 The Size Of Metallic Customers

    * 00:17:25.129 Doing More With Backup Data

    * 00:19:31.289 Data Reuse

    * 00:21:43.849 Expected Competitor Reaction

    * 00:22:49.742 Reabsorb or Keep Separate?

    * 00:25:05.515 End Interview

    * 00:25:59.782 Outtakes


    * Learn more about Commvault Metallic


    This episode of The Eigencast was sponsored by PivotNine.

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    The Eigencast 031: Make-a-Wish Foundation

    The Eigencast 031: Make-a-Wish Foundation

    Justin talks to Bipin Jayaraj, CIO at Make-a-Wish Foundation on location at the VeeamON 2019 conference in Miami, FL.


    They discuss how Batkid broke their systems, and how natural disasters can make data recovery extra challenging.

    They also talk about the importance of understanding the mission of the organisation and making sure that IT supports it.

    Justin attended VeeamON as a guest of Veeam. Read his disclosure post here.


    * 00:00:00.000 Intro

    * 00:03:01.005 About the Make-a-Wish Foundation

    * 00:04:40.722 Dealing With All The Data

    * 00:05:28.209 First Time At VeeamON

    * 00:07:27.475 How Did Recovery Go?

    * 00:08:03.542 30% of Wishes Are Granted In Hawaii

    * 00:08:58.729 These Are Real Deadlines

    * 00:10:18.915 Motivating IT Teams

    * 00:11:20.969 Network Upgrade, or Grant Another Wish?

    * 00:13:04.635 Batkid Took The Systems Down

    * 00:14:41.782 Information Security In Not-For-Profit

    * 00:16:14.835 Educating NFPs About IT Risk

    * 00:17:28.529 Knowledge Sharing in NFPs

    * 00:18:52.129 Betting Big on Microsoft

    * 00:20:13.089 VR Wishes

    * 00:22:10.382 Outtakes


    * Learn more about the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

    * Learn about Batkid at Wikipedia.


    This episode of The Eigencast was sponsored by PivotNine.

    • 22 min
    The Eigencast 030: GitHub

    The Eigencast 030: GitHub

    Justin interviews Paul St John, VP of worldwide sales, and Sam Hunt, Sales Director APAC, from GitHub.

    In this wide ranging conversation, we cover the Microsoft acquisition and its likely impact on GitHub, what GitHub is for, and how the world of open source software intersects with the world of commercial software development.

    Open source has changed the world, but how do developers of open source software get paid for their efforts? What part, if any, does GitHub have to play? We discuss the way software development inside companies has been changed by open source practices.

    We also look at the massive rise of innovation in software around Asia, and how Australia could be well placed to lead this burgeoning boom. It will require a rethink of global software markets, and a change from the default assumption that Silicon Valley is the centre of the tech universe.

    It can’t happen in isolation, and the systems of management will need to change just as much as the tools of choice for software have changed. This is possibly the greater challenge, 


    * 00:00:00.000 Intro

    * 00:00:15.856 Episode Intro

    * 00:03:02.813 Interview

    * 00:08:00.746 Acquisition Angst

    * 00:10:43.493 More Open Means More People

    * 00:11:46.480 Github Flow All The Things

    * 00:13:25.026 Resourcing

    * 00:13:53.600 How do open source developers afford to eat?

    * 00:17:15.200 Foreshadowing

    * 00:18:23.520 Open source ist nicht länger verboten

    * 00:20:55.373 Data will eat software

    * 00:22:51.800 An Innovation Boom

    * 00:25:36.840 Exporting Electrons

    * 00:28:14.080 What’s Next?

    * 00:30:32.480 Management Hasn’t Caught Up

    * 00:31:55.373 Cultural Change

    * 00:34:57.866 Outtakes


    * News about Microsoft’s intention to acquire GitHub.

    * Justin’s main GitHub page.

    * The Eigenmagic GitHub organisation, and the twitforget repo for software that deletes your tweets.

    * GitHub Universe will be held in San Francisco, USA, on 16-17 October 2018.


    This episode of The Eigencast was sponsored by PivotNine.

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    The Eigencast 029: Robert Swan OBE and 2041.com

    The Eigencast 029: Robert Swan OBE and 2041.com

    Justin interviews Robert Swan, OBE and Chris Powell, Commvault’s Chief Marketing Officer, at the CommvaultGO conference in Maryland, VA 2017.

    They talk about motivating people, and how being positive doesn’t mean never criticising things.

    Robert talks about the importance of having a diverse team of people, and how he approaches building a team with the right mix of skills and experience.

    They discuss how people need to see results from their involvement, and that constant slog with no reward is demoralising. Robert talks about remaining relevant in a changing world, and being able to inspire young people to get involved.

    Chris and Robert explain that Commvault’s involvement isn’t just empty marketing, and Chris talks about the infectious charisma that Robert has.

    Chris has been running up hills dragging a tire training for this trip, so it’s not just a bit of silly marketing fluff, and I can attest to the palpable intensity that Robert has.


    * 00:00:00.000 Intro

    * 00:00:15.856 Episode Intro

    * 00:03:02.813 Interview

    * 00:03:47.346 Diversity In The Team

    * 00:07:18.480 Chris Joins The Trek

    * 00:09:23.546 The Everyday Remarkable

    * 00:13:44.680 Inspiring Young People

    * 00:17:17.853 Positive Marketing

    * 00:19:19.266 It’s Convenient Solutions Time

    * 00:21:19.879 Being Part Of Something Bigger

    * 00:24:11.906 Getting Results

    * 00:25:23.840 Just Do It

    * 00:27:24.426 Outtakes


    * Robert Swan’s 2041.com website, and the South Pole Energy Challenge.

    * The CommvaultGO 2017 conference website.

    * 2041 has an Instagram feed.


    This episode of The Eigencast was sponsored by PivotNine.




    • 28 min
    The Eigencast 028: Scripps Networks Goes To Cloud

    The Eigencast 028: Scripps Networks Goes To Cloud

    Justin talks to Mark Kelly, Director of Cloud Infrastructure at Scripps Networks, about Scripps’ move to cloud.

    They discuss how you need to convince more than the technical people of the value in moving to cloud systems. You need to convince the customers of the systems (‘The Business’) that their lives will be better if you do.

    They talk about what Sumo Logic was able to do for Scripps, and what systems now look like after having moved to cloud.

    Mark lets us in on some of the tips he has for managing the cultural transition required to do cloud well. It’s about much more than swapping out a few IT systems; it requires a whole new way of working, and thinking.

    Mark also explains how Scripps made use of AWS’ security consulting services when designing the new cloud-based systems, which was quite advanced thinking about security back in 2012. Plenty of organisations today lack the mature security thinking that Scripps had back then, so there’s plenty to learn there.

    Finally, Justin boggles a little at some of the tasks that humans have to perform in media land (manually removing images of Coke cans from media that isn’t allowed to have Coke in it because of the weird legals of media distribution? Yes, really.) and how Scripps is making use of machine learning/AI to do some of the tedious parts instead.


    * 00:00:00.000 Intro

    * 00:00:15.856 Episode Intro

    * 00:03:02.813 Interview

    * 00:07:12.959 Win Over The Business

    * 00:08:22.346 How Sumo Logic Was Chosen

    * 00:12:02.946 Cloud Is A State Of Mind

    * 00:13:04.960 Managing Cultural Change

    * 00:14:46.293 Handling Naysayers

    * 00:15:29.146 Security In The Cloud

    * 00:18:56.426 We Take Security Seriously

    * 00:20:06.026 What’s Next?

    * 00:22:53.920 Scrubbing Brands From Media

    * 00:27:24.426 Outtakes


    * The Scripps Networks Interactive website.

    * The Sumo Logic website.

    * Justin’s Laws of IT.


    This episode of The Eigencast was sponsored by PivotNine.



    • 28 min
    The Eigencast 027: VMworld 2017 Preview With Stu Miniman

    The Eigencast 027: VMworld 2017 Preview With Stu Miniman

    Justin talks to Stu Miniman from Silicon Angle Media about VMworld US 2017, to be held in Las Vegas on 27 – 31 August, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center.

    They discuss what makes VMworld special and compare it to other tech conferences on the calendar, and how the momentum seems to have shifted away from VMworld and towards other conferences. The independent conferences have all pretty much died, and they’re all vendor-led conferences now and revolve around that vendor’s ecosystem, so looking at where the conference momentum is tells you a lot about where the focus of the tech industry is.

    Right now, the focus is very much on cloud: AWS, Microsoft, and Google, and it’s more of a developer focus than the infrastructure. Infrastructure is still important, but it’s an underpinning, and after a good run soaking up the limelight, it is now moving back into the shadows as other brighter, shinier parts of the industry take centre-stage.

    They talk about how VMware is trying to stay relevant in this changing landscape, and how its partnership with cloud vendors (particularly IBM and AWS) are going, and what it means for the ecosystem.

    Stu and Justin also talk about what they’re looking forward to, and why they still enjoy going to VMworld. In short, it’s the community of people that go.


    * 00:00:00.000 Intro

    * 00:00:15.856 Episode Intro

    * 00:03:02.360 Interview

    * 00:05:16.906 VMworld and its History

    * 00:06:43.693 VMware As Enterprise Tech Cornerstone

    * 00:09:11.853 Developers Are A Different Crowd

    * 00:11:35.173 The Beginning of the End for VMworld?

    * 00:12:37.893 VMware and AWS: Friends, Foes, or Frenemies?

    * 00:16:00.625 What Is VMware on AWS For?

    * 00:19:32.413 Microsoft and Cloud

    * 00:19:48.279 Microsoft Gets Enterprise

    * 00:24:21.680 Running Applications on Fidget Spinners

    * 00:26:00.333 What Stu Is Looking Forward To At VMworld 2017

    * 00:26:13.826 VMunderground Opening Acts

    * 00:27:27.866 Making Money With VMware

    * 00:28:37.240 Finding Stu Online


    * The VMworld 2017 site.

    * Steve Ballmer demonstrates his love for developers at a Windows conference in 2000. That was 17 years ago, apparently.

    * Also this exists for some reason.

    * A prehistoric fidget spinner is also apparently a thing that exists.

    * VMunderground presents Opening Acts at VMworld 2017. You should definitely come along.

    * TheCube.net is where to watch Stu, me, and all the other hosts and guests during VMWorld 2017.


    This episode of The Eigencast was sponsored by PivotNine.


    • 32 min

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