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The New Stack Makers is all about the developers, software engineers and operations people who build at-scale architectures that change the way we develop and deploy software.

For The New Stack Analysts podcast, please see https://soundcloud.com/thenewstackanalysts

For The New Stack @ Scale podcast, please see https://soundcloud.com/thenewstackatscale

For The New Stack Context podcast, please see https://soundcloud.com/thenewstackcontext

Subcribe to TNS on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheNewStack

    Scaling New Heights Ep # 6 - From Rack and Stack to SaaS

    Scaling New Heights Ep # 6 - From Rack and Stack to SaaS

    Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews, conducted by Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart, that cover the challenges engineering managers have faced when scaling architectures to support the demands of the business.

    Rack and stack memories often come up when enterprise engineers talk about building an SaaS. There is respect there when people recall the work that others did.

    It’s something that is oftentimes lost, circa 2011-12, when startups rushed into the enterprise space. Social tech was hip. Cloud was fascinating. APIs, webhooks, the evolution of RSS into social technologies — it was like this sudden excitement, the intoxicating rush of services — loosely coupled technologies changing the world!

    Nicolas Fischbach, CTO of Forcepoint, provides a view that is often heard from enterprise managers at technology companies. The legacy technologies are there to stay but there is an excitement that comes from building a new SaaS.

    • 15 min
    Scaling New Heights Ep # 5 - Platform Resilience, a New Driver for a Roadside Assistance Company

    Scaling New Heights Ep # 5 - Platform Resilience, a New Driver for a Roadside Assistance Company

    Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews, conducted by Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart, that cover the challenges engineering managers have faced when scaling architectures to support the demands of the business.

    Roadside service. The car breaks down, the driver makes a call, an agent answers and help is on the way.

    Turn to the past few years and the agent is no longer central to the experience. The app is the roadside assistant. The change in the market has turned a company like Agero from a B2B company into one that deals directly with the consumer.

    Bernie Gracy is chief digital officer for Agero, a white label roadside assistance platform that provides support for 12 million roadside events per year through its digital assistance platform.

    Agero built its business on empathy as a foundation for its service. Its empathetic agents were tasked with getting travelers through often stressful experiences. Moving to a digital experience put a load on the platform that could not be sustained.

    • 16 min
    The Status of Cloud Native and Kubernetes Today

    The Status of Cloud Native and Kubernetes Today

    In this The New Stack Makers livestream podcast recorded ahead of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, Founder and Publisher Alex Williams and Managing Editor Joab Jackson hosted a roundtable discussion covering the status of cloud native adoption and its near- and long-term outlook. The guests were Rachel Stephens, an analyst for RedMonk, Steven Vaughan-Nichols, a long-time journalist for ZDNet and well-recognized Linux professional and Katie Gamanji, a cloud platform engineer for American Express and member of the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee.

    • 41 min
    Scaling New Heights Episode #4 - Maybe Building a DIY Logging Tool is Not the Best Idea

    Scaling New Heights Episode #4 - Maybe Building a DIY Logging Tool is Not the Best Idea

    Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews, conducted by Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart, who discusses the problems engineering managers have faced when scaling architectures to support the demands of the business.

    The idea behind building a logging analysis tool is fairly simple. That is until it’s time to scale across multiple teams and manage it beyond day two. Then things become a bit more complicated. There comes the temptation to build a logging platform because, well, how complicated could it be?

    • 20 min
    Scaling New Heights Episode #3: Nextdoor: Test Challenges Two Weeks Before Launch

    Scaling New Heights Episode #3: Nextdoor: Test Challenges Two Weeks Before Launch

    Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews, conducted by Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart, who discusses the problems engineering managers have faced when scaling architectures to support the demands of the business.

    Mai Le is Nextdoor’s head of engineering. She and her team knew they had to do something for small businesses suffering in the pandemic. They needed to develop ways to connect them with their local customers and this was especially important for Nextdoor. Social networks have served as hubs for small businesses with Nextdoor standing out more than most.

    After her team’s considerable effort, it should have been smooth sailing. But, with only two weeks until launch, Le couldn’t get the new service to work.

    • 12 min
    The Hero in Four Acts: We’ve Got This, WTF, Oh Shift, We Did It

    The Hero in Four Acts: We’ve Got This, WTF, Oh Shift, We Did It

    Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews, conducted by Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart, with engineers who talk about the problems they have faced and the resolutions they sought.

    These are the stories about engineering management and how technology decisions are made for scaling architectures to support the demands of the business.

    Pooja Brown is vice president of engineering at Stitch Fix and also one of the founding members of ENG, a peer network of VPs and CTOs from leading SaaS companies. Brown spends most of the discussion talking about the work in developing a modern infrastructure prior to her work at StitchFix.

    Brown tells her story in four acts, discussing her work on monoliths and the move to a modern architecture that came with hiring. The developers were hired for their Node.js skills. And, they were quite different than the .Net devs they had once known so well.

    • 13 min

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