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Cloudspotting is a podcast about cloud computing and technology hosted by Alex Galbraith and Saikumar Ayer from Rackspace Technology. Keep up with the cloud with Cloudspotting - episodes available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and other podcatchers.

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Cloudspotting is a podcast about cloud computing and technology hosted by Alex Galbraith and Saikumar Ayer from Rackspace Technology. Keep up with the cloud with Cloudspotting - episodes available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and other podcatchers.

    28: Going digging down the data goldmine

    28: Going digging down the data goldmine

    Your business is sitting on an untapped data goldmine. But how do you transform your organization into a mining machine? In the latest episode of Cloudspotting, three data experts join podcast hosts Alex and Sai to break down the complex topic of utilizing data in your organization.


    Show notes:



    Recommended read - The Unicorn Project by Gene Kim https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/44333183-the-unicorn-project
    Recommended read - Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn, Keras, and Tensorflow by Aurélien Géron https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/40363665-hands-on-machine-learning-with-scikit-learn-keras-and-tensorflow
    Recommended read - The Rack We Built: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Creating Company Culture by Lorenzo Gómez https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55681761-the-rack-we-built
    Special Guests: Ben Morgan-Smith, Mark McQuade, and Nirmal Ranganathan.

    • 43 min
    27: It’s Black Friday every day as ecommerce booms

    27: It’s Black Friday every day as ecommerce booms

    The surge in demand for online goods and services means that many companies are now experiencing Black Friday numbers on their websites every day. Cloudspotting hosts Alex and Sai are joined Wesley Lomax, Larry Hau and Will Parsons, to discuss the ecommerce boom from a technology perspective.


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    Our first pod on ecommerce (and first ever pod!) featuring Will Parsons https://cloudspotting.fireside.fm/1
    Podcast about SRE/CRE https://cloudspotting.fireside.fm/11
    Recommended read - Winning Is Not Enough by Jackie Stewart https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2331618.Winning_Is_Not_Enough
    Recommended read - Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Handbook: How SRE implements DevOps by Stephen Fleming https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42934361-site-reliability-engineering-sre-handbook
    Recommended read - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/397483.The_Devil_in_the_White_City
    Recommended read - Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3228917-outliers
    Special Guests: Larry Hau, Wesley Lomax, and Will Parsons.

    • 37 min
    26: Being authentic and building trust in the machine age

    26: Being authentic and building trust in the machine age

    Authenticity enables us to build trust and lays the foundation for quality relationships in the working world. In the latest Cloudspotting episode, Diane Dowdell, Professor of Marketing and Management at St. Mary's University, joins the Cloudspotting team to discuss authenticity and building trust in the machine age.


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    Podcast on continuous improvement with Matt Stoyka https://cloudspotting.fireside.fm/17
    Recommended read - Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26329.Emotional_Intelligence
    Recommended read - The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23316526-the-second-machine-age

    • 33 min
    25: A day in the life of a Solutions Architect

    25: A day in the life of a Solutions Architect

    Solution Architects (SAs) play an major role in solving the most complex modern business challenges. In this episode of Cloudspotting, find out what it means to be a SA, what makes them tick and what attracts them to extremely complex business challenges.


    Recommended reads:



    S.U.M.O. (Shut Up, Move On) by Paul McGee https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/205541.SUMOShutUpMoveOn
    Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11468377-thinking-fast-and-slow
    Building Microservices by Sam Newman
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22512931-building-microservices
    Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37976541-bad-blood
    Special Guests: Markus Schmid and Simon Roberts.

    • 37 min
    24: The future is even more cloudy after COVID

    24: The future is even more cloudy after COVID

    Our podcast hosts Alex and Sai are joined by Jeff DeVerter, Rackspace CTO and host of Cloud Talk, to discuss how the current pandemic has been a catalyst for more cloud adoption and usage. The IT enthusiasts look back and imagine how we would have coped with the current situation even 20 years ago. Listeners are then brought up to the modern day where cloud technology is helping us share vital information, stay connected with friends and family, and adopt a new way of working from home. The conversation then looks to the future and why it's going to be even more cloudy, after a necessity-driven shift from IaaS to SaaS.

    • 27 min
    23: Can security keep up with digital transformation?

    23: Can security keep up with digital transformation?

    For the latest CloudSpotting episode, we recruited Dan Pitman, Principal Security Architect at Alert Logic, to join our timely discussion about security. With everything moving so quickly in tech, the truth is organisations are more vulnerable than ever and attacks are always imminent. In fact, despite all our modern cybersecurity, breach dwell time is higher than ever. Dan explains the importance of enhancing the detection and response process, as a locked door is no longer enough, we need to bring in the guard dogs!


    Here's some links we mention:
    Previous security episode with Danny O'Neill: https://soundcloud.com/user-741930142/keepingitreel
    The MDR Manifesto: https://www.alertlogic.com/docs/the-mdr-manifesto.pdf

    • 38 min

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