Screaming in the Cloud with Corey Quinn features conversations with domain experts in the world of Cloud Computing. Topics discussed include AWS, GCP, Azure, Oracle Cloud, and the "why" behind how businesses are coming to think about the Cloud.
Empathy Driven Management and Engagement with Tim Banks
Corey sits down with Duckbill Group Alumnus, Tim Banks. They begin by reminiscing on Tim’s time at Duckbill, and by exploring how the pandemic has affected work culture and work relationships. Tim talks about his management strategies and how giving employees the tools they need to thrive requires so much more than just a great salary. Corey and Tim discuss the importance of solving human problems with human solutions, not technical solutions. Corey talks about one of Tim’s innovations at Duckbill, the creation of a third type of engagement with clients that has been a huge success, and Tim explains how he was inspired to create it.
Cloud Security and Cost with Anton Chuvakin
Corey chats with Anton Chuvakin, Security Strategy Something at Google Cloud. Anton begins by talking about his journey to a technical role at Google prefaced by a position at Gartner, and a job as head of security for a start-up that was acquired by Google. Corey asks Anton for his opinion on the role and positioning of security vendors, and Anton talks about the challenge of deciding when to tell clients they’re on the wrong path and when to help them tread their own path with the least pain. Corey and Anton talk about the hotly debated definition of what XDR actually is, and then move into a discussion about whether or not cloud vendors should view security as a profit center and how cost should be factored into cloud security. Anton shares about his own podcast, “Cloud Security Podcast” and the narratives he’s found interesting lately.
Generating Demand and Building Trust with Anadelia Fadeev
Today Corey talks with Anadelia Fadeev, the Senior Director of Demand Generation at Teleport. Anadelia starts by talking about the three core areas of a marketing team: product, content, and demand generation. Corey and Anadelia discuss the “inbound” and “outbound” aspects of marketing - what is bringing people to you, and what you’re doing to add value and build trust. Anadelia talks about how, in her career, she has ended up specializing in a particular audience versus a specific product.
Corey and Anadelia commiserate on marketing woes and talk about the non-linear journey of the consumer, then discuss how building trust is paramount, even when there aren’t measurable results. They finish up by speculating on the fine line of knowing when to build gates into the marketing process, and “thinking about thinking” - understanding how customers think and where they’re going to look to find solutions to their problems.
Remote Work and Finding Your Voice with Jeff Smith
Today Corey interviews Jeff Smith, Director of Production Operations at Basis Technologies. In a post-2020 world, they discuss the pros and cons of remote work. Jeff talks about the trade-off that gets made when employers allow workers to forfeit face to face time in favor of working from home. Jeff and Corey make the point that often the interactions that are cited as pros — i.e., chatting with a coworker in the hallway — are the very same exchanges employees identify as interruptions to their actual work. They come to the conclusion that the loss of face to face interaction is often still worth the benefits to employees and companies. Corey and Jeff conclude their conversation by talking about what Jeff has learned about the power of telling your story and using your voice since the release of his book, “Operations Anti-Patterns.”
Cloud-Hosted Database Services with Benjamin Anderson
Today Corey chats with promoted guest, CTO for cloud at EDB, Benjamin Anderson. They start by talking about the evolution of the market space for cloud-hosted database services and relational database trends over the years. Corey and Benjamin discuss different philosophies of open source and talk about EDB’s different cloud offerings, including primarily BigAnimal as well as EDB’s newer open source project “Cloud Native PG.” Benjamin explains how EDB approaches maintenance windows and answers Corey’s question about what kinds of workloads are not best suited for BigAnimal. They discuss different database systems and Benjamin talks about working with various systems over the years and why he recommends Postgres.
EDB has recently received an investment from private equity, so Benjamin talks about how he feels that will affect the future of the company. Corey and Benjamin conclude with a discussion of the crowded cloud-hosted database market space and how a smaller company can have more specific focus and offer the customer more value for their managed service.
Developer Advocacy, Empathy, and Imposter Syndrome with Brandon West
Today Corey sits down with Brandon West, Team Lead for Developer Experience and Tools Advocacy at Datadog. They discuss Brandon’s unique career path, starting at SendGrid, working a stint at AWS, and landing in developer relations at Datadog. Corey and Brandon talk about the problem DevRel often has with successfully telling stories about itself and communicating the need for advocacy. They move into a conversation about the relationship between marketing and DevRel, and how the two are often aligned even if they’re not one and the same. Brandon addresses the challenge of metrics and quantifying success for developer advocates and emphasizes the role of empathy in DevRel. Corey and Brandon chat about the impact of branding on the public perception of Developer Advocacy and the amount of consideration it receives. They end the conversation by discussing uncertainty about your role early on versus later in a career.
The quiet parts loud
If you don’t know what is worth paying attention to and what is worth deep diving, just let Corey do that hard work and entertain you on the way with his impossible to ignore friendly snark
Love Corey, hate the politics
I know it is in vogue to constantly berate white males for being… white… and male; but it just gets old after a while. Would be interested in hearing more about the industries and less about political virtue signaling.
When twitter is not enough
Since he’s still got housing in the Bay Area, Corey’s evidently doing a good job balancing his revenue generating efforts (ostensibly, helping people save money on their AWS bills) and his self-expression marketing efforts (snark and also a certain type of brown posts on twitter).
Screaming in the Cloud is good, accessible content on a wide variety of cloud, cloud adjacent, and cloud relevant topics, with a Goldilocks amount of snark sprinkled on top.
If you follow Corey on Twitter (and haven’t unfollowed him), you’ll probably enjoy the podcast.