I'm Scott Sinclair, senior analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and the host of our new podcast The Bigger Truth in Tech. After a couple of decades in the IT industry and several more as an industry analyst, one truth stands out: how difficult it is to be an IT and technology leader in today's digital age of business.
The ever-changing technology landscape is more complex than ever and for that reason, I'm setting out to speak with leaders and experts from every corner of the technology industry to provide listeners with a clear, concise, and accurate perspective on the most important technology trends impacting your business today.
We're going to have a lot of fun and I hope you'll join us for the ride.
Piyush Mehta (Data Dynamics) on data democratization and the switch from owner to custodian of data
This time, Scott talks with Piyush Mehta, CEO of Data Dynamics, about data democratization, and the risks and opportunities that are likely to emerge from the changing landscape. They discuss moving from being owners of data to becoming custodians or stewards of that data on behalf of the individuals who should properly own that data. Additionally, they consider how organizations can break down the silos in which they currently manage data to get to intelligent governance of that data, leveraging currently available technology not only to ensure compliance but also to extract business—and individual—value from it.
Peter Meister (C4i Technologies) on the future of Kubernetes and the changing infrastructure landscape
On this episode, Scott continues his conversation series on containers and Kubernetes. He talks with Peter Meister, Chief Executive Officer from c4i Technologies, about the future of Kubernetes, how it is changing the infrastructure landscape, whether it will eventually overtake hypervisors as the dominant application platform, and how organizations can identify the partners and vendors that truly understand Kubernetes.
Daniel Oh (Red Hat) on containers, Kubernetes, and modern DevOps practices
Scott welcomes Daniel back to the podcast and this time they discuss containers and Kubernetes and how they tie into modern DevOps practices to accelerate business opportunities and compare Kubernetes-native versus cloud-native strategies. In addition, they hit on the key differences between containers and VMs, the impact of different programming languages, especially Java, on Kubernetes environments, and tools and recommendations for organizations to leverage Kubernetes or other technologies to better develop applications supporting microservices and big scaling.
Dormain Drewitz (VMware Tanzu) on building a successful developer engagement
Scott and Dormain begin their conversation about containers with a deep dive into Dormain’s idea that building a successful developer engagement (from the IT Ops or organizational standpoint) is more than just Kubernetes and proceed to then outline how Kubernetes is like Lucky Charms and people, process, and technology are also needed for a “complete breakfast.” From there, they hit upon topics like creating developer-centric platforms, getting IT teams to think about speed in addition to availability, resilience, and security, and making targeted and meaningful changes.
Mark Peters (ESG) on the recent Andreesen Horowitz article and the cloud vs. on-premises debate
In this episode, Scott is joined by Mark Peters, ESG Principal Analyst and Practice Director, to talk about the recent Andreessen Horowitz article, The Cost of Cloud, a Trillion Dollar Paradox, by Sarah Wang and Martin Casado. Scott and Mark attempt to cut through the strong, visceral feelings that the article has caused on both sides to focus on the bigger truth of what the article actually said and attempt to figure out whether it changes the debate over cloud versus on-premises.
Michael Feranti (Pure Storage) on the Before Kubernetes experience and common mistakes
Scott welcomes Michael Feranti, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Portworx by Pure Storage, to the podcast. Michael talks about his experience from the BK (Before Kubernetes) era, when Portworx made the bet that containers would become the primary building block for enterprise applications. Scott and Michael address the “assumption gap” and detail the differences between containers and VMs for those who assume they should already know, and what makes them useful. In addition, they talk through the mistakes that organizations have made in their containerization journeys, including how Kubernetes is enabling Rogue IT 2.0, and how to avoid them, including giving developers the ability to make “good, lazy decisions” when it comes to security.