We discuss the importance of good hygiene from the beginning of every technology transformation. Typically, when we see that our clients are doing something incorrectly in their data center, they will likely be making the same mistakes in the cloud as well. To right these environments, it doesn’t necessarily take fixing bugs, but rather educating the team on the best way to use new technology stacks in a hybrid world.
Whether it’s migrating 300 applications to the cloud, or studying for his Professional AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam, Andy Clark’s day is never boring.
In this episode of The Doppler podcast we discuss what it’s like working at CTP, the importance of surrounding yourself with positive mentors, how to progress your career, and the importance of soft skills when embarking on an IT transformation journey.
Our guest on the podcast this week is Ken Lavoie, Principal Technical Account Manager at Sysdig. We discuss the rise of containers in the enterprise and the education, resources and enablement required to support the technology.
We also look at the common challenges in container adoption, including the progression of learning, shadow IT, security requirements and scale. In order to adequately scale, an organization must understand first and foremost how container orchestration works.
As with anything in technology today, staying current is no longer a differentiator, it’s a requirement. Ken shares his journey from hardware to containers and the resources he used to get there, including LinkedIn, CodeSignal, Codeacademy, Docker, Red Hatand more.
Recorded live from the AWS NY Summit, we discuss the new reality of cloud maturity. AWS’ latest announcements included exciting new features, but there wasn’t anything groundbreaking – in a good way. Instead of chasing after new shiny objects, we are seeing focused efforts, new innovative use cases and the acceptance of cloud stability.
We also look at the people, process and technology tripod. If one leg is broken, the organization will lose stability. Over the last decade, we have seen technology get significantly easier to comprehend, while the people and process components remain difficult.
Finally, we discuss the progress of modern security and why builders now have the luxury of cloud services with security built into its fabric. AWS services, such as Macie, can serve 90-99% of security use cases, and the larger security needs can me met by the partner network.
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We discuss the difficulty for organizations to be innovative when they are so busy sustaining older technologies. Amadeus is one of many companies that have begun transitioning its SaaS offerings to a multi-cloud solution in order to better leverage existing cloud technology and offer more innovative and integrated solutions in the process.
We also look at how organizations shifting SaaS solutions to multi-cloud environments can effectively retire products and successfully transition clients over with minimal disruption. Often times we find that people can be most difficult part of such IT transformations. At times the “shiny new object syndrome” can cause employees to quickly change directions and priorities. With that said, it’s essential that any cloud leader ensure they have the mindshare so stakeholders continue to remain engaged.
Finally, we discuss the disruption in the hospitality industry specifically. While organizations in hospitality have been traditionally slow-to-move in the past, they now understand that they are competing in a vastly different marketplace today (think Airbnb). Making the technology shifts to provide customizable and personal solutions is now essential to stay afloat.
We discuss the new era of public cloud adoption. Six months ago there were people who were just getting their toes wet in public cloud and now those same people are going all in, not just with dev-test environments but with their major production initiatives.
We also discuss some of the common pitfalls and places where we see organizations getting stuck in their cloud programs, from lost connections between on-prem and the cloud or simply mislabeling code that deploys the wrong applications.
Finally we discuss how to take the next steps to continue your education. Chris is a VMware expert, but a few years ago when he recognized the value of public cloud, he enrolled in ACloudGuru and signed up for the 12-month free tier in AWS. He is still actively learning about AWS and VMware to better consult his clients on their cloud initiatives.
We discuss how companies often forget to focus on the basics and jump right into the latest industry trend. It’s not enough to know 90% of your network inventory when that could leave 200 servers vulnerable. Organizations must remember that it’s typically the details that cause you problems in the long run.
We also dive into the fundamental security components and use cases of blockchain, IoT and their potential risks within the enterprise. We’ve all heard the use case of bitcoin with blockchain, but how can blockchain reduce the time we spend car shopping while surpassing the pushy cars salesmen?
Finally, Rich shares his best practices for increasing your network and launching a thought leadership brand at the same time. As you attend more conferences you start to learn what peers in the industry are doing and what technology you should invest your time learning. A larger network will also bring more public-facing potential, including public speaking and writing opportunities.
We discuss data analytics in the financial services industry and why the difference between perceived risk and actual risk is causing a lack of understanding about where data security is most appropriate.
We also look at the ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) process that exists in traditional data warehouse today and argue why instead the ELT (Extract, Land, Transform) process cuts costs, enriches the data and adds more value to the business. When you find yourself refactoring a data pipeline over and over again, you must ask yourself how much time do you spend maintaining legacy systems when you could be adding additional value to the business?
Finally, we consider what the data analytics space will look like for the financial services industry in the next 3-5 years. While cloud, machine learning, blockchain and other disruptive technologies are emerging, the industry wants to make sure they stay at the cutting edge, not the bleeding.
We discuss the increased adoption of DevOps and containers across the enterprise. Many large organizations, especially those in the Financial Services industry, have already surpassed the experimentation and POC development phase and are now moving towards production environments with the technology.
We look at how companies are helping their employees cross the learning chasm with the surplus of new technology. Many service integrators are developing tracks to help develop their staff’s skills. Technology is continuously changing and if you don’t engage in a continuous learning culture, you’re going to get left behind, both from a career, and business perspective.
Finally, we look at how the adoption of DevOps and container technology is changing the traditional data center technology stack. The need for speed is greater than ever and the latest technology supports this demand. But, it’s also integral that companies continuously update and streamline their business processes to accompany this new world.