Sam Akroyd

Thoughts on Tech

GSuite upping their game

A couple of weeks back, Google announced huge changes in their GSuite platform to try and compete in the collaboration space vs the Office 365 behemouth, but also to try and compete with business going for ‘best of breed’, such as Zoom, Slack & Box amongst others. Have they gone far enough – and how does it stack up against its competitors?

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Building IT Roadmaps (Part 1)

Other than writing blog posts weekly, one thing I like to do is keep up to date with new technologies on the scene, whether that be something like Blockchain, serverless computing or just a new consumer product. I watch lots of customer reference videos as well as product demos to see who is doing what and why. But how mature are these organisations across their tech stack and processes and how do you plan for the future? I’ve been doing some work myself to structure how to assess maturity and how to plan progress in those area and put together a roadmap.

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Remote Working: How to Avoid Micromanaging

One of the big challenges facing many leaders within IT (and I’m sure other industries too) is adjusting their management styles to suit when you’re not ‘seeing’ your staff/colleagues on a day-to-day basis. Its very easy to assume they’re not working as hard just because you can’t see what they’re doing. So how do you avoid falling into this trap?

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Apple WWDC 2020

I have a feeling this could be the lowest hit post of this year – but I’m not bothered. Apple’s events always manage to wow even the most hardcore of IT geeks (me included) and my interest was peaked a little more with rumours around iPadOS and the potential of Apple switching from Intel to ARM-based processors.

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VeeamOn 2020

As a loyal Veeam customer, and a lucky attendee at VeeamOn 2019, it’d be a shame not spend some of my spare time watching their keynotes and breakout sessions this time round. So it’s time to don some green, and watch some Veeam*

*This is not Veeam’s slogan, but it totally should be!

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Diversity and inclusivity in the workplace

I have read a number of harrowing, horrifying and humbling articles over the past 3 weeks or so, since the terrible murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. I am, as a white British man, not the right person to sit here educating others on how to treat everyone equally and fairly. I can honestly say, the last few weeks have been an education and a real history lesson, not the ones I was taught as a youngster. It has however, given me time to reflect and realise how I’ve rarely worked in a properly diverse work environment, and how I’d like to change that in the future.

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Unified Endpoint Management: Workspace One

In my day job (yes I have one outside of blogging – thats why I’ve not blogged for a while!) I’ve been spending some of the lockdown time looking at various products for unified endpoint management, which is the new marketing term used for device management. In particular I’ve been really impressed with Workspace One. This post is going to serve two purposes, firstly as a brain dump for my thoughts, and secondly for you guys to understand a little bit about what it can do with no marketing bias.

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VMware Cloud on GCP, now they have the big three

Anyone who follows my blogs know I’m quite a fan of VMware Cloud on AWS and my employer Stagecoach have been a happy customer for almost 2 years now. During that time VMware have strengthened their relationship with AWS, struck a deal with Microsoft for VMC to run on Azure and now as of this week they have announced Google Cloud VMware Engine, the same tech stack on the final of the big three’s cloud platform. So what does this mean for the customer?

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