Thoughts on Tech

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Discussions around technologies and concepts

Public Speaking Experience

I’ve been fortunate over the past 18 months to speak at a variety of events, from on-stage at VMWorld, to talking to CxO level at a Chief Wine Officer event to presenting in front of Stagecoach‘s very own Senior Leadership team. Each event had its challenges; different formats, different topics, and different audiences but all of them were very rewarding.

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Are collaboration products being fully adopted outside IT teams and businesses?

Anyone who knows me, or has ever talked to me about the collaboration space, knows its an area of IT I’m quite excited about. Over the past 10 years we’ve all seen products such as Slack emerge and dominate the market, Hipchat disappearing under the weight of Slack and then the powerhouse of Microsoft enter the scene with Teams. But who is using these tools in anger – is this just used in development houses and in the IT domain, or are enterprises seeing adoption and value with all their staff?

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Is Multi-Cloud the way forward for big enterprises?

Most enterprises have been, for the past few years been preaching about migrations to various public and private clouds, taking their workloads out of self-run, or partner-run data centres. From my experience, similar technology stacks would be used in each of those datacenters, whether that be Cisco networking technologies, HP storage, Dell compute, the list of common vendors goes on and on. Moving to the cloud allow enterprises to stick by that mantra, if of course they commit to a single cloud provider.

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SplunkLive! London 2020

This week I’ve been lucky enough to free enough time to attend SplunkLive! at the Intercontinental Hotel in London. I’m a big advocate of getting out of the office, and away from the work ‘bubble’ to educate myself on product developments, and networking with other like-minded individuals to see what their focus is on, and of course – what technologies they are using.

Data is key nowadays, and how businesses use that data, to thwart a potential attack is very interesting. What is more interesting for me though is how we can use the masses of data to add value back to the business through data analysis.

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Do Infrastructure Engineer jobs exist or is DevOps the only way now?

I spent the early part of my career in IT support maintaining workstations, before eventually moving into infrastructure support, virtualisation and eventually cloud. I’ve never been much of a coder, bar a few basic batch and powershell scripts to help me out along the way and with the DevOps role being used more often than not – its made me sit down and think whether I missed the boat in coding early in my career, or whether there is still a place out there for the ‘old school’ infrastructure guys?

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Identity-as-a-Service: More than just a security tool?

As-a-service, probably the second most commonly used term in enterprise IT nowadays, beyond the ever popular ‘Cloud’ buzzword. We’ve all heard of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) amongst others, but Identity-as-a-Service is a word that is mused around my office more often than not. This is certainly a growing space, with familar names such as Microsoft, IBM & Oracle, but these companies are not the ones gaining traction, OneLogin, Auth0 and the market leader; Okta (Gartner, Aug 2019 & Forrester Q2 2019). Up until recently, I’ve only heard of it being mentioned as a security product, but can it do more

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