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Podcast – VM Brasseur gives the definitive overview of open source challenges

Joining us this week is VM (Vicky) Brasseur from Open Source Initiative.

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Forge Your Future with Open Source

Build Your Skills. Build Your Network. Build the Future of Technology.

Free and open source is the foundation of software development, and it’s built by people just like you. Discover the fundamental tenets that drive the movement. Take control of your career by selecting the right project to meet your professional goals. Master the language and avoid the pitfalls that typically ensnare new contributors. Join a community of like-minded people and change the world. Programmers, writers, designers, and everyone interested in software will make their mark through free and open source software contributions.

Highlights

  • 1 min 20 sec: Types of Companies Supported
    • Companies don’t know why they want to do open source
  • 3 min 23 sec: Can’t Abandon Software into Community
    • Communities don’t instantly form around your software
  • 4 min 22 sec: Is Marketing “Evil” in Open Source
    • Marketing has become associated with advertising which is invasive
    • 5 min 19 sec: Define Marketing
      • Discovering the needs of the market and build to support it
      • Technologists don’t really understand marketing
    • 6 min 17 sec: Issues of Marketing in Open Source
      • What is your goal in using open source?
  • 8 min 15 sec: Everyone has their own Goal in Open Source
    • There is no bullet point list of how to do open source
  • 9 min 29 sec: Issues of Accessing Projects and Support for Free
    • Open source done a poor job of talking about value being provided
    • People assume big projects are paid for by large companies so they take advantage
    • 13 min 19 sec: Difficult to Tell New User’s End State as Communities Invest in Helping them Learn the Technology
      • Some communities set the bar too high for user participation
      • Open source does a bad job in documentation typically
  • 17 min 9 sec: What about CI/CD Systems?
    • Not a significant issue today in open source for contributors
  • 19 min 21 sec: How help People Build Empathy for Users and Maintainers and Impact when Corporations are involved
  • 21 min 29 sec: How Communities Manage Competitive Companies Working Together
    • Foundations play a key role in managing these issues
    • Open source is not corporate! The vast majority of open source is not corporate based
    • Is there less concern for the tiny project’s vs the large corporate projects?
      • Substantial lack of awareness of this in user community
  • 25 min 04 sec: Price to a Community when a Customer Pulls out and Uses Corporate Version of Solution?
    • Should companies pay for open source software they grab from community?
      • Many ways to contribute other than money
  • 27 min 56 sec: Business Continuity Issues in Open Source
    • Free and open source software needs to be part of business continuity plans
    • Vendor software solutions are equally risky as open source solutions
  • 30 min 36 sec: Define Copyleft
  • 32 min 43 sec: Open Core Model
    • Analogy of a restaurant with more tables than it can serve
    • Proprietary products with open source APIs / SDKs

Podcast Guest: VM (Vicky) Brasseur, Vice President, Open Source Initiative

I’ve spent most of my 20 years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now I leverage nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them

I am Vice President of the Open Source Initiative. I’m the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award(2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016).

I am a moderator and author for <opensource.com and a frequent and popular speaker at open source conferences and events. I frequently blog about open source, business, and technical management at{anonymous => ‘hash’}

I am the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. Think of it as the missing manual of open source contributions and community participation. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available in an early release beta version. Buy it today and start contributing to free and open source software projects!

Currently I live in lovely Portland, Oregon with my amazing cats,Percy and Nigel. I am not interested in relocating.

If you or your company needs full time, part time, or consulting assistance with open source strategy, implementation, compliance, or community management, please contact me.

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Success means putting People and Process above Tech

“I don’t care about the tech – what I really want to hear is how this product fits in our processes and helps our people get more done.”

That was the message my co-founder and I heard from an executive at a major bank last week.  For us, it was both a deja vu and a major relief because we’d just presented at the Cablelabs Summer Showcase about the importance of aligning people, process and technology together. The executive was pleased about how RackN had achieved that balance.

It wasn’t always that way: focusing on usability and simplicity first over features is scary.  

One of the most humbling startup lessons is that making great technology is not about the technology. Showing a 10x (or 100x!) improvement in provisioning speed misses the real problem for IT operators. Happily, we had some great early users who got excited about the vision for simple tooling that we built around Digital Rebar Provision v3.  Equally important was a deeply experienced team who insisted in building great tests, docs and support tooling from day 0.

We are thrilled to watch as new users are able to learn, adopt and grow their use of our open technology with minimal help from RackN.  Even without the 10x performance components RackN has added, they have been able to achieve significant time and automation improvements in their existing operational processes.  That means simpler processes, less IT complexity and more time for solving important problems.

The bank executive wanted the people and process benefits: our job with technology was to enable that first and then get out of the way.  It’s a much harder job than “make it faster” but, ultimately, much more rewarding.

If you’re interested in seeing how we’ve found that balance for bare metal automation, please check out our self-service trial at https://portal.RackN.io or contact us directly at info@rackn.com.

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Podcast – Mathew Lodge on Data Science as a Service in 20 Minutes from Scratch

Joining us this week is Mathew Lodge, SVP of Products & Marketing of Anaconda.

About Anaconda

Anaconda Distribution

With over 6 million users, the open source Anaconda Distribution is the fastest and easiest way to do Python and R data science and machine learning on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. It’s the industry standard for developing, testing, and training on a single machine.

Anaconda Enterprise 

Anaconda Enterprise is an AI/ML enablement platform that empowers organizations to develop, govern, and automate AI/ML and data science from laptop through training to production. It lets organizations scale from individual data scientists to collaborative teams of thousands, and to go from a single server to thousands of nodes for model training and deployment.

 Highlights

  • 2 min 57 sec: What does Anaconda do?
    • Help data scientists be productive & enterprise AI / Data Science
  • 3 min 36 sec: How do you interact with Anaconda?
    • About 2.5 million downloads a month of Anaconda Distribution
    • Install binary packages for data science to Python
  • 5 min 55 sec: Who are data scientists?
    • Data wrangling and understanding
  • 9 min 12 sec: Data Science as a verb
    • Understand how to turn data into actionable insight
  • 10 min 47 sec: How learn to use the tools? Community!
    • Community around Anaconda open source to share packages, etc
  • 13 min 26 sec: How does Anaconda change as AI/Machine Learning improve?
    • Python is standard language with R close behind for data science
  • 14 min 58 sec: Reproducibility in results
    • 16 min 01 sec: Model training issue?
  • 17 min 16 sec: Parking lot on Sam Charrington’s AI Bias Podcasts
  • 17 min 43 sec: Training models for limited sets of data for reliability in Edge
    • Answer by example of Google ImageNet
    • 20 min 14 sec: Optimizations to reduce processing requirements
      • Hey Siri example on how iPhone works
    • 22 min 03 sec: Do models improve over time? Transfer learning
  • 22 min 30 sec: Accelerative Learning in AI
    • Fashion example of layering learning
    • Issues around lack of data for training
  • 26 min 01 sec: Portability of models via Anaconda
  • 26 min 48 sec: Cloud Native Model of AI (no longer 2004)
    • Moved on from Java and distributed computing to Kubernetes
    • 29 min 05 sec: Giving up data locality (Hadoop) & specialized hardware?
    • 32 min 42 sec: Cloud model gives private and public options
  • 34 min 23 sec: How Anaconda play into the Cloud Native data science model?
    • Data scientists interested in data problems not cloud architecture
    • Data science as a Service
    • Kubernetes & Docker installed for you by Anaconda
  • 38 min 05 sec: WRAP UP
    • Anaconda Con Videos

Podcast Guest: Mathew Lodge, SVP of Products & Marketing of Anaconda

Mathew has well over 20 years’ diverse experience in cloud computing and product leadership. Prior to joining Anaconda, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Weaveworks, the container and microservices networking and management start-up; and previously as Vice President in VMware’s Cloud Services group. At VMware he was co-founder of what became its vCloud Air IaaS service.

Early in his career, Mathew built compilers and distributed systems for projects like the International Space Station, helped connect six countries to the Internet for the first time, and managed a $630m router product line at Cisco. At start-up CPlane he attempted to do SDN 10 years too early. Prior to VMware, Mathew was Senior Director at Symantec in its $1Bn+ information management group.

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Podcast – Yves Boudreau on State of Edge Report and Edge vs Cloud

Joining us this week is Yves Boudreau from Ericsson for his 2nd Podcast appearance (1st Podcast) to talk about the new State of the Edge Report and the latest happenings in the Edge community.

Highlights

  • Edge as an accelerant not having to wait until Edge is built completely
  • Opportunity Cost using Edge as is; no time to wait
  • Be Specific when Requesting Services
  • Internet and Networks are Not Unlimited Pipes
  • Interesting Use Cases for Edge – Augmented Reality, Drone, Cars, Batteries
  • Cost savings of where the data processing is done
  • Open Source software communities at the Edge

Topic                                                                                    Time (Minutes.Seconds)

Intro                                                                                             0.0 – 1.22
State of the Edge Report                                                         1.22 – 5.22 (STE Podcast)  (https://www.stateoftheedge.com/)
Accessible Edge Environments                                              5.22 – 10.50 (Bulgaria)
Opportunity Cost and Missing Killer App                             10.50 – 12.04
Edge Infrastructure as Cloud Development Paradigm      12.04 – 14.29
Elasticity Issues b/w Cloud and Edge                                  14.29 – 21.45
Innovators Dilemma for Cloud & Telcom                             21.35 – 23.10
Favorite Use Cases for Infrastructure Edge                         23.10 –  28.55 (Hanger Podcast)
Data Location and Data Sovereignty                                    28.55 – 31.03
Cost for Processing Power in Edge Devices                        31.03 – 34.49 (SWIM.AI Podcast)
Free Software/ Open Source in Edge                                   34.49 – 46.58
Wrap Up                                                                                     46.58 – END

 

 

Podcast Guest:  Yves Boudreau, VP Partnership and Ecosystem Strategy

Mr. Boudreau is a 20 year veteran of the Digital, Telecom and Cable TV industries. From modest beginnings of one of the first cable broadband ISPs in Canada to the fast paced technology hub of Silicon Valley, Yves joined ERICSSON in 2011 as Vice President of Technical Sales Support and most recently has accepted a position as the VP of Partnerships and Ecosystem Strategy for the ERICSSON Unified Delivery Network. Previously, Mr. Boudreau has worked in R&D, Systems Engineering & Business Development for companies such as Com21 Inc., ARRIS Group (Cable), Imagine Communication (Video Compression) and Verivue Inc. (CDN). Yves now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Josée and 3 children. Mr. Boudreau completed his undergraduate studies in Commerce @ Laurentian University and graduate studies in Information Technology Management @ Athabasca University. Yves currently also serves on the Board of Director of the Streaming Video Alliance (www.streamingvideoalliance.org)

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Podcast – Haseeb Budhani on App Development for Edge and Cloud Best Fit

Joining us this week is Haseeb Budhani, Co-Founder and CEO, Rafay Systems.

About Rafay Systems

Rafay Systems enables next generation performance improvements for SaaS applications delivered over the Internet. Rafay’s Programmable Edge™ platform equips developers with a disruptive set of tools to automatically deploy performance and geography sensitive applications, or micro-services, closer to endpoints. With presence at the infrastructure edge, Rafay’s platform enables organizations to deliver a new set of experiences to their end customers. For more information, visit https://www.rafay.co and join the conversation on Twitter @RafaySystemsInc.

Highlights

  • Building an application deployment platform as close to the Edge as possible
  • Supporting containers, microservices (move latency sensitive parts of app to Edge) and availability of infrastructure
  • Definition of Edge to Rafay Systems
  • Issues of massive amount of data at the Edge to be handled – Use Cases
  • Will Edge suffer from device specific infrastructure needs?
  • Application bottlenecks and impact of cloud locations and end user
  • Placement control of services is still an open issue based on user requirements
  • IT infrastructure and ownership and performance issues (IT vs Operation Teams)
  • Cloud and Edge are not competitive; they work together to offer applications best fit

Topic                                                                                    Time (Minutes.Seconds)

Introduction (and US Weather Update)                               0.0 – 1.52
What is Rafay Systems trying to solve?                               1.52 – 2.50
How does this fit in the world of containers?                      2.50 – 4.40
What does Edge mean to you?                                             4.40 – 7.37
Issues of data at the Edge                                                      7.37 – 12.52
Device specific vendors at Edge?                                         12.52 – 19.07
Recognize where application bottlenecks are                   19.07 – 24.30
Placement of apps using Rafay Systems platform            24.30 – 28.25
Comcast as your data center                                                 28.25 – 28.53
IT infrastructure and ownership                                            28.53 – 33.45
Closing thought from Haseeb                                               33.45 – 35.48
Wrap Up                                                                                    35.48 – END

 

Podcast Guest: Haseeb Budhani, Co-Founder and CEO, Rafay Systems

Haseeb Budhani is the CEO of Rafay Systems, which he co-founded in late 2016. Prior to Rafay, Haseeb spent a year at Akamai Technologies as the company’s Vice President of Enterprise Strategy. Akamai acquired Haseeb’s previous company, Soha Systems, in October 2016. Haseeb co-founded Soha in the second half of 2013 and served as the company’s CEO. Prior to Soha, Haseeb served as the Chief Product Officer for Infineta Systems, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s product marketing, marketing communications and partner management activities. Prior to Infineta, Haseeb served as Vice President for NET’s Broadband Technology Group, spearheading the group’s product marketing, program management and business development functions. Previously, Haseeb held senior product management, marketing and engineering roles at Personal IT, Citrix Systems, Orbital Data, IP Infusion and Oblix. Haseeb holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

 

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Podcast – Richard Primeaux talks Robotics as a System

Joining us this week is Richard Primeaux, Head of Product and Strategy, Hangar Technology.

About Hangar Technology

Hangar, headquartered in Austin, TX, with a mission to unify the full stack of software essential to power autonomous robotics-as-a-system. A platform to be implemented for the empowerment of an array of capital, construction, and infrastructure support industries–the industries that are a cornerstone of the world’s economy and constitute the largest single component of the USA’s GDP.

Today, Hangar is a foremost leader in this promising transformation fueled by advances in mobile robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence that are ushering in a new age of autonomicity — and most likely a whole new computer epoch; one where mobile cognitive machines match, outperform or enhance human performance in a range of work activities—the “Cognitive Era.”

Highlights

  • Cars are the wrong choice for autonomous vehicles – test out on autonomous drones for infrastructure projects (e.g. new buildings, cell towers, …)
  • Mission plans delivered to drone for execution as a robot
  • What is a robot? Difficult – Dangerous – High Degree of Repeatability – Dull Tasks
  • Robot is controlled from program that is run independent of a controller
  • 4-D visual insights delivered to customers
  • Robotics as a System ~ requires a great deal of components for success; not just electronics
  • What an Edge infrastructure will look like to support these robots
  • GPS accuracy is not enough for flying robotics
  • Supporting external influences that happen in real time
  • Building multi-vendor edges coordinating data
  • Discussion on how car automation can learn from drone automation

Topic                                                                                   Time (Minutes.Seconds)

Introduction                                                                        0.0 – 1.52
What is the right autonomous vehicle?                         1.52 – 4.12 (Matt Trifiano Podcast)
Spatial platforms for robotic automation                      4.12 – 5.29
Definition of robots                                                            5.29 – 6.07
How robot operates automatically?                               6.07 – 9.14
Robotics as a system                                                         9.14 – 10.15
Define Kinetic Edge                                                           10.15 – 12.22 (Demo Video)
Micro location Edge use case                                          12.22 – 16.36
Physical limitations and application placement           16.36 – 19.40
Building a multi-vendor Edge ecosystem                     19.40 – 25.42
What to inspect and construction safety                       25.42 – 27.43
Cars follow same process as drones                              27.43 – 29.47
Adding fixed camera to monitor drone                           29.47 – 32.17
Wrap Up                                                                               32.17 – END

Podcast Guest: Richard Primeaux, VP Product & Strategy, Hangar Technology

Primeaux brings over 35 years experience in the design, development, marketing and selling of innovative technology solutions to customers and large enterprises.  His engagement with Hangar began at the formation of the company in 2016, joining entrepreneur and long-time collaborator Jeff DeCoux, Founder & CEO of Hangar in his new mission to bring autonomous robotics and 4D visual intelligence solutions to multiple industries.

Over the last 3 decades, he has been instrumental in helping over a dozen start-up companies in various fund raising and marketing roles and feels most satisfaction in the earlier stages of solution development and of helping drive rapid company growth.

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Podcast – Lack of Seriousness in Cybersecurity, Security thru Transparency, and Blockchain

Joining us this week is Mike D. Kail, previously the CTO of Cybric and Yahoo’s CIO and SVP of Infrastructure.

Highlights

  • RANT Cast on Cybersecurity Regulations from Governments
    • Security is Important but NOT a Priority
  • Culture around Security is Lacking
  • Time for Security Tech to Include UI Testing and Consider User Experience
  • Confusing on Not-Working Security Settings and Profit Motives
    • Security thru Transparency
  • Accountability of Provider in Turning off Security based on Requests
  • Definition on Distributed Ledgers / Blockchain & Scalability Challenges
  • Promise of Blockchain and Good Application for It / Digital Identity
  • Zero Trust Security Overview
  • Equifax Example and Regulations

 

Topic                                                                                           Time (Minutes.Seconds)

(Boring) Intro on Introduction Music Not Happening          0.0 – 0.59
Introduction                                                                                0.59 – 2.54
RANT Cast Overview                                                                2.54 – 3.50 (Eric Wright Podcast)
Mike’s RANT on Gov’t Legislate Security (e.g. GDPR)         3.50 – 6.26
Does Gov’t have a Responsibility?                                         6.26 – 7.40
Fix Usability for Security Tools                                                7.40 – 9.16
Impact of Facebook / Security Settings Complexity          9.16 – 17.03 (Camera Example)
Permission to Access NOT Analyze It                                    17.03 – 21.14
Distributed Ledgers / Blockchain                                           21.14 – 23.20
Promise of Blockchain                                                               23.20 – 25.05
Digital Identity & Authentication                                              25.05 – 28.02
Controlling Access to Distributed Ledgers                            28.02 – 32.36
Equifax Example                                                                         32.36 – 35.30
Will Gov’t Step in Eventually                                                    35.30 – 37.28
Wrap Up                                                                                       37.28  – END

Podcast Guest:  Mike D Kail

For the past 3 years, Mike D. Kail was Cybric’s CTO, responsible for the strategic vision and technical direction of the Cybric Platform. Prior to joining Cybric, Mike was Yahoo’s CIO and SVP of Infrastructure, where he led the IT and Global Data Center functions for the company. He has more than 25 years of IT Operations experience with a focus on highly-scalable architectures.

Previously, Mike served as VP of IT Operations at Netflix, where he was responsible for Employee Technology and various Engineering components. Before that role, Mike was VP of IT Operations at Attensity, where he was responsible for the Americas data center operations team; including managing various Big Data systems with their Hadoop cluster, HBase and MongoDB components.

He has been widely recognized for his insightful industry commentary on social media, and was recently named by the Huffington Post as one of the “Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter.”

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Podcast – James Ferguson talks Kubernetes and the future as an Application Platform

Joining us this week is James Ferguson, Director of Cloud Consulting, JBC Labs.

About JBC Labs

Looking to automate your cloud and on-prem solutions? Needing to see faster CI/CD on AWS, GCP or Azure? Or perhaps ETL processing that makes your team and users of information more productive? JBC Labs has provided solutions for over 20 years to companies big and small. Our solutions make you run faster, more fluid, and provide a spark to drive your innovation. Our team are certified cloud architects and solution providers ready to help you today.

Highlights
• Overview of JBC Labs’ Jump Box Central Kubernetes Solution
• State of Kubernetes Today
• Concept of Kubernetes as an Application Platform
• Functions as a Service
• Service Mesh and Kubernetes

Topic                                                                                              Time (Minutes.Seconds)
Introduction                                                                                  0.0 – 1.24
Jump Box Central Name?                                                          1.24 – 2.06
Where are People Looking for Help in Kubernetes?            2.06 – 4.13
What Problem are you Looking to Solve?                              4.13 – 6.15
What Else Needed to Make Kubernetes Successful?          6.15 – 10.18
Sell Services for Kubernetes?                                                   10.18 – 12.09
Kubernetes Delivery Platform for Apps                                  12.09 – 15.37 (Hospital Example)
Why Function as a Service?                                                      15.37 – 19.05
Does Variety of Options Slow Down Adoption?                    19.05 – 20.05
Is FaaS an App for Kubernetes?                                               20.05 – 22.29 (PB & Chocolate)
Role of Service Mesh                                                                 22.29 – 29.06
Contact Information                                                                   29.06 – END

James Ferguson, Director of Cloud Consulting, JBC Labs.

James Ferguson has been involved in IT, Software Development and Business Management since 1992. During James Career he has created the worlds first mobile agnostic application for SAP and Oracle in the cloud, featured in Gartner and Forrester. Founded two companies and led many others. Industries James has helped companies ranging from Real Estate, Oil and Gas, Utilities, Finance, Insurance and Marketing. James currently helps customers as a principal architect and thought leader for the fortune 500 and SMB. James can be found on Linkedin, email, mobile, or out in the back country hiking.

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Podcast – Scott Lowe on Heptio, it’s Kubernetes Strategy and Open Source Sustainability

Joining us this week is Scott Lowe, Staff Field Engineer at Heptio recorded at Interop ITX 2018. Scott is well known for his impact on virtualization and VMware, follow him at his weblog and podcast called The Full Stack Journey.

Highlights

  • Coming new to container space and view of infrastructure within the stack
  • Why he chose Heptio and its transition up the stack away from virtualization
  • Heptio strategy? Open source based
  • Commercial strategy to support open source in Kubernetes
  • Monetization of open source projects challenges
  • Building applications to run on “standard” Kubernetes

Topic                                                                                   Time (Minutes.Seconds)

Introduction                                                                          0.0 – 2.28
Container Prerequisites                                                      2.28 – 3.40
Infrastructure Story and Moving Up/Down Stack         3.40 – 4.55
Why Heptio and transition to containers?                       4.55 – 9.10 (Approach to Kubernetes)
Heptio Trying to Plug “Holes in the Dam” – Strategy?   9.10 – 12.10
Open Source Engineering Sustainability                         12.10 – 18.00 (No Fork)
Will Kubernetes Stabilize?                                                 18.00 – 20.11
Community Models for Open Source                              20.00 – 24.32
Consumers of Open Source need Pay for Support       24.32 – 27.17
Should ISVs write to Kubernetes Platform                      27.17 – 32.03
20 years of VMware : time to become platform             32.03 – 34.35
Wrap Up                                                                                34.35 – END

 

 

Podcast Guest: Scott Lowe, Staff Field Engineer at Heptio

I’ve been in the Information Technology field for more than 25 years, starting out with desktop support. Along the way, I’ve worked as an instructor, a technical trainer and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), a systems administrator, an IT manager, a system engineer, a consultant, as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for a small start-up, as the practice lead for a national VAR’s VMware practice, as a forward-looking technologist for a large enterprise storage company, and—most recently—as a technologist for VMware focusing on network virtualization.

Currently, I work for Heptio as a member of the Field Engineering team, focusing on cloud computing, Kubernetes, and related technologies.

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Podcast – Blockchain Technology Partners on their Startup and Key Issues of Blockchain

Joining us this week is the team from Blockchain Technology Partners: Duncan-Johnston-Watt, Kevin O’Donnell, and Mike Zaccardo live from GlueCon 2018 in Colorado.

Blockchain Technology Partners is an Edinburgh-based technology startup:

  • Mission – to radically simplify the enterprise adoption of blockchain technologies
  • Goal – to reduce the cost and complexity of doing business through decentralization while ensuring trust, transparency and accountability in a distributed world
  • Focus – providing a production-ready blockchain platform and partnering with businesses to deliver blockchain-based solutions

Highlights

  • Who is Blockchain Technology Partners and Company Objectives
  • What is Blockchain: Distributed Transaction Log and Consensus
  • Decentralization of Ledgers and Centralization Weakness (Bitcoin e.g)
  • Use Cases for Blockchain
  • Publication Components of Blockchain; its Middle-Ware
  • Trusted Authorities and Broker Replacement (Shipping e.g.)
  • Edge Computing and Blockchain Examples
  • Data Responsibility and Local Blockchains
  • Blockchain Technology Partners Open Source Model and Technology

Topic                                                                                    Time (Minutes.Seconds)

Introduction                                                                                 0.0 – 0.47
Blockchain Technology Partners – What are you doing?   0.47 – 1.52
What is Blockchain? (Proof of Elapsed Time)                        1.52 – 5.17
Common Thread of Decentralization                                      5.17 – 10.13
Block of Use Cases                                                                    10.13 – 11.55
Publication Component of Blockchain                                   11.55 – 14.05
Trusted Authorities / Broker / Supply Chain                         14.05 – 17.52
Medical Waste Handling Example                                          17.52 – 19.01
Edge Computing and Blockchain                                            19.01 – 20.11
Multi-Vendor IoT Devices and Multiple Clouds                    20.11 – 25.49
Data at Edge Accumulation (Tokenizing Data)                      25.49 – 27.51
Description of Open Source Model for BTP                          27.51 – 31.08
Wrap Up                                                                                      31.08  – END

Podcast Guests

  • Duncan Johnston-Watt (Chief Executive Officer)

Duncan is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer with thirty years’ experience in the software industry.

He founded Cloudsoft Corporation, creator of the Apache Brooklyn open source project, serving as its CEO for nine years. Previously he was founder and CTO of Enigmatec Corporation which was sold to iWave and subsequently acquired by EMC.

Prior to this he had a number of fintech roles. At Instinet he led the delivery of their Fixed Income brokerage platform. In recognition of this work pioneering the use of Java enterprise technologies in Financial Services he was nominated for a Computerworld Smithsonian Award.

  • Kevin O’Donnell (Chief Strategy Officer)

Kevin is co-founder of the DevOps platform Chill Code. He served as VP Infrastructure & Operations at JP Morgan from September 2012 until July 2016. Prior to this he served as VP Operations, Video Analytics at Nielsen following its acquisition of Glance Guide in March 2010 where he was VP Operations form December 2007.

Kevin has worked with Duncan at both Instinet Corporation where he was Director, Global Fixed Income Engineering and Enigmatec Corporation Limited where he served as VP, Product Management for four years.

Kevin has over 20 years’ experience delivering large-scale production systems, much of it gained on Wall Street, focusing on automation and operations. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University.

  • Mike Zaccardo (Lead Blockchain Engineer)

Mike is a computer scientist, comedian, traveler, and dancer.

As a senior software engineer at Cloudsoft, he worked with Duncan deploying and managing bleeding edge open source distributed systems including Hyperledger Fabric.

Mike also enjoys performing improv comedy and traveling the world, making dance videos along the way.

He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from John Hopkins University.