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Join Jeremy & Dave as they explore what it means to Iive, work, and solve business challenges as a cloud-native organization. Focusing on transformation, leadership, ways of working, and emerging technology they explore how the cloud is underpinning a step-change in human experience. The Cloudbusting Podcast is brought to you by Cloudreach.
119 Episodes
This week we are delighted to welcome author, podcast host, and cloud computing pioneer, David Linthicum, to the show. For most enterprises tackling cloud transformation, one of the biggest challenges is bridging the technical skills gaps that emerge.  After a year of disruption, where demand for cloud talent has only accelerated, we explore how tech leaders can attract and retain the best people for their organization.
This week we are joined by Eric Lam and Pathik Sharma from Google Cloud to discuss cloud cost optimization best practices. First, the team covers the importance of understanding how IT costs are managed in the cloud next to costs organizations face on-premises. They then discuss several ways organizations can optimize their cloud spend before recommending FinOps adoption as a way to create a culture of financial accountability.
This week we are joined by Amanda Brock, CEO at Open UK, for a discussion around the growing prominence of Open technologies in both corporate and governmental digital strategies. We cover common misconceptions about Open Source and dig into how tech leaders should frame the use of Open when building their digital strategies.
In our final Trends 2021 episode, we are delighted to welcome Jake Burns, Enterprise Strategist at AWS and host of the Conversations With Leaders Podcast, to the show. Our final trend focuses on the acceleration of digital transformation in a post-COVID world. The team debate whether enterprises in 2021 and beyond will be migrating to the cloud with a clearer idea of how and when they should modernize - rather than just virtualizing their infrastructure. 
It has been over a year since COVID-19 forced the majority of us to work from home and significantly shift how we define the barriers between our personal and professional lives.  Duena Blomstrom (CEO of PeopleNotTech) joins us this week to discuss some of the key lessons she has learned over the past 12 months and suggest how leaders can best support and enable their teams in the new normal of hybrid working.
Stewart Fry, SVP of Digital Enterprise & Operations at bp joins us this week to discuss our fifth trend: Adaptable Organizations. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many businesses to adapt, challenging them to rethink and restructure their organization to accelerate their digital transformation efforts. This looks set to continue through 2021 and beyond. But what does adaptability actually look like from an organizational perspective? Stewart pulls some fascinating insights from bp's organizational transformation that demonstrate how even the largest, most complex organizations can adapt at scale.
Ben Shepherd, Chief Strategy Officer at London Stock Exchange Group joins us this week to explore the changing role of technology within a business and the growing influence of IT leaders.  The fourth episode in our trend series considers how vital IT became to business continuity when COVID-19 hit and whether it will cement its perception as a strategic business enabler - rather than a cost center.
This week Nikki Baird from Aptos Retail join us to cover our third trend: Next Level Robustness. During the pandemic, consumer digital has become essential, especially in the retail & groceries sector, where social distancing measures made online grocery shopping a lifeline for vulnerable people. If consumer digital can be seen as critical infrastructure, we discuss how important it is for businesses to ensure they have robust, scalable digital platforms that can withstand future disruption.    
Gordon Davey from SoftwareONE joins the team to discuss a poly cloud approach to cloud adoption and how it differs from prevailing ideas of multi-cloud. Previously, the use of multiple cloud providers within an organization was framed as a way to avoid vendor lock-in and to achieve risk management and compliance goals. A poly cloud approach focuses on the targeted use of multiple cloud platforms, exploiting specific strengths for the functional benefit of particular use cases.
This week we are joined by Steffan Haas, Head of Infrastructure Steering at DB Schenker. Continuing our Trends 2021 series, we discuss how many of the business continuity-led digital transformation initiatives triggered by the outbreak of COVID-19 last year will continue to accelerate over the next 12 months. Steffan shares his insights from helping DB Schenker overcome the technical challenges of the pandemic and accelerating their cloud journey.
Richard Robinson (Partner Migration Program Lead UKI, AWS) joins us this week for another episode exploring the business value of diverse organizations. Drawing from his academic studies as well as the work he is doing in his current role helping organizations adopt cloud, Richard discusses the three dimensions of diversity - inherent, acquired and neurodiversity. He suggests that rather than just recruiting diversity, we should work on creating an inclusive and environment that provides equity and allows diverse mindsets, personalities and backgrounds to develop and flourish.
Over the past 10 years, we have noticed several eras of cloud distinguished by key adoption drivers, sponsors, and challenges. Cloudreach CEO, Brooks Borcherding, brings his wealth of experience in the cloud space to the team to chat through these eras and discuss if COVID-19 has proven to be the catalyst that will accelerate us into the Enterprise Modernization Era.    
We are delighted to welcome Gene Kim as our guest on the 100th episode of the Cloudbusting Podcast. Gene’s books have sold over 1 million copies — he is the author of the WSJ bestselling book “The Unicorn Project”, and was co-author of “The Phoenix Project,” “The DevOps Handbook”, and the Shingo Publication Award-winning “Accelerate”. Gene tells us about his early career in IT, shares his fascination with high-performing IT organizations and outlines the 5 Ideals of DevOps.
Iouri Chapochnikov, VP Global Head of Data and Analytics at Accor, joins the team this week to discuss what makes a successful enterprise data & analytics strategy. Iouri draws from his experiences leading teams at Accor and Criteo, identifying how different enterprises, with different objectives, approach their data & analytics strategy. He also considers the challenges faced when building these strategies and the lessons he has learned along the way.  
In this episode, we delve into the history, benefits, and use cases of Kubernetes. Who better to deliver K8 101 than Craig Box, co-host of the Kubernetes Podcast from Google. Craig describes the origins of Kubernetes, stemming from Google's Borg system, and how the technology was made widely available for the wider developer community. He also outlines the benefits that the system can provide enterprises in the cloud.  
Senior Cloud Architect, Dwayne Monroe joins the team this week to provide a no-hype guide to enterprise AI. Often sold as 'snake oil', to businesses hoping to garner valuable insights from their data, AI and machine learning solutions very rarely provide the game-changing results that are expected of them. Among other insights, Dwayne suggests that organizations focus more on defining the problem space, and less on the sexy AI solution.
This week the team is joined by Duncan Epping, Senior Director & Chief Technologist at VMware. After a brief history lesson on VMware, Duncan discusses VMware's cloud strategy and how they are helping customers work effectively using hybrid and multi-cloud models. He also discusses the steps the company is making to support customers who plan to adopt a cloud native approach.
We are joined by Nicolas Chaillan, Chief Software Officer for the US Air Force who helps us answer the question: What is DevSecOps? Over the last couple of years, Nick and his team have been leading some exciting work helping scale DevSecOps within the complex world of the US Department of Defence. Here he shares some of his key insights and observations and suggests why DevSecOps will be critical for enterprises going forward.
This week we are joined by Faye Ellis, Senior Technical Instructor at training provider, A Cloud Guru. Throughout her 20-year career in IT, Faye has embraced the challenge of upskilling as keeping up to date with the latest technologies had always led to the most interesting work. In this episode, she shares the benefits of her own experiences as an engineer and architect but also discusses why it is important for organizations to understand their role in training their people to operate in the cloud effectively and securely.
This week, the team is joined by Peter Fretty, Technology Editor at Industry Week. Peter outlines the impact that COVID-19 has had on manufacturing and the role technology is playing in helping businesses in this space adapt. He explains how cloud and other technologies like AI, analytics, IoT, and robotics are increasingly being used to optimize workloads and increase yields. He also asserts that technology won't replace human workers, but will support them collaboratively.
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