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The Four Budget Domains of Enterprise IoT Projects

The Four Budget Domains of Enterprise IoT Projects

IoT is rapidly transforming manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and several other industries. The ability to predict asset failure, rapidly diagnosis bottlenecks, and invent new revenue streams are elevating industry standards at a pace that is difficult to keep up with. Executives in these industries have been asking me to give them the basics of what they need to do.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
January 28, 2018
Homer Simpson handling radioactive rod

Mean Time Between Loss of Sleep

“MTBLS”: I first encountered this phrase on a New Relic blog. It's a half-joking reference to a concept used by reliability engineers, Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF). I was intrigued though, and thought it would be an interesting metric to track. We have high-resolution data about our machines' health – down to the smallest minutia – but precious little about the health of our people.
By Dylan Tack, Director of Engineering
January 26, 2018

Docker Containers & Clustering/Orchestration

The Big Picture The aim of this blog post isn’t to get into the nitty gritty how to build and run a containerized app on your favorite cloud provider with a specific clustering technology. Rather, the aim is to discuss containers - where they came from, how they differ from VMs, scalability considerations, container repositories, running containers locally, what a container image consists of, and finally clustering and orchestration tools available to manage and maintain your container…
By Rich Staats, Cloud Engineer
January 20, 2018

How to Integrate GitHub PRs with Bamboo CI

Bamboo / GitHub integration isn't perfect – perhaps because Atlassian wants to steer you towards Bitbucket (their GitHub competitor). Out of the box, there are several headaches. Below, I'll cover these, and how to solve each one:
By Dylan Tack, Director of Engineering
January 18, 2018

Grokking Bamboo CI/CD, for beginners

We are heavy users of Bamboo for Continuous Integration & Continuous Delivery (CI / CD). It's extremely flexible, integrates well with Jira, and elastic build agents make the most of AWS EC2 (even giving you the option of spot pricing for on-demand instances).
By Dylan Tack, Director of Engineering
January 18, 2018
Five Levels

My daily use of the Five Levels of Leadership

Over a year ago, I read John Maxwell’s “The Five Levels of Leadership”.  Since then, I’ve grown increasingly reliant on it’s simple model.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
January 16, 2018

Want to get your product to market faster? Hire a Scrum Master.

In the practice of Agile Project Management, it has long been assumed that a Scrum Master (also referred to at Metal Toad as Agile Project Manager) is an integral member of any successful Scrum team. Whether it’s through day-to-day facilitation and coaching or the removal of project impediments, the Scrum Master’s value is largely presumed, but sometimes challenged. Recently, my team and I were wondering what value a Scrum Master brings to a Scrum team.
By Ori Applebaum, Agile Project Manager
January 15, 2018
Screenshot of a map of Portland, Oregon with colored tracks representing the paths calculated by an AI

Spatial analysis with PostgreSQL and OpenStreetMap

I've always been a map geek, dating back to the 1980s when I would take a road atlas and some tracing paper and draw in my own road network. And one of my favorite games is to take an old map or globe and try to determine when it was made based on the names and shapes of countries. In the age of online mapping software, big data, and data science, it gets even more interesting. Now I can download the whole data set for the map and write programs against it!
By Keith Dechant, Software Architect
January 8, 2018
Talking to users

Resolution: Talk to Users in 2018

It’s the end of the year and you’re thinking: “I did a pretty good job this year. I launched several new high-profile initiatives. Thousands more customers are using the application. I didn’t break anything (that couldn’t be fixed). Man, this year was so busy! Who’s got time to talk to users?” You do. Make time.
By Lilie Fine, Product Manager
December 27, 2017
The Four Quadrants of IoT Revenue Streams

The Four Quadrants of IoT Revenue Streams

The next decade will bring a society-changing transformation to smart, connected things throughout our personal, professional, and public lives.  Everything about this change is big: the security risks are big, the improvements are big, and the scale is big.  This change is a prime space to find new revenue opportunities for every product and service business.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
December 23, 2017