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How to Chose the Right Cloud Provider

The promise of cloud technology has spawned tremendous innovation by some of the biggest, most powerful companies in the world. Choosing a cloud provider is a very important undertaking. Get it wrong, and you’ll incur big costs, delays, and headaches; get it right, and you’ll position your firm for a more scalable and profitable future. To make the right decision, it’s critical to understand the differences among the top cloud providers. Each brings a different set of strengths and weaknesses…
By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
June 14, 2019
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Jumping in Cloud First: Why the Cloud Movement Is the Future of All Business

Cloud computing is quickly becoming not just another tech innovation, but a fundamental shift in the way businesses function. Learn the top 6 advantages of moving to cloud and the ONLY 3 ways to accomplish innovation.
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
June 11, 2019

Effects of Siloing

In my first blog on this topic, I covered the root causes of siloing. This time around, I am going to provide a few positive and negative effects that siloing can produce, starting with productivity.  
By James Simshaw, Senior Software Engineer
April 12, 2019
“Nuées” series by Laurent Millet

5 Signs You Need Cloud Migration Consulting

At some point in the last decade, you’ve probably had this experience: you buy a brand-new computer. And at first, it’s great: performance is zippy, there’s plenty of storage, the features make your life easier. But after a few years, you notice that some websites load really slowly. Even though you upgrade your OS, startup seems sluggish, or things seem wonky when you’re running a lot of programs at once. And your friends—who just bought the latest model —are talking about all kinds of cool…
By Victoria Blake, Vice President of Product
April 4, 2019
Devops cycle

5 Signs You Need Better DevOps

Imagine this scenario: you want to build a new house, so you hire two people: an architect to design the structure and all the plumbing and wiring and the like, and an interior designer to come up with the various features of the rooms, the lighting, the colors, the decor. Six months later, they each hand over their plans...but they haven’t actually spoken to each other the entire time. If you hand those two sets of plans over to a contractor, how likely do you think your house is to be built…
By Victoria Blake, Vice President of Product
March 14, 2019
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Automotive Aftermarket and IoT

We all know cars are getting smarter, and car manufacturers are competing more and more not just based on reliability but increasingly based on technology.  At Metal Toad, we had some fun hacking into a minivan to see what kind of machine learning we could do with the data being output by a modern car. With the drop in prices for industrial grade Internet of Things (IoT) and other smart device
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
March 13, 2019
Thumb Zone

Thumb Zone

I’m used to thinking of ergonomics in terms of chairs, desks, physical plant, tennis rackets, etc., but this week our expert UX designer, Cami, blew my mind when she shared a “natural thumb extension” image that she uses to help design for mobile. “What’s this?” I asked “The green zone is where the controls should be,” she replied. “Ohhhh,” I said. “Ahhhh….”
By Victoria Blake, Vice President of Product
March 8, 2019
CC. "Man on ship's gangplank," by James Crookall

The Agile PM Onboard

Hiring and starting a new job - two sides of the same coin, yet with similar risks and rewards. Can a new employee onboard a new job with a minimum of wasted time, effort, and stress? Can the new employee grow in knowledge, confidence, and reputation in the process?
By Brent Logan, Agile Project Manager
January 31, 2019
Hackathon Pitches

How to Run a Great Hackathon (and Why You Should Do It)

Working at Metal Toad is all about innovation. It’s why I was drawn to this place—a place that celebrates the unusual, gets excited about new ideas, and constantly seeks out the latest emerging tech.
By Dylan Tack, Principal Engineer
January 30, 2019
A close-up of a phone using the AR treasure hunt app, showing the text "You Won!"

Web-based AR: Hunting for Treasure with A-Frame

When Metal Toad announced the theme of the winter Hackathon would be Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), those of us who have focused our careers on building websites faced a conundrum: how can we learn the principles of AR/VR in just two days without getting sidetracked by the need to learn mobile app development—with its own languages and IDEs and troubleshooting gotchas—at the same time?
By Kalina Wilson, Software Engineer
January 19, 2019

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