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Metal Toad launches Remote-First Work Policy

“If you want the best talent, limiting yourself to the talent that’s available in a single city (let alone a single country) is shooting yourself in the foot. Remote work being the default has always made a lot of sense for GitHub, because it meant we could ensure our product worked for teams regardless of where people were located.” —Coby Chapple, Product Designer, GitHub
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
October 21, 2019

kaAIDG Monthly Meeting- Initial Thoughts and Review

KaAIDG (Kick A** AI Developers Group) is a group for AI enthusiasts and practitioners. Once every month on Friday KaAIDG hosts an open discussion and topic on AI. The topic of choice this Fridays was “ Homotopy Type Theory & Category Theory applied to ML & Backpropagation”.For someone like myself who is a novice ,this topic can seem quite head scratching and scary ,but the hosts of this group are excellent at presenting the topic while answering any questions you have along the way. In…
By Shaquille Sumner, Tech Community Outreach Coordinator
October 14, 2019
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React in Detail: Elements, Components, and HOCs

At Metal Toad, I’m part of a team of developers who often work on code together. Whether it’s pairing with one other person or mobbing as a larger group, teamwork is an important way we help each other and provide the best value to our customers. And teamwork requires communication.
By J.D. Sandifer, JavaScript Engineer
October 11, 2019
cloud boxing

Saas vs. Cloud

I talk a lot about the Cloud. And while, "the cloud" is certainly a candidate for buzzword bingo, unlike some other buzzwords, I really do believe this one lives up to the hype.
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
October 8, 2019

Advantages of Google Cloud

Choosing a cloud provider can be a difficult process that has long-term impacts to productivity, cost, and features. Do you select based on your existing environment's Microsoft investment and go with Azure? Do you use the largest provider, Amazon Web Services(AWS)? Or do you choose the newest provider, Google Cloud Platform (GCP)? 
By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
October 7, 2019

Null Space Labs Tuesday Open Meeting & Game Night - Initial Thoughts/Review

Null Space Labs hosts an open meeting and game night every Tuesday. Participants are given the opportunity to use equipment, collaborate on projects and network with fellow members and participants. The majority of participants are those interested in cybersecurity, computer hardware and product design. I was hoping this event would have a little more structure and collective participation. Going forward I believe this is a space for more seasoned tech individuals who want to work on projects,…
By Shaquille Sumner, Tech Community Outreach Coordinator
October 1, 2019
Value of Values

Value of Values

Metal Toad is a values based business. I’m not sure if this makes us unique within the software developer community but it does make us an outlier within the organizations that I’ve worked for over the years.
By Jonathan Mills, Account Director
September 26, 2019
Well Architected Framework

How to win with the AWS Well Architected Framework

Over the years, we've perfected our standards regarding product management, scrum management, code quality, peer review, continuous deployments, and others. With each new learning of our own that we standardize, we also take a look at the latest standards from the broader ecosystem and attempt to incorporate them as well. For best practices with cloud environments, we've been leaning into the AWS Well Architected Framework (WAF) and continue to learn new approaches.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
September 26, 2019
Cloud computing competition

The Cloud War: Battlefront IBC (2 of 4)

At IBC2019, the biggest international conference for the Media & Entertainment industry I am evaluating which cloud provider is showing up with the most substantial ecosystem to tackle the concerns of the industry. If you'd like to get up to speed on some of the major themes of the conference or learn about the showing by AWS check out the first post in the series. This article article focuses on Microsoft/Azure, the #2 cloud provider in the outside of the M&E industry by market share:
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
September 19, 2019
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The Cloud War: Battlefront IBC (1 of 4)

At IBC2019, the biggest international conference for the Media & Entertainment industry, there were some major themes:
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
September 19, 2019

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