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A view of the Youtube-based CES technology desk

Consumer Electronics Show — CES 2021

We recently wrapped up the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. This was the first year we went all digital, with no in-person show or physical showroom floor. As someone who has…
Joaquin Lippincott
January 22nd, 2021
quality_assurance

What is Quality Assurance?

If you have ever had a bad experience with a product, such as a new cell phone application or a bad food delivery, would you use that product or order for that food again? It is very common for users to uninstall an…
Nadia Fornaro
January 20th, 2021
Chaos Engineering & AWS CloudShell Artwork

Chaos Engineering & AWS CloudShell

Our CTO, Tony Rost, sat down with engineering manager Nathan Wilkerson to talk about his key takeaways from this year’s re:Invent: Chaos Engineering & AWS CloudShell
Nathan Wilkerson
January 20th, 2021
Project Hazel - Razer mask

CES 2021: Razer launches the smart mask — Project Hazel

If you're like me, you may be tired of wearing a mask.  It's essential, it's important, and it's becoming part of everyday life. However, as we enter 2021 and it is becoming part of our daily uniform I'm curious if there's…
Dave Bellous
January 14th, 2021
Data Dashboards with AWS Quicksight

How to get started with AWS Quicksight

Our CTO, Tony Rost, sat down with product leader Dave Bellous to talk about his key takeaways from this year’s re:Invent: AWS Quicksight
Dave Bellous
January 14th, 2021
How to pick a Headless CMS

How to pick the best Headless CMS

In the past few years, Metal Toad has increasingly migrated clients to headless CMS providers to reduce costs, improve the content owner experience, and open the doors to future technology innovations that would be difficult…
Tony Rost
January 13th, 2021
Cloud Consulting

What are the different types of cloud service providers?

Back in 2014 when we first launched the Emmys on AWS, the service had been publicly available since 2006. While eight years might not seem that long, it's quite a long time in technology years. By comparison, GCP (Google's…
Joaquin Lippincott
January 13th, 2021
A whale's tail

No one ever got fired for buying IBM

Technology consulting firms are everywhere. Many have familiar names like IBM, Accenture and McKinsey. Some may be vendors you're working with. But in most cases one thing is almost certain. They sold you on their "reach" …
Jonathan Mills
January 12th, 2021
Diagram depicting the life cycle staged approach of an advanced persistent threat (APT) which repeats itself once complete.

How to avoid malware

The SUNBURST malware, likely of Russian origin, was a remarkable and devastating breach of cybersecurity.  The data gathered will likely advantage the hackers and their government for years to come.
Tony Rost
January 12th, 2021
CES 2021

A CES Quick Guide

As an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, we’re thrilled to kick off 2021 with several Toads attending the first all-digital CES 2021! Here’s an overview of why you should go, what to expect, and how to get the most out of the…
Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
January 8th, 2021
You're on mute, bro

You’re on mute…

When it comes to summing up 2020 it’s the ubiquitous phrase “you’re on mute” that is both perfect and a little painful. Unlike other shining examples of corporate-speak like “circle back around”, “set the table”, or “…
Julie Scott
January 7th, 2021
AWS re:Invent

A UX perspective on AWS re:Invent 2020

In 2020, a majority of events moved online, making them more accessible than ever before, and an outcome of this change has created new opportunities for user experience practices to be incorporated into the interactions…
Sonali Sampat
January 6th, 2021

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