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AWS: What is it?

I spend a lot of my time talking about AWS these days: it's at the heart of the services our company offers, but many savvy business people have never heard the term before.  Taken literally AWS is an acronym for Amazon Web Services, but that doesn't really help to clarify what it is.  Defined a little more

By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
December 19, 2019

2019 Metal Toad Diversity Report

Dear Community, Attached you will find our survey results from the annual 2019 TechtownPDX survey on diversity in our community and our company.
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
December 5, 2019

Give it a KISS

By Ali Meechoovet, Product Coordinator
December 1, 2019

Floggr Amplify App Part I - Overview and Auth

This is a three part post about our experience using AWS Amplify to develop a food logging app for the Metal Toad hackathon. Here in part one we cover the initial project overview/setup and our experience implementing Amplify Auth. Part two will cover Amplify Storage, with part three covering Amplify AppSync and PubSub.

By Joe Matthies, Javascript Engineer
November 28, 2019

Compreendendo a Transformação Digital  (Understanding Digital Transformation)

Hoje de manhã enquanto tomava um café, estava pensativa e fiquei intrigada com a seguinte questão: Por que não basta apenas instalar soluções tecnológicas? Daí surgiu a motivação para escrever este blog.

By Marilia Bedoya, Account Coordinator
November 27, 2019

Gaming the Metrics

One day in high school we had a substitute teacher. At the beginning of class, the substitute teacher handed out a quiz and told us we'd be tested on it at the end of the period. During class, we searched the textbook in small groups to find the answers.

By Brent Logan, Agile Project Manager
November 27, 2019

Google Stadia: The Cloud and the Client

My earliest network gaming experience was playing Netrek in a campus computer lab. The game was played on UNIX workstations with up to sixteen simultaneous players. It was incredibly fun. It was also terrible for the local network.

By Michael Ellis, Senior Cloud Engineer
November 26, 2019

AWS CMS (1 of 4) Intro

Over the past several years, Metal Toad has launched several successful cloud-first web and mobile applications, often with hardware components. With each release, I'm noticing how product management, UX, and engineering are frequently able to produce the same features of a CMS faster and cheaper than using Drupal, Wordpress, Salesforce, and Adobe.
By Tony Rost, Chief Technology Officer
November 26, 2019

How-to Solve for Your Windows Update Mysteriously Looping/Hanging/Failing

Since this is IT, first things first: Have you tried turning it off and on again?

By Tyler Roberts, System Administrator
November 26, 2019

What does a day in the life of a Creative Director look like?

I recently had the opportunity to meet with a first year graphic design student and talk about what a day in the life of a Creative Director looks like.

By Corinna Gelster-Borgardt, Creative Director
November 26, 2019

Blacks in Tech:Initial Thoughts/Review

Blacks in Tech is a group that helps cultivate a community amongst African Americans within the Tech space as well bring about important conversations on diversity and inclusivity in the Tech industry. I had the opportunity to attend a lecture and open discussion about “Branding in the New World”. It was given by CJ Johnson Jr.

By Shaquille Sumner, Tech Community Outreach Coordinator
November 25, 2019

Why Metal Toad is so Special for Interns

As an intern, what are you looking to gain? A better resume? Experience? A portfolio piece? More connections? Paid for your time? 

By Saki Niwayama, Design Intern
November 25, 2019

How can the Internet of Things apply to the Trucking industry - I’m glad you asked...!!!

A colleague just recently attended the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) fleet technology show, and sent me pictures of the 2020 model commercial trucks. While it might surprise some folks given my role at Metal Toad, I'm a huge fan of heavy equipment and semi trucks.

By Steve Lopez, Product Manager
November 23, 2019

Predictive Maintenance with Machine Learning and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Maintenance of machinery is vital in all industries.  Not only does maintenance cost time and money, but improper maintenance could lead to inefficient performance or potentially be a safety hazard depending upon the purpose of the machinery.

By James Simshaw, Senior Software Engineer
November 22, 2019

How Insperity made Metal Toad's Remote-First Work Policy possible

Recently, Metal Toad announced its Remote-First Work Policy.  This idea of working remotely and sourcing staff from around the United States created some interesting challenges for Metal Toad which needed to be addressed prior to making its announcement.

By Bob Fiorella, Chief Financial Officer
November 21, 2019

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