Metal Toad Blog

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Chales Editorial

Cloud + Utilities

An Executive Interview with Charles Eckstrom, CIO of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California I’ve been chatting with some of the execs I admire—from across a range of industries—to get insights on how they’re…
Joaquin Lippincott
March 23rd, 2020
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The Cloud May Be ITs Antidote for COVID-19

These are unprecedented times where it's hard to get anyone to pay attention to anything other than the COVID-19 epidemic sweeping the globe.  Within the current swirl of confusion people are trying to figure out a lot of…
Joaquin Lippincott
March 20th, 2020
Jim editorial

Cloud + Manufacturing

An Executive Interview with Jim Williamson, VP of Technology at ESCO I’ve been chatting with some of the execs I admire—from across a range of industries—to get insights on how they’re using cloud technologies and what it…
Joaquin Lippincott
March 18th, 2020
Portland at sunset

The Battle for Cloud Marketshare in Oregon

Oregon has always been well known for its timber industry.  Indeed at one point in the 1970s fully 12% of the States GDP was produced by timber.  While timber's former dominance is not a surprise, many people are surprised…
Joaquin Lippincott
March 17th, 2020
What is Xamarin?

What is Xamarin?

Maybe I should start with a better question. Who doesn’t love free stuff? Guess what?  Xamarin is F-R-E-E!!!! Yep! I’ll explain why this is exclamation point worthy in just a bit.   What we need to think about first is the…
Ali Meechoovet
March 17th, 2020
TV sitting in field with dark clouds

The Impact of COVID-19 on the entertainment & tech industries

To say that we have entered turbulent times is perhaps an understatement. As we watch things unfold in real time (in my house we are glued to the news coming out of the AppleTV) I am trying to gauge the shockwaves that are…
Joaquin Lippincott
March 12th, 2020
What Is Cloud Computing

What Is Cloud Computing?

Put simply, cloud computing is: the delivery of services, on a pay-as-you go basis. It’s the availability of offsite computer system resources that offers strength and flexibility, and is possibly more budget friendly than…
Ali Meechoovet
March 11th, 2020
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AWS Media Symposium—New York 2020 (Postponed)

This symposium has been postponed due to COVID-19 precautions—but you’ll want to attend when it’s rescheduled! In the meantime, here are some tips to get you ready for a fun and valuable event. Follow Metal Toad on LinkedIn…
Joaquin Lippincott
March 11th, 2020
TensorFlow Logo

Creating a Scavenger Hunt on Android With TensorFlow

While going through my files sorting them to find anything that may be of benefit to future Toads, I came across a blog post I had started writing early in my tenure at Metal Toad.  Many of the thoughts have stayed the same…
James Simshaw
March 10th, 2020
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HPA Tech Retreat 2020

Exhilarating, overwhelming, and immensely inspiring—the HPA Tech Retreat (February 17–20 in Palm Springs, CA) is one of our favorite events of the year. As an advanced AWS Consulting Partner in the M&E industry, we’re…
Joaquin Lippincott
February 19th, 2020
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AWS Media Symposium—Miami 2020

We’re excited about the AWS Media Symposium in Miami this year (February 13, 2020). It will be a full day for AWS partners, experts, technologists, and leaders in the M&E industry to learn and connect.  Here’s an…
Joaquin Lippincott
February 13th, 2020
User Experience

How to become a User Experience Researcher?

This blog, like the previous related to UX frequently asked questions, is best left to the experts.  Below, I have shared some related suggestions from User Experience experts out in the world: Springboard “TalentLyft…
Ali Meechoovet
February 11th, 2020

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