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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

A love letter to Machine Learning

Machine learning changed my world, and it started with an Uber ride.

By Julie Scott, Senior Product Manager
November 20, 2019

The Battle for Cloud dominance in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a massive metropolis.  While only #18 by population - with a mere 18.7 million people - Los Angeles is 3rd in the world in GDP with over a trillion of dollars produced annually.

By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
November 18, 2019

Lessons from Disney+ Launch

We have been waiting, like many people, for the launch of Disney+.  We were genuinely disappointed by the outages and management issues that were covered so widely in the press.  

From our perspective, the outages could have been caused by a combination of three things:

By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
November 15, 2019

Great Work Is The Floor

Account management is often considered a branch of sales, but in reality great account management involves your entire organization.

By Jonathan Mills, Director of Accounts
November 14, 2019

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 to learn that Oregon’s high te

By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
November 13, 2019

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.

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.

By Shaquille Sumner, Tech Community Outreach Coordinator
October 14, 2019

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

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)?

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.

By Shaquille Sumner, Tech Community Outreach Coordinator
October 1, 2019

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