Metal Toad Blog

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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…
Nathan Wilkerson
November 15th, 2019
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Great Work Is The Floor

Account management is often considered a branch of sales, but in reality great account management involves your entire organization. From the person answering your phones to the CEO and of course, the engineers, managers and…
Jonathan Mills
November 14th, 2019
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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
November 13th, 2019
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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…
Tony Rost
October 21st, 2019
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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…
Shaquille Sumner
October 14th, 2019
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React in Detail: Elements, Components, and HOCs

This article is one of Metal Toad's Top 10 React JS Tips. Enjoy! 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,…
J.D. Sandifer
October 11th, 2019
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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. Open Source Came First Cloud is not the…
Joaquin Lippincott
October 8th, 2019
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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…
Nathan Wilkerson
October 7th, 2019
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Null Space Labs Tuesday Open Meeting & Game Night

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…
Shaquille Sumner
October 1st, 2019
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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. It’s become en…
Jonathan Mills
September 26th, 2019
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How to win with the AWS Well Architected Framework

Over the years, we've perfected our own internal AWS standards regarding product management, scrum management, code quality, peer review, continuous deployments, and others. With each new learning of our own that we…
Tony Rost
September 26th, 2019
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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…
Joaquin Lippincott
September 19th, 2019

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