Metal Toad Blog

Learn more about the latest Media & Entertainment industry and AWS trends from the Metal Toad blog. If you prefer to browse by category, all of our posts are organized under the help section.

Media & Entertainment Cloud Ecosystem with Ian McPherson

Media & Entertainment Cloud Ecosystem

Executive Interview with Ian McPherson, AWS, Head of North American Partnerships and Alliances Media and Entertainment. Ian is a longtime marketing leader in the tech space. In his current role at AWS, he manages…
Joaquin Lippincott
October 26th, 2020
Media & Entertainment Ecosystem

The Media & Entertainment Cloud Ecosystem

For the Media & Entertainment industry, COVID-19 has had an unimaginable impact: Disney saw its profits fall 91% during the first three months of this year; The flat launch of HBO Max caused the WarnerMedia/AT&T…
Joaquin Lippincott
October 25th, 2020
AWS Logo header for ISV blog post

What's an AWS ISV?

In the world of AWS acronyms abound.  The term ISV gets thrown around a lot but it's relatively easy to unpack.  First, ISV stands for Independent Software Vendor.  What this means is a company who product or service is…
Joaquin Lippincott
October 22nd, 2020
South Park illustrates Phases 1, 2, and 3

But what is Phase 2??

I've been spending more time talking to clients about data engineering. As I was discussing the creation of a data lake the question came up, 'how do I utilize this data in a way that will drive ROI for my business unit?'...…
Jonathan Mills
October 15th, 2020
Graduates lined up with their caps

The Future of College is Virtually Unknown

Last month my family and I received an email we had been dreading. The subject line seemed fairly innocuous Fall 2020 Updated Housing Options, but it delivered the message that our 18-year-old daughter would not be spending…
Joaquin Lippincott
October 13th, 2020
Jonathan Mills at a Hollywood premeire

Data Lakes in Hollywood

Most people don't know that my experience in Hollywood goes back almost 20 years. My first real job was working at HOME BOX OFFICE (HBO) in the mid-2000's. And in my current role as Director of Accounts at Metal Toad I am…
Jonathan Mills
October 10th, 2020
Media Content Distribution + Cloud

Media Content Distribution + Cloud

Executive Interview with Fredrik Andersson, Founder and SVP of Products of Accedo. In his role, Fredrik is helping the world’s leading video service providers engage users across a vast range of connected devices. Accedo…
Joaquin Lippincott
October 9th, 2020
A face with structure mapped by facial recognition

How does facial recognition work?

Last week, Forbes quoted me in their article 12 Things You Need To Know About Facial Recognition Technology. I am a member of the Forbes Technology Council, and they regularly check in with us to get our take on what's…
Joaquin Lippincott
October 7th, 2020
Metal Toad office on Rua Funchal in Sao Paulo Brazil

Metal Toad Brazil

As we round the bend into Fall (which officially starts September 22), we are reminded of the changing season by things that are familiar to us: getting kids back to school, a welcome cooling of the air, the changing of the…
Joaquin Lippincott
September 18th, 2020
The orange sky of San Francisco. Photo Credit: San Francisco Chronicle

Cloud risk reduction

The morning sun from my home in Los Angeles is blood red as it shines through the smoke. Alongside everything else that has happened in this year of 2020 — COVID19, political unrest — large areas of the Western United States…
Joaquin Lippincott
September 16th, 2020
Metal Toad Core Values

Why Core Values Transform a Tech Company

We’re all familiar with the basic corporate American experience. You clock into work, perform your required tasks, and leave at the end of the day. Maybe you talk to a few coworkers throughout the day, but it’s certainly not…
Irina Goldman
September 15th, 2020
woman frustrated with website

How often should I update my website?

The short answer the the question: how often should I update my website? is every 3 to 5 years.  The much longer answer starts with: it depends.
Joaquin Lippincott
September 3rd, 2020

Have questions?