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.

Machine Learning

A love letter to Machine Learning

Machine learning changed my world, and it started with an Uber ride. I have air travel down to a science: laptop/tablet/smartphone in a separate bin from shoes and jacket, nothing in my pockets, 22 inch carry-on only for…
Julie Scott
November 20th, 2019
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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.
Joaquin Lippincott
November 18th, 2019
Streaming fail

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
What Is User Experience Design?

What Is User Experience Design?

UXD, or User Experience Design, is the design of experiences for users. That sounds easy enough to understand …..or is it? There’s a wide breadth of work that goes into UXD.  UX Designers research, iterate, and test various…
Ali Meechoovet
November 4th, 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
User Experience

How to become a user experience designer?

This blog, like the previous two 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: Get Educated There are…
Ali Meechoovet
October 15th, 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.
Shaquille Sumner
October 14th, 2019
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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…
J.D. Sandifer
October 11th, 2019
cloud boxing

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.
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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