Techstrong Gang

Techstrong Gang

The Techstrong Gang brings together a collection of IT industry editors, analysts and pundits to put major IT news and trends in perspective. Intended to help IT leaders make more informed strategic and tactical decisions, topics discussed typically span everything from the impact AI is having on society to the latest DevOps tools an IT team might employ to optimize workflows. Come watch core Techstrong Gang members Alan Shimel, Mitch Ashley, Mike Vizard, Sharon Florentine, Amanda Razani and Bonnie Schneider engage experts such as John Willis, Mark Hinkle, Tracy Ragan, Tracy Bannon and Bob Reselman to surface crucial insights into the issues changing the way we perceive the role of IT.


April 11, 2024 46 mins

On this episode of Techstrong Gang, Alan, Mitch and Bonnie Schneider are joined by Mark Hinkle. They discuss what havoc AI might create in the current election cycle. Then they ask: Are LLMs out of reach for most organizations? Are they too complicated? Too expensive? Lastly, the group announces they have renamed the Security Bloggers Network to the Security Creators Network. Techstrong gives the history and back story of the SBN a...

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Alan, Mike, Mitch and guest Chris Blask dive into the DevSecOps implications of malicious code that was deliberately injected into open source xz software to create a backdoor before discussing the degree to which Microsoft has a unique set of cybersecurity issues in the wake of receiving a failing grade from the Federal government. Then the gang turns its attention to the role public-private partnerships should play in improving c...

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April 8, 2024 40 mins

Alan, Mike, Bonnie and guest John Willis dive into how much of a potential threat superhuman artificial intelligence (AI) actually represents before musing about the impact millions of drones delivering good might have on society. Finally, the gang turns its attention once again to climate change as it becomes easier to count carbon emissions as they occur.

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April 4, 2024 31 mins

Alan, Mike, Mitch, Bonnie and guest, Futurum Group CEO Daniel Newman, dive into the challenges Intel faces as a national treasure. Then the gang turns its attention to the impact artificial intelligence (AI) is having on climate change before trying to determine whether large language models (LLMs) have already become commodities.

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April 2, 2024 42 mins

Alan, Mike, Amanda and guest Tracy Bannon dive into how much DevSecOps progressing is actually being made before debating the merits of GitOps as a separate distinct methodology. Finally, the impact artificial intelligence (AI) will have on application testing is expected to be profound but how long will it take for the quality of applications to improve is still anybody’s guess.

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April 1, 2024 50 mins

Mike, Mitch, Bonnie and guest Mark Hinkle dive into the state of the artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem before discussing how real platform engineering as a formal best practice of managing DevOps has become. Finally, chief sustainability officers are starting to make their presence felt but the gang wants to know what these C-level executives are empowered to do.

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March 28, 2024 40 mins

Mike, Mitch, Sharon and guest Tracy Ragan dive into the potential repercussions of the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against Apple. In addition, the gang looks at the current state of programming, the latest iteration of Java and the apparent lack of visibility most IT teams have into their application environments.

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March 26, 2024 51 mins

Mike, Mitch and Sharon dive into the impact artificial intelligence (AI) will have on software engineering and explore how to better understand what can be done to avoid the communication breakdowns that conspire to slow down the pace of application development. Finally, the Techstrong Gang dive into the impact edge computing is about to have on DevOps workflows.

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March 25, 2024 28 mins

Alan, Mitch and special guest Savannah Peterson of Savvy Millennial wrap up KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2024 from Paris. The gang talks about the origins of OpenTofu and how it's revitalizing IaC, Spacelift's scalable infrastructure-as-code and policy, and how that fits into the DevOps workflow. Finally, the gang talks about OpenTelemetry as the locomotive pulling the train of operations within the cloud-native observability ecosystem...

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Alan, Mike and Mitch are live at the Kubecon + CloudNativeCon Europe conference where the top issues of the day are the how platform engineering as a DevOps methodology drives cloud/native application developer experience, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) workloads on Kubernetes clusters and potential impact open datasets might have on how AI models are trained.

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March 19, 2024 42 mins

Bonnie, Amanda and Sharon talk about the TikTok ban legislation and its likely outcome, the DOJ's move to hand down harsher sentences for crimes commited with AI, Techstrong Group's upcoming event, The Artificially Intelligent Enterprise with Mark Hinkle, and AI chatbots' liability in court. Then, the Gang discusses the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU event in Paris this week, as well as the upcoming Carbon Hack 24 conference from the ...

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March 19, 2024 40 mins

Alan, Mike, Sharon and guest Tracy Ragan discuss the merits of Elon Musk's lawsuit filed against OpenAI and Sam Altman before assessing the viability of the EU AI Act. In addition, the gang takes a look at the cost of generative AI and LLMs at a time when many of us are starting to show signs of AI addiction.

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March 15, 2024 41 mins

Alan, Mike, Amanda and guest Bob Reselman dive into why so many open source software vendors are changing their business models. In addition, the gang discusses why observability is so expensive and, finally, our take on what’s occurring at Broadcom in the wake of the acquisition of VMware.

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March 13, 2024 47 mins

Alan, Mike, Mitch, Bonnie and guest Chris Blask debate the role government should play in applying rules to artificial intelligence (AI), social media sites such as TikTok and climate change. The challenge, as always, is finding a way to apply those rules in ways that won’t eventually run afoul of the courts.

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March 11, 2024 40 mins

Alan, Mike, Mitch, Bonnie and special guest Mark Hinkle dive into the impact artificial intelligence (AI), along with cloud-native and Bitcoin applications, are having on our climate. The challenge, of course, is finding the best way to advance innovation in a way that promotes sustainability.

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March 11, 2024 44 mins

Alan, Mike, Mitch, Sharon and guest John Willis dive into why Microsoft's and Google's generative AI platforms create disturbing images, which naturally leads to a conversation about the degree to which these platforms are -- or should be -- trusted. Meanwhile, the Toyota Research Institute is now one step closer to embedding AI into robots for the home, which could have some interesting consequences.

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March 6, 2024 41 mins

Alan, Mike, Mitch, Amanda and Chris Blask unravel the cybersecurity challenges GitHub is encountering, as malicious forks within codebases proliferate across its open repository. Then, the gang dives into the challenges organizations are facing as they look to secure artificial intelligence (AI) models. Finally, the economics of cybersecurity are becoming more complex as costs increase in an era where business leaders are asking ha...

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March 4, 2024 41 mins

Alan, Mike, Mitch and Bonnie join Tracy Bannon to dive into what's driving efforts to modernize DevOps workflows as continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platforms are revamped. At the same time, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is fostering a healthy debate over the degree to which machine learning operations (MLOps) should be melded with DevOps. Finally, the gang celebrates the launch of TechsttongITSM, a new...

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March 1, 2024 54 mins

Alan, Mike, Mitch, Amanda and Bob Reselman dive into what the ultimate goal of DevOps should be; why DevSecOps remains so challenging to implement; and whether forcing employees back into the office is good for society. Links References in Podcast: What’s It Really All About: DevSecOps Anti-Patterns: Of...

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March 1, 2024 45 mins

Alan, Mitch, Sharon and Tracy Ragan, CEO of DeployHub, dive into whether artificial intelligence (AI) is really another industry, as NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang contends, or whether it’s just a technology that happens to be more impactful than most other innovations.

That shift to AI is also driving a transition to hardware optimized for specific types of workloads that promises to fundamentally change software engineering.

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