Me & Google Cloud on the Datascape Podcast

DatascapePodcastLogoHaving started my latest professional venture, just two months ago I joined the intellectual folks over at Pythian as a Google Cloud Solutions Architect. Being fully focused on building out and developing their Google Cloud Platform (GCP) practice, I had the opportunity to attend the Google Cloud Next ’17 conference in San Francisco, a couple of weeks ago. After attending the conference, and returning home to catch up on all the work that piled up during that week, I was invited to come on the Datascape Podcast, by its host Chris Presley to discuss my thoughts and reflections on the event.

Enough of my rambling, check out the podcast episode below, and hear my thoughts about the Google Cloud, announcements of new upcoming features, and how I believe it fairs among other public cloud services available today.

If you enjoyed this episode and want to hear more episodes on the Datascape Podcast you can listen/subscribe to it at SoundCloud, iTunes, and TuneIn.

Note: I made the error of assuming that Google I/O was no more, and that Google Cloud Next took its place. I was 100% wrong about this, probably because I was so taken with this event that I missed any marketing content promoting Google I/O… sorry Google! 😉


VMware + AWS = Hybrid Cloud Heaven

I read the news yesterday about a partnership that is being formed between VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS), in an effort to ease the deployment of hybrid cloud architectures in the enterprise space. First thought that came to mind: “Finally!!!”

I’m pretty consistent at following news in the tech market these days, and have been so for a few years. Every once in a while I come across a news headline that sparks a twinkle in my eye, mainly because I can instantly envision the value that’s being created by said piece of news. This is one of those moments, and one of those news headlines.

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LG and their interesting innovations in smartphones

As we’ll be heading out to the LG V10 launch event later this evening, I decided to go online and do some research on the device to see what the hype’s all about. We were previously invited to the LG G4 launch, months ago, and let me just say that while the smartphone is technically a good product, the presenters fell short on highlighting the technical aspects that make it so.

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Venturing into the New Google Maps

Yesterday, I got an email from Google, saying that I was approved to preview the new Google Maps. Yay! 🙂

So for starters, I bring you a short post, with a sneak peek of the new less-cluttered, more user-friendly, and increasingly content-centric layout of Google Maps that will be rolling out to many of you soon.

New Google Maps Layout
A first look at the new Google Maps layout, which will be rolling out to the public soon.

Also , in case you’re curious to know more, here’s a YouTube clip from the Google Maps channel, to give you a (interactive) idea of what to expect.

A Choice of Voice

Just came across this while going over some notifications on one of the pages that I administer on Facebook. If you navigate over to a page that you administer, assuming that you have it set to post as yourself and not as the page, you will see a new tab option appear labeled “Voice” in the top right corner of the window, between your name and the “Home” tab. Also a drop bar will come up, alerting you that you are interacting with the page as yourself, with your own “voice” versus that of the page itself.

Now you’re reminded in case you forgot that you are posting as yourself and not the page.

It seems like Facebook has recently been working hard on providing page administrators with some new tools to improve their productivity and workflow when using their pages. Examples of these enhancements include the new page insights, the Facebook Pages Manager iOS app, and now this mysterious “Voice” feature… I wonder where they’re going next.