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The Livin' On The Edge Podcast Series

At Ambassador, we're more than just a cloud-native application development company. We're a catalyst for change in how enterprises design, deploy, and manage microservices on Kubernetes.

About the Podcast Series

Join us to learn about best practices for releasing functionality via continuous delivery pipelines, and investigate the latest developer tooling, API gateway technology, and service mesh implementations.

In our "Livin' On The Edge" series, we interview practitioners and senior technical leaders from organizations such as HashiCorp, Lyft, GitHub, Ticket Master, Buoyant, and more.

Our Host: Markeo (Kay) James

Kay James is a solutions engineer at Ambassador Labs and currently resides in New York. Passionate about technology, good food, and creating great music, Kay enjoys being able to help others solve technology problems. Prior to joining Ambassador Labs, she graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.

All Episodes

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S3 Ep9: Developer Productivity: the Inner Dev Loop & Quantitative Metrics

Key Highlights: Developer Productivity: the Inner Dev Loop & Quantitative Metrics More Time on the Inner Dev Loop: In general, to improve developer productivity, the goal should be to increase the time spent in the inner loop and reduce the time spent in the outer loop, as this leads to higher productivity and better product outcomes. Qualitative and Quantitative metrics: Build out a holistic approach to measuring developer productivity around specific qualitative and quantitative metrics.


S3 Ep8: Cloud Trends Unveiled: Navigating the Future of Cloud-Native Platforms & Gateways

Key Highlights: Exploring the Future of Cloud Technology with Krishna Modi Cisco's Evolving Culture: Krishna Modi, a "boomerang" at Cisco, shares insights into the company's strong culture and his return to the family-like environment. The Necessity of Cloud-Native: Krishna discusses Cisco's journey towards becoming a cloud-native company, emphasizing the importance of adapting to the evolving cloud landscape.


Developer Control Planes: A Community Practice Engineer's Point of View

Apostolis Apostolidis (better known as Toli) joined Daniel Bryant in the latest Ambassador Labs podcast. Toli discussed the culture of software engineering, how best to engineer platforms to help teams achieve their goals, and how to set up and benefit from communities of practice. Here are some of the key takeaways from their conversation: Consider how to improve the craft of software engineering


Livin' on the Edge Podcast #4: Alla Babkina on Platforms as Products, 2020 Fullstack Engineers, and Observability

Key takeaways from the podcast included: If an engineering team decides to build an application platform, this must be treated like any other product within the organization. Requirements should be gathered from customers (e.g. developers), and the delivery and maintenance of the platform should be explicitly managed. Appropriate people, time, and resources should also be provided. Although the term “fullstack engineer” is probably over-used, in 2020 it is beneficial for engineers to understand an appropriate level of detail about several topics: programming language, algorithm design, and the underlying cloud platform.


S3 Ep3: Unlocking the Power of Istio and Coraza

Welcome to "Livin’ On the Edge" Podcast: Istio and Coraza Uncovered In this episode of "Livin’ On the Edge," we dive deep into the world of Istio and Coraza, exploring their roles in enhancing security and performance in cloud-native environments. Join us as we discuss with Jose Carlos, a key figure in the development of these technologies, the intricate details of how they are shaping the future of application development. Key Highlights of This Episode: