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The Story of Software

Software is changing the world in many powerful ways. This podcast aims to understand the impact of software from an evolutionary perspective - what came before, what is now and what will be in the future. The Story of Software is a bi-weekly podcast looking at the people and technology that have transformed our world. It is hosted by Padraig Coffey, CEO of Zartis and historian by academic background.

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S03E26 Product Management: Scaling & Strategy
Leeanna Pitt, CPO at Gener8, talks about her experiences in scaling product management from early stage companies through to growth, exit and beyond.The Guest - Leeanna Pitt, CPO at Gener8:Leeanna Pitt is the CPO at Gener8, a London-based company that empowers users to understand, control and be rewarded for their data. Previously she led the product department and successfully scaled and exited “We Got Pop” backed by Octopus Ventures, and following the acquisition of WeGotPOP by Entertainment Partners, Leeanna moved into the role of SVP International Product, where she led product globalisation to further territories and acquisitions. Scaling Product Management: Strategies and Challenges:Product Management today is a critical aspect of tech companies, that bridges the gap between business strategies and customer needs, but what does it take to start your product management journey on the right foot?First of all, it is important to start with a deep understanding of the business goals and align the product strategy accordingly. One of the critical challenges in scaling is ensuring that product management does not devolve into a mere delivery function but remains a strategic collaborator within the organisation. The misconception that product management is just about churning out features can inhibit its true potential to drive the business strategy through an effective product roadmap and meet both business goals & user needs.If utilised and empowered correctly, product management can function as the strategic engine of a business, capable of translating market needs, technical feasibility, and user requirements into a coherent strategy that aligns with the organisation's objectives.--This episode is a treasure trove for anyone involved in or interested in the intricacies of product management. Her journey illustrates the significance of strategic thinking, the challenges of scaling, and the future potential of AI in shaping product strategies across industries. For further insights and inspiration, tune into this compelling episode of Story of Software.Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
29:05 11/04/2024
S03E25 Mergers and Acquisitions: Managing the Transition
Aine Buckley, Director of Engineering, ERP, at the Access Group talks about Mergers & Acquisitions, having been part of an acquired business and now being on the acquiring side.The Guest: Aine Buckley, The Access Group:Aine Buckley is the Director of Engineering for ERP at the Access Group, one of the largest providers of business management software to small and mid-sized organisations in the UK, Ireland, the US and APAC. Aine is leading a global team of over 280 engineers across a wide technology stack and is responsible for over 20 products. Aine is here today to talk about the M&A process and managing the transition within teams. Having been part of an acquired business and now on the acquiring side, it’s fair to say that she’s gained invaluable experiences along the way.Navigating the Mergers and Acquisitions Landscape:Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) are a key strategy for businesses to expand their reach, resources, and market share. But what exactly are mergers and acquisitions, and are they a guaranteed path to success? Aine Buckley helped us explore the different types of deals, the potential benefits and drawbacks, as well as the factors companies consider before taking the plunge. Some of the highlights in this episode include:The experience and process of being acquiredHow to adapt your leadership styles to different company sizes and situationsThe influence of company cultureIntegration processes and employee impact in M&AListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
41:17 28/03/2024
S03E24 Scaling and Leading a Business with Purpose
Allan Noer, CTO at Agreena, talks about the mission that drives his work at Agreena, and the lessons learned during the company's growth trajectory. The Guest – Allan Noer, CTO at Agreena:Allan Noer, is the CTO at Agreena, a Copenhagen-based company providing a platform that supports farmers in their transition to regenerative agriculture by issuing third-party verified carbon certificates. Allan is a technology leader with wide knowledge and expertise in innovation, scalability, fintech, development processes, and developer experience.The Intersection of Technology, Business, and Purpose:In the ever-evolving landscape of business, the intersection of technology and purpose has become a pivotal point of discussion. This convergence not only shapes how companies operate, but also influences their impact on society and the planet. In fact, a clear sense of purpose not only attracts talent but also serves as the guiding force in decision-making, particularly in the tech sector where rapid advancements often outpace ethical considerations.Some of the highlights in this episode include:How to foster a culture of innovation to drive progress and stay ahead in the tech industryThe need for tech companies to prioritise societal impact and responsibility alongside financial successThe development and adoption of sustainable technologies to address environmental challengesUse of technology as a tool for promoting equality and empowermentListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
33:49 14/03/2024
S03E23 Procurement Tech: Now and What’s to Come
Nick Verkroost, CEO at Canopy, talks about the current state of the procurement software industry and his predictions for what’s next in this spaceThe Guest – Nick Verkroost, CEO at Canopy:Nick Verkroost is the CEO at Canopy, an innovative supplier relationship management platform that gives procurement teams complete visibility of their supplier data and eliminates manual administration. With over 10 years of experience setting up and growing B2B technology companies, Nick has worked with organisations of all sizes to assess blind spots in their operational execution and organisational growth. The Strategic Significance of Procurement Tech in Modern Business:In the modern business landscape, technology procurement plays a pivotal role in enabling organisations to effectively acquire the necessary tools and resources to support their operations. While the market was once dominated by a handful of major players, the landscape has shifted dramatically over the last decade, giving rise to the rise of a new industry - Procurement Tech. These emerging entities are dedicated to addressing specific challenges within procurement processes, such as supplier relationship management and administrative automation.The spotlight on Procurement Tech is intensifying, with a growing emphasis on data-driven solutions and the transformative potential of AI. This paradigm shift heralds a new era in procurement, where advanced analytics and AI algorithms promise to revolutionise operational efficiency and decision-making processes.Some of the highlights in this episode include:Common challenges faced in procurementThe evolving landscape of Procurement TechWhy companies need procurement software The use of AI in the Procurement Tech Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
29:30 29/02/2024
S03E22 Cross Functionality: Engineering & Product
 Laura Tacho, CTO at DX, talks about successful cross functionality between engineering and product teams, including roadmapping and identifying value for your business.  The Guest - Laura Tacho, CTO at DX:Laura Tacho is the CTO at DX, a developer insights platform built specifically for leaders of internal developer productivity and/or platform teams. Laura is also an engineering leadership coach, partnering with software engineering leaders to level up their leadership skills.Understanding Software Teams to Achieve Smooth Collaboration:Integrating engineering and product roadmaps is crucial to avoid misalignment and competition between engineering priorities and business objectives. A unified approach ensures that both engineering issues and business priorities are evaluated by the same criteria, facilitating decision-making that benefits the overall business.A big part of this equation is developer productivity, but measuring it effectively is a  challenging task. Traditional productivity metrics are no longer cutting it, and it is important for companies to prioritise developers' voices and experiences, moving beyond conventional metrics like lines of code, or number of commits, which can be misleading. By involving developers in the structuring of metrics, companies can enable Improved workforce happiness, retention, and a culture of self-improvement. Some of the highlights in this episode include:The intersection of engineering and product teams The importance of developer productivityStrategies and metrics for assessing developer productivity  Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
28:09 15/02/2024
S03E21 Text Marketing, AI, & Black Friday
István Kovács, CTO at Recart, talks about the role of AI in text marketing, and how companies change their marketing strategies in the lead up to Black Friday.The Guest - István Kovács, CTO at Recart:István Kovács is the CTO at Recart, a Budapest-based text marketing company that manages your SMS marketing through the use of AI. István has over 15 years of experience working in software development and leading teams in various domains, including e-commerce, banking, insurance, and airlines. AI SMS Marketing and More:Imagine you're walking through the bustling streets of Budapest, your phone pings with a perfectly timed, personalised text message about a sale on those sneakers you've been eyeing. This isn't just a coincidence; it's the result of sophisticated AI-driven text marketing, a rapidly evolving field that's changing the way businesses connect with customers.From the humble beginnings of simple email tools to the cutting-edge use of SMS and AI, István's insights offer a rare glimpse into the future of e-commerce marketing. Tune in as we explore how personalised messaging is not just about selling products, but creating meaningful connections in our digital age.Some of the topics covered in this episode include:Industries that leverage SMS marketing the mostCustomer targeting and benchmarking for outreachThe power of personalisation in SMS marketingHow AI can enhance SMS marketing technologiesListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
36:24 01/02/2024
S03E20 Optimising DevOps Processes
 Brit Myers, VP of Engineering at System Initiative, talks about her experiences in improving business outcomes through DevOps practices.The Guest - Brit Myers, VP of Engineering, System Initiative:Brit Myers is the VP of Engineering at System Initiative, a collaborative power tool designed to remove the paper cuts from DevOps work. Brit is a technology leader with over a decade of experience leading and scaling global engineering teams, and is passionate about implementing powerful DevOps strategies to improve software teams and business outcomes.How DevOps Can Make or Break Your Team:Implementing a successful DevOps strategy can unlock the true potential of a software team and help companies adapt to agile ways of working. However, many companies, regardless of their size or status, fall into common traps when it comes to incorporating DevOps principles into daily practices. These include, but are not limited to, slow feedback loops, difficulties in collaboration due to abstractions and handoffs, and the struggle to balance automation with necessary control. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to understand risk tolerances within an organisation to facilitate change and to take a more experimental and iterative approach in adopting DevOps principles.Some of the topics covered in this episode include:Strategies and best practices for adopting DevOpsChallenges in DevOps practices across different organisation sizes.System Initiative's innovative approach to improving DevOps.The potential impact of AI on software teamsListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
25:09 18/01/2024
S03E19 Attracting and Retaining Top Talent
David Lush, an experienced CTO with 19 years of experience, talks about two pivotal areas in scaling teams: attracting and retaining tech talent.  The Guest - David Lush, CTO:David Lush has held leadership roles in the software space for over 19 years, and he specialises in scaling software teams. Having worked with international market giants such as Visa, as well as technology startups, David has experience enabling teams of all sizes to thrive and grow.How To Attract and Retain Engineering Talent:In the ever-evolving world of technology, the challenge of attracting and retaining top talent is more critical than ever. Companies are not just competing for skills; they're vying for individuals who can drive innovation and adapt to rapidly changing environments.So, today, attracting the right talent goes beyond offering competitive salaries. It's about understanding what motivates individuals, their career aspirations, and their fit within the company culture. Similarly, retention is as much about the environment as it is about the role. It's crucial to create a workplace that offers growth, challenges, and a sense of purpose. For tech professionals, opportunities to work on interesting projects, continuous learning, and a flexible work environment can be more appealing than traditional incentives.Some of the topics covered in this episode include:The current state of the tech labour marketStrategies for hiring at different stages of a businessKey factors for employee retentionEnabling career growth for your employeesListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
39:43 04/01/2024
S03E18 Scaling Visualfabriq & AI-Enabled Revenue Forecasting
Alexander Safonov, CTO at Visualfabriq talks about his experience in scaling the company, and the complex process of revenue forecasting using Artificial Intelligence.Alexander Safonov is the CTO of Visualfabriq, an innovative company providing revenue forecasting and optimisation software to its customers in the consumer-packaged goods industry. Alexander is an experienced CTO with a proven track record of 20+ years in engineering high-tech solutions within security and fintech domains. He specialises in leading diverse cross-functional teams across product, technology, and innovation fronts. Scaling A Company and Maturing an AI Product:AI is a pivotal tool in software development, offering automation and efficiency at every stage – from idea generation to user communication. Companies that leverage AI successfully, and incorporate AI functionalities into their products and services stand to benefit from increased customer satisfaction and high growth. With their innovative approach to revenue forecasting that leverages AI to analyse customer data, sales history, and financial information, Visualfabriq is a great example of such companies. Some of the main topics covered in this episode include:Lessons learned in scaling a tech company Strategies for scaling a technology productThe growing role of AI in software engineering Applications of AI in data processing and forecastingListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
33:26 14/12/2023
S03E17 Managing Transformation
Lisa Schnettler, an experienced CPO with 15+ years of experience, talks about her career in product management, and the lessons learned while leading teams through significant transformations.The Guest - Lisa Schnettler, Chief Product Officer:Lisa Schnettler is an experienced Chief Product Officer with over 15 years of experience as a technology product development and management leader. Lisa specialises in building diverse teams, transforming organisations, and driving revenue through effective digital technology solutions. Having worked in organisations ranging in size, locations, and culture, Lisa brings extensive insights in how product management works across different organisations.The Road to Successful Product Transformation:The complexities of product management and leading a team through a big transformation requires careful planning, transparency, and ethical considerations in the development process - especially when incorporating emerging technologies like AI in today’s world.There are many factors that can make or break a transformation journey, but among the most important ones is getting your team’s buy-in. And that involves constant communication and getting their buy-in at different steps of the process, as expectations and reality are rarely a perfect match.Some of the topics covered in this episode include:Understanding the reasons behind the need for changeKey requirements for a successful transformationThe biggest challenges in product developmentListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
45:46 30/11/2023
S03E16 Efficient Software Development
 Ivar Conradi Østhus, CTO and CPO at Unleash, joins us to talk about his experiences when creating Unleash, and lessons learned on the route to efficient software development.The Guest - Ivar Conradi Østhus, CTO and CPO at Unleash: Ivar Conradi Østhus, is the Chief Technology and Product Officer at Unleash, an open-source feature management software, built with large enterprises in mind. Ivar has 15 years of experience in the software world and has worked in many leading technical roles before creating Unleash.How to Achieve Efficiency in Software Development:Efficient software development is a journey still in progress for many organisations. While the transition to DevOps and automation is well underway at a larger market level, many challenges remain, particularly across larger enterprises. A transformation in mindset and processes is essential to achieving efficiency in software development in terms of adopting agile processes. Efficiency in software development revolves around the ability to change and improve software quickly. Some of the other topics covered in this episode include:How to simplify the SDLC processHow to accelerate feedback loops and agile cyclesHow to use AI for efficient software developmentResources on Efficient Software Development:Recommendations by Ivar on valuable resources for those aspiring to enhance their software development knowledge:The Phoenix Project: A captivating introduction to DevOps, shedding light on its importance in business success.Accelerate: A book that summarises years of DevOps reports, providing insights into metrics and practices for efficient software development.Skin in the Game by Nassim Taleb: Emphasising the significance of aligning incentives with outcomes in the software development world.Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
23:19 09/11/2023
Meet the new Co-host of the Story of Software podcast - Ricky Hill
Meet Ricky Hill, Commercial Director at Zartis, who joins the Story of Software as our new co-host!
19:47 08/11/2023
S03E15 The Evolution of the Tech Labour Market
Ian Brady, Head of Talent Acquisition for EMEA & APAC at Zoom, talks about global market trends, the impact of AI, and the evolving demand for skilled talent in the tech industry.The Guest - Ian Brady, Head of Talent Acquisition for EMEA & APAC at Zoom:Ian Brady is the head of talent acquisition for EMEA & APAC at Zoom, the household name for video conferencing. Ian has extensive experience in remotely leading talent acquisition teams within multinational corporations across the globe. The Current and Future State of the Tech Labour Market:Contrary to what the headlines might suggest, the tech industry has weathered many storms, and it's not just surviving; it's thriving. Despite the so-called recession, when we look at the data, job opportunities are still outpacing available talent by a considerable margin. Especially, when we look at the booming sectors within tech such as AI - the demand for engineers is skyrocketing. So, is the tech industry truly recession-proof? What secrets lie behind its resilience during economic downturns? Some of the topics covered include: The effects of global economic conditions on the tech labour marketHow certain sectors and regions experience more growth than othersThe increasing demand for AI-related skillsListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
39:25 26/10/2023
S03E14 Overcoming Challenges As A Tech Leader
Radhika Åberg, CTO at Fundler, joins our podcast to talk about her career path, and the challenges she has faced as a technology leader.Radhika Åberg is the CTO at Fundler, a Stockholm-based company that provides a platform allowing private investors to manage their savings portfolios. Radhika is a leader with over 20 years of IT experience in product development, infrastructure and IT management. She has deep expertise in the Fintech industry, and in building high-performing software departments in close alignment with business goals. Establishing Yourself As A Leader:Entering a new organization as a senior tech leader or Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is exciting, yet, it's not without its challenges. The first hurdle often faced is winning over the tech team. These seasoned professionals have likely been working together for some time, and they might be wary of change. To succeed in this role, it's crucial to balance your technical input with effective leadership skills. Showing respect for the team's existing knowledge and expertise, and focusing on creating an environment that encourages collaboration and empowers team members to contribute are key. By building trust, demonstrating your commitment to their growth, and aligning your vision with the company's goals, you can overcome initial skepticism and lead your tech team towards new heights of innovation and success. However, this is only one of the many challenges a leader might face. Some of the topics covered in this episode include:Establishing yourself as a leader in a new companyChanging leadership style over the yearsThe challenges of tech leadershipBeing the bridge between business and technologyListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
31:47 05/10/2023
S03E13 Tech Cities, Boom Towns, Busts & Resurgences
 Sebastian Stadil, CEO at Scalr, talks about his experience navigating through the undulating tech sector, and the changing fortunes of the cities that have served as the backdrop.The Guest - Sebastian Stadil, CEO at Scalr:Sebastian Stadil is the Co-founder and CEO of Scalr, a San Francisco-based cloud computing company specialising in automation and collaboration software for Terraform. Sebastian is also the founder of SVCCG, Silicon Valley's second largest user group, and sits on the cloud advisory boards at Google and Microsoft. He has been developing products and services that leverage AWS and other cloud providers since 2004.Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Fundraising in Today’s Tech Sector:What are the unique dynamics of tech entrepreneurship in different regions, particularly comparing experiences in the Bay Area and Europe? Find out the benefits of being in the heart of tech hubs like San Francisco for networking and accessing resources and funding, emphasizing the invaluable role of in-person connections and the mindset of founders. Ultimately, we delve into the complex interplay between location, fundraising, and the growth trajectory of tech companies, offering a nuanced perspective on the evolving landscape of entrepreneurship.Some of the topics covered in this episode include:The current state of the tech industry and the tech hubs that host most companiesThe future of tech hubs, in a remote-first worldUnderstanding VCs and getting access to funding Emerging technology trends that will shape the sectorListen to the Story of Software onany podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
43:23 20/09/2023
S03E12 Cybersecurity: Current Trends & What’s To Come
Ganesh Krishnan, Co-Founder and CEO at Anzenna, talks about all things cybersecurity, including current trends and innovations we can expect to see next.Ganesh Krishnan is the Co-Founder and CEO at Anzenna, an innovative cybersecurity startup that focuses on empowering an organisation's employees to make them more security aware. Ganesh has over 25 years of experience protecting the digital world from cyber threats, having held top-level security and engineering roles at companies like Yahoo!, LinkedIn, and Atlassian. The Future of Cybersecurity:As we navigate the digital age, new opportunities and challenges emerge at an unprecedented pace, making it crucial for organisations to stay ahead of the curve and stay protected. Find out about the current trends that are shaping the cybersecurity sector, such as the rise of generative AI and machine learning in enhancing simulations and threat detection. So, how can companies scale their cybersecurity capabilities as they grow and expose themselves to more attacks?Some of the topics covered in this episode include:The emerging cybersecurity trends that companies need to followThe rise and sophistication of cyberattacks with the use of AIEntrepreneurship and leading a tech company through acquisition and scalingThe opportunities to enhance cybersecurity as a company growsListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
36:20 07/09/2023
S03E11 How To Become A Tech Leader
Kateryna Gridina, Engineering Manager at Jodel, shares her own career journey in the tech sector, and her insights on career progression towards becoming a tech leader.The Guest - Kateryna Gridina, Engineering Manager, Jodel:Kateryna Gridina is an Engineering Manager at Jodel, a Berlin-based company building a platform that is creating a unique way for people to share and connect at a local level. Kateryna joins us to share some context about her own career journey in the technology sector, and we get her insights on career progression towards becoming a tech leader in today’s work environment.The Route to Tech Leadership:In today's technology-driven world, the role of a technology leader transcends conventional management; it embodies the essence of guidance, innovation, and strategic direction. A successful tech leader's arsenal should comprise of soft skills such as adaptability, communication, and empathy. However, we see that most of the time, successful tech people are thrust into leadership roles, without being provided the necessary training for utilising their soft skills. So, how should future leaders prepare themselves to take on such roles and excel at them? Some of the topics covered include:The right motivation and skills needed to become a tech leaderThe role of people management and soft skills in tech leadershipTraining & gaining the skills expected of a strong leaderListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
39:08 24/08/2023
S03E10 The Post-Pandemic Events Industry
 Matthias Heicke, CTO & Co-Founder at Sweap, takes us through his experience growing Sweap, and the effect of the recent pandemic on the events industry. The Guest:Matthias Heicke is the CTO & Co-Founder at Sweap, a Berlin-based company on a mission to provide functional and innovative software solutions for organisations who want to make events an essential part of their marketing strategy. Matthias has 15 years of experience in the software industry and has been leading teams for 10+ years.In-Person Events in the Post-Covid Era:The events industry has undergone a profound metamorphosis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with technology emerging as its steadfast ally. As traditional in-person gatherings faced unprecedented challenges, event organizers and attendees swiftly turned to virtual platforms to bridge the gap. Webinars and online events surged to the forefront, providing a lifeline for conferences and workshops that could no longer take place in physical spaces. As the world gets back to a new normal, what does the events landscape look like today, and where does the public stand with online events now?Some of the topics covered in this episode include:The initial industry reaction to Covid-19Planning for the future of the business during unprecedented timesAchieving technological readiness to adapt to the new marketBusiness model flexibility and optimisation Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
33:50 10/08/2023
S03E09 Scaling Your Career and Your Business
Daniella Rhodes Lorenzo, Founding Member at Toqio, joins our podcast to talk about her experiences in growing her career and business.The Guest - Daniella Rhodes Lorenzo, Founding Member at Toqio:Daniella Rhodes Lorenzo is a Founding Member and the Director of Strategy and Innovation at Toqio, a fintech platform ​that gives companies the ability to create and launch fully branded banking or finance solutions as apps or on the web. Daniella has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry, and has been leading & growing software teams for the majority of her career.Growing A Tech Company From The Ground Up:Embarking on the journey of building a tech company from the ground up can be an exhilarating adventure that promises both challenges and rewards. There is a delicate balance between adopting a growth mindset and not compromising on your company culture and productivity. Let’s say it all goes well and now you are at the point of scaling a business; how do you approach growth and how do you structure a tech team that can maintain efficiency while growing? Some of the topics discussed in this episode include:How women in tech have to navigate the leadership landscape Growing a technology-focused business from the ground upHow to structure the tech team when scaling a businessThe challenges and opportunities that come with a large funding roundListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis, a software services company. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
32:43 27/07/2023
S03E08 Collaboration Between Tech and Business Teams
Daniel Gebler, CTO of Picnic, joins our podcast to talk about the intersection of tech and business teams and how to optimise collaboration across departments.The Guest - Daniel Gebler, Founder & CTO, Picnic:Daniel is the Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Picnic, the world’s fastest-growing online supermarket. Daniel has vast experience working across leadership roles leading engineering teams, and is currently responsible for the product and technology roadmap at Picnic. He also holds an MBA and a PhD in Computer Science. Enabling Cross-Departmental Collaboration:Enabling collaboration between business and software departments in a company is crucial for achieving optimal results and driving innovation. Such collaboration ensures that software development aligns with the strategic goals and objectives of the business, leading to the development of software solutions that meet the specific needs of the organisation. But how is that alignment achieved? Which actions should companies take at the organisational and cultural levels to enable their teams?Daniel joins us to discuss the intersection of tech and business teams, and how to optimise the collaboration between these departments. Some of the topics covered include:What are the necessary skills to work at the intersection of tech and businessThe effects of scaling on leadership at an organisational levelActions and values that can foster collaboration among teamsThe reverse mentoring methodListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
39:06 13/07/2023
S03E07 The Evolving Role of Technology in Financial Services
Daniel Flax, Head of Sales & Distribution Technology at MassMutual, joins our podcast to discuss the ever-growing role of technology in the financial services sector.MassMutual is a Fortune 500 life insurance and financial services company founded in 1851. The Impact of Technology in Financial Services:Technology plays a pivotal role in the financial services market, revolutionizing the way we manage money and conduct transactions and trade. With the advent of mobile banking, online trading platforms, and advanced analytics, technology empowers individuals and companies to have greater control over financial services and make informed decisions. But as technology continues to evolve, what new possibilities and disruptions will it bring to the financial world? How will emerging technologies shape the future of financial services, and what impact will they have on businesses and consumers alike?Some of the topics covered in this episode are:The latest technological disruptions in the financial services industryPotential risks to look out for in the finance space in the near futureMacroeconomics dependency and the effects of Covid-19 Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
29:44 29/06/2023
S03E06 Establishing DevOps Practices
Nikolaos Tsanakas, Head of Software Development at Digital Automotive, shares his extensive experience in setting up DevOps teams practices, particularly for small and medium enterprises. Nikolaos is the Head of Software Development at Digital Automotive, a Munich-based company providing a strategy and sales management platform focused on the growth of automotive suppliers. Nikolaos has extensive experience in setting up DevOps teams practices, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. How To Set Up Successful DevOps Practices DevOps emerged as a response to the inefficiencies and bottlenecks created by traditional software development models. Recognizing the need for improved agility and collaboration, forward-thinking companies started integrating their development and operations teams, giving rise to the DevOps movement. However, we have witnessed many companies failing to set up successful DevOps processes and creating more bottlenecks for their teams. So, what constitutes a successful DevOps approach and which traps should companies avoid?Some of the topics covered in this episode include:What does an optimal DevOps structure look like The difference between DevOps structures in an SME vs a large enterpriseWhen to start your DevOps journey as a companyListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
26:50 16/06/2023
S03E05 Building Culture In Remote Teams
David Gregor, CTO at Denizen, shares his experiences in building and nurturing a healthy company culture in remote teams.David Gregor is the Chief Technology Officer at Denizen, a Berlin-based company helping companies monetize unused office space by providing flexible workspaces for teams and individuals. David has over 10 years of experience in software engineering and he specializes in finding effective and efficient ways to meet business and customer needs. Creating A Sense of Company Culture Remotely:Let’s be honest, the concept of a strong ‘company culture’ has been hard to grasp for some companies, even before the remote work revolution. So, it should not come as a surprise that many companies are struggling to create a sense of unity and retain their talent in today’s market. Some of the topics we cover in this episode are:Failure and success stories in setting a company culture remotelyShould culture be changing with the team and times or stay constantHow to avoid creating silos within teamsHow to deal with issues of performance in remote teamsListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
37:36 01/06/2023
S03E04 Competing In A Crowded Market
Alan Gleeson, CEO and Co-Founder at Contento, joins us to discuss how to compete in a market with well-established competitors, and the journey he is on with scaling his own company. Alan has extensive leadership experience and is passionate about helping Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies scale. Competing In A Crowded Market:Standing out in a crowded market has grown to be a tough challenge in today's fiercely competitive business environment. As there are more companies than ever competing for customers' attention and loyalty, businesses must use targeted strategies to set themselves apart from the competition. Of course, there are many considerations to be taken into account for different businesses in different locations or industries. In this podcast episode, we try to understand how competition differs across different value propositions, and talk about different scaling strategies in a crowded market. Some of the questions answered in this episode are:Should a crowded market scare off entrepreneurs from entering a specific space?What are different strategies companies can deploy to set themselves apart?How can you gain customers’ trust when you enter a mature market with well-established competitors?Are there differences in the culture of competition across different countries?Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
33:46 19/05/2023
S03E03 Scaling An Innovative Fintech Company
Toby O’Rourke, CTO at FundApps, joins us to discuss his experience in scaling software teams in a short period of time.Toby is the Chief Technology Officer at FundApps, a software company providing automated compliance monitoring services to some of the world’s largest asset managers, hedge funds, and investment banks. With over 15 years of experience in software engineering, Toby has led agile teams and most recently designed consumer-facing, high-volume, transactional systems for the online cash gaming industry.What does scaling a business mean?Scaling happens across different intervals. You might be scaling your team's size or the number of services you offer. You might also be scaling your number of customers, which would require you to scale your teams in order to meet the demand.If not done right, scaling can cause more harm than good. Without proper strategies and communication, many companies lose their culture as well as their team’s trust. In this episode, we look into ways to avoid such setbacks, and answer questions such as:What are the different scaling models companies can follow?How can companies ensure their approach to scaling is responsive to change?What can be done to protect a company’s culture while scaling fast?Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
34:34 04/05/2023
S03E02 How To Get Remote Working Right
Roland Tritsch from Community.com shares his insights on leading remote software teams and how to get remote working right.Roland is the Senior Director of Engineering at Community.com, a Santa Monica-based company redefining the way in which brands communicate with their customers via text. Roland is an experienced Senior Executive with a proven track record of building, transforming and leading high-energy, distributed, and culturally diverse technology organizations.Remote Working and Software Teams:When it comes to choosing the right mode of work for your developers, there is a wide spectrum of options, but #RemoteWork is making its stamp on modern software development teams. In this episode, we talk about leading software teams and how to successfully implement remote working in your company. We try to answer questions such as;- What is the ideal working environment for a software engineer today?- Are fully onsite jobs still a thing? Is the hybrid model better, or fully remote jobs for the win?- What are some general misconceptions about remote work?Needless to say, picking the right model alone isn’t enough. Whether your developers are onsite or fully remote, keeping engagement and retention high is the key to success. So, how do you go about it?Listen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
37:15 20/04/2023
S03E01 Innovation in Data Security
Artem Kalaitan, CPO at Getvisibility, joins us to discuss best practices in Data Security and recent innovations in this space. Artem is the Chief Product Officer at Getvisibility, a leader in AI and Machine Learning for the classification, discovery, and protection of unstructured data. Artem is a domain expert in cybersecurity and data protection with years of experience in cybersecurity forensics, conducting investigations for government agencies, medical institutions, financial, insurance, and many multinational companies.Data Security in 2023 and Beyond:Data security remains a crucial concern in 2023, as the amount of sensitive information available continues to grow exponentially. With the rise of IoT and AI, there are now more avenues for cybercriminals to access valuable data, resulting in record numbers of regulations being pushed down on companies by governments. So, how are companies coping with this evolving landscape and how can software bridge the gap between regulations and actual compliance?The topics covered in this episode include: The main problems companies are facing in terms of their data securityBest practices to follow in data security Implementing a ‘healthy’ data security strategy across different industriesThe recent innovations in the data security spaceListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
31:05 30/03/2023
S02E30 The Role of Open-Source Software
Jim Brandt, CTO at Best Practical Solution, joins our podcast to talk about the benefits and the future of open-source software within the tech industry.Jim is a highly experienced product manager and tech leader. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Best Practical Solutions, a company developing an open-source Request Tracker for Incident Response (RTIR), ticket, and incident-tracking software. Jim shares his insights on the role that open-source software plays in the world today, and its future in software development.Ins and Outs of Open Source Software Development:Open source software has many advantages, such as being free to use and modify, and allowing for collaboration, transparency and customization. In theory, it makes developers better in handling complex interdependencies and finding a common ground with the wider open source community. However, what happens if the open-source software in question is adopted by a huge corporation with lots of resources and they start pouring in their developers’ time into it? How can we make sure that an open source software is not monopolized?  Some of the topics covered in this episode include:The reasons behind the mistrust towards open-source softwareThe security risks and secure development approaches to open-source librariesThe benefits of having open source software developersThe involvement of major corporations in open source software developmentListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
43:32 16/03/2023
S02E29 Scaling Teams and Employee Engagement
Marco Ziccardi from Doctolib joins us to talk about scaling software teams, and the importance of keeping your team engaged in that process.The Guest: Marco Ziccardi, Director of Engineering at Doctolib:Marco Ziccardi is the Director of Engineering, Security & Privacy at Doctolib, an innovative healthcare company providing solutions to care teams. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Marco builds and leads teams that use technology for commercial impact. Scaling Software Teams Successfully:As a company grows, the needs and expectations of team members start to evolve with it. From structural changes to how individuals fit into the overall team - there is a lot for companies to continuously optimize. So, what are the key elements you need to get right as you scale a software team? Some of the topics we cover in this episode are;The requirements for scaling a team successfully, based on the size of the teamThe importance of engaging employees for the success of a teamEmployee engagement strategies in an all-remote worldWhat future software teams may look like beyond remote workingListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
44:27 23/02/2023
S02E28 The Fundamentals of Engineering Management
Sagar Patel, VP of Engineering at Ampla, joins us to discuss how engineering leaders should manage growth, productivity, and culture in software teams.The Guest: Sagar Patel, VP of Engineering at AmplaSagar Patel is an experienced technology leader with a demonstrated history of building and managing high-performing product and engineering teams. Currently, he is the VP of Engineering at Ampla, a New York-based company empowering founders and operators to grow their businesses through accessible capital.Engineering Management and Productivity:Whether you are a CTO, VP of Engineering, or an Engineering Manager, there are certain aspects of team management that remain common. Ensuring engineering goals are aligned with the business goals, warranting that team members understand their roles and responsibilities, and most importantly, keeping their engineers engaged and motivated during times of change.In this episode, we talk about the principles of good engineering management, as well as the common mistakes that tech leaders make in the face of major change, such as high growth or down-scaling in software teams. Discover:How to make the right decisions when it comes to growth and hiringBalancing engineering and business needsCommon mistakes tech leaders make during the hiring processHow to communicate and manage change within engineering teamsListen to the Story of Software on any podcast platform of your choice. The Story of Software Podcast is produced by Zartis. We hope you enjoy listening to this tech podcast and feel free to share any feedback with us: podcast@zartis.com
32:14 03/02/2023

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