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The New Builders Podcast

Today’s applications are central to decision-making at all levels of society – whether it’s helping municipal governments monitor critical infrastructure using smart sensor data, or helping consumers find the nearest store to buy their favorite brand of cereal. The New Builders podcast features interviews with the innovators behind these apps, in which they reveal their best practices, latest projects and favorite tools.
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Now displaying: November, 2016
Nov 21, 2016

"We love open source - we love everything about it."

SUMO Heavy is a digital commerce strategy firm co-founded by Bob Brodie (@bob_brodie), who is also the company's CTO. Brodie joined the New Builders Podcast to showcase how he built SUMO Heavy on the open source Magento ecommerce platform and why he's so fond of open source in general.

During the conversation, Brodie explains what gave his team the confidence to launch SUMO Heavy when Magento was still in beta (6:37); how SUMO Heavy leverages a range of other open source libraries (11:12); his belief that "information not collected is information lost" (13:32); his take on the debate between native apps and web apps (26:16); and why he's come around on containers (30:32).


You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com).

The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

Nov 7, 2016

For years, point-of-sales systems used a combination of custom-built hardware and relational databases to manage transactions data, and required a network connection to function properly. But when it came time for Doug Stewart and Greg Nacu to build their Quetzal POS system, designed specifically for fashion retailers, they decided to take a completely different approach - one that would make it easier for retailers to complete transactions and create a better shopping experience for their customers.

In their interview with The New Builders, Stewart and Nacu describe why an iPad is ideal for a POS platform (7:04); why the limitations of relational databases pushed them toward a non-relational database when it came time to build the Quetzal platform (9:22); how building on Apache CouchDB – and eventually the IBM Cloudant JSON doc store – enabled Quetzal to scale without having to worry about maintaining availability, monitoring and internal backups (15:26); and how IBM Cloudant’s data syncing capabilities enable Quetzal to function offline, even during network disruptions (19:41).

To find out more about how IBM Cloudant brings flexibility and scalability to the Quetzal POS platform, see the case study.


The New Builders podcast listeners can obtain special discounts for the upcoming CloudNativeCon (Seattle, Nov. 8-9) event. For a discounted CloudNativeCon pass, register here with code CNC16IBMDW.

You can find new episodes of The New Builders on developerWorks TV and SoundCloud. Find out more about IBM Cloud Data Services at IBM.biz/forbuilders. Contact hosts Doug Flora and Jim Young on Twitter (@DSFlora, @JW_Young) or email (dsflora@us.ibm.com, jwyoung@us.ibm.com).

The show’s music is provided by School for Robots. Check them out at schoolforrobots.bandcamp.com!

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