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Insider attacks

Business

Thwarting Insider Attacks

Hire Cloud Brigade to apply a directory based, policy-driven approach to access management. Once only available within corporate IT environments, this approach greatly improves security response time for smaller organizations by relying on rights and roles rather than spreadsheets and access control lists.

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AWS Glue

AWS

Automate your data project with AWS Glue

Cloud Brigade automates mundane daily data tasks with AWS Glue and AWS’ microservices. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an automated data pull from GitHub using AWS Lambda, Amazon EventBridge and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), store your data in a data lake using Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), run ETL (extract, transform, and load) jobs on your data in AWS Glue, and visualize that data in Amazon QuickSight.

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AWS Glue

AWS

Automate data workflows with AWS Glue

Ever wanted to automate a mundane daily data task that collates regularly updated data and puts it onto a dashboard? Who hasn’t, right? Since late 2020, I have been building a COVID-19 daily case and death forecast and until recently, I was spending hours each day to build and tweak the model. Now that the […]

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The Cost of Bad Customer Service

Business

The Cost of Bad Customer Service

Customer Service is perhaps one of my biggest pet peeves, and one of the few things in life which can make my blood boil. Most companies view the cost of customer service strictly on their bottom line, but the true cost is the burden on your customers. As Warren Buffet is known for saying about […]

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AWS

AWS DeepComposer – 1st Impressions from a Music Producer

Background Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have been in music creation for quite a while, (doing various things like correcting a singer’s pitch) but over the past few years I have seen apps, plugins and features that use machine learning to actually compose music.  I tried quite a few of them when they first started […]

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AWS

Machine Learning Gives Santa Cruz Traffic the Green Light

Background Ever wonder why it takes a half-hour or more to travel 2.5 miles on Mission Street on the West Side in Santa Cruz, California? The traffic lights only seem to laugh as you watch them cycle through from green to red without putting your car into gear. The Cloud Brigade team knew using a […]

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Customer Journey

Business

Importance of Deep Marketing Analytics

Intro Few businesses operate without a website these days, a necessary tool that allows your organization to connect with the world. The impact a website can have is often underestimated as many business leaders may have no idea what is really happening on their website. Vanity metrics like the number of visitors per month, bounce […]

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Machine Learning

What COVID-19 Reveals About Tech Monopolies

by David Apgar, Santa Cruz County Bank Underlying the recent congressional interest in tech monopolies is a wrong assumption about data. Lucrative monopolies are supposedly inevitable in lines of business that depend on data because companies become more effective as they accumulate more of the stuff. Whoever has the most data wins. And it’s not […]

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Machine Learning

Exploring COVID-19 Data

The Problem COVID-19 is spreading and killing people unevenly through our national population, and public policy makers need a better way to narrow their focus to best handle this pandemic. The Data Science Problem Can we create and use a set of Machine Learning models and Data Science tools to identify the leading indicators of […]

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AWS

What’s in my Fridge?

Let me tell you a real story, that definitely happened. With the announcement of Amazon Rekognition Custom Labels, we were trying to find a nice use-case to evaluate the performance of this new functionality. While we were thinking we got thirsty, so we ran to the fridge but instead of beverages, we found a surprise, the fridge was empty! […]

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Machine Learning

Correcting Bad Behavior with AI

What do strange dogs pooping in your yard and the way some people are responding to Covid-19 have in common?

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Development

We Built a Fake News App… Horrible Idea

Fake News was discussed daily, and I had been thinking about this problem for a few months. On a whim I thought, what if we created a website that allowed the public to rate our president’s tweets as true or false?

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Business

Managing Office Capacity with Data

It’s an increasingly common modern workplace problem. With hybrid work arrangements (those which allow workers to telecommute part time), many companies are grappling with how to manage their office space and capacity.

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Tech Articles

Having fun with Serverless

The idea is that you can leave a digital object at a specific location, and share the object with someone, requiring that they show up to that location to find the object. That could be a 3D handwritten note, picture, or perhaps a 3D object.

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CUSTOMER STORIES

MAPS

Business

MAPS Customer Case Study

Cloud Brigade is the trusted caretaker of the Cloud Environment for Non-Profit, MAPS. MAPS needed to keep its website content searchable and available during a complicated migration as well as maintain a secure cloud environment at a reasonable cost, and Cloud Brigade came through.

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Business

Outstanding In The Field Customer Case Study

Outstanding in the Field Relies on Cloud Brigade to Run Ticket Sales Smoothly. Learn more about how they improved customer service and ensure smooth collection of revenues by sizing web resources for extremely high traffic volumes.

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Nordic Naturals - Cloud Brigade Customer Story

Business

Nordic Naturals Customer Story

Nordic Naturals wanted to expand consumer product sales into mainland China, but wasn’t set up with a full Chinese-compliant e-commerce website. Cloud Brigade’s technical team developed custom integrations of their e-commerce platform and ERP system, as well as overcame Chinese restrictions resulting in the expansion of business globally.

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NEWS

Rainbow Unicorns

Team

Rainbow Unicorn Huntresses

Women of Cloud Brigade – Along with our duty as women to inspire, we also have the superpower ability to rapidly change our hats as needed and get.it.done.

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Cloud Brigade turns 16

Tech Articles

16 Times Around the Sun and Counting

Cloud Brigade is celebrating its 16th birthday. It was March 23, 2005 when Chris Miller launched ScratchSpace Inc. What started as a freelance IT consultancy, has evolved into a trusted provider of technical business solutions and pillar in the Santa Cruz community.

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AIP

Business

AI Partnerships Corp. welcomes Cloud Brigade to its AI Network

Posted March 17th, 2021 on AI Partnerships Corp. blog Cloud Brigade and AI Partnerships Corporation (AIP) have joined a partnership to help innovate and shape the AI market. Every day they push the agenda to implement new ML/AI ideas to enhance the way society functions, and AIP is thrilled to have a partner who believes […]

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Business

Buoyancy Strong

2020 started like most years for us, with optimism, hopes, and dreams for what we could accomplish. Also typical, by March I know whether business is trending in a positive direction, and the timing this year was remarkable. Cloud Brigade was in the beginning stages of a business pivot which is anxiety inducing in itself, […]

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Business

Top 5 2021 Opportunities and Predictions

When you combine this past years unprecedented experiences with 15+ years as CEO, customer and partner interactions, countless technical training and certifications, and reading any technical trend article and email I can get my hands on, you might have a pretty solid understanding of which technologies and strategies to make a priority for your optimal […]

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AWS Community Builders

AWS

Community Building Brigade-Style

Due to Chris’s public contributions around AWS services, he was invited to participate within the Beta phase of the AWS Community Builders program.

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Machine Learning

DeepRacer Santa Cruz Meetup

DeepRacer is a 1/18th scale autonomous racing car with an onboard computer, camera, and a growing list of sensors such as Lidar and stereoscopic vision. Introduced at the AWS re:Invent 2018 conference, the official DeepRacer league has over 1500 members across the globe.

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AWS

What Could You Do With $1000 of AWS Credits?

To the individual “the cloud” is this mystical place where we store photos and check email. To businesses small or large, the cloud provides a lot of benefits that were previously too expensive or out of reach.

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Tech Articles

Congrats on that thing you won ?!??

So I’ve been getting a lot of “Hey Congrats on that thing you won, um so what was it???”. .. allow me to simplify what just happened.

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NEWSLETTERS

Celebrating our Sweet 16, our Women, our Partners, & the Art of Protecting our Ass 🙂

March 25, 2021

Determination, uncertainty, struggle, teamwork, silver linings, triumph… Those were constant personal and professional And, just like the game, every step and level along the way has taught us valuable lessons, secured a broad range of skills, enabled us to achieve exciting prizes and established priceless partnerships.

Read how it all began on March 23, 2005 and the accomplishments, milestones and pathways throughout the past 16 years. The Brigades continue to evolve and improve, and are ready now more than ever to assist you with your business challenges. Help us celebrate by checking out the birthday blog below and contacting us today!

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Priceless Customer Service, AI Music Production, and Psychedelics Studies on AWS

February 25, 2021

As we move into more healing times, this is the ideal opportunity for individuals and businesses alike to check themselves to make sure they are doing right by those around them and who they serve. 

Life as we know it these days is already tense and stressful enough, where I don’t think we realize just how important being kind, having patience, and expressing gratitude for one another is. Whether it’s because my standards are so low, or whether I’m just desperate for the littlest bit of kind, supportive gestures, it completely makes my whole day when people and businesses are decent around me, or heaven forbid, go above and beyond, and frankly, this makes me want to promote/shout their efforts from the rooftops!

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Our Best Newsletter of 2021

January 14, 2021

In this issue we further highlight the milestones and possibilities Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have to offer. As these technologies become more mainstream everyday, keep reading to learn how we’ve applied these service offerings and the endless possibilities of how it can help you.

In addition to putting our data to good use with AI and ML, we’ve seen huge strides with Marketing Analytics and how various tools, experience and our services can give you the insight to help take your business to the next level…

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We Survived 2020, Barely. Are You Welcoming 2021?

December 23, 2020

Determination, uncertainty, struggle, teamwork, silver linings, triumph… Those were constant personal and professional themes this year for myself and our team at Cloud Brigade.

Learn more about how, even with a global pandemic, an 86,507 acre backyard wildfire and losing my home, our team at Cloud Brigade was able to successfully pivot its focus to solving more strategic business challenges and processes with AI and software development projects, increase the employees, achieve AWS national awareness for Machine Learning innovation, and deliver 2021 predictions…..

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