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Moser Consulting

A weekly deep dive into all things tech. Join us every Wednesday to find out who from Moser Consulting's more than 200 resident experts we'll be talking to and what they're focused on at the moment.

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We polled our colleagues at Moser to see what tech gifts had them really excited this year. But, the poll was a clever ruse! The prize for answering was an invitation to appear on this week's episode of ASCII Anything to discuss the item they contributed to the discussion. (Cue "Womp-Womp" SFX from Let's Make A Deal)From power banks, eye massagers, and even fully loaded electric vehicles, this gift-giving episode has options for all of your lists, so get in touch with your inner Grinch or Scrooge and let them know it's time to act like the end of their stories.

Nov 24

45 min 18 sec

In this episode, we asked the consultants at Moser Consulting about Thanksgiving traditions that their families have and then invited a few of them to share those traditions with you.Take a listen and maybe you'll find a new tradition to start with your family this year at Thanksgiving.

Nov 17

17 min 30 sec

Shaun McAdams, VP of Data & Analytics at Moser Consulting, joins us for a recap of the conversations we've hosted covering Data & Analytics this season, in addition to giving a sneak peek of what we'll be talking about next season with our Data & Analytics team.

Nov 10

25 min

Gather around the campfire, or pull a blanket over your head and light a flashlight under your chin, as we share some of the hair-raising, bone-chilling, goosebumps-inducing true tales of terror from our consultants' careers and time they spent at the haunted help desk. There are no simple "Blue Screen of Death" stories here. Too common. Too mundane. From an enigmatic, problematic, and unbelievable power source, to a blood-stained laptop...these are true tales of horror lived by some of Moser's consultants and they're joining us in this Halloween-inspired episode to share them with you.

Nov 3

22 min 49 sec

Workplace Empathy, Part 2 of 2: This week we continue our discussion with Liesel Mertes, an acclaimed workplace empathy expert. Having experienced her own loss and struggle, Liesel emerged with a deep understanding of what employees need to feel supported at work after a disruptive life event. As the Founder of Handle With Care, Liesel works with groups that want to boost employee satisfaction as well as attract and retain better talent.  Liesel works with companies spanning industries, from RV manufacturers, to diplomats, to tech companies, both locally and internationally. Her favorite clients are forward-thinking organizations who know the value in supporting their employees with empathy and compassion.  Her expertise is broad—loss, returning to work, cultivating resiliency, compassion fatigue, how empathy impacts the brain—and no disruption is considered less significant. Liesel is a dedicated speaker, writer, and consultant specializing in these topics. She also hosts the Handle With Care podcast. 

Oct 27

34 min 24 sec

This week's guest is Liesel Mertes, an acclaimed workplace empathy expert. Having experienced her own loss and struggle, Liesel emerged with a deep understanding of what employees need to feel supported at work after a disruptive life event. As the Founder of Handle With Care, Liesel works with groups that want to boost employee satisfaction as well as attract and retain better talent.  Liesel works with companies spanning industries, from RV manufacturers, to diplomats, to tech companies, both locally and internationally. Her favorite clients are forward-thinking organizations who know the value in supporting their employees with empathy and compassion.  Her expertise is broad—loss, returning to work, cultivating resiliency, compassion fatigue, how empathy impacts the brain—and no disruption is considered less significant. Liesel is a dedicated speaker, writer, and consultant specializing in these topics. She also hosts the Handle With Care podcast. 

Oct 20

32 min 2 sec

Shaun McAdams and Warren Siffre continue their discussion about the five pillars of Data & Analytics. This is part 5 of 5 and covers the final pillar: Data Engineering.Shaun and Warren talk about what companies should be looking for and thinking about when it comes to their data engineering.

Oct 6

24 min 12 sec

ASCII Anything is taking a small break to let our host, Angel Leon, have time to welcome his new son to the world. We'll be back next week, maybe a little sleepy, but definitely ready to dive deep once again with our resident experts at Moser Consulting.

Sep 29

30 sec

This week's episode brings back Shaun McAdams and Warren Sifre to continue their discussion on the 5 Pillars of Data & Analytics. This time their focus is tech, all the equipment, systems, gadgets, and doodads required to meet your Data & Analytics needs.

Sep 22

40 min 11 sec

Honesty is the best policy and in business, it's legally required. Moser Consulting's Marketing Lead, Malinda Lowder, stops by this week to discuss lies and the lying liars who tell them. So, grab your fireproof pants and tune in.

Sep 15

25 min 58 sec

Every recruiter dreams of finding that elusive Purple Unicorn. In this week’s episode of ASCII Anything, we talk to Michelle Nash, Moser Consulting’s Resource Manager, about candidates, culture fit, interviews, and getting hired.

Sep 8

16 min 19 sec

In this episode, we discuss Ransomware with Jim Timberman, the Managing Director of Managed Services at Moser Consulting. We cover what it is, how it works, its effects, and what you can do to make yourself and your business a less convenient target.

Sep 2

33 min 8 sec

This week's episode picks up where last week's episode left off during the discussion from a CIO Roundtable hosted by Dynatrace and Moser Consulting. The panelists include Grant Dawson, Vice President of IT for T2 Systems, Nirav Shah, Vice President of IT for Republic Airways, Michael Loggins, Global Vice President of IT for SMC, and Moser Consulting's very own, Shaun McAdams, our Vice President of Data and Analytics. This is part two of a two-part series in which our panelists discuss moving forward in tech and what that looks like currently.

Aug 25

25 min 44 sec

This week's episode shares the discussion from a CIO Roundtable hosted by Dynatrace and Moser Consulting. The panelists include Grant Dawson, Vice President of IT for T2 Systems, Nirav Shah, Vice President of IT for Republic Airways, Michael Loggins, Global Vice President of IT for SMC, and Moser Consulting's very own, Shaun McAdams, our Vice President of Data and Analytics. This is part one of a two-part series in which our panelists discuss moving forward in tech and what that looks like currently.

Aug 18

38 min 18 sec

This week we are joined by cyber-security expert, Jason Lowmiller. He is currently a senior security consultant for CyberSheath Services International, a cybersecurity firm in the defense supply chain industry and is a former assistant professor of cybersecurity at Anderson University.

Aug 11

33 min 6 sec

Moser Consulting Scrum Master and teaching veteran Jody Bergman joins us this week for a talk about tech as much of the country either heads back, or prepares to head back, to school.

Aug 4

22 min 3 sec

Moser Consulting is a long-time partner of Habitat For Humanity. Last week, we hosted a panel build in the parking lot of our HQ in Castleton, Indiana. In between hammer strikes, ASCII Anything talked with Paula Moser about our company's involvement with this particular charity. We also spoke with Amy, our build's Habitat For Humanity rep, and Alicia, the future owner of the house Moser is helping to build.

Jul 28

15 min 19 sec

This week we are joined by Dan Horwich, the CEO of CAMP IT Conferences. Dan's family literally owes its continued existence to networking and he's eager to share the story of his family, and his company, with as many people as possible.

Jul 21

48 min 20 sec

In the kickoff episode of SEASON 2, we talk with Dr. Krista Longtin, Associate Professor of Communication Studies & Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at IUPUI in Indianapolis, about using Applied Improvisation to improve communication and become a more interesting and engaging presenter.

Jul 14

47 min 7 sec

We hope you enjoy this trek down memory lane as we present some of the best bits from Season 1 of ASCII Anything. Grab the cheesecake out of the fridge and meet us on the lanai as we channel our inner Golden Girls to squeeze one more episode of Season 1 out of our existing material. Host Angel Leon does his best Dorothy Sbornak and keeps everything organized and on track while Producer Brian digs deep for his best Sophia Petrillo, "Picture it...Indianapolis, 2021..."Season 2 will premiere in July. Until then, so long everybody!

May 26

40 min 15 sec

Organizations face increasing pressure to fast-track the introduction of new products and services to maintain their market positions. This could mean that It is time for executives to look at enterprise-level solutions to get results with digital transformation. Today, host Angel Leon is joined by Moser expert Marcus Reed and Atlassian's Ken Urban to discuss this pressure and the solutions Atlassian can provide.

May 19

39 min 30 sec

Listen in on one of our Tech Talk Thursday panels as Ansible Experts answer questions submitted from our Tech Talk Thursday audience.

May 12

31 min 57 sec

In this week's episode we explore the favorite vacation spots of some of Moser's consultants. We sent out an employee survey to learn our colleagues' favorite spots when it comes to taking time off and unwinding. Producer Brian joins Angel to discuss the survey and they are joined by 3 of Moser's consultants who drop in to discuss their favorite places.

May 5

58 min 41 sec

Moser's VP of Data & Analytics, Shaun McAdams, talks about the evolution of Data Architecture for Analytic Workloads with Tim Lortz, a Senior Solutions Architect from Databricks, a data and AI company that helps data teams solve the world’s toughest problems.

Apr 28

37 min 26 sec

This week, Shaun McAdams and Warren Sifre continue their discussion of the pillars of Data & Analytics. This time their focus is on the people who fill the teams that address each of those pillars. Who to recruit, what to look for, and how important keeping those people is once you find them are all covered in this week's episode of ASCII Anything.

Apr 21

30 min 40 sec

One advantage of having so many tech experts at Moser Consulting is that a lot of us have cool friends in our network. Debbie Schilling is one of those friends. Debbie retired a couple of years ago after spending her career in development. She's a former VP of Development at Orchard Software, a world-traveler, and a gardener. She joins us today to talk through the evolution of opportunities for women in the tech field over the years and we even delve into making a smooth transition into retirement.

Apr 14

26 min 43 sec

Moser's Director of Learning, Lou Russell is joining us again. This time, we're discussing emotional intelligence or EQ as it's commonly known. What is EQ? Who invented it? Can you change your EQ? Those are some of the questions that we will be discussing in today's episode.

Apr 7

22 min 16 sec

President and CEO of Moser Consulting, Ty Moser, joins us today to talk about our company's 25th anniversary and how Moser has evolved throughout the years as one of Indiana's powerhouses in IT consulting. We cover his origins in tech, what led him to start his own consulting company, and some of the lessons he's learned over the past 25 years.

Mar 31

21 min 40 sec

In this week’s episode of ASCII Anything, we talk to Moser Consulting’s resident expert, Estelle Lissouck, about IT Automation.Reasons to Choose IT AutomationImprove What Already Works Through AutomationMaking Clients Happy, Keeping Clients HappyIT Automation Helps Teams of Any SizeDriving Costs Down Through IT Automation

Mar 24

22 min 21 sec

This week we are joined by two of Moser's top Data and Analytics experts who are going to talk about the mindset a company should have regarding data and analytics strategy.Shaun McAdams is Moser's Vice President of Data & Analytics and Warren Sifre is the Director of Strategy within Moser's Data & Analytics group.

Mar 17

45 min 22 sec

This week's discussion is with Moser's Director of Quality, Alphia Stephens. It may sound simple, but quality is a complex and ever-evolving challenge. In today's episode, we take a deep dive into Quality and some of its components. And we're very fortunate to have Alphia join us.

Mar 10

25 min 12 sec

This week we talk with Dr. Carlotta Berry about increasing diversity in STEM. Dr. Berry co-founded Rose-Hulman’s Building Undergraduate Diversity (RoseBUD) program, which encourages students from underrepresented groups to seek STEM careers; helped student scholars organize an annual SPARK! campus event that brings together high school and college students to work on hands-on projects (this year’s virtual event is scheduled for March 20); and has been co-director of the institute’s multidisciplinary robotics academic program. At Rose-Hulman, Berry has taught courses from mobile robotics to human/robot interaction to electrical engineering design. She has encouraged students to learn by tinkering, hacking, and making mistakes. She has even shipped low-cost kits to students’ homes to facilitate online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mar 3

41 min 18 sec

It's not easy being Green. Especially in Technology. A technology company has all of the normal environmental concerns as any other office such as using paper, resources like lighting and heating an office space. But tech has more responsibilities. Computers use a lot of power. Data centers full of Servers use a lot of power. They produce a lot of heat that has to be cooled all year round. And computer hardware uses a lot of resources in their production. Parts of computer equipment are made from toxic materials such as lead, mercury, and PCBs. Those need to be responsibly sourced and disposed of properly. Green IT is a complicated ball of string to unravel.

Feb 24

26 min 42 sec

Shaun and Warren return to continue their discussion and dive deeper into Defining a Data & Analytics Strategy for your organization. Today, the focus is on how that process works.

Feb 17

21 min 11 sec

This week's guest is Marcus Reed, Moser's Operations Design leader. He's going to help us better understand Radical Transparency and how it helps improve performance from a company and individual perspective by increasing autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

Feb 10

31 min 25 sec

Managed Services, Part Deux: Jim Timberman and Chadd Wheat had so much fun during their first podcast appearance they came back for more!This episode deals with disaster recovery and backups for your business. Yes, you should probably have a business continuity plan, but what should that plan entail? How often should you backup your data and how do you determine what is critical and what you can get by without? 

Feb 3

30 min 36 sec

Two of Moser's top Data & Analytics experts talk about defining your organization's Data & Analytics strategy and the origins of our approach.

Jan 27

28 min 3 sec

Red Hat expert Jim Garrett joins us to work through the ins and outs of Red Hat's Quarkus, a full-stack, Kubernetes-native Java framework that's made for Java virtual machines (JVMs) and native compilation, optimizing Java specifically for containers and enabling it to become an effective platform for serverless, cloud, and Kubernetes environments. By the end of the episode, you'll know what that means and you'll have learned about the advantages that serverless computing brings to your business operations and your bottom line.

Jan 20

22 min 17 sec

Host Angel Leon talks about the IT Helpdesk with Moser Consulting experts Jim Timberman and Chadd Wheat. Their discussion covers IT stereotypes, maintaining constant vigilance against hackers, and good ways to avoid security breaches, such as trusting absolutely nothing you see, hear, or read...

Jan 13

44 min 37 sec

Host Angel Leon welcomes Lou Russell, Moser Consulting’s Managing Director of Learning, to talk about the challenges and learning opportunities that exist for IT Leadership. Their discussion covers a wide range of topics, including failing your way to success, no one being born a leader, and some of the demands and decisions those who aspire to lead will face. For example…letting go of the day-to-day programming or other hands-on IT work in order to have the time and focus to lead.

Jan 6

19 min 48 sec

Host Angel Leon takes you through some of the tech gift suggestions we gathered by surveying the tech experts who work at Moser Consulting. From high-tech drones to kitchen gadgets and even the best thing since sliced bread, because it was inspired by sliced bread, we'll take you through our favorite seven options that represent a wide range of price points. You might just find the perfect thing to give the technology fan in your life!

Dec 2020

20 min 48 sec

Promotional spot for ASCII Anything, a podcast from Moser Consulting.

Dec 2020

29 sec