CollabTalk Podcast | Episode 46


For Episode 46 of the CollabTalk Podcast, the conversation focused on the need for more technical literacy, and how the maturity of communication and collaboration technology — much of it pushed to the center stage during the pandemic as organizations were thrust into work from home (WFH) scenarios — is opening up new opportunities. You can listen to the podcast above and follow me using your favorite app, such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or the iHeartRadio app. Be sure to subscribe!

Joining me on this podcast:

  • Jeff DeVerterJeff DeVerter (@jdeverter), Chief Technology Officer over Products and Services at San Antonio-based Rackspace, and an official member of the Forbes Technology Council. He also hosts the live stream Cloud Talk Live. [LinkedIn]

A bit more detail on the topics covered in this episode:

  • Jeff summarizes his background and current role at Rackspace [3:36]
  • Microsoft Teams has become the front-end for collaboration that people have been talking about and wanting to build for the past 2 decades [5:55]
  • Jeff’s life mantra: anything worth doing is worth over-doing [8:06]
  • Where are the opportunities for independent software companies (ISVs) and service companies? [14:32]
  • How the pandemic has forced organizations to rethink the future of work [23:37]
  • Jeff shares some details about “The Castle” — a former shopping mall that is now Rackspace headquarters [28:49]
  • Looking back at the last 2 years, would you do anything differently? [34:27]
  • There’s so much innovation in this space, partly because people finally understand what is possible [42:13]
  • We don’t have to worry about keeping servers running anymore, but are we having the right conversations about our business outcomes? [46:38]

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Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.