Best Podcasts for IT Pros
The sheer proliferation of podcasts over the last couple years has been astounding and while tech-focused podcasts have never exactly been a scarce commodity, it can be difficult to find shows that focus on the professional rather than consumer market. We have rounded up a list of some of the best podcasts across a range of topics applicable to IT Pros, no matter your area of expertise you are sure to find a new favorite here.
Around since 2007, RunAs Radio is a weekly podcast for IT professionals working within the Microsoft ecosystem. Each episode is about 30 minutes long and features a guest expert along with the host, Richard Campbell, covering a single topic. Given the complexity of topics covered and short episode length the discussions are never exhaustive, but they are an excellent primer or jumping off point on a variety of topics.
Another long running podcast that got its start in 2007, Risky Business is hosted by Australian InfoSec expert Patrick Gray. The weekly show covers the InfoSec news of the day in technical detail, but manages to keep things light and entertaining. The show also features a weekly sponsor interview, but it's someone new every week and Patrick manages to make them compelling while delivering useful info as opposed to the scripted sponsor reads found on many podcasts.
Part of the popular TWiT network, This Week in Enterprise Tech is hosted by Father Robert Ballecer along with a rotating panel of hosts and guests each week covering the world of enterprise technology. While the discussions stay firmly rooted in enterprise IT, from week to week the show might cover a single practical topic or focus on relevant news of the day. Fortunately, the TWiT network does an excellent job on its show notes, so a quick glance at the guests and topics for the day will let you know what you are in for each week.
A weekly podcast hosted by Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely covering cloud computing, AWS ecosystem, OpenSource, DevOps, AppDev, Saas and SDN. Each week The Cloudcast features a new expert guest or two and a central theme for the episode, which is typically broken down into six separate topics or questions. Episodes run anywhere from 20 minutes up to about an hour, but most weeks they manage to get you out in under 30 minutes. If you are looking to stay up on the latest developments in cloud computing this award winning podcast is not to be missed.
Another product of the TWiT network, FLOSS Weekly is focused on the free and open-source software community. The show is hosted by Randal Schwartz and one of a rotating panel of co-hosts. Each episode features one or two industry guests responsible for an open source project and the hosts spend about an hour taking a deep dive on the project. For fans of open source software there is plenty to glean from each episode even if you will never work with the specific project being discussed.
Software Engineering Radio
Running since 2006, SE Radio takes a different tack than most of the shows out there with the goal of being a lasting educational resource for software developers rather than topical coverage. The show is released three to four times per month and is structured as a one-on-one interview with a subject matter expert covering a single area along with one member from the SE Radio team. Episodes are typically about an hour in length, which is enough time to offer reasonably comprehensive coverage of a single topic while still remaining a digestible length.
The Hanselminutes Podcast
While we enjoy a tightly-focused podcast, there is something to be said for a show that covers a broad range and The Hanselminutes Podcast definitely fits that bill. Scott Hanselman pitches the show as "Fresh Air for Developers" with a new developer joining Scott every week for a 30-minute discussion that typically centers around the guest's projects or strategies, but can also range into more general discussions of life as a developer.
Packet Pushers Weekly
Despite its importance, data networking doesn't get a lot of podcast coverage, but fortunately Packet Pushers Weekly has you covered. The weekly show is about an hour in length and features co-hosts Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks with an industry guest or two tackling a single topic that can vary from practical tools and implementations of today to forecasting the future of data networking. If you just can't get enough on networking the Packet Pushers actually have another interview style show (Datanauts) as well as a show covering data networking news (Network Break).