Podcasting is experiencing record-setting numbers in 2022. It seems that if you’re interested in a subject, no matter how obscure, then it’s very likely that there’s an abundance of podcasts covering it in detail. But what, then, about the incredibly popular and in-demand realm of IT? Unsurprisingly, there’s a whole lot going on in this area as well, with high-quality podcasts you should definitely be lending an ear to. In this article, we’ll give you a good long look into the very best podcasts for IT professionals. Don’t miss out on this must-listen list!
If you're an IT professional, then you know that staying up-to-date on the latest technology news and trends is essential to your success. But where do you start? It seems that every time you turn over a rock, there’s a new tech podcast hogging the limelight. With so many options, it can be hard to know which ones are worth listening to. You could say that being spoiled for choice is a First-World problem, yeah, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that there are only so many hours in a day.
That's why we created this definitive podcast guide, so you can optimize your time and be safe in the knowledge that you’re tuning into the best shows out there. In this guide, we'll recommend some of our favorite tech podcasts, and we'll also provide tips on how to make the most of them. So whether you're a beginner or an experienced podcast listener, this guide has something for you.
Let’s take a look!
Podcasts about enterprise and service management
Running things is one of those sadly oft-overlooked subjects. Efficiency is the name of the game everywhere, but it seems that very few podcasts can tackle things from a top-down perspective that makes sense out of every piece on the board.
And that’s because, for all of the tech podcasters out there, very few actually have experience in areas that deal with enterprise and service management. In a nutshell, the reason behind this statement is because extremely qualified professionals are usually, well, off dealing with mission-critical tasks and analyzing what could be done better. When you’re juggling so much, it can be hard to make time to speak at length in front of a mic, especially if your career is in full bloom.
Every podcast on this list, though, bucks the trend, providing wise words of advise and industry analysis coming from exceptionally knowledgeable voices. These best-in-the-industry tech experts provide invaluable insights about service management, and let you in on little secrets about how to do things bigger and better.
Every week Matt Beran, InvGate's Product Specialist, and Industry Analyst interviews IT industry leaders to uncover the latest trends in Service Management, ITIL, Business, and Technology. In Ticket Volume, everything goes, be it ITSM, cybersecurity, or how AI can augment the capabilities of human IT experts.
And, since at InvGate we’re no slouches when it comes to guests, we decided to go big on the podcast’s maiden episode. Rob England is a man that should need no introduction, with over thirty years of experience in the field. And, as both a trendsetter and an iconoclast, we’re sure you’ll love his talk with Matt about why IT needs new management methods.
Some great episodes:
- Laying the groundwork to take Service Management beyond IT, with Phyllis Drucker
- What are XLAs and why do they matter? With Rae Ann Bruno
- Value Management and the Difference Between ITIL v3 and ITIL 4, with David Billouz
- The face of service: support managers need inspiration too, with Megan Engels
- Expanding beyond Service Management: DevOps, SRE and BRM, with Suresh GP
A favorite of InvGate's CEO, Ariel Gesto, Technovation is a twice-weekly podcast series featuring conversations with top executives (CIOs, CDOs, CTOs) and thought leaders at the intersection of business, technology, and innovation. Hosted by Metis Strategy president Peter High, Technovation delivers lot of value and ideas for IT leaders of all kinds.
This Week in Enterprise Tech
A weekly podcast that covers the latest in enterprise technology news. The podcast is hosted by Aaron Newman and Jason Howell and features a variety of guests from across the tech industry.
TWIT, as it’s known (unless Elon Musk has something to say about it) has a healthy backlog of nearly 500 high-quality episodes. For our money, though, episode 485 with guest Bill Harrod, about “Zero Trust in Government” is a real winner, and one you should definitely take a look at to both understand current events and get an idea of where things may be going.
Service Management Leadership
This podcast is for current and aspiring service management leaders who want to learn more about the people side of the business. Each episode features an interview with an ITSM leader, as well as tips and advice on how to be a successful leader yourself.
Podcaster Jeffrey Teffertiller is outstanding at getting nuggets of gold out of his interview subjects, and he’s absolutely someone to focus on if you want to know more not just about how to handle service management, but how to be a successful podcast host.
His April 12, 2022 episode, though, deserves a special mention. Here, he discusses the role of the CDMB, something we’ve gone on about in detail in the past.
Flycast Partners: Technology Buzz
A podcast about the latest enterprise technology trends, featuring interviews with deep-in-the-trenches industry professionals.
Plus, their podcasts don’t tend to go on for too long. One of the best bite-sized episodes is their October 19, 2021 outing on how to protect against cyberattacks.
The IT Experience Podcast
A podcast about the intersection of technology and people, featuring interviews with people-oriented IT specialists from every nook and cranny of the industry.
Their “Give hours back to the business - More smiles, less time wasted” episode sums up everything we think about how customer service and service management should be.
Barclay Rae and Ian Aitchison discuss all matters related to Enterprise Service Management and Digital Transformation, or rather, how we’re slowly going from analog-first to digital-first across all industries.
Our pick is Episode 38 with guest Sally Bogg, about the purpose of shared passion and purpose.
The Axelos Best Practices Podcast
A podcast about all things ITIL, featuring interviews with industry experts and Axelos staff. Of course, unless you’re new to IT, you know the importance of Axelos and ITIL for IT. This is definitely one of the podcasts you have to tune into regularly to stay updated about what’s going on.
Their episode on knowledge management, in particular, is a real gem.
Best podcasts for SysAdmins
System Administrators, of course, will get a lot of love on this list. System administration, DevOps, and IT management are part of what keep things moving — and not breaking down.
If you're responsible for keeping a company's infrastructure up and running, then these podcasts are going to help you stay at the top of your game.
Each week, the podcast hosts research and compile a deliciously bite-sized screencast tailor-made for Sysadmins and DevOps folks. The episode topic is distilled down into something around 10-20 minutes with an easy-to-understand demo at the end.
If there’s something you can’t miss out on, it’s their exemplary episode about the DevOps launch checklist. Give it a go, this podcast is definitely one to look out for.
The MacAdmins Podcast is a round table discussion podcast by and for Macintosh System Administrators and IT Professionals. New episodes are released every Tuesday and Friday, with occasional special episodes.
Mac SysAdmins are very often passed by when it comes to articles (and good podcasts) about IT. Thankfully, MacAdmin delivers on every front and becomes an invaluable resource. Episode 255 about business essentials is definitely where you’ll want to get started.
Podcasts for cybersecurity Experts
Building a culture of cybersecurity should be a priority for everyone. And if you're a cybersecurity enthusiast, missing out on a week of information means setting your company or startup up for potentially catastrophic breaches.
Not on our watch.
This podcast is all about true stories from the dark side of the internet. If you're interested in learning about hacking, data breaches, and other cybersecurity threats, then this is the podcast to listen to. Fantastic narration by its host, Jack Rhysider. Only Murders in the Building meets Neuromancer. We kinda lied here, because most everyone would get a kick out of listening to this podcast.
Their latest episode, about pay-to-win schemes by videogame hackers, is definitely a must-listen. Don’t let it slip under your radar.
This podcast covers a wide range of security topics, including online privacy, computer viruses, and cryptography. It's hosted by security expert Steve Gibson. He boils down even mind-numbingly complex issues into easy-to-digest bits. If you're looking to learn more about cybersecurity or just starting out, this is a great place to dip your pinky into this huge pond.
Security Now has had an amazing run so far, with close to 900 episodes. Episode 859 is a great place to start if you’re interested in current events, DDoS attacks, and gov’t cybersecurity in general.
This podcast covers the latest news in the world of cybersecurity. Every episode starts with a brief summary of the week's top stories, and then dives deeper into the most important ones. This podcast is great for keeping up with the latest cybersecurity news and trends — a must if you’re in the business.
Episode 1563 is a riveting listen if you want to learn more about the “cyber” side of actual warfare, something sadly brought to light by current world events.
Like Tom Cruise gloriously sliding into frame, this podcast comes into the picture with everything there is to know about information security. Now, though, the focus is more on the business side of the equation. If you're interested in learning about the financial incentives behind hacking and data breaches, this is definitely your jam.
Their SnakeOilers series of sponsored podcast is an absolutely joyous listen, even if it’s mostly paid-for sales pitches. The backs-and-forths between the hosts and the guests alone are worth the price of admission.
Podcasts for network professionals
Network professionals get their own podcasts too. Their intersection with the two previous categories should be obvious, but we’ll let you join the dots yourself.
What they do need to know is that there are amazing resources out there to get their juices flowing, and their personal knowledge base nice and full.
Packer Pushers Heavy Networking
This podcast is all about network automation and DevOps. If you're interested in learning about tools like Ansible, Puppet, and Chef, then this is your go-to resource. It's a fantastic podcast and perfect for someone with lots of experience. Not the best podcast for someone in their first few years of IT as they cover a lot of "what’s hot in the data center." And for guys just learning active directory, well, let’s just say how to optimize and scale data centers is a tad out of their scope.
But, if you’re within the intended audience for this podcast, there couldn’t be a better resource out there. Episode 623, about growing from Junior to Senior engineer, shares some excellent information for those at this critical juncture in their career.
This podcast covers the latest news and trends in the world of networking. Every episode starts with a brief summary of the week's top stories and then goes into more detail where it counts. This is one of those podcasts you’ll want to keep your eye on if current events are your thing.
We’re big on cloud computing at InvGate, and therefore, we offer you this podcast recommendation. If you're interested in learning about Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, or any other cloud platform, then this is the podcast for you. The hosts are very knowledgeable and do a great job of making complex concepts easy to understand even for industry newbies.
Their latest “Explaining Twitter to a 5-year-old” should be blaring out of your headphones right now, especially with Elon’s recent out-of-the-blue takeover. It seems like there’s no rest for the wicked, is there? One minute you think you’ve got things figured out, the next, our dimension’s version of Tony Stark becomes a social media mogul. We truly live in the most unpredictable timeline.
Podcasts for geeks like us (and you)
Yeah, sometimes it is all fun and games. This podcast is a bonus recommendation for when you want to kick your feet up after a busy day worrying about things like service management and network integrity.
Grumpy Old Geeks
This podcast is all about technology, pop culture, and current events. If you're interested in learning about the latest tech gadgets, movies, or video games, then you’ve got it made right here. Hosts Jason DeFillippo & Brian Schulmeister are masters at mixing cynicism and sarcasm with all-out nerd humor to provide a side-splitting mix of social commentary, industry-insider perspective, and absurdism.
One of their latest, episode 549, is one of the best examples of their hot takes on current events mixed with their patented gallows humor.
It’s podcasts galore, it seems! With podcasting, we’ve truly entered the age of “something for everyone.” But, with the huge signal to noise ratio, it can be hard to tell what to focus on sometimes. We hope our comprehensive list has helped make a difference for you and set you on the right path.
And hey, if you’ve got any worthy additions to this list, let us know on LinkedIn!