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In a world increasingly driven by digital transformation, the robustness of enterprise connectivity can often go unnoticed—until it doesn’t. Today on Tech Talks Daily, we have the pleasure of hosting Mark Bennett, Head of Global Enterprise Networking Products at Vodafone Business, to discuss the pivotal role connectivity plays in modern business operations.

Vodafone Business, a primary growth engine within the global Vodafone Group, stands at the forefront of enterprise connectivity, boasting a revenue of approximately $8.7 billion. The company’s commitment is not just about maintaining connections but enhancing business capabilities through digital transformation.

During this episode, Mark provides us with a deeper insight into the lesser-known yet critical side of Vodafone Business. He details their comprehensive portfolio, which spans IoT, cloud, security, analytics, unified communications, and more, catering from small enterprises to large multinational corporations.

With today’s enterprise networks becoming increasingly complex, the convergence of software-defined wide-area networks with security at the forefront—driven by hybrid working and cloud adoption—is more crucial than ever. Mark discusses the strategic importance of SAS and cloud integration, highlighting the significant role of Vodafone Business in supporting their customers through these transitions.

Moreover, Mark sheds light on the transformative impacts of network automation. Despite a large portion of the industry still managing networks manually, Vodafone Business is pushing the boundaries by implementing AI and automation to enhance operational productivity and end-user experience.

As Mark’s first Cisco Live event in the U.S., he shares his excitement about exploring advancements in AI and automation, particularly how these technologies integrate into Vodafone’s strategies to ensure optimal performance and agility for their customers globally.

Whether you are deeply embedded in the tech industry or just curious about the infrastructural backbone that supports digital business operations, this conversation offers valuable insights into the critical role of enterprise connectivity in today’s business landscape.

What are your thoughts on the evolution of enterprise networking? How do you see AI and automation playing a role in your business or industry? Join the conversation and share your insights with us!

Why should companies invest in social impact programs? Today on Tech Talks Daily, we delve into this compelling question with Brian Tippens, SVP and Chief Social Impact Officer at Cisco. Together, we explore how integrating social impact strategies not only drives positive change but also propels business outcomes forward.

Cisco stands at the forefront of this movement, harnessing its vast technological resources and extensive ecosystem to champion an inclusive future for all. Our discussion will highlight Cisco’s key initiatives that illustrate the profound intersection of social responsibility and business strategy. These efforts include climate sustainability, response to crises, advancement of social justice, skills development, community impact through employee engagement, economic empowerment, digital inclusion, and accessibility.

In a time when ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) can spark controversy, Brian will share why companies like Cisco continue to invest in social impact, viewing it as essential to their business ethos and crucial for addressing global challenges. We’ll also shed light on Cisco’s “One Billion Lives Positively Impacted” initiative and their comprehensive actions for social justice.

Join us as we uncover the tangible benefits of these initiatives not just for society, but for the employees, customers, and partners of a global enterprise. How do you think embracing social impact can reshape the future of business? Share your thoughts and join the conversation.

Useful Links 

“One Billion Lives Positively Impacted with BBC StoryWorks highlights”
https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/csr/technology-for-good/one-billion.html

“Cisco’s 12 Actions for Social Justice”
https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/social-justice.html

Cisco’s ESG Reporting Hub
https://www.cisco.com/c/m/en_us/about/csr/esg-hub.html

Are you ready to dive into the latest trends in digital operations? In this episode of Tech Talks Daily, I’m excited to welcome Carla DeSantis, Partner in Operations Transformation at PwC, to discuss the findings from PwC’s recent Trends in Digital Operations Survey.

Carla provides an in-depth look at the survey’s key findings, highlighting that 69% of companies are not seeing returns on their technology investments in supply chain and operations. She explains the primary obstacles, including lack of user adoption, data quality issues, and the challenges of integrating new technology with legacy systems. Carla emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to transformation, rather than a siloed focus on individual pain points.

One of the most intriguing aspects of our conversation is the discussion on AI integration. Despite nearly all respondents having some level of engagement with generative AI, only 20% report widespread use in operations and supply chain. Carla shares insights into what factors contribute to successful AI integration, stressing the need for clear use cases that augment human capabilities rather than replace them. She also addresses the common misconception of AI as a silver bullet or a tool for workforce reduction.

Carla underscores the critical role of upskilling in achieving digital transformation. She advocates for reimagining training as a continuous learning journey, involving both detractors and super-users early in the process to identify and overcome adoption barriers. Her advice on balancing encouragement with accountability for technology use is particularly valuable for business leaders aiming to foster a digitally adept workforce.

Looking ahead, Carla paints a picture of an evolving landscape where sustainability and regulatory considerations are becoming increasingly important. She encourages listeners to explore PwC’s Digital Operations Report for industry-specific insights and practical recommendations.

How is your organization navigating the complexities of digital transformation? Tune in to this episode to gain valuable insights from Carla DeSantis and discover strategies to enhance your digital operations. After listening, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the key challenges and opportunities in your digital transformation journey.

 

Are you ready to explore the future of data and AI? In our upcoming episode of Tech Talks Daily, I am thrilled to welcome Irfan Khan, Chief Product Officer at SAP, to discuss SAP’s groundbreaking data and analytics portfolio, particularly the new SAP Data Sphere offering.

Irfan brings a wealth of experience and insights, starting from his early interest in technology inspired by his father to his formative computing experiences with the BBC Micro and Amstrad CPC 464. His journey from CTO at Sybase to various sales roles at SAP has given him a unique customer-centric perspective that fuels his innovative approach to data and AI.

Our conversation dives deep into the SAP Data Sphere, a revolutionary business virtual data fabric concept that allows for data federation without the need for physical data consolidation. This groundbreaking approach preserves data context and metadata, which are critical for training high-quality generative AI models. Irfan explains how Data Sphere leverages knowledge graphs and vector stores to enable contextual AI capabilities, allowing businesses to detect signals and patterns across disparate data sources for applications like supply chain optimization.

One of the standout aspects of our discussion is the emphasis on data quality, lineage, and ethical use, which are paramount for the responsible deployment of generative AI. Irfan shares SAP’s commitment to ethical AI, including the formation of an ethical AI committee to vet models before production use, and discusses the measures taken to prevent hallucinations, cultural biases, and maintain data integrity.

Irfan also highlights real-world applications of SAP Data Sphere and generative AI, such as detecting early signals of supply chain disruptions and ethically screening candidates for recruitment. These examples showcase how generative AI is enhancing business applications across various industries, driving innovation, and supporting better decision-making.

Looking ahead, Irfan paints an exciting picture of the future of data and AI, with rapid innovation from big tech players like Google, Meta, and OpenAI. He underscores the importance of continuous learning through bite-sized content and networking to stay ahead in this dynamic field.

What steps can your business take to leverage the power of AI and contextual data? Tune in to this episode to gain valuable insights from Irfan Khan and discover how SAP’s innovative solutions can transform your data management and AI strategies. After listening, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the role of generative AI in your business and how you plan to practice better data hygiene for responsible AI use.

How secure is your data really? In this episode of Tech Talks Daily, I sit down with Rocco D’Amico, founder of Brass Valley, to explore the hidden threats and innovations in data security and management. Brass Valley began with a focus on data security for data centers and has since evolved into a leader in search engine optimization and data destruction innovations.

Rocco sheds light on the often-overlooked danger of embedded data in off-network and end-of-life devices, explaining how even wiped devices can harbor hidden data that poses significant security risks. He discusses the importance of identifying gaps in your company’s data protection and what a robust data risk management platform should accomplish. Rocco’s insights into implementing high-reliability practices from industries like nuclear, healthcare, and aviation into IT asset disposition (ITAD) are invaluable, demonstrating how to minimize the risk of mega data breaches effectively.

One of the standout moments from our conversation is Rocco’s account of assisting a major security company in closing 49 data centers across 22 countries within just 60 days. His story highlights the critical role of strong communication, cultural understanding, and experienced partners in achieving such a massive feat without compromising data security.

Rocco also emphasizes the importance of sustainability in data destruction, advocating for responsible methods that keep old devices out of landfills while ensuring complete data destruction. He offers a fascinating perspective on how the data management landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years and what these changes mean for the technology we use today.

For those interested in delving deeper into data security, Rocco provides practical advice on measuring processes, enabling open communication, and having a disaster recovery plan in place. His approach to empowering staff to voice concerns and preventing potential breaches showcases the importance of a proactive and vigilant mindset in data protection.

What steps are you taking to ensure your data is fully protected? Tune in to this episode to learn from Rocco D’Amico’s expertise and discover how you can fortify your data security strategies. After listening, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the hidden threats within your data security practices and how you plan to address them.

On this week’s show Matt and Lisa are joined by Ara Higueras to talk about her multidisciplinary background, her coaching and her book And how?

On this week’s show, Julia and Lisa are joined by photographer Paul Clarke to talk about AI, creativity, the value of creative work, art and taking great photos.

Continuing in our 8-year tradition of our Centennial editions of WB-40 not being an episode of WB-40, to celebrate 300 episodes of the show, here’s a totally different podcast for you. Career on the Cards is a pilot of a new podcast that Matt dreamed up a few months ago. On this first episode he […]

On this week’s show Matt and Lisa are joined by the multi-faceted Timandra Harkness to talk about her new book Technology is not the Problem.

On this week’s show, Julia and Matt are joined by Your Haven CEO and Founder Claire Barnett to talk about mental health fitness, technology and virtual reality. Claire mentioned the book Pixel Flesh by Ellen Atlanta. You can find out more about Your Haven here: https://www.yourhavenapp.com/

This Friday is the start of the Euros in Germany. As football takes centre stage in a sporting summer, so will fears over abuse, especially towards the young athletes representing their countries. Striver co-founder Tim Chase dropped into the podcast (over breakfast in Rio) to talk about how they’re launch has successfully tackled abuse on social media.  

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James Jackson is the co-founder and CEO of Bumper, a business that helps split the costs of repairs from little bumps to engine trouble. What are the key trends facing leaders, and why does he think they’re one of the fastest growing startups in Europe?

Also on the show David and Sam invite Collision attendees to get in touch, and we find out why unplugging helps you to connect: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/article/2024/jun/09/come-on-feel-the-noise-how-i-unplugged-my-headphones-and-reconnected-with-the-world

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On the podcast today David meet’s Emilė Radytė, the co-founder of Samphire Neuroscience, a company committed to building unprecedented solutions with unprecedented thinking. Emilė and her team are changing the narrative to place women at the forefront, prioritising their needs in the creation of novel health technologies. With potentially up to 90% of women suffering from crippling period pain this is as welcome as it’s inspiring.

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David talks to Nick Braund, founder of Words + Pixels, a PR-agency for high growth disruptors. But is PR always the right answer, and even if it is… have you asked yourself the questions you need to in advance. The big one Nick advocates is, “So what?”. From launching during the pandemic, to award-winning growth Nick shares his learnings and insight.

Plus it’s #GlobalRunningDay and we’ve done something a little mad to celebrate!

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Rico Surridge is Chief Product and Technology Officer at Which? a UK-based a not-for-profit providing consumer reviews and advocacy: working to influence legislation and prevent consumer harm by lobbying in Westminster and engaging with manufacturers. Rico joins David to discuss how Which? is dealing with the impact of technologies such as generative AI, voice interaction, VR and AR on its business and its consumers, whilst also highlighting the need for better digital skills and technology understanding at the board level.

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In the final episode of this six-part series, CISO Voices, where Jenny talks to CISOs about how they view their role, the industry and the threat landscape, in partnership with Proofpoint, we welcome Christian Toon.

Christian, from law firm Pinsent Masons, talks to Jenny about the importance of teamwork, resilience and how the profession has changed in the past 15 years.

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To get in touch try the contact page of the Human Factor Security website or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe

Thank you to Proofpoint for sponsoring the CISO Voices series.

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Continuing the six-part series CISO Voices, where Jenny talks to CISOs about how they view their role, the industry and the threat landscape, in partnership with Proofpoint, we welcome Bridget Kenyon.

People love working in cybersecurity for those high-drama moments. But Bridget discusses, with Jenny, that infosec teams should be an everyday part of the business, not an emergency service.

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To get in touch try the contact page of the Human Factor Security website or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe

Thank you to Proofpoint for sponsoring the CISO Voices series. 

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Continuing the six-part series CISO Voices, where Jenny talks to CISOs about how they view their role, the industry and the threat landscape, in partnership with Proofpoint, we welcome Daniela Almeida.

Not every security leader started off as a tech geek. As Daniela explains, her background in communication and cultural studies prepared her for a cybersecurity world where people are the perimeter.

To follow Daniela on LinkedIn, please click this link here

To get in touch try the contact page of the Human Factor Security website or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe

Thank you to Proofpoint for sponsoring the CISO Voices series. 

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Continuing the six-part series CISO Voices, where Jenny talks to CISOs about how they view their role, the industry and the threat landscape, in partnership with Proofpoint, we welcome Todd Wade.

Todd talks about his role as an interim CISO who steps in to solve organisations’ biggest security problems. He’s seen both the best and worst of our industry, and shares some of his insider insights with Jenny.

To follow Todd on LinkedIn, please click this link here

To get in touch try the contact page of the Human Factor Security website or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe

Thank you to Proofpoint for sponsoring the CISO Voices series. 

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Continuing the six-part series CISO Voices, where Jenny talks to CISOs about how they view their role, the industry and the threat landscape, in partnership with Proofpoint, we welcome Proofpoint’s VP and Global Resident CISO Lucia Milică.

Lucia discusses new research based on a survey of 1,400 global security leaders. Listen now to learn how CISOs are adapting after two transformational years.

To follow Lucia on LinkedIn, please click this link here

To get in touch try the contact page of the Human Factor Security website or follow me on Twitter, where I can be found at @Jenny_Radcliffe

Thank you to Proofpoint for sponsoring the CISO Voices series. 

Note: music for the show was provided by;

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