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Conversations With Dez - talking with Rod Cruz, GM Healthcare Solutions, AT&T Business

I caught up with Rod Cruz, General Manager, Healthcare Solutions, at AT&T, to talk about Consumerism in Healthcare, Digital Health technology & the Patient Experience, the Connected Ambulance with combined FirstNet, 5G and IoMT, and more. Rod is no stranger to the show, in fact it was exactly one year since Rod was last on the show, and we had almost a quarter of a million listeners tune in to hear Rod's insights and updates. More recently I caught up with Rod on camera at the 2019 AT&T Business Summit event in Dallas. We kick off this conversation with a high-level 30,000 foot industry update on the state of 5G and Healthcare, in particular some of the success AT&T have had in this space through 2018 and 2019 leading up to 2020. We then dive into more detail around some of the examples I’ve seen over the last year or two which really piqued my interest and certainly the interest of my listeners - we start with FirstNet, the background to it, and how AT&T went about successfully deploying a world leading emergency services network in what appeared to me to be record time. Also discussed is the amazing work around connected hospitals, and in particular, something I’m a big fan of, what AT&T are doing around the Connected Ambulance solution, we talk about how that project came about, and how AT&T go about putting 5G into one of the most challenging working environments imaginable and how FirstNet is the foundation for this amazing solution. We also talk about Digital Health which we all hear a lot of recently in the media, a huge focus area for Rod and his team at AT&T Business, Rod outlines what Digital Health means to AT&T Business and gives us a wonderful overview of what's happening in this space in the Healthcare industry and a range of insights into the latest trends. Rod shares insights into some of the early wins for AT&T clients as Rod and hist team work with them to design & implement Digital Health solutions. We talk about the ever present challenge to improve the Patience Experience, and examples of where the use of the likes of 5G, IoMT and Digital Health technologies to enable Healthcare service providers to leverage the capabilities of AT&T Business to improve Patient Experience. And we also cover a range of topics around the impact of going Digital, where especially in Healthcare, digital means data, which means an increased need for attention to Cybersecurity, and how AT&T Business is helping Healthcare organisations address this heady challenge. Tune in now for all of these amazing topics and more. This podcast was made in partnership with AT&T Business. For more information please visit: https://bit.ly/attbusinesshealthcare #sponsored #attinfluencer .

56 MIN2 w ago
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Rod Cruz, GM Healthcare Solutions, AT&T Business

Conversations With Dez - talking with Manoj Nair, General Manager, Metallic

I caught up with Manoj Nair, General Manager, Metallic, to talk about his role at Metallic, what a day in the life of the GM of Metallic entails, and some of the latest trends and insights from the great work he and his team at Metallic are doing with partners and customers in the world of software-as-a-service (SaaS) data protection and more. In this wonderful conversation, Manoj introduces us to the Commvault / Microsoft Expanded Partnership and walks us through the details of the announcement and how it plays into the powerful combination of metallic & azure storage. In particular we discussed the exciting announcement of a Commvault And Microsoft partnership to deliver new partner opportunities With Metallic SaaS plus Microsoft Azure, to deliver ultimate scale and trusted security with simple SaaS management As an avid foodie with a Master of Computer Science degree from Clemson University, Manoj knows you need more than a recipe for success; it requires vision, creativity, experience working the line, and an unstoppable drive to succeed. With an appetite and passion for creating cloud solutions, he and our nimbly driven Metallic team are focused on accelerating the innovation and growth of Commvault’s Software as a Service (SaaS) business. The former CEO and Co-Founder of HyperGrid, Manoj has served up cloud and security offerings for HPE, EMC, VMware and RSA, and holds more than 12 information management and security patents. Manoj shares a number of highlights around the journey Metallic has enjoyed since it was was established as a Commvault venture to bring next-generation software-as-a-service (SaaS) data protection to the market, delivering Commvault’s powerful core technology simply through the cloud. He also shares insights into the strengths Metallic offers and how together with its partners, Metallic offers a growing portfolio of SaaS backup and recovery solutions to help today’s companies keep their data protected, compliant and safe from deletion, corruption and attack. Tune in now for all of these amazing topics and more. This podcast was made in partnership with Commvault. For more information please visit: Commvault/Microsoft partnership announcement: https://bit.ly/commvault-microsoft-partnership Metallic website: https://bit.ly/metallic-website Microsoft Office 365 backup: https://bit.ly/metallic-office-365-backup-and-recovery Metallic offering via Azure Marketplace: https://bit.ly/metallic-on-azure-marketplace #sponsored #commvaultinfluencer .

33 MIN3 w ago
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Manoj Nair, General Manager, Metallic

Conversations With Dez - talking with Dr. Emma Fauss, co-founder & CEO, Medical Informatics Corp

I caught up with Dr. Emma Fauss, co-founder & CEO of Medical Informatics Corp. (MIC), to talk about her her role at MIC, their business and it's relationship with Intel, and the amazing work both MIC and Intel have done in response to the COVID19 global pandemic to help hospitals cope with challenges related to the pandemic which most have never had to deal with till now. Emma Fauss is an engineer, researcher and entrepreneur - she is the co-founder and CEO of Medical Informatics Corp. and a Rice Alliance and DFJ Mercury Venture Fellow. She completed a BE degree in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union, her PhD from the University of Virginia in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and her MBA from Rice University with a concentration in healthcare. Emma also consults with early-stage entrepreneurs within the Texas Medical Center, as well as Rice University on business strategies and, as an advisor with the MIT Enterprise Forum, consults on biotechnology, nanotechnology, and ri...

51 MINJUL 17
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Dr. Emma Fauss, co-founder & CEO, Medical Informatics Corp

Conversations With Dez - with Chip Mason & Mary Ann Furno, talking about Mainframe Security

I recently caught up with Chip Mason (Lead, Mainframe Security Product Management) & Mary Ann Furno (Offering Manager, Mainframe Security) from the Mainframe Division of Broadcom, to talk about the latest news, trends, insights and solutions around Mainframe Security, Education, and the drive to deliver more agile and integrated DevOps and Continuous Development / Continuous Integration (CI/CD) solutions. We kicked off with why and how to build adaptable, modern security to fit into an ever-changing world, to meet the increasingly complex, hybrid IT infrastructure demands an adaptable, enterprise-wide security strategy. In particular around where digital transformation integrates business operations across the enterprise, and why integration requires a more complex, hybrid IT structure and leverages all platforms in the infrastructure. We delve into how complex IT opens new threat vectors and requires a security strategy that is adaptable but not chaotic, and that today’s risks are driven by the latest technologies – i.e. how to modernise security to match, specifically how transformation of various forms has created a connected mainframe driving new threat vectors that need a modern security approach and tools. Chip and Mary Anne share key insights around the challenge of tracking what are privileged users doing and how to answer questions like “Have I identified all of the PII?” and “What insider threats exist?”, and the challenge of reevaluating and modernising mainframe security can deliver a savings in time and a reduction in risk. Also discussed is the top of how building skills and automation help make your security more strategic, efficient, and deliver greater business value, in particular around the issues related to automating routine, simple tasks enables security staff to focus on higher-value activities, and how shifting away from security “firefighting” affords time to implement capabilities that mitigate larger security risks. Another mission critical topic discussed is that cybersecurity automation, and how it helps organisations address the shortage of skilled security workers and supports less-experienced staff with best practices, and that modernising security across all systems minimises risk and simplifies audit and compliance, and that skills are a critical factor in eliminating risk and ensuring compliance We also talk about where Broadcom invests in customer success and helps organisations up-skill, to develop & build skills based on the experience and mentorship of others to deliver the ultimate in training, and build skills and experience simultaneously with the Broadcom Mainframe Vitality Program. And we delve into what Broadcom’s portfolio offers and what the team from the Broadcom Mainframe devision can do to help ensure the issues above are addressed and that your security strategy is competitive and strong - specifically around the challenge to reduce risk with a comprehensive modern mainframe strategy, while securing the world’s most securable platform involves more than simply setting a few IDs, and how organisation can advance their mainframe protection with modern security capabilities built for all three ESMs – ACF2, Top Secret, and RACF, and conduct an automated mainframe security health check. Tune in now for all of these amazing topics and more. This podcast was made in partnership with the Mainframe division of Broadcom. For more information please visit: - http://j.mp/BroadcomMainframe For a free MRI Security Essentials assessment today visit: - https://bit.ly/broadcommritrial .

73 MINJUL 14
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Conversations With Dez - with Chip Mason & Mary Ann Furno, talking about Mainframe Security

Conversations With Dez - Erin Rohlfs, Solutions Architect - Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality, AT&T

I recently caught up with Erin Rohlfs, a Industry Solutions Architect for Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality for AT&T Business at the 2020 National Retail Federation (NRF ) "BIG Show" on Manhattan island in New York City, New York, in the USA, to get the latest news and updates, trends and insights around Retail, Resturant and Hospitality markets and industry segments, and what AT&T Business has on show at NRF 2020 in NYC. In this conversation Erin and I discuss: + Product Availability and the impact of technologies such as IoT, Mixed Reality, i.e. AR/VR & Digital Experience + Shopper Convenience and the the role things like Efficiency, Convenience, Lifestyle & Service play + Immersive Marketing including Digital Signage & Proximity Marketing and how these are changing the face of Retail + Customer Insights and where new and emerging technologies such as 5G, Analytics, Customer Sentiment, and Data Driven Decisions are having Erin shared her views and experience around the increasing c...

25 MINJUL 11
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Conversations With Dez - Erin Rohlfs, Solutions Architect - Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality, AT&T

Conversations With Dez - talking with Val Bercovici, Founder & CEO - Chainkit

I caught up with Val Bercovici, Founder & CEO at Chainkit, a Software-as-a-Service company that builds cyber security solutions, with a corporate mission to eliminate blind spots in cyber security and data privacy. In this show we discuss the every present and increasingly mission critical topics of Cybersecurity, Cyber war, and the over arching theme of Cyber crime in today's increasingly digital and "always on" / "always connected" modern world, with the added challenge of a global population challenged with living through a global pandemic in the corm of the COVID19 novel derivative of coronavirus. We kick off with a fun introduction to Val and his early life and inspirations, through to his academic and career path which lead him to this amazing challenge to build and run a business which aims to help solve what for want of a better description is ( as we discuss on this show ) a "digital World War 3". Val also gives us great insights as to why the war against Cyber Crime and Cyber Security requires thinking akin to Playing Chess with a strategic approach rather than playing Checkers in reaction mode. We also discuss the emergence of what are in effect now Military-Grade Cyber Weapons being used more often than not by "state actors" as well as highly organised professional cyber criminals and cyber crime organisations - hacking is a well oiled business now, it's no longer the realm of "script kiddies" and bulletin board modem dialup phreakers. Val shares his thoughts around why we’re seeing unprecedented growth in Cyber Attack headlines over the past few years, and in particular what’s changed to bring this about. In keeping with the great Chess vs Checkers analogy, Val also covers why he and his team recommends CxO's need to thin like a Cyber General, that is Play chess, anticipate adversarial counter-measures (i.e. to address the reportedly now %39 undetected attacks) to prepare / react. I also ask Val for his thoughts on where we are head and his recommendations regarding "next Steps", in particular around the likes of Audit Trails, why they are the lifeblood of any modern Cyber Defence strategy & solution, knowing that still today, most organisations unfortunately only have event logs to fall back on. And we wrap up with Val's "over the horizon" views on what's coming over the next 12 to 18 months, what big topics organisations need to be discussing today in board rooms, what actionable takeaways they can immediately consider putting in place, as Val's view is: "The Future is already here, but unevenly distributed. We saw this with income gaps pre-COVID19 and now with business growth OR failure in the coronavirus era. InfoSec maturity will play out the same way. Companies that don’t evolve their InfoSec rapidly to the reality of COVID and associated Cyber Risk, simply won’t survive (due to Ransomware + Cyber Insurance financial pressures)." Val's very much of the view that these are national economic and international security priorities right now, which will foster public-private sector partnerships for the likes of: 1. Increased national Cyber Warfare (defensive & offensive) investment & transparency 2. New government cyber policy/regulation (that transparency part) and 3. More direct law enforcement coordination with the business sector and their insurers. Tune in now for all of these amazing topics and more, and enjoy a great fireside chat with one of the most innovative thinkers in the world of cyber security, and indeed on of the leading forces in thought leadership in the war against cyber crime. This podcast was made in partnership with Chainkit. For more information please visit: - Chainkit website: https://bit.ly/chainkit-homepage - Chainkit on LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/chainkit-linkedin - Chainkit on Twitter: https://bit.ly/chainkit-twitter - Chainkit on YouTube: https://bit.ly/chainkit-youtube #sponsored #chainkitinfluencer .

58 MINJUN 24
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Val Bercovici, Founder & CEO - Chainkit

Conversations With Dez - with Lisa Spelman, VP & GM Xeon Products & Data Center Marketing, Intel

I caught up with Lisa Spelman, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Xeon Products and Data Centre Marketing at Intel Corp. to talk about her her role at Intel, current trends and the latest product announcements from Intel. Lisa is corporate vice president in the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the Xeon and Memory Group at Intel Corporation. She leads the end-to-end product planning, management, support, marketing and roadmap ownership of Intel Xeon processors. She also leads those same functions and the engineering for Intel Optane Persistent Memory. Additionally, her organisation’s responsibilities span strategy and technology across our Xeon platforms. In this show we talk about: - Updates from Intel’s response and investments related to COVID-19 - Intel’s latest news from the Data Platform Group - Accelerating Analytics, the journey from the Core to Cloud and the Edge - Solutions, Software & Customer insights - And what’s look into AI and Analytics in the next decade We talk about Intel’s response to this global pandemic outside the business, from financial contributions to community projects, staff lead initiatives, through to opening up your portfolio of intellectual property to researchers in the battle against COVID-19. We discuss a range of the data-centric infrastructure and the investments Intel is making to help customers overcome the fundamental challenge and opportunity that data represents, and why is it important for enterprises to think about their data strategies from cloud to the edge. Lisa introduces us to Intel’s newly announced 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable processors, and how it has benefitted from a pedigree spanning a couple of decades as well as leading the market, and how Intel is building on-chip features we’ve historically had to add to server platforms to enable AI functionality, in particular Machine Learning. We also delve into how Intel’s 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable have been tailored to address today’s demanding analytics and AI workloads, and how Intel has fortified their 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable processor instruction set to fundamentally accelerate AI workloads. Also discussed is how the AI market requires many different solutions, and that FPGAs are another ingredient which makes sense depending on where you are on your AI journey, for those who ready to accelerate their workloads, but require flexibility to adapt to changing models, FPGAs are an excellent choice. We discuss a number of key trends and topics around Edge Computing, and why the edge is demanding more and more compute closer to where data is being created and consumed, driving a new wave of multifunction, compute hungry devices. Some key points included challenges to: - Reduce application latency - Improve quality of experience - Optimise total cost of ownership - Comply with data locality requirements Lisa also speaks about how their strategy is to enable the broadest ecosystem in the industry by giving developers a wide variety of tools, languages and frameworks on which to build, for the likes of both open source programs like Linux and Apache Spark, ISV-delivered software like Oracle or SAP, and direct customer enabling as they do with cloud providers like Microsoft or Alibaba - for example Intel has thousands of engineers working across the ecosystem to equip, train and enable developers to optimise solutions on our hardware. We close with me asking Lisa what do she thinks is coming over the horizon for AI & Analytics over the next decade and what should key business and technology decision makes be talking about now to prepare for tomorrow? Tune in now for all of these amazing topics and more. This podcast was made in partnership with Intel. For more information please visit: - Intel Atom P processors: https://intel.ly/3aNHDqS - Intel Xeon Scalable processors: https://intel.ly/2wNTV3Q - 5G Technology Overview: https://intel.ly/39NfMHb #sponsored #intelinfluencer .

41 MINJUN 19
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Conversations With Dez - with Lisa Spelman, VP & GM Xeon Products & Data Center Marketing, Intel

Conversations With Dez - talking with Zee Hussain (AT&T Business) & Patrick Hale (VITAS Healthcare)

I had the pleasure of catching up with both Zee Hussain, Senior Vice President of Global Business, across Finance, Healthcare, Sports & Entertainment and Industry Solutions at AT&T Business and Patrick Hale Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer at VITAS Healthcare, to talk about the launch of the AT&T and VITAS Healthcare Virtual Reality Study for Hospice Patients. Zee is responsible for leading the enterprise sales teams focused on bringing AT&T products, services and industry specific sales plays to customers in Finance and Healthcare, and in all other industries headquartered in the eastern U.S. Patrick oversees all aspects of large-scale IT operations for Vitas Healthcare, and has over two decades of experience spanning multiple business verticals, including healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, retail and government. AT&T and VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, have launched a study that intends to combine 5G with virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) to test if it can help reduce chronic pain and anxiety for certain hospice patients. The study aims to assess a potential alternative therapy that is easier for caregivers to implement at a time and place that makes the patient most comfortable during this most difficult time. In this conversation we start with Zee let’s start with Zee Hussain giving us an update on how new & emerging technologies like 5G are opening up across the likes of the Financial Services Industry ( FSI ), Sports & Entertainment. We also discuss key topics around how specifically at Healthcare, and where are the biggest Digital & Mobile Transformation opportunities right now within the Healthcare industry. Patrick Hale also provides us, from his point of view as a CIO, what impact technology has had within VITAS over the last 5 years, in particular with patience experience. We're treated to some great insights from Zee around what lead to the opportunity for this collaboration, and what the actual VR Trial, it’s business & technical aims / goals etc were from the outset. Also shared, by Patric, is how the collaboration with AT&T Business came about - i.e. were VITAS already looking into VR technology prior to this collaboration with AT&T, what brought this 'match made in Heaven' about?". With his very unique position in that he literally live with his finger on the pulse every day around this space, Zee shares his views on where he sees the future of Digital Health evolving from a Service Providers point of view. I also ask Patrick what he sees as the larger potential for 5G at VITAS or in healthcare in general - for example how 5G will change the way clinicians treat patients - and does he envision 5G enabling a more mobile workforce. We wrap up with medium to long term views from my guests, regarding their views on upcoming trends, challenges, opportunities, key topics organisations should be talking about now from their Board rooms at strategy level all they way down to day to day operations, key things businesses should be actioning now, i.e. “orgs should be gearing up to have a 5G Strategy in place and be running PoC’s in 2020 and much more.

56 MINJUN 11
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Zee Hussain (AT&T Business) & Patrick Hale (VITAS Healthcare)

Conversations With Dez - featuring Stuart McIrvine, Director, Product Management, Broadcom

I had the pleasure of catching up once again with Stuart McIrvine, Director, Product Management for Mainframe Security and Compliance; Mainframe Database Tools at Broadcom. This is Stuart’s second guest appearance on the show. I also had the pleasure of catching up with Stuart recently in Pittsburg at the SHARE Mainframe user group event in America. If you have’t seen that interview please do tune in & check it out after you’ve listened to this podcast at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL6j92qLcpM In his role as Director, Product Management for Mainframe Security and Compliance; Mainframe Database Tools at Broadcom, Stuart is responsible for leading the offering teams managing Security and Compliance as well as Database Tools; developing and leading strategy to ensure products meet customers’ needs and have competitive edge in the marketplace. In this show, we discuss the latest news & updates from his team and the Broadcom Mainframes division - in particula...

72 MINMAY 27
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Conversations With Dez - featuring Stuart McIrvine, Director, Product Management, Broadcom

Conversations With Dez - talking with Janet Giesen - VP of Operations and Programs, Metallic

Dez Blanchfield gets up close & personal with Janet Giesen, Vice President of Operations and Programs for Metallic, a Commvault venture, to talk about SaaS Data Protection and considerations for remote workers. This conversation begins with a quick 30,000 foot point of view introduction to Metallic, what it is, where it fits with data protection & what drove the decision for Commvault to develop & launch Metallic. Also covered are the three key market focused offerings Metallic was launched with, and insights into why those three initial service offerings in particular, which included: 1 - Metallic Office 365 Backup & Recovery, to protect SaaS office automation tools & data 2 - Metallic Core Backup & Recovery, focused on Virtual Machines & their data 3 - Metallic Endpoint Backup & Recovery, focused on laptop & desktop backups Janet outlines their strategy regarding the global roll out, from Metallic initially being launched within the American market in the USA, and which regions wi...

53 MINMAY 5
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Janet Giesen - VP of Operations and Programs, Metallic

Latest Episodes

Conversations With Dez - talking with Rod Cruz, GM Healthcare Solutions, AT&T Business

I caught up with Rod Cruz, General Manager, Healthcare Solutions, at AT&T, to talk about Consumerism in Healthcare, Digital Health technology & the Patient Experience, the Connected Ambulance with combined FirstNet, 5G and IoMT, and more. Rod is no stranger to the show, in fact it was exactly one year since Rod was last on the show, and we had almost a quarter of a million listeners tune in to hear Rod's insights and updates. More recently I caught up with Rod on camera at the 2019 AT&T Business Summit event in Dallas. We kick off this conversation with a high-level 30,000 foot industry update on the state of 5G and Healthcare, in particular some of the success AT&T have had in this space through 2018 and 2019 leading up to 2020. We then dive into more detail around some of the examples I’ve seen over the last year or two which really piqued my interest and certainly the interest of my listeners - we start with FirstNet, the background to it, and how AT&T went about successfully deploying a world leading emergency services network in what appeared to me to be record time. Also discussed is the amazing work around connected hospitals, and in particular, something I’m a big fan of, what AT&T are doing around the Connected Ambulance solution, we talk about how that project came about, and how AT&T go about putting 5G into one of the most challenging working environments imaginable and how FirstNet is the foundation for this amazing solution. We also talk about Digital Health which we all hear a lot of recently in the media, a huge focus area for Rod and his team at AT&T Business, Rod outlines what Digital Health means to AT&T Business and gives us a wonderful overview of what's happening in this space in the Healthcare industry and a range of insights into the latest trends. Rod shares insights into some of the early wins for AT&T clients as Rod and hist team work with them to design & implement Digital Health solutions. We talk about the ever present challenge to improve the Patience Experience, and examples of where the use of the likes of 5G, IoMT and Digital Health technologies to enable Healthcare service providers to leverage the capabilities of AT&T Business to improve Patient Experience. And we also cover a range of topics around the impact of going Digital, where especially in Healthcare, digital means data, which means an increased need for attention to Cybersecurity, and how AT&T Business is helping Healthcare organisations address this heady challenge. Tune in now for all of these amazing topics and more. This podcast was made in partnership with AT&T Business. For more information please visit: https://bit.ly/attbusinesshealthcare #sponsored #attinfluencer .

56 MIN2 w ago
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Rod Cruz, GM Healthcare Solutions, AT&T Business

Conversations With Dez - talking with Manoj Nair, General Manager, Metallic

I caught up with Manoj Nair, General Manager, Metallic, to talk about his role at Metallic, what a day in the life of the GM of Metallic entails, and some of the latest trends and insights from the great work he and his team at Metallic are doing with partners and customers in the world of software-as-a-service (SaaS) data protection and more. In this wonderful conversation, Manoj introduces us to the Commvault / Microsoft Expanded Partnership and walks us through the details of the announcement and how it plays into the powerful combination of metallic & azure storage. In particular we discussed the exciting announcement of a Commvault And Microsoft partnership to deliver new partner opportunities With Metallic SaaS plus Microsoft Azure, to deliver ultimate scale and trusted security with simple SaaS management As an avid foodie with a Master of Computer Science degree from Clemson University, Manoj knows you need more than a recipe for success; it requires vision, creativity, experience working the line, and an unstoppable drive to succeed. With an appetite and passion for creating cloud solutions, he and our nimbly driven Metallic team are focused on accelerating the innovation and growth of Commvault’s Software as a Service (SaaS) business. The former CEO and Co-Founder of HyperGrid, Manoj has served up cloud and security offerings for HPE, EMC, VMware and RSA, and holds more than 12 information management and security patents. Manoj shares a number of highlights around the journey Metallic has enjoyed since it was was established as a Commvault venture to bring next-generation software-as-a-service (SaaS) data protection to the market, delivering Commvault’s powerful core technology simply through the cloud. He also shares insights into the strengths Metallic offers and how together with its partners, Metallic offers a growing portfolio of SaaS backup and recovery solutions to help today’s companies keep their data protected, compliant and safe from deletion, corruption and attack. Tune in now for all of these amazing topics and more. This podcast was made in partnership with Commvault. For more information please visit: Commvault/Microsoft partnership announcement: https://bit.ly/commvault-microsoft-partnership Metallic website: https://bit.ly/metallic-website Microsoft Office 365 backup: https://bit.ly/metallic-office-365-backup-and-recovery Metallic offering via Azure Marketplace: https://bit.ly/metallic-on-azure-marketplace #sponsored #commvaultinfluencer .

33 MIN3 w ago
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Manoj Nair, General Manager, Metallic

Conversations With Dez - talking with Dr. Emma Fauss, co-founder & CEO, Medical Informatics Corp

I caught up with Dr. Emma Fauss, co-founder & CEO of Medical Informatics Corp. (MIC), to talk about her her role at MIC, their business and it's relationship with Intel, and the amazing work both MIC and Intel have done in response to the COVID19 global pandemic to help hospitals cope with challenges related to the pandemic which most have never had to deal with till now. Emma Fauss is an engineer, researcher and entrepreneur - she is the co-founder and CEO of Medical Informatics Corp. and a Rice Alliance and DFJ Mercury Venture Fellow. She completed a BE degree in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union, her PhD from the University of Virginia in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and her MBA from Rice University with a concentration in healthcare. Emma also consults with early-stage entrepreneurs within the Texas Medical Center, as well as Rice University on business strategies and, as an advisor with the MIT Enterprise Forum, consults on biotechnology, nanotechnology, and ri...

51 MINJUL 17
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Dr. Emma Fauss, co-founder & CEO, Medical Informatics Corp

Conversations With Dez - with Chip Mason & Mary Ann Furno, talking about Mainframe Security

I recently caught up with Chip Mason (Lead, Mainframe Security Product Management) & Mary Ann Furno (Offering Manager, Mainframe Security) from the Mainframe Division of Broadcom, to talk about the latest news, trends, insights and solutions around Mainframe Security, Education, and the drive to deliver more agile and integrated DevOps and Continuous Development / Continuous Integration (CI/CD) solutions. We kicked off with why and how to build adaptable, modern security to fit into an ever-changing world, to meet the increasingly complex, hybrid IT infrastructure demands an adaptable, enterprise-wide security strategy. In particular around where digital transformation integrates business operations across the enterprise, and why integration requires a more complex, hybrid IT structure and leverages all platforms in the infrastructure. We delve into how complex IT opens new threat vectors and requires a security strategy that is adaptable but not chaotic, and that today’s risks are driven by the latest technologies – i.e. how to modernise security to match, specifically how transformation of various forms has created a connected mainframe driving new threat vectors that need a modern security approach and tools. Chip and Mary Anne share key insights around the challenge of tracking what are privileged users doing and how to answer questions like “Have I identified all of the PII?” and “What insider threats exist?”, and the challenge of reevaluating and modernising mainframe security can deliver a savings in time and a reduction in risk. Also discussed is the top of how building skills and automation help make your security more strategic, efficient, and deliver greater business value, in particular around the issues related to automating routine, simple tasks enables security staff to focus on higher-value activities, and how shifting away from security “firefighting” affords time to implement capabilities that mitigate larger security risks. Another mission critical topic discussed is that cybersecurity automation, and how it helps organisations address the shortage of skilled security workers and supports less-experienced staff with best practices, and that modernising security across all systems minimises risk and simplifies audit and compliance, and that skills are a critical factor in eliminating risk and ensuring compliance We also talk about where Broadcom invests in customer success and helps organisations up-skill, to develop & build skills based on the experience and mentorship of others to deliver the ultimate in training, and build skills and experience simultaneously with the Broadcom Mainframe Vitality Program. And we delve into what Broadcom’s portfolio offers and what the team from the Broadcom Mainframe devision can do to help ensure the issues above are addressed and that your security strategy is competitive and strong - specifically around the challenge to reduce risk with a comprehensive modern mainframe strategy, while securing the world’s most securable platform involves more than simply setting a few IDs, and how organisation can advance their mainframe protection with modern security capabilities built for all three ESMs – ACF2, Top Secret, and RACF, and conduct an automated mainframe security health check. Tune in now for all of these amazing topics and more. This podcast was made in partnership with the Mainframe division of Broadcom. For more information please visit: - http://j.mp/BroadcomMainframe For a free MRI Security Essentials assessment today visit: - https://bit.ly/broadcommritrial .

73 MINJUL 14
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Conversations With Dez - with Chip Mason & Mary Ann Furno, talking about Mainframe Security

Conversations With Dez - Erin Rohlfs, Solutions Architect - Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality, AT&T

I recently caught up with Erin Rohlfs, a Industry Solutions Architect for Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality for AT&T Business at the 2020 National Retail Federation (NRF ) "BIG Show" on Manhattan island in New York City, New York, in the USA, to get the latest news and updates, trends and insights around Retail, Resturant and Hospitality markets and industry segments, and what AT&T Business has on show at NRF 2020 in NYC. In this conversation Erin and I discuss: + Product Availability and the impact of technologies such as IoT, Mixed Reality, i.e. AR/VR & Digital Experience + Shopper Convenience and the the role things like Efficiency, Convenience, Lifestyle & Service play + Immersive Marketing including Digital Signage & Proximity Marketing and how these are changing the face of Retail + Customer Insights and where new and emerging technologies such as 5G, Analytics, Customer Sentiment, and Data Driven Decisions are having Erin shared her views and experience around the increasing c...

25 MINJUL 11
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Conversations With Dez - Erin Rohlfs, Solutions Architect - Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality, AT&T

Conversations With Dez - talking with Val Bercovici, Founder & CEO - Chainkit

I caught up with Val Bercovici, Founder & CEO at Chainkit, a Software-as-a-Service company that builds cyber security solutions, with a corporate mission to eliminate blind spots in cyber security and data privacy. In this show we discuss the every present and increasingly mission critical topics of Cybersecurity, Cyber war, and the over arching theme of Cyber crime in today's increasingly digital and "always on" / "always connected" modern world, with the added challenge of a global population challenged with living through a global pandemic in the corm of the COVID19 novel derivative of coronavirus. We kick off with a fun introduction to Val and his early life and inspirations, through to his academic and career path which lead him to this amazing challenge to build and run a business which aims to help solve what for want of a better description is ( as we discuss on this show ) a "digital World War 3". Val also gives us great insights as to why the war against Cyber Crime and Cyber Security requires thinking akin to Playing Chess with a strategic approach rather than playing Checkers in reaction mode. We also discuss the emergence of what are in effect now Military-Grade Cyber Weapons being used more often than not by "state actors" as well as highly organised professional cyber criminals and cyber crime organisations - hacking is a well oiled business now, it's no longer the realm of "script kiddies" and bulletin board modem dialup phreakers. Val shares his thoughts around why we’re seeing unprecedented growth in Cyber Attack headlines over the past few years, and in particular what’s changed to bring this about. In keeping with the great Chess vs Checkers analogy, Val also covers why he and his team recommends CxO's need to thin like a Cyber General, that is Play chess, anticipate adversarial counter-measures (i.e. to address the reportedly now %39 undetected attacks) to prepare / react. I also ask Val for his thoughts on where we are head and his recommendations regarding "next Steps", in particular around the likes of Audit Trails, why they are the lifeblood of any modern Cyber Defence strategy & solution, knowing that still today, most organisations unfortunately only have event logs to fall back on. And we wrap up with Val's "over the horizon" views on what's coming over the next 12 to 18 months, what big topics organisations need to be discussing today in board rooms, what actionable takeaways they can immediately consider putting in place, as Val's view is: "The Future is already here, but unevenly distributed. We saw this with income gaps pre-COVID19 and now with business growth OR failure in the coronavirus era. InfoSec maturity will play out the same way. Companies that don’t evolve their InfoSec rapidly to the reality of COVID and associated Cyber Risk, simply won’t survive (due to Ransomware + Cyber Insurance financial pressures)." Val's very much of the view that these are national economic and international security priorities right now, which will foster public-private sector partnerships for the likes of: 1. Increased national Cyber Warfare (defensive & offensive) investment & transparency 2. New government cyber policy/regulation (that transparency part) and 3. More direct law enforcement coordination with the business sector and their insurers. Tune in now for all of these amazing topics and more, and enjoy a great fireside chat with one of the most innovative thinkers in the world of cyber security, and indeed on of the leading forces in thought leadership in the war against cyber crime. This podcast was made in partnership with Chainkit. For more information please visit: - Chainkit website: https://bit.ly/chainkit-homepage - Chainkit on LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/chainkit-linkedin - Chainkit on Twitter: https://bit.ly/chainkit-twitter - Chainkit on YouTube: https://bit.ly/chainkit-youtube #sponsored #chainkitinfluencer .

58 MINJUN 24
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Val Bercovici, Founder & CEO - Chainkit

Conversations With Dez - with Lisa Spelman, VP & GM Xeon Products & Data Center Marketing, Intel

I caught up with Lisa Spelman, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Xeon Products and Data Centre Marketing at Intel Corp. to talk about her her role at Intel, current trends and the latest product announcements from Intel. Lisa is corporate vice president in the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the Xeon and Memory Group at Intel Corporation. She leads the end-to-end product planning, management, support, marketing and roadmap ownership of Intel Xeon processors. She also leads those same functions and the engineering for Intel Optane Persistent Memory. Additionally, her organisation’s responsibilities span strategy and technology across our Xeon platforms. In this show we talk about: - Updates from Intel’s response and investments related to COVID-19 - Intel’s latest news from the Data Platform Group - Accelerating Analytics, the journey from the Core to Cloud and the Edge - Solutions, Software & Customer insights - And what’s look into AI and Analytics in the next decade We talk about Intel’s response to this global pandemic outside the business, from financial contributions to community projects, staff lead initiatives, through to opening up your portfolio of intellectual property to researchers in the battle against COVID-19. We discuss a range of the data-centric infrastructure and the investments Intel is making to help customers overcome the fundamental challenge and opportunity that data represents, and why is it important for enterprises to think about their data strategies from cloud to the edge. Lisa introduces us to Intel’s newly announced 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable processors, and how it has benefitted from a pedigree spanning a couple of decades as well as leading the market, and how Intel is building on-chip features we’ve historically had to add to server platforms to enable AI functionality, in particular Machine Learning. We also delve into how Intel’s 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable have been tailored to address today’s demanding analytics and AI workloads, and how Intel has fortified their 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable processor instruction set to fundamentally accelerate AI workloads. Also discussed is how the AI market requires many different solutions, and that FPGAs are another ingredient which makes sense depending on where you are on your AI journey, for those who ready to accelerate their workloads, but require flexibility to adapt to changing models, FPGAs are an excellent choice. We discuss a number of key trends and topics around Edge Computing, and why the edge is demanding more and more compute closer to where data is being created and consumed, driving a new wave of multifunction, compute hungry devices. Some key points included challenges to: - Reduce application latency - Improve quality of experience - Optimise total cost of ownership - Comply with data locality requirements Lisa also speaks about how their strategy is to enable the broadest ecosystem in the industry by giving developers a wide variety of tools, languages and frameworks on which to build, for the likes of both open source programs like Linux and Apache Spark, ISV-delivered software like Oracle or SAP, and direct customer enabling as they do with cloud providers like Microsoft or Alibaba - for example Intel has thousands of engineers working across the ecosystem to equip, train and enable developers to optimise solutions on our hardware. We close with me asking Lisa what do she thinks is coming over the horizon for AI & Analytics over the next decade and what should key business and technology decision makes be talking about now to prepare for tomorrow? Tune in now for all of these amazing topics and more. This podcast was made in partnership with Intel. For more information please visit: - Intel Atom P processors: https://intel.ly/3aNHDqS - Intel Xeon Scalable processors: https://intel.ly/2wNTV3Q - 5G Technology Overview: https://intel.ly/39NfMHb #sponsored #intelinfluencer .

41 MINJUN 19
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Conversations With Dez - with Lisa Spelman, VP & GM Xeon Products & Data Center Marketing, Intel

Conversations With Dez - talking with Zee Hussain (AT&T Business) & Patrick Hale (VITAS Healthcare)

I had the pleasure of catching up with both Zee Hussain, Senior Vice President of Global Business, across Finance, Healthcare, Sports & Entertainment and Industry Solutions at AT&T Business and Patrick Hale Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer at VITAS Healthcare, to talk about the launch of the AT&T and VITAS Healthcare Virtual Reality Study for Hospice Patients. Zee is responsible for leading the enterprise sales teams focused on bringing AT&T products, services and industry specific sales plays to customers in Finance and Healthcare, and in all other industries headquartered in the eastern U.S. Patrick oversees all aspects of large-scale IT operations for Vitas Healthcare, and has over two decades of experience spanning multiple business verticals, including healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, retail and government. AT&T and VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care, have launched a study that intends to combine 5G with virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) to test if it can help reduce chronic pain and anxiety for certain hospice patients. The study aims to assess a potential alternative therapy that is easier for caregivers to implement at a time and place that makes the patient most comfortable during this most difficult time. In this conversation we start with Zee let’s start with Zee Hussain giving us an update on how new & emerging technologies like 5G are opening up across the likes of the Financial Services Industry ( FSI ), Sports & Entertainment. We also discuss key topics around how specifically at Healthcare, and where are the biggest Digital & Mobile Transformation opportunities right now within the Healthcare industry. Patrick Hale also provides us, from his point of view as a CIO, what impact technology has had within VITAS over the last 5 years, in particular with patience experience. We're treated to some great insights from Zee around what lead to the opportunity for this collaboration, and what the actual VR Trial, it’s business & technical aims / goals etc were from the outset. Also shared, by Patric, is how the collaboration with AT&T Business came about - i.e. were VITAS already looking into VR technology prior to this collaboration with AT&T, what brought this 'match made in Heaven' about?". With his very unique position in that he literally live with his finger on the pulse every day around this space, Zee shares his views on where he sees the future of Digital Health evolving from a Service Providers point of view. I also ask Patrick what he sees as the larger potential for 5G at VITAS or in healthcare in general - for example how 5G will change the way clinicians treat patients - and does he envision 5G enabling a more mobile workforce. We wrap up with medium to long term views from my guests, regarding their views on upcoming trends, challenges, opportunities, key topics organisations should be talking about now from their Board rooms at strategy level all they way down to day to day operations, key things businesses should be actioning now, i.e. “orgs should be gearing up to have a 5G Strategy in place and be running PoC’s in 2020 and much more.

56 MINJUN 11
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Zee Hussain (AT&T Business) & Patrick Hale (VITAS Healthcare)

Conversations With Dez - featuring Stuart McIrvine, Director, Product Management, Broadcom

I had the pleasure of catching up once again with Stuart McIrvine, Director, Product Management for Mainframe Security and Compliance; Mainframe Database Tools at Broadcom. This is Stuart’s second guest appearance on the show. I also had the pleasure of catching up with Stuart recently in Pittsburg at the SHARE Mainframe user group event in America. If you have’t seen that interview please do tune in & check it out after you’ve listened to this podcast at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL6j92qLcpM In his role as Director, Product Management for Mainframe Security and Compliance; Mainframe Database Tools at Broadcom, Stuart is responsible for leading the offering teams managing Security and Compliance as well as Database Tools; developing and leading strategy to ensure products meet customers’ needs and have competitive edge in the marketplace. In this show, we discuss the latest news & updates from his team and the Broadcom Mainframes division - in particula...

72 MINMAY 27
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Conversations With Dez - featuring Stuart McIrvine, Director, Product Management, Broadcom

Conversations With Dez - talking with Janet Giesen - VP of Operations and Programs, Metallic

Dez Blanchfield gets up close & personal with Janet Giesen, Vice President of Operations and Programs for Metallic, a Commvault venture, to talk about SaaS Data Protection and considerations for remote workers. This conversation begins with a quick 30,000 foot point of view introduction to Metallic, what it is, where it fits with data protection & what drove the decision for Commvault to develop & launch Metallic. Also covered are the three key market focused offerings Metallic was launched with, and insights into why those three initial service offerings in particular, which included: 1 - Metallic Office 365 Backup & Recovery, to protect SaaS office automation tools & data 2 - Metallic Core Backup & Recovery, focused on Virtual Machines & their data 3 - Metallic Endpoint Backup & Recovery, focused on laptop & desktop backups Janet outlines their strategy regarding the global roll out, from Metallic initially being launched within the American market in the USA, and which regions wi...

53 MINMAY 5
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Conversations With Dez - talking with Janet Giesen - VP of Operations and Programs, Metallic
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