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Connected Futures: A Cisco podcast exploring business innovation insights
31 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
Transforming the public sector, from cities to farms
Public sector innovations are powering a more inclusive future, from inner cities to rural farms. And Cisco's Marcus Moffett is helping to make it happen. The company's CTO for U.S. public sector, Moffett is committed to technology transformation in education, transportation, government, and public safety, while working to close the digital divide and create new opportunities. In a free-ranging discussion with Kevin Delaney, senior writer for Cisco's Strategy and Storytelling team, Moffett shares his vision for continuing innovation in the public sector - along with concrete solutions to its biggest challenges.
41 minutes | Jan 31, 2020
The promise of AI
For Joseph Bradley, artificial intelligence has the potential to support an Inclusive Future, in which opportunity, education, and equality touch even the most disadvantaged people on the planet. But Bradley, Cisco's global vice president of IoT, blockchain, AI, and incubation businesses, is also quick to share his concerns. The author of Questioneering: the New Model for Innovative Leaders in the Digital Age, he fears the unconscious bias that can be programed into AI. Along with the upheavals that will result if we don't properly retrain workers for a world in which AI assumes more and tasks. In a free-ranging interview with Kevin Delaney - senior writer for Cisco's strategy and Storytelling team - Bradley shares concrete advice for business leaders and society as a whole. To ensure that we successfully navigate the profound changes that the next wave of technology change will bring.
39 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
Meeting the security threats of 2020
Cisco's Bret Hartman shares key strategies for thwarting cyberthreats in the coming year Bret Hartman has been in cybersecurity since he was a young Air Force lieutenant. Followed by stints at the NSA, IBM, and EMC. Along the way he's seen the focus of shift from hardware to cloud and on to machine learning and AI. But Hartman, who is vice president and CTO of Cisco's security business group, never lost sight of the importance of human creativity and collaboration in security - as new innovations arise from hackers and defenders alike. In a free-ranging podcast interview with Kevin Delaney - senior writer for Cisco's Strategy and Storytelling team - Bret shares some of his warnings, predictions, and, above all, best practices for cybersecurity in 2020. Along with insights into the innovative products and solutions in Cisco's portfolio.
23 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
The Wireless World of Industry 4.0
Manufacturing has made astonishing progress in recent decades. But there are even greater changes to come, as the Internet itself undergoes its next level of transformation. 5g and WiFi 6 will be a big part of this, by fully enabling data-intensive manufacturing solutions like AI, virtual reality, advanced robotics, and predictive maintenance. The end result? Factories (and products!) that will be cleaner, safer, and more productive than ever before. In this podcast, Cisco’s Kevin Delaney chats with some top experts on next-gen wireless, and how it can enable the next leap forward in manufacturing: Todd Gurela, chief technology officer for Cisco’s Industry Solutions Group Chantal Polsonetti, vice president of Advisory Services for ARC Advisory David Vasko, director of advanced technologies at Rockwell Automation Dr. Jay Lee, a professor of advanced manufacturing at the University of Cincinnati Stephen Goodman, Cisco business development architect. Shaun Kirby, head of connected car product development at Cisco
23 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
A Wireless Revolution for the Smartest Cities
The next wave of urban transformation will incorporate technologies like AI, robotics, and advanced video analytics in exciting new ways. But such data-intensive solutions demand a new dimension in wireless connectivity. In this podcast, Cisco's Kevin Delaney explores what the experts are saying about the promise of 5G and WiFi 6 to meet the those demands. While helping to create cities that are cleaner, safer, and a whole lot smarter. With: • Bas Boorsma, authorand managing director of Cities Today • Gordon Feller, co-founder of Meeting of the Minds • Brenda Germundson of Cisco's global public sector group • Shaun Kirby, head of connected car product management at Cisco • Craig Mathias, principal of Farpoint Group • Derek Peterson, BoingoWireless CTO • Simon Young of Cisco's IoT, energy and transportation group • Louis Zacharilla, an author and co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum
23 minutes | Jun 25, 2019
Making the Business Case for Rural 5G
A Cisco-led effort is proving 5G's potential to create value in even the most remote places. Many rural locations are abundant in resources and creative drive. Yet a lack of connectivity holds them back. An initiative called 5G RuralFirstis trying to change all that. Spearheaded by Cisco and principal partner the University of Strathclyde, it's showcasing 5G's ability to connect the unconnected and spur growth in even the most remote places - and everything from salmon farms and renewable energy in northern Scotland's Orkney Islands to farms in the southern UK are reaping the benefits. In this podcast, Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney speaks with some of the key players in the 5G RuralFirst consortium - about their successes, challenges, and best practices for leveraging 5G's superior speed, bandwidth, and range. Featuring: Nick Chrissos, head of innovation technology, Cisco UK and Ireland Shona Croy, strategic advisor for renewables and connectivity, Orkney Islands Council. Greig Paul, lead mobile networks and security engineer, University of Strathclyde Stephen Speirs, Cisco data center and cloud services advanced services product management Greg Whitton, managing director, CloudNet IT services
44 minutes | Jun 4, 2019
Cracking the Digital Transformation Code
Author James Macaulay shares winning strategies for executing business transformation We all talk about being agile, adaptable, and comfortable with change. But in an age when disruption is relentless and the need for transformation seemingly perpetual, few organizations are managing change effectively. James Macaulay is coauthor of Orchestrating Transformation: How To Deliver Winning Performance with a Connected Approach to Change. And he has some key answers: As to how change itself is changing in the digital age, and how strategies for managing it are falling short. In this podcast, Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney chats with James - who also leads Cisco's Customer Transformation Team - about how leaders can bring true harmony to digital business transformation.
37 minutes | Apr 9, 2019
Revolutionizing the Live Concert Experience
If you've have an unforgettable experience at a big concert or music festival this year, there's a pretty good chance that Matt Clair helped to make it happen. The CIO of Clair Global, Matt is in the third generation of a family business that has been revolutionizing the concert experience since the 1960s. But back when Matt's grandfather and grand-uncle were innovating live sound for the likes of Cream and Blood, Sweat, and Tears, they could not have envisioned the challenges and opportunities of the digital age. In this podcast Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney chats with Matt Clair about his family's history of fast innovation - and their continuing quest to perfect the live music experience.
30 minutes | Feb 27, 2019
The Perfect Meeting: It's Not Just a Myth
We've all suffered through ponderous, aimless, time sucking meetings. Meetings that were ill-planned, included the wrong people, and were dominated by the loudest voice in the room. And yet, meetings are more critical than ever. If you get them right, they're the key to collaboration, innovation, and the kind of shared vision that can lead to true success, not to mention happier workers. So, just where are meetings going wrong? In this podcast, Kevin Delaney, executive editor of Connected Futures, speaks with Steven Rogelberg, author of The Surprising Science of Meetings: How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance. Rogelberg has some serious answers: as to why meetings are broken, and what business leaders can do to make them effective, inclusive, and, just maybe, fun.
25 minutes | Dec 19, 2018
Integrate, Prepare, and Measure: Thwarting Cyberattacks in 2019
Cisco's Chief Security Officer shares his top-of-mind concerns for the coming year. As Cisco's chief security and trust officer, John Stewart has a unique perspective on global trends in security - what the bad actors are developing and how smart companies can stop them. By integrating security into the very fabric of their cultures; preparing for attacks, whether by stopping them before they cause trouble or minimizing them once they do; and measuring progress along the way. In this podcast, John speaks with Kevin Delaney, Connected Futures' executive editor. It's a free-ranging, year-end discussion about the complex technical, societal, and regulatory trends that business leaders will face in 2019. And what they can do to make cybersecurity part of a winning strategy for the whole organization.
19 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
From Megacities to Remote Villages, Africa Shows How Public WiFi Can Serve as a Cornerstone for Developing Nations.
"I think this is just the beginning of a revolution in terms of what internet can do for society," said David Bunei, Cisco's country manager for East Africa. "The more we have low-cost devices that are able to access WiFi, the more we'll see society shifting economically as well as socially." Across the African continent, low-cost or free public WiFi services are playing a key role in bridging the digital divide - as tech giants and startups alike find innovative solutions for the unique challenges that Africa presents. Along the way, they are helping to jump start a far-reaching cultural and economic transformation. In this podcast, Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney speaks with a number of experts with hands-on experience connecting the unconnected in Africa, particularly through WiFi. Featuring: Kendall Ananyi, founder and CEO of Tizeti, which is building solar-powered WiFi towers in African countries. David Bunei, Cisco's country manager for East Africa Gordon Feller, founder of Meeting of the Minds, a knowledge-sharing platform for connected technologies and smart cities Erik Hersman, CEO of BRCK, a Nairobi-based startup that's bringing public WiFi to a number of African countries. Olakunle Oloruntimehin, general manager in Nigeria for Cisco, Steve Song, communications entrepreneur who has written extensively about connectivity in Africa
28 minutes | Nov 5, 2018
'A Low-Level, Perpetual' State of Cyberwar
Author David Sanger believes cyberweapons demand a wide range of new solutions - spanning businesses, governments, and innovators. Cyberweapons are cheap, stealthy, and powerful. They can launch a devastating Pearl Harbor level attack, knocking out power grids, government agencies, and financial institutions. Or they can cause more subtle disruptions, stealing information, influencing voters, or throwing off missile trajectories or nuclear bomb efforts. It's this flexibility that led David E. Sanger to call his new book, The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age. Sanger, who is also a New York Times national security correspondent whose teams have won two Pulitzer Prizes, believes that it's the more subtle "short of war" level attacks that will continue to confound political, business, and technology leaders. In this podcast, Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney chats with David about the often misunderstood potential of cyberweapons. And how we can better prepare for what he sees as a future of 'low-level, perpetual cyberconflict.'
36 minutes | Oct 24, 2018
A Strategic CIO, on Culture and Talent
"CIOs are being asked to step up our game," said Cisco CIO Guillermo Diaz Jr., "to be business liaisons, the bridge between the technology and business outcomes." To do that, however, demands sweeping culture change in IT - which Diaz calls the hardest part of digital transformation. A true strategic CIO, Diaz has been a driving force in Cisco's transformation from a hardware to a software and solutions company - by embracing and supporting emerging technologies and new business models. Equally important, he's maintained a laser focus on culture, talent, and expanding the skill sets of his teams, as they've forged a much closer alignment between IT and Cisco's Business. And he's accomplished all of that while being a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility. Recently, Diaz shared his enthusiasm for culture change - and deep knowledge of IT - before a packed hall at Gartner Symposium ITXPO in Orlando. Then, he met with Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney for a free-ranging one-on-one discussion - on the culture and talent issues that challenge all CIOs.
41 minutes | Oct 19, 2018
Driving Cybersecurity, from the CEO’s Office
For Steve Durbin, cybersecurity isn't just a tech issue. It's a business issue, a culture issue, and above all, a leadership issue. So no matter how effective your CIO or chief security officer, they're going to need help. From the board and the rest of the C-suite, especially the CEO. In this podcast Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney chats with Steve Durbin, the managing director of the Information Security Forum. It's a free-ranging discussion about what senior leadership teams can do to ensure growth and innovation at a time of ever-increasing cyberthreats.
27 minutes | Aug 30, 2018
Disrupting Education, for the Augmented Age
At a time when AI and machine learning stand poised to replace many rote human tasks, are schools and colleges preparing the workers of tomorrow? And are business leaders creating the enterprise cultures that will support continuous learning in a climate of constant disruption? In this podcast, Heather McGowan, a thought leader at the intersection of education, business, and technology, chats with Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney. About how the very foundations of learning need to be disrupted, for what she calls the Augmented Age - a time when human ingenuity, creativity and empathy will separate us from the machines.
49 minutes | Jul 27, 2018
Driving Your Own Disruption in a Dog-Eat-Dog Digital Market
A lot of talk about disruption is on the assumption that it's about negating negative forces where actually, quite often it's about leveraging the power of the newly possible to do things, which genuinely create game-changing results." So says Tom Goodwin, head of innovation at Zenith Media and author of author of Digital Darwinism: Survival of the Fittest in the Age of Business Disruption. The problem, Goodwin adds, is that too many companies are not sensing the newly possible, or making the tough choices that will set them up for future success. Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney sat with Tom recently for a free-ranging discussion on disruption, opportunity, and the hard decisions that many business leaders are avoiding.
21 minutes | Jun 26, 2018
Cyber Experts on the Ever-Expanding Cyberwar
The potential for a major cyberattack strikes fear in the hearts of business and technology leaders everywhere. But while things seem bad now, threats are increasing exponentially and the impact of new technologies like AI and machine learning are just beginning to be realized - for defenders and attackers alike. In this podcast, Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney speaks with some leading luminaries in the security space. For some great insights on how to prepare for today's cyberthreats - as well as tomorrow's. Featuring: Ryan Berg, chief scientist for Barkly Security Steve Durban, managing director, Information Security Forum Luci Lagrimas, director, Cisco Talos Matt Watchinski, senior director, Cisco Talos Sven Krasser, chief scientist at Crowdstrike
38 minutes | Jun 6, 2018
Estonia's 'E-Ambassador' on Smart Solutions for Citizens
Estonians are looking pretty smart these days. With 88 percent fast broadband penetration helping to fuel smart lighting, smart traffic, smart buildings and smart just about everything - they are setting what Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo called the gold standard for digital transformation in the public sector. But it's Estonia's secure, super-streamlined e-government solutions that are really getting noticed. This in a country that struggled to emerge from Soviet-era inefficiency in the 1990s. In this podcast, Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney chats with Anna Piperal, Estonia's "e-ambassador" - about a digital success story that continues to inspire the world.
35 minutes | May 7, 2018
A Futurist’s-Eye View on How Work Is Changing
“I don’t think that the end of routine means the end of jobs,” the futurist Gerd Leonhard stressed. “I think it just means the end of routine.” That means fundamentally human qualities like design, storytelling, creativity, and innovation will loom in importance. But business leaders still need to prepare for some major upheavals. Kevin Delaney, Connected Futures executive editor, chatted with Gerd about a world in which machines replace jobs — but, ultimately, won’t replace humans. A world that may be closer than you think.
29 minutes | Apr 16, 2018
How NASA’s Mission Control Keeps Cool in a Crisis
At Mission Control, Failure — and Panic — Are Not Options As a NASA flight director and director of mission operations, Paul Sean Hill managed some pretty dicey situations. Like the time in 1991 when a cooling-system failure imperiled the shuttle Discovery, demanding quick action that ran counter to many experts’ opinions. Along the way, Hill, author of Leadership, from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom, picked up some down-to-earth wisdom that would be valuable for any leader — in any industry. In this podcast, Kevin Delaney, Connected Futures executive editor, chats with Paul about how the “steely-eyed missile men” of NASA learn to stay cool in a crisis.
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