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51 minutes | 3 months ago
Season Two | Episode Two | Higher Education vs COVID-19 – Digital Poverty, Synchronous Teaching & Innovation
Over the last year many if not all sectors have had to make significant changes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The education sector has been very much at the forefront of this having to understand, adapt and move forward at an unprecedented pace, all while delivering global leading research to help the government in its response to the virus. Its not surprising that as a global leader the UK had been front and center in the news and media campaigns across the world. So in this episode of POD we will see if technology has helped or hindered the education sector over the last 12 months, the role it plays now and in the future for both staff and students and what the key challenges are for higher education institutions. We are delighted to be joined by Mark Bramwell (CIO -Saïd Business School, University of Oxford), Nigel Buckland (Associate Director – Leeds Beckett University), David Telford (Executive Director – University of Stirling) and Dax Scutt (Sales Manager for Higher Education – Phoenix)
32 minutes | 4 months ago
Season Two | Episode One | Spending Review 2020 – What does it all mean?
As we have all now seen, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak presented his ‘Spending Review 2020’ to Parliament on Wednesday 25 November 2020. While there were many announcements, such as billions or funding for COVID-19 support and £100 billion capital spending to drive the UK’s recovery and support jobs, it was the increase in funding to deliver stronger public services that we wanted to take a look at. The government has stated, “The Spending Review delivers on the government’s promises to support a high quality, resilient healthcare system, level up education standards, continue tackling crime to keep people safe and support local authorities in their efforts to serve local communities.” These improvements include a £6.3 billion cash increase in NHS spending as well as funding to invest in new diagnostic equipment, support training for the NHS workforce, refurbish and maintain infrastructure. There is also a £2.2 billion uplift for the core schools’ budget. In addition, the Spending Review will fund investment in Further Education and continue delivering opportunities for lifelong learning. There will be an additional £400 million to help recruit 20,000 additional police officers, £63 million to tackle economic crime and £337m extra funding for the criminal justice system, along with establishing a world-leading Counter Terrorism Operations Centre. While these are just a few headlines, what is the real impact that’s going to be felt by the public sector organisations charged with making these changes happen while ensuring that the services we all know and use continue to be delivered and enhanced as our needs change? To look at this and how the people and technology will be key to these changes, we are joined by Charlotte Henigan (Enterprise Channel Manager for Central Government at Microsoft), Aaron Prior (Industry Executive at Microsoft) and Keith Martin (Sales Director at Phoenix).
27 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 25 | The Challenge of Securing your Data
Episode 25 The Challenge of Securing your Data As we have all no doubt seen cyber attacks are on the rise, and unfortunately even more so in the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. So, how do you ensure a breach doesn’t bring your organisation down. We recently ran a survey in partnership with Public Sector Executive, Dell Technologies and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, to try and understand the challenges faced when it comes to securing data and ensuring that the correct systems and processes are in place to keep you, your data and your organisation protected. Have a look at the full survey findings To look at the results of this survey in more detail and discuss the challenges we face we are joined by Tracey Hannan-Jones (Security Consultant at Phoenix), Gary Burton (Sales Director for Local Government at Dell Technologies) and Sonya Mathieu (Director of Data Protection and Cyber Resilience at Dell Technologies).
27 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 24 | Making Sense of Cyber security Regulations
Episode 24 Making Sense of Cyber Security Regulations Cyber security regulations, risk and compliance are an ever evolving piece of the puzzle when organisations look to enhance their security and protect themselves from cyber threats. These regulations can be confusing for some and can appear quite fragmented. Which regulations are mandatory? Which are nice to have? Where do you start? How do you know you are doing this the right way? Which regulations are important? These are all questions you may ask yourself when you begin to explore this ever changing landscape. On this episode of POD we are joined by Tracey Hannan-Jones (Security Sales Consultant at Phoenix) and Aaron Woods, two industry experts who will discuss cyber security regulations, risk and compliance in more detail, and hopefully shed some light on these questions. Find out more about cyber security regulations, risk and compliance take a look at our datasheet – Making sense of cyber security certifications Download Now – Datasheet – Making sense of cyber security certifications
38 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 23 | The ‘New Normal’ vs Back to Normal
Episode 23 The ‘New Normal’ vs Back to Normal It has been quite a year for central government so far. While planning for Brexit the world was struck by the global pandemic of COVID-19, which further impacted central government and the services they needed to continue to provide, while also having to adopt new ways of working. So as we look forward, central government still have the looming exit from the European Union and are shaping up a new industrial strategy which will put digital at the forefront of all of their public services. But what are the challenges they face on a daily basis, what are they looking to achieve and how can technology play a part in this to shape the new normal rather than reverting back to the traditional approach. Joining us today to discuss this we have Charlotte Henigan (Enterprise Channel Manager for Central Government at Microsoft), Aaron Prior (Industry Executive at Microsoft), Keith Martin (Sales Director at Phoenix) and Craig Taylor (Director of Cloud Solutions at Phoenix)
40 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 22 | Cyber Security as a System
Episode 22 Cyber Security as a System We all know that cyber criminals tactics are constantly changing and evolving, but what are the good guys doing to combat this? We have witnessed the transition from on-premise, to cloud-managed security and the adoption of next-generation technologies, but what’s next? Increasingly cyber security vendors are consolidating which allows for traditionally disparate technologies to work together as a system and unlock exciting possibilities for automation and enhanced functionalities. Is it time to rethink your approach to protection and consider it more as an overall system rather than a multitude of separate parts? To discuss this, we are joined on this episode of POD by Jon Hope (Senior Systems Engineer at Sophos) and Aaron Woods (Cyber Security, Risk and Compliance Specialist at Phoenix).
34 minutes | a year ago
Episode 21 | Business Continuity in Light of COVID-19
Episode 21 Business Continuity in Light of COVID-19 The emergence of COVID-19 has led to a massive change, uncertainty and new challenges for many of us, but how do we ensure that our organisations can continue to run in a secure and seamless fashion during a global pandemic? Most organisations in today’s world take Business Continuity Planning very seriously and have people, processes and technology in place to ensure that they can continue to run under extreme circumstances, but perhaps not this extreme. In light of COVID-19 many businesses have been forced to shut down, furlough staff or in some extreme cases, go bust and cease to operate entirely. What can we do to ensure we are implementing effective continuity plans that will stand us in good stead? We have some industry experts on this episode of POD to discuss these matters and shed some light on what a robust Business Continuity Plan should look like, the steps you need to take to achieve this and considerations to think about within your own organisation. Joining us is Helen McElroy (Senior Information Governance Specialist at Evolve North), Paul Szelesi (Solution Architect Manager for EMEA at Veeam), Mark Dennis (Owner of Evolve North) and Tracey Hannan-Jones (Security Risk and Compliance Consultant at Phoenix).
40 minutes | a year ago
Episode 20 | Supporting charities and non-profits during and after the COVID-19 outbreak
Episode 20 Supporting Charities and Non-Profits During and After the COVID-19 Outbreak The outbreak of COVID-19 has created a lot of new challenges for all organisations, both in the UK and around the globe. Many have had to make difficult decisions, whether that is asking staff to work from home, putting them on furlough, or having to close their doors completely in this time of uncertainty. There is support out there to help, from new technologies, to guidance, to funding, however it is not always easy to find or to know where to turn for this assistance. In this episode we will explore the challenges that are being faced on a daily basis during this crisis by charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and how we are able to help and support them and each other. To discuss this we are joined by Vincent Richardson (International CTO for Tech for Social Impact at Microsoft Philanthropies), Rosie Slater-Carr (CIO at British Red Cross), Megan Griffith Gray (Director of Strategy and Transformation at NCVO) and Greg Dean (Charities Sector Sales Manager at Phoenix)
36 minutes | a year ago
Episode 19 | The Hybrid Cloud Journey
Episode 19 The Hybrid Cloud Journey The move to the hybrid cloud is on the horizon for many organisations, and a reality for others, as they digitally transform and increasingly develop mobile applications. However, with the current COVID-19 situation many organisations are wanting to maximise the benefits of hybrid cloud including flexibility, scalability and cost efficiency, but you need to ask some key questions about how to achieve these goals without compromising security, manageability or data security. To discuss this we are joined by Amit Panchal (VMware Technology Lead at Dell Technologies), Keith Martin (Sales Director at Phoenix) and Dave Hardcastle (Transformation Specialist at Phoenix).
43 minutes | a year ago
Episode 18 | Working From Home Your Mental Health & Wellbeing
Episode 18 Working From Home, Your Mental Health & Wellbeing The emergence of COVID-19 has led to a massive change, uncertainty and new challenges for many of us, but how do we ensure that support is given to our workers who now find themselves suddenly working from home. To many working from home won’t be an issue and will have been operating this type of flexible working for many years, however there are many people who will find this situation very difficult and hard to deal with, both on a personal and professional level. Most people are used to working in an office surrounded and supported by their friends and colleagues, in an environment they have got used to over the years. They are suddenly alone and without the support network directly around them that they have grown used to, so what can we do to help? Joining us to discuss this we have Esmee Samara (Medical Social Worker and Consultant), Stephen Robling (Chief Officer at Community Counselling for North Yorkshire) and Poppy Angell (Campaigns and ISV Manager at Phoenix). Expand the Conversation You are never alone, if you ever find yourself feeling low and need some support there are many resources available online to help support and guide you including the below:
33 minutes | a year ago
Episode 17 | Empowering Frontline Workers
Episode 17 Empowering Frontline Workers Enabling frontline workers to spend more time with citizens, patients and communities, less time on manual tasks and be better equipped with the information they need to protect the most vulnerable members of society is so important, particularly at the moment. Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Paramedics and many more put their lives on the line every time that call comes, but how can we ensure that they have the most up to date information at their fingertips and empower them to make those life and death decisions in a timely manner. To discuss this with us we have Roz Wells (Solutions Sales Director for Modern Workplace at Microsoft), Brett Johnson (Senior Surface Specialist at Microsoft), Rich Jones (Strategic Blue Light Consultant) and Craig Taylor (Cloud Solutions Director at Phoenix). Expand the Conversation The topics discussed on this podcast have increased in priority over recent weeks and many are being asked to support frontline workers, especially ‘key workers’ with the tools they need to do their jobs effectively. We are seeing devices such as the Surface Hub being used to facilitate daily briefings and team meetings with Microsoft Teams being used to connect workers across offices and remote locations. If you’d like to understand more about how to adopt Teams successfully or further information on what devices are available to support your frontline workers, get in touch and we can facilitate an initial free of charge training session and discuss your device requirements.
31 minutes | a year ago
Episode 16 | Women in IT – A View from the Channel
Episode 16 Women in IT – A View from the Channel Listen now Following on from and expanding on our previous episode of POD on Women in IT, we felt that we were addressing a subject that is very topical at the moment and therefore wanted to extend our invitation to guests outside of Phoenix. So, on this episode of POD some of the best leaders and female workers within the IT industry discuss their careers in IT (the good, the bad and the ugly) to hopefully showcase to any aspiring females that IT and technology is a great industry to work in, for anyone – of any gender. We also hope to encourage a new era of women to take the plunge and join the industry. To discuss this further we are very lucky and grateful to be joined by: Sam Mudd – Managing Director, Phoenix Software With nearly 30 years of experience working in the IT industry in Sales & Leadership roles. Managing Director of Phoenix Software Ltd, responsible for Strategy, Business Development and Sales Solutions, across the group which provides expertise in Software Licence Management, SAM / ITAM process, methodology and IT Solutions. Sarah Shields – Vice President for Central and North Europe Channel, Dell Technologies Sarah is the Channel chief at Dell technologies across Austria, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. She’s responsible for developing strong relationships and enabling partners to achieve amazing growth across the Dell Technologies portfolio. Focused on making digital transformation a channel reality. Rachel Gray – Director of Education EMEA, Adobe Rachel is an award-winning and global strategic sales leader with a deep knowledge and experience of the IT sector. She has excelled in many different roles across organisations including sales, business development, strategy & operations over a 20 year career at Cisco, a 2 years at Experian. Rachel has recently joined Adobe to run Education Sales across EMEA where she and her team are advancing digital literacy initiatives with students, faculty and staff to inspire and empower the next generation with the skills that they will need to propel their future success. Louise Fellows – Director for Public Sector UK&I, VMware Louise Fellows is the Director for Public Sector for the UK and Ireland. She is responsible for driving growth in the sector and helping attract the very best talent to the field via partnerships with customers and partners. Her aim is to develop more inclusive, informed communities, which help those in public services accelerate their digital transformation efforts, master a software defined approach to business and IT, transforming cities and places for all citizens. Helen Smith – Partner Success Manager, Microsoft Helen has been at Microsoft for five years and is currently a Partner Success Manager for Teams. She is very proud to have also had the opportunity over the last two years to lead Accessibility with the Partner community. Helen has been in the channel for 12 years working in various roles from lead generation to partner management. She is passionate about creating a movement of change, encouraging employers to think differently about inclusivity and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop people in the IT Industry. Libby Bagley – Community Manager, License Dashboard Libby Bagley has worked in the IT industry for eight years, specifically within ITAM. She has a passion and drive for marketing within the technology industry and has years of knowledge behind specific subjects such as Software Asset Management. During the last eight years Libby has built strong relationships throughout the industry and is currently the Community Manager at License Dashboard where she works closely with customers and partners to understand the challenges they face and how she can help them. Libby is also a Women in Tech Ambassador. Tory Simpson – Head of Digital & Creative, ResourceiT Consulting When it comes to digital and creative input, no-one moves faster than Tory. With an exceptional ability to quickly and effectively execute digital and social media, Tory is 100% focussed on successful engagement and tangible outcomes. She leads her fabulous team to be consistently innovating, learning and growing and will take on any task no matter how big or how tight the deadline. Tory gained varied experience in intense and fast-paced roles such as Marketing Manager at Avnet and Global Social Media Manager at Snow Software.
24 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 10 | Microsoft Teams: The New Culture of Work
Episode 10 Microsoft Teams: The New Culture of Work As we live in an ever-changing society where the lines of work, home, office and remote working blur more and more, the need for a secure and collaborative platform is becoming greater and greater. There are many options on the market today, but with more than 500,000 organisations adopting it in just over two years and 13 million daily users, Microsoft Teams seems to be the solution of choice. You can chat, meet, share files and work with many business apps, but why has Teams grown so rapidly and what’s still to come? Well to discuss this further, we have Craig Taylor (Cloud Solutions Director at Phoenix) and a newcomer to both POD and Phoenix, Dan Harris-Milnes (Modern Workplace Specialist at Phoenix).
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