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i am from the future..

    Conversations With Dez - with Stacey Marx, President, National Business & Channels, AT&T Business

    Conversations With Dez - with Stacey Marx, President, National Business & Channels, AT&T Business

    I caught up with Stacey Marx, President, National Business & Channels, AT&T Business on my podcast, to discuss the recent success stories around how AT&T Business have worked with and supported their customers through the last 12 to 18 months now leading up to, and during the global #COVID19 pandemic.

    In her role as president of National Business & Channels, Stacey leads a team of over six thousand professionals, dedicated to partnering with over three million small and medium business customers, to help them achieve growth and maximise their potential with technology innovation by leveraging the broad range of products & services AT&T Business can offer.

    In this fireside chat we cover some of the latest trends, business & technology challenges and opportunities small business operators should be considering as they look at the road forward coming out of a pandemic.

    We kicked off with my usual "get to know you", Stacey shares insights into her role, the remit and challenges of "a day in the life of Stacey Marx", as well as a look into what her business unit is responsible for, and some details around the team and ecosystem around them, and their customer base, giving us a great view of her world and the amazing depth and breadth of what she and her team bring to the market.

    Our conversation then delves into the challenges that businesses leaders, especially within small businesses, face in a post-pandemic world, and how technology is key to meeting these challenges, and specifically three key focus areas which I've been keen to discuss with Stacey for a while - including:

    #1 - The challenges SMB retail leaders face in a post-pandemic world

    In this segment I share that in my view, if there was one industry other than healthcare which has carried more than its fair share of the burden to see society through the last year and a half, surely it is the Retail sector.

    I also ask Stacy what challenges she and her team are seeing retailers in particular face as they plan now for a post-pandemic world, especially those small and medium-sized businesses who may have fewer resources.

    #2 - What can the Retail industry do to address these various challenges

    Around this key point, I ask Stacey where SMB players should be looking for ways and means to map their route out of their current state, to putting people, technology and telecommunications at the forefront of their strategic direction to address these key challenges.

    #3 - How is AT&T Business helping the Retail industry leverage its many offerings

    Here I share that I see one of the key challenges for Retailers, particularly for Small business retailers, are being challenged with, is finding the right Partner of Choice to help them gain access to and implement new technologies such as 5G, or ensure they have the right solutions in place for the likes of Cybersecurity, as these capabilities are not their core business.

    And I ask Stacey if she could share details around how is AT&T Business helping SMBs leverage your many business, technology & telecommunications offerings, and we look at a number of great customer stories, use cases and real world examples.

    We wrap up this great conversation with a view of what do Stacey thinks is coming over the horizon in the next 12 to 18 months, my classic "crystal ball gazing" question, and in particular what small business owners and or decision makers should be considering as they look to the short to medium term future.

    Tune in now for all of these amazing topics and more.

    This podcast was made in partnership with AT&T Business.

    For more information visit:

    AT&T Business website: http://bit.ly/attbusiness​

    AT&T Business SMB web portal: http://bit.ly/attsmallbusiness

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    • 34 min
    Conversations With Dez - talking with Aashu Virmani, VP & Client Partner, Communications, Cyient

    Conversations With Dez - talking with Aashu Virmani, VP & Client Partner, Communications, Cyient

    I had the pleasure of catching up with Aashu Virmani, Vice President & Client Partner, Communications, at Cyient.

    In this episode we discuss a range of topics such as 5G, industry 4.0, private networks, next generation network technology, and how leading organisations and Cyient customers, are leveraging Next Generation Networks and 5G to build private networks and drive Business Operations Transformation by leveraging new and innovative Use Cases and gain real and immediate Return On Investment opportunities, esp. in Utilities, Port & Rail, and Energy market segments.

    We kicked off with insights from Aashu around:

    - What 5G is all about and what it means for enterprise transformation.
    - Industry 4.0 being enabled by 5G
    - Key capabilities 5G offers Enterprises.

    Aashu then outlined how Next Generation Networks offer a broad range of different architectures enterprises can consider when implementing private networks with a plethora of design patterns enterprises can consider in this space, for example:

    - Completely Air Gapped private networks ( stand alone / closed loop )
    - Densified versions of a CSP network for industrial & enterprise (DAAS) use cases and so on..
    - Private locally hub'ed Networks with minimal external connectivity ( Mobile Edge Compute )

    And we wrapped up with a look at how organisations can approach the challenge and opportunities around implementing Next Generation Networks to drive Business Operations Transformation, and some of the Use Cases and ROI opportunities they should look for, esp. in the Utilities, Port & Rail, and Energy market segment

    Tune in now and "push play" to listen to this great discussion I had with Aashu on Enterprise Business Transformation through Next-Generation Networks, and please do share this with your network on social media and your friends, associates and work colleagues.

    This podcast was made in partnership with Cyent.

    For more information on on containers visit:

    Cyient homepage: https://bit.ly/cyienthomepage​

    Cyient communications webportal: https://bit.ly/cyientcommunicationswebportal

    Cyient network services webportal: https://bit.ly/cyientnetworkserviceswebportal


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    • 53 min
    Conversations with Dez - Alex MacPherson, Director Solution Consulting, Manhattan Associates

    Conversations with Dez - Alex MacPherson, Director Solution Consulting, Manhattan Associates

    I had the pleasure of catching up with Alex MacPherson, Director of Solution Consulting & Account Management at Manhattan Associates.

    In this episode we discuss a range of topics around supply chain, and in particular “micro-fulfilment”, the latest news around these topics, some amazing success stories Manhattan Associates have been able to support customers achieve through the COVID19 journey thus far, and how micro-fulfilment can offer significant benefits to organisations who are able to leverage this approach.

    #1 - Alex’s role and what a “day in the life” of Alex MacPherson entails

    We kick off with a brief introduction from Alex, the remit of his role as both Director of Solution Consulting & Account Management, the types of challenges he and his team at Manhattan Associates help customers address, and what “a day in the life of Alex MacPherson” entails.

    #2 - What is Micro-fulfilment and why is it a “game changer”

    Alex then gives us an overview of what Micro-Fulfilment means in the world of Supply Chain, and more importantly in the context of Manhattan Associates offerings.

    #3 - Benefits of a micro-fulfilment approach?

    I ask Alex to introduce us to what the key benefits of micro-fulfilment are, versus say the traditional larger distribution centre approach.

    #4 - Micro-fulfilment is a hot topic now, but what about it’s long term potential?

    We look into why is micro-fulfilment such a hot topic right now & do you think it has longer-term potential.

    #5 - Key things brands should be considering & actioning re. micro-fulfilment?

    As a final question I ask Alex to share his views on the three key things he and his team at Manhattan Associates encourage brands considering micro-fulfilment approaches, to focus on to drive successful outcomes.

    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 supply chain solutions, and indeed on of the leading thought leaders around the exciting topic of micro-fulfilment.

    This podcast was made in partnership with Manhattan Associates.

    For more information please visit:

    - Manhattan Associates website: https://bit.ly/manhattan-assocaites-website

    - Manhattan Associates industry solutions: http://bit.ly/manhattan-assocaites-industry-solutions

    - Manhattan Associates 2021 supply chain predictions: http://bit.ly/manhattan-assocaites-2021-six-predictions

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

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

    I had the pleasure of catching 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.

    Today we discuss Chainkit & Data Protection, Chains of Custody, and Blockchains - topics CXOs are unlikely to have ever faced in their careers thus far, but now have no option.

    #1 - Cyber attacks & Ransomware incidents continue at eye watering levels

    We discuss the significant increase in Cyber attacks & Ransomware incidents - we kickoff with Val sharing his take on the current state of what appears to be a tsunami of new incidents of cybersecurity challenges and resulting ransomware incidents, particularly focused on the healthcare industry which understandably was set to occur in light of the fact that the world is dealing with a global pandemic with COVID19, cyber criminals are never slow to take advantage of any opportunity where chinks in the armour appear in any place they can see a way to profit from any type of security exposure.

    #2 - The huge impact of COVID19 and life before and after 2020

    COVID19 has had a huge impact but didn’t this issue exist prior to 2020, so much so that I don’t think anyone would argue that the impact the COVID19 global pandemic has had is beyond significant with regard to the increase in data protection & cybersecurity, be it the shift to Work From Home for many, or the increased shift to Mobile technology in the likes of hospitals, retail, and service industries as a whole - but the risks and impacts around this space of cyberattacks and ransomware have been around for decades now. We discuss how in Val’s view the current state of the world has changed the landscape of data protection and digital risk and what are you seeing as you spend time with organisations faced with the need to respond.

    #3 - Are we at a point now where technology exists to solve this problem

    Cyberattacks, cybersecurity, ransomware, data risk and data protection as a whole are not new topics, nor are they new risks, albeit they have seen significant increases due to our pivot to organisations being Data Driven and we live an increasingly Always On, Always Connected world - so the massive growth in risks related to the massive expansion of the attack surface should come as no surprise to anyone, but the question I keep getting in boardrooms is “is there a solution to this, does the technology exist to solve it?” - I ask Val to delve into this, we break this into two parts.

    We start with the first part and I ask Val for his take on this, i.e. should it come as a surprise to any bona fide business or technology professional that there has been a significant increase in cyberattacks and ransomware incidents.

    And to the second part, I ask Val if the technology exist today, to address and solve the challenge of securing & protecting data and even in the case of successful hacks, have in place chains of custody as it’s called, to be able to track and trace the perpetrators.

    We wrap up with a little crystal ball gazing - organisations are now having to navigate their way out of 2020 and ease into 2021 as we reach the end of a long and challenging year, and safely get through the upcoming Christian holiday period Christmas and unknown waters.

    I ask Val to share his insights and advice around how organisations should prepare to address the immediate future, as they look to develop business & technology strategy & supporting plans for the next 12 to 18 months?

    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 inform

    • 59 min
    Conversations With Dez - talking with Ken Grohe, President & Chief Revenue Officer - WekaIO

    Conversations With Dez - talking with Ken Grohe, President & Chief Revenue Officer - WekaIO

    I caught up with with with Ken Grohe, President & Chief Revenue Officer at WekaIO, to talk about Weka the company, their WekaFS "file system", the Weka journey to date, news trends, challenges & opportunities for Weka and their ecosystem of partners, integrators, resellers and customers, and how 2020 has impacted life around WekaIO.

    We kick off with a quick introduction by Ken of his role, both pre and post #COVID19, as well as a high level overview of the company, with some interesting key insights into successes Weka have had in their journey to date as a startup ( as Ken describes it ).


    In this show our conversation focuses on the following key topics:

    1 - WekaIO the company, the WekaFS filesystem, and the Weka journey so far

    I ask Ken to start us off with a high level introduction to WekaIO the company, your WekaFS filesystem, and some of the key highlights of the journey so far to get to where you are today.

    We discuss the attention on emerging high growth markets around Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and the likes of Big Data, Data Science, Life Sciences, Analytics and the whole Data Driven Decision Making pivot so many organisations are undergoing, and where WekaIO fits into this story.


    2 - The role high performance scale-out storage plays in data analytics & AI

    I had the opportunity to an Analyst Briefing call with Ken and on this topic recently where Ken used the line “A modern Parallel file system is essential to get a ROI out of any AI initiative”. I asked Ken why data storage performance, in his view, is critical to AI performance and getting an Return On Investment from AI initiatives.


    3 - Technical performance VS Operational and Cost performance

    Weka use the #WeSolveBigProblems hashtag to be clear about what they do, and indeed WekaIO is known for solving big problems - I ask Ken to give us some examples of big challenges Weka have worked on with customers recently, and he shares insights into projects around the COVID19 vaccine, Genomics England and a 70PB storage solution, and an example around Supplychains.


    Four key quotable quotes from this conversation I wanted to highlight include:

    1 - If you haven’t started an AI project you are losing to one that has

    2 - A modern Parallel file system is essential to get a ROI out of any AI initiative

    3 - You can start small in AI with Weka and scale up to hundreds of Petabytes

    4. Weka Makes Managing the storage demands of Big Data and AI initiatives much easier


    Key takeaways for me from this show include:

    1 - Weka enables successful AI and Big Data outcomes

    2 - In order to achieve successful AI outcomes you need:

    + compute acceleration technology, like GPUs

    + a modern parallel file system, like WekaFS, and;

    + high speed networking


    From this conversation it's clear to be that because Weka has enterprise-ready and hybrid-cloud features it transcends AI and Big Data use cases, and enables backup and DR strategies, IT agility, and lower CapEx, Weka is a pathway to high performance computing on the public cloud.

    There can be little doubt that “data is the new oil” as we say, but it seems organisations are still struggling to adjust to treating data as a new mission critical business asset, place value on it, get it on their balance sheet, place KPIs on it, manage it and derive real value from it. We wrap up by me asking Ken what enterprise persona and supporting role or roles he sees bringing the most critical in the immediate future to address this?

    This is a conversation not to be missed - CXOs should tune into this show and take notes, as Ken has so much to share, it's got something for everyone.


    This podcast made in partnership with WekaIO.


    For more info visit:

    - WekaIO homepage: http://bit.ly/wekaiohomepage

    - WekaIO products: http://bit.ly/wekaioproducts

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    • 54 min
    Conversations With Dez - with Jim Dworkin, Sr. Director of Cloud Business Unit at Intel PSG

    Conversations With Dez - with Jim Dworkin, Sr. Director of Cloud Business Unit at Intel PSG

    I caught up with with Jim Dworkin, Sr. Director of Cloud Business Unit at Intel PSG, to talk about the latest news, trends, insights and offerings around Field Programable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) from Intel and surrounding areas from Data Centres, Infrastructure from Servers to Networks, to the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Edge networking and compute and much more.

    In this show we have a fantastic combination of business and technology insights into how key CXO and Senior Business & Technology decision makers can gain real world immediate gains by leveraging the amazing technology and supporting ecosystem or partners, resellers, integrators et al and the Intel teams around the world - this is not a show to miss, just push play now.

    Our conversation covers the following and much much more:


    1. Current macro trends driving development/adoption of FPGAs/eASICs

    We kick off with Jim sharing insights around what Jim and his team at Intel are currently seeing currently around the world as far as current macro trends driving development/adoption of FPGAs/eASICs.

    Jim also covers a clarification of what FPGAs are, what Intel’s eASICS are and where they each fit into the respective spaces around design, development, implementation, to going into production and more - a fantastic overview to set the scene for this amazing conversation.


    2. Challenges & opportunities around adoption of FPGAs/eASICs and market readiness

    I ask Jim to give us his take on the key challenges & opportunities he and his team at Intel PSG and related teams are seeing around the world regarding the adoption of FPGAs/eASICs and market readiness


    3. How Intel customers / partners are finding success with FPGAs/eASICs

    Jim goes on to map out a great briefing level overview of how Intel customers / partners are finding success with FPGAs/eASICs, and some wonderful key takeaways listeners can take away and action within their own organisations either right now, or in the short to medium term to gain business and or technical benefits across a broad range of key areas in both IT and OT systems and technologies.

    This is a MUST LISTEN conversation, push PLAY and join the conversation. If you have any questions please do reach out via any of our other channels including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter et al, we would love to help connect you with the best people to support your organisations outcomes.


    This podcast was made in partnership with Intel.


    For more information please visit:

    - Intel® FPGA Homepage: https://intel.ly/3gRRXm5

    - Real-Time Text To Speech Synthesis Using Intel® Stratix® 10 NX FPGA (Video): https://intel.ly/37pjDLS

    - Real-Time Text To Speech Synthesis Using Intel® Stratix® 10 NX FPGA (White Paper): https://intel.ly/3mo5PW3

    - Pushing AI Boundaries with Scalable Compute-Focused FPGAs (White Paper): https://intel.ly/3gRZLnI


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