13 episodes

WHERE THE NEEDLE LANDS is released on the last Friday of each month. A co-hosted show by Geraldine Magnier and Mahima Badsra, where we speak with worthy thought leaders- Covering how analytics and AI are impacting and influencing for better or for worse our individual experiences, businesses, societies, economies and nations.

Where the Needle Lands Idiro Analytics

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WHERE THE NEEDLE LANDS is released on the last Friday of each month. A co-hosted show by Geraldine Magnier and Mahima Badsra, where we speak with worthy thought leaders- Covering how analytics and AI are impacting and influencing for better or for worse our individual experiences, businesses, societies, economies and nations.

    S2 E7: FAREWELL LISTENERS - Compilation of great Irish business minds

    S2 E7: FAREWELL LISTENERS - Compilation of great Irish business minds

    We have arrived at our destination, having had many learnings along this wondrous and expanding journey. The final episode of 'Where the needle lands', an Idiro Analytics podcast series, asks you our listener, "Where does your needle land now that you are more informed and thought provoked by our guests who are industry leading lights?" Having achieved the #1 spot often was worthy of back clapping but the real triumph and satisfaction came in the form of observing listeners opening up to a discussion on the impact of technology, AI and the possible future of technology in all our respective lives and our own responsibility in the evolution of tech user experience. ‘Where the needle lands’ set out to make the tech discussion more accessible to all and therefore debatable and idea processing. Achieving that and getting the channels of communication open and flowing was a reward in and of itself. We would like to express our gratitude to Idiro Analytics for their constant support. A huge thank you to all our guests, each of our followers and listeners for contributing to the podcast's great success, covering topics such as taking responsibility, team playing, leadership, purpose, digital transformation, 5G, data privacy and sovereignty, sustainability, DE&I, data sharing and AI ethics. When listening to this episode, which is a compilation of quotations from each and everyone of our guests, with the resulting juxtaposition of mind sets and varying perspectives, will allow you to sum up for yourself, where your needle has landed on your map! Enjoy and thank you. Hosts: Geraldine Magnier & Mahima Badsra Jr Production Assistant: Laura Matjusaityte Twitter: @needlelands Website: idiro.com/where-the-needle-lands/ Email: podcast@idiro.com iTunes: https://lnkd.in/eme6kyY

    • 31 min
    S2 E6: PEOPLE ARE TO IRELAND WHAT CHAMPAGNE IS TO FRANCE - with Padraic White, former IDA MD

    S2 E6: PEOPLE ARE TO IRELAND WHAT CHAMPAGNE IS TO FRANCE - with Padraic White, former IDA MD

    Padraic White, former MD of IDA Ireland, the agency dealing with foreign direct investment, speaks with us colourfully on the hows and the whys of the global tax reform, the new corporate tax regime and how Ireland played a leading and pivotal role in securing the alignment of the 139 OECD countries to support a global 15% corporate tax rate. The evolution of Ireland's low corp tax regime is covered by giving a social historical account of a 1950s Ireland at 0% to 12.5% nearly 70 years on, and how it impacted and benefited the commercial and cultural landscape of Ireland to becoming and being one of the top 5 economies in the world.
    While Ireland's competitive and envy-inducing success in having a low corporate tax is a tool to maintain and continue to encourage FDI, however, our ever evolving and enriched 'People' of Ireland are a super pull in itself. “People are to Ireland, what Champagne is to France and oil to Texas”. A very succinct and dot-joining episode on all the recent tax related media making headlines, covering corp tax rates, tax havens, Apple and all that money sitting in the escrow orchard, to the politics at play and the power of our small nation in the global arena and its impact on Irish society and those joining our society.
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    Hosts: Geraldine Magnier & Mahima Badsra
    Production Assistant: Laura Matjusaityte
    Twitter: @needlelands
    Website: idiro.com/where-the-needle-lands/
    Email: podcast@idiro.com
    iTunes: https://lnkd.in/eme6kyY

    • 58 min
    S2 E4: THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY IS HUMAN AFTER ALL - with John Walsh, CTO, Fujitsu Ireland

    S2 E4: THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY IS HUMAN AFTER ALL - with John Walsh, CTO, Fujitsu Ireland

    In today's episode, we are speaking with John Walsh, CTO of Fujitsu Ireland, where they promote a Human Centric Intelligent Society, meaning the key emphasis being that people are placed first and then the technology design. We learn how the Japanese company has its particular approach to doing business. John also talks of how an optimised integration approach is the force that enables tech companies to leverage what is already available and possibly avoid needless large capital investment. What is hyperconnectivity all about and do we really need to be end to end connected as a society? And the extension of 5G to 5GE. There has never been a more exciting time in history where ICT is concerned, for eg. where large scale complex medical research can be completed in days rather than years now. As tech grads qualifications transcend all borders in the world, John gives tips on the winning formula for employee retention and the traits he looks for in the workplace and ‘diversity of mindsets’ being one, because “When the only tool that you have is a hammer - every problem looks like a nail." 



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    about John’s career in Fujitsu and the business of ICT from minutes 2 to 9.
    about telecoms and the revolution of 5G and the Internet of things from minutes 9 to 19.
    about the difference between sophisticated networks and hyper-connectivity from minutes 19 to 26.
    about creating human-centric computing systems and the safety and sustainability of society from minutes 26 to 32.
    about hand recognition technology and machine learning from minutes 32 to 44.
    about mentoring and attracting tech talent from minutes 44 to 49.
    about digital transformation and John’s dinner party guests from minutes 49 to 54.



    Additional content is available to subscribers. Or press the link here to subscribe  

    Hosts: Geraldine Magnier & Mahima Badsra  

    Jr Production Assistant: Laura Matjusaityte  

    Twitter: @needlelands  

    Website: idiro.com/where-the-needle-lands/  

    Email: podcast@idiro.com 

    iTunes: https://lnkd.in/eme6kyY 

    • 56 min
    S2 E5: SHARING IS CARING! COULD DATA SHARE HELP HEALTHCARE? - with Jason Ward, VP & GM Dell Ireland

    S2 E5: SHARING IS CARING! COULD DATA SHARE HELP HEALTHCARE? - with Jason Ward, VP & GM Dell Ireland

    Jason Ward shares his views on how cognitive diversity spawns from avoiding echo chambers filled with yes people, netting broader, deeper innovation and creativity. Concerning sales efforts, Jason straddles effortlessly between SMEs and enterprise organisations when selling into them. Added to that, the value of channel partners and the verticalization of customers to truly understand what the customer does. The Dell Ireland brand with its own unique fortes, ensures its rightful differentiation from brand Dell International....as the world moves more to AI, ML and edge computing, Dell Ireland is developing solutions around such innovations by being a base for those types of capabilities that attract investment to Ireland. Along with shared industry leaders, their political outreach efforts for Ireland Inc to remaining competitive and part of the progressing of high performance computing creativity. The healthcare business - Dell's aspirations and input into this sector and how Dell can support a better delivery for patient outcome. Jason illustrates this possibility of enabling better preventative healthcare initiatives. Plus demystifying IT and data share for the common good, and the new age of human transformation, to the challenges of getting to a 50:50 CXO suite with the IT labour shortage in Ireland generally but particularly around IT female talent availability. Jason provides some of the keys to life acquired through his own experiences and learnings from some on the field as a footballer and off the field lessons of his father, all shaped him to know that anything is possible, being optimistic and a proactive decision maker.



    Listen to the podcast:


    about the differences between the Irish and the Nordic markets and people coaching from minutes 1 - 7.
    about growth mindset and how to build and lead the team from minutes 7 - 13.
    about the enterprise division and channel partners from minutes 13 - 17.
    about leadership and what Dell Ireland can offer from minutes 17 - 22.
    about centralised healthcare and the technology around it from minutes 22 - 29.
    about human transformation and data sovereignty from minutes 29 - 34.
    about sustainability, diversity in Dell, attracting female talent from minutes 34 - 40.
    about politics, global corporate tax, indigenous companies from minutes 40 - 48.
    about success, failure, positive thinking from minutes 48 - 53.
    about data vs instincts and Jason’s dinner party guests from minutes 53 - 57.



    Additional content is available to subscribers. Or press the link here to subscribe

    Hosts: Geraldine Magnier & Mahima Badsra

    Jr Production Assistant: Laura Matjusaityte

    Twitter: @needlelands

    Website:idiro.com/where-the-needle-lands/

    Email: podcast@idiro.com

    iTunes:https://lnkd.in/eme6kyY

    • 58 min
    S2 E3 (Part1): FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE...AND THE STEADFAST - with Niall Norton CEO Openet, an Amdocs Co

    S2 E3 (Part1): FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE...AND THE STEADFAST - with Niall Norton CEO Openet, an Amdocs Co

    Openet became the largest indigenous Irish software company.... Part 1 of 2 - Niall Norton has had an awe-inspiring career to date, from management in Deloitte, CFO of 02 Ireland, CFO and CEO of Openet, with numerous accolades and awards that acknowledge his accomplishments as a true captain of industry. While Niall does complexity very well, he rounds off discussion humorously, so his nuggets of facts and information transcend easily from this very self aware man. Covered in part 1; Niall’s search for his true purpose and how one's purpose in the end serves others. To handling near death career experiences and remaining steady in the process. And a 'how-to' of sorts from the man who grew Openet into the largest indigenous Irish software company. Then the secret recipe to a successful long term collaboration of a founder and a CEO - respectively; the Joe Hogan and Niall Norton friendship - a true model of excellence in leadership collegiality. Then in part 2 of the session that turned out to be a masterclass in leadership by Niall Norton.  Additional content is available to subscribers. Or press link here to subscribe Hosts: Geraldine Magnier & Mahima Badsra Jr Production Assistant: Laura Matjusaityte iTunes: https://lnkd.in/eme6kyY Twitter: @needlelands Website: idiro.com/where-the-needle-lands/ Email: podcast@idiro.com

    • 45 min
    S2 E3 (Part2): FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE...AND THE STEADFAST - with Niall Norton CEO Openet, an Amdocs Co

    S2 E3 (Part2): FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE...AND THE STEADFAST - with Niall Norton CEO Openet, an Amdocs Co

    Openet became the largest indigenous Irish software company....
    Part 2 of 2 - where we continue discussion with Niall Norton and discover the star role Openet played on American Idol and Love Island. Niall shares skills used when dealing with shareholders during times of titanic change in a company, while keeping many plates in the air, including being innovative while remaining focused on the customers needs in the moment. Condensing 3 years into 30 seconds - tips on the fine art of articulating a value proposition simply, when selling a complex technology...harder said than done! Niall's views on the future of innovation and the insatiable consumer appetite for all things convenient including choosing your love partner and job for you, without the mop-up of getting it wrong! The inspiring leadership figures from history that shaped Niall's focus. To finally, how intellectual property (IP) should not just be the preserve of technology creation but also should include ‘Business Model IP’. 
    Additional content is available to subscribers. Or press link here to subscribe 
    Hosts: Geraldine Magnier & Mahima Badsra 
    Jr Production Assistant: Laura Matjusaityte 
    iTunes: https://lnkd.in/eme6kyY 
    Twitter: @needlelands 
    Website: idiro.com/where-the-needle-lands/
    Email: podcast@idiro.com

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

EconAware ,

Padraic White

Well done guys – thank you for this. Padraic White – a highly influential former CEO of the IDA and a man perfectly positioned to provide a comprehensive overview of where we’ve come from as a national economy, and where we’re going. A concise yet comprehensive account of the evolution of the key contribution of FDI to the enormous expansion of the Irish economy, especially since the 1970s. Along the way, he provides detailed and illuminating insights into the internal operations of the IDA, the agency which has set the gold standard which others throughout the world are now following. Still very active and with his finger on the pulse, he also points the way to where Ireland needs to go in this critical period, especially in the area of AI. Highly informative, and well worth listening to. Having experienced a significant amount of frustration, during 25 years of lecturing on the Irish economy, at the lack of public knowledge, both on the key role of FDI and the extraordinary work of the IDA, I hope your podcast finds a wide audience.

Dina MEDHAT ,

Storytelling: Fascinating way of showing the impact of Analytics and AI

Big Thank You for all the efforts, the ideas and the knowledge sharing you brought to the Podcasts. I like the fact that your guests have different backgrounds and you tackled the interviews with different perspectives; while focusing on delivering the same key message: the impact of Analytics and AI.

1-For the interview with Padraic White: I have to acknowledge that I have learned a lot about the history of Technology and AI in Ireland and the expected future. I was glad that he has mentioned Microsoft as an example of the organizations that are investing a lot in the AI field. Being not Irish, I didn’t know much about the phases that Dublin went through to become a Technological Hub. Also, how Padraic White is expecting that AI will be the main focus in the new five years Strategy for Ireland!
2-For the interview with Dr. Joan Cahill: You took a different approach! You have added at the beginning of the interview a short story about yourselves that has added a nice personal flavour to the Podcast. I really like this story piece because it sticks easily to the people ‘minds. In general, during Podcasts, the interviewers focus on their guests. But I believe that when the audience know more about the interviewers themselves as well, their personalities and their stories, that would help us to know more about you and would encourage us to follow whenever you publish a new Podcast. Also, the summary part at the end (the take away), it is so good to focus as there was a lot of valuable information shared during the Podcast.

Wish you all the best in this journey and mission!

garyocallaghan ,

Refreshing Leadership Centric Conversation

I really enjoyed these podcasts. The conversation is informal and probing. The informal introduction is a great “ease in” and the summary at the end serves to underscore the key points. Normally I would see AI as a pure tech play but including topics such as leadership, diversity, business analytics makes for an interesting listen.

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