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After four years as Oracle's Chief Communications Officer, Bob Evans left to start his own company and launched the Cloud Wars franchise, which analyzes the major cloud vendors from the perspective of business customers. In Cloud Wars Live, Bob talks with both sides about these profoundly transformative technologies.
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After four years as Oracle's Chief Communications Officer, Bob Evans left to start his own company and launched the Cloud Wars franchise, which analyzes the major cloud vendors from the perspective of business customers. In Cloud Wars Live, Bob talks with both sides about these profoundly transformative technologies.
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    Steve Jobs and Gorilla Glass: Create Your Future

    Steve Jobs and Gorilla Glass: Create Your Future

    Each month, “Ammirati on Innovation” episodes will look at ways that the disruptive-startup mentality is spreading beyond young entrepreneurs to big established corporations. Serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Carnegie Mellon B-school professor Sean Ammirati, who sits at the intersection of these high-change dynamics, provides insight. In this podcast, Sean and I talk about how long it will take until we get the economy back up and moving again.
    Episode 14
    Reimagining our companies is on Sean’s mind. We need to figure out what the right innovation strategy is. The world is going to be very different, and you need to build new products, new services, and new value to your customers. And companies need to do all that more rapidly and with more commitment than ever before.
    The notions of courage, commitment and vision in the face of daunting threats have been with us forever. I mention to Sean one of my favorite poems: “Horatius at the Bridge” by Thomas Babington Macaulay describes how Horatius steps forward to do what others believe is impossible as the Etruscan army is about to invade. The specific form of the challenges faced by people change over time, but the need for powerful and fearless leadership is a constant.
    Sean concludes with revisiting your operational plan, and how you’re investing in your assets this year. In this time of crazy transition and transformation, that’s all we have.
    Also in this episode:
    ·     Steve Jobs and Corning Gorilla Glass
    ·     Work from home forever!
    ·     A magical time for your business
    ·     The mirror is much closer than it appears

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    If You Build a House on Swamp Land…

    If You Build a House on Swamp Land…

    Bonnie Tinder is the founder and CEO of a company called Raven Intel (www.ravenintel.com), and it’s an independent B2B peer review site that is amplifying the voice of the customer. She focuses on software customers, consulting partners, and software vendors, and picks the best partners for their needs. In this new monthly series called “Tinder on Customers,” Bonnie and I talk about how not all partners are created equal, and choosing the right one is critical to a project’s success.
    Episode 1:
    Bonnie thinks that COVID-19 was a massive reset. The digital transformation projects that were happening prior to March were clipping along and life was good. And then wham! Big projects were taken down, and every single company changed their scope.
    I tell her that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has gone through two years of digital transformation in the past two months. Hear her answer.
    Bonnie concludes with the need to have a connection with customers and employees, and the necessity to reinvent yourself from the ground up. Businesses who were forward-thinking and had a presence were the ones who came out on top.
    Also in this episode:
    ·      No industry has been immune to this disruption
    ·      A curveball is okay – but when you’re expecting a fastball you’d better be resilient at the plate
    ·      Marie Kondo – let’s get rid of the things that no longer serve us
    ·      This is going to crush some businesses
    This episode is brought to you by BMC Software.

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    Overcoming the Monetization of Rage

    Overcoming the Monetization of Rage

    Each month, Tony Uphoff, visionary CEO of Thomasnet.com, joins Cloud Wars Live for a recurring segment. “Uphoff on Industry” will explore the innovations, upheavals, and breakthroughs reshaping the world of manufacturing and industrial markets. In this episode, Tony and I probe how it’s been like to be in a social media and pandemic world.
    Tony starts off with Facebook and the monetization of rage that you see on social platforms, and the systemic racism in the US. In the sixties, you had a print-based world, and a television-based world – and that’s it.
    Tony quotes Stephen Stills, “Something’s happening here.” I say, “What it is ain’t exactly clear.” These young people are going to grow up with a set of expectations – and some of the more seasoned folks think it’s almost an instant disruption.
    I joke with Tony that my black t-shirt is a 40-year-old vintage item. Tony says that my sartorial splendor and food choices are deeply troubling.
    We conclude with it’s a time for listening. Try to understand what is happening and don’t be too quick to volunteer opinions. It’s a very scary time and you see a lot of false positives and negatives.
    Also in this episode:
    ·     Employees are saying, “I’m good thanks – I’ll stay right at home”
    ·     Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella: two years of transformation crammed into two months
    ·     Everyone in the world is paying attention to Zoom
    ·     Email is the Rodney Dangerfield of digital platforms

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    Modern Cloud ERP Is Ruining ERP's Scary Reputation!

    Modern Cloud ERP Is Ruining ERP's Scary Reputation!

    “Sadin on Digital” episodes explore the fast-changing and high-stakes world of digital business. In this discussion, Wayne and I talk about how modern ERP has changed, and if the board and C-Suite executives are not aligned with you through thick and thin, things will go badly.
    Wayne talks about how the scariest three letter word in the English language is ERP (enterprise resource planning). He talks to board members and C-Suite executives about ERP, and he listens to them when they say it’s going to cost more, it’s not going to work, and it’s going to take forever. But that’s not the case. You can get an ERP in the cloud for a fraction of the cost.
    In his final thoughts, Wayne discusses how if you’ve got a typical 20-year old software suite that’s discombobulated and disconnected – and half your business runs on Excel spreadsheets, you’ve got a problem. Modern ERP has all the resources for AI, IoT, mixed reality, drones, sensors, edge computing, and advanced analytics – and you should use them!
    Also in this episode:
    ·     Chesterton’s Fence: Never take a fence down until you know why it was put up
    ·     You want a person who has the scars and the gray hair
    ·     IBM coined the term material requirements planning (MRP), which begat ERP


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    The New Resilience: Creative, Adaptive, Relentless

    The New Resilience: Creative, Adaptive, Relentless

    Each month, Charles Araujo joins Cloud Wars Live for a recurring segment known as “Araujo on Transformation.” Charlie is a bestselling author who has three books to his name: “The Quantum Age of IT,” “The Ecosystem Advantage,” and “Performance-driven IT.” He is also an engaging speaker who will entertain and challenge your audience. Charlie has a website called www.charlesaraujo.com, and another called “The Institute for Digital Transformation.” In this episode, Charlie and I talk about the cataclysmic year we’ve been having, and the fact that the environment is constantly shifting.
    Episode 4:
    Charlie talks about how he wrote an article called the “Digital Enterprise Readiness Framework,” and it was tied to the idea of resiliency – and how pleased he was that there were a number of executives who had their business continuity plan (BCP) at the ready.
    He goes on to say that none of us are going to forget the year 2020. It has been a cataclysmic series of events. But a business continuity plan is designed to absorb the shock – be it pandemic, a terrorist attack, or a natural disaster.
    We conclude with what he calls the imagination gap – only it’s not just one thing, it’s two things. The first one is fear, and the second one is ignorance.
    Also in the episode:
    How to create a resilient organizationCompensation models are still tied to the old worldCreativity is from the top downThe beatings will continue until morale improves
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    Standing Together: Tears Are Colorless

    Standing Together: Tears Are Colorless

    Each month, “Lochhead on Different” episodes explore the need to differentiate people, products, and services in a world that encourages a lot of imitation. Christopher Lochhead is a best-selling author, top podcaster, and former tech-industry CMO. In this episode, Chris and I talk about recent episodes of horrible violence exacting terrible tolls on families, communities, and this entire country.
    As always, Chris shares thoughtful and powerfully voiced views. In this episode, he weaves together the senseless murders of two Americans – George Floyd and Santa Cruz Sheriff's Dept. Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller – and the agony and anger each has triggered.
    Chris also relates a deeply personal story of the kidnapping and murder last year of his best friend – and of the relentless efforts of law enforcement to track down the 4 "unspeakably evil" killers. Echoing the view of most Americans, Chris says that while there are certainly some awful police officers, most law-enforcement officers perform an extremely difficult job in an honorable fashion.
    We discuss the separate but related tributes Chris participated in, and cried in, for George Floyd and for Sgt. Gutzwiller, and profess our belief that it is time for good people of all backgrounds to stand together.



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