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Hi my name is TC, and I’m honored to be hosting the CTO Confessions podcast brought to you by IT Labs. In our podcast we tackle the subject of leadership, how to deal with hard issues facing your business and we try to get closer to the world of those fantastic women and men that hold it all together with different priorities that rarely get appreciated.

Join us in our biweekly podcast and have fun as we tackle the world of business and the CTO Life.

Brought to you by IT Labs.

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Hi my name is TC, and I’m honored to be hosting the CTO Confessions podcast brought to you by IT Labs. In our podcast we tackle the subject of leadership, how to deal with hard issues facing your business and we try to get closer to the world of those fantastic women and men that hold it all together with different priorities that rarely get appreciated.

Join us in our biweekly podcast and have fun as we tackle the world of business and the CTO Life.

Brought to you by IT Labs.

Listen to all our podcats on:

iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/mk/podcast/cto-confession-brought-to-you-by-it-labs/id1507959613

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3LKhgOJSkRbbCn9agFCajC

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/cto-confessions

    Episode 72: Reshaping the Probate Industry With John Catnach

    Episode 72: Reshaping the Probate Industry With John Catnach

    End-of-life is a challenging time for loved ones. The bereavement process is difficult at the best of times, adding further challenges when the legal and financial questions arise from the event. Well, the guest we have on this podcast is working hard to make this smoother. John Catnach, the CTO of Exizent, is working hard with his team to create a smoother and more efficient process. It reduces time to find information, provides it to all the relevant parties, and eliminates duplication of information. This solution that Exizent is providing is a great example of how technology can make people's lives easier, even in the most trying of times.

    Key takeaways from the podcast are:

    • Just how complex the bereavement process can be and how Exizent is providing a solution to that.

    • The art of over-communication when working remotely (especially in the COVID-19 era)

    • The importance of making yourself expendable so you can be agile, nimble, and free in your career with ease and elegance (not being so important you become pigeon holed into a project)

    Our Guest: John Catnach
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johncat/
    Website: https://www.exizent.com/

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 52 min
    Episode 71: Major Pivot To Major Success With Eion O'Brien

    Episode 71: Major Pivot To Major Success With Eion O'Brien

    In business development and in particular startups, we talk about pivoting whenever the situation has changed or an even better idea has emerged. One that solves a real problem and pain point in the real world.

    Well, our guest in this episode of CTO Confessions, Eoin O'Brien, tells about a huge pivot that led to a big success. He is the CTO of Tracworx, a company that offers a cloud-hosted Wi-Fi-based patient flow management and asset tracking solution. This is all in the spirit of improving operational efficiency within organizations. Eoin joins us to share his leadership and startup journey and lessons learned so far:

    Key takeaways from the podcast with Eoin are:

    • Having a varied set of leaders allows for a blend of leadership that can create a strong foundation for success.

    • Pivoting is not just a cool Jazz dance move, its an important and potentially high return business tool

    • Build a good strong, resilient team around you, so your business has resilience in tough times

    Our Guest: Eoin O'Brien
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eoin-obrien/
    Website: https://www.tracworx.ai/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tracworx_

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 49 min
    Episode 70: For The Love Of Data With Arend-Jan Nijhuis

    Episode 70: For The Love Of Data With Arend-Jan Nijhuis

    There are mountain ranges of it! There are oceans of it! Not only do we climb the mountains, but we also swim in it as well. Yes! We are talking about data. And yes, it's an understatement to say there is a bit of it about. To help us tech leaders get clarity on this bonkers situation, we have Arend-Jan Nijhuis, a data expert who joins us on CTO confessions, to share his experience and some tips about how to harness its potential. Also, some sharing of cases where the use of data went curly at the edges and created a huge undesirable impact.

    Key takeaways from the podcast with Arend are:

    • How companies and governments are using big data and the pitfalls and benefits of using it

    • The gravitation towards harmonized systems so data can be shared in standardized forms

    • Some tips on outsourcing (Arends experience)

    • The importance of multidisciplinary teams so that innovation can emerge from the exportation of data

    • The role of an analytical translator to help understand and use the data

    Our Guest: Arend-Jan Nijhuis
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arendjannijhuis/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArendJanNijhuis

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 48 min
    Episode 69: Tech'ing up the last-mile With Lachlan Laycock

    Episode 69: Tech'ing up the last-mile With Lachlan Laycock

    We are all served by them in these modern times. Those helpful men and women bringing our orders to our homesteads. The complexity of this last logistical mile becomes evident as one scales, and constraints become evident. Expected costs are being driven down, and time to deliver ever smaller.
    In this episode, we speak to the CTO of Stuart, a company in this space; Lachlan Laycok joins us to celebrate his lessons learnt and his team's efforts.

    Key takeaways from the podcast are:

    • Making your life easier as a leader by employing people better than you

    • How using data sharpens the edge of the competitive blade

    • The importance of addressing the really good, the bad, and the damn right ugly. Those towers-of-knowledge and toxic members of your team

    Our Guest: Lachlan Laycock
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lachlanlaycock/
    Website: https://stuart.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Stuart_Delivery

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 57 min
    Episode 68: Simplifying Holidays and Leisure One Project at a Time With Christian Rudolph

    Episode 68: Simplifying Holidays and Leisure One Project at a Time With Christian Rudolph

    A techie who started out as a system administrator, and slowly worked his way up the ladder, ending up as the Director of DevOps at TUI Travel Group, the world’s number one holiday business group – Christian Rudolph. We sat down with him in an episode, and he just let us pick his brain as we tried to see what’s really ‘techy’ that’s going on behind the scenes in a big corporation like TUI, as well as learn about his experience as a tech leader.

    From his humble beginnings, all the way to leading teams in a big company, Christian has wisdom that we’re sure many of you would like to hear – from his advice on how to put together high performing teams, all the way to how he manages them, there’s not much else to say than: this is an episode you must hear.

    Key takeaways from this podcast:

    - How leading teams can actually help you maintain your passion

    - Why maintaining team spirit is more important than ensuring efficiency

    - How trust shapes teams and ensures longevity efficiency

    Our Guest: Christian Rudolph
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-rudolph-592ab841/
    Website: https://www.tuigroup.com/en-en
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/chrisru82

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 42 min
    Episode 67: All Roads Lead To Data With Ian Gordon

    Episode 67: All Roads Lead To Data With Ian Gordon

    Most tech leaders can be found plying their trade in the private sector, but there are those with big dreams and the willingness to make the world a better place by rolling up their sleeves, and getting down in the mud. Ian Gordon, Head of Data Architecture @ Highway England is just that. This starry-eyed young techie with big dreams and goals understood what it means to provide value for customers and users, and just set about doing that by working with a network bigger than the internet – the road network.

    We talked with Ian about his journey through tech world, how he envisages roads in the 21st century, and how to find pockets of imperfection in which one can make a telling contribution.

    Key takeaways from the podcast:

    - How large amounts of data can actually hinder progress if they lack quality

    - Why looking at the bigger picture is a “quick fix” when looking for areas in which you need to improve

    - How do the public and private sector differ in terms of functionality and keeping up with the times

    Our Guest: Ian Gordon
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/igordon/
    Website: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/infradatas

    Intro and background music: Craig MacArthur - Power Shutoff (www.youtube.com/watch?v=x74iB_jtauw)

    • 50 min

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