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Welcome to #AskTheCEO, an online technology thought leadership community. Ask the CEO is a place where people can come to learn about the latest trends in technology, without a sales pitch, jargon, or call to action.

Learn all about The Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Augmented/Virtual Reality, Cloud Computing, Autonomous Vehicles, and other cutting-edge technologies.

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Welcome to #AskTheCEO, an online technology thought leadership community. Ask the CEO is a place where people can come to learn about the latest trends in technology, without a sales pitch, jargon, or call to action.

Learn all about The Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Augmented/Virtual Reality, Cloud Computing, Autonomous Vehicles, and other cutting-edge technologies.

    Software Development Done Right

    Software Development Done Right

    Vipul Baijal is the country head, USA of Xebia, a Global Technology Strategy and Consulting firm with Full Stack Software Engineering, Product Development and Digital consulting capability to enable digital transformation of enterprises using the latest technology and methodologies. Over the years Xebia has organically built a domain knowledge across industries and used a platform engineering mindset to help fortune companies digitize.


    Contact Vipul:
    Web: https://xebia.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/xebia/
    Twitter: @Xebia

    Contact Avrohom:
    Web: https://asktheceo.biz
    Facebook: AvrohomGottheil
    Twitter: @avrohomg
    Instagram: @avrohomg

    INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

    [00:38] Your company, Xebia, has been in the IT services industry for 2 decades, Globally, and now you’re coming to North America. In what ways can the North American market benefit from your presence here?

    [02:05] Why do clients come to you? Why do they rave about Xebia?

    [04:18] You mentioned Agile as one of Xebia’s core strengths. What is agile, and why is it important?

    [04:30] Agile means being very quick to react to the market.

    [05:20] Things change very quickly. The ones that win are the ones who are able to react quickly.

    [05:40] Xebia starts with an ‘X’. Does that imply some kind of ‘X’ factor?

    [08:20] The future of success is about how much you share.

    [08:31] What’s next with Xebia? What are you looking to accomplish over the next 12-24 months?

    [09:36] How do people connect with you to learn more about Xebia?

    [10:13] Do you have any parting words of wisdom to share with the audience?

    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Fsw6_vPaKog

    • 11 min
    Accelerate Startup Growth

    Accelerate Startup Growth

    Helen Yu is the Founder & CEO at Tigon Advisory, where she drives growth for the largest technology companies in the world and is a board advisor to fast growth SaaS companies. She serves as Vice-Chair and Board Director at the Global CyberSecurity Association.

    Contact Helen:
    Web: https://tigonadvisory.com/
    Twitter: @YuHelenY
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tigonhyu/

    Contact Avrohom:
    Web: https://asktheceo.biz
    Facebook: AvrohomGottheil
    Twitter: @avrohomg
    Instagram: @avrohomg

    INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

    [01:04] I’m happy to have obtained your latest book, Ascend Your Start-Up, conquer the 5 disconnects to accelerate growth. This is such a relevant topic, with over 63,000 startups in the United States alone, and more than 69% of startups being launched as home-based businesses, the allure of having your own business is very great. However, a concern on many people’s minds is that most small businesses fail in the first year of business. How can start-up founders know that they’re on the right track to ensure success? What kind of metrics should they be looking at?

    [03:00] Success means different things to different people.

    [04:25] Once you discover your Why, you’re 25% of the way towards your success.
    [05:00] In your book you talk about the effort involved in climbing a mountain — and the task you were given by your grandmother that inspired you to rise to the challenge. Do you think that having a sense of purpose is vital for start-ups?

    [05:55] Purpose gives us a destination and the motivation to get there.

    [06:29] What makes someone qualified to become an entrepreneur? Is there perhaps a certain kind of person that is tailor-made, in terms of drive and temperament, for running a start-up, and conversely, are there people who should never do it?

    [08:43] Failure is really part of the journey to success.

    [08:47] It’s not about how many times you failed, but rather what lessons did you learn from failure.

    [09:27] One challenge for so many start-ups is knowing how to scale. What’s your advice for successfully making the shift?

    [14:00] What inspired you to write this book?

    [16:13] How do people connect with you?
    Helen: You can connect with me via my website https://tigonadvisory.com/. I’m also very active on Twitter at @YuHelenY, and on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/tigonhyu/.

    [16:39] Do you have any parting words of wisdom that you’d like to share with the audience?

    Watch this episode on YouTube; https://youtu.be/YJPQLqklZQI

    • 18 min
    Building a Secure and Resilient IT Infrastructure

    Building a Secure and Resilient IT Infrastructure

    Register for IBM Think and access on-demand sessions and replays here: https://ibm.biz/BdffCB

    Joe Cropper is a senior technical staff member at IBM, supporting Power Systems and Hybrid Multicloud Solutions.

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    https://soundcloud.com/asktheceopodcast/asktheceo135withjoecropper/s-OqWqyj1n1o2
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    Contact Joe:
    Twitter: @jwcroppe
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-cropper/

    Contact Avrohom:
    Web: https://asktheceo.biz
    Facebook: AvrohomGottheil
    Twitter: @avrohomg
    Instagram: @avrohomg

    INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

    [00:41] As a result of businesses’ digital transformation efforts we now have more data than we know what to do with! To put things into perspective, Forbes stated in an article that 90% of the world’s data has been created in the past 2 years. However, that’s only part of the problem. According to a recent study from Forrester, 71% of businesses are gathering data faster than they can use it, and 66% of businesses say they constantly need more data than their current capabilities provide. And a major challenge that’s keeping people from fully utilizing their data is data silos, which are very common in today’s modern business world, especially in the case of mergers and acquisitions. The challenge here is that businesses that can leverage all of their data, place themselves at a major advantage over their competition. So, if you’re not leveraging all your data, your competition is. Joe, what are you hearing from customers in this space?

    [01:45] Data is the crown jewel of organizations.
    [02:35] The common thread is who can use the data most effectively.
    [03:13] Let’s focus on security. During the past year, there have been numerous data breaches as well as an increase in ransomware attacks that have been shutting down schools, government offices, and even, unfortunately, hospitals! The increase in cyber-attacks has forced many businesses to prioritize their investment in data resiliency solutions. How is IBM helping their clients minimize disruptions and loss due to cyberattacks?

    [03:42] CyberSecurity is a topic that’s front and center in the boardrooms.

    [03:50] There is no room to compromise when it comes to Enterprise Security.

    [05:44] Since we’re discussing resiliency, let’s discuss resiliency from a business continuity perspective. During the pandemic, businesses had to literally transform their IT Infrastructure overnight to enable people to access their workloads remotely. How is IBM making a difference for businesses requiring high availability and resiliency for their mission-critical infrastructure?

    [06:38] IBM’s systems and platforms are running the world’s financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare organizations, and everything in between.

    [08:42] Where can people go to learn more about the conversations businesses are having regarding IT Infrastructure Solutions?

    Joe: Please visit: ibm.biz/BdffCB. On that webpage, you can register for the Think2021 event, or access the sessions on-demand after the event.

    [09:34] How do people connect with you?
    Joe: People can contact me via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-cropper/. I’m always happy to connect with people and answer any questions.

    [09:51] Do you have any parting words of wisdom to share with the audience?

    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dy835X-P_ZM

    • 11 min
    Future Readying your IT Infrastructure

    Future Readying your IT Infrastructure

    To download IBM's study on the Importance of On-Premises Infrastructure For A Future-Ready Hybrid Cloud Strategy: https://ibm.biz/asktheceoforresterstudy2021

    Joe Cropper is a senior technical staff member at IBM, supporting Power Systems and Hybrid Multicloud Solutions.

    Contact Joe:
    Twitter: @jwcroppe
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-cropper/

    Contact Avrohom:
    Web: https://asktheceo.biz
    Facebook: AvrohomGottheil
    Twitter: @avrohomg
    Instagram: @avrohomg

    INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

    [01:27] The global pandemic put our current IT infrastructure to the test. It highlighted the fact that now, more than ever, we need to prioritize infrastructure refreshes. IBM just published the findings of an IT Infrastructure study conducted by Forrester Consulting, which addresses this topic in great detail. What challenges are you witnessing as businesses determine where to invest, and do you have any tips you have to overcome them?

    [02:16] The biggest challenges are that companies are trying to figure out where to invest, how they can get their competitive edge to accelerate what they’re doing, and the sheer number of options.

    [03:00] Public Cloud is important, but we also need a good strong on-prem infrastructure and refresh cycles.

    [04:15] The Forrester Consulting study talks about some of the inherent challenges with public cloud, where 46% of those surveyed stated that public cloud doesn't meet security needs, and 56% of those surveyed stated that data resiliency is challenging for some apps. What are you seeing in the market with your clients?

    [05:00] IBM is taking a lot of the concepts of Cloud, such as OPEX pricing, and applying it to on-prem solutions.

    [07:45] Let’s talk a bit about vulnerabilities—including factors such as cybersecurity, compatibility, and availability. In the Forrester Consulting study, 70% of businesses surveyed delayed an infrastructure refresh more than once, within the last 5 years. What kinds of risks are businesses taking with this delay?

    [08:15] Technology evolves at such a fast pace, yet infrastructure currency is absolutely a necessity when it comes to maintaining a good healthy posture for security.

    [10:00] What risks are businesses taking from a cybersecurity standpoint by delaying their infrastructure refresh?

    [12:18] Where can people go to learn more about the 2021 Forrester Consulting thought leadership paper commissioned by IBM on the “Importance of On-Premises Infrastructure For A Future-Ready Hybrid Cloud Strategy”?

    Joe: Please visit: https://ibm.biz/asktheceoforresterstudy2021. That URL is case-sensitive, so be sure it is all lower-case. On that webpage, you can download the full study, view an on-demand webinar, read a blog recap from an external thought leader, and discover more hybrid cloud solutions and resources.

    [13:05] How do people connect with you?

    Joe: People can contact me via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-cropper/. I’m always happy to connect with people and answer any questions.

    [13:32] Do you have any parting words of wisdom to share with the audience?

    Watch this episode on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/q71xWwW1I9Q

    • 15 min
    Democratizing Healthcare with AI & ML

    Democratizing Healthcare with AI & ML

    Tyler Cohen Wood is the CEO of myConnectedHealth and a 20-year veteran of the cyber security industry, a well-known international cybersecurity influencer, successful keynote speaker, and 3-time published author. She worked for the United States Defense Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense, as well as many other 3-lettered government agencies and the White House.

    Contact Tyler:
    Web:https://myconnectedhealth.net
    Twitter: @TylerCohenWood
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tylercohen78/


    Contact Avrohom:
    Web: https://asktheceo.biz
    Facebook: AvrohomGottheil
    Twitter: @avrohomg
    Instagram: @avrohomg

    INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

    [00:48] Tell me about your background, your journey from working at the DIA to become CEO of a health tech company?

    [01:58] So, what gave you the idea for myConnectedHealth? I mean, that’s so radically different from security?

    [02:04] 1 in 13 Americans suffer from a rare or diagnosed condition.

    [02:04] Tyler shares the story of her personal journey of seeking a diagnosis for a rare, debilitating condition. She talks about the frustration of endless doctor visits, going from one specialist to another, to another, only to be told at the end not to even bother looking for a diagnosis, and just to learn to live with it. Tyler took charge of her situation and developed a chart that helped her discover a deficiency in a certain mineral in her body.

    [11:49] There is no disease that does not have a cure. We just may not know what the cure is yet. And it’s through collaboration that we find the cures.

    [12:40] “1 out of 13 people” means that you either have an undiagnosed illness, or you know someone that does.

    [13:28] Our daily headlines are dominated by Covid-19; however, as you know, there is much more to health care than COVID. There are millions of people around the world that suffer from undiagnosed ailments on a daily basis, with no treatments in sight. What are the challenges health care providers face when it comes to diagnosing and treating people’s ailments?

    [13:30] A big challenge healthcare providers have in diagnosing complex illnesses is that they operate in specialty silos. One specialist might not know the extent a certain illness and/or treatment affects another part of the body.

    [15:14] There is a lot of bias in health care, especially against women, with whom many practitioners tend to be more dismissive.

    [17:00] There is specialty siloing with insurance codes, as well.

    [17: 37] We are so fortunate to be living in a day and age where we are blessed with the latest cutting-edge technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning. I know many healthcare leaders and innovators are leveraging these technologies to develop solutions that will drastically improve people’s lives, and I also know that your company, myConnectedHealth, is working on a first of its kind solution that leverages these technologies to completely revolutionize healthcare for people around the world. Can you share with us some detail about what your company is working on?

    [18:05] myConnectedHealth is a global health care platform that uses data obtained from the patient crowd, all over the world.

    [22:12] This is really exciting and sounds like it will completely change the world as we know it! What will it take to get this solution out to the masses?

    [25:00] Our mission is to provide health care access to people who didn’t have it before.

    [25:40] If you have a phone, you have health care.

    [25:58] How do people connect with you?

    Tyler: You can connect with me via my website https://myconnectedhealth.net. I’m also very active on Twitter at @TylerCohenWood, and on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/tylercohen78/.

    [26:35] Do you have any parting words of wisdom that you’d like to share with the audience?

    Watch this episode on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/x7T9MW80YO0

    • 27 min
    Bringing Trust to the Digital World

    Bringing Trust to the Digital World

    Kai Hermsen is the Global Coordinator for the Charter of Trust with Siemens, where together with his team in the Central Cybersecurity department, he ensures internal implementation of the Charter of Trust and is driving Siemens external Cybersecurity engagements with Charter of Trust partners and stakeholders like the World Economic Forum.

    Contact Kai:
    Twitter: @HermsenKai
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaihermsen

    Contact Avrohom:
    Web: https://asktheceo.biz
    Facebook: AvrohomGottheil
    Twitter: @avrohomg
    Instagram: @avrohomg

    INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS:

    [00:41] Can you briefly summarize what is the Charter of Trust and where is it being used today?

    [01:04] The Charter of Trust was founded as an initiative among companies that wanted to make an impact in the world of cybersecurity.

    [01:49] Get away from the siloed mentality and work together to solve problems.

    [02:33] 2020 has seen headlines dominated by cybersecurity. We’ve had data breaches in all sectors, by prominent brands, such as Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Honda, Zoom, Marriott, and so on. What’s worse is that hackers are shutting down hospitals with debilitating ransomware! The thing is, that many data breaches are caused, not by ineffective firewalls or cybersecurity protocols, but through human weaknesses that were exploited via social engineering activities, such as phishing. And before anyone passes judgment on the people that fall for these tricks, I myself have seen many of these emails, and they look pretty convincing. How can businesses better protect their consumers, and themselves, from these types of attacks?

    [04:01] 2020 has taught us two important lessons in cybersecurity: (a) Cyber threats are real, and if you don’t protect yourself, you’re putting yourself at risk. (b) What happens online has an impact on the real world.

    [04:37] Humans are the weakest link in cybersecurity. How can we turn that around and make it into a strength?

    [04:59] Just like humans are the weakest link in cybersecurity, they’re also your front-line protection.

    [05:13] Cyber security has the power to safeguard our digital business models and make them sustainable.

    [08:16] Identity theft has become a business, and that’s why cyber literacy is so important.

    [09:07] Let’s look at the same challenge from the perspective of the consumer. According to a market analysis by Digital Commerce 360, US eCommerce sales in Q3 of 2020 was 37.1% higher than the same period in the previous year. This shows that people are doing more online digital transactions than ever before. This type of activity requires a massive amount of trust.

    Unfortunately, you can’t trust everyone, and even the most trustworthy companies are vulnerable to phishing attacks like we discussed earlier. What kind of protection can we put in place to be able to sustain this kind of growth?

    [11:45] Trust is not just about security. It’s principled behavior in all of digital.

    [14:00] What protections are there for consumers to shop online and be protected from identity theft?

    [16:42] Self-sovereign identities give the consumer the power to grant identities when they go online. It’s like having a virtual identity.

    [18:34] What do you think is the next step for Siemens regarding the Charter of Trust?

    [20:59] How can people connect with you?

    Kai: The best way to reach me is via LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaihermsen/. I’m also available on Twitter at @HermsenKai.

    [21:33] Do you have any parting words of wisdom to share with the audience?

    [21:39] The virtual world and the real world are completely interchangeable.

    Watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/wchY963rIaA

    • 22 min

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