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The Futurum Tech Podcast (FTP), featuring Daniel Newman, Olivier Blanchard, and Fred McClimans, is a weekly podcast covering the latest in tech news, new products and services, mergers, earning, regulations, and so much more. From startups to industry leaders, from emerging tech to the latest in artificial intelligence and cyber security. If it's worth discussing, you'll find it here each week as the Futurum team of tech and equity analysts, and the occasional guest, discuss their Story of the Week, the Fast Five things you need to know, the biggest "tech bites" gaffe of the week, and their crystal ball predictions.

If you're in the tech industry, a tech leader, or just a tech enthusiast, then the Futurum Tech Podcast should be a staple in your weekly listening. Subscribe now and stay connected to this exciting journey into the world of technology.

For inquiries or more information on the show you may email the team at Futurum Research at podcast@futurumresearch.com or follow @FuturumXYZ on Twitter and feel free to direct inquires through that channel as well. To learn more about Future research please visit www.futurumresearch.com

As a reminder, the Futurum Tech Podcast is intended as an informational newsletter only. No investment advice is offered. While equities are frequently discussed, the analysts on this show are not in any way offering financial advice.

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The Futurum Tech Podcast (FTP), featuring Daniel Newman, Olivier Blanchard, and Fred McClimans, is a weekly podcast covering the latest in tech news, new products and services, mergers, earning, regulations, and so much more. From startups to industry leaders, from emerging tech to the latest in artificial intelligence and cyber security. If it's worth discussing, you'll find it here each week as the Futurum team of tech and equity analysts, and the occasional guest, discuss their Story of the Week, the Fast Five things you need to know, the biggest "tech bites" gaffe of the week, and their crystal ball predictions.

If you're in the tech industry, a tech leader, or just a tech enthusiast, then the Futurum Tech Podcast should be a staple in your weekly listening. Subscribe now and stay connected to this exciting journey into the world of technology.

For inquiries or more information on the show you may email the team at Futurum Research at podcast@futurumresearch.com or follow @FuturumXYZ on Twitter and feel free to direct inquires through that channel as well. To learn more about Future research please visit www.futurumresearch.com

As a reminder, the Futurum Tech Podcast is intended as an informational newsletter only. No investment advice is offered. While equities are frequently discussed, the analysts on this show are not in any way offering financial advice.

    Cloud Announcements Indicate Continued Momentum to Cloud

    Cloud Announcements Indicate Continued Momentum to Cloud

    For this week’s episode of the Futurum Tech Webcast, Futurum’s Daniel Newman and Sarah Wallace discuss major cloud announcements by vendors such as HPE, Oracle, AWS, Microsoft, and IBM that have been made in the last few weeks. These announcements confirm that there is continued momentum in cloud, especially during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic when companies have had shift to accelerate their digital transformation.
     
    This webcast covered announcements from:
     
    HPE’s virtual Discover event and the unveiling of its new Ezmeral software platform, as well as the acquisition of Silver Peak.  
    Oracle’s announcements around its Dedication Region Cloud@Customer and others  
    Microsoft’s announcements from its Inspire event, including updates to Dynamics 365 and Power Platform  
    AWS announcements of its Low Code/No Code with new Honeycode, its launch of Relational Database Service for AWS Outposts, and the availability of AWS IoT SiteWise for industrial customers   IBM and Adobe’s partnership to digitally transform regulated industries  
    IBM, Red Hat and SAP helping customers who want to run SAP Cloud Platform on-prem  
    Disclaimer: This show is for information and entertainment purposes only. While we will discuss publicly traded companies on this show, the contents of this show should not be taken as investment advice.

    • 23 min
    How Big Tech is Driving a Return to Work and How the World of Work Will Transform Along the Way

    How Big Tech is Driving a Return to Work and How the World of Work Will Transform Along the Way

    For this week’s episode of the Futurum Tech Webcast, analysts Shelly Kramer and Sarah Wallace discuss how the Future of Work has transformed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tech industry has seen major announcements vendors regarding remote collaboration, workplace transformation and safety, and distance certification.
     
    Their conversation includes a look at:
     
    Cisco Live’s Collaboration launch, which focuses on workplace transformation, helping IT transform to a ‘new normal,’ moves to enable seamless remote workflows with expanded integrations with productivity tools, enhanced security around collaboration, and more.  
    HPEs return to work solutions announced during HPE’s Discoverevent, including touchless entry solutions, fever detection tech, workplace alerts, and some other really cool offerings.  
    Siemens’ partnership with Salesforce on a new workplace technology suite that allows companies to safely return to work and some of the specifics of that offering.  
    We also discussed our thoughts on what’s ahead — the Future of Work world will require a transformation of the actual work that’s done, a transformation of the workplace, and a transformation of the workforce as well — and all that’s entailed there.
     
    It was a fascinating discussion and we’re glad to have you as part of it.
     
    Disclaimer: This show is for information and entertainment purposes only. While we will discuss publicly traded companies on this show, the contents of this show should not be taken as investment advice.

    • 26 min
    Future Proofing the Enterprise — Transforming Business Operations

    Future Proofing the Enterprise — Transforming Business Operations

    In this episode of the Futurum Tech Webcast, analysts Fred McClimans and Shelly Kramer explore the topic of future-proofing the enterprise and transforming business operations. No politics, no economics — just a hard look at the importance of putting a plan process that doesn’t just digitize things today and answer the easy questions (e.g. do we use Microsoft Teams or Cisco Webex for our meetings?), but which truly transforms operations in order to make the business as a whole more resilient and more agile moving forward.
     
    Our conversation in the show today includes the importance of assembling an internal SWOT team, an exploration of what that team looks like, and the things teams should consider as they try to plan for the future.
     
    Some of the key factors organizations must consider and which we cover in more detail in this episode include:
     
    The importance of moving operations to the cloud The most effective use of collaboration platforms Managing and planning for data center resources Rethinking security operations, evaluating enterprise SOCs Evaluating contracts around your data center, office space, and supply chain, and managed services security contracts How these things are monitored and how information is shared within the enterprise so as to provide real-time insights Evaluating what happens to productivity with a WFH workforce and how to facilitate that Managing the social needs of employees and the rule both collaboration platforms play there Disclaimer: This show is for information and entertainment purposes only. While we will discuss publicly traded companies on this show, the contents of this show should not be taken as investment advice.

    • 34 min
    The Impact of the Pandemic: Changes in Leadership Styles and Technology Approaches

    The Impact of the Pandemic: Changes in Leadership Styles and Technology Approaches

    On this episode of the Futurum Tech Podcast – Interview Series, host Daniel Newman welcomes Tim Tully, CTO and Senior Vice President of Splunk to discuss leadership through the crisis, how companies have changed in the last three months and new approaches to cloud, AI and ML technologies. Tim also gave a quick overview of .conf20, Splunk’s upcoming virtual tech conference this October.
     
    In our conversation, Tim and I explored how businesses have changed in the last few months. Digital transformation has been pushed forward faster than ever before with more technology adoption and better communication systems being utilized. It’s apparent now that the working remotely can be successful, which ultimately removes hiring barriers that might have once been in place. Companies like Splunk can hire the best person for the job regardless of location.
     
    Confronting problems with more empathy and EQ. Tim shared that the pandemic has forced Splunk executives to look at the problems the company is facing with a sense of empathy. They’re more focused on understand how the situation has impacted employees and customers and their livelihoods. This has been an awakening for a lot of companies to really concentrate on employees and individuals over the bottom line.
     
    Turning toward technology and data.  Tim and I discussed the technology Splunk has set up to help themselves and customers understand their data through the pandemic. The first piece of technology — the Remote Work Insights app, which is free on GitHub — is a dashboard that allows people to see how their resources are being used by employees at home. For example, customers can see how their VPN is being used and if they’re going to need more bandwidth. They’re able to make decisions based on data without ever slowing down the business. Tim also shared that Splunk has seen an uptick in their app usage. More clients are using the dashboards to quickly view KPIs wherever they might be. It’s clear the way people work and how they approach technology are changing.
     
    A change in architecture.  We also discussed how many companies are adopting more hybrid architecture. Tim shared that he has been encouraging Splunk customers to move to a hyperconverged data plane. It’s the idea that data can live both on-prem and in the cloud but be in one data pipeline. Customers want the ability to process data where it is, reduce costs, and then route the data to products in different clouds. This is not a surprising move given Splunk’s “Data to Everything” motto.
     
    A different approach to machine learning. Tim shared his thoughts on the new direction Splunk is taking with machine learning (ML). When you think of ML, you most likely think about a hypothesis and plugging in data that’s at rest to help a system learn. Splunk is taking a different approach with their stream processing which is a low latency level of processing that enables real-time machine learning continuously. Many tech experts and analysts have long surmised that ML would move this direction eventually. Splunk is making it happen.
     
    A teaser to .conf20. Lastly, Tim and I talked a little bit about Splunk’s annual conference .conf20 which will be taking place virtually this year on October 20-21. There will be keynotes and exciting new product releases — definitely something you don’t want to miss. Sign up now to be notified when registration is open.
     
    Disclaimer: This show is for information and entertainment purposes only. While we will discuss publicly traded companies on this show, the contents of this show should not be taken as investment advice.

    • 31 min
    Confronting the Practice of Adjunct Surveillance

    Confronting the Practice of Adjunct Surveillance

    On this special episode of The Futurum Tech Podcast - Interview Series host Daniel Newman welcomes Raju Vegesna, Chief Evangelist at Zoho to discuss data privacy and security including examining Zoho’s new bold stance on privacy. In the last few years, it seems like the respect of privacy has declined. Ad networks collect massive amounts of information about consumers, giving seemingly endless targeting options to companies, but there is no control given to the user about what information is collected — and that needs to change.
     
    Raju and I explored how companies use adjunct surveillance to make money off of customers. Data is being collected about us, from our shopping habits to our browsing history, and a lot of it is being done without our knowledge. While it’s more common in the consumer world, it’s also happening in the B2B world too. Companies embed tracking or analytics code to monitor what is being done on their sites, but this information collected by third parties is then sold to other companies. Zoho said enough with this practice.
     
    Zoho’s bold stance on privacy. Raju shared that Zoho no longer embeds any tracking or analytics software from third parties on its websites or applications. Everything that is embedded is a Zoho product with an easy to understand explanation of what data is being collected. Zoho’s customer’s can enable tracking from other parties, but it is not something that Zoho does which is a compromise they are willing to make.
     
    The privacy pendulum is swinging back toward permissions. We discussed the potential future in this area. I’ve been a purveyor of privacy for many years and hope that more companies follow Zoho’s lead. Raju believes that more companies will. He shared that recently The New York Times eliminated a lot of the trackers on their website which is hopefully generating some awareness around these tracking practices. Ultimately it would be great if users get full control over what data is being collected and shared.
     
    What success will look like. Lastly, Raju shared what the payoff will look like from this stance on privacy — and he doesn’t mean in financial terms. Zoho is lucky since it is a private company, they are able to create and take this stance. It is the right thing to do and Raju shared that they have the freedom to take this risk. Raju posed the question, “what’s the point of being financially profitable if you’re morally bankrupt.” For the company, it really only matters if they are doing the right thing.
     
    I recently explored Zoho’s new stance on privacy and adjunct surveillance. Be sure to check out the article to learn how they are looking to set themselves apart from other B2B vendors. If you’d like more information about Zoho and their offerings you can visit their website.
     
    Disclaimer: This show is for information and entertainment purposes only. While we will discuss publicly traded companies on this show, the contents of this show should not be taken as investment advice.

    • 21 min
    Reframing AI: From Cloud-based to the Edge, AI is Expanding its Reach

    Reframing AI: From Cloud-based to the Edge, AI is Expanding its Reach

    In this episode of Futurum Tech Webcast, host Daniel Newman and Senior Analyst and Research Director Olivier Blanchard discuss the state and direction of the ever-expanding world of artificial intelligence (AI), and how, from the cloud to the edge, AI is expanding its reach including how chipmakers are driving the future of AI.
     
    In their discussion, Olivier and Daniel explored the business, societal, and other broad implications of this expansion, as well as how will these different tiers of AI technology will likely work together. They also touched on the following:
     
    The evolution of AI from a cloud and data center focus to on-device AI, and the importance of that evolution to the types of experiences that it creates for users.  
    The challenges of cloud-based AI benefits, including latency issues, connectivity issues, overburdened networks, and outages, all of which result in performance issues and frustrations for users.  
    The binary model of cloud-based AI and device-based AI and what that third layer in the edge can do.  
    How AI is increasingly finding its way into smart phones (in ways that users might not even notice), some interesting use case examples, and where that is particularly useful.  
    The role of chipsets, like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipsets, and some of the impressive functionality they are serving up — and what that means for the future of on-device communication.  
    How AI is finding its way into factories, cities, and utilities and what that means for the future.  
    AI’s role in healthcare, especially during an epidemic, when speed is critical.  
    The role of AI in autonomous vehicles that will someday become the norm.  
    How AI is transforming enterprise-class analytics and democratizing enterprise software by making it not only more effective, but also more accessible and user-friendly.  
    Olivier and Daniel also shared a little about their latest book (Human/Machine: The future of our relationship with machines) which examines how bots, voice interfaces, automatic scheduling, and autofill are already transforming the way we work, from speeding up the process of drafting an email to streamlining document creation and project management.
     
    Other insights from the Futurum Research team:
     
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