19 episodes

Insights Tomorrow, brought to you by Microsoft, features in-depth conversations with data leaders and experts about the revolutionary journeys they're taking in the world of data, analytics, and governance. Join host Patrick LeBlanc to explore how unlocking value from data is trailblazing the way to digital transformation.
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Insights Tomorrow, brought to you by Microsoft, features in-depth conversations with data leaders and experts about the revolutionary journeys they're taking in the world of data, analytics, and governance. Join host Patrick LeBlanc to explore how unlocking value from data is trailblazing the way to digital transformation.
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    Cybersecurity in a Digital Data World

    Cybersecurity in a Digital Data World

    On today's episode of Insights Tomorrow, Patrick LeBlanc is joined by Melissa LaVarnway, a cybersecurity generalist at Microsoft. Melissa discusses her extensive experience in cybersecurity, emphasizing the importance of security in today's digital world. She highlights the need for individuals to protect their personal information online and for organizations to secure their data. Melissa and Patrick also touch on various security measures, such as two-factor authentication and encryption, and stress the importance of security in different industries like financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing.  
     
     
    In this episode you’ll learn:      
      
    The benefits of transitioning to cloud-based systems Maintaining control and managing costs while ensuring security Challenges posed by international laws and regulations    
    Some questions we ask:     
      
    What strategies can small organizations employ to enhance their cybersecurity posture? How can organizations mitigate risks associated with storing and processing data? What ethics must companies consider when handling data?  
     
    Resources:    
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    • 31 min
    Deciphering Data Architectures with James Serra

    Deciphering Data Architectures with James Serra

    On this episode of Insights Tomorrow, Patrick LeBlanc is joined by James Serra, Data & AI Solution Architect at Microsoft. The conversation delves into data ingestion best practices, including documenting data sources, considering future needs, and addressing challenges in integrating data from disparate sources. James stresses the complexity of data warehousing and the absence of an "easy button" solution, emphasizing the need for thorough planning and understanding of the data landscape. James and Patrick’s discussion provides insights into the complexities of data architectures and the importance of strategic planning and knowledge in navigating them effectively.  
     
      
    In this episode you’ll learn:      
      
    The importance of well-defined data architectures for organizations  Different approaches to data processing and their impact on architecture Data governance and its role in ensuring data quality, security, and compliance   
    Some questions we ask:     
      
    How do you stay updated with the latest trends and technologies in data architecture? What is your experience with data modeling and database design? Can you discuss a challenging data integration project you've worked on?  
     
    Resources:    
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    View Patrick LeBlanc on LinkedIn 
     
                  
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    • 31 min
    Looking Back at the Evolution of SQL Server with Bob Ward

    Looking Back at the Evolution of SQL Server with Bob Ward

    On today's episode of Insights Tomorrow, Patrick LeBlanc and Bob Ward, Principal Architect for Microsoft SQL, join the show to discuss Bob's career journey. Starting from his college days, working on C programming against mainframe databases, and later specializing in database products like Ingress and Oracle, Bob shares his transition to Microsoft. He details joining the technical support team for SQL Server when internet and email were absent, relying on phone and fax communication. The conversation delves into the challenges of transitioning from on-premises databases to SQL and VM in Azure. Bob and Patrick touch on performance concerns and how the cloud has both eased and retained some challenges. They emphasize the importance of query tuning and performance monitoring in virtual machines or a platform-as-a-service environment, highlighting how certain classic SQL practices still apply. 
      
    In this episode you’ll learn:      
      
    Working in tech support for SQL Server in the absence of internet and email Insights into the evolution of SQL Server highlighting key changes and advancements Challenges transitioning from on-premises databases to SQL and VM in Azure   
    Some questions we ask:     
      
    How do certain classic SQL practices still apply in the modern cloud environment? When did you transition from a developer to specializing in SQL Server at Microsoft? How did SQL Server's shift from on-premises to the cloud?  
     
    Resources:    
    View Bob Ward on LinkedIn  
    View Patrick LeBlanc on LinkedIn 
     
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    • 30 min
    Personalizing Learning through Technology and AI

    Personalizing Learning through Technology and AI

    On today's episode of Insights Tomorrow, Patrick LeBlanc and the Global Chief Technology Officer for Education at Microsoft, Serena Sacks-Mandel, discuss technology initiatives that empower organizations, students, and teachers to use Microsoft platforms and tools. The conversation delves into Serena's role as the CTO at Microsoft, where she discusses her function at the intersection of sales, marketing, and engineering, influencing product development and sales strategy. Patrick and Serena chat about the significance of data analytics in education, Microsoft's role in shaping global education, and the inclusive tools within Microsoft Teams for Education.  
      
    In this episode you’ll learn:      
      
    The importance of data analytics and education solutions Global integration of Microsoft 365 and Teams in educational institutions Microsoft's three primary goals for AI in education   
    Some questions we ask:     
      
    What products have been impactful in driving Microsoft's role in education? How has Microsoft made its technology more accessible to students? What do you see as the future of Microsoft influencing global education?  
    Resources:    
    View Serena Sacks-Mandel on LinkedIn 
    View Patrick LeBlanc on LinkedIn 
     
                  
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    • 28 min
    Exploring the AI Revolution in Healthcare

    Exploring the AI Revolution in Healthcare

    On today's episode of Insights Tomorrow, Patrick LeBlanc and Chief Operating Officer of Egnite, Jessica Neufeld, discuss her work at a digital healthcare company dedicated to improving cardiovascular patient care by applying artificial intelligence and big data to produce business intelligence for healthcare, elevating the role of data in critical decisions. Jessica leads the company's operations, new business development, marketing, medical affairs, and strategic planning. Patrick and Jessica also speak about the current state of AI adoption in healthcare, the challenges healthcare organizations face, and the role of technology in improving patient care.  
      
    In this episode you’ll learn:      
      
    The use of AI in predicting disease progression Success stories of AI implementation in healthcare Emerging trends in AI and business intelligence for the healthcare industry   
    Some questions we ask:     
      
    How is AI currently being utilized in the healthcare industry? What challenges do healthcare organizations face in adopting AI? How do you overcome skepticism when introducing new technologies?  
    Resources:    
    View Jessica Neufeld on LinkedIn 
    View Patrick LeBlanc on LinkedIn 
     
                  
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    • 19 min
    Exploring the Future of Learning with Artificial Intelligence

    Exploring the Future of Learning with Artificial Intelligence

    On today's episode of Insights Tomorrow, Patrick LeBlanc and Chief Product and Innovation Officer Shivani Stumpf discuss her role in shaping the product direction and strategy for one of the largest education technology providers in the world. Power School serves 50 million students across 90+ countries, with a significant presence in the United States. Patrick and Shivani also talk about what personalized learning means in the context of education, how AI is currently being used at Power School to tailor the learning experience for students, and the challenges faced by educators and institutions in implementing AI, from securing sensitive student data, dealing with ransomware threats, the rapid evolution of technology, and more. 
      
    In this episode, you’ll learn:      
      
    How to ethically introduce AI into the ecosystem of different school districts Best practices for educators who are interested in integrating AI into their classrooms The need to understand students holistically to personalize education pathways   
    Some questions we ask:     
      
    What role do teachers play in this AI-driven personal learning environment? How will parents benefit from this new AI process in schools? What developments or trends in the field of educational AI are you excited about?    
    Resources:    
    View Shivani Stumpf on LinkedIn 
    View Patrick LeBlanc on LinkedIn 
     
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    • 31 min

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