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Technology leaders making sense of network disruption.

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Technology leaders making sense of network disruption.

    "How can I nurture innovation at a federal agency?"

    "How can I nurture innovation at a federal agency?"

    Today, I talk to Chad Sheridan, Chief Innovation Officer at NetImpact Strategies about:

    - How to measure value in the federal context
    - The balance between delivering features and technical debt
    - Why switching from project to product thinking matters
    - The value in leveraging cloud for agencies
    - How to lean on peers and overcome other technology leadership challenges

    As former service delivery chief for the USDA, Chad recently moved to work at NetImpact Strategies to advise a number of agencies on what we’re about to talk about today. That is, creating and measuring value in the federal context, switching from project to product thinking to nurture innovation, the cloud’s value for agencies, and how to lean on peers to overcome the challenges that inevitably come with the territory of technology leadership.

    • 44 min
    "How do I up-skill my team for digital transformation?"

    "How do I up-skill my team for digital transformation?"

    Today, I talk to Thomas Sweet, VP in IT Solutions at GM Financial, about:

    - How he’s turning his QA organization into a unified engineering team
    - The value of certifications and metrics
    - Specific tactics he uses to drive continuous learning
    - Why he doesn’t want GM Financial’s Cloud Centre of Excellence (CCoE) to return his team members



    Tom’s got a real focus on lifting people up in the workplace. I want to give credit where credit is due, so I’d like to thank our friends at Linux Academy (or, rather, A Cloud Guru), for introducing us. Tom gets into the tactical weeds explaining how he’s doing what he’s doing, which is really valuable, so thanks for that Christophe. 

    Note: Tom’s opinions are his own and do not represent those of GM or GM Financial.

    P.S. Know who I should speak to next? Drop me a line at andrew [at] networkdisrupted [dot] com. 

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    • 26 min
    "How did they adopt SD-WAN so fast?"

    "How did they adopt SD-WAN so fast?"

    Today, I talk to Anshuman Awasthi, Director of Infrastructure Engineering @ [Leading Retailer Whose Name I Can’t Say], about:

    - Why his team chose to adopt SD-WAN before its relative popularity
    - How he leveraged vendor partnerships to tailor emerging solutions
    - How Anshu’s company determined requirements for the emerging technology
    - What securing traffic in this new world looked like for Anshu’s team

    My guest is the Director of Infrastructure, Engineering at a publicly traded, leading retailer based in CA whose legal team won’t let me say their name. But they do furniture really well. Anshu’s company was an early adopter of SD-WAN, before its value was as defined, so we talk about how and why they did that.

    Find Anshu on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anshumana/Or read his Forbes column here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/people/anshumanawasthi/#53b78c831ec4

    P.S. Know who I should speak to next? Drop me a line at andrew [at] networkdisrupted [dot] com. 

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    • 30 min
    "Is AI a dirty word?"

    "Is AI a dirty word?"

    In this episode, I talk with Vishal Gupta, CTO @ Unisys, about:

    - The value AI actually has (and doesn’t have) in an enterprise setting
    - Low-hanging fruit for which an organization can use AI (specifically in the realm of improving customer experience and classifying devices for policy application)
    - Common data-collection misconceptions enterprises have
    - Bonus: how Unisys is equipping its employees career security through skills training

    Vishal is the CTO of Unisys, the IT company we’ve known for over a century. Since he started in 2018, Vishal has been focused on helping Unisys’ customers apply analytics in practical ways, and on enabling his organization to attract, engage, and retain talent. We talk about both things in the episode.

    P.S. Know who I should speak to next? Drop me a line at andrew [at] networkdisrupted [dot] com. 

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    • 22 min
    "How do I measure an automation strategy?"

    "How do I measure an automation strategy?"

    In this episode, I talk with Juha Holkkola, CEO @ FusionLayer about:

    - The networking reality at many large organizations
    - Automation strategy mistakes he sees organizations making
    - The best IP address management (IPAM) tools most organizations cling to
    - His advice for effective automation

    Juha is the co-founder and CEO of FusionLayer, a DDI company focused on helping large customers automate their infrastructure. While a bit different than my typical guest, Juha – like me – talks to a large number of IT leaders. He therefore understands where widespread holes (and, conversely, opportunities for improvement) exist.

    P.S. Know who I should speak to next? Drop me a line at andrew [at] networkdisrupted [dot] com. 

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    • 24 min
    "How do I interpret business requirements?"

    "How do I interpret business requirements?"

    In this episode, I talk with Jon Macy, Director @ Cerner about:

    * How he balances single customer requirements and popular requests

    * How he engages with the business

    * The business-focused platform-as-a-service that he’s effectively built for the organization

    * What he thinks makes a valuable technology partnership

    Jon is focused on building enduring architectures and systems at Cerner, and it shows in the way he talks about his role and challenges. It’s both reassuring to listen to, and certainly helpful to others on a similar path.

    P.S. Know who I should speak to next? Drop me a line at andrew [at] networkdisrupted [dot] com. 

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    • 26 min

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