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Twice-weekly conversations with top executives and thought leaders at the intersection of business, technology, and innovation. Each episode of Technovation explores the technology trends that are transforming business, and the leaders driving digital change inside their organizations. Produced by Metis Strategy and hosted by firm President Peter High, Technovation is the premier podcast for IT and technology professionals with the largest collection of interviews with elite CIOs, CTOs, and CDOs.

Technovation with Peter High (CIO, CTO, CDO, CXO Interviews‪)‬ Metis Strategy

    • Technology
    • 4.8 • 68 Ratings

Twice-weekly conversations with top executives and thought leaders at the intersection of business, technology, and innovation. Each episode of Technovation explores the technology trends that are transforming business, and the leaders driving digital change inside their organizations. Produced by Metis Strategy and hosted by firm President Peter High, Technovation is the premier podcast for IT and technology professionals with the largest collection of interviews with elite CIOs, CTOs, and CDOs.

    Cybersecurity and Risk Management: Western Digital CIO Sesh Tirumala’s Strategy on People, Process, and Technology for Cyber Threat Readiness

    Cybersecurity and Risk Management: Western Digital CIO Sesh Tirumala’s Strategy on People, Process, and Technology for Cyber Threat Readiness

    891: Proper cybersecurity practices within a company involve a shared responsibility across the entire enterprise, not just the IT organization, requiring a unified approach that encompasses people, processes, and technology. In this episode of Technovation, Peter High interviews Sesh Tirumala, Chief Information Officer of Western Digital, to discuss the company's focus on cybersecurity, employee experience, and engineering excellence. Sesh details his experience handling a major cyber incident at Western Digital and the framework he applied to identify vulnerabilities and establish guardrails to mitigate future cyber incidents. He also talks about his approach to improving operational and engineering excellence at the company and explains the importance of culture in IT. Furthermore, he reflects on his journey across various scaled and fast-growing technology companies and shares the future trends in technology that excite him, such as generative AI and digital twins in manufacturing.



    Also available on YouTube:



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNVAKbYgZAo

    • 36 min
    USPS Transformation: CIO Pritha Mehra on COVID-19 Lessons, Employee Experience Enhancements, and Innovations in Logistics

    USPS Transformation: CIO Pritha Mehra on COVID-19 Lessons, Employee Experience Enhancements, and Innovations in Logistics

    890: During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Postal Service (USPS) had to rapidly set up infrastructure to ship subsidized test kits, scaling their operations within three weeks. In this episode of Technovation, Peter High interviews Pritha Mehra, Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of USPS, about this incredible story and the resulting digital transformation. With 34 years at USPS, including more than three and a half as CIO, Pritha discusses the immense technological infrastructure she oversees, including 32,000 network locations and over 930 applications. She highlights USPS’s modernization efforts to stay competitive, their significant role during the pandemic, and initiatives to enhance employee experience and efficiency. Pritha also delves into the implementation of digital twins for tracking packages, the importance of data, AI, and machine learning, and fostering a culture of curiosity and innovation within her team.



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    • 37 min
    The Future of European Tech: Phoenix Court Co-Founder Saul Klein on Brexit, Innovation, and Leading the Next Era of Venture Capital

    The Future of European Tech: Phoenix Court Co-Founder Saul Klein on Brexit, Innovation, and Leading the Next Era of Venture Capital

    889: Venture capital has driven technological advancement from hardware companies like Cisco to software giants like Google. But what does the future hold? In this episode of Technovation, host Peter High talks with Saul Klein, co-founder and managing partner of Phoenix Court, about his insights on a more balanced future for tech VC. They discuss Saul's innovative approach, which includes managing four distinct funds—LocalGlobe, Latitude, Solr, and Basecamp—to strategically support potential unicorns. With experience as a partner at Index Ventures and a non-executive director at the UK's Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology, Saul shares insights on the European and Israeli tech ecosystems, the historical and social context of innovation, and the need to demystify venture capital. Additionally, he analyzes the impact of Brexit on innovation, regulation, and trade agreements, and delves into the social impact initiatives of Phoenix Court and his perspectives on the future of tech investment.



    Also available on YouTube:



    https://youtu.be/cDSfhLPypVo

    • 43 min
    Shaping the Story: Future-Oriented Talent and Innovation with Liberty Mutual Global CIO Monica Caldas and WestRock CIDO Amir Kazmi

    Shaping the Story: Future-Oriented Talent and Innovation with Liberty Mutual Global CIO Monica Caldas and WestRock CIDO Amir Kazmi

    888: The rapid pace of technological change, particularly with the advent of AI tools, has drastically decreased the average half-life of skills to less than five years, necessitating a focus on continuous learning at every level. In this episode of Technovation, we feature a panel from our May 2024 Metis Strategy Digital Symposium, where Liberty Mutual Global CIO Monica Caldas and WestRock CIDO Amir Kazmi speak with Metis Strategy Partner and East Coast Lead Alex Kraus about future-oriented storytelling, talent upskilling, and innovation processes. Discover how Liberty Mutual leverages its ecosystem of partners to develop the 'Skills to Fuel our Future' strategy, maturing employee skills in data, software, and AI, and how Amir at WestRock emphasizes purpose-driven innovation and a growth mindset. Both executives also share their thoughts on executive storytelling, cultural nuances in approaching different personas, and the importance of metrics for evaluating performance and progress.



    Also available on YouTube:



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LJtslLseeo

    • 23 min
    Peter Zeihan on the Collapse of Globalization, Shifts in Global Power Dynamics, and America's Changing Role

    Peter Zeihan on the Collapse of Globalization, Shifts in Global Power Dynamics, and America's Changing Role

    887: Peter Zeihan, renowned geopolitical strategist and founder of Zeihan on Geopolitics, wrote in his most recent book, "the seeds of deglobalization were sown decades ago." Since then, the world has seen both demographic and economic shifts that further validate his analysis. In this episode, Peter High interviews Peter Zeihan about his deep insights on topics intersecting demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and security. The conversation delves into Zeihan's perspectives on Stalin's influence on the global order, the early indicators of deglobalization, and the demographic challenges leading to economic declines. Zeihan provides an in-depth look at the geopolitical futures of major powers like China, Russia, and the United States. He explains the mechanisms driving historic trends, the ongoing conflict with Ukraine, and what might be expected on the world stage in the coming years. Pivoting more locally, Zeihan discusses his predictions for the 2024 US Presidential elections, what each candidate’s win might mean for America’s role on the world stage, and what needs to happen for the US to keep pace with the shifting trends toward deglobalization. Finally, Zeihan gives his thoughts on which other countries might come out on top in the coming years once the dust settles.



    Also available on YouTube:



    https://youtu.be/gMJyhsZ7Ryw

    • 55 min
    Mastering High-Stakes Negotiation: Insights from Former Scotland Yard Detective Scott Walker

    Mastering High-Stakes Negotiation: Insights from Former Scotland Yard Detective Scott Walker

    886: In high-stakes negotiations, whether for ransom, cyber extortion, or business dealings, emotional self-regulation, empathy, and trust-building, alongside practical stress management techniques, are critical to achieving a successful outcome. In this episode of Technovation, Peter High interviews Scott Walker, a former Scotland Yard detective-turned-crisis and risk management consultant about his experience in crisis management and the skills he wishes to pass along to help others in similar situations. With 16 years of experience in serious crime investigation and military intelligence, Scott shares his journey into crisis management, his techniques for negotiation, and the importance of emotional intelligence and resilience. He offers practical advice on how to regulate emotions, build trust through empathy, and manage high-pressure situations, illustrating these with stories from his career. Scott also delves into the parallels between kidnap negotiations and cyber extortion, emphasizing the critical role of time and trust in successful outcomes. His recently published book, 'Order Out of Chaos,' further explores these themes to help readers thrive in adversity and become world-class communicators.



    For more information about Scott's career and his speaking sessions, you can connect with him on LinkedIn.



    Also available on YouTube:



    https://youtu.be/H3-TREMtTBo

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

malfoxley ,

Great show!

The host of the Technovation highlights all aspects of business, tech and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

obacker19 ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as a technology innovator, or just getting started as a catalyst for change - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Peter does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving enterprise and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually walked the path. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

music reviewer 900 ,

Technovation hits the mark!

Peter is a great host and interviewer. His Exec guests are leading the way for real change in the IT arena and value to the business and how they are doing it. Every session has some great nuggets of relevant knowledge and I thoroughly enjoy each weekly session.

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