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Welcome to the Data Binge Podcast, hosted by Derek Russell, a digital strategist in big tech helping enterprise businesses become empowered through data. This podcast focuses on providing perspectives on how Microsoft is positioning its cloud, AI, machine learning, and other data driven tech, across various industry verticals.

The Data Binge Derek Russell

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Welcome to the Data Binge Podcast, hosted by Derek Russell, a digital strategist in big tech helping enterprise businesses become empowered through data. This podcast focuses on providing perspectives on how Microsoft is positioning its cloud, AI, machine learning, and other data driven tech, across various industry verticals.

    Capturing, Creating, & Accelerating New Business Value with Open Innovation

    Capturing, Creating, & Accelerating New Business Value with Open Innovation

    We hear about innovation so much nowadays in the business world - we hear it in company earnings releases, we hear it internally in place of work, and we see it in peoples titles on LinkedIn, but what exactly is Innovation, what is Open Innovation, and how is it changing in our current technology landscape?

    Today's conversation is a Simply Tech LIVE interview recorded June 17th, of this year 2021, featuring my co-host Ali Mazaheri, and our special guests Jason Deskin, and Lisa Griego. Jason Deskin is the Chief Technology Officer for Digital Advisory in Microsoft's US West Region business, and in the US Retail & Consumer Goods Business. Lisa, is a Director in the Retail & Consumer Goods business supporting organizations in the West US, and both of these incredible voices are joining this discussion today to talk through the importance of innovation, and how critical it is for different organizations to bring together their strengths and weaknesses to meet unmet market needs. We're going to talk about different ways of approaching problems, and this idea of the "learn it all culture" vs the "know it all culture" - what this actually means and how to deploy curiosity at scale. We're going to talk about empathy and it’s role in innovation, and finally, were going to talk about overcoming the barriers to innovation and how to build programs that can jump start organizational change, differentiation, and maybe even some re-direction.

    Technology has never been more important in our world - and understanding how to bring different thinking, mindsets, people, ideas, and cultures together, to stimulate new ideas, WILL be the future of how we create novel innovations and solutions for a very quickly evolving world.

    • 55 min
    Empowering Business Outcomes with Cloud Computing

    Empowering Business Outcomes with Cloud Computing

    Today is a fun discussion for those of you interested in the business implications of the cloud, specifically Azure, and some experiences I have to share about my time at Microsoft working with some of the largest businesses in the world, empowering business value through novel technologies mostly centered around Machine Learning and AI. I am joined in this recorded LIVE discussion by today's host, Bret Cullivan, Azure Applications and Infrastructure, Global Partner Director, at Microsoft. As you will see, Bret and I really share a lot of ideas around business empowerment through technology, and we talk through a lot of key concepts, learnings, and trends, as Bret hosts the discussion, with the help of his peers moderating the session: Srinivasan Venkatarajan, and Shalini Chandrashekar - Azure Global Partner Directors at Microsoft. We were joined by a LIVE global audience of Microsoft partners, with a total of 175 registrants across (2) LIVE discussions, with folks dialing in from places far beyond the shores of the West Coast where Bret and I are dialing in from.

    • 57 min
    Accelerating Business Ecosystems | High Tech, Venture Capital, and Unicorns

    Accelerating Business Ecosystems | High Tech, Venture Capital, and Unicorns

    Today's episode is a Simply Tech LIVE interview recorded May 6th, of this year 2021, featuring my co-host, Ali Mazaheri, and our special guests, coming to us from Microsoft's High Tech Pursuits Unicorn Team - a special team focused on accelerating, partnering, and supporting the enterprise of the future.

    The discussion will feature Ken Miller, GM of Microsoft's West Region Intelligent Cloud team and leader of the Unicorn team we're talking with today. Shaloo Garg will be joining us in the discussion, Shaloo is the Managing Director of Growth Stage Startups and Unicorns at Microsoft. We'll also be featuring Matt Hughes in the discussion, Matt is a High Tech industry leader at Microsoft, and the combination of these (3) guests will cover a vast array of really fun, top of mind, and critical topics across the high tech industry, and, how value will be, and continues to be captured and developed with founders, venture capitalists, and new joint partnerships in the world of fast moving and emerging technologies.

    If you have any interest in the future landscape of emerging tech as a founder, an investor, or an organization looking to seek differentiated ways to think about the growth stage and unicorn ecosystem, you will very much enjoy this conversation.

    Thank you for listening, and now we bring you Microsoft's High-Tech Pursuits Unicorn Team.

    • 57 min
    Derek Russell & Andy Winskill | The Virtual Work Movement - Social Influence & Virtual Selling

    Derek Russell & Andy Winskill | The Virtual Work Movement - Social Influence & Virtual Selling

    Today's discussion is a recording of a session hosted by my friend and colleague, Andy Winskill, a Sr. Digital Advisor at Microsoft, who also leads a community of approximately 2700 employees at Microsoft, called the "Virtual Work Learning Group". The mission of the virtual work group is to empower everyone on the planet, to create engaging, meaningful, and impactful virtual work experiences, in an environment that enables us to do our best work. The community has featured talks from some amazing women and men around topics ranging from how to be a better storyteller, all the way to fine tuning remote presentation skills.

    This episode features a presentation that I led around Social Influence and Virtual Selling. I am no longer in a sales organization, BUT, I do believe that everything any of us do at any capacity in our work, most likely demands for advocating our ideas and getting our perspective heard - this, I believe, will be a highly valuable skill as our ecosystems become more digital, and our thoughts and perspectives as knowledge workers and executives, become more valuable to the world.

    Thanks for listening.

    • 55 min
    Katy Brown | Leadership Through Adversity | Encouragement, Gratitude, & Uplifting Others

    Katy Brown | Leadership Through Adversity | Encouragement, Gratitude, & Uplifting Others

    Today's episode is a Simply Tech LIVE interview recorded February 25th, 2021, featuring my co-host Ali Mazaheri, and our very special guest, Katy Brown, Vice President of US Enterprise for the West Region, at Microsoft.

    Both Ali and I have shared the distinct pleasure of working with Katy and her senior leadership team professionally at Microsoft, but in preparation for and execution of this very discussion, we had the wonderful opportunity to get to know Katy on a more personal level, and to really understand her own journey of overcoming adversity, and how it has shaped her as a leader.

    The discussion will cover everything including hard decisions Katy had to make to take better care of her teams and people in the wake of the pandemic, as folks had to really show up more than they ever had for their customers, partners, and families. We will discuss Katy's reflections and adjustments in how she has been taking care of herself and showing up as her best self across the past year, as well as some guiding learnings and perspectives she has developed while navigating through challenges in her personal life.

    We are so happy to deliver and share a truly, special episode with all of you - we all need to hear more voices of vulnerability, courage, and strength, as we continue to help each other navigate very challenging moments as we move through life and adapt, struggle, and learn through our individual journeys.

    • 36 min
    Dr. Angus Hervey | Future Crunch | Understanding Basic Principles for the Future of Technology

    Dr. Angus Hervey | Future Crunch | Understanding Basic Principles for the Future of Technology

    Today's discussion is a LinkedIn LIVE recording of the Data Binge Podcast featuring Dr. Angus Hervey, Political Economist and co-founder of Future Crunch.

    Future Crunch, based out of Australia, is a think-tank focused on fostering intelligent and optimistic thinking, inspiring enthusiasm and excitement for technology, and empowering people to contribute to an inclusive future.

    I came across Gus in a Global MBA learning event where he led a presentation focused on the adaptability quotient, or one's ability to overcome challenges by quickly determining what's relevant in the current era of knowledge. The interest of Gus's work doesn't stop there, Future Crunch is really trying to get people excited about technology again, as it exists within every layer of our lives, and as it tends to get mostly negative attention - there is another story to tell. Future Crunch disperses a phenomenal newsletter based on optimistic events happening in and around our planet, in an attempt to change the stories of the 21st century, by changing the stories we tell ourselves. In this discussion, Gus brings together his interests across economics, politics, and science, to weave together a new perspective on human kinds future, how to prepare for it, how to understand it, and how we can all look to empathize, entertain, and contribute to a novel and wonderful, narrative for our species.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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Pathros K ,

Super insightful as a new professional

Recommend to me by a friend...Great depth of knowledge and range of information covered here. Loved the episode on sales. Wrote down names of books. Just joined the workforce right out of college and this has been quite helpful navigating my career so far. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

mau_zaragoza ,

Great and useful tips !

Hello Derek !
I just want to share that I listened to your podcast number 53. I have replayed it 4 times now.
Hey man, I just want to say that this is what I needed now.
I am new to my company, and I have been looking for internal advice on how to success. . Finding mentors is challenging some times. Fortunately we are in 2020 and we have many tools to look for it from other sources.
I just wanted to say thanks for your work. I recognize in your voice the genuine desire that you have for others to success, other than becoming viral in your podcast. The first will lead to the second for sure.
I know how much time takes to integrate 40 minutes of recording. Probably 6-8 hours . Thanks a lot because you do all of this for the people, and personally because God put me in your way in these moments I needed.
I subscribed to your LinkedIn, Spotify and Youtube channels. I will share it with my known people too. I just wanted you to have a big kudos from a member of your audience and a good word for you to continue with your excellent job with enthusiasm.

Dark Star - Cali ,

Great Material!

Enjoy listening to this podcast. Great insightful questions by the host Derek to his guest. He covers so many great topics. In fact, I have a cousin applying to business school and forwarded the episodes with Kendra Crook regarding MBA admissions.

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