Whether you're helping build the digital age or just interested in how the foundation of the internet of everything works - the Digital Foundation Podcast is an independent platform where the voices of technology and business leaders from around the world can be heard to help with awareness of what's going on in the Digital Infrastructure industry. About our hosts: Carrie Goetz is CTO StrategITcom helping shape the technology direction for companies and public entities as well as an industry blogger, and STEM enthusiast. Simon Allen is Executive Director of the Infrastructure Masons and describes himself as a straightforward thinker.
Episode 20: Free Water Cooling - Meet Jim Connaughton, CEO of Nautilus DT
Nautilus DT is an American company developing floating data centers. As well as almost zero environmental impact these innovative Data Centers can be located on the industrial side of town creating jobs and delivering technology that can help address Digital Exclusion. Another advantage of this innovative and sustainable approach is that the floating DC can be built and then sailed (by a tug) to where it needs to be. Want to know more? Jeff Omelchuck (Executive Director of iMasons) meets with Jim Connaughton (Nautilus DT CEO) for a fascinating and engaging discussion.
Ep19: Big in Japan
The information and communication technology (ICT) industry is the largest industry sector in Japan which also has more cloud-ready Fortune 2,000 businesses than any market outside the United States. Japan has a dynamic and growing Digital Infrastructure industry and iMason members have connected to launch an iMason Japan Chapter which recently held its first Chapter meeting.
Want to know more about DI in Japan? Meet Scott Payton who started his career in Digital Infrastructure in the USAF and was attracted to a career in Data Centers on discovering "Mission Critical", "Uptime" and ``Availability" aren't exclusively used in the field of ICBMs. Scott has worked in Data Center Design and Build in Japan now for 16 years and has fascinating experiences and insights to share.
The next iM Japan Chapter meeting will take place in Tokyo on February 17th.
Ep18: Bill Kleyman meets Capstone Student Jai Huntley
iMasons developed a senior Capstone Project which was piloted at Hampton University, a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in So. Virginia, USA for the 20/21 academic year. This was a very successful program with many students securing jobs in our industry and is being ramped out to 4 Universities in phase #2. iMasons have recently partnered with AFCOM to help expand the project globally.
In this episode, Bill Kleyman, EVP of Digital Solutions, Switch and iMasons Millennial GenZ Group Lead, meets Jai Huntley who recently joined EdgeConneX as a Data Center Engineer after participating in the Capstone Project. Jai shares her thoughts and experiences to date as she embarks on a career in Digital Infrastructure.
Also in this episode - meet Taylor Whitson who's just joined the iMasons team as Head of Marketing and Communications.
Ep17: The World’s First Climate Positive Data Center
Ecodatacenter in Falun, Sweden has recently been declared “The World’s First Climate Positive Data Center”. So, what’s the secret sauce? Join us as Julie meets former CEO and Senior Advisor Lars Shedin, COO Dan Anderson, and Board Member Jan Fahlén as they discuss that, and the future of data centers in the Nordic Belt and beyond.
Ep16: Women in Construction
Lakisha Woods, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and Rhea Williams, VP Compass Data Centers, join Carrie and Simon as part of iM Women’s, “Women in Construction Month”
In a year marked by crisis and uncertainty, the choices companies make today will have consequences on gender equality for decades to come (McKinsey - see link below)
Women — especially women of color—are more likely to have been laid off or furloughed during the COVID-19 crisis, stalling their careers and jeopardizing their financial security. Now, more than one in four women are contemplating downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce completely. This is an emergency for the corporate world - Companies risk losing women in leadership and future women leaders - unwinding years of progress toward gender diversity.
But this crisis also represents an opportunity. If companies invest in building a more flexible and empathetic workplace—and there are signs that this is starting to happen—they can retain the employees most affected by today’s crises and nurture a culture in which women have equal opportunity to achieve their potential over the long term.
Women in the Workplace 2020
Ep15: Julie Albright meets Fabrice Coquio - President and Managing Director Interxion France
Want to know what's happening in France? Check this out.
New addition to the Digital Foundation Podcast, Dr. Julie Albright, talks to industry leader Fabrice Coquio - President and Managing Director of Interxion France and founding member of the France Data Center association. Fabrice is a Data Centre industry specialist with 30 years of experience and shares great insights on the French Digital Infrastructure Industry which is also experiencing huge growth.