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The speed of technological change continues to race ahead at breakneck speed, but it will never move this slowly again.


In 2024, businesses and their employees will be expected to get to grips with AI, Machine Learning, Quantum Computing, Extended Reality, Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, Sustainable Tech, Green Computing, Cybersecurity, 5G, Blockchain, Crypto, IoT, Autonomous Everything, Human Augmentation, Data Sovereignty, Privacy, AI ethics and the Digital Transformation of everything.


Navigating these uncharted digital waters can feel daunting and overwhelming for business leaders, IT teams, and employees in every sector. Especially when scrolling down newsfeeds full of hype, buzzwords, and confusing technical jargon/acronyms. Does this sound familiar? Welcome to Tech Talks Daily, a podcast uniting business and technology.


Tech Journalist Neil C. Hughes brings you the latest insights into business technology, digital transformation, and the evolving business landscape and IT. This technology podcast focuses on real-world applications and business strategies around digital transformation.


From AI's impact on business operations to navigating the complexities of cloud computing and cybersecurity, Neil explores how technology reshapes industries and redefines personal and business success in 2024.


The lineup of guests includes tech leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, visionaries, and even the occasional celebrity who has walked the path of tech innovation. High-profile guests share their startup stories, their journey through digital transformation, and how technology has revolutionized their businesses and lives.


Whether you want to understand how to harness technology for business growth or stay informed, Tech Talks Daily is your daily dose of inspiration and insight. Join the conversation and be part of a community shaping the future of business and technology.

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    • 5.0 • 200 Ratings

The speed of technological change continues to race ahead at breakneck speed, but it will never move this slowly again.


In 2024, businesses and their employees will be expected to get to grips with AI, Machine Learning, Quantum Computing, Extended Reality, Cloud Computing, Edge Computing, Sustainable Tech, Green Computing, Cybersecurity, 5G, Blockchain, Crypto, IoT, Autonomous Everything, Human Augmentation, Data Sovereignty, Privacy, AI ethics and the Digital Transformation of everything.


Navigating these uncharted digital waters can feel daunting and overwhelming for business leaders, IT teams, and employees in every sector. Especially when scrolling down newsfeeds full of hype, buzzwords, and confusing technical jargon/acronyms. Does this sound familiar? Welcome to Tech Talks Daily, a podcast uniting business and technology.


Tech Journalist Neil C. Hughes brings you the latest insights into business technology, digital transformation, and the evolving business landscape and IT. This technology podcast focuses on real-world applications and business strategies around digital transformation.


From AI's impact on business operations to navigating the complexities of cloud computing and cybersecurity, Neil explores how technology reshapes industries and redefines personal and business success in 2024.


The lineup of guests includes tech leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, visionaries, and even the occasional celebrity who has walked the path of tech innovation. High-profile guests share their startup stories, their journey through digital transformation, and how technology has revolutionized their businesses and lives.


Whether you want to understand how to harness technology for business growth or stay informed, Tech Talks Daily is your daily dose of inspiration and insight. Join the conversation and be part of a community shaping the future of business and technology.

    2932: Innovating for Tomorrow: How Outshift by Cisco Delivers Next-Gen Solutions

    2932: Innovating for Tomorrow: How Outshift by Cisco Delivers Next-Gen Solutions

    How is artificial intelligence reshaping the landscape of technology, and what new developments can we expect from a leader in the industry? In today's episode of Tech Talks Daily, live from Cisco Live, I'm joined by Vijoy Pandey, Senior Vice President of Outshift by Cisco. Outshift is at the forefront of Cisco's innovation, especially in the realms of AI, cloud-native applications, and quantum technologies.
    Vijoy shares his insights on the latest AI innovations that are not only advancing Cisco's product line but also setting new benchmarks for customer experience and technological responsibility. We discuss Outshift's mission to build what's next in emerging tech for Cisco and the challenges of turning ideas into action. Vijoy explains how Outshift operates like an internal startup accelerator, focusing on both product development and market readiness to address customer needs effectively.
    Our conversation delves into the specifics of AI's role in enhancing existing products and driving new ones. Vijoy highlights how AI is being integrated into Cisco's products to improve their capabilities and address evolving customer needs. From AI-driven assistants to the cutting-edge developments in quantum networking and security, this episode offers a comprehensive look at the future of technology.

    • 26 min
    Discussing AI and Automation in Networking With Cisco

    Discussing AI and Automation in Networking With Cisco

    What's driving the evolution of networking today? How are industry leaders like Cisco shaping the future of data centers and connectivity?
     In today's episode of Tech Talks Daily, live from Cisco Live, I'm joined by Kevin Wollenweber, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco Networking – Data Center and Provider Connectivity.

    Kevin, with decades of experience and a finger on the pulse of industry transformations, shares his insights into Cisco's latest innovations. We discuss how these advances address the complex challenges faced by the largest service providers and data centers around the world.
     From new 400 and 800 gig routers and switches to AI-driven network management tools, Kevin reveals how Cisco is helping customers modernize and streamline their network infrastructures.

    Throughout our conversation, Kevin delves into the merging of the data center and routing teams, enhancing Cisco's ability to deliver cutting-edge solutions. We also explore how Cisco leverages automation and AI to simplify network management and improve operational efficiency for service providers.

    As we close this episode, I'd like to ask everyone listening: What future networking challenges do you think are most critical? How should companies like Cisco continue to innovate in response? Share your thoughts with me.

    • 14 min
    Vodafone's Digital Transformation: Connecting the World"

    Vodafone's Digital Transformation: Connecting the World"

    In a world increasingly driven by digital transformation, the robustness of enterprise connectivity can often go unnoticed—until it doesn't. Today on Tech Talks Daily, we have the pleasure of hosting Mark Bennett, Head of Global Enterprise Networking Products at Vodafone Business, to discuss the pivotal role connectivity plays in modern business operations.
    Vodafone Business, a primary growth engine within the global Vodafone Group, stands at the forefront of enterprise connectivity, boasting a revenue of approximately $8.7 billion. The company's commitment is not just about maintaining connections but enhancing business capabilities through digital transformation.
    During this episode, Mark provides us with a deeper insight into the lesser-known yet critical side of Vodafone Business. He details their comprehensive portfolio, which spans IoT, cloud, security, analytics, unified communications, and more, catering from small enterprises to large multinational corporations.
    With today's enterprise networks becoming increasingly complex, the convergence of software-defined wide-area networks with security at the forefront—driven by hybrid working and cloud adoption—is more crucial than ever. Mark discusses the strategic importance of SaaS (software as a service) and cloud integration, highlighting the significant role of Vodafone Business in supporting their customers through these transitions.
    Moreover, Mark sheds light on the transformative impacts of network automation. Despite a large portion of the industry still managing networks manually, Vodafone Business is pushing the boundaries by implementing AI and automation to enhance operational productivity and end-user experience.
    As Mark's first Cisco Live event in the U.S., he shares his excitement about exploring advancements in AI and automation, particularly how these technologies integrate into Vodafone's strategies to ensure optimal performance and agility for their customers globally.
    Whether you are deeply embedded in the tech industry or just curious about the infrastructural backbone that supports digital business operations, this conversation offers valuable insights into the critical role of enterprise connectivity in today's business landscape.
    What are your thoughts on the evolution of enterprise networking? How do you see AI and automation playing a role in your business or industry? Join the conversation and share your insights with us!

    • 16 min
    How Cisco is Empowering One Billion Lives Through Technology and Social Innovation

    How Cisco is Empowering One Billion Lives Through Technology and Social Innovation

    Why should companies invest in social impact programs? Today on Tech Talks Daily, we delve into this compelling question with Brian Tippens, SVP and Chief Social Impact Officer at Cisco. Together, we explore how integrating social impact strategies not only drives positive change but also propels business outcomes forward.
    Cisco stands at the forefront of this movement, harnessing its vast technological resources and extensive ecosystem to champion an inclusive future for all. Our discussion will highlight Cisco's key initiatives that illustrate the profound intersection of social responsibility and business strategy. These efforts include climate sustainability, response to crises, advancement of social justice, skills development, community impact through employee engagement, economic empowerment, digital inclusion, and accessibility.
    In a time when ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) can spark controversy, Brian will share why companies like Cisco continue to invest in social impact, viewing it as essential to their business ethos and crucial for addressing global challenges. We'll also shed light on Cisco’s "One Billion Lives Positively Impacted" initiative and their comprehensive actions for social justice.
    Join us as we uncover the tangible benefits of these initiatives not just for society, but for the employees, customers, and partners of a global enterprise. How do you think embracing social impact can reshape the future of business? Share your thoughts and join the conversation.
    Useful Links 
    “One Billion Lives Positively Impacted with BBC StoryWorks highlights”
    https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/csr/technology-for-good/one-billion.html

    “Cisco’s 12 Actions for Social Justice”
    https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/social-justice.html

    Cisco’s ESG Reporting Hub
    https://www.cisco.com/c/m/en_us/about/csr/esg-hub.html

    • 18 min
    PwC's Insights on Digital Operations and AI Integration

    PwC's Insights on Digital Operations and AI Integration

    Are you ready to dive into the latest trends in digital operations? In this episode of Tech Talks Daily, I'm excited to welcome Carla DeSantis, Partner in Operations Transformation at PwC, to discuss the findings from PwC's recent Trends in Digital Operations Survey.
    Carla provides an in-depth look at the survey's key findings, highlighting that 69% of companies are not seeing returns on their technology investments in supply chain and operations. She explains the primary obstacles, including lack of user adoption, data quality issues, and the challenges of integrating new technology with legacy systems. Carla emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to transformation, rather than a siloed focus on individual pain points.
    One of the most intriguing aspects of our conversation is the discussion on AI integration. Despite nearly all respondents having some level of engagement with generative AI, only 20% report widespread use in operations and supply chain. Carla shares insights into what factors contribute to successful AI integration, stressing the need for clear use cases that augment human capabilities rather than replace them. She also addresses the common misconception of AI as a silver bullet or a tool for workforce reduction.
    Carla underscores the critical role of upskilling in achieving digital transformation. She advocates for reimagining training as a continuous learning journey, involving both detractors and super-users early in the process to identify and overcome adoption barriers. Her advice on balancing encouragement with accountability for technology use is particularly valuable for business leaders aiming to foster a digitally adept workforce.
    Looking ahead, Carla paints a picture of an evolving landscape where sustainability and regulatory considerations are becoming increasingly important. She encourages listeners to explore PwC's Digital Operations Report for industry-specific insights and practical recommendations.
    How is your organization navigating the complexities of digital transformation? Tune in to this episode to gain valuable insights from Carla DeSantis and discover strategies to enhance your digital operations. After listening, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the key challenges and opportunities in your digital transformation journey.

    • 28 min
    SAP's Data Sphere: Redefining AI and Data Management

    SAP's Data Sphere: Redefining AI and Data Management

     




    Are you ready to explore the future of data and AI? In our upcoming episode of Tech Talks Daily, I am thrilled to welcome Irfan Khan, Chief Product Officer at SAP, to discuss SAP's groundbreaking data and analytics portfolio, particularly the new SAP Data Sphere offering.
    Irfan brings a wealth of experience and insights, starting from his early interest in technology inspired by his father to his formative computing experiences with the BBC Micro and Amstrad CPC 464. His journey from CTO at Sybase to various sales roles at SAP has given him a unique customer-centric perspective that fuels his innovative approach to data and AI.
    Our conversation dives deep into the SAP Data Sphere, a revolutionary business virtual data fabric concept that allows for data federation without the need for physical data consolidation. This groundbreaking approach preserves data context and metadata, which are critical for training high-quality generative AI models. Irfan explains how Data Sphere leverages knowledge graphs and vector stores to enable contextual AI capabilities, allowing businesses to detect signals and patterns across disparate data sources for applications like supply chain optimization.
    One of the standout aspects of our discussion is the emphasis on data quality, lineage, and ethical use, which are paramount for the responsible deployment of generative AI. Irfan shares SAP's commitment to ethical AI, including the formation of an ethical AI committee to vet models before production use, and discusses the measures taken to prevent hallucinations, cultural biases, and maintain data integrity.
    Irfan also highlights real-world applications of SAP Data Sphere and generative AI, such as detecting early signals of supply chain disruptions and ethically screening candidates for recruitment. These examples showcase how generative AI is enhancing business applications across various industries, driving innovation, and supporting better decision-making.
    Looking ahead, Irfan paints an exciting picture of the future of data and AI, with rapid innovation from big tech players like Google, Meta, and OpenAI. He underscores the importance of continuous learning through bite-sized content and networking to stay ahead in this dynamic field.
    What steps can your business take to leverage the power of AI and contextual data? Tune in to this episode to gain valuable insights from Irfan Khan and discover how SAP's innovative solutions can transform your data management and AI strategies. After listening, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the role of generative AI in your business and how you plan to practice better data hygiene for responsible AI use.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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200 Ratings

200 Ratings

micknyc ,

One of the best tech podcasts around

This really is one of the best. Neil Hughes is unmatched as an interviewer, and always fully informed

aszellmer ,

Great interviews!

Neil is a great interviewer! He asks great questions that listeners will be interested in. The conversations flow making the host and guest sound like friends who are catching up. If you are interested in the world of tech, this is a great podcast to listen to!

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Professional Host and amazing production

We’ve been working with Neill for a few years now and are always impressed with his level op production and dedication to his show.

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