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This is Utilizing Tech, the podcast about emerging Technology from Gestalt IT hosted by Stephen Foskett, Organizer of the Tech Field Day event series, part of The Futurum Group. In Season 6, we are returning to the topic of artificial intelligence where we will explore the practical applications and impact AI on technological innovations in enterprise IT.

Season 6: Utilizing AI
Season 5: Utilizing Edge Computing
Season 4: Utilizing CXL
Season 1-3: Utilizing AI

Utilizing Tech Season 6 - Utilizing AI Tech Field Day

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This is Utilizing Tech, the podcast about emerging Technology from Gestalt IT hosted by Stephen Foskett, Organizer of the Tech Field Day event series, part of The Futurum Group. In Season 6, we are returning to the topic of artificial intelligence where we will explore the practical applications and impact AI on technological innovations in enterprise IT.

Season 6: Utilizing AI
Season 5: Utilizing Edge Computing
Season 4: Utilizing CXL
Season 1-3: Utilizing AI

    06x13: Focusing on AI Data Infrastructure Next Season on Utilizing Tech with Solidigm

    06x13: Focusing on AI Data Infrastructure Next Season on Utilizing Tech with Solidigm

    Great AI needs excellent data infrastructure, in terms of capacity, performance, and efficiency. This episode of Utilizing Tech serves as a preview of season 7, brought to you by Solidigm, and features co-hosts Jeniece Wnorowski and Ace Stryker along with Stephen Foskett. Solidigm's partners are discovering just how important it is to optimize every element of the Ai infrastructure stack. With ever-larger AI datacenters being built, efficient storage can make a big difference, from power and cooling to physical density to performance. As we will hear throughout season 7, different AI environments will need specialized data infrastructure, from the edge to the cloud. With retrieval-augmented generation (RAG) emerging as a new trend in AI, it makes high-performance even more important at run-time.

    Hosts:
    Stephen Foskett, Organizer of Tech Field Day: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sfoskett/
    Jeniece Wnorowski, Datacenter Product Marketing Manager at Solidigm: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeniecewnorowski/
    Ace Stryker, Director of Product Marketing at Solidigm: https://www.linkedin.com/in/acestryker/

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    Tech Field Day
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    Tags: #UtilizingTech, #AIDataInfrastructure, #AI, @SFoskett, @TechFieldDay, @UtilizingTech, @Solidigm,

    • 28 min
    06x12: Reflecting on a Half-Year of AI Innovation

    06x12: Reflecting on a Half-Year of AI Innovation

    We knew that 2024 would be the year of AI right from the start, but this season of the podcast has seen incredible development and change. This final episode of Utilizing Tech Season 6 features hosts Frederic Van Haren, Allyson Klein, and Stephen Foskett discussing the current state of AI infrastructure half-way through 2024. In addition to AI Field Day, we experienced NVIDIA GTC and numerous product introductions over the last few months. It's truly an ecosystem play now, with every company showing how well they can partner to build AI infrastructure. At the same time, a few superusers of AI are responsible for the basic models, including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, and of course OpenAI and the other dedicated generative AI firms. The key to bringing this to the enterprise market is transfer learning, which will see a few base models tuned and trained for specific use cases. This season saw a range of guests discussing storage, data platforms, connectivity, and application development, and every one is focused on delivering practical AI solutions in the enterprise.

    Hosts:
    Stephen Foskett: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sfoskett/
    Allyson Klein: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allysonklein/
    Frederic Van Haren: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fredericvharen/

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    Tech Field Day
    Website: https://www.TechFieldDay.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.LinkedIn.com/company/Tech-Field-Day
    X/Twitter: https://www.Twitter.com/TechFieldDay

    Tags: #UtilizingAI, #UtilizingTech, #YearofAI, @UtilizingTech, @TechFieldDay, @TheFuturumGroup, @SFoskett, @FredericVHaren, @TechAllyson,

    • 44 min
    06x11: Considering the Promise of Quantum Computing in AI with Dr Bob Sutor of The Futurum Group

    06x11: Considering the Promise of Quantum Computing in AI with Dr Bob Sutor of The Futurum Group

    Both AI and quantum computing seemed entirely theoretical just a few years ago, yet generative AI is everywhere today. This episode of Utilizing Tech considers the promise of quantum computing generally and the applicability of this technology in AI with Dr. Bob Sutor of The Futurum Group, Alastair Cooke, and Stephen Foskett. One big challenge for quantum computing is the difficulty of storing data for calculations, a severe limitation for using the technology in AI. But there is the possibility of pairing classical computers with quantum processors to bring the best of both concepts. Both AI and quantum computing deal with linear algebra, so there is an affinity between the technologies, but it is likely that each will find use cases in different areas. Ultimately there is still a lot of development to do but quantum technology shows great promise in AI and beyond.

    Hosts:
    Stephen Foskett: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sfoskett/
    Alastair Cooke: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alastaircooke/

    Guest:
    Bob Sutor, Vice President and Practice Lead od Emerging Technologies at The Futurum Group: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobsutor/

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    Tech Field Day
    Website: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.TechFieldDay.com⁠⁠⁠
    LinkedIn: ⁠⁠⁠https://www.LinkedIn.com/company/Tech-Field-Day ⁠⁠⁠
    X/Twitter: ⁠⁠https://www.Twitter.com/TechFieldDay

    Tags: @UtilizingTech, @GestaltIT, @TechFieldDay, @SFoskett, @DemitasseNZ, @TheFuturumGroup, #UtilizingAI, #AI,

    • 37 min
    06x10: Using AI in Modern Applications with Matthew Wallace

    06x10: Using AI in Modern Applications with Matthew Wallace

    As we consider the impact of AI on modern applications, we should consider the ways that this technology will improve these products. This episode of Utilizing Tech brings Matthew Wallace, CTO of Kamiwaza AI, to discuss the adoption of AI in application development with Allyson Klein and Stephen Foskett. Large SaaS providers were the first to add AI-powered features but this technology is rapidly coming to market across the spectrum of applications. Matthew likens this to the evolution from spreadsheets to SaaS tools and cloud, which was a similar revolution. He mentions tools like ?, Cursor, Llama2, Mixtral, and more. We also discuss retrieval-automated generation (RAG), which enables LLMs to bring in external data at run time. We must also consider the source of the data, both in training and RAG, and questions of sovereignty, privacy, copyright, and safety. Looking forward, Matthew expects companies to customize their own models based on use case specific data. Looking forward, we expect new frameworks and models to be adopted rapidly to bring maturity and reliability to AI in enterprise applications throughout 2024.

    Hosts:
    Stephen Foskett, Organizer of Tech Field Day: ⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/sfoskett/⁠⁠
    Allyson Klein: ⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/allysonklein/

    Guest:
    Matthew Wallace, CTO and Cofounder of KamiwazaAI: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewwallaceco/

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    Tech Field Day
    Website: ⁠⁠https://www.TechFieldDay.com⁠⁠
    LinkedIn: ⁠⁠https://www.LinkedIn.com/company/Tech-Field-Day ⁠⁠
    X/Twitter: ⁠https://www.Twitter.com/TechFieldDay

    Tags: @UtilizingTech, @SFoskett, @TechAllyson, @KamiwazaAI, @TechFieldDay, #AIFD4, #AI, #UtilizingAI,

    • 29 min
    06x09: Modern Application Development Using AI with Paul Nashawaty of The Futurum Group

    06x09: Modern Application Development Using AI with Paul Nashawaty of The Futurum Group

    AI is accelerating application development and modernization in many ways, but developers are just ramping up their use of the technology. This episode of Utilizing Tech includes Paul Nashawaty, who focuses on application development at The Futurum Group, discussing this topic with Allyson Klein and Stephen Foskett. Use cases for AI include documentation, chatbots, data integration, programming co-pilots, and more. Regardless of how AI is used, organizations must accept that they are ultimately responsible for the products and outputs produced. Accelerating testing and thus the entire DevOps release cycle is one area where AI is making incredible growth. Another popular concept is retrieval-augmented generation (RAG) which brings existing datasets to generative AI to improve results. There is currently a lack of confidence in AI-based solutions and concern about the complexity and level of effort required to bring them to market, so vendors must help make deployment easier and better integrated. Product vendors are addressing this by delivering solutions with partners and popular platforms and frameworks. Open source tools and open data are also helping to move AI technologies forward. Developers want invisible infrastructure and platforms that just work, and the emerging AI PC segment promises more processing power on the desktop. 2024 is shaping up to be the year of AI in application development.

    Hosts:
    Stephen Foskett, Organizer of Tech Field Day: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/sfoskett/⁠
    Allyson Klein: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/allysonklein/

    Paul Nashawaty, Practice Lead, Application Development Modernization at The Futurum Group: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulnashawaty/

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    Tech Field Day
    Website: ⁠https://www.TechFieldDay.com⁠
    LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.LinkedIn.com/company/Tech-Field-Day ⁠
    X/Twitter: https://www.Twitter.com/TechFieldDay

    Tags: #UtilizingAI, #AppDev, #AI, @TheFuturumGroup, @GestaltIT, @TechFieldDay, @SFoskett, @TechAllyson, @PNashawaty,

    • 31 min
    06x08: Operationalizing AI with VAST Data

    06x08: Operationalizing AI with VAST Data

    We are at a turning point, as AI has matured from theoretical experimentation to practical application. In this episode of Utilizing Tech, Neeloy Bhattacharyya joins Allyson Klein and Stephen Foskett to discuss how VAST Data's customers and partners are making practical use of AI. Data is the key to successful AI-powered applications, and VAST Data supports both unstructured and structured data sets. Neeloy emphasizes the interactive nature of AI application development and the flexibility required to support this. He also discusses the need for structured data to support LLMs and the challenges of keeping these up to date and synchronized. One of the biggest issues in deploying AI applications is the complexity inherent in these systems. That's why it's heartening to see companies working together to created integrations and standardized platforms to make AI easier to deploy. Collaboration is the key to making AI practical.

    Hosts:
    Stephen Foskett, Organizer of Tech Field Day: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sfoskett/
    Allyson Klein: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allysonklein/

    Guest:
    Neeloy Bhattacharyya, Director of AI/HPC Solutions Engineering at VAST Data: https://www.linkedin.com/in/neeloybhattacharyya/

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    X/Twitter: https://www.Twitter.com/TechFieldDay

    Tags: #UtilizingAI, #AI, #Data, @VAST_Data,

    • 37 min

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