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Expressing technology using business terms

Technology is a tool, pure and simple. It’s part of a capability that along with people and processes that solves a business challenge.
However, all too often the justification falls short and budgets are not approved.

In this talk, Andrew Bird describes how he presents technology in business terms. How to relate the new world in an irresistible way.
It's all very well having a great idea, but if you can't justify the benefit you may be unlikely to get the budget.
Recorded Dec 11 2017 34 mins
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  • Expressing technology using business terms Recorded: Dec 11 2017 34 mins
    Andrew Bird, Chief Digital Officer & EA Visionary
    Technology is a tool, pure and simple. It’s part of a capability that along with people and processes that solves a business challenge.
    However, all too often the justification falls short and budgets are not approved.

    In this talk, Andrew Bird describes how he presents technology in business terms. How to relate the new world in an irresistible way.
    It's all very well having a great idea, but if you can't justify the benefit you may be unlikely to get the budget.
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    Join this webinar to discover how shopping centres will be transformed from a bricks and mortar purchasing experience to an open sourced market place.

    Allow Matthew to discuss how the market is changing, the challenges this will cause and the application of the advances in IoT technology which will drive a shopping revolution.
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    - Does the type of cloud define the way digital transformation is going to progress or digital transformation defines the cloud strategy that the enterprise should adopt?
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    - What are the best reality checked strategies to accelerate transformation?
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    Among topics discussed:
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    - Differences between digital transformation in public and private sectors
    - Triggers for digital transformation
    - Stages of digital transformation
    - Barriers to a successful digital transformation
    - Culture need for digital transformation

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    Christopher is a digital leader working in the Scottish NHS to transform a disparate and complex information landscape into a single unified environment putting individual members of the NHS and social care workforce at the centre of delivery. Defining and delivering the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) vision for a comprehensive digital transformation by implementing dynamic change through innovative and agile approaches to technical, cultural and organisational challenges by leading the design and in house build of the NES Digital Platform.
  • Video interview: The next stages of digital transformation Recorded: Apr 25 2017 18 mins
    Nigel Williams, IT Evangelist, Commvault & Andrew Bird, EA Visionary,
    Interview in partnership with BrightTALK, The Stack and Cloud Industry Forum
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    In this discussion, Nigel Williams, IT Evangelist at Commvault, described what it means to drive digital transformations in the cloud.

    Among topics discussed:

    - Digital transformation struggles
    - Cloud computing contribution to the digital revolution
    - Top 5 enterprise cloud priorities to help with digital transformation
    - The criteria for a smart cloud strategy
    - Backup/recovery challenges in digital transformation
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    Nigel Williams is an IT Evangelist and responsible for Marketing in EMEA at Commvault. Prior to his current role, he held the same position at OpenText and a variety of senior positions at EMC/Legato and EMC/Documentum. Nigel has over 25 years experience in Information Management and is a keen industry watcher. He holds an Honours Degree in English Literature and also studied Electronic Engineering as part of his entry to the IT industry."
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    In this in-depth discussion about the future of cyber security, Daniele Catteddu, CTO of Cloud Security Alliance, analyses the following topics:

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    ----------
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    Among topics discussed:

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    - Legacy organisations and digital transformation in the cloud
    - "What does lobsters have to do with innovation"
    - Top 3 pieces of advice for aspiring technology leaders

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    ----------
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    Among topics discussed:

    - Trending business vulnerabilities in 2017
    - Particularities of pentesting
    - How to prepare for GDPR in 2018
    - Implications of IoT, AI & machine learning on cyber security
    - Yahoo breach
    - Brexit and cybersecurity
    - Recommendations to CISO's developing security strategies

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    Darren is an industry recognised IT innovator and strategist, with +20 years of industry experience. He is a published author. His latest work has recently been published by Wiley Co. and is entitled, “Delivering Utility Computing: Business Driven IT Optimisation”. Details can be found at www.amazon.com.
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    - Pitfalls to avoid when adopting digital transformation from the DevOps perspective
    - DevSecOps - security challenges in digital transformation
    - The future for UK enterprises in terms of digital transformation
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    - Innovations in the cloud and BCDR
    - Critical things to know when creating a BCDR strategy
    - Latest trends in disaster recovery
    - Business continuity and digital transformation
    - Technology recovery solutions and local resilience strategies
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    ----------
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