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Introducing your Organization to Digital Transformation

As the idea of digital transformation becomes ubiquitous it’s easy for IT leaders to assume that we have moved past questions of “why” and “if” to “when” and “how”. But has the term become so broadly-used that no one knows what it means? Are business leaders bought into the idea of becoming increasingly digital, but unclear on what steps to take or what impact it can have?

In this episode we will focus on how you can educate your organization and leadership in the opportunities and expectations of digital transformation projects, from getting initial buy-in to demonstrating real success.

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Recorded Oct 9 2019 51 mins
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Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum I Leighton James, UKCloud I Michael Nappi, ScienceLogic I Gary Malhotra, WhatFix
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  • The Hybrid Workspace Revisited: Trends, Insights and Best Practices Oct 5 2021 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum and Guests
    Six months ago, Digital Transformation in Action looked at what emerging hybrid workspaces may look like and explored the cloud's role in powering them.

    In this month’s episode we’re taking another look, asking if our predictions came true and discussing how businesses are navigating the challenges and opportunities that the next generation of the office delivers.

    Join Alex Hilton and guests as they revisit their predictions and share:
    - Which companies are addressing the challenge of the hybrid workspace well
    - What cloud technologies are driving successful hybrid workspaces
    - Hybrid workspace challenges that cloud applications can help overcome
    - Investment considerations for IT leaders who are building the new generation of workspaces
    - And more
  • Exploring AI in Cloud Computing Sep 7 2021 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum and Guests
    AI is improving many facets of business, and it’s safe to say that in 2021 cloud computing is one of them. From automated cloud management to increased cost efficiencies, the blend of AI and cloud computing is making real differences to businesses, its employees and its customers.

    In this month’s episode of Digital Transformation in Action, we’re looking at why this is, exploring how AI and cloud are complementing each other, and asking how businesses can take advantage.

    Join us to hear:

    - How AI is improving cloud computing and making it truly collaborative and connected, and vice versa
    - Practical examples of how AI tools delivered by the cloud are making a real difference to modern businesses
    - How AI is helping drive self-managing cloud environments and previously unrealized cost efficiencies
    - What the future of AI in the cloud looks like
    - And more
  • Multi-Cloud for Resilient Organizations: Strategies for Success Jul 27 2021 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum and Guests
    The modern business demands a modern approach to IT infrastructure, and in 2021 that’s increasingly meaning multi-cloud. Veering away from vendor lock-in, and driven by the spirit of collaboration, multi-cloud is being heralded as the approach future-proof, resilient businesses need to take.

    In this episode of Digital Transformation in Action, we’re asking why that is. We’ll be looking closely at how multi-cloud can enable businesses to not only unlock their future potential, but drive innovation and superior customer experience.

    Join host Alex Hilton and guests as they discuss:
    - Key reasons why a multi-cloud architecture can help future proof your business
    - How multi-cloud advances Digital Transformation strategies
    - How businesses can overcome common multi-cloud adoption challenges
    - What multi-cloud ‘done right’ looks like
    - And more
  • 20th Episode Special: Celebrating the Power of Digital Transformation Jun 22 2021 3:00 pm UTC 60 mins
    Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum | Mike Kiersey - Dell Boomi | Rich Froble - Data Intensity | Daniel Cohen - Radware
    It’s hard to believe where the time has gone but Digital Transformation in Action is celebrating its 20th episode! The first episode aired on 9th October 2019, and it would be fair to say a lot’s changed since then.

    We’re using this special episode to celebrate how Digital Transformation has helped businesses survive the pandemic and aided essential services and first responders in supporting communities around the globe during the crisis. We’ll also be taking the time to ask what’s changed in the Digital Transformation landscape since October 2019 and discussing predictions for the next 18 months.

    Join us live to take part, celebrate the power of technology and discuss:

    - How trends around Digital Transformation have changed in the last 18 months
    - What technologies and businesses helped communities overcome the damage of the pandemic
    - What DX roadmaps looked like then and now
    - And more

    - Mike Kiersey - CTO, Dell Boomi EMEA
    - Rich Froble - VP of Product Management at Data Intensity
    - Daniel Cohen - VP, Cloud Services at Radware
  • The Green Cloud: Cloud Computing and Sustainability Recorded: May 18 2021 63 mins
    Alex Hilton, CIF | Mateo Dugand, HPE | Dr Elaine Hargreaves, Microsoft | James Hollins, Claranet | Akhil Handa, EARTH 51
    The cloud isn’t just helping businesses be more efficient, secure, agile and flexible, it’s also helping them be more environmentally friendly. In fact, ‘migrations to the public cloud reduce CO2 emissions by 59 million tons per year which equates to taking 22 million cars off the road,’ according to Accenture.

    Along with reducing carbon emissions, cloud is also enabling organizations to drive ‘responsible innovation’, and as a result cloud and sustainability is increasingly gaining traction in the boardroom. And for cloud computing giants GCP, Azure and Microsoft and AWS, ‘environmental sustainability has become a major new competitive battleground’, argues Verdict.

    In episode 19 of Digital Transformation in Action, Alex Hilton and guests are looking at the green cloud, and diving into how it can help companies reduce carbon emissions. meet their sustainability targets and innovation goals. Join us to hear:

    - What the green cloud really means
    - How to make sure your cloud infrastructure and migration approach uses vendors that have the same or similar corporate sustainability commitments
    - How cloud-based infrastructure can lead to further environmental and financial benefits through impact on other operations, product lines and services
    - How sustainable initiatives can make the difference between winning and losing new customers
    - And more

    - Akhil Handa - CEO at EARTH 51
    - Mateo Dugand - Senior Technologist, Sustainable Transformation, HPE
    - Dr Elaine Hargreaves - Digital Transformation and Industry Lead at Microsoft
    - James Hollins - Senior Cloud Solutions Architect at Claranet
  • The Cloud-Powered Hybrid Workspace Recorded: Apr 13 2021 64 mins
    Alex Hilton - Cloud Industry Forum | Chris Dunning - TechQuarters | Justin Day - Cloud Gateway | Sean McAndrew - Ancoris
    Over a year after the pandemic emerged, there is hope on the horizon that workspaces around the world will start to return in some capacity soon. Though iterations of how these new workspaces and offices will look is not entirely clear, one thing is quite certain - hybrid workspaces are likely here to stay.

    In episode 19 of Digital Transformation in Action we’re taking a look at what these hybrid workspaces may look like and exploring the cloud's role in powering them. Join host Alex Hilton and guests as they discuss:

    - What an effective hybrid digital workspace in 2021 will look like
    - Why hybrid cloud offers the flexibility and security needed to keep hybrid workspaces productive and safe
    - What employees need from their hybrid workspace, and how cloud can provide it
    - Best practices for how the hybrid workplace can be deployed
    - What evolutions of the hybrid workplace may look like in years to come and what technology businesses need to assess to meet these iterations
    - And more

    - Chris Dunning - Founder, TechQuarters
    - Sean McAndrew - Head of Customer Success at Google Premier Partner, Ancoris
    - Justin Day - CEO, Cloud Gateway
  • Unlocking the Data Economy with the Power of the Cloud: Strategies for Success Recorded: Mar 16 2021 56 mins
    Alex Hilton - CEO, Cloud Industry Forum | James Green - Head of Data Analytics, Ancoris | Michael Frisby - MD, Cobweb
    The data economy is estimated to be worth between $118bn and $164bn in Canada alone. Applying that logic to the data economy in the US and it’s predicted to be between $1.4trn-2trn - nearly 5% of America’s stock of private physical capital. In 2021, there is no denying that ‘data done right’ is hugely valuable.

    In today’s digital age, it’s essential that businesses set themselves up as players in the data economy. To do this successfully, it’s worth looking at how cloud powers the data economy and unlocks its value with agility, flexibility and security.

    In episode 17 of Digital Transformation in Action, we’re sharing how organisations can make the most of the data economy with cloud solutions. Join us to hear:

    - Why hybrid and multi-cloud environments are key to success in the data revolution
    - How to ensure your cloud-powered data strategies meet regulatory requirements and are scalable and secure
    - How cloud analytics can enhance business decision making
    - And more
  • Cloud Migration: Why, How and When Recorded: Feb 16 2021 63 mins
    Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum | Danny Keating - Data Intensity | Arawan Gajajiva - Matillion | Graham Bromham - Fujitsu
    In this newly cloud-first world - driven by the Digital Transformation necessitated by the pandemic - there’s never been a more crucial time to make sure your cloud migration is a success. But a successful cloud migration requires a clear roadmap to help mitigate risk and enable businesses to safely and securely bring their operations to the cloud - and this can be hard to find.

    Join episode 16 of Digital Transformation in Action where host Alex Hilton and guest experts share the essential considerations of cloud migration, including:

    - What the obstacles to cloud migration are - including a lack of skilled teams and unrealistic timelines
    - Best practices for successfully overcoming these obstacles
    - The benefits of successful cloud migration - including data and threat protection, flexibility and scalability
    - What to be aware of once you’ve migrated: the good, the ‘bad’ and potential unknowns
    - And more

    - Danny Keating - Director of Global Alliances, Data Intensity
    - Arawan Gajajiva - Principal Solution Architect, Matillion
    - Graham Bromham - Head of Regional Sales & Service Providers at Fujitsu UK
  • Complete Cloud Economics: Gaining Control of Costs Recorded: Jan 19 2021 59 mins
    Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum | Liam Bennett - Claranet | Sean McAvan - Navisite | Reza Behkishe - HPE
    Beyond getting the cloud architecture for your business right, cloud cost management is a whole other ball game and a discipline in itself. Understanding the true Total Economic Impact (TEI) of your cloud strategy requires IT leaders to embrace cloud economics and commit to exploring critical business questions including return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO).

    Join us for episode 14 of Digital Transformation in Action, where host Alex Hilton and guest experts show you why it’s crucial you understand the economics of cloud computing and cloud cost models so that you can ensure your assets are optimized and of greatest value to your business.

    Areas of discussion will include:
    - Essential considerations to include in your cloud economics model - including TCO, staff productivity, operational resilience and business agility
    - The benefits of shifting from CapEx to OpEx with a cloud-first strategy
    - How to measure the value of cloud and IaaS to show how business and IT benefits go beyond cost
    - Costs you need to factor in despite not buying and managing underlying infrastructure: don’t get caught out!

    Alex Hilton - CEO, Cloud Industry Forum

    Liam Bennett - Cloud Practice Director, Claranet
    Sean McAvan - Managing Director, EMEA, Navisite
    Reze Behkishe - Business Lead for GreenLake Cloud Services at HPE
  • Overcoming the Hybrid Cloud Challenge Recorded: Dec 15 2020 58 mins
    Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum | Stephen Boals - Ephesoft | Mahesh Desai - Rackspace | Guy Warren - ITRS
    72 percent of respondents in a recent Everest Group survey described their cloud strategy as hybrid-first. With the benefits of hybrid cloud including agility, lower capex and reliability, it’s little wonder it’s such a popular cloud strategy. But from the difficulties of getting a handle on overall cost and managing cloud spend to incompatible infrastructure and potential security and compliance issues, the challenges can also be significant.

    In episode 14 of Digital Transformation in Action, we take a look at why overcoming the hybrid cloud challenge is worth it and how businesses can confidently manage its complexities in order to reap its rewards.

    Join host Alex Hilton and guests for expert advice on overcoming hybrid cloud challenges including:

    - Overcoming migration complexity
    - Ensuring hybrid governance
    - Scaling in the right direction
    - Managing costs with visibility and confidence
    - Mapping the right goals and outcomes

    Guest speakers:
    - Stephen Boals - SVP Strategy and Evangelism, Ephesoft
    - Mahesh Desai - Chief Relationship Officer, Rackspace
    - Guy Warren - CEO, ITRS
  • Securing Digital Transformation Recorded: Nov 10 2020 56 mins
    Alex Hilton - Cloud Industry Forum | Clive Finlay - Broadcom | Max Faun - Okta | Fiona Boyd - Fujitsu
    “As businesses look to Digital Transformation, they also need to look at security transformation”, says InformationAge. With DX initiatives including increasing the number of IoT devices and moving data to the cloud, the more a business digitally transforms, the more it's susceptible to security threats. In fact, 85% of chief information security officers view security issues related to Digital Transformation as having a somewhat to extremely large effect on their companies, according to a recent survey by Fortinet.

    However, security architectures are complex - especially when they sit in the context of new and evolving technologies underpinning a business and its product suite. Join episode 13 of Digital Transformation in Action, where host Alex Hilton and guest experts share insights on how to securely enable Digital Transformation.

    Points of discussion will include:
    - Why a proactive, continuously integrated and automated approach to cyber security is critical to Digital Transformation success
    - The importance of ‘baking in’ security to DX projects throughout the entire lifecycle
    - The importance of championing robust attitudes to security throughout organizations and transforming the IT culture

    Guest experts:
    - Clive Finlay, Head of EMEA Solution Engineering - Symantec Enterprise Division, Broadcom
    - Max Faun, Head of EMEA Consulting at Okta
    - Fiona Boyd, Head of Enterprise and Cyber Security at Fujitsu Services
  • Reimagining Retail: Digital Transformation and the Customer Experience Recorded: Oct 6 2020 61 mins
    Alex Hilton - CIF | Alex Haddock - Hewlett Packard Enterprise | Ali Rezvan - Microsoft I Danny Keating - Data Intensity
    As consumer behaviour changes - the desire to have a more personalized experience and expectations of quicker services and faster delivery among them - retail is experimenting with new ways to transform both the shopper experience and back-office operations. And to win in this highly competitive environment, retailers need to build agile and responsive businesses that grow loyalty and trust.

    In episode 12 of Digital Transformation in Action, we look at how technologies and tools such as the Internet of Things and intelligent analytics are digitizing the retail ecosystem. Topics of discussion will include:

    - How Digital Transformation can raise supply chain performance whilst decreasing cost
    - How data-driven optimization can improve marketing and drive customer experience to keep consumers coming back
    - Ensuring your people have the right digital skills to accelerate innovation and agility

    - Alex Hilton, CEO - Cloud Industry Forum

    - Alex Haddock - Chief Technologist, HPE
    - Ali Rezvan - Worldwide Retail Industry Director, Microsoft
    - Danny Keating - Global Alliances & Solutions Sales Director, Data Intensity
  • Advancing Digital Transformation in Healthcare Recorded: Sep 8 2020 63 mins
    Alex Hilton - CEO, Cloud Industry Forum | Andy Winiarski - Yubico | David McLeman - Ancoris | Max Faun - Okta
    To say Digital Transformation can be tricky for the healthcare industry is an understatement. Copious streams of data, numerous IT systems that require interoperability, hundreds of vendors and the need for better employee and patient experience has seen the healthcare sector fall short of the progress being made in banking, retail and manufacturing.

    But powered by the global health crisis of Covid-19, the importance of technology in the future of healthcare has never been more in the spotlight. Join us for episode 11 of Digital Transformation in Action, where we put DX and healthcare under the lens and discuss:

    - How to push forward Digital Transformation in healthcare with the right AI, RPA, data transformation and cyber security strategies
    - How emerging technologies are pushing a patient-first approach
    - Why the barriers to implementing a digital-first reality in healthcare are often not technological - but embracing a change of culture

    Alex Hilton - CEO, Cloud Industry Forum

    Andy Winiarski - Senior Solutions Engineer, Yubico
    David McLeman - CEO, Ancoris
    Max Faun - Head of EMEA Consulting, Okta
  • Driving Digital Transformation in Financial Services Recorded: Jul 28 2020 62 mins
    Alex Hilton - Cloud Industry Forum | Chris Ibbitson - HPE | Gordon Harrison - Jumio | Jaime Dal Porto - Yubico
    Digital Transformation in Financial Services' time has arrived, says IBS Intelligence. According to Finextra, ‘COVID-19 is likely to spur a widespread and systematic revamping of high-impact digital journeys in the banking sector, such as customer onboarding and product origination, to deliver a truly outstanding digital experience to their customers.’

    Join episode 10 of Digital Transformation in Action where we examine this revamping and see how Digital Transformation in banking has evolved to meet new concerns and customer needs. Alex Hilton and guests will be looking at:

    - How Digital Transformation can help banks find new revenue streams, particularly in the era of Open Banking
    - How emerging technologies such as AI and machine learning can control and reduce costs
    - How - as the number of transactions and applications increase - Digital Transformation is helping banks and financial service companies embrace strong authentication, including passwordless
    - Use cases of how DX projects have lead to significantly improved customer experience

    Alex Hilton - CEO, Cloud Industry Forum

    Jaime Dal Porto - Head of Services, Yubico
    Gordon Harrison - Head of Sales, EMEA, Jumio
    Chris Ibbitson - Chief Technologist, Financial Services Industry, HPE
  • The Multi-Cloud Maze: Making the Right Cloud Choice Recorded: Jun 30 2020 60 mins
    Alex Hilton, CIF | Rachel Dines, CloudHealth by VMware | Sean McAvan - Navisite | Graham Bromham - Fujitsu UK
    85% of organisations are working towards, or already working with, a multi-cloud architecture. But along with the benefits of multi-cloud - including increased reliability, flexibility and reduced DDoS attacks - comes unique challenges.

    Join episode 9 of Digital Transformation in Action, where host Alex Hilton and guests discuss how best to overcome these challenges, including:

    - How to navigate increased operational complexity, including standardisation
    - Understanding complicated cost models and billing
    - Knowing which cloud provider is best for your workload
    - Managing and implementing additional security and governance

    - Alex Hilton - CEO, Cloud Industry Forum

    - Rachel Dines, Senior Director for Product Marketing, CloudHealth by VMware
    - Sean McAvan - Managing Director, EMEA - Navisite
    - Graham Bromham - Head of Cloud & Managed Service Provider Sales, Fujitsu UK
  • When Digital Transformation Projects Fail: What Next? Recorded: Jun 2 2020 60 mins
    Alex Hilton - Cloud Industry Forum | Mike Kiersey - Dell Boomi EMEA | Jason Carolan - Flexential | Rory Choudhuri - VMWare
    Despite best efforts, 70% of Digital Transformation projects fail according to research by McKinsey. What happens when your project is one of the 70%?

    Join episode 8 of Digital Transformation in Action, where host Alex Hilton and guest experts give guidance on what to do next - and what to do to ensure you don't find yourself there in the first place.

    Topics of discussion will include:

    - How leaders can effectively communicate their goals, strategy, purpose and outlook for failed and future DX projects to employees
    - Why companies need to prioritise data transformation in their Digital Transformation initiatives
    - Understanding that with Digital Transformation, it's crucial that business practices and operations receive the same focus as technological advancements

    Moderator: Alex Hilton - CEO, Cloud Industry Forum
    Panellists: Mike Kiersey - CTO, Dell Boomi EMEA | Jason Carolan - Chief Innovation Officer, Flexential | Rory Choudhuri - Solutions Marketing Director, VMWare EMEA
  • Collaboration in Digital Transformation: From Boardroom to Stakeholder Buy-In Recorded: May 5 2020 63 mins
    Alex Hilton - Cloud Industry Forum | Jez Back - Erebus Digital | Gavin Davis - MHA LLP | Scott Murphy - Ingram Micro
    Digital Transformation has moved from being touted as the next major industrial trend to being central to business strategy success. It’s therefore crucial that Digital Transformation has the backing of the boardroom in order for it to be driven and delivered successfully.

    But it’s not as straightforward as it sounds, with many obstacles to overcome. Among them is getting the board to really understand the positive impact of the technological changes, enabling board members to become fluent in its benefits and champions of a culture that fosters innovation.

    Join episode 7 of Digital Transformation in Action where Alex Hilton and guests cover:

    - How to encourage the board to adopt a digital approach
    - How to communicate that the ROI of Digital Transformation isn’t always ‘traditional’
    - Why it’s crucial that stakeholders share responsibility for success and failure
    - And more

    Host Alex Hilton, CEO, Cloud Industry Forum is joined by:
    - Gavin Davis - Partner, Technology Advisory Services, MHA LLP
    - Scott Murphy - Director Cloud UCC and Cyber Security, Ingram Micro
    - Jez Back - Founder, Erebus Digital, TV Host & Head Judge UK Cloud Awards
  • Is Digital Transformation Changing the Role of the IT Department? Recorded: Apr 1 2020 63 mins
    Alex Hilton, Cloud Industry Forum | Steve Groom, Vissensa | Ben Sapp, Numerify | Ian Moyse, Natterbox
    With the advent of cloud in all its forms, we ask what's fast becoming a critical question: is Digital Transformation Changing the Role of the IT Department?

    Continue the conversation in our LinkedIn Groups:
    Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Cloud Group : https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1120997/
    The Virtualization and Cloud Computing Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/57400/
  • Is Digital Transformation Only for the Enterprise? Recorded: Mar 3 2020 58 mins
    Alex Hilton, ClF I Jeanne Morain, Stealth Mode Startup | Chris Dunning, TechQuarters | Zafar Khan, CEO, RPost
    So far in the Digital Transformation in Action Series, we’ve defined what the term really means, covered how to build your DX team, and discussed whether Digital Transformation only works in the cloud.

    Now we're looking at whether Digital Transformation is only for large enterprises, and how the term and approach changes and evolves for SMBs.

    Join us for Episode 5 of Digital Transformation in Action, where our expert panel will share their advice, insights and opinions on how DX strategies can shift and amend for businesses of all sizes.
  • Does Digital Transformation Only Work in the Cloud? Recorded: Jan 28 2020 59 mins
    Alex Hilton, ClF I Tony Clement, HPE | Justin Day, Cloud Gateway | Ricardo Casanovas, Linke
    For many, Digital Transformation has become synonymous with the cloud. But can Digital Transformation work outside of the cloud?

    In episode 4 of Digital Transformation in Action, we bring together experts to discuss how flexible Digital Transformation is, and explore whether - as cloud computing matures - cloud can be a help or a hindrance.

    Join this panel debate to understand cloud’s contributions in the wider context of the business, and see where it fits into your Digital Transformation strategy.

    Continue the conversation in our LinkedIn Groups:
    Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Cloud Group : https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1120997/
    The Virtualization and Cloud Computing Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/57400/
Digital Transformation in Action
Digital transformation has come of age, but analysts agree that the world’s institutions and industries have realized only a small percentage of their digital potential. With digital transformation creating both opportunities and challenges, organizations of all sizes should be asking not only “how” to adopt new technologies and processes…but also “if”, “when” and “why”. In this series we will explore the complexities and outcomes of digitalization and what they mean for your business.

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