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Equality begins with self-recognition, empathy and understanding

Eduarda Camacho, the new COO of global identity security company CyberArk, was told in her first IT industry interview that she had three obstacles to overcome – ‘you are a woman, you are Portuguese and you are not an engineer’! Her answer to her interviewer: ‘That’s your problem, not mine’. Eduarda shares the experiences, challenges and opportunities which have shaped her career to date, with plenty of advice along the way.

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Data protection disjoints disrupt digital transformation

Dan Middleton, Vice President UK & Ireland at Veeam, discusses the findings of the recently published Veeam Data Protection Trends Report, which reveals that cyberattacks continue to have a significant impact on businesses through outages and digital transformation disruption - with containers, hybrid architectures and the need for fast recovery plans putting significant stress on backup and recovery strategies.

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Data repatriation adds to hybrid momentum

Mark Noland, Technology Manager at Kingston Technology, discusses the growing trend for organisations to move back certain IT assets on premises, and data repatriation in particular. He explores the many factors to consider when it comes to developing a hybrid model – with a mixture of cloud and on-prem delivering an optimised IT environment.

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Cloud repatriation fuels hybrid momentum

Calvin Hsu, VP of Product Marketing, Citrix, discusses the company’s recent study, which found that a quarter of UK IT leaders have moved or are thinking of moving at least half of their workloads out of the cloud and back to on-premises. Calvin explores the reasons behind such cloud repatriation – and also offers some advice to help companies better understand what workloads belong where in today’s hybrid IT world.

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Connectivity optimisation developments keep pace with digital data centre demands

Robert Maher, CTO at Infinera, explains how changes in data centre design will accelerate demand for greater design flexibility and high-speed connectivity options to fit different types of environments, as well as critical operational needs, including reduced power consumption, small footprint, and cost-efficient scalability to meet future capacity demands.

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How best to address AI fears?

Audra Streetman, Security Strategist at Splunk SURGe, Splunk's security research team, discusses how, in today's digital landscape, misinformation and manipulated content have eroded societal trust to a critical point. Audra outlines the strategies necessary to foster a future where AI is trusted to enhance society rather than cause challenges.

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Digital adoption - a double-edged opportunity?

Ofir Bloch, Vice President of Strategic Positioning at WalkMe, discusses the company’s recent report: The State of Digital Adoption 2024, which finds that, while digital adoption is a rising priority for enterprises, a lack of best practice is still costing many organisations dearly. Ofir warns of the digital adoption ‘pitfalls’, but also outlines the significant rewards of HyperProductivity for those who implement digital adoption best practices successfully.

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SME AI optimism tempered by security concerns

Greg Keller, Co-Founder and CTO of JumpCloud, discusses the findings of the company’s latest report focusing on the SME IT landscape. AI is on the horizon, but there’s some nervousness over how to best manage this opportunity. Security remains the number one SME concern, alongside budgetary and people constraints. Greg explains how SMEs are placing increasing trust in MSPs to help navigate these challenges and opportunities, alongside some advice as to how organisations can help themselves. View the State of IT 2024 Report here: https://jumpcloud.com/resources/q1-2024-it-trends-for-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-smes

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From breeding hamsters to best-of-breed AIDC solutions

Richard Gilliard, CEO of Renovotec, provides some fascinating insights into his journey as an entrepreneur, now having established his company as a leading provider of end-to-end automatic identification and data capture solutions (AIDC). Richard gives his views on how the AIDC market will develop across many sectors, with robotics and automation set to make a real difference for businesses of all sizes and also provides plenty of advice to budding entrepreneurs along the way.

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Digital transformation is about much more than infrastructure change

Erik Nicolai, CEO of Workspace365, explains why a successful digital transformation journey is about much more than migrating to the cloud. Workspace365 provides a range of technology solutions which enable truly digital businesses, working with its Channel partners to educate and work alongside end users.

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Exploring the subtleties of sustainability

Speaking from the recent COP28 climate summit, David Craig, CEO at Iceotope, provides some fascinating, thoughtful insights into the sustainability challenges facing the data centre industry and the ways in which they need to be addressed.

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ESG drives technology investment priorities

Sujata Kukreja, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Expereo, discusses the company’s recent CIO survey results, which reveal that ESG and climate change is the most significant factor influencing attitude towards technology investment in 2024. Sujata explains just why CIOs are prioritising ESG ahead of other influences, such as supply chain issues, the increasing security threat landscape, and automation advances.

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Making the transition to managed services – the major channel driver

Kunal Kaul, Cisco Managing Director, Partner Managed Services & SP RTM, EMEA, discusses a recent Cisco/Canalys report, which reveals that IT Channel partners anticipate significant growth in 2023, with the main driver being managed services. Technology-wise, the cybersecurity focus remains a major driver, alongside managing IT complexity, the AI opportunity and sustainability.

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Customers the key drivers of ESG initiatives

Susan Kenniston, Wipro’s Global Head & VP of Sustainability, discusses the company’s recent research which finds that customers are the key drivers in shaping an organisation’s sustainability strategy. She also explains the importance of the employee experience in driving change, how businesses can refocus their own buying habits reframe their sourcing strategies and why becoming an agile learning organisation is critical to ESG success.

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