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Spotlight on Women in IT • Episode 1 • Laura Malins, Vice President of Product at Matillion

Laura Malins, Vice President of Product at Matillion. Women working in the IT industry share their experiences – covering the opportunities they have had, the challenges they have had to overcome during their careers to date, and offering plenty of constructive thoughts and observations as to what improvements still need to be made when it comes to improving diversity within the workplace.

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To be a responsible AI leader, focus on being responsible
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Dr. Stephan Thiel, Global Analytics Business Management Senior Director – GAMMA, Boston Consulting Group, discusses the importance of Responsible AI in today’s digital business world.

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Digital transformation and energy transition efforts - mind the gap!

Ciarán Forde, Segment Leader, Data Centre and IT, Electrical Sector, EMEA, Eaton, discusses the findings of the company’s recent report: The Intersection of Digital Transformation and the Energy Transition, which highlights an apparent gap between digital transformation and energy transition efforts in four power critical sectors, including the data centre industry. Ciaran highlights the progress the industry has made to date, as well as explaining how a new type of digital toolkit can help companies in their quest for truly sustainable operational optimisation.

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Education and orchestration crucial to container confidence

Brad Ascar, Principle Product Manager – Kubernetes ecosystem at Redis - cuts through the hype surrounding containers to explain the many benefits they offer. The importance of education and training, optimised orchestration and how to get started with containers and Kubernetes are all covered.

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Data front and centre when it comes to the DEX, DX and CX

Ayelet Elstein, VP EMEA at Lakeside Software, positions the Digital Employee Experience (DEX) within the wider context of the customer experience (CX), emphasising the critical importance of data as a prerequisite for any company-wide approach to improving and optimising end-to-end hybrid IT infrastructure performance and the resulting business benefits.

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From discard mentality to tech sustainability

Stefan Spendrup, SOTI’s Vice President of Sales Northern and Western Europe, discusses the company’s recent report which suggests that many organisations need to change their approach to device management, to avoid disposing of perfectly good IT hardware unnecessarily – a business efficiency and environmental win.

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Setting the standard for memory to memory data movement

Shyam Iyer, Chair, SNIA SDXI (Smart Data Accelerator Interface) Technical Work Group, Member, SNIA Technical Council, discusses the work of the Smart Data Accelerator Interface (SDXI) Working Group as it develops an open data mover interface specification - explaining the desired characteristics of the standard, as well as the roadmap which should see version 1.0 released before the end of 2022.

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Security automation makes increasing sense

Leon Ward, VP of Product Management, ThreatQuotient, shares some early findings of the company’s ‘The State of Cybersecurity Automation 2022’ research report, which finds a dramatic increase in security automation activity, as well as highlighting the importance of managing expectations when it comes to implementation versus outcomes.

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IT department central to IT decentralisation

Arun Kumar J, Regional Director - UK, ManageEngine, discusses the company’s recent IT at Work – 2022 and Beyond report, which finds that, while the majority of organisations are on a path to IT decentralisation, the importance of the IT department cannot be overstated as the driving force behind such a digital transformation strategy.

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Data is crucial for delivering innovation • VMware

Joe Baguley, CTO, EMEA at VMware, discusses the recent Innovation-Execution report, which identifies the challenges and opportunities around successful innovation implementation - with the importance of better data use the key takeaway.

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Data sovereignty policies – public cloud or hybrid approach?

Paul Speciale, Chief Marketing Officer at Scality, discusses the results of the company’s recent data sovereignty survey, which found that, while the vast majority of companies have policies in place or have plans to do so, there’s a difference of opinion when it comes to relying on the public cloud alone or taking a hybrid approach when it comes to implementation.

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SNIA setting the standard for storage innovation

Dr J Metz, Chair SNIA Board of Directors, discusses several recent exciting storage innovations, including Computational Storage Devices, DNA Data Storage and SDXI, as part of an overview of the Storage Networking Industry Association’s busy programme.

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78% of IT decision makers (ITDMs) state that their company provides the right technology to enable people to do their jobs regardless of location.
Focus on digital transformation, persistent skills shortages and new risks around cloud migration resulting in CISOs consolidating siloed, disparate and duplicate systems.
Rackspace Technology® says that, despite the rise of inflationary pressures and a global economic slowdown, few organizations are scaling back on IT investment and most are committed to spending more, according to a new survey Managing IT in Challenging Economic Times, a survey of 1,420 IT decision-makers across manufacturing, retail, hospitality/travel, healthcare/pharma/biomedical, government and financial services sectors in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
World’s leading cloud provider announces new replenishment projects in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States to bring much needed clean water to communities around the world.

Expert Opinions

By Neil Templeton, VP, Marketing, Console Connect.
By David Brakoniecki, Managing Director, BP3 Europe.
Open Source (OS) is big business. Originally seen as the rebel of the IT industry, today not only does it command the attention of individual developers and small communities of programmers, but also that of large, global companies, organisations which now realise that it makes business sense to embrace this approach.
Flooding the data center with cold supply air, in combination with an appropriate hot aisle containment solution, makes for a cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly facility, as Gordon Johnson, Senior CFD Engineer at Subzero Engineering, explains.