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'A Low-Level, Perpetual' State of Cyberwar

Author David Sanger believes cyberweapons demand a wide range of new solutions - spanning businesses, governments, and innovators. Cyberweapons are cheap, stealthy, and powerful. They can launch a devastating Pearl Harbor level attack, knocking out power grids, government agencies, and financial institutions. Or they can cause more subtle disruptions, stealing information, influencing voters, or throwing off missile trajectories or nuclear bomb efforts. It's this flexibility that...


A Strategic CIO, on Culture and Talent

"CIOs are being asked to step up our game," said Cisco CIO Guillermo Diaz Jr., "to be business liaisons, the bridge between the technology and business outcomes." To do that, however, demands sweeping culture change in IT - which Diaz calls the hardest part of digital transformation. A true strategic CIO, Diaz has been a driving force in Cisco's transformation from a hardware to a software and solutions company - by embracing and supporting emerging technologies and new business...


Driving Cybersecurity, from the CEO’s Office

For Steve Durbin, cybersecurity isn't just a tech issue. It's a business issue, a culture issue, and above all, a leadership issue. So no matter how effective your CIO or chief security officer, they're going to need help. From the board and the rest of the C-suite, especially the CEO. In this podcast Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney chats with Steve Durbin, the managing director of the Information Security Forum. It's a free-ranging discussion about what senior...


Disrupting Education, for the Augmented Age

At a time when AI and machine learning stand poised to replace many rote human tasks, are schools and colleges preparing the workers of tomorrow? And are business leaders creating the enterprise cultures that will support continuous learning in a climate of constant disruption? In this podcast, Heather McGowan, a thought leader at the intersection of education, business, and technology, chats with Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney. About how the very foundations of learning...


Driving Your Own Disruption in a Dog-Eat-Dog Digital Market

A lot of talk about disruption is on the assumption that it's about negating negative forces where actually, quite often it's about leveraging the power of the newly possible to do things, which genuinely create game-changing results." So says Tom Goodwin, head of innovation at Zenith Media and author of author of Digital Darwinism: Survival of the Fittest in the Age of Business Disruption. The problem, Goodwin adds, is that too many companies are not sensing the newly possible, or...


Cyber Experts on the Ever-Expanding Cyberwar

The potential for a major cyberattack strikes fear in the hearts of business and technology leaders everywhere. But while things seem bad now, threats are increasing exponentially and the impact of new technologies like AI and machine learning are just beginning to be realized - for defenders and attackers alike. In this podcast, Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney speaks with some leading luminaries in the security space. For some great insights on how to prepare for today's...


Estonia's 'E-Ambassador' on Smart Solutions for Citizens

Estonians are looking pretty smart these days. With 88 percent fast broadband penetration helping to fuel smart lighting, smart traffic, smart buildings and smart just about everything - they are setting what Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo called the gold standard for digital transformation in the public sector. But it's Estonia's secure, super-streamlined e-government solutions that are really getting noticed. This in a country that struggled to emerge from Soviet-era...


A Futurist’s-Eye View on How Work Is Changing

“I don’t think that the end of routine means the end of jobs,” the futurist Gerd Leonhard stressed. “I think it just means the end of routine.” That means fundamentally human qualities like design, storytelling, creativity, and innovation will loom in importance. But business leaders still need to prepare for some major upheavals. Kevin Delaney, Connected Futures executive editor, chatted with Gerd about a world in which machines replace jobs — but, ultimately, won’t replace humans. A...


How NASA’s Mission Control Keeps Cool in a Crisis

At Mission Control, Failure — and Panic — Are Not Options As a NASA flight director and director of mission operations, Paul Sean Hill managed some pretty dicey situations. Like the time in 1991 when a cooling-system failure imperiled the shuttle Discovery, demanding quick action that ran counter to many experts’ opinions. Along the way, Hill, author of Leadership, from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom, picked up some down-to-earth wisdom that would be valuable for any leader —...


In the Future of Work, Machines Just Keep Getting Chattier

Siri, Alexa and those ever-chattier bots on retail sites are interacting with us in all-new ways. But as smart as they are, sometimes it still seems as if we may as well be speaking another language. That’s set to change, according to James Landay, an expert on human-computer interactions at Stanford University. In particular, he sees speech recognition — together with other technologies like cloud-based AI — transforming our work experiences in profound ways. As machines go beyond...


Digital Solutions for a Thirsty Planet

Experts weigh in on how digital transformation is creating clean water in some of the world’s most challenging places. In this podcast, Connected Futures’ executive editor Kevin Delaney speaks with: Amir Peleg, founder and CEO, TaKaDu Annie Feighery, CEO, mWater Leo T. Kenny, senior scientist and technologist, Planet Singular Kevin Wandolowski, senior manager of monitoring and evaluation, Water for People Anil Menon, global president of Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities group


Managing Through Disruption, the Army Way

The challenges of the business world can’t compare to the extreme pressures of combat. Some days it just seems that way. But the Army’s hard-won lessons about leadership do apply for any manager dealing with rapid change, disruption, and decision making in fluid situations. In this podcast, Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney speaks with Col. Scott Snook, an expert on leadership at Harvard Business school. Col. Snook has led soldiers in combat, taught at West Point, and is...


7 Tips for Making Partners Part of Your IoT Success

The Internet of Things promises unheard of efficiency and opportunities. But no one said it would be easy. And few companies possess all the skill sets to go it alone. In a Cisco survey, partners proved to be a critical factor among the only 26 percent of companies that reported having even one fully successful IOT implementation. But managing multiple partners on a complex project can raise its own challenges. In this podcast, Connected Futures executive editor Kevin Delaney discusses...


The Digital City, and How To Get There

Imagine a city that’s clean, safe, and economically vibrant? Not to mention, fun, creative, and smart. Who wouldn’t want to live there? But a smart a city has to be a digital city. And transformation is never easy. So, what can city leaders do to realize that vision of a thriving 21stcentury digital city? In this podcast, Kevin Delaney, co-author of the paper Digital Cities: Building the New Public Infrastructure, seeks answers from:


Expert Insights for IoT Success

Transforming your organization for the Internet of Things era is no small feat. And according to Cisco’s research, only 26 percent of organizations can claim even one fully successful IoT initiative. But what are those successful companies doing right? In this podcast, Kevin Delaney, co-author of the Cisco research report Internet of Things: Challenges, Breakthroughs, and Best Practices, speaks with some leading lights in the technology world about their IoT successes and challenges: Bob...


Leading Technology Change at The Times

Few industries were more impacted by digital disruption than print media. And few newspapers were more rooted in tradition than The New York Times. Yet The Times — once nicknamed the Gray Lady for its stolid resistance to change — has responded to the challenges of the digital age with a wave of innovation. One that has set standards for the industry and created new revenue streams in a challenging, fast-changing marketplace. In this podcast, Connected Futures executive editor Kevin...


2 Airport CIOs Are Cutting Turbulence – on the Ground

Ray Charles once said, "they don't pay me to play music, I do that for free. They pay me to get stuck in airports." Touring musicians or not, we can all relate to the frustration of lost luggage, flight delays, and missed connections while flying. Today digital technologies offer many new solutions, but in the complex ecosystem of a major airport, implementing those solutions takes some deft leadership.


The Future of IT

Let's face it, life isn't easy for IT leaders. Cloud mobility, shadow IT, and relentless cyber attacks all drive mounting complexity to the point where simply keeping the lights on is a bigger challenge than ever. Today's CIO must deliver so much more. Given the pace of business disruption, CIO's can't just be operational, they must be transformational. That is, innovation leaders; sensing technology and business transitions before they happen and keeping the CEO, the board, and the business...


Digital Transformation At Vancouver International Airport

Digital transformation is hard enough in any industry. But consider the challenges in one of the most complex ecosystems today: a major airport. Multiple stakeholders — including airlines, vendors, retailers, and, of course, tens of millions of passengers — demand the most efficient and seamless experience. And security and safety are paramount. Digitization is what makes it all work — and grow. Lynette DuJohn is the Chief Digital Officer of Vancouver International Airport (YVR), which...


Ethics in AI

The Luddites are often portrayed as comical contrarians, on the wrong side of history. In fact, they had real-life fears about how machinery would impact their textile jobs in 19 century England. Today, artificial intelligence is driving similar fears about replacing humans. Tech innovators, business leaders, and politicians will need a better understanding of the moral impact of AI. Especially as AI begins to drive cars, converse with customers, and influence life-and-death...