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How NASA’s Mission Control Keeps Cool in a Crisis

4/16/2018
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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...

Duration:00:29:07

In the Future of Work, Machines Just Keep Getting Chattier

3/16/2018
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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...

Duration:00:35:19

Digital Solutions for a Thirsty Planet

3/6/2018
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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

Duration:00:21:43

Managing Through Disruption, the Army Way

2/23/2018
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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...

Duration:00:30:05

The Digital City, and How To Get There

1/29/2018
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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:

Duration:00:12:47

Expert Insights for IoT Success

1/17/2018
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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...

Duration:00:15:11

Leading Technology Change at The Times

1/3/2018
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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...

Duration:00:34:25

2 Airport CIOs Are Cutting Turbulence – on the Ground

4/28/2017
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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.

Duration:00:10:37

The Future of IT

4/10/2017
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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...

Duration:00:12:50

Digital Transformation At Vancouver International Airport

1/12/2017
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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...

Duration:00:13:07

Ethics in AI

12/23/2016
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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...

Duration:00:37:04

The Neuroscience Of Decisions

10/21/2016
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The business world gets more complex every year, if not every week. Yet we’re essentially making important decisions with brains that evolved tens of thousands of years ago. And while we’re no longer fighting for survival on the African Savannah, some days it may feel like it. But whether facing hostile tribes or belligerent boardrooms, primitive “fight or flight” instincts don’t have to cloud our decision-making. Kevin Delaney, senior writer for Connected Futures, is joined by Cathy...

Duration:00:32:08

Smart Machines- Helping Humans or Killing Jobs

10/21/2016
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$506 billion dollars. In the retail industry, this is the Digital Value at Stake globally over the next three years. It's a big opportunity. And yet, less than one quarter of retailers are actively doing something to secure those dollars. This two-part series explores the impact of digital disruption on the retail industry. This episode dives into the problem: why retailers are leaving money on the table. Stefanie McCann, editor of Connected Futures Magazine is joined by Shaun Kirby,...

Duration:00:19:13

Paving the Way for the Future of Retail, Part 1

7/28/2016
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$506 billion dollars. In the retail industry, this is the Digital Value at Stake globally over the next three years. It's a big opportunity. And yet, less than one quarter of retailers are actively doing something to secure those dollars. This two-part series explores the impact of digital disruption on the retail industry. This episode dives into the problem: why retailers are leaving money on the table. Stefanie McCann, editor of Connected Futures Magazine is joined by Shaun Kirby,...

Duration:00:11:03

The Digital Manufacturer – Resolving the Service Dilemma

6/27/2016
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Today’s manufacturers are challenged with how to start digitizing their factories. Many want to differentiate with new service-oriented revenue models, especially those that rely on connected machines and machine as-a-service. Yet, complexity and a lack of digital capabilities are holding companies back. To resolve this service dilemma, the services and digital journeys must converge. In this podcast, Douglas Bellin, Global Lead, Manufacturing and Energy Industries at Cisco, and Scott...

Duration:00:28:08

Why the CFO is the Ideal Champion for Cybersecurity: Part 2

6/6/2016
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In this episode, Steve Durbin, Managing Director of the Information Security Forum (ISF) and James Mobley, Vice President of Cisco’s Security and Collaboration Services Group continue their discussion about the CFO’s role in cybersecurity. They explore how executives can move past the notion that security is an only an IT problem and view it as business growth enabler.

Duration:00:14:20

Why the CFO is the Ideal Champion for Cybersecurity

5/19/2016
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There’s no question that chief financial officers are spending more money on cybersecurity. While many are doing so to protect against threats, others see cybersecurity as an opportunity to innovate. In this podcast, Steve Durbin, Managing Director of the Information Security Forum (ISF) and James Mobley, Vice President of Cisco’s Security and Collaboration Services Group explore how executives view cybersecurity less as a “cost center” and more as a change catalyst.

Duration:00:10:47

Going Digital: Secrets of the Successful C-suite, Part 2

2/19/2016
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What are the “secrets” and best practices of successful executives? How are they leveraging digital and talent in a disruptive marketplace and leading transformation from within? In this podcast, Part 2 of a three-part series, Peter High, Metis Strategy President, Author and Keynote Speaker, interviews Ted Colbert, Chief Information Officer of The Boeing Company. Together, they highlight The Boeing Company’s digital journey and what this means for the aerospace industry.

Duration:00:34:40

Going Digital: Secrets of the Successful C-Suite, Part 1

2/5/2016
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What are the “secrets” and best practices of a successful c-suite? How are executives leveraging digital and talent in a disruptive marketplace and leading transformation from within? In this podcast, Part 1 of a three-part series, Peter High, Metis Strategy President, Author and Keynote Speaker and Gus Shahin, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of IT at Flex shed light on these trends and questions.

Duration:00:24:37

The Trust Cliff and the Importance of Data Privacy

1/26/2016
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According to Cisco research, over 50% of consumers are willing to exchange certain types of data and personal information with businesses in exchange for value-added services. Most consumers have little or no reservation sharing “basic” information about themselves, their past purchasing behavior, or their interests and hobbies. However, there is a “trust cliff,” a steep drop-off in willingness to share certain types of personal information beyond this basic information. Factors such as...

Duration:00:25:12

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