FT Connected Business

FT Connected Business

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Information technology provides the infrastructure backbone for companies today. The Connected Business series of podcasts examines how business leaders can use IT to improve performance and exploit new opportunities for growth. Presented by Stephen Pritchard


The outlook for IT: consumerisation, data, safety and skills  

In the podcast: We look at some of the key developments in technology over the last few years, from consumerisation and the cloud to cybersecurity and the skills gap. And we preview some of the key trends for the rest of this decade. With guests Peter Cochrane and PA Consulting's David Elton, and Connected Business contributor Stephen Pritchard.

The gadgets taking over the enterprise  

In this week’s podcast: The consumerisation of IT is one of the greatest challenges facing the enterprise. It is changing the way we work, the role of the IT department, and the role of the CIO. The Connected Business is joined by John Delaney, associate vice president at industry analysts IDC, John McKeown, chief information officer for EMEA at Cushman & Wakefield, the property firm, Simon Body, Senior Enterprise Architect, at Astra Zeneca, the pharmaceutical company, and John Griffiths of PA Consulting Group. How are businesses dealing with consumerisation, and how do they move from a defensive approach to one that turns the trend into competitive advantage? Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Location, location, location?  

In this week's podcast: Could geo-spatial information be the next dimension for big data? Knowing where something, or someone, is is growing in value to retailers, engineers, governments, and the military. We speak to GIS specialists Dan Monk, technical architect at Atkins, the consulting engineers, Andrew Corcoran, of the energy and environmental consulting company West Coast Group, WO2 Giles, of the UK's Ministry of Defence, and Euan Cameron, CTO for the applications at GIS vendor Esri, on the increasing importance of location information. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Technology to solve human challenges  

In this week's podcast: Can HR technology do more than just cut out the administration for personnel departments? With firms facing a "war for talent" they are turning to IT, and analytics, to find and keep the right people. KPMG's practice lead for talent management, Ruth Svensson, CEB's chief science and analytics officer Eugene Burke, and James Collinge, director of HR and training at Holman Fenwick Willan, explain how.

Outsourcing, insourcing, and innovation  

In this week's podcast: IT outsourcing is usually associated with cost savings, but achieving real cost savings remains hard. At the same time, businesses are looking for more innovation from their suppliers, and more control over their technology. Our guests this week — Hansjoerg Siber, vice president for BPO at Cap Gemini, Ovum's Thomas Reuner and PA Consulting Group's Mike Henley debate where IT sourcing is heading. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Technology change, and three visions of the future  

In this week's podcast: Technology is changing our work, entertainment, and even how businesses run IT itself. We speak to Sam Nicholson, cinematographer and chief executive of Stargate Studios; Dave Coplin, futurologist and "chief envisioneer" at Microsoft, and John Igoe, vice president for technology at Rackspace, about their visions for the future in their lines of work. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Mobile money, and the end of the bank branch?  

In this week's podcast: Could the bank branch be a thing of the past, and could physical currency be going the way of books, vinyl or CDs? And can banks use data analytics to become more relevant to customers, and to regain trust? We speak to Eden Zoller, principal analyst at Ovum, to Kris Canekeratne, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Virtusa, and to Attila Bayrak, senior vice president for customer relationship management at Turkish bank Akbank. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Security through intelligence, and development on the beach  

In this week's podcast: KPMG's Martin Jordan on how businesses can learn from the intelligence services, when it comes to countering cyber threats, and how dairy producer Friesland-Campina is using technology from iPads to machine to machine communications to improve quality and profits. Plus: could rural Cornwall be the UK's next tech hub? Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Video calls, smart cities, and going racing  

In this week's podcast: Ovum's Joe Dignan on how smart cities are moving from science fiction to fact, Canalys' Matthew Ball on how consumerisation is reviving prospects for video conferencing, and Patrick Louis, CEO of the Lotus F1 Team, on how technology is changing his business, and his sport. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Education, education, education  

In this week's podcast: demand for quality education is growing across the world, but education itself has largely avoided automation. Can IT improve education? And how can the IT industry work with schools and colleges to head off a growing skills shortage, especially in IT and data science? We speak to BT's Pat Hughes, TCS' Satya Ramaswamy and analyst Sanchit Vir Gogia, of Greyhound Research. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Mining data for travel, and replacing clipboards with tablets  

In this week's podcast: Could travel companies do more with data, and could that in turn make for a better passenger experience? Professor Thomas Davenport, and Hervé Couturier, head of R&D at Amadeus, think so. Plus, PA Consulting Group's chief operating officer, Andrew Hooke, on how IT is changing the professional services industry. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Turning data into profit  

Can big data lead to greater profits? Constellation Research's principal analyst Ray Wang and SAS Institute CEO Dr Jim Goodnight discuss why it is hard for businesses to extract value from their information. Plus: Capco's Mark Record on why financial services firms could be missing the big data opportunity. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Raspberry Pi, and changing IT at the heart of the business  

In this week's podcast: We hear how consumerisation is forcing businesses to revisit their relationship with IT, as Ovum's Richard Edwards discusses his firm's Enterprise 2020 report. And we discuss how technology is changing technology firms themselves, with VMWare CFO Jonathan Chadwick. Plus, how the $40 Raspberry Pi kit computer could be helping shape the next phase of the internet. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Creating the Internet of the future  

In this week's podcast: The Internet of Things is set to connect up everything from coffee cups to cardiac monitors, as the hardware becomes cheaper, smaller, and easier to use. We speak to PA Consulting's Alastair McAuley, Ovum's Jeremy Green, and Concept Reply's Luigi Cicchese about how they think the technology will develop. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Risky data, supercars, and the future of advertising  

In this week's podcast: Businesses are keen to collect more data, but is there a point where data poses a risk? KPMG's Eddie Short thinks there is. Plus we speak to McLaren Group CIO Stuart Birrell about how he protects the car maker and F1 team's information. And, in a new series of conversations with senior business leaders, we ask Lindsey Evans, president of ad agency TBWA, how technology has changed her industry. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Protecting data, customers, and the company  

In this week's podcast: We hear three different views about the way cyber threats are affecting companies and consumers. Christian Fredrikson, president and CEO of Finnish computer security company F-Secure, explains that mobile phones and tablets are at growing risk of attack; Verizon's Ernie Hayden looks at protecting critical national infrastructure, and Lloyds Banking Group, looks at the growing shortage of skilled infosecurity professionals. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Managing people, and CEO sentiment  

In this week’s podcast: How the consumerisation of technology and big data helping businesses improve the way they manage their people? We speak to Robert Bolton, a partner in the people and change practice at KPMG, and we speak to Camilla Aitchison, chief human resources officer for Inchcape Shipping Services. Plus Mark Raskino explains why Gartner thinks chief executives are looking to increase their IT budgets once again.

Can better data improve financial decision making?  

In this week's podcast: We speak to two chief financial officers: Tony Wilson, of UK-based medical manufacturer Kimal, and Chris Lafond, CFO of the technology analysts Gartner, about their relationship with technology. Plus Peter Lumley, of PA Consulting Group, on how to visualise financial data.

Securing mobile devices, and the rise of the chief data officer  

In this week’s podcast: We follow up on Mobile World Congress by speaking to Goldcrest Films about flexible working in the film and post production industry, and we hear from Stroz Friedberg about managing the risks of mobiles and tablets. Plus, Gartner's Mark Raskino talks about the growth of a new role in business: the chief data officer. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

Mobiles, tablets and smartphones everywhere  

In this week's podcast: What are the latest trends in mobile handsets, how far off is 5G, and can businesses really benefit from Bring Your Own Device? As Mobile World Congress continues in Barcelona, we speak to the GSMA's Alex Sinclair, Ovum's Richard Absalom and Vodafone's Paul Stonadge about the future of mobile devices, and mobile working. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard

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