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A Rapidly Changing World of Data with Todd Singleton.

The ways companies are managing data is rapidly changing. New patterns and technologies focused on data management are emerging to help. Join Todd Singleton, General Manager of Solutions in the Azure Data Group at Microsoft, to hear how Microsoft is bringing solutions to help with the explosion of data.

In this episode we discuss how to gain insights that can fundamentally change your business. Further, we talk about with the value of Data Lakes. Finally, a very topical subject: We touch on the use of data in the pursuit of social justice. 

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Todd is the General Manager of Solutions in the Azure Data Group at Microsoft.

He has twenty years of entrepreneurial leadership experience in high growth, technology-driven markets. He is adept in understanding the pains of enterprise customers, designing solutions to deliver impactful business outcomes, and operationalizing the delivery of those solutions at scale.

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Paul Maher is General Manager of the Industry Experiences Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

David Starr is a Principal Azure Solutions Architect in the Industry Experiences Team at Microsoft. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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The Emerging Technologies of Insurance with Rob Galbraith

Insurance has some problems. It’s too complex, too expensive, and it doesn’t cover everyone. Our guest today, Rob Galbraith, the most interesting man in insurance and author of the book The End of Insurance as We Know It, says that tech can help though, but it must be relevant to the consumer’s needs. To support this hypothesis, he has coined the acronym S.C.A.L.E.D. to focus on the technologies he believes are transforming the insurance industry. He tells us what it means and explains each part in detail.

The Future of Work and Building the Organizations of Tomorrow with Dr. Mark van Rijmenam

In this episode, we talk about looking at various technologies and their impact on business and society. Our guest and digital speaker, Dr. Mark van Rijmenam, talks about cutting-edge tech like augmented reality and describes how wearables can be used by insurers to promote good health, which benefits both insurers and their clients. Microsoft Mesh enables presence and shared experiences from anywhere – on any device – through mixed reality applications.

Next-Level High Performance Computing on Azure with Tim Carroll and Evan Burness

In this episode, we talk about high-performance computing (HPC). HPC is important in many industries and lets us work with data at scale, operate on large media files, work with large AI and ML workloads, and run big batches of worker jobs. Tim Carroll, Director for HPC & AI for Research at Microsoft, and Evan Burness, Principal Program Manager for HPC & Big Compute in Microsoft Azure tell us what high-performance computing is and why it’s unique, how it is being used in the industry today, benefits of the new HPC VM over what people have used in the past on Azure, and for people who are not using HPC today, how they can get it up and running!

Building and selling Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions with Ercenk Keresteci

Most organizations producing software are moving their workloads to the cloud. In doing so they are typically choosing between 3 modes of cloud service, especially regarding their product architecture. The 3 main models for cloud offerings are IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. Moving solutions to the cloud, or building a cloud-native solution, requires rethinking how we sell and distribute our software. Cloud-first sales models can be very different than traditional sales pipelines. Today we are focusing on Software-as-a-Service applications as a vehicle for selling cloud-based solutions. Our guest, Ercenk Keresteci explains that SaaS applications are the de-facto model for companies licensing their software.

Using blockchain to secure data with Kohei Kurihara

Kohei Kurihara, co-founder of Privacy by Design Lab and President of the Tokyo chapter of the Government Blockchain Association, helps us understand the difference between public and private blockchain and talks about how blockchain can be used in data privacy scenarios, how blockchain fits into the larger IT ecosystem, and which industries are taking up blockchain today. Additionally, David Houlding, Director of Healthcare Experiences at Microsoft tells us what investments in blockchain he is seeing particularly around data privacy.

The technologies of securing physical space during the pandemic with Andrew Busby

Acknowledging the pandemic in the UK is presenting some unique challenges. Andrew Busby, the founder of Retail Reflections and co-founder of SafePrem, talks about how is the pandemic is impacting retail in the UK and across the world and the digital technologies and trends retailers are specifically using that are really making a difference right now. We also discuss how Microsoft is taking part in some of the technologies or trends Andrew describes, and what Microsoft and other retailers are seeing in the retail space in response to COVID challenges.

Real time data-driven decisions and responses with Jamshed Patel and Nick Leimer

In this episode, we talk about making data-driven decisions using DataVisor with Jamshed Patel, Vice President of Solution Engineering. Nick Leimer, Principal Industry Lead in Microsoft Azure for Insurance, explains how seeing more fraud-based solutions in the insurance industry means moving to real-time analysis, alerting, and remediation with DataVisor. While we’re seeing early adopters embrace technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence to help drive their businesses forward with autonomous systems, the uptake is much slower than one might expect.

COVID-19 Driven Changes in Healthcare – Will They Endure? with Irma Rastegayeva and Evan Kirstel

In this episode, we discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic affected healthcare so rapidly in 2020 and whether these changes will stick in years to come. David Houlding, Director of Healthcare Experiences on the Microsoft Industry Experiences team, describes some of Microsoft’s current major initiatives around Healthcare like investing in AI.

High-performance, flexible, and scalable databases with mongoDB with Alan Chhabra

In this episode, Alan Chhabra, SVP of Partners and SVP of Asia Sales at MongoDB, talks about MongoDB, a high-performance database best suited for Big Data applications and Agile software development practices. It offers a flexible data model, elastic scalability, and high performance. Microsoft Azure is one of the best places to run MongoDB workloads securely and efficiently. Alan discusses trends to be watched in the non-relational database space, MongoDB for website development, as well as the many other uses of the platform, how their experience has been from his side in offering MongoDB Atlas on Azure, and how he sees the future of MongoDB evolving within Azure.Episode Links

Disrupting Financial Services with Dr. Louise Beaumont

In this episode, Dr. Louise Beaumont talks about the idea of exploiting disruption: the most meaningful and promising disrupting trends or technologies she is watching, as well as how open and accessible data changes the landscape of financial services, and the technologies driving change around data usage. She also discusses the concept of open banking and its goal to provide services we didn’t know we needed, but now can’t live without, and the value of industry vertical marketplaces.Episode Links

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