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Protecting Financial Services During the COVID-19 Crisis with Bill Borden, Nick Leimer, and Karen Bailey

In this episode we hear how Microsoft and its partners are focused on helping financial services organizations meet the demands of today. Specifically, the guests discuss how Microsoft is helping with the COVID-19 situation, including things like fraud detection and enabling employees.

Additional topics include how Microsoft is empowering customers with high performance computing and large data volumes to help update legacy risk models to factor in today’s new risks. Further, we hear about the power of Microsoft’s three clouds that underlies the ecosystem of Microsoft and partner solutions.

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Guests

Bill Borden

Corporate Vice President for Worldwide Financial Services at Microsoft

Bill leads development and execution of Microsoft’s global financial services strategy, including the prioritization of banking, capital markets and insurance industry solutions and their alignment to Microsoft’s worldwide digital platform and partner ecosystem.

Bill on LinkedIn

Bill Borden's Blog

Nick Leimer

Principal Industry Lead for Azure for Insurance in the Microsoft Industry Experiences Team

Nick recruits partners, ISVs, start-ups, and other influential organizations in the insurance industry to accelerate adoption of the Microsoft Cloud+ AI platforms. One of his core missions is to amplify how our Microsoft cloud solutions meet the business enabling needs across the globe through speaking at conferences, authoring blogs, use cases, whitepapers, and social media posts.

Nick on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Karen Bailey

Financial Services Lead for Banking, Capital Markets and Insurance on the Microsoft Industry Experiences team.

Karen is a passionate Business Technology leader with over 25 years of diverse experiences working to develop strategies for Digital Transformation focused on opti-channel, customer-centric and hyper-personalized experiences aligning Technology Solutions to Go-to Market Strategies, Operational Needs, Growth and Profitably strategies and sector imperatives.

Karen on LinkedIn

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Confidential Computing with Graham Bury, Eden Cohen, and Anna Montalat Campamar

Microsoft believes security and information privacy are fundamental rights. And Microsoft has taken this to heart with a Confidential Computing initiative as part of the overall Azure promise on trust and security. In this episode, Graham Bury, Eden Cohen, and Anna Montalat Campamar talk about what Confidential Computing is, what is Microsoft’s vision for Confidential Computing in the Azure space is, pros and cons to computing confidentially on the cloud rather than a private data center, and a few stories about how partners and customers are working with Microsoft to move forward their own Confidential Computing initiatives.

Executive Leadership During Digital Transformation with Merrie Williamson

We are discussing what it means for technology executives to lead their companies through true digital transformations, both from technology and cultural change perspectives. We’ve mentioned digital transformation several times over various episodes. Today, we’ll be making digital transformation very tangible and providing guidance for leaders looking to revamp their organizations with technically driven initiatives with our guest Merrie Williamson, the Corporate Vice President of Azure Infrastructure, Digital and App Innovation, and Azure IoT at Microsoft. Episode Links:

Scaling Your Business Through The Microsoft Commercial Marketplace with Tanuj Bansal

Today we’re talking about opportunities partners have in marketing and selling their solutions through Microsoft’s commercial marketplace. Through our commercial marketplace, partners have an opportunity to unlock access to millions of customers at a worldwide scale. Here, you’ll learn how the commercial marketplace works and steps you can take to take advantage of this in your business strategy.

AI in Retail Innovation with Orlando Fernandes

On this episode, we are talk about the Azure Marketplace in the retail space: how the Azure Marketplace can help retailers, and how the it may be important for your business, both as a customer or as a solution publisher with our guest, Orlando Fernandes of XNFY Labs. Episode Links:

Microsoft’s Low Code Platform with Charles Lamanna and Ryan Cunningham

Low Code solution creation is all the rage. A Gartner report even forecasts, “By 2024, 75% of large enterprises will be using low-code development tools.” In this episode we’re discussing Microsoft’s Low Code platform. We’ll hear why it can matter for you at a strategic level in your organization and we’ll also be digging down into the capabilities of the platform. Our guests today, Charles Lamanna and Ryan Cunningham, talk about what types of solutions people are building using the platform, who uses the platform and who the most common type of “Low Code” users are, Microsoft’s Dataverse as a key part of the Power Platform and what it is, and how someone new to these technologies gets up and running to try it out and get started.

Meeting Supply Chain Challenges in Healthcare and Pharma with Sunil Ghogre and Yogendra Chordia

COVID-19 has presented major challenges to healthcare, and lately that’s included accelerating the development and delivery of vaccines and therapeutics at scale. Luckily, in recent months we’ve seen an acceleration in the supply lines of delivering vaccines from manufacturers to recipients. Today we are talking with Microsoft partner Schrocken’s Sunil Ghogre and Yogendra Chordia, and Microsoft’s David Houlding about empowering life sciences organizations to meet supply chain challenges.

The Future of Computing and AI in IOT with Eva Schönleitner and Christian Lutz

In this episode, we’re talking about the IoT (Internet of Things) space and the related data that drives the industry with two industry leaders from Crate.io who specialize in IoT data management: Christian Lutz, founder, and president, and Eva Schönleitner, CEO. Data in the IoT space is unique in many ways, most notably in shape and scale. Also discussed are some of the many announcements made by Microsoft at the annual Ignite conference, which was held recently. As always, there was a lot of big news that came out of Ignite. Microsoft’s Diego Tamburini, Principal Industry Lead for Cloud for Manufacturing gives the scoop.

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!

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