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FT Connected Business

Information technology provides the infrastructure backbone for companies today. The Connected Business series of podcasts from the Financial Times examines how business leaders can use IT to improve performance and exploit new opportunities for growth. Presented by Stephen Pritchard See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2mins

18 Dec 2013

Rank #1

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

3 Dec 2013

Rank #2

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

20 Nov 2013

Rank #3

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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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

5 Nov 2013

Rank #4

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2mins

14 Oct 2013

Rank #5

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2mins

1 Oct 2013

Rank #6

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2mins

17 Sep 2013

Rank #7

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2mins

3 Sep 2013

Rank #8

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

30 Jul 2013

Rank #9

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

18mins

15 Jul 2013

Rank #10