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AVANT Technology Insights with Ken Presti

Strategies for solving business challenges through today’s Information Technologies, with Ken Presti , VP of AVANT Research & Analytics, featuring the foremost thought leaders in the field. AVANT is an industry leading platform for IT Decision Making. www.GoAVANT.net

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Drew Lydecker: How the Trusted Advisor Movement Changes Sales Forever

Becoming a Trusted Advisor is about solving your customers' business problems in an "agnostic" way that ultimately solidifies the relationship between the Trusted Advisor and the customer. In this podcast, Drew Lydecker and Ken Presti discuss how companies can raise this customer-centric focus towards better meeting the needs of the customer while building their own success -- thereby making them true Trusted Advisors.

18mins

16 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Dave Dyson: UCaaS, The New Generation of Business Communications

Adoption of Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) can provide a major benefit to your customer experience scores. In Episode 10, AVANT's Ken Presti speaks with Dave Dyson, CEO of Eclipse Telecom, who explains how to assess UCaaS offers, derive the most benefit from this technology, and step around the unseen pitfalls.

30mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Building Successful Strategies for IT Security

Key players in the IT Security field provide best practices and advice on how your company can keep your data safe in the fast-moving threat landscape of 2020.

15mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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Remote Workforce: Technology and the Human Impact

The move to a remote workforce includes a variety of factors, both human and technological. In Episode 14, Ken Presti has a chat with Dan Harrison, president of Up-Front Technologies, a Denver-based Trusted Advisor, about how to manage the transition without forgetting anything important.

29mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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UCaaS as a Critical Response to Pandemics: Kendra Karczewski

Whether it's based on concerns about global pandemics or the more traditional need for cost control, UCaaS is something that every company should consider. AVANT's Ken Presti visits with Kendra Karczewski, Enterprise Technology Advisor for Stratosphere Networks, who shares some compelling ideas on how to assess UCaaS -- especially when speed is important.

25mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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Jamaal Savwoir: How to Differentiate UCaaS Offers

Assessing UCaaS solutions, identifying the differentiators, and understanding the benefits of this critical communications technology. In Episode 11 of "AVANT Technology Insights with Ken Presti," Jamaal Savwoir, Director of Sales Engineering at 8x8, helps enterprise decision-makers successfully make the call.

25mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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Jim McGarry: Evolving Customer Experience with UCaaS

Your company wants to decide how to communicate with your company, and technology is available to make that happen. In Episode 12, Jim McGarry, Regional Vice President of Channel Sales at Mitel, talks about key differentiators, important training aspects, and the most compelling use cases for Unified Communications as a Service.

24mins

4 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Messaging and Video Thrive in the Era of a “New Normal"

Our world is going through a phase that will have long-term ramifications to how we think about remote work. AVANT's Ken Presti speaks with Dialpad chief strategy officer Dan O'Connell about a new emphasis on video and messaging as people seek easier ways to communicate without being in the same room.

18mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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AVANT Technology Insights with Ken Presti: Predictions 2020

Members of the tech industry provide predictions, ideas, ad great thoughts on what the IT industry has in store for 2020. Be sure to subscribe to the show!

12mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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"IT Security from the Ground Up," with Opex CTO Ben Thornton

Security needs to be integrated into every aspect of IT, but how can you accomplish that? In Episode 9, Opex Technologies CTO Ben Thornton provides clear guidelines, and also explores how to become the "solution" person instead of the "no" person.

19mins

12 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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Lesley Carhart: A Mindshift in IT Security

SCADA vulnerabilities, nation/state actors, and a host of other IT security issues factor heavily in the role of Principal Incident Responder Lesley Carhart. Episode 6 of "AVANT Technology Insights with Ken Presti" shows you where the IT Security "puck" is going.

9mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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IT Security: The Legal Issues

What does it take to protect your company in a world of data breaches and, most recently, exploits associated with the Coronavirus? in this week's episode, AVANT's Ken Presti speaks with cybersecurity and data privacy attorney Shawn Tuma about the legal implications of a cyberattack, and how you can make sure your company can defend itself from the legal implications.

24mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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Ray Watson: The "Nightmare Scenario" of Ransomware

In Episode 7 of AVANT Technology Insights with Ken Presti,  our guest is Ray Watson, VP of Technology at Masergy. Ray and Ken talk about ransomware, the nightmare scenario of IT security faced by companies of all sizes and geographies. When your data is locked up, should you pay or not pay? We tackle this question, as well as a number of issues related to keeping your data safe.

29mins

29 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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Ben Ferguson: Cloud, Hybrid, and Data Network Security

In Episode 8 of 'AVANT Technology Insights with Ken Presti," our guest is Ben Ferguson, EVP and Network-Cloud Architect at Shamrock Consulting Group, a Trusted Advisor to Enterprise IT leaders. Ben talks about IT security, including setting up your infrastructure, access control, authentication, encryption, dealing with GDPR and more.

29mins

5 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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Chris Riley: Zero Trust & Cloud Security

Zero Trust has become a key strategy in cloud security. In this episode, AVANT's Ken Presti speaks with Chris Riley, CISO of Ntirety, on how to fully leverage this approach for the defense of your company.

25mins

13 May 2020

Rank #15

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IT Security Roundtable Part One

Defenses against phishing a ransomware factor HUGELY In Part One of our special panel discussion, based on the AVANT 6-12 Report on IT Security. Join AVANT's Ken Presti with Jack Danahy of AlertLogic, Leo Taddeo of the Cyxtera Federal Group and Ray Watson of Masergy for a lively discussion.

35mins

29 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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IT Security 6-12 Roundtable Part Two

Fast cars can go faster because they have good brakes!  Find out what that has to do with IT security in Part Two of my panel discussion with Jack Danahy of AlertLogic, Leo Taddeo of the Cyxtera Federal Group, and Ray Watson of Masergy. We also talk about securing home networks (and related liability), credential theft, and a whole lot more.

26mins

29 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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Dave Greenfield: Efficient Security through SASE

SASE, or Secure Access Service Edge, promises to bring many of the same advantages of the cloud to IT security. In this episode, AVANT's Ken Presti talks to subject matter expert Dave Greenfield of Cato Networks. Can SASE help your company to achieve higher levels of security and operational efficiency? Tune in to find out.

18mins

22 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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Blair Pleasant: UCaaS from the “People” Point of View

Dropping in a UCaaS system is only half the battle. The next step is about training and user acceptance. In this episode, Ken Presti interviews Blair Pleasant, an independent industry analyst with CommFusion and BC Strategies, abut issues around the conversion, and how to win hearts and minds.

20mins

15 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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Jed Brown: Cloud-based Communications in the New Era

Ken Presti interviews Jed Brown, SVP of Product & Design at Fuze. We discuss ways in which UCaaS meets customer needs, key verticals in which this technology is especially useful, how to spot the necessary differentiators, stage an effective proof-of-concept, and ultimately make the best decision.

16mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #20