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What the Tech?! Series 1

Series 1 features 6 episodes covering everything from The Future of Retail Technology, to Tech for Social Impact stories, to Cyber Security. Our 14 guest speakers are industry and product experts including Kate Hardcastle MBE (Retail Technology & Customer Experience expert), Jared Spataro (Corporate VP at Microsoft), to Mike Ehrenberg (CTO of Dynamics 365 Applications, Microsoft).



    Episode 1: What is the Future of Retail Tech?

    Kate Hardcastle MBE, Broadcaster
    Francois van Splunder, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft
    Dan Burdge, Retail Consulting Manager

    As much-loved retail brands and established chains disappear from city centres and shopping malls, we ask whether the ‘death of the high street’ is real or over-stated, and how technology is already beginning to shape the next wave of retail experiences.

    Talking points include: How can retailers transform to survive and to thrive in a rapidly evolving market? Is digital the foe or the friend of the bricks and mortar shopfront? How can retailers begin to create the same connected retail experience with customers in-store as they do online? What does next generation connected retail technology look like?



      Episode 2: How Can Tech Drive Social Impact?

      Cathy Amor, Senior Functional Consultant, QUANTIQ
      Erik Arnold, CTO - Tech for Social Impact, Microsoft

      Let’s face it, big tech sometimes gets a bad rap - but it can also be an important driver for social good.

      In this episode of What the Tech!? we find out about the technology that is helping charities and not-for-profit organisations to coordinate emergency disaster relief, raise valuable funds from donors and streamline delivery of social care.

      Talking points include: What do Not-For-Profits need in order to operate effectively? What role does technology play in providing opportunities for the Not-For-Profit sector? How can technology help facilitate, and in some cases even improve, the social care offered by charitable organisations? As well as exploring the main challenges the Not-For-Profit sector face when it comes to adopting new technologies.

      For more information on Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit, click here.



        Episode 3: The Future of Work and The Workplace

        Graeme Watt, CEO, Softcat
        Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
        Stuart Fenton, Founder, QUANTIQ

        Hybrid work, flexible work, dynamic work, fluid work. It seems that every organisation is attempting right now to rebrand, rethink and redefine what work is and when or where it takes place. But can in-person interactions be supplemented with Digital?

        In today’s future of work special, we hear how businesses are attempting to future-proof their workplace, what has - and hasn’t - worked so far, and why the future of collaboration software might be about to get meta.

        Host David McClelland is joined by guests Graeme Watt, Softcat CEO; Stuart Fenton, QUANTIQ Founder; and Jared Spataro, Corporate VP of Microsoft 365.



          Episode 4: Data Driven Analytics. Making Decisions Just Got Easier.

          Patrick Leblanc, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
          Stuart Lock, BI Team Manager, QUANTIQ

          Data is the new currency, the new oil, the new nuclear power. There are lots of lofty claims about the power of Data and its potential to help the world make better decisions - and with good reason too. However, it is also said that Data can be, well, a bit dull and difficult. So, to find out where the truth really is, we located perhaps the most enthusiastic person about Data we could find - Microsoft's Patrick Leblanc.

          We also speak with Stuart Lock who, with more than 20 years of stories under his belt of delivering Data and Analytics solutions across a broad range of industries, covers the advancements he’s seen in that time and his view on the benefits of tapping into your Data.



            Episode 5: Outsmarting the Hackers: Cyber Security and the Cloud

            Paula Januszkiewicz, CEO, CQURE
            James Longworth, Lead Azure Architect, QUANTIQ

            As we like to say here, this show explores how technology is changing the way we live and work. And while these changes can be profound for law-abiding citizens and business alike, it’s safe to say they are too for criminals; yes, the bad actors are still following the money, but they are now doing so digitally.

            In this episode of What the Tech!? we take a peek into the murky world of cyber security in the Cloud, and who better to speak with than somebody whose job it is to break into big companies’ computers (ethically, of course) and to tidy up the mess when the crooks get there first.

            Guests Paula Januszkiewicz (CQURE) and James Longworth (QUANTIQ), explore.



              Episode 6: What Even is Digital Transformation Anyways?

              Mike Ehrenberg, Technical Fellow, Microsoft
              Andrea Bright, President of North America and Director of Managed Services, QUANTIQ

              Now, if there’s one thing we know about the Tech Industry, it’s that we love a buzzword or two. From ‘Cloud Computing’ to ‘Big Data’, if there’s a way of sexing up some new – or even some old – Technology with a bit of jargon, then boy will we run with it. Sorry – leverage it.

              And there is one IT buzzphrase that appears to have reached new heights of hyperbole in recent times: although certainly not a new kid on the block, it is now impossible to escape all the talk around ‘Digital Transformation’.

              So, in the final episode of the series, we go beyond the buzzphrase and ask “what the tech is Digital Transformation anyway?!” And, once you know what you’re attempting to do, how on earth do you do it well?

              This episode we're joined by Mike Ehrenberg, Technical Fellow from Microsoft and CTO for the Dynamics 365 Family, and Andrea Bright, a Global Leader with many a successful Digital Transformation project under her belt, from QUANTIQ, an Avanade Company.

              About What The Tech?!

              Introducing a brand new podcast, powered by QUANTIQ: What The Tech?!

              What The Tech?! is the podcast that explores how technology is changing the way we live and work, as told by the people who create it, deploy it - and experience its impact.

              Host David McClelland, knows this space from both sides: following a twenty-year career at the IT industry coal-face, he is now a broadcaster and journalist making sense of the tech in our everyday lives.

              With help from industry experts, What the Tech?! deep dives into the role technology and innovation will play in everything from how we work and shop, to disaster response and cyber safety.

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