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Big Data: More than just a number?
We hear a lot about Big Data. But what does it actually mean? Is it, quite simply, lots of data? Or is there more to it than that? Spoiler alert, there is. A lot more. In this episode, we're taking a look at the age of insight, and how Big Data has evolved from a technical concept to a way of extracting enormous value from the fumes of data meant for other purposes. We'll be meeting some of the people who have been taking raw data and adding context and insight to open up a world of value and possibility. We'll also be asking whether Big Data can get too big, and at what point it simply becomes too much to economically handle. We'll also be looking at whether there's a line to be drawn between collecting insights, and invasive mining of our lives for their data value.
In this episode, we'll be meeting with Professor Vedran Podobnik, lecturer at the University of Zagreb and Global Lead for Data, Analytics & AI at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Vedran has been in the field of data, analytic and AI for over 15 years, and understands how the field (and the definition of Big Data) has evolved and grown over the years. He also understands better than anyone the unique challenges that a 'bigger, faster, better, more valuable' approach to our data can bring.
Heather Savory probably understands big data in practice better than anyone. In an incredibly varied career, she was the deputy national statistician for Britain's Office for National Statistics. She's also worked on Big Data for the United Nations, and currently sits as the Non Executive Director for the UK Parliament Information Authority. In short, she knows a lot about Big Data, and has spent much of her career transforming big public bodies to take advantage of it and embrace the age of insight. As the spearhead of the drive to open up data in British politics, she has seen first hand the incredible results which can be achieved when disparate and siloed datasets are combined, layered, and opened up to the outside world. She also understands first hand the challenges involved in convincing people to open up their data to scrutiny, and the challenges that can present organisations.
But is data alone enough? Well, no. Insights require human expertise to analyse, verify and act on them. That's where Dr Louise Blair comes in. She's the senior analyst and Head of Vaccines and Variants at Airfinity, a data analytics and insights company specialising in healthcare. Airfinity compares data from drug trials, medical reports, news articles and disease heatmaps around the world to offer advice and insight which helps Governments, the pharmaceutical industry and health services plan for the future and expect the unexpected. Taking data from as diverse sources as livestock markets, they are able to offer advice in a way that's never been possible before - by using human intuition to compare vast siloed datasets from different sources.
Combining datasets can also be invaluable when it comes to predicting future threats in other spheres. George Webster is Chief Security Architect at HSBC (you may remember him from our last episode, on Ransomware). George has a background in using AI and insight to drive human efficiencies when it comes to cyber security, thinning out the field of false positives and helping identify genuine threats. He understands that a reliance on data alone isn't enough, and that even in the digital sphere, big data and the insights we can gain from it is best utilised to help, rather than replace, human expertise.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/hpe-blog-uk-ireland-middle-east/big-data-more-than-just-a-number/ba-p/7184566#.ZBA-7HbP2Ul
|Mar 14, 2023|
Ransomware Attacks: Should we be worried?
Cyber Security is big business. In fact, it's estimated to be worth $160 billion. But that's likely to be peanuts compared to the value of cyber crime, which is estimated to cost the global economy $600 billion in 2022 - nearly 1% of the global economy. And just one corner of that - ransomware - costs the same in damage and paid-out fees as the entire cyber security industry: $160 billion. In fact, if ransomware was a country, its GDP would be higher than Morocco or Kuwait.
In this episode, we'll be examining the rise of ransomware, where the risk lies in modern-day attacks, who is behind them, and what we can do about it.
For Hewlett Packard Enterprise Senior Vice President and Global Chief Security Officer Bobby Ford, defeating ransomware is a constant and growing battle because its a straightforward payout for criminal gangs - there is no need to try and sell stolen data on the dark web or to foreign governments, you simply sell the victim back their access. He argues that the key to protecting ourselves is twofold. Firstly, use two-factor authentication wherever possible to guard against human weak-points such as opening infected emails. Secondly, be prepared to defend yourself. Be aware of the threats and where they are coming from, and mitigate them where you can, so long as it doesn't affect the running of your organisation. Beyond that, have a plan in place for being attacked, be that data recovery or, unfortunately, paying up.
Chris Rogers is a Technologist at cyber security firm Zerto. He agrees that ransomware can be hard to avoid because humans are an inherent weakpoint, and ransomware attacks often come through human social engineering rather than password cracking. He points out that even momentary downtime can cause millions of dollars in damages. He agrees with Bobby that robust, quickly spooled up backups are an essential part of doing business. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done: Backups can sometimes be limited access, which is great for security but leaves organisations vulnerable if the key holder isn't immediately available. Beyond that, backups have to maintained incredibly regularly, as even a day's lost work for a large organisation can be a major blow. On the other hand, any back-up is better than no preparation at all.
But how are cyber security threats like ransomware being treated at the very top of the tree? When it comes to cyber security, it doesn't get much more high value or (hopefully) secure than financial institutions. George Webster is chief Security Architect for HSBC. His office is tasked with quickly assessing threats, in particular APTs or Advanced Persistent Threats, and providing tools to counter them. He argues that the primary risk increase of the last couple of years has been people working from home, in situations where there are distractions and their security awareness may not be as strong as it was in the office. He also argues that on a wider level, it's not just staff who become more vulnerable as they are spread out: As ransomware becomes an increasing problem internationally, no organisation is safe anywhere in the world and being aware of the risk is key to countering it without shutting yourself off from the outside.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/hpe-blog-uk-ireland-middle-east/ransomware-should-we-be-worried/ba-p/7183709#.Y_3FpHbP1PY
|Feb 28, 2023|
Lessons from 2022: Turning challenges into opportunities
2022 has not been a straightforward year. A war in Ukraine has seen the world divided and global energy and food supplies disrupted. International tensions between China and Taiwan have reared their heads again. Recession is looming in many parts of the world, and whilst it makes less headlines, Covid is still very much a part of our lives.
But organisations exist to solve problems and provide solutions. So, to mark the end of a rollercoaster year, we're pulling together leaders from three organisations to talk about the challenges they've faced this year, and how they are moving forward into 2023.
For Hewlett Packard Enterprise Senior Vice President and Global Chief Security Officer Bobby Ford, it's been a year of building bridges. Amid growing security threats from criminal gangs, individual players and even nation states, Bobby has been reaching out across conflict lines to build partnerships and understanding among his industry peers. He's also been on the lookout for the next potential threat - be that online or in the 'real world', from geopolitical instability to forces of nature, he is setting his sights on planning for the unexpected in 2023.
Nicole LaPointe Jameson is the CEO of Evil Geniuses, one of the world's premiere eSports teams. Amid a huge growth in the sport around the world, as an international team they've faced challenges in crossing borders and keeping their team safe and united. They've also felt the ongoing effects of hardware shortages which have plagued the tech industry over the last two years: In particular, a shortage of graphics cards and even equipment as basic as computer mice has had a lasting knock-on impact on the team. On the other hand, as a growing sport that's rapidly entering the big leagues financially, 2022 has been a great year for Nicole and eSports at large, and as the value of the sport grows, it's increasing professionalisation - insight driven scouting, training and welfare - becomes more viable and important. For Nicole, 2023 is all about building on that success.
And finally, to the other end of the spectrum and a sport where data, detail and design matters more than any other - Formula 1. Christian Horner is the CEO and team principle of Oracle Red Bull Racing, who in 2022 overcame logistical challenges and international tensions to take their first constructors championship since 2013, and driver Max Verstappen's second consecutive drivers championship.
For Christian, 2022 has been a year of spinning plates - the team was forced to prioritise winning the 2021 season above developing their 2022 car, and so had some catching up to do early in the season. With major new regulations coming into play for 2023, the team once again has its work cut out to develop a new car and tailor it to the precise needs of the driver and race - as well as bring a team of hundreds along with watch-like precision.
This is 2022 Untangled.
You can find the long show notes for this episode here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/hpe-blog-uk-ireland-middle-east/lessons-from-2022-turning-challenges-into-opportunities/ba-p/7182094#.Y9z8qnbP1PY
|Feb 03, 2023|
Autonomous vehicles: Are we steering in the right direction?
Autonomous vehicles are a hot topic. Their incredible ability – and at times lack of it – is a source of controversy as much as a source of wonder, from avoidable crashes to drivers literally sleeping at the wheel. What's undeniable is that you can now theoretically sit in a car and let it take control as it guides you along the road. But is that actually a good idea? Is technology truly ready to take the wheel? In this episode, we’ll be meeting some of the people and organisations aiming educate us about the limitations - and build appropriate levels of trust - in autonomous vehicles.
We'll be meeting with Dr Claire Blackett of the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway, an expert in human-centred design who is keen to ensure that the flawed human driver isn't forgotten in the race for automation. We'll also be chatting to Dr Lionel Robert of the University of Michigan, who specialises in building trust in autonomous vehicles, and sees a near future of blended driving where driver and machine will share the burden as we slowly build to full automation.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Autonomous-vehicles-are-we-steering-in-the-right-direction/ba-p/7170668#.YtZUTXbMKUk
|Jul 19, 2022|
World poverty: Is technology the great leveller?
Since 1990, the global rates of extreme poverty have gone from around 40% to around 10%, and ending World Poverty entirely by 2030 is one of the UN’s Key Sustainable Development Goals, announced in 2015. However, progress is slowing, and 710 million people around the world still live in extreme poverty - currently earning below $1.90 per day. So how can technology help? In this episode, we’ll be meeting some of the people and organisations aiming to eradicate poverty through the use of technology.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/World-poverty-Is-technology-the-great-leveller/ba-p/7169364#.Ys7vh3bMKUk
|Jun 28, 2022|
World hunger: Can technology help feed the world?
Ending World Hunger by 2030 is one of the UN’s Key Sustainable Development Goals, announced in 2015. We’re now half way to the final milepost, but estimates still put the number of people in the world who are suffering from hunger and malnutrition at around 811 million, more than 9% of the world's population. So how can tech help? In this episode, we’ll be meeting some of the amazing people at the cutting edge of ending world hunger through the use of technology.
A view from above:
Satellite technology could be a game-changer in connecting remote rural communities to the outside world, helping small-scale farmers produce better yields, and allowing them to more effectively ship and sell their produce. Mark Jarman, CEO of Colombia-based satellite project development firm AgriTierra, shares his thoughts on how the emergence of small, cheap constellations of satellites allows constant, real-time monitoring of land and economic conditions in ways which weren’t possible just five years ago - even to those with only the bare minimum of connectivity.
Uniting the public sector and private business:
Speaking of bare-minimum of connectivity, one of the most important ways in which rural economies can grow and become more efficient and productive is to get access to communications technology, a aunting task when they don’t necessarily have the financial ability or education and training to do so. Combating that is Isabelle Mauro, Head of Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) Industries at the World Economic Forum. The WEF is the world body bringing together the public and private sectors, and has been pushing for greater co-operation and work on lifting developing communities out of hunger and poverty. Isabelle believes that the practical means to connect communities exist: rather, the challenge is to provide a financial incentive for companies and Governments to reach out to poorer areas where the business case for connection might not be so obvious.
IoT in the soil:
One of the firms leading the charge to bring rural communities into the digital age is Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Brian Tippens is their Head of sustainability, and has been working closely with WEF, and partners around the world such as Purdue University, to bring HPE’s experience in data and connectivity to the farm, with solutions as diverse as networked soil-sample and moisture analysis units, which can tell farmers exactly what the conditions are like in any part of their farm (or in the community as a whole) at any one time. Their end goal? For the field to act almost as a data centre in itself, storing and analysing data at source, and in real-time.
Meat the Future:
But what about advances away from the farm, or produce supply chain? The world has an insatiable appetite for meat, and one which is only growing as people are lifted out of poverty. That puts a huge strain on farmland and the planet due to the intensive effort required to raise livestock, and the poullution that causes. However, with the advent of STEM cell technology and improved compute power and data analysis, another option is on the horizon: Cultured or lab-grown meat. Daan Leuning is Co-Founder and CTO at Meatable, a company which is scaling up the production of lab-grown beef and bacon to commercial levels, using cutting edge technology. They believe that creating cruelty-free meat with low-space and energy requirements could revolutionise the way we eat, as well as eventually providing cheap, nutritious food to large parts of the world.
So whether we’re looking down from space or down into a petri-dish, there’s plenty of exciting developments which could help end world hunger by 2030. Will it be enough? Well, that depends on the appetite of those in power to make a change.
Links and resources:
The UN Sustainable Development Goals
The World Economic Forum’s Edison Alliance
What if we could solve world hunger? An article by HPE CEO, Antonio Neri
Tech Impact 2030 - How HPE is driving positive change through technology
Meatable - revolutionising the way we think about meat.
AGRITierra - Empowering digital solutions for a resilient agricultural and environmental future
Satellite Applications Catapult - A digital archive of work into satellites and agriculture
|Jun 14, 2022|
Technology in Sport: A race against the machine?
Professional sport is a world where individuals can earn as much as a decent-sized business, and teams have evolved to become multi-national corporations. And where there's money, technology follows.
In this episode, we'll be meeting with amazing people at the cutting edge of sports technology to look at how data has become a key part of the field - and looking at what organisations around the world can learn from the performance analysis revolution.
We're speaking to Professor Steve Haake of Sheffield Hallam University about the revolution in data capture and analytics that came about with mobile computing and wearable tech, and how the data revolution has augmented the materials revolution in sports for everything from training routine optimisation to predictive injury prevention.
That's something Hawk-Eye Innovations are also exploring, alongside their better known video capture and virtual refereeing systems. Global Commercial Director Peter Irwin talks us through how mass video capture from hundreds of data points and generating real-time virtual skeletons for every person on a pitch is not only helping enforce the rules, it's predicting injuries and giving strategic insights in real time.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chief Technologist Matt Armstong-Barnes talks us through in more detail how AI and humans are interacting to create better athletes and sportsmen, and how the future of sports technology is athletes whose skills are allowed to flourish by having compute take over some of their workload. He argues AIs are getting better, but the optimum performance still comes from humans and AIs working together, especially in motorsport.
No-one understands that better than Lucas Di Grassi, driver for Formula E team ROKit Venturi Racing. He's used to taking to the track in one of the most technically advanced cars in the world, but believes that human rules are holding the sport back. He's keen to see AI take on more of a role in the field, and to that end, is leading the charge with self-driving racecars, in his 'robo race' project.
We also talk about how businesses can take advantage of a revolution in insights - getting the best data from a set to the right end users, in such a way as they can get the best advantage out of it.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Technology-in-Sport-A-race-against-the-machine/ba-p/7167448#.Ys7r7HbMKUk
|May 31, 2022|
The cloud: Is hybrid the answer?
The Cloud has become a backbone of the world economy over the last decade, powering everything from streaming services to mobile banking. It’s a fantastic resource, but as time goes on the limits of the Cloud are becoming clearer, from over-reliance issues to incompatibility with legacy hardware.
This week - part 2 of a 2 part special - we’re taking a look at how organisations can leverage the power and flexibility of the Cloud, whilst also tackling some of its challenges and drawbacks. We'll be examining how skills gaps are pushing on-premise and Cloud computing ideologies further apart, and attempts to bring them back together. We'll also be looking at hybrid cloud models, which make the best possible use of Cloud-like user experiences with the benefits of on-premise computing. We’re speaking with HPE Chief Technologists Russell MacDonald and Adrian Lovell around digital transformation and the effects of the Cloud vs on-premises debate on the world of FinTech.
We’re also talking with Alex Hilton, CEO of the Cloud Industry Forum about cloud adoption in the UK, and Adriaan Bekker, Technical Director at Softwerx Ltd about the challenges of cloud migration and digital transformation.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/The-Cloud-Is-Hybrid-the-Answer/ba-p/7166492#.Ys7rzHbMKUk
|May 17, 2022|
The cloud: How far is too far?
The Cloud has become a backbone of the world economy over the last decade, powering everything from streaming services to mobile banking. It’s a fantastic resource, but as time goes on the limits of the Cloud are becoming clearer, from over-reliance issues to incompatibility with legacy hardware.
This week - part 1 of a 2 part special - we’re taking a look at the challenges of the Cloud, and how organisations can make sure they are making best use of the opportunities it presents. We’ll be examining how the financial world is looking to ensure it doesn’t become too reliable on single points-of-failure in the cloud. We’ll be examining how organisations which have made huge capital investments in non-Cloud hardware are having to make choices about their digital future, and taking a look at two of the Cloud’s biggest selling points: sustainability and cost savings. We’re speaking with HPE Chief Technologists Russell MacDonald and Adrian Lovell around digital transformation and the effects of the Cloud on the world of FinTech.
We’re also talking with Alex Hilton, CEO of the Cloud Industry Forum about cloud adoption in the UK, Adriaan Bekker, Technical Director at Softwerx Ltd about the challenges of cloud migration and digital transformation, and EM Law founder Neil Williamson on the legal considerations surrounding cloud computing.
In the next episode, we’ll be looking at how organisations are overcoming these challenges - from upskilling staff to hybrid cloud models.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/The-Cloud-How-Far-Is-Too-Far/ba-p/7165271
|May 03, 2022|
Coming soon: Technology Untangled Series 3
Technology Untangled is back for a third series.
‘Friendly’ autonomous vehicles, AI, satellites, plotting food supplies, dependencies, hybrid cloud, hyperscalers, skeletal scanning, ransomware, Virtual Referees, Technological Doping, Big Data, AI, Poker-playing robots, Racing scooters, Sustainability, on-prem, colo, trust, graphine, AI sports coaches, injury prediction, solid-state batteries, FinTech, democratisation, data sovereignty, automation, satellite compute, centaurs, IoT farming, levelling-up, the World Economic Forum, Personal data, data fumes, digital transformation, Everything-As-A-Service, Wannacry, and Bitcoin.
There’s plenty going on.
If you need to know more about what makes the tech in your organisation tick, then we have something for you. Join host Michael Bird as he meets the experts, academics, organisations and entrepreneurs transforming the world, and transforming the way we do business.
|Apr 26, 2022|
2021 Untangled: Are things remotely normal yet?
2021 has been a year marked by new and continuing challenges worldwide. Coronavirus and travel restrictions have been joined by supply chain shortages in many industries - especially computer components - shipping issues, and financial uncertainty.
In a very special episode of Technology Untangled, host Michael Bird is joined by a group of senior business leaders: Anthesis Group's CEO Stuart McLachlan, HPE's President and CEO, Antonio Neri, Gareth Stockdale, CEO of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation, and ROKiT Venturi Racing CEO, Susie Wolff.
We explore the challenges and opportunities presented to international organisations over the last two years, how they have adapted to face a changing world, and how they are looking forward to the years ahead.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/2021-Untangled-Are-Things-Remotley-Normal-Yet/ba-p/7155775
|Dec 07, 2021|
Series 2: What have we learned?
This series has been a wild ride! We've spoken to some of enterprise tech's brightest brains this season, and one thing they weren't short of was opinions! Innovation is coming thick and fast, and we've discussed 5G, supercomputers, AI, computer science, digital transformation, zero trust, blockchain, IOT, energy innovation, quantum computing, mixed reality, and everything in between. But there were a few topics that cropped up time and time again. So... what have learnt this season?
In today's episode, we draw insights from over 60 hours of interviews and discuss the big themes that our guests were keen to point out! Host Michael Bird discussing how artificial intelligence is making waves in every part of our society, what organisations can do to avoid using tech for tech's sake, and why education should be at the heart of any future-faced organisation.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Series-2-What-have-we-learned/ba-p/7145236
|Aug 10, 2021|
Mission to Mars: How far can we push the edge?
In space, there's no room for error and no time for hesitancy. Astronauts depend on crucial communications from mission control just to stay alive. But the further you travel from Earth, the longer it takes to send and receive messages.
And with sights firmly set on Mars, how do we overcome the 20-minute communication lag to the red planet? The answer, take an all-knowing supercomputer with you to do the big calculations and make the tough calls instead.
Today on Technology Untangled, we're exploring edge computing at its most extreme as host, Michael Bird, explores how high-performance computing could be used to help mankind make its next giant leap. We speak with Eng Lim Goh, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for AI at HPE about his work as Principal Investigator on Spaceborne Computer One and how this prototype paved the way for its successor. And Mark Fernandes, Software Lead for Spaceborne Computer One and Principal Investigator for Spaceborne Computer Two, tells us about the range of applications there are for high-performance computers in space and how Spaceborne Computer 2 is as much for the scientists on earth as it is the astronauts in space. And Aerospace Technologist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Centre, Timothy Lang, explains to us his work on the study of lightning and theorises how high-performance computers in space could help all manner of extra-terrestrial experiments in the future.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Mission-to-Mars-How-far-can-we-push-the-edge/ba-p/7143688#.YP-iko5ueUk
|Jul 27, 2021|
Virtual Reality: AR you seeing this?
Who needs reality? VR has placed fantasy kingdoms, alien planets, and more just a headset away, and AR is allowing us to augment the physical world through our smartphones, giving us the power to make better decisions and even catch a Pokémon or two. But are VR and AR just a passing craze? Or are these other realities set to become inseparably intertwined with the way organisations interact with customers and partners?
Virtual reality is a concept that's been around for a long time but it only started to venture beyond the realms of science fiction in the late 1980s. By the start of the new millennium, films like Tron and The Matrix reimagined what VR could be, which paved the way for a tech explosion in the 2000s that brought us the modern, head-mounted, motion tracking, high-resolution displays we recognise today.
But VR isn't the only player anymore. Augmented reality is arguably the most accessible other reality, utilising the ever-increasing capabilities of smartphones. The boundaries of how we view and interact with the world are being pushed even further with developments in mixed reality.
In this episode, host Michael Bird speaks with HPE Chief Technologist Matt Armstrong-Barnes about how VR and AR are changing the way we interact with the world and where the technologies could potentially be used in the future. We hear about the advances in hardware and software that will further the democratisation of VR and AR with HPE Chief Technologist, Alex Haddock. Michael also discusses the emergence of MR and XR and how they're shaking up the entertainment industry with Dimension Studios' Director of Strategic Partnerships, Lauren Dyer. Plus, Leslie Shannon, Head of Ecosystem and Trend Scouting at Nokia, paints a picture of a VR and AR future powered by 5G infrastructure.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Virtual-Reality-AR-you-seeing-this/ba-p/7142323#.YO05HuhKiUk
|Jul 13, 2021|
Quantum Computing: Superposition or qubit too far?
Quantum computing is enigmatic, thrilling, and almost impenetrable from the outside. If you're not a scientist or a mathematician, it's easy to get swept up in the hype. But are these spooky phenomena and mystical properties obscuring us from asking the important questions?
In today's episode, we enter the multiverse of quantum computing. HPE Chief Technologist Tony Stranack helps to understand what makes this tech so radically different. We size up quantum supremacy and harnessing decoherence with Dr. Ray Beausoleil, Director of Large-Scale Integrated Photonics Lab at Hewlett Packard Labs. Plus, mathematician, computer scientist and post-quantum cryptographer Dr. Sarah McCarthy explains why we need to shake-up our security now, before it's too late!
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Quantum-computing-Superposition-or-qubit-too-far/ba-p/7140416#.YNrAV-hueUk
|Jun 29, 2021|
Blockchain: What is it good for?
Thanks to the perfect storm of slow news cycles, big marketing budgets, and Elon Musk's tweets, blockchain has been hyped beyond belief... and it's also been made way more complicated than it needs to be. So, what's blockchain actually good for?!
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Blockchain-What-is-it-good-for/ba-p/7139168#.YMhDyflueUk
|Jun 15, 2021|
Energy Innovation: Time to stop idling?
Global leaders are determined to combat climate change and lead the planet to "net zero". But how can energy-hungry organizations find real solutions in technology, when technology itself is a part of the problem?
Today, host Michael Bird is joined by John Frey HPE Chief Technologist for Sustainable Transformation, Ian Henderson HPE Chief Technologist, Rasha Hasaneen from Trane Technologies, and Jordan Appleson, CEO of Hark, to discuss the dichotomy of looking to technology in the fight against climate change. We learn about the challenges of storing renewable energy, how businesses can save millions through energy efficiencies, and how Metallica and the humble Raspberry Pi can help...
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Energy-innovation-Time-to-stop-idling/ba-p/7136237#.YLXOv_lueUk
|Jun 01, 2021|
Zero Trust: An impossible goal?
“Trust no one,” sounds like the tagline for a paranoid spy thriller, but when it comes to protecting your company, cybersecurity experts say it might just be sound advice.
“Zero trust” is a security concept from the nineties having a renaissance today, as companies try to deal with bolder and more sophisticated cyberattacks. Since threats can now come from anywhere, say zero trust proponents, the suspicion that’s normally reserved for strange attachments and fishy emails must now extend to all parts of your business. Remote employee logins, external software updates, even hardware from reputable dealers—everything is under scrutiny. But how deep does the rabbit hole go? How can a regular business implement zero-trust architecture? And most importantly, will your CEO be locked out of their email?
In this episode, host Michael Bird speaks with Josephine Wolff, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Policy at Tufts University about the broad-reaching SolarWinds security breach, which has shown the need for zero trust strategies. We learn about how the changing workforce affects the evolving world of enterprise security from Simon Wilson, Chief Technology Officer of Aruba Networks in the UK & Ireland. In addition, HPE Chief Technologist Chris Dando stops by to scare us to bits about all the potential compromises in our supply chain.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Zero-Trust-An-impossible-goal/ba-p/7134167#.YKNXp6hueUk
|May 18, 2021|
Covid & Digital Transformation: Too much, too soon?
Digital transformation has been the most overused buzzword in the technology industry for the last four years, and yet it's all we can talk about. After that shake-up of 2020, the dust is slowly starting to settle and organisations all over the world are asking themselves one simple question: what the tech happens next?!
Today, host Michael Bird discovers what happened to digital transformation initiatives during the pandemic. We talk business continuity and the evolving role of IT departments with HPE's Dave Strong. Alex Haddow tells us how Tottenham Hotspur used innovation to keep fans engaged during lockdown. Plus, consultant and robotic process automation expert Dan Broomham explains why 2020's most successful organisations kept employee experience top of mind.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Covid-amp-Digital-Transformation-Too-much-too-soon/ba-p/7132048#.YJDobrVueUk
|May 04, 2021|
Smart Cities: Where are they?
The modern city is changing. With 66% of the population expected to be living in cities by 2050, it's no surprise we're focusing our transformative efforts there. But if the tech's already here, what's the hold up?
Today, host Michael Bird is joined by HPE Chief Technologist Ian Henderson, Jen Hawes-Hewitt of the Smart London Board, and Kirk Bresniker, Chief Architect and Hewlett Packard Labs, to discover dichotomy of big dreams and logistical nightmares of getting smart city initiatives off the ground. We discuss the role of big data and the individual, why a siloed smart city is destined to fail, and how re-imagining cities post COVID might just bring about some much needed sustainable change.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Smart-cities-Where-are-they/ba-p/7130047
|Apr 20, 2021|
AI & the Future of Work: Do we have the right tools?
The future of work is changing, fast. AI is making waves in all kinds of industries, but despite the incredible results we're able to achieve, when it comes to the world of work, there are a lot of misconceptions...
Today, host Michael Bird explores AI and the future of work, from job displacement to educating the next generation. HPE Chief Technologist Matt Armstrong-Barnes talks machine learning in mission critical medicine; Google's Toju Duke explains how dodgy datasets cause bias; and Mary Towers shares the Trade Union Congress' fascinating findings about technology managing people. Plus, Simon-Peyton Jones, chair of the Computing At School group and the National Centre for Computing Education, fills us in on the UK's ambitious new computer science curriculum.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/AI-amp-the-Future-of-Work-Have-we-got-the-right-tools/ba-p/7128141#.YGv5W-hKiUk
|Apr 06, 2021|
Supercomputing: An exascale-sized challenge?
Supercomputers are big, they're noisy, and they use more energy than a small town. They don't look like much from the outside, but the inside tells a different story! Supercomputers are helping us solve some of the world's biggest problems, and they could be coming soon to a desktop near you...
Today, host Michael Bird goes down the rabbit hole of high-performance computing. We talk parallel processing, exascale and the democratisation of HPC with Bill Mannel, HPE. Andrew Emerson PhD from Cineca tells us about how supercomputers led the charge to find therapeutic drugs against the coronavirus. Plus, AI and HPC Research Scientist Jacob Balma explains how the combination of machine learning and HPC is pushing boundaries that could change science, medicine and society for good.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/Supercomputing-An-exascale-sized-challenge/ba-p/7126376
|Mar 23, 2021|
5G: Do you want that slice to go?
Super-fast data transfer, ultra low latency, and high bandwidth don't seem to justify the astronomical cost of implementing 5G, especially when consumers aren't willing to pay for it!
Single use cases, exciting as they may be, don't justify the means. But could 5G as an enabler of other tech be the real value we're seeking?
Today, in part two of our 5G extravaganza, host Michael Bird is joined by HPE Chief Technologists Chris Dando and Matt Armstrong-Barnes. We discover what happens when testbeds and trials go big with 5G RuralDorset, Hewlett Packard Labs' Puneet Sharma offers up a slice of networking futurism, and Nokia's Leslie Shannon explains why our 5G devices are getting edgier by the second.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/5G-Do-you-want-that-slice-to-go/ba-p/7124135
|Mar 09, 2021|
5G: Build it, but will they come?
5G has got a bit of marketing problem. Depending on who you ask, it's either a revolution happening in the telecommunications space or a load of hot air!
Networking kit has never been so divisive, whether it's fear-mongering vandals tearing down cell towers, rumours about governmental espionage, or skepticism about the astronomical costs of implementation. So, is 5G worth the hassle?
Today, host Michael Bird is joined by HPE Chief Technologists Chris Dando, a fervent 5G evangelist, and skeptic Matt Armstrong-Barnes. We discover the true value of super-fast data transfer from New York Times Creative Technologist Jimmy Chion. Plus, Nokia's Leslie Shannon drops some truth bombs about the real potential of those much-maligned millimetre waves.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/5G-Build-it-but-will-they-come-Technology-Untangled/ba-p/7121955#.YDStO-imOUk
|Feb 23, 2021|
Coming soon, Technology Untangled Series 2
Technology Untangled is back for a second series.
AI, Everything as a service, Hyper Converged Infrastructure, The Edge (not that one), Containers, the Internet of Things, Apple, PC, VPNs, Virtual reality, Augmented Reality, Self-Driving Cars, Networks, WiFi, 4G, 5G, Quantum Computing, Chess Computers, Neural Networks, Machine Learning, Supercomputers, Smart Cities, Hyper Automation, Extended Reality, Enhanced Connectivity, Net Neutrality, Big Data, Data Mining, Voice Recognition, Robotics, Smart Industry 4.0, Blockchain, On-Prem, Off-Prem, Chatbots, Augmented Reality, The Cloud, and all in a pandemic?
It’s a lot.
If you need to know more about what makes the tech in your organisation tick, then we have something for you. Join host Michael Bird on a journey to find the right experts, practitioners, and entrepreneurs to untangle the ever-expanding web of software, hardware, and ideas that are shaping our world today.
|Feb 16, 2021|
2020 Untangled: The year everything changed?
2020 wasn't the year that anyone expected. Did anyone have a global pandemic on their bingo card? Our organisations have changed, in some ways irreversibly. Through the tumultuous tide of compounding crises, strong leadership has been vital. So, how did they do it?
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/HPE-Blog-UK-Ireland/2020-Untangled-The-Year-Everything-Changed-for-Organisations/ba-p/7113853
|Dec 15, 2020|
Digital Ethics: How can we make tech a force for good?
The tech world is at a tipping point. From data analytics to AI, the last few years have seen an explosion in emerging tech, and it's only accelerating. But are we pausing to think: just because we can, should we?
In this episode, we dive headfirst into the tech that's shaping our political, social, and moral existence. Dave Strong fills us in on the good, the bad, and the ugly side of analytics, and why willful ignorance isn't going to cut it. Jen Rodvold explains why a tech goal in isolation is about as useful as an IoT flip-flop, and how organisations can strategise in this brave new data-driven world. Plus, Mick Jackson explains the democratising power of digital, and why the sustainability and relevance of your brand depend on it.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/hpe-blog-uk-ireland/digital-ethics-how-can-we-make-tech-a-force-for-good-technology/ba-p/7104585
|Oct 13, 2020|
IoT: Is this the fourth industrial revolution?
An infinite number of devices, sprawling networks, and an astronomical amount of data: the Internet of Things is set to change the way we live and work forever! From agritech to deep space communications, and... fitness collars for dogs?
This episode, we break down the tech industry's buzziest words to discover what the IoT actually is (and what it isn't) and when it will become actually useful!
Ian Henderson gives us the lowdown on industry 4.0 and how you can avoid pesky proof-of-concept purgatory. Chris Roberts from Goonhilly Earth Station talks telemetry and deep space antenna and how Edge use cases could change the environmental impact of global shipping. Plus, Nitu Kaushal lays down how new technologies like 5G and WAN Narrowband IoT are transforming industries, and how organisations of any size can get in on the action.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/hpe-blog-uk-ireland/iot-is-this-the-fourth-industrial-revolution-technology/ba-p/7102513
|Sep 29, 2020|
Edge: Are we there yet?
Much like it's namesake, the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist of U2, the Edge is a hot IT topic that's as profuse as it is perplexing.
This week, Michael Bird and a team of guests untangle the Edge, from advances in networking and the IoT, to mobility and 5G. Simon Wilson hits us with the history of the Edge, and details how organisations can capture its potential now, and next. Jon Rennie from Sainsbury's explains how Edge infrastructure helped them adapt to the challenges of 2020, and how to have good, clean, GDPR-approved fun with customer data.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/hpe-blog-uk-ireland/edge-are-we-there-yet-technology-untangled-episode-6/ba-p/7100767
|Sep 15, 2020|
Containers: This decade's biggest innovation?
If you've read any tech blogs in the past few years, you'll certainly have seen rapturous exaltations about containers and Kubernetes. But does this decade's big innovation live up to the hype?
This week, host Michael Bird takes us back to basics to explore the dynamic world of containers from the ground up, from Docker to Kubernetes. Google Advocate Kaslin Fields explains the who, the what, the why, and the how, of this small, yet mighty innovation.
Not just a handy tool for DevOps teams, Chris Ibbitson explains why organisations should start evaluating containers, and demystifies microservices, the 12 factors, and cloud-native methodologies. Plus, Stuart Anderson talks implementation and scaling, and how containers have shaken their insecure image.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/hpe-blog-uk-ireland/containers-this-decade-s-biggest-innovation-technology-untangled/ba-p/7099513#.X03tDHlKiUk
|Sep 01, 2020|
Hyperconverged: Does one size fit all?
Of all the buzzwords bandied about, hyperconverged infrastructure (or HCI) is quite possibly the buzziest of them all. Why? Because it’s revolutionary.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure is working towards the challenges IT departments are facing now, and in the future, that involve massive amounts of data and the need for agility, stability and speed.
But where has HCI evolved from? What has stood in its place for the past half century? And why might HCI be the right solution for every organisation?
With the help of Luke Peters, Matt Harris, Bageshri Kundu and Chris Middleton (Head of IT Infrastructure Operations at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing), host Michael Bird attempts to untangle the hyperconverged story.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/hpe-blog-uk-ireland/hyperconvergence-does-one-size-fit-all-technology-untangled/ba-p/7098138#.Xztub-hueUk
|Aug 18, 2020|
Sustainability: Can tech ever be environmentally friendly?
Climate change is front-page news, and rightly so. We've collectively got ourselves into this mess, so can tech help us innovate our way out of it? And how does your organisation play its part?
Join host, Michael Bird, on a journey through the circular economy, from climate science and sustainability strategies to cutting-edge materials innovation with Mateo Dugand. Ray McGann explains how you can shake off the take-make-throw-use model and make the most of the new frontier of asset upcycling.
We look at how governments are incentivising new innovations with Mattie Yeta from DEFRA, and what we can do to hold organisations accountable. Plus, Steve Gair troubleshoots your asset refresh cycles and discusses where you can save money and, most importantly, reduce your environmental impact.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/hpe-blog-uk-ireland/sustainability-can-tech-ever-be-environmentally-friendly/ba-p/7097066
|Aug 04, 2020|
Everything-as-a-Service: Is your organisation ready?
What do organisations and IT departments really need in order to digitally transform and be competitive? Buzzwords and benefits are bandied around but as-a-Service is suffering from a serious lack of clarity!
Michael Bird untangles the radical aaS revolution - a journey that starts with Salesforce, makes a few stops on the hybrid cloud highway, and culminates on the precipice of the digital age.
We tackle cloud architecture and infrastructure with Paul Kennedy, to explore how you can get the best of both worlds and achieve the perfect trifecta: scalability, simplicity, and speed. Scott Thomson and Reuben Melville explain the new consumption model, from agility to utility billing. Plus, Tony Clement discusses the challenges organisations are facing to stay innovative and competitive, and why real transformation comes from within.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/hpe-blog-uk-ireland/everything-as-a-service-is-your-organisation-ready-technology/ba-p/7095657
|Jul 21, 2020|
AI: Should you start looking for a new job?
Is artificial intelligence really going to change the way we live and work, or are the supposed possibilities no more than seductive PR?
In this episode, alongside chief technologist Matt Armstrong-Barnes, we trace AI's technological leaps from Alan Turing to AlexNet via Dartmouth University. We map out the innovations impacting organisations right now by untangling strong and narrow AI, machine learning, deep learning, and artificial neural networks.
From cybersecurity to big data, we ponder the good, the bad, and the uncanny side of AI; how to tread the ethical tightrope; and identify implementation tactics applicable to organisations of any size.
The long show notes for this episode can be found here: https://community.hpe.com/t5/hpe-blog-uk-ireland/artificial-intelligence-should-you-start-looking-for-a-new-job/ba-p/7093591#.XzJvQChueUk
|Jul 07, 2020|
Introducing: Technology Untangled...
We're living in the golden age of technology, and in many ways, today's organisations are spoilt for choice. But are all innovations equal?
|Jun 03, 2020|