Luminaries – Talking to the brightest minds in tech

Where can technology take your business? Join hosts Mark Schaefer and Douglas Karr on an IT transformation expedition. Listen in as they have in-depth conversations with technology luminaries who clear the path for your business growth – hear from analysts, partners, your peers and leaders across Dell Technologies. Find research, best practices and tools to make your IT transformation real. This podcast is sponsored by Dell Technologies.


24: The Railroad…Where Innovation Produces Profit

Sometimes the best way to get ahead in business is to think small. Compared to the multi-billion-dollar titans in their industry, Rio Grande Pacific is more nimble, reactive, and able to communicate more closely with the niche market they serve. On this episode, Rio Grande Pacific CIO Jason Brown shares how his IT department mixes traditional IT, marketing and customer service to drive innovation. Because IT can become a profit center for any business… if you have the right mindset.

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22: Artificial Intelligence…Driving In the Streets

Most cities were built for a reality that no longer exists. The streets were laid out for horse-drawn carriages. To make cities more livable, city planners need better insight into how people actually use the city, how they move through it and live in it. In this episode, Dr. Richard Kelley explains how artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of things work together to create “smart cities” – cities that reflect the needs of citizens now and in the future.

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21: Data So Powerful…It’s Saving Lives

Genome sequencing is medicine that moves at the speed of technology. The faster that computers can process genetic data, the faster scientists can develop gene therapy for diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and more. James Lowey, CIO at TGen, discusses how his team creates the supercomputers that are driving inspirational advances in medicine.

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20: Augmented Reality… Enhancing Human Effort

Augmented Reality (AR) is about to change the way people work. By overlaying digital visualizations onto the real world, AR takes data out of the server stack and puts it exactly where you need it. In this episode, learn how AR works, how it’s currently being deployed, and what comes next. Roy Ashok, CEO of AR company DAQRI, shares his practical experience with the technology for applications ranging from the U.S. Navy to automotive assembly lines.

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19: IT Transformation…What’s the ROI?

Learn how to develop a strategic approach to IT transformation that can catapult your organization ahead of the competition. Adam Demattia and John McKnight, of the Enterprise Strategy Group, share what they’ve learned from a worldwide survey of 4,000 businesses.

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18: How Does NATO Manage IT?

Managing the infrastructure for a complex organization can be a monumental challenge. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) compounds that challenge with an extra layer of complexity: It serves 29 different nations, each with its own culture, language, and technological protocols. In this episode, Dr. Gregory Edwards, Directory of Infrastructure Services in the NATO Communications and Information Agency, explains how he builds trust and consensus to keep the organization running – and moving forward.

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17: Who Drives Innovation…in Your Business?

What does it take to create a culture of innovation? According to Assaf Natanzon, innovation is a team sport. He should know; he holds over 200 patents with hundreds more pending. For Assaf, encouraging innovation is all about learning new things, taking in other points of view, and applying solutions from one field to another. It doesn’t happen in a single, coincidental lightning flash; it’s a process that can be deliberately encouraged and nurtured.

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16: Create a Culture…That Sparks Innovation

How Yesterday’s Technology Can Solve Tomorrow’s Problems

Draper Laboratory helped develop the technology that put humans on the moon. These days, they’re using their impressive catalog of intellectual property to solve more down-to-earth problems. The same technology that guides a missile to its target could help plants pollinate, and even deliver medicine in developing countries.

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