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ESG climbs the corporate agenda

Henrik Sandin, Director & Principal ESG Specialist at Workiva, discusses the findings of the company’s recent ESG Practitioner Survey, covering the impending EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), the need for both integrated ESG reporting and assurance, the technology and mindsets needed to transform reporting processes and the roles that both AI and companies such as Workiva can play in helping ESG practitioners develop successful, business-winning ESG strategies.

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Organisations need to become ‘data ready’

Libby Duane Adams, Chief Advocacy Officer and Co-Founder at Alteryx, believes that businesses can’t afford to fall behind in their AI and data strategy – they must accelerate it to stay ahead of the curve and crucially, navigate a turbulent economic environment. However, AI and data can’t just sit in the office space held by the IT team. Companies on this journey must break down silos and get people together: that’s where the power truly begins.

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The importance of digital in creating a more sustainable future
  • Posted on 23rd April 2024 in by Phil Alsop

Subhagata (Subho) Mukherjee, Vice President, Global Head of Sustainability, Nokia, shares some key highlights from the company’s People and Planet 2023 report, covering a year of achievements and challenges on the journey to net zero, with continuing progress in its sustainability strategy. Subho explains Nokia’s firm belief that ESG can be a competitive advantage as digitalisation, powered by enhanced connectivity, plays an increasingly significant role in helping industries and economies decarbonise while enabling a more inclusive society.

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Collaboration is the key to sustainability success

Dr. Alyson Freeman; Customer & Innovation lead, Sustainability & ESG, Dell Technologies, discusses the sustainability challenges facing the data centre industry and some of the ways in which the facility owners and operators are collaborating with the IT hardware manufacturers, such as Dell, to make real progress towards Net Zero.

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Dealing with IT infrastructure complexity in a hybrid cloud world
  • Posted on 3rd April 2024 in by Phil Alsop

Andy Bevan, Head of Propositions and Strategy Consulting at Daisy Corporate Services, discusses recent research findings which reveal that two-thirds of IT leaders say that legacy infrastructure is creating a sustainability nightmare. Andy explores the options available for addressing this problem, with a consumption-based IT infrastructure model the likely solution.

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Equality should begin early, with education
  • Posted on 28th March 2024 in by Phil Alsop

Tal Barmeir, Co-founder & CEO Blinq.io, discusses her career in the IT industry, sharing some valuable insights when it comes to entrepreneurship and start-ups, alongside her belief that equality needs to be addressed early in life, rather than try and fix it in the workplace.

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IT remanufacture contributes to successful sustainability strategies

Steve Haskew, Head of Sustainability and Social Leadership at Circular Computing, explains how the road to Net Zero almost certainly involves organisations considering their IT estate, especially in terms of understanding that the carbon footprint of hardware is largely associated with the manufacture, rather than the use, of the equipment. Hence IT hardware remanufacture is an increasingly attractive option - with the added bonus of significant financial savings.

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The art of adopting science-based sustainability targets

Charissa Jaganath, Head of Responsible Business at Logicalis, discusses how IT organisations can become responsible businesses, encompassing the measurement and disclosure of carbon emissions across all three scopes. She also shares how she has developed the company’s global strategy to drive sustainable change across three key pillars of People, Communities, and Planet.

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Equality begins with self-recognition, empathy and understanding

Eduarda Camacho, the new COO of global identity security company CyberArk, was told in her first IT industry interview that she had three obstacles to overcome – ‘you are a woman, you are Portuguese and you are not an engineer’! Her answer to her interviewer: ‘That’s your problem, not mine’. Eduarda shares the experiences, challenges and opportunities which have shaped her career to date, with plenty of advice along the way.

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Data repatriation adds to hybrid momentum

Mark Noland, Technology Manager at Kingston Technology, discusses the growing trend for organisations to move back certain IT assets on premises, and data repatriation in particular. He explores the many factors to consider when it comes to developing a hybrid model – with a mixture of cloud and on-prem delivering an optimised IT environment.

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Women in IT – talking both equality and AI
  • Posted on 23rd February 2024 in by Phil Alsop

Dr Angie Ma, Co-Founder of Faculty, talks about her experience as a female founder in a male-dominated industry, sharing some brilliant insights into ways in which organisations can develop and maintain a truly diverse and inclusive workplace. Having launched her AI-focused business back in 2014, Angie also has plenty of experience to share when it comes to the IT industry’s number one topic right now!

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How best to address AI fears?

Audra Streetman, Security Strategist at Splunk SURGe, Splunk's security research team, discusses how, in today's digital landscape, misinformation and manipulated content have eroded societal trust to a critical point. Audra outlines the strategies necessary to foster a future where AI is trusted to enhance society rather than cause challenges.

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Digital adoption - a double-edged opportunity?

Ofir Bloch, Vice President of Strategic Positioning at WalkMe, discusses the company’s recent report: The State of Digital Adoption 2024, which finds that, while digital adoption is a rising priority for enterprises, a lack of best practice is still costing many organisations dearly. Ofir warns of the digital adoption ‘pitfalls’, but also outlines the significant rewards of HyperProductivity for those who implement digital adoption best practices successfully.

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SME AI optimism tempered by security concerns

Greg Keller, Co-Founder and CTO of JumpCloud, discusses the findings of the company’s latest report focusing on the SME IT landscape. AI is on the horizon, but there’s some nervousness over how to best manage this opportunity. Security remains the number one SME concern, alongside budgetary and people constraints. Greg explains how SMEs are placing increasing trust in MSPs to help navigate these challenges and opportunities, alongside some advice as to how organisations can help themselves. View the State of IT 2024 Report here: https://jumpcloud.com/resources/q1-2024-it-trends-for-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-smes

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From breeding hamsters to best-of-breed AIDC solutions

Richard Gilliard, CEO of Renovotec, provides some fascinating insights into his journey as an entrepreneur, now having established his company as a leading provider of end-to-end automatic identification and data capture solutions (AIDC). Richard gives his views on how the AIDC market will develop across many sectors, with robotics and automation set to make a real difference for businesses of all sizes and also provides plenty of advice to budding entrepreneurs along the way.

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News

85% of CFOs are expecting to take on a more significant role in shaping business strategy.
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New Data Security Posture Management (DSPM), Inline email protection and Gen-AI security advancements safeguard data-in-motion and data-at-rest across all exfiltration channels.
Over half of CISOs believe generative AI is a force for good and a security enabler, whereas only 25% think it presents a risk to their organisational security.

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