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Connectivity may be rising rapidly up the political agenda, but it has been high on the Digital Business agenda for some time. We pull together the strands, analysing the implications of a connected planet in this series of roundtable discussions


The outlook for IT: consumerisation, data, safety and skills
Dec 17, 2013 • 18 min
In the podcast: We look at some of the key developments in technology over the last few years, from consumerisation and the cloud to cybersecurity and the skills gap. And we preview some of the key trends for the rest of this decade. With guests Peter…
The gadgets taking over the enterprise
Dec 2, 2013 • 19 min
In this week’s podcast: The consumerisation of IT is one of the greatest challenges facing the enterprise. It is changing the way we work, the role of the IT department, and the role of the CIO. The Connected Business is joined by John Delaney, associate…
Location, location, location?
Nov 19, 2013 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: Could geo-spatial information be the next dimension for big data? Knowing where something, or someone, is is growing in value to retailers, engineers, governments, and the military. We speak to GIS specialists Dan Monk, technical…
Technology to solve human challenges
Nov 4, 2013 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: Can HR technology do more than just cut out the administration for personnel departments? With firms facing a “war for talent” they are turning to IT, and analytics, to find and keep the right people. KPMG’s practice lead for…
Outsourcing, insourcing, and innovation
Oct 14, 2013 • 16 min
In this week’s podcast: IT outsourcing is usually associated with cost savings, but achieving real cost savings remains hard. At the same time, businesses are looking for more innovation from their suppliers, and more control over their technology. Our…
Technology change, and three visions of the future
Oct 1, 2013 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast: Technology is changing our work, entertainment, and even how businesses run IT itself. We speak to Sam Nicholson, cinematographer and chief executive of Stargate Studios; Dave Coplin, futurologist and “chief envisioneer” at…
Mobile money, and the end of the bank branch?
Sep 17, 2013 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: Could the bank branch be a thing of the past, and could physical currency be going the way of books, vinyl or CDs? And can banks use data analytics to become more relevant to customers, and to regain trust? We speak to Eden Zoller,…
Security through intelligence, and development on the beach
Sep 3, 2013 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast: KPMG’s Martin Jordan on how businesses can learn from the intelligence services, when it comes to countering cyber threats, and how dairy producer Friesland-Campina is using technology from iPads to machine to machine…
Video calls, smart cities, and going racing
Jul 30, 2013 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast: Ovum’s Joe Dignan on how smart cities are moving from science fiction to fact, Canalys’ Matthew Ball on how consumerisation is reviving prospects for video conferencing, and Patrick Louis, CEO of the Lotus F1 Team, on how…
Education, education, education
Jul 15, 2013 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast: demand for quality education is growing across the world, but education itself has largely avoided automation. Can IT improve education? And how can the IT industry work with schools and colleges to head off a growing skills…
Mining data for travel, and replacing clipboards with tablets
Jul 2, 2013 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast: Could travel companies do more with data, and could that in turn make for a better passenger experience? Professor Thomas Davenport, and Hervé Couturier, head of R&D at Amadeus, think so. Plus, PA Consulting Group’s chief operating…
Turning data into profit
Jun 18, 2013 • 17 min
Can big data lead to greater profits? Constellation Research’s principal analyst Ray Wang and SAS Institute CEO Dr Jim Goodnight discuss why it is hard for businesses to extract value from their information. Plus: Capco’s Mark Record on why financial…
Raspberry Pi, and changing IT at the heart of the business
Jun 3, 2013 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast: We hear how consumerisation is forcing businesses to revisit their relationship with IT, as Ovum’s Richard Edwards discusses his firm’s Enterprise 2020 report. And we discuss how technology is changing technology firms themselves,…
Creating the Internet of the future
May 20, 2013 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast: The Internet of Things is set to connect up everything from coffee cups to cardiac monitors, as the hardware becomes cheaper, smaller, and easier to use. We speak to PA Consulting’s Alastair McAuley, Ovum’s Jeremy Green, and…
Risky data, supercars, and the future of advertising
May 6, 2013 • 19 min
In this week’s podcast: Businesses are keen to collect more data, but is there a point where data poses a risk? KPMG’s Eddie Short thinks there is. Plus we speak to McLaren Group CIO Stuart Birrell about how he protects the car maker and F1 team’s…
Protecting data, customers, and the company
Apr 22, 2013 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast: We hear three different views about the way cyber threats are affecting companies and consumers. Christian Fredrikson, president and CEO of Finnish computer security company F-Secure, explains that mobile phones and tablets are at…
Managing people, and CEO sentiment
Apr 8, 2013 • 20 min
In this week’s podcast: How the consumerisation of technology and big data helping businesses improve the way they manage their people? We speak to Robert Bolton, a partner in the people and change practice at KPMG, and we speak to Camilla Aitchison,…
Can better data improve financial decision making?
Mar 26, 2013 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: We speak to two chief financial officers: Tony Wilson, of UK-based medical manufacturer Kimal, and Chris Lafond, CFO of the technology analysts Gartner, about their relationship with technology. Plus Peter Lumley, of PA Consulting…
Securing mobile devices, and the rise of the chief data officer
Mar 11, 2013 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: We follow up on Mobile World Congress by speaking to Goldcrest Films about flexible working in the film and post production industry, and we hear from Stroz Friedberg about managing the risks of mobiles and tablets. Plus, Gartner’s…
Mobiles, tablets and smartphones everywhere
Feb 25, 2013 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: What are the latest trends in mobile handsets, how far off is 5G, and can businesses really benefit from Bring Your Own Device? As Mobile World Congress continues in Barcelona, we speak to the GSMA’s Alex Sinclair, Ovum’s Richard…
Super-fast broadband, and agile working
Feb 12, 2013 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: We look at how gas mains, drains and water pipes could hold the key to boosting fast broadband in Europe, and hear from the CIO of UK local authority, East Sussex County Council, on how tablets and 4G are helping it to cope with…
Securing the enterprise
Jan 28, 2013 • 17 min
In this week’s programme, we look in-depth at information security. Data privacy and security continues to move up the agenda, with governments, as well as businesses, increasingly concerned about the threat posed to – and by – information. We speak to…
Can business be social?
Jan 14, 2013 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: We hear from PA Consulting’s Nathan Sage, MWD Advisors’ Angela Ashenden, and Rob Howard, founder of Telligent, about how social tools and social intelligence are changing the workplace. Presented and produced by Stephen Pritchard…
Technology trends for 2013
Dec 31, 2012 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: In a special programme, we hear from technology commentator Peter Cochrane, Shaun Collins of analysts CCS Insight, Allen Brown, CEO of the Open Group, Chris Watson, of law firm CMS, Matt Peers, CIO at Deloitte and Gartner’s Mark…
Games, storage mountains, and frozen IT budgets
Dec 18, 2012 • 16 min
In this week’s podcast: We hear how the frozen foods business – Igloo Foods Group – started from scratch with its IT, following a buy out from its parent company. We speak to Constellation Research’s Ray Wang, about a trend that is attracting a lot of…
Doing more with less in IT
Dec 3, 2012 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: How are companies coping with IT budgets that are, at best, flat? And how can smart technology help funds go further? We speak to Ernst & Young, Gartner and YouGov about ensuring that IT is effective, and pays its way. See…
IT races to the chequered flag
Nov 19, 2012 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast: In a special show focused on the high-octane world of motor racing, we hear how the Lotus F1 team is updating its back office IT, so it can put more resources into racing, and how Sahara Force India updated its website to provide a…
Putting the CIO under the microscope
Nov 5, 2012 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast: We examine the role of the chief information officer today. Who is leading IT in the business today, and how is IT providing better tools to business leaders? Our guests are Mark McDonald from Gartner, David Elton from PA…
Harnessing the power of consumer IT, and creating a connected company
Oct 23, 2012 • 18 min
In this week’s podcast: We speak to Autodesk CEO Carl Bass about how smartphones, tablets and the cloud are changing the software industry, and to author David Gray about his new book, The Connected Company. Plus, our series on how businesses are using IT…
Financial IT, and cyber wargames
Oct 9, 2012 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: What are the strategic priorities for IT in the financial services sector? We speak to Ovum analyst Daniel Mayo, and we hear how Greece’s Generali Insurance is cutting down on paperwork. Plus: Cyber Security Month, and Europe’s…
Riding the consumer wave
Sep 24, 2012 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: How is consumer technology changing IT – and how is the change in IT changing how we do business? We speak to Gartner’s David Willis, Eversheds’ CIO Paul Caris, and investor and technologist Daniel Steeves about the way consumer…
Changing priorities for IT, video for business, and data-driven pricing
Sep 10, 2012 • 18 min
In this week’s programme: We hear from Accenture’s Jeanne Harris about changing priorities for IT, and how the IT department could be in need of an overhaul. We also speak to Adobe about how businesses are making more use of video online, and we start a…
IT in the sky, and keeping food fresh with BI
Jul 17, 2012 • 18 min
In this week’s programme: We hear from business guru and author Erik Brynjolfsson about the need to strike the right balance between technology, jobs and prosperity. And we speak to Accenture’s director for aerospace and defence, Damien Lasou, about the…
Gearing up for the Games
Jul 3, 2012 • 16 min
In this week’s programme: In just a few weeks’ time, athletes and sports fans will converge on London for the 2012 Olympic Games. The Games will be significant users of technology. But they are also having a significant effect on businesses, both on the…
Are companies drowing in a sea of data?
Jun 18, 2012 • 18 min
In this week’s programme we look at how businesses are coming to terms with the growing volumes of data they have to collect and keep. And we look at how technology is helping firms to translate those data into new, more accurate predictions and insights.…
Agile development, better security, and open source
Jun 6, 2012 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: We look at how companies can use IT to bring new products to market more quickly, and how a new technical standard, COBIT 5, could help businesses improve their data security. Plus we speak to financial services firm Thomas Murray…
Cloudy, with hints of a revolution?
May 21, 2012 • 21 min
In this week’s podcast: What do we understand by the cloud, how should companies decide which IT to run there, and how do they go about moving to the cloud? Plus how the UK’s Met Office is using the cloud for a citizen-based weather observation project.…
Big data, security myths, and value for money from IT
May 8, 2012 • 16 min
In this week’s podcast: Is Big Data a useful tool for business, or is it just the latest technology trend to be overhyped? The consultants at KPMG think firms may be paying too much attention to poor data. But boards are not paying enough attention to…
Security, risk and the business
Apr 25, 2012 • 20 min
Are businesses ready to deal with security risks and privacy laws? We ask Chris Watson, partner for telecoms, media and technology, at law firm CMS, to Jay Heiser and French Caldwell of industry analysts Gartner, and Hakan Carlbom, CIO of the…
Outsourcing, customer self service, and an Olympic dry run
Apr 10, 2012 • 16 min
In this week’s podcast: We look at how companies are aiming to save money, and be more flexible, by renegotiating their outsourcing contracts; at how one company has replaced conventional customer service with web-based social media tools for its users;…
IT and the CFO
Mar 19, 2012 • 19 min
We speak to Gartner’s John Van Decker about the technologies companies use to manage their finances, and to the finance director of law firm Simmons and Simmons about moving to a single HR and finance platform. Plus how social media can force companies to…
Tablet mania, and securing the supply chain
Mar 6, 2012 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: In the week Apple announced its third-generation iPad, we look at how tablets are making real inroads in business – but are causing problems as well as solving them. We hear from the CTO of iPass, Barbara Nelson, and the CEO of…
Catching crooks with data, and MWC preview
Feb 21, 2012 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Connected Business meets Anne Bouverot, director general of the GSMA, and asks her for this year’s top trends. And Cesare Garlati, head of consumerisation at Trend Micro, discusses some of the…
Unified comms, and on the trail of the black rhino
Feb 7, 2012 • 17 min
Can technology help to save endangered species? In the first of a short series on novel uses of data analytics, Connected Business speaks to the scientists behind the charity WildTrack, which is using IT tools to monitor animals such as the black rhino.…
Managing customers, and a CIO at CES
Jan 24, 2012 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: How do companies use technology to look after their customers? We hear from two different businesses, manufacturer Eaton and bar and nightclub operator Novus Leisure. Plus a CIO’s view of the Consumer Electronics Show from…
Publishing on tablets, privacy in the cloud
Jan 10, 2012 • 16 min
In this week’s podcast: With CES under way in Las Vegas, Connected Business talks to experts from National Geographic, Clear Magazine and Adobe about the impact of tablets on the publishing business. Plus, we discuss data privacy in the cloud with…
Stretching the IT budget
Dec 6, 2011 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: How are businesses budgeting for, and paying for, IT? Connected Business speaks to Tony Wilson, finance director at Kimal plc, and Paul Caris, CIO of law firm Eversheds, on how they balance the books. Plus Good Technology’s CTO…
Consumer devices, ERP, and saving a six-figure sum on IT
Nov 22, 2011 • 17 min
It is not just economic uncertainty that has prompted CIOs to do more with less. Cheaper consumer devices, and cloud computing, are making IT more powerful, and more flexible. We speak to Adobe’s CTO, Kevin Lynch, about smart devices and apps, to…
Smart technology, regulations, and ethical hackers
Nov 8, 2011 • 18 min
Smart technology could change the information companies gather on their customers, according to research by PA Consulting. And, as businesses gather more data, they also need better protection. Could ethical hackers help? Plus, Getronics’ CTO Tim…
IT management, and managing risk
Oct 18, 2011 • 16 min
In this week’s podcast: We hear from Gartner’s Dave Aron on the evolving IT-business relationship, and from Klaus Nyengaard, CEO of Just Eat, on running a business that will only work if it hides the technology from its customers. Plus, Accenture’s chief…
Breathing new life into the back office
Oct 5, 2011 • 18 min
Enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management may lack glamour, but they are big-ticket IT purchases for many companies. Is now the time to make new investments in back office technology? And can social media spice up CRM? We hear from…
Banking on data
Sep 20, 2011 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: How are financial firms making use of technology? Banks have continued to invest in IT despite the downturn. Industry analyst Martha Bennett, of Freeform Dynamics, explains some of the reasons why. And Steve Chambers, CIO of Visa…
Cloud, and social commerce
Sep 6, 2011 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: Is cloud computing going to transform the way businesses run IT? We hear from a UK company that runs almost all its IT in the cloud, and speak to the author of a National Computing Centre/PA Consulting report on how businesses can…
Consumer IT, or gadget envy?
Jul 26, 2011 • 17 min
The trend for employees to bring their own devices to work — and for companies to turn to consumer devices — raises questions of security, data privacy, and support See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Faster chips, smarter tablets
Jul 12, 2011 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: We hear how investment bankers are using tablets to monitor the markets, and how laptops with supercomputer power are changing personal computing. And we round off our series on big data with pointers from Deloitte on building a…
Clouds, balls and planes
Jun 27, 2011 • 18 min
An in-depth look at IT sourcing, and continuing our series on Big Data, we go behind the scenes at Wimbledon to hear how analytics are helping tennis pros See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Clouds, trees and cybersecurity
Jun 15, 2011 • 17 min
This week we look at the findings of the PA Consulting – Harvey Nash survey of CIOs, focusing on how businesses are sourcing their IT In our series on big data, we hear how a company with origins in forestry is helping local governments manage the built…
Data are big business
May 31, 2011 • 17 min
Over the next few weeks, the Connected Business will run a series of interviews with organisations that are using “big data”, developing technologies to manage it, and providing the know-how to unlock its potential. This week’s show features interviews…
Investing for growth
May 10, 2011 • 17 min
IT spending, and especially IT investments by enterprises, provides a useful proxy for wider levels of confidence. One IT company that is better placed than most to offer a view on whether those investments are picking up again is SAP. Connected Business…
The Connected Business
Apr 27, 2011 • 18 min
O2, the UK mobile phone operator is using technology to monitor and cut its carbon footprint. Plus, the latest data on outsourcing and an interview with Microsoft’s CIO, Tony Scott. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Data-driven HR
Apr 13, 2011 • 17 min
Data-driven HR, buy your own devices, and supply chain risk. HR is increasing its use of data to ensure the business has the right staff, doing the right work, at the right time See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Technology for greener business
Mar 29, 2011 • 18 min
This week we examine the complex relationship between IT and the environment See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mining data to discover trends and sentiment
Mar 14, 2011 • 18 min
Sales and marketing specialists have never had better access to data, whether it is from loyalty programmes, databases or even social media. In this week’s podcast, we speak to James Kaplan, of management consultants McKinsey, about how companies are…
How can enterprises manage the costs of mobile working?
Mar 2, 2011 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: Mobile World Congress might be over for another year, but there is no let up for the mobile industry. In the week that Apple is set to launch its next iPad, we hear how businesses are replacing both laptops and smartphones with…
Making business mobile
Feb 13, 2011 • 17 min
In this week’s podcast: February sees the mobile phone industry come together for its annual congress in Barcelona, and the Connected Business podcast also focuses on mobility. We hear from Tasty Baking, a US company founded in 1914 that is using mobile…
Building efficient supply chains
Jan 27, 2011 • 12 min
In this week’s podcast: how can businesses improve their supply chains, manage costs, and reduce their impact on the environment? Stephen Pritchard talks to Stephen Stokes, managing vice president at industry analysts Gartner, about the green agenda, and…
Investing in IT for growth
Oct 27, 2010 • 5 min
Often companies spend too much time, effort and money pursuing the perfect IT systems. But for many tasks a system that is good enough, is good enough. Connected Business contributor Stephen Pritchard talks to Gary Clare of Bain and Company, about ‘good…
Providing connectivity
Jun 19, 2009 • 7 min
How has IT and mobility changed over the past decade? Who still needs to get connected? And how important are industry standards? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Connected Lives: the debate - Part 3
Jun 11, 2009 • 10 min
Do digital connections help the developing world out of poverty? Our experts discuss this controversial issue See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Connected Lives: the debate - Part 2
Jun 4, 2009 • 10 min
Our experts argue over the impact of mobility on business, flexible working and work-life balance, and the issues it raises for HR and IT security departments See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Connected Lives: the debate - Part 1
May 29, 2009 • 10 min
Three experts discuss what it means to be connected, the barriers to universal access to fast broadband, and the public sector’s role in its delivery See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.