Sap And Enterprise Trends Podcasts From Jon Reed (@jonerp) Of Diginomica.com

Sinopse

Free spirited, old school podcasts on all things enterprise with Jon Reed of diginomica.com, along with troublemakers and/or special guests

Episódios

  • How should enterprises respond to disrupted markets? IT spending data in the Coronavirus era

    How should enterprises respond to disrupted markets? IT spending data in the Coronavirus era

    09/05/2020 Duração: 15min

    During this 15 minute podcast, Jon Reed is rejoined by podcast compadre Brian Sommer to hash out early IT spending data and first reactions to the economic impact of COVID-19. The guys talk about comparisons with past recessions, and how CFOS and CIOs are likely to respond. Fresh IT spending data from TrustRadius is considered, along with industry impacts. Note - given that the recording quality of this Zoom session was not ideal, we've cut kept this podcast to 15 minutes, but may release another installment in the talk later. 

  • Solving the problem of IoT security - Ockams open source IoT community challenge, with Mrinal Wadhwa

    Solving the problem of IoT security - Ockam's open source IoT community challenge, with Mrinal Wadhwa

    10/02/2020 Duração: 57min

    The vexing problem of IoT security is slowing IoT adoption and creating waves of sensational headlines, from insecure smart homes to industrial IoT concerns. Mrinal Wadhwa and his team at Ockam has an ambitious plan to address this, but how? Via open source for one. As a follow up to last year's dignomica podcast with Ockam and Den Howlett, this new podcast shares how Wadhwa's thinking has evolved. In a nutshell: "Decoupling the secure channel protocol from the transport layer protocols removes complexity, minimizes the attack surface and can enable us to build end-to-end secure and private systems." This in-depth talk breaks that concept down in real-world terms. Wadhwa explains why this is a potential IoT security breakthrough. The guys also revisit their blockchain debates, and how Wadhwa sees blockchain fitting into IoT security going forward. An invitation for others to get involved with Ockam's open source pursuits at https://github.com/ockam-network is also included. 

  • NRF 2020 Big Show part two - retail’s highs, lows, and upstarts to watch

    NRF 2020 "Big Show" part two - retail’s highs, lows, and upstarts to watch

    26/01/2020 Duração: 20min

    Continuing with their NRF 2020 on-site retail review, Jake Knowles of BJSS and Jon Reed of diginomica.com share their show highs and lows. They also talk about some retail upstarts to watch - and how some of the less glamorous innovations in logistical areas like last-mile delivery could prove crucial as retailers try to differentiate against Amazon. Jon talks about his debate with the CEO of Happy or Not, and Knowles weighs in on the missing link in Retail CX - the happy and empowered store employee. Knowles also brings up the impact of sustainability and diversity - another standout from this year's show.

  • NRF 2020 retail review - separating the use cases from tech hype with Jake Knowles of BJSS

    NRF 2020 retail review - separating the use cases from tech hype with Jake Knowles of BJSS

    19/01/2020 Duração: 21min

    Live from NRF 2020, Jake Knowles of BJSS makes his debut on Jon's diginomica podcast with part one of their review of NRF's "Big Show." The guys hit on the big questions of the show, including retailers' determination make their storefronts and competitive edge again. They react to some key retail stats from Salesforce, Adobe and others on the surge of mobile commerce and BOPIS (buy online, pick up in store). Knowles shares the high points from his moderated panel with four global retailers on harnessing retail innovation. Knowles also talks about the retail pain points he hears about from BJSS clients - and what customers are doing to modernize their retail strategy.   

  • Revenue recognition in focus - progress and obstacles with Kent Bettisworth

    Revenue recognition in focus - progress and obstacles with Kent Bettisworth

    09/12/2019 Duração: 18min

    After their prior podcast from Controlling 2019 on Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Jon and Kent Bettisworth move into his views on revenue recognition. How much progress have SAP/ERP customers made? What are the obstacles still ahead? They also discuss the latest regulatory timelines, and how SAP customers are approaching RAR (SAP's revenue recognition functionality). The guys hash out what Kent learned on the ground at this year's show. Before wrapping, they also discuss the degree of S/4HANA adoption at the conference, and what SAP customers are weighing when it comes to S/4HANA upgrades. 

  • Debating enterprise blockchains at #CCE19 - use cases and criticism with Steve Wilson

    Debating enterprise blockchains at #CCE19 - use cases and criticism with Steve Wilson

    17/11/2019 Duração: 34min

    Picking up after their podcast on the future of identity, Jon gets into blockchain with noted enterprise blockchain critic Steve Wilson. Live from Constellation Connected Enterprise 2019, Jon and Steve talk about the peak of blockchain hype in 2016, and how his views have evolved since his notorious 2016 post, Blockchain: almost everything you read is wrong. The guys cover the issues with enterprise blockchains, from industry use cases to immutability to the viability of consensus. Jon also pulls Steve into settling a diginomica reader controversy over his views. Finally, Steve explains why he is skeptical about blockchain for IoT security. He also shares the blockchain use cases he *does* like.

  • Forget data-driven - we must be insight driven. Tricia Wang deconstructs big data and CX at #CCE2019

    Forget data-driven - we must be insight driven. Tricia Wang deconstructs big data and CX at #CCE2019

    12/11/2019 Duração: 39min

    After several years of misadventures, Jon finally gets Tricia Wang of Sudden Compass in the podcast hot seat at Constellation Connected Enterprise 2019. After hitting on show highlights, the two dive into Wang's outspoken views on the failure of big data, the profound limitations of quantifiable data, and why an ethnographic pursuit of data is the missing link. Wang and Reed turns their attention to the overhyped CX market, hitting on the problematic gap between being "data-driven" and insight driven. More data is actually leading to less insight. That's Wang's core point - customer data can drive business growth, but only if you know how to use it. Wang shares project experiences and business model examples to illustrate how companies are getting stuck. As for getting unstuck, Wang reveals some of the Sudden Compass methodology for getting customers on a better approach to analytics - a method that is about to be open sourced. Their partnership with Google, and Wang's obsession with avaiation and automation,

  • Grappling with identity management in the era of data brokers - a #CCE19 podcast with Constellations Steve Wilson

    Grappling with identity management in the era of data brokers - a #CCE19 podcast with Constellation's Steve Wilson

    10/11/2019 Duração: 21min

    In the first of his two part podcast series with Constellation's Steve Wilson, Jon asks Steve to explain the thinking behind his provocative blog post, Identity is dead. That leads into a discussion of the problem of regulating data brokers, and the ongoing issue with identity management in the enterprise. Steve critiques new approaches, including facial recognition. This discussion sets up a soon-to-be-released part two, on Steve's skeptical take on enterprise blockchains. At Steve says, "We need to keep plugging away at this because there's, they're brokering our data every single day now. So we need to figure out solutions."

  • The convergence of auditing and… RPA? Kent Bettisworth’s view from SAP Controlling 2019

    The convergence of auditing and… RPA? Kent Bettisworth’s view from SAP Controlling 2019

    11/10/2019 Duração: 23min

    Live from Controlling 2019, Jon talks with Kent Bettisworth, expert SAP consultant, about the research he's done into the relevance of robotic process automation (RPA) for auditors. Kent explains the RPA use cases that are emerging, but also the risk and downsides of RPA, and the problem auditors have with "black boxes." This topic is relevant to RPA or AI/ML projects who must also get past the risk/compliance/security threshold of the auditing team. Kent grounded his research in SAP's approach to RPA via Leonardo, but this conversation extends beyond the SAP domain. 

  • SAP IT - business alignment in a cloud world - with Barb Rojas of the Discovery Channel

    SAP IT - business alignment in a cloud world - with Barb Rojas of the Discovery Channel

    09/10/2019 Duração: 20min

    After her customer keynote at SAP Controlling 2019, Barb Rojas of the Discovery Channel gives listeners her view on IT - business alignment in the cloud era. How do you balance business enthusiasm for cloud with proper governance? How do you drive/support business change in an SAP environment? Jon also asks Barb about how her Discovery Communications teams approaches robotic process automation, as well as Tier 2 ERP during Discovery's global expansions. They also take analytics challenges as data becomes central to Discovery's business model shifts. Finally, during this Ada Lovelace women in tech day taping, Barb shares a few reflections on her own approach to leadership.

  • Serving the modern buyer, part two - how do we reduce troubled projects and buying complexity?

    Serving the modern buyer, part two - how do we reduce troubled projects and buying complexity?

    30/07/2019 Duração: 23min

    In part two of their talk on the dilemmas of the modern enterprise buyer, Jon Reed and Hank Barnes of Gartner dive right into Barnes' latest research on reaching enterprise buyers, and the strengths and flaws of reaching buyers with content. Other surprising Gartner data is discussed, including the surprising role of vendor responsiveness and why that is overlooked. The guys also hit on peer reviews and the problem of attempting to game buyers with positive reviews. The conversation is framed with this question: how we can serve buyers better, and reduce the amount of flawed and troubled projects? The final section includes advice for customers on navigating buying complexity.  This podcast references recent blog posts by Hank Barnes.

  • Hashing the dilemmas of the modern enterprise buyer, part 1 - with Hank Barnes of Gartner

    Hashing the dilemmas of the modern enterprise buyer, part 1 - with Hank Barnes of Gartner

    07/07/2019 Duração: 25min

    In part one of his first-ever podcast with Hank Barnes of Gartner, Reed and Barnes revisit their multi-year dialogue on the dilemmas of the modern enterprise buyer. Barnes has fresh research on modern buyers, including unsettling updates on project failures and buyer complacency. He also has fresh buzzwords for Jon to call out and break down, including "continuous buying" and "continuous customer behaviors." The guys also debate just how informed the modern buyer is, with Barnes landing on the side that "informed buyer" is aspirational at best. They both agree the vendors lack control - but still need to engage, but on new terms driven by customer needs. This podcast references recent blog posts by Hank Barnes.

  • Putting digital transformation and cloud to the test - a chat with Belden and Mansfield of UpperEdge

    Putting digital transformation and cloud to the test - a chat with Belden and Mansfield of UpperEdge

    17/06/2019 Duração: 45min

    During Jon's latest trip to Boston, he crashed the new offices of UpperEdge, an independent enterprise and IT advisory firm with strong views on the potent topics of digital transformation and getting value of out cloud. During this unscripted, 45 minute dialogue, Jon talks with UpperEdge's John Belden and Adam Mansfield about the problem of digital transformation in the real world. The guys shift into cloud issues, and why customers are wary that SaaS can be just another form of lock-in, with the same licensing headaches. The conversation wraps with a freewheeling review of the latest cloud news, from Salesforce acquiring Tableau to Google Cloud's ups and downs in its enterprise push. The Bruins game seven loss the night before is almost totally avoided, but not quite.

  • Getting digital with impact - Brian Sommer on how to put his book to use on project sites

    Getting digital with impact - Brian Sommer on how to put his book to use on project sites

    18/05/2019 Duração: 36min

    As PowerPlex 2019 - the Plex Manufacturing Cloud user conference - kicks off, Jon Reed and Brian Sommer claim a quiet spot for an in-depth talk on why he finally wrote a book - Digital with Impact. After pressing Brian on why he entered the overhyped book area of digital transformation, Jon and Brian turn their attention to the exercises in the book. What has Brian learned by using these these exercises on project sites? How can you use Digital with Impact as a workbook to spur the cultural change needed to make digital stick? Brian also shares his recent chat with Geoffrey Moore as they contrasted their views on digital change. The guys also get into how to balance the challenge of a long term transformation with the quicker wins needed to ensure buy-in. One key theme? Overcoming the quicksand of technical debt. Note: Den Howlett has also authored a book review of digital impact on diginomica.com.   

  • Sapphire Now 2019 in Review - with Dick Hirsch

    Sapphire Now 2019 in Review - with Dick Hirsch

    10/05/2019 Duração: 34min

    Taping outside this year with a fountain percolating behind them, Jon Reed of diginomica talks with Dick Hirsch about why Sapphire Now felt different this year. Hirsch talks about SAP's changing views on the cloud and their relationship with hyperscalers like AWS, Google Cloud and Azure. The guys hit on some big themes of a show with little hard news but many big storylines, from the impact of Qualtrics to why integration and master data are becoming huge topics for SAP its user groups. Issues from S/4HANA to indirect access and licensing news to the activist investor backdrop are discussed. 

  • IT in the DevOps - Agile era - a chat with Joe McKendrick

    IT in the DevOps - Agile era - a chat with Joe McKendrick

    17/03/2019 Duração: 22min

    During this first-ever sit down with Joe McKendrick, live from the MariaDB user conference, Jon talks with Joe about his recent articles on the impact of DevOps, agile, and digital transformation on IT - and the obstacles in the path. The guys talk about Joe's recent ZDNet articles and why over-hyped technologies like AI and machine learning fall short without a concerted change effort. Jon keeps his potshots about ZDNet's autoplay videos to a minimum as the guys move into a discussion of the new IT professional, and the rare combination of skills that the best IT pros need today. Note: original podcast file edit by Den Howlett.

  • NRF 2019 - personalization and data obstacles with Joachim Klein of ThreeKit

    NRF 2019 - personalization and data obstacles with Joachim Klein of ThreeKit

    19/01/2019 Duração: 27min

    In Jon's first ever podcast from NRF's retail "Big Show," Jon sits down with Joachim Klein of ThreeKit, where the two overcome NRF sounds to break down the key trends of the show, before the podcast is finally vanquished by a vacuum cleaner. The guys discuss the next-gen tech at the show, including robotics, facial recognition, and virtual fashion assistants, before digging into the problem of personalization and the opportunities retailers have if they can conquer their data problems. Klein then shares ThreeKit's go-to-market plan, and why these seasoned retail executives have banded together and put skin in the game. Their goal: bring augmented reality, visual commerce, and 3D product configuration into the same platform. End note: apologies for the background noise, the quietest place we could find at NRF was not terribly quiet, even with lavalier mics. SOUND UPDATE: my colleague Den Howlett has edited out as much background noise as possible in this new mix.

  • Beyond IT project failure - Josh Greenbaum on how ProQ wants to change project outcomes

    Beyond IT project failure - Josh Greenbaum on how ProQ wants to change project outcomes

    03/11/2018 Duração: 31min

    "Up to 2/3 of all enterprise software projects fail to deliver their expected value. Will your project be one of them?" That's the basis for Jon's first-ever podcast with analyst and ProQ founder Josh Greenbaum. On some hidden bean bag chairs in the basement of SAP TechEd, the guys discuss the multiple ways that enterprise projects can fail or underperform, and why early interventions can change outcomes. Greenbaum explains why ProQ's approach, by providing a way of measuring teamwork and project health, can have impact. The guys also talk about other efforts to disrupt and improve the consulting industry, including Raven Intel. Note: while this was taped at SAP TechEd, SAP is not the topical focus on this podcast. Check Jon's recent TechEd wraps for your SAP analysis fix. Bonus: the guys are interrupted at the 22:00 mark by disruptive window tape measurers.

  • SAP TechEd Barcelona in Review - the Den Howlett and Dick Hirsh special edition

    SAP TechEd Barcelona in Review - the Den Howlett and Dick Hirsh special edition

    28/10/2018 Duração: 20min

    In the third and final podcast in this special series from SAP TechEd Barcelona 2018, Den Howlett of diginomica talks to cloud expert and diginomica contributor Dick Hirsch review the takeaways from Barcelona, and assess the progress SAP has made with cloud models. The guys discuss how well SAP fleshed out the "intelligent enterprise." SAP's challenges with developer engagement in a more open/cloud model is also covered. Also check for Den's analysis of SAP TechEd Barcelona on diginomica.com. You'll find Jon's prior TechEd Vegas reviews and use cases there as well.

  • The state of the SAP Mentors as the SAP community changes - Howlett and Cmehil at SAP TechEd Barcelona

    The state of the SAP Mentors as the SAP community changes - Howlett and Cmehil at SAP TechEd Barcelona

    28/10/2018 Duração: 22min

    In the second podcast in this special three part series from SAP TechEd Barcelona 2018, Den Howlett of diginomica talks to SAP's Craig Cmehil about important developments in the SAP ecosystem - and the changes made to the Mentor program. Cmehil talks about the challenges the SAP Mentor will face and his goal of fostering engagement with SAP executives. The guys also hit on the community space at TechEd and the hands-on opportunities intended to push the growth of new skills. Also check for Den's analysis of SAP TechEd Barcelona on diginomica.com. You'll find Jon's prior TechEd Vegas reviews and use cases there as well.

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