Ali Powell joins us for today's chat. Ali is currently the General Manager of Customer Success at Microsoft, representing large enterprise customers in the Southwest. Ali has almost 14 years with the business, and we talk broadly about his team's charter for customer success and why it's so important in the emerging digital and innovation economy. We also go deeper on topics ranging from customer understanding and empathy, all the way to building diverse and inclusive teams and how to go about making contributions to solve the world's problems.
Today's talk features Sara Nagy, an AI Evangelist at Microsoft, working with the Microsoft AI engineering team to help customers with their journey to a greater future through these advanced technologies. You'll find in this episode, a very informative and highly energetic talk on topics ranging from how to be thoughtful about your career path, what people at the top level are concerned about in regards to the future of AI, and what is working to unblock some of these big challenges. With over 1200 speaking engagements under her belt, she also talks about how to be a successful speaker and deliver a great message, and finally we have some pieces on the true purpose of AI in developing human intelligence.
A fascinating talk with Cecil Sunder, a hyper AI Business focused solutions leader at Microsoft, where we spend the majority of the time talking about the tactical and strategic approaches for deeper partnerships with big businesses, and how Artificial Intelligence is being leveraged today, to create seamless customer experiences and to accelerate products to market. You are in for a treat!
Randy Holloway joined Microsoft in 2004, and brings with him deep experiences working with global businesses, and leading private cloud and public cloud specialty teams. Now, as the leader of the Intelligent Cloud solutions team in the Southwest, his focus is centered around helping customers transform, adopt solutions, and creating an internal culture that drives business outcomes. Randy has the look and feel of a true visionary, and his excitement around building technology that focuses on creating tremendous business impact, while also delivering novel business models, makes this episode a must listen!
Today's chat features Arleen Abarquez, a digital advisor with Microsoft Digital - a customer facing team at Microsoft that helps big businesses re-invent themselves in the digital age. Arleen brings with her 30 years of experience in the technology industry, and her ability to understand large and strategic initiatives central to how businesses operate, and her ability to help businesses see through to their digital vision & journey, are the focal points of her success.
Alexandre Delarue, a Sr. Solution Architect on the Data & AI enterprise team at Microsoft, joins us for a deep conversation around unblocking seemingly impossible challenges, as fast as possible, and with as little resources as possible. In the ever evolving world of data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep learning, quick thinking, robust learning frameworks, and ambitious philosophies are the key to driving a business's competitive edge. Alex shares his secret sauce for high performance problem solving, the "Awesome Minimum".
Closing up an incredible first year at Microsoft, I take some time in this episode to share my top 10 learnings from the year. This is less a tech vignette and more what I've learned from peers, colleagues, leaders, and customers over the past 12 months. This is a great listen if you work in a big organization and strive to further develop your effectiveness with teams, increase your emotional IQ, or better understand your self development journey. Thanks for listening!
Connie Fan, a data solution architect at Microsoft, joins us to share her experiences in the computer sciences, her journey as a female immigrant in a male dominated technology industry, and her perspective on the importance of diversity in this new era of AI. Some of the things we underscore in this episode: how homogeneous groups in AI programming are ultimately not good for business and for the world, how businesses should acquire high performance talent, and the importance of growth mindset in a dynamic field that is constantly changing.
In this episode, Kevin Leffew, blockchain subject matter expert at Microsoft, joins us as we dive deep into the details about how blockchain is being used in businesses today, and what business leaders from operations to finance should be thinking about as they develop their digital strategy and continue to evolve organizations into data driven businesses.
With all the hype and buzz around machine cognition and artificial intelligence (AI), it's hard for business leaders to decide how to adopt AI, let alone plan to embrace it through technological and cultural change within the business. In this episode of The Data Binge Podcast, Tony Abell, Data Solutions Architect for Microsoft, joins us to answer the tough questions around AI and what businesses should really be looking for as they prepare their digital strategies for a new era of technology.