28 | Code as Leverage, Breaking Apart the Constituents of a Problem, and the Culture of Technology

Today's episode features Anuj Bhatia, solving problems, is his wheelhouse - he's a problem solver, and we learn a lot about his approach and framework for this during the discussion.


Anuj is currently a principal architect for cognition & AI at Microsoft, with a tenure exceeding 3 years. Anuj came into Microsoft with the Xamarin acquisition, where he spent 5 years in customer success for their strategic accounts, if you're not familiar with Xamarin, they were a marquee Microsoft partner that sold tools to help developers who use Microsoft products, build apps for Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile OS - helping to establish a stronger Microsoft presence in all kinds of different devices, not just those that run windows. So as you can imagine, some tremendous experience in mobile app development. He was Lead Architect for MCS Group, for some time, where he developed mobile app strategies for iOs and web applications used by emergency services responders. Anuj has experience in bioinformatics engineering, and brings with him a BS in Microbiology and Virology from the University of Texas at Arlington which is super interesting, and you'll definitely here why this is important to how he solves problems.

 Across the episode, we talk about what he and his team are hyper focused on today, which is helping customers accelerate applications of AI, and not just the modeling, but the translation into edge technologies (sensors and autonomous objects), including applications such as mixed reality, to every additional use case in the mobile space and beyond.

27 | Building Higher Fidelity Technology - The Quest to Effectively Treat Type 1 Diabetes

Ben was diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1, at 21 years of age, and if you or any of your friends or loved ones have a similar diagnosis, you are definitely going to learn so much from Ben.

Ben is currently a Staff Product Engineer at Dexcom, a global leader in diabetes care transformation and management, where they design, and manufacture continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGM), and you'll hear a lot more about that technology in today's talk. He spends his time today at Dexcom helping to prioritize where investments in innovation are spent, and which ideas to accelerate into the concept funnel that will yield the most impact for the organization and its customers.

Ben spent the last 5 years, as part of his personal mission to reduce the burden of living with Diabetes Type 1,  reverse engineering the open loop system of the insulin pump and has done a tremendous amount of work there, and is also a co-founder of the NightScout Project, an open source cloud based system that provides the availability of CGM information to web browsers, smartphones, and other devices, to help people with the diseases, manage the condition in real time and even predictively based on their bio metrics, activity, and glucose levels. Ben has also spent some time doing engineering work with Tidepool.org, which is a software that is helping to take the DIY capability of addressing both the data on the insulin pump and the data on the CGM, merging this data into a closed loop system, and providing prescriptive suggestions on ongoing therapy. Currently the software is up for approval with the FDA, and is looking to be democratized and provided within app stores for easy consumption. Ben also spent some time as a Cloud Networking Engineer at Cisco, and you'll see some of his experience in these capacities play out in the talk.  Ben has a wealth of experience in software engineering and networking all up, and is a very reliable resource to follow and listen to as he discusses some big themes around the value of high fidelity solutions in healthcare.

26 | Industry 4.0 - Part 4 | IoT, Making Dumb Things Smart, and Smart Things Smarter

Today, we have Dean Bethke on the show. Dean is a Director of Sales and Business Development for  Azure IoT in the West, US. As part of an elite team that serves to help businesses with specific capabilities, the Global Black Belt team. Internally he's considered a hyper specialist in the area of all things connected. Dean has been with Microsoft for a little over 20 years, celebrating his 20th anniversary just this last December.

 This episode is the 4th and FINAL segment of a special series focusing on Industry 4.0, which has concentrated around the capabilities, technologies, and realities of today's digital era of AI and Cloud computing, and most importantly, the collaborations with the worker, and how this is impacting all types of industries from automotive all the way to dairy production and cattle herding - which you'll hear more about today.

25 | Ingesting Signals of Intelligence for Optimum Customer Experiences

Today we have Nick Fratello on the show. Nick is one of the most well-known thought leaders in Microsoft's US sales subsidiary, and he's been with the company for 6 years. His background is in data storage and cloud, with some familiar logos like Dell EMC and PTC , and today in the Microsoft organization, Nick is currently a Dynamics 365 Technical Specialist. He helps big enterprise business leverage the power of the Microsoft (3) cloud platform, to enable a data and analytics fabric that broadly allows customers to use their disparate data systems and applications to create a more consolidated ecosystem that helps them develop better customer-centric experiences.

The conversation revolves around the concept of the common data model theme, and the common data fabric needed across systems, that bring data together for analysis, action ,and automation.

24 | Industry 4.0 - Part 3 - AI is the Defining Strategy for Manufacturing

Today, Wendy Bauer joins us on the podcast. Wendy currently leads the strategic activities for global business and go to market for manufacturing and resources, at Microsoft. The areas she covers would include: discreet manufacturing, process and chemical manufacturing, agrochemicals, power and utilities, oil and gas, and mining.

Wendy brings with her 20 years of experience in manufacturing and automotive, and has worked at all capacities of the heavy industry and manufacturing life cycle, from the shop floor, to product development, sales, finance, procurement, vehicle development, quality engineering and everything else you can probably imagine that makes a business run.

The big topics discussed will include everything from accelerating human ingenuity with inclusive technology, the tenants of ethical AI and the implications of sharing and creating principles that are widely adopted and designed for good, and the big disruptive forces that are impacting industry and manufacturing all around the globe.

23 | Overcoming Genetic Disease Through the Notion of Open Source: A Cultural Movement

Ali Mazaheri joins us on today's episode. Ali is currently the Chief Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Irvine, California, specializing in application development and open source software. He's spent the last 14 years at Microsoft in various customer facing technical roles, and spent his early career developing software in various industries including financial services and banking.  Ali has been writing code since the age of 19, and as you'll see, his love and passion for technology bleeds through both technically and philosophically through the talk. Ali is also a thought leader and technical contributor in bio medical industry and community, through his work with continuous glucose monitoring solutions, and we talk about the organizations and solutions that he helps to contribute to and represent, including NightScout, Tidepool, and Loop.

Ali, in every bit of his ethos, represents the current landscape of communal open source culture, where opportunities for interoperability, sharing vulnerabilities, learning from others, and contributing strengths in a pay it forward model, is helping him make meaningful impacts across to his customers, his community, and as you will hear, his family.

22 | Modern Selling: Turning Relationships into Revenue

Brian Galicia, joins us on the podcast today. And if you were to meet Brian, or listen to any of his many keynote talks, you would walk away with his infinite expertise and passions around "turning relationships into revenue", and Brian is very serious about this.  He's spent nearly 13 years here at Microsoft, working in roles and areas all around and pertaining to business applications (which are technologies such as ERP/CRM, and other business automation and integration platforms and tools),  he's currently a Global Sales Leader for Sales Automation and LinkedIn, he comes from a sales engineering background, but brings with him experience in sales management, sales and pre-sales roles, both technical and specialist focused. He's also collected a number of performance awards, the most recent being Fiscal Year 2018 Circle of Excellence - Platinum Club, which is Microsoft's most premier award program for top contributors.

21 | What Is Your AI Strategy? Helping Big Businesses Adopt a Data Driven Future


Priya Gore joins us on the show today. Priya is currently a Sales Lead for the Americas at Microsoft, on a global specialist team, the "Global Black Belt Team", and she's focused specifically around the domain of AI.

Today on the talk we dive quite deeply into some very core themes around how businesses should be thinking about their AI Strategy. The components that are involved in this process, from stakeholders, to builders, engineers and UI architects, within the system level, all the way down to the users. We talk about some key themes in AI such as unconscious bias, and how to mitigate risks and biases in the reasoning through data by thinking deeper about people and team building before getting too deep into the tech. We hover quite a bit around why there can't be an AI strategy without specific business challenges that it addresses, and what the process looks like behind developing a scope and remediating through fast failures with fast learnings. Finally, we talk about the future of education and parenting, and  we round out the conversation with real talk about, about us, the human species, and how to contribute to the betterment of each other.

20 | Behavioral Analytics – Empowering Humans in the Age of Machine Intelligence

Today, Sawyer Kelly joins the discussion. Sawyer is currently a Workplace Analytics Consultant at Microsoft. If you haven't heard of workplace analytics, it is an analytics engine that runs on Microsoft's proprietary office 365 - that captures behavioral understanding of how people work in organizations - to help these organizations realize the bigger trends, to guide healthier and more productive workplace environments. Sawyer and his team, then take this data, and make recommendations for how organizations should change their cultures from meeting optimizations, to staffing models that limit off hour work times, all the way to cross department collaboration that drive additional creativity for the benefit of customers, business impact, and more distinctly, the protection of the businesses most important asset, it's people.

19 | Industry 4.0 - Part 2 - IoT, Business, and Overcoming the Challenges of Technological Change

Today, a conversation with Jeff Bennett. Jeff is an IoT Cloud Architect out of San Diego, California on the Global Black Belt Team at Microsoft. Jeff's a notable speaker and writer, a highly knowledgeable practitioner at the intersection of business and technology in the IoT space, and brings with him over 20 years of experience helping businesses overcome very specific challenges at the core to how they operate.

Jeff flexes his geek muscles throughout the talk with some great stories and advice for businesses that are struggling with planning, adoption, and strategies around how to plug in play across their bigger digital initiatives regarding IoT and beyond. We'll cover things from hybrid compute in the world of industrial and manufacturing, and how customers have now the option of deciding where to leverage their machine learning models (it doesn't have to be in their data center, in the vendor data center (the cloud), but possibly at the shop floor or at the location of interest itself - we call this, the EDGE. We talk about where the rubber meets the road with these complex IoT projects and how to get started (which is one of the toughest things about all of this, how/who/when to start) We focus on how to stay relevant as a technologist or visionary in the field, and discuss some things he's struggled with and overcome in his career and advice for others with similar experiences and goals.

18 | Healthier Human Experiences - Communicating with Calm, Clarity, and Kindness

Today's episode focuses on the life-cycle of creating healthier human experiences through communication, how to grow and maintain truly collaborative communication environments (especially with customers or clients), as well as the importance of mindfulness in a society that is becoming ever more digitally fatigued, and increasingly connected.

Connie Barnes, National Manager for Healthcare and Life Sciences - Enterprise Sales at Microsoft, joins us and discusses her mindset and perspective on how she communicates, listens, and invests in the moment as she leads, collaborates, and challenges colleagues and customers.

17 | Industry 4.0 - Part 1 - "Think Big, Start Small, Go Fast"

Today you'll be excited to hear that this is the first of a multi-part segment where we focus specifically on Industry 4.0, which is the emergence of a novel epoch in human productivity and innovation where cloud technology (so things like predictive maintenance of machines and IoT devices with computing power at the edge) and automation come together to augment the human worker. Most of the conversation will be around the digital transformation of manufacturers, specifically in the high tech space, so you can think about everything from semiconductors to automobiles, and the conversations go beyond to the applicability to process improvement.

Greg Vigil joins us today on the show, Greg is currently an Industry Solutions Director, leading a team of data scientists, solution architects, and business strategists within the manufacturing vertical at Microsoft, an enterprise customer facing organization. We cover everything from how manufacturers should be looking to harness their most valuable asset, data, to what it takes to go beyond the POC stage into developing production grade solutions at the shop floor level that meet process improvement goals.

16 | Maximization of Connectivity…And Culture

Nate Yohannes joins us from Microsoft. Nate is currently a Director of Business Development, within the Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Intelligent cloud group, focused specifically on Microsoft’s strategic relationships with mobile operators and business development in emerging markets. 

Nate brings with him an impressive perspective on the importance of connectivity (energy) to our society, and why tackling big challenges that accelerate internet access, both physically and financially, have been on the an integral focus point of the U.S. Federal Government, and also on the heart and mind of his team.

14 | Developing Products Through Purpose and Community | Tim Salau

Today's episode features Tim Salau, an extraordinarily gifted and hard-working community builder, Tim is currently a Product Manager at Microsoft in Redmond, and works with the Customer Care Intelligence team, developing AI powered bot frameworks, to help customer service oriented businesses create, deploy, and manage bots through a broad suite of services, tools, and platforms.

13 | Building Platforms for Courageous Inclusivity & Leadership | Ali Powell

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.

12 | Evangelizing the Next Era of Human Intelligence | Sara Nagy

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.

11 | No More Fiction - The Real Impact of AI On Business

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!

10 | Driving Dramatic Change: Re-framing Problems & Developing Culture in the Digital Era

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!

9 | Understanding, Listening, & Empathy: The Path to a Digital Future

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.