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Each episode I interview New Zealand based business owners and technology leaders to get their insights and ideas on how technology impacts business. We keep it fun and honest while keeping the jargon out of it.... Show More

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What if you had the ability to build a test environment to help you identify where and how your business needs to change.

Something which allowed you to model the business and identify:

  • Who was doing what
  • Which systems they were using
  • How information impacted their output.
  • And then provided the most important things for you to focus on?

    With a digital twin for your organisation, that's exactly what you can have.

    A digital twin provi...

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    While it's possible for any company to transform, the adoption of new technology doesn't constitute digital transformation.

    And it's not a big bang deliverable.

    Nor is it something that you can copy from other organisations - each transformation journey is personal. 

    Transformation is a series of iterative change that a business undertakes in order to shift their model.

    And it has nothing to do with technology - that is onl...

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    The technology industry has built a reputation of being direct and to the point, and while this works for some things it is not always successful - particularly when trying to sell the benefits of what we are trying to do to multiple audiences - from customer to front line staff, and from employee to executive

    We are all communicators, but communication doesn't come naturally to all of us. This can cause a simple message to be c...

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    There is no doubt that technology is one of the key differences between now and previous global pandemics

     It's helped us:

  •  Stay informed
  • Be productive
  • Be entertained
  • Compare that to the 1918 flu - information sharing was limited to the radio or print media.

    Today we can all get an alert on our phone at the same time. 

    And technology is ever changing, there is always an evolution and with it comes the next big thing.

    But what is that?

    I...

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    Skill vs Knowledge. What's the difference, and what does it matter to your tech team?

    Having the right roles, and the right people in them, is very important to the success of your business.

    Did you know that there is a framework that can help you?

    In this episode we explore all this, and more!

    About the guest:
    My guest today is Daniel Merriott, an experinced IT consultant who's 20 years includes a variety of roles - from the B...

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    Artificial Intelligence will take our job!

    Won't it?

    Well...

    The truth is more diverse than that.

    It won't take our jobs, but it might become our boss.

    In this episode Tim Warren and I explore what is meant by AI, what you need to do to incorporate it into your business, and go into some of the challenges we are facing.

    About the guest

    Tim Warren is CEO and Co-Founder of Ambit - the conversational AI platform powering many of Ne...

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    Successful businesses require a purpose and a vision. They need to have publicly stated values, and hire people that align to those.

    But how do you create a vision?

    And how do you link your purpose to it.

    What is mean by values?

    And what is the difference between a competency and skill?

    This is where Organisational Development is critical to your success!

    About my guest:
    This episode I talk with Angela Waddell - a mum, yoga teacher and ...

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    April 6, 2020 47 min

    Privacy enables us to create boundaries and protect ourselves from unwarranted interference in our lives, allowing us to negotiate who we are and how we want to interact with the world around us.

    The right to privacy is a fundamental human right articulated in all of the major international and regional human rights instruments

    But what does that mean?

    What should companies be doing to ensure personal privacy?

    And what do the changing ...

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    You lead a team. One day you leave the office and tell everyone "see you tomorrow".

    But overnight the world changes, and you find that you all won't be working together for a significant period.

    But they're still looking for you to leadership.

    My guest today has experienced this not once, but twice in his career.

    The first was in 2013 when a major earthquake resulted in the corporate office where he was based being uni...

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    March 19, 2020 44 min

    To reduce the risk presented by the spread of Covid-19, companies have asked their employees to work remotely. 

    While many of us already works from home at least part of the time, the new policies leave whole teamss — and their managers — working separate from each other for the first time with no certainty as to how long for.

    There is plenty of advice on how to work remotely, but how do you lead in this situation?

  • You trust your team...
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    Your business wants to move faster, and do more with what you've got. You're aiming to best place to work, while making sure that you're growing.

    Do your customers love you?

    What about what your competitors are doing? Are you trying to be at the top of your game?

    What ever you do, customer experience is key.

    This episode I talk with Paul Scott for his views on how Technology enables Customer Experience
     
    About the Speaker

    Pau...

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    You are hired to be strategic, but spend most of your time on operational issues. You are expected to innovate but you are also the steward of risk mitigation and cost containment. You are expected to deliver revolutionary new business growth but are managed as a cost centre. IT can make or break a company, but why do CIOs rarely have a seat at the top table?

    This episode I talk with Paul Littlefair about his views on the function o...

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    February 3, 2020 30 sec

    An introduction to the Biz Bytes podcast, where each month I will interview business owners and tech leaders to provide analysis on how technology continues to transform and impact business. 

    The first podcast will be ready by the end of February 202 and my guest will be Paul Littlefair, NZ CIO of the year in 2019. We look at the role technology will play in business over the coming decade. 

    Subscribe today!

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