Business of Tech

Business of Tech

Each day, the flood of technology news hits. In an industry that always changes, those who deliver technology services need to focus on the information that matters to them. The Business of Tech podcast focuses on the news you need to know. Covering both the story and why it matters to the way services are created and delivered, channel veteran Dave Sobel brings you up to speed and gives you resources to go deeper. With insights and analysis, this five minute podcast focuses on the knowledge you need to be effective, profitable, and relevant.

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June 21, 2024 12 mins

Host Dave Sobel discusses the U.S. ban on cybersecurity vendor Kaspersky due to national security risks. The ban prohibits new agreements with U.S. persons and restricts antivirus updates and operations in American IT systems. This decision prompts organizations to reevaluate their security software choices and emphasizes the importance of trust and due diligence in vendor selection.

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In this episode of the podcast, Dave Sobel discusses the challenges companies face in successfully implementing AI projects. Only 10% of companies are scaling generative AI projects, with barriers such as demonstrating value and talent shortage hindering progress. Accenture's study emphasizes the importance of reinvention to unlock AI's potential, highlighting the need for organizations to transform, invest in talent, and embrace n...

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Dave Sobel discusses three key topics related to AI and its impact on various sectors. The episode begins by highlighting Deloitte's AI report, which emphasizes the importance of talent strategy in addressing potential job displacement caused by AI advancements. The report suggests that generative AI will redefine jobs rather than replace them, underlining the need for upskilling and reskilling among employees to prepare for the ev...

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Host Dave Sobel discusses key trends and developments in the IT market. The episode highlights the cooling inflation in the U.S., with the Consumer Price Index remaining unchanged for the second consecutive month. Despite concerns such as rental prices and geopolitical factors, the IT market is projected to grow, driven by artificial intelligence and other catalysts. CEOs are recognizing the need for business model changes to stay ...

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In this podcast episode, Petra Molnar, a lawyer and anthropologist specializing in border technologies, emphasized the critical point that technology is far from neutral. She highlighted how technology mirrors and perpetuates power dynamics in society, underscoring the significant impacts it can have on individuals if not carefully considered during the innovation process. This concept is essential to grasp as it illuminates the br...

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In this episode of the Business of Tech Lounge, host Dave Sobel is joined by Seth Robinson, Vice President of Industry Research at CompTIA, to discuss the value of artificial intelligence (AI) for providers. They delve into the importance of understanding AI as a layer within business solutions rather than a standalone product. The conversation highlights the need for providers to focus on guiding clients through the integration of...

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In this episode of the podcast, host Dave Sobel discusses significant developments in the tech industry. Microsoft's Recall AI feature for Copilot Plus PCs has been delayed to address privacy and security concerns raised by privacy advocates and security experts. The delay indicates Microsoft's commitment to ensuring high standards of quality and security before making the feature available to users. A comparison is drawn between M...

In the podcast episode, host Dave Sobel covers key highlights from the PAX 8 BEYOND conference. The conference showcased Pax8's achievements, including surpassing $2 billion in annual recurring revenue and unveiling updates to their platform. Pax8 is focusing on leveraging AI to empower partners in tapping into the global economy, with new features like Opportunity Explorer and Storefronts being introduced to enhance the partner ex...

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In the podcast episode, Dave Sobel delves deep into Apple's WWDC event, highlighting key announcements and advancements in AI technology. Apple introduced Apple Intelligence, an AI system for their devices, showcasing practical and familiar features like Siri upgrades and integration with OpenAI's Chat GPT. The event also unveiled new AI features across various Apple platforms, emphasizing a user-friendly and personalized approach ...

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The Ticketmaster breach is linked to Snowflake, putting 400 companies at risk. Snowflake warns customers about hackers targeting accounts without multi-factor authentication, potentially connected to the Ticketmaster breach. The threat actor responsible aims to blackmail Snowflake for $20 million, highlighting the importance of MFA in cybersecurity.

 

Microsoft responds to concerns about their Recall feature, which captures user acti...

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The May jobs report reveals strong hiring and wage growth, particularly in sectors like healthcare and government. Despite concerns about a potential rate cut by the Fed, the report indicates a stable economic environment with growing demand for tech talent, especially in AI-related and data science roles. This suggests a need for IT service firms to invest in upskilling their workforce to meet market demands.

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Identity management solutions, such as those provided by SailPoint and IDM Works, are essential for organizations to address access timeliness and removal issues effectively. In a podcast episode, Paul Bedi, the CEO of IDMWorks, discussed common organizational pain points, including managing numerous usernames and passwords, delays in access provisioning, and difficulties in adding or removing employee access. These challenges can ...

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In this episode of the Business of Tech Lounge, host Dave Sobel delves into the world of cybersecurity, questioning the effectiveness of the industry's focus on selling expensive solutions over practical ones. He highlights the growing global spending on security and risk management, projected to reach $215 billion, and discusses the need for cybersecurity measures in the face of rising cyber threats and attacks.

 

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In the podcast episode, Dave Sobel discusses the current state of AI adoption among managed services providers (MSPs). According to Barracuda's global MSP report, MSPs are feeling the pressure to enhance their knowledge and application of AI products and services to meet customer demands. The report also highlights the increasing focus on security-related services, with MSPs anticipating a rise in revenue from recurring managed ser...

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On this episode of the podcast, Dave Sobel discusses three key topics. Firstly, he highlights a study by Amazon Web Services that shows small businesses who are highly data-driven tend to outperform their peers financially and operationally. The report reveals that these data-driven companies have a more mature data strategy and are more likely to adopt AI technologies, leading to significant improvements in various business outcom...

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In the podcast episode, Dave Sobel discusses the latest developments in AI and automation within the tech industry. ConnectWise has launched ConnectWise Security 360, an AI-powered cybersecurity solution that helps managed services providers consolidate security data from various tools to enhance threat detection and streamline response efforts. Additionally, ConnectWise has introduced Sidekick for Security, an AI-powered digital a...

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has taken steps to accelerate the processing of software and hardware vulnerabilities in the National Vulnerability Database by awarding a new contract to an outside vendor. This move aims to clear the backlog of unanalyzed vulnerabilities by the end of the fiscal year, demonstrating a commitment to cybersecurity.

However, amidst this positive development, the closure of the ...

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In the podcast episode, Dave Sobel discusses three key topics: consumer behavior and inflation trends, US and Eurozone inflation data, and corporate pricing pressures. He highlights the slight deceleration in US inflation in April but notes that core inflation remains above the Federal Reserve's target. In the Eurozone, inflation unexpectedly rose in May, posing a dilemma for the European Central Bank. The trend of companies strugg...

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Employers have a variety of ways to engage with colleges and universities to find student talent, as discussed in the podcast episode. One traditional method is through career fairs, where employers can interact with students and showcase their opportunities. Information sessions provide a platform for employers to talk about their organization, available positions, and how students can apply. Mock interviews and resume critiques o...

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Google recently issued an apology for inaccuracies in their AI overviews, attributing the errors to data voids and people asking unusual questions. This apology came after the company faced criticism for the rollout of AI overviews, which has been a PR blunder for Google as it competes against other AI search startups like OpenAI. Google is taking steps to address the issue by limiting AI overviews for nonsensical queries and satir...

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