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Savvy Business Leaders is a five-episode thought leadership podcast series featuring industry-leading influencers and some of the leading brands tackling emerging business challenges facing leadership teams today.

Host Bill Detwiler, Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research, interviews leading experts to dive into key areas of business transformation, from relationship selling to connected field service, and beyond. He speaks with business leaders that have successfully navigated the business challenges using Microsoft technology, sharing insights uncovered in their digital transformation journey.

How to listen:

You can listen to individual episodes and view the transcripts with related content below. Or, listen on the go by searching for “Savvy Business Leaders” in the podcast category on iTunes, Google Play Music, and Spotify.

Episode #1: All your data through a single pane of glass

Renowned data journalist David McCandless shares simple strategies for leveraging data visualizations to reveal the meaningful insights organizations need to drive their business forward. Stuart Stock, CIO at Veolia UK, will share how the environmental resource management company is using Microsoft Power BI to transform the way their employees and customers analyze data to make data-driven decisions.

David McCandless

David McCandless

Data Journalist, Founder of Information is Beautiful

 

 

Stuart Stock, CIO at Veolia UK.

Stuart Stock

CIO at Veolia UK

 

Episode #2: Sales expert Jill Konrath on data-driven sales strategies

Sales strategist Jill Konrath orients us to the changing landscape of sales relationships. She explains how access to information empowers salespeople to connect with and provide the greatest value to customers. Next, Jennifer Deutsch, CMO, and Michael Cantor, CIO of global data center maintenance organization Park Place Technologies, share how embracing sales enablement technologies brings new opportunities to advance their business goals.

Jill Konrath, Relationship selling expert, keynote speaker & author.

Jill Konrath

Relationship selling expert, keynote speaker, and author

Jennifer Deutsch, CMO of Park Place Technologies.

Jennifer Deutsch

CMO, Park Place Technologies

Michael Cantor, CIO, Park Place Technologies.

Michael Cantor

CIO, Park Place Technologies

 

Episode #3: Data strategies to overcome digital disruption in retail

Sucharita Kodali discusses the digital disruption of the retail industry. She provides valuable insight into building a data strategy to address these emerging challenges, including key considerations and guidance on where to start. Learn about the role of AI in the retail sphere, how connecting and consolidating data can ensure its integrity, and why automating processes improves customer experiences.

Sucharita Kodali, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, retail industry analyst.

Sucharita Kodali

Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, retail industry analyst

 

 

Episode #4: Futurist Brian Solis on reinventing field service management

Host Bill Detwiler talks field service management with Brian Solis, Principal Analyst and Futurist at Altimeter Group, and Paul Bean, CEO of Mining Worldwide at Sodexo. Brian Solis explains how disruptive technologies are enabling connected field service and unlocking new business models. Then, Paul Bean explains how they are harnessing these technologies to make early, informed, and holistic decisions.

Brian Solis, Principal Analyst and Futurist, Altimeter Group.

Brian Solis

Author, The End of Business as Usual and X: The Experience When Business Meets Design

Principal Analyst and Futurist, Altimeter Group

Paul Bean, CEO of Mining Worldwide, Sodexo.

Paul Bean

CEO of Mining Worldwide, Sodexo

 

Episode #5: Differentiated value through customer service innovation

Brian Solis discusses how customer experience is guiding digital transformation, with companies using data to be more accessible on mobile platforms and best meet customers’ expectations. Jaclyn Wainwright, CEO of AiR Healthcare Solutions, explains how customer engagement tools enable her healthcare delivery company to anticipate patient needs.

Brian Solis, Principal Analyst and Futurist, Altimeter Group.

Brian Solis

Author, The End of Business as Usual and X: The Experience When Business Meets Design

Principal Analyst and Futurist, Altimeter Group

Jaclyn Wainwright, CEO, AiR Healthcare Solutions.

Jaclyn Wainwright

CEO, AiR Healthcare Solutions

 

 

Series host:

Bill Detwiler, Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research.

Bill Detwiler

Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research

 

 

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