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GenAI looms large on the cybersecurity landscape

James Hodge, GVP & Chief Strategy Advisor at Splunk and a member of TechUK AI Committee, discusses the findings of the recent “State of Security 2024: The Race to Harness AI” global research report – in particular, the impact of GenAI on cybersecurity – both the good and the bad.

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Caution - playing the GenAI long game pays dividends

Eric Johnson, Chief Information Officer at PagerDuty, discusses the findings of the company’s recent Generative AI survey, explaining how many organisations remain mistrustful and nervous of the technology, to the extent that they may well have paused usage in order to establish guidelines and policies, while understanding that, if they do not deploy GenAI, they risk falling behind their competitors. Eric provides some excellent advice to help end users understand how best to make a success of GenAI and to avoid getting caught up in the hype.

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AI - the good, the bad and the ugly

Chris Coward, Director of Project Management, BCS, offers a refreshingly honest view of the ways in which AI is likely to impact the data centre industry over time. He shares some great insights as to how BCS plans to harness the technology for the benefit of the company’s partner ecosystem – with a particular emphasis on ensuring that AI delivers better results and experiences for its supply chain partners, employees and the end customers alike.

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Equality should begin early, with education

Tal Barmeir, Co-founder & CEO Blinq.io, discusses her career in the IT industry, sharing some valuable insights when it comes to entrepreneurship and start-ups, alongside her belief that equality needs to be addressed early in life, rather than try and fix it in the workplace.

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Plenty of AI excitement, but plenty of pitfalls as well?

David Williams, Acting Managing Director EMEA, Telstra International, and Kwee Chuan Yeo, Senior Editor, Asia, MIT Technology Review Insights, discuss the findings of a recent MITTR study focusing on AI. It seems that everyone wants to deploy AI, but many organisations have yet to understand or implement the IT infrastructure requirements which are a prerequisite project success.

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AI creates unprecedented data centre demand

Daniel Thorpe, Associate Director, Data Centre Research Lead, JLL, discusses the company’s ‘Data Centres 2024 Global Outlook Report’, which explores how data centers need to be designed, operated and sourced to meet the evolving needs of the global economy. AI, power challenges, sustainable energy and data centre locations are the main topics covered.

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Women in IT – talking both equality and AI

Dr Angie Ma, Co-Founder of Faculty, talks about her experience as a female founder in a male-dominated industry, sharing some brilliant insights into ways in which organisations can develop and maintain a truly diverse and inclusive workplace. Having launched her AI-focused business back in 2014, Angie also has plenty of experience to share when it comes to the IT industry’s number one topic right now!

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How best to address AI fears?

Audra Streetman, Security Strategist at Splunk SURGe, Splunk's security research team, discusses how, in today's digital landscape, misinformation and manipulated content have eroded societal trust to a critical point. Audra outlines the strategies necessary to foster a future where AI is trusted to enhance society rather than cause challenges.

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Encouraging open conversations critical for equality and inclusivity
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Nisha Dutt, CEO of telecom AI company Subex, discusses her successful career to date, sharing many valuable insights into the ways in which equality, inclusivity and removing bias still need to be addressed in the workplace – and with plenty of ideas as to how this can best be achieved.

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SME AI optimism tempered by security concerns

Greg Keller, Co-Founder and CTO of JumpCloud, discusses the findings of the company’s latest report focusing on the SME IT landscape. AI is on the horizon, but there’s some nervousness over how to best manage this opportunity. Security remains the number one SME concern, alongside budgetary and people constraints. Greg explains how SMEs are placing increasing trust in MSPs to help navigate these challenges and opportunities, alongside some advice as to how organisations can help themselves. View the State of IT 2024 Report here: https://jumpcloud.com/resources/q1-2024-it-trends-for-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-smes

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AI poses fresh challenges for the data centre industry

The opening of Legrand’s latest Experience Center in Reading, UK, last year is just one of many technology and corporate strategy developments focused on optimizing the company’s data centre products and services portfolio, as well as the overall customer experience. Paul Roberts, Product Specialist and MTDC Account Manager for Legrand Data Centre Solutions, talks to DCS.

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AI looms large over industry’s sustainability roadmap

Tate Cantrell, Chief Technology Officer at Verne Global, provides some brilliant insights into the data centre industry’s sustainability progress to date and the technology and strategic innovations which will make a difference into the future – warning that the sheer scale of the impending AI explosion could just cause a disruptive re-think of many stakeholders’ Net Zero plans.

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Is the data centre industry ready for AI?

Steven Carlini, VP for Innovation and Data Centre at Schneider Electric, explains how the massive, continuing AI explosion is threatening to re-write the rules when it comes to data centre design and operation. The company recently published a Blueprint for AI data centres, which explores pioneering approaches to data centre design, and Steve shares the four key AI attributes and trends that will underpin physical infrastructure requirements in the era of machine learning.

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AI adds to sustainability pressures on the data centre

Gisli Kr., Chief Sales Officer at AtNorth. discusses the carbon footprint AI explosion, suggesting that finding the right sustainable data centre to host these AI applications can help contribute to the circular economy. He also provides updates on the company’s third Icelandic data centre, some new hires, and record revenue levels – which in part can be contributed to atNorth’s strong sustainability credentials.

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Outsourcing opportunity for MSPs

Greg Jones, Vice President of Business Development EMEA, Kaseya, discusses the findings of the company’s recently published IT Operations Report. He shares some fascinating insights as to current end user challenges, including cybersecurity, automation, budgets, workloads and legacy infrastructure, suggesting that MSPs and the Channel more generally have a major opportunity to help their customers as they look for more outsourced technology solutions and expertise.

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