Social Media, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud: Tech Show! SMACtalk

Social Media, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud: Tech Show! SMACtalk
By Brian Fanzo & Daniel Newman
About this podcast
SMACtalk hosted by Brian Fanzo and Daniel Newman is a weekly live podcast where the hosts discuss a wide range of topics ranging from technology, digital transformation and future of work. The show is often recorded live at enterprise technology events and includes thought leaders in social media, mobility, analytics and cloud.
In this podcast



Social Media

Machine generated. There may be errors. Report errors to us.
Latest episodes
Jan. 23, 2018
SMACtalk launched December 18th, 2014 as an anti-niche video podcast show where hosts Brian Fanzo & Daniel Newman shared their thoughts and interviewed experts on the massive technology trends: Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud computing.   Fast-forward to Jan 2018 for episode 100 and so much has changed around the platforms the hosts have used to push the podcast live not to mention the interviewing skills of the host while other things have stayed the same since the start. On this episode Brian and Daniel take a look back at the early days of the podcast and discuss some of the behind the scenes stories that happened when broadcasting this show live at Mobile World Congress Barcelona or the 20 hours of SMACtalk from the Superbowl.  They also discuss the impact S.M.A.C. technologies have had on new mega trends like artificial intelligence, blockchain, internet of things and wearables.   Everyone here at SMACtalk are beyond excited that we made it to episode 100 but as you’ll learn on this episode, we have only just begun and both Brian and Daniel have big plans and ideas including more guests, new brand sponsors, new live event broadcasting and if everything works out a more consistent publishing of the shows for you our audience. We want to thank you for coming on this journey with us for the first 100 episodes and we truly hope you’ll join us in talking SMAC for the next 100 episodes. Ideas for the show, sponsor requests? Email: [email protected] or [email protected] Twitter: @DanielNewmanUV or @iSocialFanz You can watch the shows live at
Jan. 11, 2018
These days the way we shop is changing more than ever before. We have smart speakers that we can talk to, “Alexa, order paper towels, oh and grab me a burger from Wendy’s as well.” And voilia, in comes your paper towels and Grub Hub delivers you lunch. Of course, this is just the power of shopping in the home. What is even more powerful is how these in-home experiences, mobile experiences and in the store experiences are all coming together. In the next few years, we will see technologies like IoT, Blockchain and Real Time Data and Analytics influence even more change in how we shop. Companies will know us better than ever before and they will be able to personalize to our needs. The outcomes will be so spot-on that consumers cannot even complain about the trade off of privacy because the convenience will be so invaluable. Brands will know what we want, when we want it, where we need it and more just by leveraging the data we input and provide every day just by going through our routines. Scary awesome we may say. And what about drone deliveries? We think stuff we order online gets here fast now, well it’s possible to get even faster. On this week’s episode of SMACTalk, we had SAS Software’s Dan Mithcell join us. Dan is a Principal Industry Consultant and Connected Consumer lead at SAS Softwre. In this episode, some of the topics and questions we covered with Dan included: What are the major drivers of adoption? In what ways is IoT a necessity? An opportunity? Describe the kinds of things can retailers do now with IoT that they couldn’t do before? What do the major capabilities retailers need to plan for to be ready for the 'Analytics of Things? Are there some data management and security challenges of IoT in retail? What are some of the organizational and other non-technological challenges? What are some key things that retail executives and technologists need to know and do to drive business value with IoT? Be sure to download and tune into this episode of SMACtalk brought to you in partnership with SAS Software (Link). We promise it is full of learnings that all business leaders can leverage in planning the future of their organizations. 
Dec. 30, 2017
2017 was an interesting year in technology and digital marketing but will it lead to great innovations through digital transformation in 2018 or will 2018 be the year innovations flat line.  This episode is a must listen to show as you might be surprised by Daniel Newman and Brian Fanzo's predictions for 2018 and beyond.  Before you can talk about the future you must analyze the past and on this episode, Daniel and Brian spend much of the show discussing and in many cases debating the good, bad and ugly of 2017 that ultimately leads to some interesting predictions from both of them on what 2018 will hold.   From a debate about Apple, to the future of Facebook, to a debate on what trends will capture the enterprise technology space in 2018, this predictions and recap episode is guaranteed to be unlike any other you'll listen to this season. As always we are beyond thankful for another amazing year with the SMACtalk family and sponsors and have even bigger plans for 2018 and beyond.
Dec. 15, 2017
Today the FCC voted along partisan lines to repeal regulatory provisions we had come to know as “Net Neutrality.” The purpose of Net Neutrality was to ensure an open internet where all users can enjoy the same quality of access.  We believe the FCC’s decision will put too much power into the hands of a few companies, and ultimately weaken the innovation ecosystem that relies on a free and open internet to grow and thrive. Most of the services we enjoy today, like Netflix, Facebook, Uber and Amazon, could have only flourished under the types of protections that net neutrality guaranteed. Without these protections, the next generation of disruptors and innovators may find themselves shut out by a good ole’ boys club of incumbent companies holding the keys to the internet’s fast lanes. I shudder to think of the impact that stifling the next wave of innovation and startup capital might have on the US economy, to say nothing of our hindered ability to compete globally for top digital talent. Not sure what Net Neutrality is or how it will impact businesses and the future of work.  Listen to this episode of SMACtalk as Daniel and Brian take a deep dive into the topic that had the live audience watching on Facebook Live passionately engaged and inspired to take action!  Full blog post: New York Times Post:
Dec. 6, 2017
Be sure to download and tune into this episode of SMACtalk brought to you in partnership with SAS Software (Link). We promise it is full of learnings that all business leaders can leverage in planning the future of their organizations. 
Nov. 18, 2017
We all are hearing about the impact that IoT and Analytics are having on the way we shop, however, by the time the consumer is seeing the impact of these groundbreaking technologies, they have already potentially had a major role in how the products and services were made and brought to market. This is because we have entered an era of the "Connected Supply Chain," and while many consumers don't fully grasp how this impacts their life, it does, in a big way. In this exciting episode of SMACtalk, co-hosts Daniel Newman and Brian Fanzo sat down with Roger Thomas who is the Principal Consultant for Connected Supply Chain at SAS Software. This conversation gives listeners an overview of the connected supply chain and helps business leaders get a handle on what leading companies are doing with their supply chain, how they are embracing technology to take their business to the next level and how companies can plan to embrace what is possible thanks to Analytics and IoT.  §  What are the latest IOT developments that supply chain leaders need to take note of? §  How do you avoid the traps of the ‘IOT science projects’ which fail to deliver value to the business? §  How should supply chain leaders structure their IOT initiatives to create a competitive advantage for their business? §  What roles can IOT play in supporting your organizations IBP and S&OP initiatives? §  What key metrics should supply chain leaders be watching to measure the effectiveness of their supply chain IOT initiatives? Be sure to download and tune into this episode of SMACtalk brought to you in partnership with SAS Software (Link). We promise it is full of learnings that all business leaders can leverage in planning the future of their organizations.
Nov. 8, 2017
“Organic Facebook is now the office water cooler. Nothing more.” This episode started out discussing this claim co-host Daniel Newman made about the trends he’s been seeing lately on Facebook. As Daniel and co-host Brian Fanzo began to discuss the changing landscape of Facebook and all social media channels for that manner the discussion took an interesting turn invoking a wide range of emotions and comments from the live video audience that you can read about below.  This episode might be a bit of a change of pace from the traditional SMACtalk discussions but the underlying foundation of this discussion can be translated across every aspect of your business today! More of Daniel’s Statement here:  It has truly returned to its roots of being purely a place to BS and talk about politics, family, sports and news, but comparatively to the time that many people spend on it, it has almost no business value. Here is an easy way to tell. If you share something on FB that is closely connected to your work, what kind of engagement do you get? Now, share an article about your kids or politics and see what happens. If I share an article about cloud, semiconductors or IoT, I get almost nothing. If I share a picture of my kids I get a day or two of endorphin rising notifications. Over the past couple of months I've spent much less time here, but I've actually become a better customer to Facebook because instead of using it Organically, when I share business related things I put paid behind it so the content reaches a very targeted audience that could potentially consume what I'm trying to share/sell/spread. Furthermore, I've realized that the time I spent here and the "Influence" built here has no correlation to the work I do nor does it for many others. This has since been further proven as I've never been busier with client work when I was spending less time being distracted by a few interesting discussions and a littering of mind numbing self serving opining and a sprinkle of self-promotional content that makes me further understand why people don't want to see such content from me. Also, studies have shown it takes 25 minutes to return to work following a distraction. As a partner in multiple businesses, I find this troubling to consider how those constantly being lured in by these distractions are able to produce at even a fraction of their potential. This maps to a conversation about the future of work and compensation that will have to wait for another day. Now, having said that, Facebook is a perfectly great place to have the water cooler talk. It is nice to spend time catching up on world events and having the chance to debate them and do it in volume. However, I seriously doubt many people are able to look at their time spent here critically and come to the conclusion that their is a good return on their investment of time. Facebook is great to reach an audience, but really this is a paid vehicle not an organic one. If you aren't selling MLM, then most client acquisition won't take place here and you would be better suited to make your connections on LinkedIn or Twitter or a more specialized group setting that has more targeted audiences.  And yes, I realize some people will not agree with me. Some may even lecture me as to why I'm wrong. I'll hear about the many great relationships that have been built here (and those are important too). But I would also suggest that odds are some good things would have happened for those people had they spent the same time on other networks or at risk of sounding crazy, that time spent working.  Okay...I could go on and on, but I'll stop here. And I'll come back to look at some point, but not until I'm done with stuff that makes the hay.  Next look for a barrage of pics of the kids and dog. Because that is what people really want to see here As always we live stream the podcast recording on Facebook Live and this topic had the audience fired up.   You can checkout some of the comments below and watch the full Facebook Live video below. Jane Stewart · 36:40 I hope everyone is REALLY LISTENING 🔥👈 Julia Bramble · 39:20 Great discussion guys!! Owen Hemsath · 32:05 This is such an important conversation guys Nazim Beltran · 39:34 Super happy to have caught this live! Thanks guys! Carlos Phoenix · 14:42 I am currently working with a major media company thanks in part to LinkedIn. Vincent Orleck · 16:42 If you're in social media and you're not also integrating DIGITAL media, you're doing it wrong. Pamela Saunders · 38:31 The times they are a changin'. Marc Gawith · 12:23 I have fallen in love with Twitter. Vincent Orleck · 31:48 business influence vs personal influence Owen Hemsath · 38:11 Priorities?? More like brains 😂 Terry Johnson · 5:29 FB is pay to play Martin Lepage · 41:35 Great podcast 😉👍 Julia Bramble · 22:40 FB for business growth is always going to be about groups and ads … Owen Hemsath · 26:31 But I’m not on FB to have fun-I’m on to run ads, promote content, engage in my groups, and grow the business Jonathan Tripp · 34:41 This is #realtalk on steroids! Alan Berkson · 34:05 It's always good to take a step back and look where your value is being generated. And be agile. What worked yesterday doesn't always work today.
Oct. 25, 2017
In this episode of SMACtalk, captured live at Intel Shift, host Daniel Newman sat down with Amir Khosrowshahi. Amir, who quietly revealed that he is cousin to the new Uber CEO, is also quite impressive in his own right as he made a significant Silicon Valley exit when his former company, Nervana was purchased by Intel. Amir is now the CTO of the AI Products group at Intel and he shared with SMACtalk a number of tremendous insights on AI. First, he painted the picture of how AI will be utilized in more commercial applications. He backed that up with giving CTO and tech leaders inside the enterprise a roadmap for deploying AI and perhaps just as important, Mapping AI strategy to be able to compete in the future as AI continues to proliferate. Lastly, Khosrowshahi touched on how Intel is differentiating its AI strategy from the competition. Check out this exciting discussion and get your “Geek” on with SMACtalk. Amir Khosrowshahi, VP & CTO, Artificial Intelligence Products Group, Intel Amir Khosrowshahi is VP and CTO of the AI products group at Intel. He was previously co-founder and CTO of Nervana, a startup acquired by Intel last year. He has a BA and MA from Harvard and PhD from Berkeley.
Oct. 25, 2017
Who in the world would eat bugs? On Purpose? If you ask our SMACtalk Host Daniel Newman, the answer would be no one, but if you talk to “Foresight Extraordinaire,” MIT Ph.D. Mitch Joachim, he says there is a problem that we are trying to solve and from a sustainability standpoint eating bugs may have its place. Before you jump or grab your silverware, the context is far more enticing than just bug eating, but the real direction of the conversation is how can thinking outside of what is normal provoke us to solve new problems. In this fascinating episode of SMACtalk, Newman gets Joachim to share the whole “Bug” story and much more about how to keep your business from being disrupted. Don’t miss it, download now! Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder, Terreform ONE Mitchell Joachim is a leader in ecological design, architecture and urbanism. He is a founding Co-President of Terreform ONE in 2006. He earned a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch. Columbia University. Mitchell is an Associate Professor at NYU and EGS (European Graduate School). He previously taught at Columbia University, Syracuse University, Parsons, Washington University, and the Frank Gehry Chair at University of Toronto. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He has been awarded fellowships at TED 2010, Moshe Safdie Assoc., and Martin Society for Sustainability at MIT. He won the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanityy, the History Channel and Infiniti Excellence Award for City of the Future, Time Magazine Best Invention of 2007, Compacted Car w/ MIT Smart Cities and a Bronze Medal at iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) for Gen2Seat. His project, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at MoMA and widely published. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The 2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To". Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in "The 100 People Who Are Changing America". In 2009 he was interviewed on the Colbert Report. Popular Science magazine has featured his work as a visionary for “The Future of the Environment” in 2010. Mitchell was the Winner of the Victor Papanek Social Design Award sponsored by the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austrian Cultural Forum, and Museum of Arts and Design in 2011. Dwell magazine featured Mitchell as one of "The NOW 99" in 2012.
Oct. 24, 2017
Intel Shift changes directions on this high impact conversation with 3 top thought leaders on analytics and AI. In this show Dez Blanchfield, Intel’s Bob Rogers and Montefiore MD Michelle Gong soundoff on AI and Analytics. Starting off with a discussion around the advances that have taken place in analytics over the past 5-10 years followed up with some insights from Bob Rogers, a Harvard phD on the differences between advanced analytics and AI. The conversation then turned to Dr. Michelle Gong who shared some fascinating ways the hospital is utilizing advanced analytics to improve patient care. One example included using data identifiers to better predict when patients would require the assistance of a clinician. The episode concludes with some best of breed advice from the panel on how to apply analytics and AI into your business today. Tune in to hear these great insights and more. Dez Blanchfield, Chief Data Scientist, Gara Guru As an Industry Analyst, Business & Technology Consultant, covering Digital transformation, Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, Internet of Things, Machine 2 Machine, Cyber Security, Cyber Risk & Resilience & Smart Cities, Dez has invested his professional career of some two and a half decades thinking out and influencing the development roadmaps of technology companies, aligning them to the customer experience demands and possibilities of forward thinking digital enterprises. He sits on and works with boards of government and private sector organisations, to help uplift the digital quotient of organisations as a thought leader and practitioner across a broad range of disruptive technologies. He enjoys assisting organisations to disrupt themselves before being caught on the back foot by emerging new entrants or competitors. Passionate about leveraging the possibilities of new and emerging technology business, he is currently focused on bringing the likes of Cloud, Big Data & Analytics, Machine Learning, Cognitive Computing, Robotic Process Automation, Cyber Resilience, Blockchain and Agile DevOps to organisations to ensure their enduring success. Michelle Ng Gong, MD, MS, Director of Critical Care Research, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Jay B. Langner Critical Care Service Department of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center Dr. Gong is the Associate Director for Academic Affairs, the Director of Critical Care Research in the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Professor in Medicine and Epidemiology and Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After receiving an engineering degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Gong went on to earn a medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine. She then completed her postdoctoral training at the Beth Israel Hospital in medicine and at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Harvard Combined Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She also studied at the Harvard School of Public Health, receiving her Master’s degree in Epidemiology. Prior to coming to Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, she was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She joined the Einstein/Montefiore faculty in July 2009. Dr. Gong is recognized nationally and internationally for her expertise in critical care research. A model clinician-researcher, her scientific projects influence her clinical care, and her patients influence her research. Her overall research focus has been on the prediction and prevention of acute critical illness and their complications. Continuously funded by the NIH for over 16 years for her research, her current projects range from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) to prevention of delirium, treatment of severe influenza and the development of new electronic acute care interfaces. Bob Rogers, PhD, Chief Data Scientist, Big Data Solutions, Data Center Group Bob Rogers, PhD, applies his experience solving problems with big data and analytics to help Intel build world class customer solutions. Prior to joining Intel, Bob was co-founder and Chief Scientist at Apixio, a big data analytics company for healthcare. He believes that accurate understanding of patient clinical and genomic data, physician behavior, and the characteristics of the healthcare delivery network are foundational to a better future for healthcare, and that Big Data analytics is essential to driving this transformation. Bob began his career as an astrophysicist, developing computer models of physical processes near super-massive black holes. He became interested in computational intelligence and incorporated research on artificial neural networks into his academic work. He co-authored the book “Artificial Neural Networks: Forecasting Time Series,” which led to a twelve-year career managing a quantitative futures trading fund based on computer models he developed. In 2006, Bob transitioned into healthcare at Carl Zeiss Meditec, where he was responsible for new product development for the diagnostic device that is the global standard of care for glaucoma. He received his BS in Physics at UC Berkeley and his PhD in Physics at Harvard.