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Welcome to Catalyst, the Launch by NTT DATA Podcast. Catalyst is an ongoing discussion for digital leaders dissatisfied with the status quo and optimistic about what’s possible through smart technology and great people. In this studio we believe in shipping software over slideware, that fast will follow smooth, and aiming to create digital experiences that move millions is a worthy pursuit.
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Industry veterans Gina Trapani and Chris LoSacco chat with their friends and team about technology, business, and leadership. Decades of experience inform their insightful discussions about what digital transformation really means. Created by Postlight, the digital strategy, product, design, and engineering firm they lead in New York City.
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Kamran Khan on transforming field support and customer services with augmented reality For years talk about augmented reality (AR) was everywhere but not everyone had access to it. At CareAR, they’ve found a way to democratize AR. This week Clinton sits down with Kamran Khan, VP of Partnerships at CareAR, to discuss how they’re providing enterprise…
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Three experts on defining value early on and what’s at risk if you don’t It’s rare, but when engineering, design and product strategy fall into lock step to deliver a product it can feel like magic. This week on Catalyst, Clinton sits down with product experts Ash Howell, Scott Campagna, and Jamie Bernard to discuss why enterprises often can’t alig…
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Bryan Kearney on the IT of utilities You may not picture utility companies being at the cutting edge of technological change, but according to Bryan Kearney utility companies are constantly innovating and building forward looking partnerships. In this archived episode, Clinton is joined by Bryan, an energy industry leader-turned tech advisor and co…
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Roberto Cortez on the hot topics at this year's Dell tech conference What’s it like to attend Dell Tech World? According to Dell’s Global Client Executive, Roberto Cortez, it’s fatiguing but incredibly fruitful and beneficial. This week Chris chats with Roberto as they debrief about the conference. They talk about the main topics covered at the con…
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Charlie Li on enterprise approaches to cloud infrastructure What’s the real promise of moving to the cloud? And how did moving to the cloud become the solution to everyone’s problems? This week on Catalyst, Clinton is joined by Charlie Li, NTT DATA’s Senior Executive Vice President and Global Head of Cloud and Security Services, to discuss some of …
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Chris and Gina on how to build trust with clients Great product can only happen with trust. This week Chris and Gina sit down to chat about something that is arguably more important than fulfilling a contract - your relationship with your stakeholders. Chris and Gina share the dos and don'ts of stakeholder engagement so you can create an open dialo…
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Clarios’ Jim Brusnahan on his leadership ideology where you get to complain…but just once When Jim Brusnahan sees that his team is hurting or encountering blockers he invites them to a gripe session. They go around the table and share their complaints. As Global Functions IT Business Partnership Lead Jim is well versed in dealing with people, relat…
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Clinton chats with Ash Howell and Dave Schell on how to involve design early on When should design be brought into the process? In this archived episode, we learn from NTT DATA’s own Dave Schell and Vectorform’s Ash Howell that it should be brought in as early as possible. They share tips on how to get the design conversation started early and why …
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Gina, Natalie Kurz and Cathy LoDucato discuss the importance of digital development in the public sector All too often users come away from using a public sector website or app feeling frustrated and confused. In this archived episode, Gina is joined by Natalie Kurz and Cathy LoDuca to discuss the unique product challenges that are faced when worki…
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Chris and Gina on looking at your business like a portfolio When it comes to personal finances bonds are generally low-risk and stable and stocks are high-risk, high-reward. Ideally you have a mix of both. Why not look at your business product portfolio in a similar way? This week Chris and Gina take a look at this analogy and talk about the import…
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Chris and Clinton on how to focus more on less Some work days can feel like you’re stuck on a hamster wheel, you’re busy all day but then you realize that you haven’t moved an inch on any meaningful work. This week, Chris and Clinton help us get off the hamster wheel. Drawing on ideas from Cal Newport’s book Slow Productivity, they break down how y…
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Nate Berent-Spillson on reducing friction and improving momentum In tech, change is a constant. In this archived episode, Nate Berent-Spillson, the author of Frictionless Enterprise, chats with Clinton about how to embrace change in your enterprise. What if instead of fighting change, you could use change as a driving force to empower innovation? I…
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Christina Merrill on why and how she developed CancerBuddy Being diagnosed with cancer or supporting a friend or family member through a cancer diagnosis can be a lonely thing. Luckily there is a new app that’s trying to change that. This week, Chris and Gina sit down with Christina Merrill, the President and CEO of the Bone Marrow and Cancer Found…
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Chris and Gina on what payment model works best for users Back in the day people paid for cable packages and big bundled deals. Then many products moved to a free, ad-supported model. Now it seems the industry is leaning somewhere in the middle. This week Chris and Gina talk about the history of product payment models and discuss current trends in …
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NTT Data’s Dave and Chappell join Chris to debrief on an important question: is design dead? Bringing the slack discussion into the real world - NTT Data’s David and Chappell Ellison discuss the state of design with host Chris LoSacco. Sparked from the article “The big design freak-out” by Robert Fabricant, the three grapple with the state of desig…
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Loren Baxter from Felt on how to build maps for the browser Making maps is no easy feat, there’s large data sets and layers upon layers of spatial information. Luckily, Felt is simplifying the art of map making. This week, Loren Baxter, the Head of Design at Felt, joins Clinton to chat about developing a collaborative, web-based app that is democra…
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Author and entrepreneur John Winsor discusses the open talent landscape with Clinton. In this episode Clinton discusses the future of work with John Windsor, a renowned expert on open talent, author and entrepreneur. They explore how enterprises are adopting a blended workforce, integrating full-time employees with freelancers and third-party provi…
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Gina and Chris start with the premise that we are all salespeople, whether the word is in our title or not. If you’re delivering the product, you’re selling. If you’re asking your boss for a promotion, you’re selling. If you’re trying to persuade your kid to go to the museum - you’re selling! But in this episode Chris and Gina argue that what motiv…
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Scott Campagna reviews the Apple Vision Pro In February 2024, Apple launched their new Apple Vision Pro (AVP), a wearable spatial headset that you operate with your eyes, hands and voice. This week Clinton is joined by tinkerer and Launch by NTT DATA’s Lead of Emerging and Immersive Technologies Scott Campagna to share his initial thoughts on the A…
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Keith Buehlman on the parallels between the Superbowl and Enterprise business agility. On this episode Clinton is joined by Keith Buehlman, Chief Digital & Strategy Officer at NTT Data to discuss what lessons can be learned from the NFL’s global expansion when it comes to enterprise business agility. From scaling product delivery and value networks…
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Jonathan Gibson on building a great customer experience at the IndyCar races The Indy 500 is the largest single day sporting event in the world, amassing 300 000 spectators. This week on Catalyst, Chris and Gina are joined by Penske’s Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Jonathan Gibson, to discuss how to create an intima…
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Clemens Conrad has been jet setting to learn all about what's new and upcoming in tech. Listen into his conversation with Clinton to get a peek behind the curtain. Back with Clinton on this week’s Catalyst episode is Clemens Conrad, Launch by NTT Data’s Practice Lead for the Future of Mobility. You may remember Clemens from our November episode The…
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Back with Clinton on this week’s Catalyst episode is VP of Engineering and, now, author Nate Berent-Spillson. Nate’s book, Frictionless Enterprise, was released November 2023 and he is here to chat about the aftermath. What are people saying, what was unexpected, and where can you find a copy of the book! Tune in for more tidbits of knowledge about…
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A viral video of Jeff Bezos talking about hunches sparks a conversation between Gina and Chris in this week’s episode. Bezos shared how he listened to his gut over the data presented, with positive results. Gina and Chris respond by discussing the principle of being data-informed rather than data-driven, and when to challenge the evidence and inste…
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NTT DATA has a new President! Tammy Soares has decades of experience in digital transformation and design-led thinking. This week on Catalyst Tammy joins Clinton to discuss her new position at Launch by NTT DATA. They discuss why she’s excited to join the Launch team. She shares some leadership lessons and explains how technology can transform indu…
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Chris and Gina dive into the ethics of AI with Northeast General Manager of Launch by NTT Data and professor Lisa Woodley. The boom of AI over the last year has brought up questions new, and old, about the ethics of the technology we use on a daily basis. From “is it okay that the person on the phone doesn’t know they are talking to a bot?” to “how…
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PrizePicks’ Brian Huss joins Clinton to talk about the intersection of fantasy sports, community, and technology. For so many of us, sport isn’t just about wins or losses, it’s about the experience. This week, Brian Huss, VP of Innovation at PrizePicks shares how his team is pushing the boundaries of fantasy sports, to bring together fans with high…
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Clinton is joined by Heather Hudnall, NTT Data’s chief nursing informatics officer, about building medical software that is usable at all points of entry. When it comes to your medical care, we hope and expect the best - but that’s not always what we get. NTT Data’s chief nursing informatics officer Heather Hudnall guests on this episode to dive in…
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Catalyst host, Clinton, chats with innovation and design strategist Trevor Anulewicz to discuss innovation at a repeated scale for the enterprise. Innovation historically has not been in an enterprise's lane. Enterprises stick to what they are good at and innovation has stayed in the start up’s lane. But with the right processes and infrastructure …
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Kim Curley on how organizational culture can affect customer experience Software is straightforward, it’s people that are complicated. This week Chris and Gina sit down with Kim Curley, NTT DATA’s Vice President of People and Organizational Consulting to talk about the connection between EX (employee experience) and CX (customer experience). Kim sh…
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Dr. Daniel Rifkin on developing Ognomy, an app to help those with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder that is underdiagnosed and undertreated. Dr. Daniel Rifkin is trying to change that. This week Dr. Rifkin joins Clinton to talk about his app Ognomy, a global digital app to help people get treatment for sleep apnea, a disorder that can lead to …
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Catalyst’s host Clinton gets into the nitty gritty of culture and priorities of utility companies with guest Bryan Kearney. Bryan Kearney is an expert when it comes to energy companies. Retired now from leading them and currently consulting on behalf of them, listen in to this detailed conversation - stemming from the work Bryan has done with Nexie…
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“What creates success in business?” It’s a question with about a thousand different answers, but if you’re looking for the cornerstone of personal and professional growth, the answer is clear: maintaining an ownership mentality. This week on Catalyst, Launch by NTT DATA’s Chris and Gina discuss the difference between just doing your work and doing …
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Clemens Conrad walks us through the past, present and future of electric vehicles Electric vehicles have come a long way in the last 20 years. This week Clinton is joined by EV early adopter and Practice Lead for the Future of Mobility at Vectorform Clemens Conrad. Clemens breaks down the history of EVs and how they were being developed long before…
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Clinton is joined by Launch NTT Data’s Senior Vice President of Digital Transformation Services Chris Fox to dive into their new program LEAP (Large Enterprise Acceleration Program). Launch by NTT Data is happy to present LEAP - an initiative focused on supporting your enterprise in transforming into a company that innovates smoothly. Using this pr…
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Nate Berent-Spillson on how to free yourself up to think about the business Are you a dissatisfied technology leader dealing with constant friction? Lucky for you Nate Berent-Spillson has written a book to help! This week, Nate joins Clinton to discuss why he wrote the book Frictionless Enterprise. He shares his insights on how to overcome structur…
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Gina is joined by President of Launch, Mark Orttung, and Zone To Win author Geoffrey Moore to talk about the market enterprises are currently in and what to do with it. This week, Gina and guest co-host and President of Launch, Mark Orttung, talk with Geoffrey Moore about his theory on enterprise business strategy and his book Zone to Win. Moore sp…
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Recently Chris LoSacco started working with an architectural firm to build an art studio. This week Chris and Gina sit down to discuss everything he’s learned throughout the process - which is a lot. They talk about the parallels between software development and building in real life, from the importance of communicating expectations, to making inf…
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Most people have experience interacting with a public sector website or app and come away feeling frustrated or confused. However, the importance of making information in the public sector accessible cannot be understated. This week our host Gina is joined by Natalie Kurz and Cathy LoDuca to discuss their work in the public sector and websites/apps…
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The word “platform” is thrown around a lot in the tech industry. What is a platform? Or better yet what is a platform way of thinking? This week NTTData’s VP of Engineering Nate Berent-Spillson joins Clinton to talk about how platforms operate and what is needed to shake things up and innovate. Using lessons from history, Nate and Clinton build a m…
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Great ideas should be formed around the customers' needs. This week on Catalyst Clinton is joined by NTT Data’s David Schell and Kristen Foster, the Director of Service Product Development at Trinity Industries to discuss finding and cultivating innovative product ideas within an enterprise. How wide of a net should you be casting to bring in new i…
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Diverse teams are often the most successful. This week on Catalyst, Clinton is joined by Paul Hlivko, Chief Experience Officer and CTO at Wellmark Blue cross and Blue Shield, to talk about his groundbreaking work on how to rethink talent strategies. He breaks down how best to pull together diverse talent to create a better environment for workers a…
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Clinton and Danny on what satisfaction and progress looks like as a Digital Leader. This week on Catalyst, Launch by NTT DATA’s Clinton and Agile’s Danny Presten take a look at company transformations and how to improve flow through the value stream. Links: Launch by NTT Data See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy No…
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Gina and Chris on how to progress as a Product Leader whilst finding your place in a rapidly expanding company. This week on Catalyst, Launch by NTT DATA’s Chris and Gina return to catch up on the brand new world of Launch, what it means to be a Product Leader in an organization that’s quickly growing, and when to use your influence. Links: Launch …
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Humana’s Holly Kessinger and NTT DATA’s Robert Elliott on omnichannel strategy at large organizations Omnichannel strategy is all about combining the head and the heart. This week on Catalyst, Humana’s Holly Kessinger and NTT DATA’s Robert Elliott chat with Clinton about how to drive experience transformation at large enterprises. Holly shares her …
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Clinton is joined by Ash and Dave to chat about how having design involved early in the process sets your teams and products up for success. Design led does not mean design only. This week on Catalyst, Clinton is joined by Launch by NTT DATA’s own Dave Schell and Vectorform’s Ash Howell to talk about where design should be fitting into the big pict…
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This week on Catalyst, Launch by NTT DATA’s Clinton Bonner, Brant Beard and Robbie Elliot chat about how to ensure you’re creating and sustaining a healthy team environment. They discuss the importance of good communication and how having other life passions is pivotal to being a good leader. Links: Launch by NTT Data Brant Beard See Privacy Policy…
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The stability of large enterprises can be both a blessing and a curse. This week on Catalyst Chris Losacco is joined by NTT DATA’s Product Management Lead Jamie Bernard to talk about how large organizations can learn to innovate while still taking care of their core business. She explains the 3 horizons principle and how dedicating a small percenta…
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