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Podcast Recap: Edge computing & distributed cloud

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Technology has become integrated in our daily lives via smartphones, computers, and tablets that enable us to instantly manage finances, order groceries, and connect virtually with family and friends. As a result, data is absolutely everywhere (e.g. patient medical records, bank statements, home and car rental fees, etc.) and as the number continues to soar, regulations around data security and ownership are creating gaps between data producers (people like you and I) and third party organizations that want to take the data and sell it as part of a business model.

Edge computing and distributed cloud are changing the way people and organizations handle data responsibly. Season 2 of the Pega podcast, Bold stories. Future focused., covers unique insights and stories into the importance of democratizing data and ensuring that consumers have the security and control they need for their own personal data.  Let’s dive into some of the interesting topics that came up during the season you may have missed:

Episode 1: Equalizing the power of digital information featuring Fay Arjomandi

Fay Arjomandi (Founder & CEO, mimik) and Jo Richardson (Director, Corporate Communications, Pega) talked about Fay’s work at mimik technology inc. and its focus on enabling users (data producers) to maintain control over their own data rather than having third-party organizations monetize it however they want.

“The core part of mimik technology is to enable solutions that are getting developed by giving data control back to the data producers. That is one of the things that’s embedded in everything we do.”

Fay’s work with mimik runs for users and belongs to users. User data is kept locally and this solution is also eco-friendly because the mimic hybrid edge cloud essentially piggybacks on power already used by your computer, phone, and other smart technologies in your home. This lessens the burden for power usage at a random server farm somewhere far away.

Listen to the full episode to learn more about how Fay is utilizing hybrid edge cloud technology to protect data and promote data democratization:

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2021 | 23 mins

Ep. 1: Equalizing the power of digital information ft. Fay Arjomandi

In this hyperconnected era, how can the average person gain back control of their data? Fay Arjomandi, founder and CEO of Mimik Technology is one changemaker aiming to do just that. Tune in as Fay shares her story, her vision for the future of data democratization, and more.

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Episode 5: The far-reaching significance of distributed cloud computing featuring Malini Bhandaru and Joe Weinman

In this episode, Jo Richardson (Director, Corporate Communications, Pega) spoke with Malini Bhandaru (Sr. Principal Engineer, Cloud Native Architect, Intel) and Joe Weinman (Keynote Speaker, Author, Consultant) about the power of cloud computing and how it can be made more accessible and energy efficient.

Malini talked about the value of sharing resources in order to get a better return on investment. This network of sharing is what creates the cloud. Malini focused on virtualizing the server space in a previous role working at VMWare, which improved efficiency and enabled users to customize their own server space.

“So, we’re becoming a digital planet. More and more of our lives are moving into the digital space.”

Joe discussed the importance of providing compute power as a service and making it as accessible as possible around the world. He also shared insight into how cloud companies are working together to maximize their efficiencies as a result of sharing compute power amongst each other.

“…large cloud providers and software companies are making an extremely conscious effort to be net zero. They’re using renewable energy where possible. […] For example, say in Scandinavia, where any waste heat from the facility is used to heat the village.”

Listen to the full episode to learn more about how distributed cloud computing protects data and businesses against unprecedented events and how it’s opening the door for more nuanced innovations such as autonomous cars:

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OCTOBER 12, 2021 | 23 mins

Ep. 5: The far-reaching significance of distributed cloud computing ft. Malini Bhandaru and Joe Weinman

The power and scope of distributed cloud can’t be understated. But as its power continues to grow, how do we balance its scope with our real needs and our efforts at conservation and morality? Two experts dive into the history of cloud computing and its increasingly complicated future.

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Check out the entire podcast series to hear more stories from industry experts and Pega team members!


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About the Author

Paula White-Jennings, is a creatively-driven and organized professional brand marketer with experience in marketing and brand strategy alike. Paula is also the producer of Pega’s successful podcast, “Bold stories. Future focused.” Maintaining her passion for being a change agent, Paula is a founding member of the Black@Pega Employee Resource Group and has spent the past year and a half building out their social impact footprint within the surrounding communities.

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Fay Arjomandi Founder, President and CEO of Mimik

Fay is the Founder of Mimik and has been the president and CEO of the company since January 2020. She founded the company as Disternet, which was later rebranded to Mimik.

While incubating Mimik; Fay was also the CEO of a group of mobile companies under Nantworks, including Tensorcom, NantMobile, and Mobile Genomic Health, leading the consumerization health solutions between 2014 – 2016.

Prior to NantWorks, Fay was the CEO of Vodafone xone. Fay successfully launched Vodafone xone in Silicon Valley in September 2011, which became the global incubation center of the Vodafone Group and the beta brand for Vodafone consumers in the UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Egypt. Fay spearheaded the partnership work with emerging and disruptive technologies to enable start-up companies to develop, test, and prepare for commercial deployment in global markets. Additionally, her role expanded to lead Vodafone Ventures, the strategic corporate venture capital arm of Vodafone Group. Fay was also the President of Vodafone Americas Foundation, an outreach program whose mission is to mobilize communities to resolve shared problems and to enable mobile technology to advance social change in addition to exceptional leadership and vision. Prior to Vodafone, Fay was the co-founder and CEO of two other start-up companies L3 Technology, Mobidia that was acquired by App Annie Inc.

Fay is an official member of the Forbes Technology Council. Fay has been granted many patents. In 2020 she was named by Linux Foundation and State of the Edge as the Edge Woman of the Year, she was recognized as the 2018 Alumni of the year at Concordia University. In 2014, she was named by San Francisco Business Week as one of the most influential women business leaders in Silicon Valley. In 2007, she was the Canadian technology and innovation representative to the White House. Fay received the distinguished Business in Vancouver’s 2006 “Top 40 Under 40″ award presented to outstanding leaders in their chosen fields.

Fay is a highly sought-after global speaker, and industry thought leader given her specialization in digital communications, software applications, and protocol development. Fay is also currently the Executive Chairman of H2 Wellness and Advisor to StudyTracks.

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Dr. Malini Bhandaru Co-Author of the First Edition of The OpenStack Security Guide

Dr. Malini Bhandaru over her multi-decade career has worked on technologies spanning Cloud, IoT/Edge, Big Data for Autonomous Driving, Server Processor design, Network Alarm Correlation, and Speech Recognition based products. Over the last decade she has been worked on Open Source, contributing as a developer and lead to projects such as Kubeflow for Machine Learning Operations, EdgeX Foundry – an IoT/Edge framework, OpenStack, and OpenDaylight. She fosters collaboration and seeks to democratize technology to make possible new advances. She has worked at startups and multi-national companies such as VMware, Intel, and through acquisitions Oracle, Microsoft, and Verizon. She has a doctorate in Machine Learning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and over 20+ patents. Malini was one of 10 finalists for the 2020 Edge Woman of the Year Award and a co-author of the first edition of The OpenStack Security Guide.

Malini is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, promoting Math and Science through Science Olympiad coaching, offering adult computer literacy training, guiding projects at the university level, and mentoring and sponsoring technical women in the corporate world. She has offered Command Presence workshops at OpenStack Summits in Tokyo, Barcelona, and Atlanta, presented at Grace Hopper Celebration, and is a frequent speaker at Women Transforming Technology (WT2) and Women-Who-Code events on technical topics as well as on negotiation skills and career growth.

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Joe Weinman Author of Digital Disciplines: Attaining Market Leadership via the Cloud, Big Data, Social, Mobile, and the Internet of Things

Joe Weinman was most recently SVP at Telx (now Digital Realty) and has held executive positions at Bell Labs, AT&T, and HP, in areas such as corporate strategy, R&D and innovation management, partner and business development, product management, operations, and sales and marketing. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Syntropy Networks, EDJX, RampRate, the Pace University Lubin School of Business, and the Pacific Telecommunications Council. He’s been awarded 27 patents.

He’s a global keynoter and digital strategist recognized for his insights at the intersection of business, technology, and academia who has spoken at hundreds of events and is the author of the Amazon #1 New Release Digital Disciplines: Attaining Market Leadership via the Cloud, Big Data, Social, Mobile, and the Internet of Things (Wiley CIO, 2015), also available in Chinese: 新动能 新法则 (PTPress, 2016); Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing (Wiley, 2012), also translated as 云经济学 (PTPress, 2014) and 云端时代 (PTPress, 2015); co-editor of Fog and Fogonomics: Challenges and Practices of Fog Computing, Communication, Networking, Strategy, and Economics (Wiley ICT Series); and a contributor to Regulating the Cloud: Policy for Computing Infrastructure (MIT Press, 2014) and Guide to Big Data Applications (Springer Studies in Big Data, 2018).

His business and technical articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CIO, InformationWeek, The New York Times, Business Week, Entrepreneur, Wired, CNN Money, and elsewhere; he has appeared on satellite, broadcast, and online channels of ViacomCBS, Sky, TVB Pearl, Channel NewsAsia, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal; and he was the contributing editor of the cloud economics column for IEEE Cloud Computing magazine for five years.

He has a BS and MS in Computer Science from Cornell University and UW-Madison and has completed executive education at the International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne, Harvard Business School, and MIT Sloan School of Management.

Connect with “joeweinman” at Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, WeChat, or Gmail.

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