- Andrew Bold
The 4 best technology podcasts every IT leader should listen to
Technology is at the heart of our everyday experience. From scrolling through the latest news on our tablet at breakfast, uploading hundreds of files to the cloud in an instant at work, to programming our alarm clocks at night.
As both businesses and consumers promote, and at times demand, a culture of innovation to create their competitive advantage and support their technology habits, the landscape is constantly changing. Technology that was once labelled ‘generation changing’ is now ‘the trend that will impact your 2018’.
Therefore, keeping up to date with new enhancements and digital trends, is becoming ever more important, but also increasingly harder.
That’s where podcasts have a real ability to deliver information, on demand and at times and locations unreachable by traditional media outlets. For instance, business leaders who don’t have the time to visit training programmes or workshops, can now improve their knowledge and skills on the go, during a commute or coffee break.
So, where should you start? Or is there something you should be listening to that you've not yet discovered? Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of our team’s favourites for you to weave into your daily, weekly or monthly diet.
Probably the most well-known brand for influential talks on education, business, technology, science and creativity, TEDtalks has recorded their live speaking events into an easily digestible podcast form. We (naturally) recommend the the technology-focused edition, with wide and varied topics, based upon who the speaker is and their interests or experiences, so you are sure to find something of interest.
Favourite episode: The future we're building - and boring (Elon Musk)
Team member: Paul Matthews
The Cloudcast is an award winning weekly podcast which focuses on many areas including, you guessed it, cloud computing. It is in the name after all. This show really does offer great insight into how today's IT industry is being driven by technology and organisational changes. Their guests are typically thought-leaders and company executives that are at the forefront of these innovations. Highly recommended if cloud is or will be, at the center of your business.
Favourite episode: Public Cloud at a Tipping Point or Understanding Cryptocurrencies & Markets (a recent podcast diversifying from cloud)
Team member: Richard Foster
This Week in Tech (TWiT) delivers some fantastic discussions and debates around technology. Most weeks the panel is full of fresh faces, each offering their unique perspectives on the latest news, reviews and more from the world of tech.
Favourite episode: Their yearly summaries - looking back at the main tech stories of the past year.
Team member: Gary Crowe
Looking ahead into the future to examine how the ever-changing world of tech will shape our futures, both in business and in society, is what this podcast is all about. Like the two co-hosts, their guests are extremely knowledgeable and often offer great insight and thought-provoking views in their discussions.
Favourite episode: Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century with David Orban
Team member: Richard Tyler
Now that you have a few podcasts to get you started, how can you listen? There is a range of platforms out there, filled with hours of content. Some of the most popular being iTunes or using apps such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify or PocketCasts. Enjoy!