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Episode 65 - Future Freelancing, MSP Benchmarks, and Future Agile

The Killing IT Podcast

Release Date: 06/23/2020

Episode 72 - Micro-Management, Chinese Sanctions, and Trifurcation of the Web show art Episode 72 - Micro-Management, Chinese Sanctions, and Trifurcation of the Web

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Episode 70 - VC Funding, Crypto Currency, and Splinternet show art Episode 70 - VC Funding, Crypto Currency, and Splinternet

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Episode 69 - EU Privacy, Twitter Hack, Ethical Explorer Pack, and the Future show art Episode 69 - EU Privacy, Twitter Hack, Ethical Explorer Pack, and the Future

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Episode 68 - AI Fights Covid on Mass Transit and Makes Deep Fakes Easier show art Episode 68 - AI Fights Covid on Mass Transit and Makes Deep Fakes Easier

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Topic 1: AI - Take One: Fighting Covid on mass transit In Barcelona's subway system, AI is helping regulate airflows to fight the spread of Covid. Of course, that has implications for other diseases and other mass transit. We discuss what this means for you. Links: Topic 2: AI - Take Two: Creating Fake Journalists to Write Fake Editorials This is the kind of weirdness most of us weren't expecting from Artificial Intelligence. Now, on top of fake picture, fake profiles, and even fake videos, we now have entirely made-up background stories and profiles, with all the details. This affects many...

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Episode 67 - Regulations, Face-Changing Technology, and Social Media show art Episode 67 - Regulations, Face-Changing Technology, and Social Media

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Topic 1: Regulations are real in Louisiana. Now moving to a city and state near you. Also, check out the new page on Facebook: (MSP Regulation and Legislation). Topic 2:Face-changing technology . . . with a nod to what this means for facial recognition. And maybe a quick discussion of Pandora’s box. Can we keep the genie in the bottle? Related Link: Topic 3: Life after the Pandemic . . . Revisit Social Media trying to figure out if (how much) they should limit content ? Of course we have opinions!  

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Episode 66 - Limiting AI, Apples Buys an RMM, and more show art Episode 66 - Limiting AI, Apples Buys an RMM, and more

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Topic 1: Limit AI Research before it happens? Wired reports that an AI algorithm that "predicts" criminality based on a facial recognition is drawing ire. Meanwhile, some AI experts are calling to stop this line of research altogether. Topic 2: Apple buys an RMM . . . Will this affect us? (and Dave notes his predictions along these lines). Note also Amazon’s new use of the term "managed service " with regard to their Honeycode project. Described online as a "managed service" you can buy. See . . . Topic 3: Life after the Pandemic . . . Will we actually get to attend anything in...

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Episode 65 - Future Freelancing, MSP Benchmarks, and Future Agile show art Episode 65 - Future Freelancing, MSP Benchmarks, and Future Agile

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Our sponsor today is PC Matic - Thank you! More info at -- -- -- Topic 1: Coming boom for freelancers? Part of the rhythm of the economy is that economic downturns result in new opportunities. This time, the question is, will this help independent IT consultants? Note: When decision makers are looking for special skills, they would rather hire an outside source rather than train someone in-house - even if cost is not a factor. Related Link:   Topic 2: IT Glue released their 2020 Global MSP Benchmarks. A few notes. Around half (51%) of MSPs saw monthly revenue decreases as a result of...

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Episode 64: Facial Recognition, the New Normal, and the 4-Day Work Week show art Episode 64: Facial Recognition, the New Normal, and the 4-Day Work Week

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Special Note: This week's podcast is brought to you by our friends at Third Tier. For more information, visit . Topic 1: IBM and Amazon get out of facial recognition Major companies are backing away from developing and working with facial recognition technology. Issues include both the racial bias and the fact that they are working with police agencies. And then there was another shoe that dropped on the facial recognition topic. Other, older, related links: Topic 2: Let's Ban the term “New Normal” Everything changes all the time. We discuss whether the term "new normal" is actually...

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Episode 63 - Facebook Shops, Lobbying Efforts, and Current Events show art Episode 63 - Facebook Shops, Lobbying Efforts, and Current Events

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Topic 1: Facebook Shops Will you (should you) set up a shop on Facebook? We give our perspective. Related Link: Topic 2: Lobbying by and for the IT Community Should we be lobbying on behalf of the IT Community? What does that look like? We discuss some of the major issues and what we think the (near) future might look like. Who should speak for us? Topic 3: How will we be affected by the current events and unrest, once the dust settles. Again, just our opinion. But we feel that we need to say something. Your feedback is always welcome! :-)

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Topic 1: Coming boom for freelancers?

Part of the rhythm of the economy is that economic downturns result in new opportunities. This time, the question is, will this help independent IT consultants?

Note: When decision makers are looking for special skills, they would rather hire an outside source rather than train someone in-house - even if cost is not a factor.

Related Link:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/elainepofeldt/2020/06/12/the-coming-boom-for-freelancers/

 

Topic 2: IT Glue released their 2020 Global MSP Benchmarks.

A few notes.
Around half (51%) of MSPs saw monthly revenue decreases as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, more than a quarter (29%) of MSPs saw their accounts receivable increase, showing more clients could not meet contract deadlines to pay for services.

This survey did show a jump of prioritization of cybersecurity, from 27% of respondents in Feb to more than 50% in May.

Old priorities were wiped away, replaced not only by cyber security but with customer churn, price pressure, and a second lockdown.

Link:
https://www.itglue.com/news/itg-global-msp-benchmark-2020/


Topic 3: Life After the Pandemic . . . Increases in "Agile."

We look at the business of the IT channel in the post-quarantine world … specifically how channel partners need to adapt the way they plan and operate, and how they engage their vendor partners.

Things look like they're going to be a lot more Agile. If you're not in project management, you're still going to have to learn the terminology of PM very soon.

Related Link:
https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/partners/old-business-planning-out-agile-approach-in/#comment-13

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