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Coming Soon: Explain IT Season 2

Mon Dec 17 2018 (00:54)

Season 2 of Explain IT - coming in January 2019

Coming in January 2019, Explain IT season 2 covering topics such as AI and Machine learning, the work space of the future and 5G and SD WAN.Send us a photo showing that you've subscribed ready for season 2 and we'll send you an exclusive Explain IT laptop sticker.


Wed Jul 25 2018 (27:57)

We look at cloud and the five important steps to take in migrating to a cloud environment

In this episode we look at cloud and the five important steps to take in migrating to a cloud environment that works for you. Host Michael Bird is joined by Dean Gardner, Softcat’s Chief Technologist for Cloud, Helen Gidney, Softcat’s Technical Design Team Leader and Craig Lodzinski, Softcat’s Chief Technologist for developing technologies. Together they tackle defining cloud and what it is, how it works and the range of options available to get the most out of it.____Further LinksExplain IT sur ...


Wed Jul 04 2018 (25:04)

We tackle the ins and outs of GDPR compliance

In this episode we get to grips with the new General Data Protection Regulation. Host Michael Bird is joined by Softcat’s data management business manager Katie Efde, information security officer Mark Overton and Graham Charlton, Softcat’s CFO. They go right back to basics and look at how the GDPR differs from the old data protection guidance and exactly what organisations need to do in order to comply with GDPR and avoid hefty fines. They also consider how Brexit may affect the regulation as we ...

Dealing with an IT Security Incident

Wed Jun 20 2018 (36:58)

We provide a six step plan for dealing with a security incident or problem on your network

In this episode, Mark Overton, Softcat’s Information Security Officer, Adrian Richings, Softcat’s SIEM lead and Adam Louca, Softcat’s Chief Technologist for security join host Michael Bird to play out a security incident scenario. Together they follow a path consisting of six steps that demonstrate the best way to deal with a breach or other security incident on your network, explaining the real life stumbling blocks and outlining the best way to prepare for an incident.____Get in Touchhttps://w ...

Digital Transformation

Wed Jun 06 2018 (25:13)

All companies should be considering Digital Transformation, this podcast outlines four simple steps to follow

In this episode, host Michael Bird finds out how becoming digitally enabled can make a difference to organisations of all sizes, and how to start the digital transformation journey. Sam Routledge, Softcat's CTO and Matt Hunt, Chief Client Officer at mobile app development company, Apadmi, join Michael to share why digital transformation matters now, and they look at a real life case study that reduced and streamlined the way the NHS gathered data. They also outline four simple steps to take in o ...

Hyper-converged Infrastructure

Wed May 16 2018 (18:36)

We talk about hyper-converged infrastructure and how it's worked for engineering company Laing O'Rourke

In this episode, host Michael Bird talks to Softcat's CTO, Sam Routledge, Tim Jeans, Softcat's Datacentre and Cloud Practice Manager and Paul Petty, Laing O'Rourke's Infrastructure Team Leader about what a hyper-converged infrastructure is and how it's worked for Laing O'Rourke. They discuss the importance of forward planning when looking at your infrastructure options, as well as the practicalities of implementing a hyperconverged infrastructure and the benefits that come with it.____Get in Tou ...

Moving to Windows 10

Wed May 02 2018 (25:21)

Preparing your organisation for the plunge into Microsoft Windows 10

In this episode, host Michael Bird is joined by Adam Harding, Softcat's Chief Technologist for end user computing and Jack Lewis, Softcat's Microsoft 365 Technical Architect to discuss just what it takes for a smooth and successful Windows 10 deployment. We look at some of the benefits of Windows 10 along with key steps that are essential to take before, during and after a move to Windows 10. From deployment and provisioning to dealing with legacy apps and user experience, our experts offer some ...

Social Engineering

Wed Apr 18 2018 (24:54)

What exactly it is, who is behind it, how an organisation might protect themselves against it

In this episodehost Michael Bird is joined by Adam Louca, Softcat's Chief Technologist for Security, and Darren Thompson, CTO of the EMEA region at Symantec, to look at a hot topic in IT security news: social engineering. We provide an overview of IT and security in the context of social engineering, as cybercrime is maturing, so are cybercriminals and the way they try to access your data. From whaling - targeting a senior level executive - to using techniques that get you to spread malware to y ...


Wed Apr 04 2018 (22:41)

What it is, why you should care about it and how an organisation might protect themselves against it

In this episodehost Michael Bird is joined by Matt Helling, Softcat's Head of Security Sales, and Adam Louca, Softcat's Chief Technologist for Security, to look at a hot topic in IT security news: ransomware. We provide a brief history - how it began with posting cheques to Panama - to its current state today. We also explore the ways ransomware can catch you by bypassing your regular IT security, when you least expect it, particularly when it plays on emotional vulnerabilities. We also offer so ...

Season 1 trailer

Wed Mar 14 2018 (00:29)

Explain IT coming soon from Softcat

Coming soon from Softcat, Explain IT is going to be a show for IT professionals that aims to simplify the complex and often overcomplicated bits of enterprise IT without compromising on detail. Subscribe to this podcast to get the latest episodes as soon as they're released.