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That Digital Show

Google Cloud

That Digital Show is a weekly business podcast presented by Google Cloud on innovation and growing value in a digital world. The show combines interviews with global experts and open conversations with industry leaders to share digital strategies and techniques that leverage cloud and application platforms to help organizations reach business outcomes faster and meet the continuously changing demands of consumers. For more information, find us online at ThatDigitalShow.com and throughout social media @ThatDigitalShow.

How Garvan Institute of Medical Research is Driving Digital Frontiers in Genomics Analytics
In this episode, Associate Professor Sarah Kummerfeld, Head of Data Science for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, joins Jay and Theo to discuss the vital role cloud computing plays in genomic sequencing. Genomic sequencing has been contributing to medical research to improve the understanding and diagnosis of rare diseases for many years. However, sequencing a single genome produces approximately 100GB of data in its raw format, which then needs to be converted into a format that can be analyzed and shared with researchers. This process can take as much as 600 CPU hours per genome. The Garvan Institute knew that processing vast amounts of genomes was far beyond the capabilities of on-prem infrastructure. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, genomic sequencing took on even more importance. Sarah’s team realized that moving to the public cloud was the only way, embarking on a pilot program to process 14,000 genomes. Listen in as Sarah reveals how the team at Garvan Institute reduced the time it took to sequence the virus from a PCR test from two days to about four hours – dramatically speeding up contact tracing and reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the community. She talks through how the team uses a system called Terra, and how it became easier to manage the privacy and security of genomic data in Google Cloud, and the vast capacity required for this data in the region. In fact, Sarah’s team discovered that with Google Cloud, there was enough capacity available within Australia to run a pilot program three times as big. As biology increasingly becomes a data science, generating enormous pools of data, Sarah shares how the Garvan Institute is embracing the huge opportunity machine learning presents to help build and improve the vital genomic infrastructure for Australia.
1w ago
20 mins
Banking and Blockchain in Thailand with Kasikorn X
In this episode, we are joined by Paul Thanaarmates Arriyavat, Head of Venture Builders at Kasikorn X, to discuss how Kasikorn X is making blockchain technologies, NFTs, and decentralized finance more accessible to people. Kasikorn X has long been committed to building the future of digital banking through its Business–Technology Group (KBTG). In 2021, KBTG launched Kasikorn X, focused on the rapidly evolving world of decentralized finance (DeFi). In partnership with Google Cloud, Kasikorn X develops projects that make the benefits of DeFi, the blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and NFTs accessible to most people. With the DeFi space growing so rapidly, any new startup needs to move fast to avoid missed opportunities. As a result, Kasikorn X operates separately from the bank and the KBTG, with its own operating model and culture. To date, Kasikorn X has already launched Kubix, the first ICO portal from a Thai financial institution, and Coral, a marketplace for non-fungible tokens (NFTs) empowering Thai and Asian artists to sell their artworks globally. Pauls gives a firsthand account of how the bank is looking to simplify the buying and selling of NFTs with the Coral platform, as most people lack the knowledge or understanding necessary to navigate this space. Coral aims to solve pain points by focusing on three key areas for both the artist and collector community - security, payments and reach. He ends by sharing how Kasikorn X intends to stay competitive by consistently innovating, and creating products that people love because they’re simple and easy to use. At the heart of the business is the same spirit of innovation that continues to drive rapid developments in blockchain, NFTs, and decentralized finance, while the culture is one of learning fast by trying everything.
May 10 2022
20 mins
API-Driven Business Ecosystems with Cathay Financial Holdings
In this episode, Marcus Lopez, Senior EVP of Digital, Data and Technology for Cathay Financial Holdings, joins Jay and Theo to discuss the organization’s approach to innovation as it rethinks its services and customer journeys. As the largest financial holding company in Taiwan with about 14 million customers, Cathay operates in China and most countries in Southeast Asia. Marcus explains how a joint venture with Alibaba six years ago prompted the Cathay team into reconsidering their approach to acquiring customers, product innovation, and the technology stack. Since then, the organization has undergone a mobile-first, data driven digital transformation with the help of Google Cloud, which he believes has allowed Cathay to become a market leader in Taiwan. Marcus breaks it down for us into three pillars with Cathay’s transformation. First, improving the customer journey and experience with new products and innovations. Second, looking at long term infrastructure investment to ensure the business has the capabilities it needs three to five years from now. And third, helping people adapt to more tech- and data-driven ways of working. Cathay is also looking beyond its own operations to find ways to embed its products and services within the customer journeys of its strategic partners with an API-driven strategy, as Cathay as a Service (CaaS). Cathay has been able to scale up this ecosystem of financial services and analyst capabilities to partners by using the Google Cloud and the Apigee API Platform. Learn what were some of the challenges faced, and about Cathay’s future expansion plans through Southeast Asia, where they treat each operation as a fresh start, redesigning everything from the ground up with a cloud native, mobile first approach.
May 3 2022
29 mins
Democratizing Commerce for Retailers with Tokopedia
In this episode, Jay and Theo are joined by Herman Widjaja, CTO at leading marketplace platform Tokopedia, to learn more about its culture of customer-focused innovation. Tokopedia’s recent merger with Southeast Asia's leading mobile on-demand services and payments platform Gojek to form the GoTo group, made headlines as Indonesia’s largest business deal. 13 years ago, Tokopedia’s two founders set out to solve the problem of transparent pricing for Indonesians, regardless which of the 17,000 islands they may live on, while also helping merchants to be successful without relocating to Jakarta. Today, 12+ million merchants use the platform to sell 638+ million products. Herman outlines six priorities for Tokopedia’s technology team over the next two years. These include strengthening the platform, increasing security and privacy, focussing on consumer technology innovation, AI-first and data driven transformation, financially optimized execution, and ultimately, building a world-class technology organization. Platform stability, reliability and quality are of maximum importance for Tokopedia. While five minutes of downtime might only shave a tiny fraction of a percent off the platform’s uptime record, every second has an impact on the lives of customers and the income of merchants. Tokopedia is also keen on expanding their use of AI and ML to solve problems and provide more powerful data-driven features for customers and merchants. Central to Tokopedia’s vision is customer empathy. Every new feature or build is guided by the question 'What’s in it for the customer?' Herman talks about how this has led to a cultural shift within the technology team that doesn’t seek to simply deliver on a PRD or BRD. By talking to customers and understanding their pain points, the team reveals new opportunities for innovation that solve genuine problems.
Apr 26 2022
33 mins
The Power of Language with Josh Talks
In this episode, Jay and Theo chat with Arjun Gupta, Senior Software Engineer at Josh Talks, to learn about the company’s mission to empower the youth of India, with relatable role models and e-learning. The media platform targets young people in smaller towns across India with content in ten vernacular languages. Arjun likens Josh Talks to an elder brother, guiding users through critical life decisions and mentoring them to improve their lives. Josh Talk’s ten YouTube channels currently have 14 million subscribers, with videos garnering about 70 million views each month. The success of Josh Talks led to the launch of an e-learning application, Josh Skills, to upskill young people and better-equip them to find employment. The flagship course is Spoken English, as this remains a common reason employers reject job applicants. A popular feature of Josh Skills is P2P, a peer to peer service allowing users to click a button to talk to friends within the Josh community, practicing their spoken English skills. To improve completion rates, Arjun shares how his team is currently working on ways to gamify the learning process, with subscribers competing in trivia contests to climb the leaderboard. But interactive features like this don’t come without technical challenges, which is where Google Cloud can help. To make game play within the app as real-time as possible, Josh Talks will scale its servers to handle the increased load with minimum latency. Josh Talks long-term vision is to support subscribers from school age (14-15) until they are settled into their careers (30-35), which is why Josh Talks is building an infrastructure capable of supporting multiple tools and products so it can grow alongside them.
Apr 19 2022
22 mins
Helping Organizations Make Informed Decisions with Equifax
In this episode, Jay and Theo are joined by Manav Doshi, GM of Technology Solutions and Keith Junius, Enterprise Architect, both of Equifax Australia, to talk about the organization’s ambitious cloud transformation. As a global credit bureau and data analytics company, Equifax is helping financial institutions, companies, and government agencies make critical financial decisions. In 2017, a critical event triggered a complete rethink of its security in all 24 locations. Equifax Australia embarked on a AUD2 billion journey with Google Cloud to migrate 100% of its key platforms and credit bureaus into the cloud. Manav shares how, prior to 2017, Equifax AU had previously believed its data was safer in private data centers. However, maintaining a high level of security requires a lot of investment. Equifax AU realized that the maturity of cloud platforms, particularly Google Cloud, has progressed beyond what it could achieve on prem. The cloud allows Equifax AU to respond far more nimbly to critical security events, with much of the security work taken care of by the platform. Meanwhile, by adopting a CI/CD methodology the company can roll out security changes and new features quickly and iteratively with push-button deployment. Improvements to a product can now be made and deployed within minutes. Keith ends with how Equifax AU is treating the move as a global business transformation, pairing technology with the right human skills. Equifax wants its people to be curious enough to seek out and play with new things, focussing on a growth mindset and a passion to learn, along with a willingness to collaborate.
Apr 12 2022
31 mins
Reimagining Traditional Banking for Indonesians with Bank RayaDriving Reliable and Secure Connectivity with SingtelA Journey through Organizational Transformation with Indosat Ooredoo HutchisonAccelerating Digital Transformation in Indonesia with Indosat Ooredoo HutchisonCreating Trustworthy AI Assistants with Federal Bank and Riafy Technologies
Jitesh of Federal Bank and John of Riafy join your hosts this week to chat about what it takes to build and maintain a specialized digital banking representative. John starts the show with a history of Riafy, including how he and his co-founders chose this magically-inspired name. Jitesh walks us through Federal Bank’s journey to a digitization strategy that started in 1996. With an eye for the future, the bank adopted mobile banking early on, supporting this feature along with international banking and more for 20 plus years. In 2016, Federal Bank started a campaign of research and development to strategize the continuing build-out of digital and mobile banking offerings. These efforts paid off, and now 88% of customer interactions occur in mobile or digital banking. Jitesh details the individual projects that make up their robust digital presence, like their revolutionary mobile banking signup that makes getting started easy. With the help of Riafy, Federal Bank has implemented beneficial tools like Feddy, the AI chat agent who offers 24/7 assistance to online customers. John and Jitesh tell us how Feddy was created to be not only helpful but friendly, acting as a mascot for the bank. We learn how Feddy was engineered, including the planning process for building the AI and how John and his team designed Feddy’s training program. With the help of Google solutions like Dialogflow, the team created Feddy quickly and efficiently with a likable personality all his own. Overcoming initial consumer reservations, Federal Bank chose a slow rollout for Feddy. Through research into customer behaviors, Federal Bank planned to start small, keeping him external, and slowly introducing him to more banking areas as customer trust developed. In the future, Riafy and Federal Bank will continue to grow Feddy and foster a trusting relationship between Feddy and customers through advanced conversation, context principles, and more. John and Jitesh offer advice to other companies looking to incorporate AI into their digital platform.
Feb 22 2022
24 mins
Transforming the Customer Experience with Data at Woolworths
Feb 8 2022
20 mins
Leading FinOps Practices on Google CloudDisrupting Content Delivery with Mlytics
Jay and Theo are back this week hosting Tony and Tars from Taiwanese company Mlytics. Mlytics strives for a faster, safer internet through cloud-disrupting solutions. Our guests talk about the origins of Mlytics, and how the company closely monitors, refines, and analyzes a plethora of data as part of their AI solution for customers. This system revolutionizes the Content Delivery Network, working faster through caching and compression and safer by protecting the networks from attack. After studying the CDN market, the CEO of Mlytics realized the powerful solutions available, while technically impressive, were not end-user friendly. With Mlytics, he sought to change the space by working backwards and beginning with a detailed picture of customer needs, then building solutions to satisfy them. Mlytics clients are provided with easy access to multiple CDNs quickly and safely to offer ultimate control and tailoring to their particular goals. By building this ecosystem of choice, Mlytics has created a one-of-a-kind brand that enables clients to choose the tools that work best for their company. With standardized CDN usage, clients know they’re using the best networks and paying for only what they use in a centralized billing platform. AI is a big part of this Mlytics Smart Load Balancer solution. Through machine learning techniques, Mlytics analyzes data to find patterns in CDN infrastructure and reactions. They’ve built in a 15 second performance prediction based on this information, allowing them to predict CDN downtime and automatically move client projects to more efficient networks when necessary. The company’s ethos of full transparency has fostered a supportive and collaborative work environment as well. Our guests offer advice for other tech companies looking to exceed customer expectations and empower employees to experiment and innovate.
Jan 23 2022
24 mins
Verizon's Cloud Transformation Journey with FinOpsCooking up a Customer Data Platform with Jardine Restaurant Group
Matthew Chan, Chief Digital Officer of the Jardine Restaurant Group, joins Jay and Theo this week on the podcast. Operating KFC, Pizza Hut, and PHD branches in Hong Kong, Vietnam, and other Asia-Pacific cities, JRG has created a robust data collection and analysis system to realize their customer-centric business strategy. In 2019, Jardine Restaurant Group began a digital transformation geared toward creating the best customer experience. By leveraging new technologies, the team developed strategies like TTT. This talkability, traffic, and transactions framework identifies talking points that will encourage curiosity and start meaningful conversations, driving traffic to the site and ending with successful transactions. Through real-world examples, Matthew describes how JRG takes data from sources like Google to pinpoint customer interests. The team then actively engages with customers, gathering more data to enhance their online presence and drive traffic to their offerings. Through detailed site optimization, JRG is able to boast a double digit conversion rate from browsing to transactions. Matthew explains that staying relevant is the best way to grow and adapt with changing client needs. During the pandemic, for example, JRG launched their online ordering and delivery system, Cloud Kitchen, to provide contactless food service for employee and customer protection. Their charity kitchen initiative also grew from the needs of locked down clients with few food options. JRG provides these meals for free to strengthen the communities they serve and bring joy during hard times. In the future, Jardine Restaurant Group will continue their mission to adapt new technologies in smart ways, creating value for customers and exceeding their expectations.
Dec 27 2021
25 mins
Connected Diagnostics Reshaping Healthcare Delivery with Cue HealthTransforming Healthcare with Interoperability at HumanaService, Safety, and Sustainability with The Winning GroupCloud Thought Leadership in APAC