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Technology made simple



Ah, technology. To quote Steve Jobs, arguably the most famous disruptor of our time, "we have no idea how far it's going to go".

Whether you're the savviest techy around or a complete tech-dummy or somewhere in between, join Carla Santos, a journalist eager to learn more about tech-related matters, and Armin Prljaca, who’s curious about the human side of it, during their bimonthly conversations with experts.

The matters revolve around technology developments and the business challenges linked to them, with interesting reflections on how far we've come and how far we just might go.

TechTalk is technology made simple, over a cup of coffee.    

Season 6

Ep3: The One on uncovering Cryptography

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Dalia Khader, CISO of the international division of Swiss Life, who shares her knowledge about the fascinating field of cryptography. Excited about this episode? So are we!

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Ep2: The One on ICT Infrastructure design

In this episode of TechTalk, Alexandre Dulaunoy, Head of Department of CIRCL - Computer Information Response Center Luxembourg, tells us about the importance of ICT infrastructure design, how current practices are unintentionally helping attackers and what should be done instead. 

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Ep1: The One on Critical Infrastructure, an Introduction

We begin a new season of TechTalk with a series of episodes about Critical Infrastructure protection —a hot topic that should be on the minds of each one of us. 

The regrettable events we are living through, particularly the war in Ukraine, as well as recent high-profile cyber-attacks on the energy industry, are putting critical infrastructure security in the spotlight.

To give us the details about this timely matter, we invited Simon Petitjean, Cybersecurity Director and Offensive Security & Red Team Leader, and Maxime Pallez, Cybersecurity Senior Manager, who focuses on security governance at PwC Luxembourg.

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Season 5

The One on Quizzing Thierry and Fred, our Tech Leaders

Ep24: The One on Quizzing Patrice and Koen, our Tech Leaders

In the last episode of season 5 of TechTalk, we get to know Patrice Witz, Partner and Technology & Digital Leader, and Koen Maris, Partner and Cybersecurity Leader at PwC Luxembourg.

They share with us their career experiences and wisdom as well as their views on the current and future trends in technology.

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The One on Quizzing Thierry and Fred, our Tech Leaders

Ep23: The One on Quizzing Thierry and Fred, our Tech Leaders

The end of season 5 of TechTalk is approaching, and this year we have two closing episodes to get to know our four Technology leaders.

More specifically, we quiz them about their career path as well as their views on the current and future trends in technology.

In this one, we chat with Thierry Kremser, Partner and Data and AI Leader, and Frédéric Chapelle, Partner, leading the business transformation programme at PwC Luxembourg. 

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Ep22: The One on the Power of Perspective: BXT

BXT stands for Business, Experience and Technology, and it’s all about the power of perspective. In this episode of TechTalk, Pierre-André Honnay, Senior Business Development Coach and Facilitator, and Annabelle Buffart, UX Manager and BXT Coach, PwC Luxembourg, walk us through the ins and outs of this methodology.

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Ep21: The One on Data For Equality

In this episode of TechTalk, we speak with Maria Bravo, Inclusion and Diversity Officer, and Laura Delgado Pardo, Senior Associate in Data and Analytics, about Data4Equality, a solution that can help organisations achieve a more equal workplace. We also talk about the benefits of gender pay equality, the challenges that still remain and the role of tech in helping solve those challenges.

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Ep20: The One on Technology for Sustainability

In this episode of TechTalk, we talk with Julien Melotte, Sustainability Partner, and Julien Jacqué, Senior Manager leading projects in ESG transformation, from PwC Luxembourg, about how technology can support a more strategic and holistic approach to long-term value creation and help companies have a wider positive impact on society. 

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Ep19: The One on unique insights of Alternative Data

Social media commentary, satellite imagery and other data is part of ‘alternative data’. With the availability of sophisticated machine-learning analytics tools, it’s gaining traction within a wide variety of industries. 

In this episode of TechTalk, we speak with Benedikt Jonas, Digital Intelligence Lead, and Andreas Braun, AI Team Lead at PwC Luxembourg, about the pros and cons of using alternative data to help businesses make better decisions. 

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Ep18: The One on Building a UX Community

In this episode of TechTalk, Veronika Ondrikova, Senior UX Designer, and Yasmine Meziane, Senior Digital Communications Officer at PwC Luxembourg, tell us the story behind our vibrant UX Community, why and how they created it and why they consider it important for businesses to host thematic communities. 

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Ep17: The One on Enterprise Architecture

In this episode of TechTalk, we speak with Patrice Passé-Coutrin, Director in Technology Consulting and Cyrille Fradin, Senior Manager in Technology Consulting at PwC Luxembourg. We talk about how real world Enterprise Architecture can add value to organisations, while helping them to align strategy and execution, optimise operations and reduce risk.

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Ep16: The One on Cloud Computing

In this episode, we welcome Armin Prljaca, TechTalk’s new co-host, and our guest Stéphane Zema, Technology Director at PwC Luxembourg. He tells us about the benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing and the challenges of its adoption as well as the latest trends in the industry. 

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Ep15: The One on Learning Experiences in the Digital era

People are embracing continuous professional learning more and more, especially via digital means. Because of its flexibility, this type of learning is an opportunity to develop talent and better understand and surmount today’s challenges and the ones of the future. It’s also one of the answers to the skills shortfalls companies are facing.

In this episode of TechTalk, we speak with Etienne Hirsch, head of PwC’s Academy, about learning experiences in the digital era, how they are evolving, and the role that technological developments are playing in it.

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Ep14: The One on Women, Tech and Education

In this episode of TechTalk, and to mark International Women's Day, we welcome Rocio Lopez Perez, Tech Educator at the Luxembourg Tech School, who shares with us her experience as a woman working in tech and her views on the role of education in closing the gender gap.

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Ep13: The One when the Office goes Paperless

In 1975, the prestigious American news magazine Business Week published The office of the future, one of the first to flirt with the idea of a paperless office. Today, with the latest digital technology developments, the paperless office is not only plausible but, arguably, desirable. 

But, as we all know, every coin, at least the physical ones, has two faces. In this episode of TechTalk, we speak with Xavier Lisoir, Managing Director at PwC Luxembourg, about breaking free from paper dependency, its pros and cons, and the technology behind it.

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Ep12: The One on the Data and AI Survey

Not so long ago, artificial Intelligence seemed like something that could only exist in a science fiction movie. However, that’s no longer the case! AI is already well integrated into our daily lives and that applies to the business world as well. That’s precisely what PwC Luxembourg’s 2021 Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence Survey shows. 

For this episode of TechTalk, we invited Thierry Kremser, Data and AI Leader, and Andreas Braun, AI team Lead at PwC Luxembourg, to tell us all about the survey and share with us some of the most striking findings. 

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Ep11: The One on Intrapreneurship and Innovation

In this episode of TechTalk, we speak about Intrapreneurship and Innovation with Zoha Ahmed, Innovation & Strategy Manager, and Iga Guillemin, Product Development Manager at PwC Luxembourg. We also discuss why organisations should encourage new ideas from their own people, and onboard startups in innovation projects. 

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The One on Technology to Enhance the HR function

Ep10: The One on Digital Personal Branding to support your career

In this episode of TechTalk, we revisit personal branding concepts and how they are linked to our evolution as professionals. Our guests are Virginie Laye, who has extensive experience in people’s upskilling and coaching, and Christopher Rossa, who is specialising in new tech for people. 

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The One on Technology to Enhance the HR function

Ep9: The One on how Technology has changed Christmas

This episode of TechTalk is a special Christmas edition! In this one, we talk with Sybil Pasquier and Andrew Whiteside, who are Digital Accelerators at PwC Luxembourg, about how technology has changed this festive time. They’ll share with us their personal experiences and maybe some Christmas stories too. Give it a listen!

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The One on Technology to Enhance the HR function

Ep8: The One on Technology to Enhance the HR function

Could the HR function escape the Attila of the XXI century, namely, the digital horde? You know the answer! Digital tools that can ease tasks related to people management and, in turn, help to boost the digital transformation of organisations are already out there. They are called Human Resources information systems, or HRIS.

In this episode of TechTalk, we speak with Shanika Charles, Director at PwC Luxembourg, about HRIS, including their capabilities and how they are evolving, but also the challenges of implementing these tools within an organisation. 

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Ep7: The One on Business Design

The words 'design' and 'design thinking' have joined the list of the 'buzzwords' of the decade, being thrown around in summits, workshops, conferences and even in the office’s small break room. It’s to reckon, though, that not everyone using these terms fully understands what they stand for. 

This TechTalk is a sort of 101 introductory episode to revisit and discern what design and design thinking are and, in addition, it gives us room to introduce business design and how important it is for the future of the consulting business. Our guest is Sherif Labib, Senior Business Designer at PwC Luxembourg.

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The One on Social Engineering

Ep6: The One on Social Engineering

Have you ever got a phone call from someone posing as a representative from a legitimate entity asking you for your personal information, or worse, telling you that your bank account has been compromised and they need your credentials? This is just one example of Social Engineering tactics, but there is more.

In this episode of TechTalk, we speak with Christina Lekati, Social Engineering Trainer & Consultant at Cyber Risk, who tells us all about Social Engineering, including what are the most commonly used tactics and how we can spot them before it's too late.

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Ep5: The One on Why CISOs, DPOs and CEOs should work closer

In this episode of TechTalk, we speak with Paul Oor, who is an independent Security and Data Protection Consultant and Project Manager, about the reason(s) why Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), Data Protection Officers (DPOs) and Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) should work closer.

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Ep4: The One on a Digital Identity for Europe

Will our physical identification documents, such as identity cards or passports, soon be a thing of the past in Europe? In this episode of TechTalk, we talk with Serge Hanssens about the opportunities and challenges for developing a viable and solid digital identity ecosystem in the Old Continent and how such a system would work in practice.

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Ep3: The One on Ethical Hacking

Very often, we hear on the news about a cyber-attack, where malicious hackers worked to disable a security system to either take it down or to steal information, usually to get a ransom.

But hacking isn't only about illegal activities. In this episode of TechTalk, Luis and I talk with Simon Petitjean, Offensive Security & Red Team Leader at PwC Luxembourg, about "the good type of hacking" - the ethical one. And who’s better placed to tell us about it than an ethical hacker himself?

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Ep2: The One on Process Mining, simply Explained

The term "Process Mining" was first coined in a research proposal written by the Dutch computer scientist Wil van der Aalst, known as the Godfather of Process mining. This is how this new field of research began, emerging under the umbrella of techniques related to data science and process science at the Eindhoven University in 1999.

In this episode of TechTalk, we invited Maxime Hennau, Advisory Senior Manager at PwC Luxembourg, to explain to us, in layman’s terms, what process mining is.

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Ep1: The One on Digital Procurement

The procurement function is currently changing, like most if not all business functions and operations, due to digital technology. Organisations are looking for solutions to advance procurement, which, among others, translates into cost savings and risk mitigation, while improving the employee and user experience with new digital tools. However, when betting on this transformation, there are challenges to face too. 

In this episode of TechTalk, we talk about the digitalisation of procurement with Yoliana Bayona, Advisory Services Director, and Frédéric Chapelle, Partner at PwC Luxembourg.

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