Innovation and the Digital Enterprise

What does it take to keep your organization growing? Innovation and the Digital Enterprise is a podcast dedicated to providing insights and resources to executives and entrepreneurs focused on 10x growth for themselves and the organizations they lead. We interview leaders from early stage start-ups to billion dollar enterprises who have boots on the ground experience to distill their lessons from their victories and their failures.

Learn how these leaders are organizing their teams, establishing a growth-minded culture, and leveraging new technologies such as DevOps and Cloud. Co-hosts Patrick Emmons of DragonSpears, and Shelli Nelson of Madison Industries, chat with guests such as Gene Kim of the DevOps Enterprise Summit, Mik Kersten of TaskTop, and Thomas South of Northern Trust, to uncover tips, tools, and insights gleaned from spearheading innovation initiatives.

Innovation Summit Highlights Part 2

 Patrick Emmons  Jul 29, 2021 11:31:35 AM  0 Comments

The Chicago Innovation Roundtable, a group that connects visionary Chicago leaders and the brainchild of IDE host Patrick Emmons, recently wrapped up their yearly Summit. For part 2 of the IDE season finale, Patrick shares some of the thought leadership from the Summit’s speakers.

Take a listen to the episode to hear from Dick Burke, Adam Kanouse, Thru Shivakumar, Greg Svitak, and Ari Kaplan. We'll be back with all new episodes for season 2 on August 12th.

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Innovation Summit Highlights Part 1

 Patrick Emmons  Jul 15, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

In addition to hosting Innovation and the Digital Enterprise, Patrick Emmons is also the founder of the Chicago Innovation Roundtable, a group that connects visionary Chicago leaders. Each year, the group hosts a summit where leaders share their insights on what has helped them innovate in their respective fields.

For the IDE season finale, Patrick shares some of the highlights from the Chicago Innovation Roundtable Summit. In part 1, you will hear from Betsy Ziegler, Scott Prugh, Dustin Kirkland, and Catherine Clay. Tune in for the latest innovation thought leadership.

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Investing in Digital and Renewables with Brian Case

 Patrick Emmons  Jun 17, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Over the last few years, companies have been transitioning in mass to renewable energy and resources while taking a digital approach to operations. These two transitions have both been put into overdrive in light of COVID-19. Brian Case is at the center of it all as the Chief Digital Officer at GE Renewable Energy. He joins Shelli and Patrick on the podcast this week to talk about the importance of digitization and his approach to leadership.

Tune in to the episode to learn more about the importance of a company’s motivation to adopt digital, how the repetition of a problem leads to product advancement, and how to train the ideal team player.

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The Future of Banking with Dean Haacker

 Patrick Emmons  Jun 3, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

With complicated technological tools and processes, companies sometimes fill too many roles with specialists. Generalists are also needed to approach problems with outside-the-box solutions and a fresh set of eyes. Dean Haacker prides himself on being a generalist, a skill that has served him well over the years as he has guided global teams to reimagine the banking industry.

Dean joined Patrick and Shelli for a wide-ranging conversation about the importance of living at the corner of strategy and innovation. Check out the episode for insights from a multiple award-winning CTO/CIO.

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Innovating Cboe’s Data and Access Solutions with Catherine Clay

 Patrick Emmons  May 20, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Trading exchanges are highly regulated, making the implementation of technological changes a tricky proposition. Catherine Clay, Executive Vice President of Cboe Global Markets, has had to pivot and adapt her thinking when it comes to affecting change in a large, regulated corporation.

Catherine joined Patrick and Shelli for this week’s episode of Innovation and the Digital Enterprise. She stressed the importance of keeping a company’s end goals in mind instead of getting caught up in the immediacy of sprints. Catherine also shared how to keep up the stamina and perseverance when you are met with obstacles. Listen for an industry expert’s tips on affecting change in your organization.

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Purpose-Driven Decision Making with 1871’s CEO Betsy Ziegler

 Patrick Emmons  May 6, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

As the CEO of 1871, an entrepreneurial hub of innovation, Betsy Ziegler is an expert in early-stage growth and helps businesses grow from an idea to the Fortune 500. For Betsy, one of the most important metrics for success is whether a business adheres to purpose-driven decision-making.

This week on Innovation and the Digital Enterprise, Betsy joins Patrick and Shelli to discuss how 1871 is supporting businesses throughout Chicago and what metrics she believes will help catapult organizations to higher levels of growth. Listen in for her insights.

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Developing a Culture that Supports Innovation with Eric Rempel

 Patrick Emmons  Apr 29, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Democratizing innovation leads to happy customers and happy employees that feel a sense of purpose and belonging at work. Creating teams that balance accountability and purpose is Eric Rempel’s vision of success.

Eric is the Chief Innovation Officer at Redwood Logistics. He joined Patrick and Shelli on this week’s episode of Innovation and the Digital Enterprise for a discussion on creating an organization that is mission-driven, where employees can see the impact they are making. Tune in for his insights and to learn more about Redwood Logistics.

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Using Data Analytics to Fuel Medical Discovery with Jennifer Van Camp

 Patrick Emmons  Apr 1, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Jennifer Van Camp has worked in research for major pharmaceutical companies for more than 20 years. In her experience, medical research produces extensive data but there aren't always processes in place to leverage this information. When she had the opportunity to go on sabbatical, she thought about this problem and came up with an entrepreneurial solution.

This week, Jennifer joined Patrick and Shelli to talk about the idea of digital exhaust in medical research and what she and her team are doing to combat it. She also discussed her philosophy of leadership as well as her belief in the power of mentorship. Listen to the episode for more of her insights.

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Breaking Down Barriers to Success with John Kett

 Patrick Emmons  Mar 18, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Sometimes leadership isn’t about being a visionary. Sometimes leadership is about assembling a team of experts and breaking down the barriers to their success. This is the belief of John Kett, CEO and President of IAA.

John joined Patrick on this week’s episode of Innovation and the Digital Enterprise to discuss his approach to leading high performing, creative teams and how IAA is disrupting the car sales industry. Take a listen to the episode.

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Helping the Next Generation of Startups with Roger Liew

 Patrick Emmons  Mar 4, 2021 6:00:00 AM  0 Comments

Roger Liew has a track record for leading cutting-edge teams. As the fifth employee of Orbitz, Roger led the team that created the original infrastructure powering orbitz.com. In the years since, he has helped lead many companies and has spent a lot of time leading the next generation of startups as a mentor and board member.

On today’s episode of Innovation and the Digital Enterprise, Roger talked about what it means to add value to a board, why a first-time board member has a hard time switching gears from operations, and why companies that need to hire from the outside haven’t done enough to develop their leaders. Take a listen to the episode for his insights.

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