Colt COO Buddy Bayer joins the podcast to discuss why AI, security, automation, sustainability and quantum computing are front of mind for IT teams and how Colt works with its enterprise customers to address their goals for these technologies.

At a Glance

  • Colt's survey results on investment priorities for IT professionals (03:48)
  • Prioritization of investment in network infrastructure (07:04)
  • Why AI and security are top priorities for IT teams (08:14)

In a survey of more than 1,000 IT professionals in 12 countries, service provider Colt found that many respondents are giving top priority to AI and security in their investment plans. Buddy Bayer, COO for Colt Technology Services, joins the podcast to explain why these are investment priorities and the types of applications enterprises are interested in when deploying AI. 

Bayer also discusses why automation, sustainability and quantum computing are front of mind for IT teams and how Colt works with its enterprise customers to address their goals for these technologies. 

Click on the caption button for a lightly edited transcript.

Here are a few topics we cover:

  • Background on Bayer's career and new role at Colt (02:09)

  • Colt's survey results on investment priorities for IT professionals (03:48)

  • Prioritization of investment in network infrastructure (07:04)

  • Why AI and security are top priorities for IT teams (08:14)

  • Where organizations are focusing their AI efforts in terms of application development, automation and meeting sustainability goals (09:37) 

  • How quantum computing will impact healthcare research, machine-to-machine communication and more (19:09)

About the Author(s)

Kelsey Ziser

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Kelsey is a senior editor at Light Reading, co-host of the Light Reading podcast, and host of the "What's the story?" podcast.

Her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications, which led to a communications role at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. There, she orchestrated their webinar program across college campuses and covered research projects such as the center's smart solid-state transformer.

Kelsey enjoys reading four (or 12) books at once, watching movies about space travel, crafting and (hoarding) houseplants.

Kelsey is based in Raleigh, N.C.

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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