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Tech News Weekly podcast 8: Live and kicking from Connected Business Expo 2014

With all the crashing, banging and sounds of structures being ripped down you'd be forgiven for thinking we recorded the latest podcast in the midst of a war-torn country (or that James had forgotten about his relaxation yoga class again).

The reality, however, is that we spent this week at Connected Business Expo 2014, one of the largest events in the Unified Business Communications calender. As the show drew to a close, we headed to the recording room to pick apart some of the top stories of the week. What we didn't realise was that the whole floor was about to be picked apart more literally by an army of busy builders.

Joining Wayne Scott on the podcast this week are Alysia Judge, Paul Cooper, Ben Chai, James Laird and Aatif Sulleyman.

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First up, Alysia Judge highlights some of the key takeaways from her chat with Christopher Morace, Chief Strategy Officer at Jive Software, New York Times best-selling author and keynote speaker on day two of the conference. He heralds social technology as a disruptive tool in business that's shaking up the modern office as we become increasingly connected. He also is an avid supporter of "Gamification," a business technique gaining significant traction where video game like mechanics and tactics are applied in a corporate environment to encourage problem solving and improve engagement.

We then take a look in the latest developments in unified communications, as Ben Chai tells us about the importance of innovating newer, more flexible technologies to help businesses engage not only with their customers but their employees. Whereas before, for example, a conference call could only be performed with all participants on the same platform, the rise of BYOD is demanding that our technologies should be able to communicate with each other regardless of operating system or make.

James Laird also gives his two cents on what came out of the Gartner keynote on day two. The consumerisation of business has been a popular talking point this week, with Gartner predicting the death of the desk phone as workers become increasingly mobile and reliant upon everyday technologies they can use at home, not just in the office.

This improved mobility will increase our reliance upon cloud-based software and services and, inevitably, raises some important questions about security. Here Paul Cooper wades in as the "spector at the feast" to talk through some of the inherent risks in putting data in the cloud, right before we wrap up as the Olympia comes falling down around us.