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At this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company’s focus was firmly on digital transformation. But what does that actually mean?
In a business context, transformation is when your business makes fundamental changes to its working practices, processes and infrastructure, in order to create better outcomes. Those outcomes could be smoother operations, better-engaged customers, more-empowered employees or even new products and services. Digital transformation is simply using the latest technology to get there.
We were at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference last week in Toronto. Read on for an exclusive summary of where Microsoft is headed…
CompanyNet was in Toronto last week for Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). Our Business Development Manager, Brian Douglas, and business tech journalist Bill Magee, met with other Microsoft partners, attended sessions on the future of Microsoft technologies, and reported back on what they found.
Satya Nadella delivered his Vision Keynote, recognising Microsoft’s achievements in the last year, and setting out priorities for the next 12 months and beyond. The focus was on digital transformation in the cloud through engaging customers, empowering staff, optimising operations and transforming products.
This is great news for CompanyNet, where we are already well-placed to help our customers undergo a digital transformation. Our enterprise-ready software like Kira Cloud intranet for SharePoint is already giving businesses an easy way to get on board with a cloud-based vision of the future.
Satya also talked about Dynamics 365 as a new Microsoft service that embodies that vision, particularly for reinventing business processes.
Business tech journalist Bill Magee reports from Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, where big changes are predicted to be afoot…
A telling remark from an AT&T senior executive here at Microsoft WPC 2016 during an exclusive Press/Analyst partner Q&A brings into sharp focus the unprecedented impact that the Internet of Things will have on the workplace.
Mobeen Khan, their AVP Industrial IoT Solutions, said practically every business is studying how to obtain more intelligence out of their remote assets together with improving their management and health across the supply chain.
As IoT gains more traction, improving operational efficiencies within an organization is vital to all of this digital transformation: “It is these operational efficiencies that are going to change a lot of the jobs of employees,” he warned. So best to be prepared.
Earlier, Cyril Perducat, EVP Digital and iOT at Schneider Electric, stressed that in his realm, that of services, digital transformation covers everything from analytics, mobility, connectivity and the cloud. Crucial to each of these key areas has to be providing new value for the customer.
Kelly Malone, VP at Taqtile, who have created a HoloLens-based experience for PGA Tour, explained how the utilization of such an advanced VR/AR tool was leading to a quite fascinating new realm of visualization for the golfer, coach, caddy, broadcaster and fan, not forgetting the PGA folks.
What all three organisations have in common is how they are each creating win/win digital outcomes for what are often complex partnerships and deals.
Who says Digital Transformation cannot be kept simples!
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